Critique for Sheila

All attendees to our workshops can submit images afterwards for a review and critique. Sheila sent in a huge number, so I've taken the liberty of thinning them out into something I can manage in less than an hour :)

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Great shot - terrific lighting, great pose, great moment to hit the shutter. I even love the odd bit of lens flare in the right hand side. Could easily have been shot at a concert.

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Marvellous, sharp, crisp, all the detail you need, depth of field from front to back - perfect

Both of these could make good mono shots.

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

It's wonky and the background needs sorting out.

The model is in a great pose, the light working across the figure very well

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Shame about the crop on the right which has left in looking cut off rather than cropped.

Very good handling of tones across the whole image

Maybe just a little more light on the lower legs

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Interesting idea on the montage. It is fitted pretty well but doesn't quite gel. There's some not quite neat enough work around Artemis' back and I think the background is just too sharp and needs to be slightly out of focus (which is the same thing as Gaussian blur)

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Nice shot, love the pose, hands and eyes. Like the colour match between the lips and cloth.

The shame is the light is too low, give an odd shape to the face.

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Good strong shot, assertive pose, camera angle right into the flat of the chair is perfect.

It's just slightly too closely cropped

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Nice, thoughtful image. The leading lines of the background work really well.

On this kind of close up I would clean up the moles etc because they are distracting in the image.

Make it mono, or cool tone it would improve it.

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

It's wonky :)

Trouble is with a shot and pose like this is that it makes Brodie's legs look short and instead of the wonderfully lengthy that they are. Never shoot into the knees.

pose needs background wonky slightly Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

This is so close, but the light needed to be a bit more to Brodie's left. Where it is has meant the forehead is over lit and looking large.

The face needs to be turned to the camera exactly, the slight turn away weakens the shot.

Overall a good set (including those I've skipped). You are one of those photographers who is close with this kind of work but I suspect also a bit "lucky" - by which I mean that you're probably not quite consistent enough on your work - nothing that practice and very careful reviews of your images when you are editing to decide what hasn't worked so you can eliminate it in future shoots.

 
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