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Old 25th February 2014, 21:17   #1
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As members are getting new cameras and experimenting with their photography I thought maybe we could have a constructive critique corner where you could post your pictures with any relevant info, time of day, camera settings etc and get constructive advice on anything that may make the photo even better.
This can help peeps into learning to take control over their cameras and compositions
Anyone else think this might be a good idea, if so post your photos and info here
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Can we have the swear guard removed for this thread then.

You'll need it to describe where I'm going wrong
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Old 25th February 2014, 21:30   #3
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Can we have the swear guard removed for this thread then.

You'll need it to describe where I'm going wrong
You'll be fine, it works well on the photography forums and can really help Graham
Here's one of mine, feel free to say what may improve it etc.



Exif data I haven't got but from memory this was late summer time around 21.30 in the evening and the camera would have been on my tripod, bulb setting but can't remember the exact exposure time and aperture .
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You'll be fine, it works well on the photography forums and can really help Graham
Here's one of mine, feel free to say what may improve it etc.



Exif data I haven't got but from memory this was late summer time around 21.30 in the evening and the camera would have been on my tripod, bulb setting but can't remember the exact exposure time and aperture .
I love the colours and the silkiness of the water, soothing.

To make any changes that 'may' improve it, I would clone out (or if using the Photoshop, heal tool) the three flare spots, then crop the 'dead' top and left hand side. the image seems weighted to the right. The two brightest lights I do find distracting too, but I dont think you could do anything about them (try covering them with your thumb).

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Canon 7D (great camera by the way - I used to work for a well known national camera chain )
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19:38 17/08/2011
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I love the colours and the silkiness of the water, soothing.

To make any changes that 'may' improve it, I would clone out (or if using the Photoshop, heal tool) the three flare spots, then crop the 'dead' top and left hand side. the image seems weighted to the right. The two brightest lights I do find distracting too, but I dont think you could do anything about them (try covering them with your thumb).

Your EXIF data is
Canon 7D (great camera by the way - I used to work for a well known national camera chain )
105mm
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Aperture Priority
19:38 17/08/2011
Thanks for the critique.
I'm on my phone and couldn't grab the exif!

I'm guessing Jessops then?
That was a JPEG of a series of images I shot at Langard point, straight off the card and un edited.
I saved the photoshop for the Raw files
But this is exactly what we need, it will really help peeps out.
I agree with all your comments on improving the shot by the way.
As you know, the 7d is a crop body which I use really for my main love.....
Motorsport
I'll post another one for peeps to critique, this time in my comfort zone.
Come on guys and girls, share your shots, especially ones where you think it could be better and maybe we can a help each other improve
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Here's something in my comfort zone.



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Your panning technique is spot on! Exposure too is great, especially with the strong sun from the left. If I would wish for something is a little more space in front of the car. Someone once told me, if shooting moving subjects, have a little space in the direction of where the subject is moving. (try it, with a wider angle shot, using a moving car as an example. Crop tight in the back of the car leaving space in front, then same image crop tight at the front of the car leaving space behind - the difference visually, is amazing!).

Yes, it was Jessops , 10years, pre administration and post administration.

I do worry sometimes giving critique, I hope if I do, no one is offended. I do wish to help improve others technique, and improve my own too.

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Macro, manipulated and landscapes are my favourite subjects. Some early ones are HERE
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Your panning technique is spot on! Exposure too is great, especially with the strong sun from the left. If I would wish for something is a little more space in front of the car. Someone once told me, if shooting moving subjects, have a little space in the direction of where the subject is moving. (try it, with a wider angle shot, using a moving car as an example. Crop tight in the back of the car leaving space in front, then same image crop tight at the front of the car leaving space behind - the difference visually, is amazing!).

Yes, it was Jessops , 10years, pre administration and post administration.

I do worry sometimes giving critique, I hope if I do, no one is offended. I do wish to help improve others technique, and improve my own too.
Intentional tight crop but correct, always leave space for the subject to drive into
No need to worry about offence, that is the point of critique after all.
Some stuff is subjective but getting others viewpoints and ideas makes us all better togs.
Btw if you can pull the exif from that as I can't remember what lens I shot it with. That's the problem with posting when on your phone without all the photo stuff on it!
Probably my 120-300 2.8 Sigma looking at the tight crop and where it is at Brands Hatch, exit of Druids, SouthBank for anyone that knows the circuit
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Macro, manipulated and landscapes are my favourite subjects. Some early ones are HERE
Some great work there, I'm going to do it more credit by looking on the computer tomorrow so I can see it properly, an iPhone doesn't do it justice
That last photo with the chopping board and the hand
You need to post some up on here, very impressive
Didn't ask what you shoot with btw ?

Here's a more open car shot!

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