(Closed) Be honest bees…what do you think?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What do you think?

    Yes, I would have mine taken because nothing beats free!

    They are good and I would be happy to have them

    They are so so (please provide suggestions)

    I can do better....(please provide suggestions)

  • Post # 32
    7384 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    These are very nice for you not being a pro and being free! I would totally let you take pictures to have some nice pictures. 

    Post # 33
    682 posts
    Busy bee

    Critique will help you learn. I’m a professional photog for 10+ years. 

    The pictures are good. Watch cutting off “limbs” of your subjects.

    Learn editing skills. Best program to use is Lightroom for professional editing and touching up in Photoshop.  Shoot in RAW format, this gives you the ability to correct any “mistakes” like over or under exposing until you learn your lighting, natural or learning to use a flash correctly (not pop up flash either).  Learn to fix skin tones. In your phots, they are either too orange, or too pink, from my end anyways.

    Ease up on the vignetting and the blacks.  Too many blacks! 

    Composition is good.

    ETA:  Free sessions is a great way to start out. All photogs did that to start. Charge your clients just to purchase prints, save your money for better equipment and editing software and computers.  Experience is the best way to learn.  Practice, Practice, Practice.

    Post # 34
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think they’re wonderful looking!  I think they could stand to be brightened up a bit, but I think that is something that will get better for you as you grow as a photographer.   Just something to consider – when I look at my pics from my wedding and engagement sessions, the first thing that struck me was how full of light all my pictures seemed.  They were bright and vibrant.  I think that’s something your photos are lacking right now, but it’s not bad and it will get better, I’m sure.

    Post # 35
    9168 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    They’re great and the 4th one is amazing!  I think with some more practice, learning your way around different lenses and some editing you’d be really fantastic and able to charge for your services!   

    Post # 36
    2886 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think you found your hidden talent! Good work!

    Post # 37
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Here’s my advice – you can definitely practice on anyone who is willing. Practice is what makes everyone better, and you will never know where it will lead you.  As far as these examples go I am not trying to be overly harsh on you, but these shots are all under exposed, and way over saturated.  The poses to me are a little awkward, and the smiles are very manufactured.  Don’t be afraid to take photos of people that have more neutral or distant expressions.  They don’t always need to be looking directly at the camera, and a genuine smile looks very different than most people’s “smile for the camera” face.

    If you really want honest critiques seek them in photographer forums.

    The Nikon D100 was released in 2002.  Rarely do I tell anyone to focus on equipment upgrades before refining skills, but you’re essentially handicapping yourself by shooting with a camera that old.  I would suggest an upgrade to a newer camera body, and a couple of fixed focal length prime lenses.  If you’re sticking to cropped sensors then a 50mm and 85mm equivalent will be your best bets.

    Dump Picasa.  Don’t bother with Gimp.  Lightroom is $100 or less.  

    Take a class, start hanging out in a photography group, read books… however you learn.  And keep practicing.

    Post # 39
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @bmo88:  The camera I started out on was the D70, which is slightly newer than the D100. The advice from this professional in the field is that in your particular case an investment in a newer camera body is a much better one than in lenses.  You need both, but I know full well how big a difference you’ll find working with something newer than that D100.  But of course you can take whatever course you like.  Either way you will need to upgrade your camera body and lenses eventually, but you are really working with a dinosaur there.

    Post # 41
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @bmo88:   You can get a newer camera body for a whole lot less than 1k.  We’re talking in the $450-$500 range.

    Post # 43
    520 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @bmo88:  I have to agree with continuum on all her advice, especially to seek critique on photography forums versus a site like this one intended for brides …. everyone on these boards is ESPECIALLY nice and most dont know photography any better than you so you will probably receive lots of praise and the people who don’t like them will say nothing. The criticism you will receive from other photographers will be harsh, even overly so. Photographers tend to get their kicks tearing apart the work of others since the industry is so over saturated but if you can survive it it’s an amazing learning experience. 

    My feedback: +1 on thecomments about the heavy blacks and over saturated/orange skin tones. Work on composition, better gear and stop hiding in the shade – the sun will add a beautiful element of light to your photos. You’ve taken the critiques so far with a lot of grace, much better than I did when I first started so kudos on that – you’ll get a lot more people willing to help you if you continue in that spirit.

    Post # 44
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I think you have decent composition but you need to learn more about your camera settings and editing techniques. The first three are quite flat and the colour on all of them is off. Practice with your camera a bit more to work out how to get the right colours in your environment. Don’t take a photo and think ‘I’ll fix it later on the computer’ (not saying you do that, just general advice), try and shoot as perfectly as possible and then use Photoshop or something similar to make minor tweeks afterwards.


    I’m glad you’re just practicing on family, friends though. Too many people buy a camera and instantly think they’re a pro.

    Post # 45
    92 posts
    Worker bee

    I would definitely looking into shadowing a professional! It’s a great way to learn.

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