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My first set of photos
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May 27, 2014
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I brought my first dslr 3 weeks ago and have loved going out taking pictures , I have been getting great feedback but no critisism I think people are being too kind so if I could have some critasism it would be a great help thanks.IMG_668848787766629.jpegIMG_668832592680411.jpegIMG_668822503255722.jpegIMG_668804129564284.jpegIMG_668790466753360.jpegDSC_0242-1.jpgDSC_0137.jpg

May 27, 2014
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Hello Allen.  First, let me offer my welcome to the forum.  We love having new members who are actually willing to post their work.
You ask for criticism. In my opinion your posting includes some excellent photographs, especially if you have not much experience.  Of course, as in all things, there is always room for improvement.

I’ve tried to determine your camera, lens, and settings for these images, but the information is not available in the file property details. You must have chosen to keep it private, probably in post.  It is difficult to give suggestions without knowing what the settings for each photo are.

In the first photo, there is considerable detail lost in the shadows.  I don’t know if you are doing any post processing, but this is easily rectified in Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements.  I use both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.  I’ve really found no need for the considerably more expensive Photoshop.

I like the second shot.  The overall tone gives a great feeling of end of day in the woods (or is it morning?).  Mosquitoes will soon be attacking.

I really like the composition in your third shot (the ladybug).  The selected color effect works well.  It’s something I’ve not really liked, but in this case it’s quite appropriate.

In the third image I don’t really think the selective color effect is working.  Also there is a considerable amount of overexposed blown out portions of the image.  Are you “shooting for the highlights”?  Google it if you don’t know the term.

I think the fifth image is OK. Nothing special.  It needs a bit of sharpening and the sky is overdone.  You must have did some post with this one.

The bridge….. Well… It needs some lens correction.. Get Lightroom if you don’t have it.  Also, it’s so busy. I don’t know what to look at. The bridge… the road… the bright spot on the rocks… the town… it gives me a headache.  Simplify.

The last photo.. The bug on the leaf…. I love it.  Some would prefer the bug facing towards the center, but I like this better.

Again… I’t great to have you with us and we look forward to seeing more of your work.

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May 28, 2014
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Thank you for the reply and feedback there is a lot for me to go from, I think maybe I am putting to much in my pictures and need to simplify them a bit more , I took these pictures with a Nikon d5000 and the lense I used mostly was the sigma 70-300mm zoom lense which has a macro function aswel, my biggest problem I have found is focus especially keeping the camera steady but I hope that will just come in time with practice.

May 28, 2014
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allenslr said
My biggest problem I have found is focus especially keeping the camera steady but I hope that will just come in time with practice.

Camera shake is a common problem for most photographers and results in fuzzy photographs.
Here is an informative video on how to avoid it.

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May 28, 2014
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Allen, I’ve just noticed that your fourth photo is of Craven Hill Gardens.  Do you live in Westminster?
While I live in New York, I’ve been to London several times.  It’s an exciting city with lots to explore. 

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May 29, 2014
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Allen
Looks like you’re well on your way to being a great photographer! I really enjoy night photography and you’ve
posted some really nice ones.
Great shots!
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Welcome to the forum, Allen! This is very good start and I am exited to see how you will progress! 

It looks like Mandrake give you a good critique already. 

#1. I like that you are using rule of thirds to place your horizon, so I would probably want to see more city then the sky. I know, you chose to compose the image this way because you wanted to include the moon. It is a moon? It is interesting that it appeared as a burst of light. I agree that you have too many black arias without details. You could probably bring some details back in postproduction. Do you shoot RAW or JPEG? Raw files is much more flexible what comes to postprocessing.  

#2. Love the mood created by golden hour light in this picture. It makes me want to be there. So romantic! 

#3. I like the composition, but I kind of wander how the version in full color looked like. Can you maybe post it, so we can compare. 

#4. I think B&W works good for this photo, due to a nice contrast. I would drop the selective color and bring more details in whites and blacks. Once again Raw file will give you more flexibility on that. 

#5. I like the reflections, but it does looks a bit too over-processed. It would be nice to see the original as well to compare. 

#6. I actually like composition in this one. My eyes actually follow diagonal lines of the road that the bridge. I might crop off the bright spot on the right for less distraction so. 

#7. My favorite. I will call it “On the edge!” I like all green background and pop of color, which takes your eyes directly to the subject. Texture of the leaf also adds interest.  

Good job overall! Looking forward for more! Remember: photography is an art and self-expression and each person might see it differently, critique is just our opinion. It can help you to improve, but never let it discourage you! 

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