Hey everyone, I’ve got some questions about photography in general. Right now, I’m using the BF’s Canon Rebel G while I wait for my D40 to come in. I’m taking a photography class (needed to fill 3 hours for my scholarship, and I’ve always liked it anyway). Anyway, I get the basics of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, white balance/color temperature, focusing, etc etc. What I don’t get is composition. How do you make a visually interesting picture? I’ve got some pictures that I’ve taken since the class starts, and I’ll type my own comments/criticisms on them, and see if they agree with what you guys think. These are all unedited, ripped straight from the film. Also, some of these were just taken with class assignments in mind, so keep that… in mind. Also, let me know if some of them link to the wrong image. I previewed, but you never know how things are going to work on others’ end. Also, bear in mind that I’m not particularly asking for help with homework, because not only are most of these not for class, but I really want suggestions on how to improve.
This one I’m planning on cropping out the right side, with the car wash bay. Other than that, I like the foreground/background play with the fence in the front, and the line of fence going down the right. I also like the contrast of the dying grass in front and the lush green trees in the background.
This one looks really neat. I think that the perspective of the lamp post is neat, and I like how it captured a big swirly mass in a single shot.
This one is for a class assignment where we were to capture the essence of a space. I don’t care for the light in the background, because I feel that it distracts the eyes. You can’t tell unless you happen to know, but it’s out back of a Waffle House, and so the chair is where they come to smoke, so I think that the mop bucket and chair are effective.
Another “space” shot. The dog messed up her crate, but the lighting is poor inside, so I got some lens flare, so I might crop her out. I just liked the guilty-dog and messed up crate shot. I also like the lines of perspective going toward the back.
Generic little kid picture, but this might be my favorite picture I’ve taken since starting this class. She has this wonderful look of intrigue and innocence, and the focus was done well. I worry that she looks a little washed out (she’s pale, but not that pale!), but I figure I could fix that with a color temperature adjustment.
(Here’s the bf!) The dog is such a little ball of energy, so I turned down the shutter speed and got a little bit blurry of picture of her. I like it because I know the subject, but I don’t know that it comes across well to an outsider.
I really like this one, but can’t explain why. It’s simple, and contrasts a bit of city living with trees. It was taken through a windshield, so it’s hazy, and I don’t know how to fix that.
This one is an exercise in perspective, and I really like it. I need to tilt it a bit, but the picture is nice. It’s a little touristy-snapshotty, but I’m fine with that.
Another motion blur one, but this one is a little shaky and blurry, and I don’t know if that’s fixable. I’m not sure why I’m including it, but if you have any ideas on whether or not I can do anything with it…
Anyway, I know it’s long, but I didn’t want to imbed 9 big images, so thanks for being patient!