21 1 / 2013

Camera data for all six: 1/160, f/8, 100

The theme I chose was “Modern Fairytales”, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of conveying it. 

  1. Belle: The strongest feature of this photo is the composition of it, and I’m a fan of the lighting as well. I do wish that I would have put my model in a nicer costume — and that I hadn’t used the same model twice. Both of what I would change are things that were done in set-up itself. 
  2. The Mad Hatter: I love the lighting in this one! The way that his face is almost completely in shadow is exactly the effect I was going for, and his expression is wonderful, too. However, the background is incredibly blown-out. If I took this photo again, I would move the model and lights farther away from the white background. 
  3. Rapunzel: This photo’s strongest feature is definitely the way the light is catching on her hair. I do wish her shoulders were thrown back, and if I re-shot this photo I would improve composition (because currently the focal point is on the wrong rule-of-thirds line). 
  4. Snow White: What I like best about this photo is the colour of the apple and the posing of the model; yet I think the contrast is too high, almost. If I took this photo again, I would be more careful in editing. 
  5. Thumbelina: I believe I did a good job on the focal point of this photo, which is Olivia/”Thumbelina” — the strongest feature is her. The weakest feature of this photo is the composition, as she is not on the center line OR the rule of thirds line. If I took this photo again, I would have Janna/”The Keeper” less in focus. 
  6. Red Riding Hood: The strongest feature of this photo is, I believe, the shadow that I’ve photoshopped to resemble a wolf (because I think I’m clever, sometimes). The weakest feature is where I focused it — her eyes could be a lot sharper. If I took this photo again I would position the model so her back was almost completely to the camera, and have her look over her shoulder.

21 1 / 2013

This is one of my best photos because the contrast looks wonderful, and even the texture of the sweater stands out nicely. I just like it a lot.
I would have to say that the strongest feature of this photo is the different textures of the fabric and the paint atop of it. 
The weakest part of this photo is the shadowed crease by the right eye.
If I took this photo again, I would use a softer lighting — put the light directly in front of the subject instead of to the side. I’m not a fan of the hard lighting here, I would rather it be symmetrical.
Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100

  • This is one of my best photos because the contrast looks wonderful, and even the texture of the sweater stands out nicely. I just like it a lot.
  • I would have to say that the strongest feature of this photo is the different textures of the fabric and the paint atop of it. 
  • The weakest part of this photo is the shadowed crease by the right eye.
  • If I took this photo again, I would use a softer lighting — put the light directly in front of the subject instead of to the side. I’m not a fan of the hard lighting here, I would rather it be symmetrical.
  • Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100

21 1 / 2013

I love this photo so much! I think it’s one of my best because the grungy feel of the lighting makes it look almost desolate. Look at the gradiency between the top right corner and the bottom left! Wonderful.
The contrast and the smooth transitions from light to dark are the strongest features of this photo.
I suppose the weakest feature is the composition — it might have looked better had the text been centered properly.
Since taking this photo I have gotten better at outside shots, so I believe the lighting would have looked even better if I took it again. The composition, as well, I would improve upon.
Camera data: 1/500, f/5.6, 200

  • I love this photo so much! I think it’s one of my best because the grungy feel of the lighting makes it look almost desolate. Look at the gradiency between the top right corner and the bottom left! Wonderful.
  • The contrast and the smooth transitions from light to dark are the strongest features of this photo.
  • I suppose the weakest feature is the composition — it might have looked better had the text been centered properly.
  • Since taking this photo I have gotten better at outside shots, so I believe the lighting would have looked even better if I took it again. The composition, as well, I would improve upon.
  • Camera data: 1/500, f/5.6, 200

21 1 / 2013

This is the cleanest portrait I’ve ever taken. The soft lighting and catchlights in her eyes are wonderful.
I think the strongest feature is, again, the soft lighting. The shadows, specifically on her face and behind her neck, gradient nicely with the lighter parts of the photo.
The weakest feature of this photo is definitely the blown-out portion of the wall.
If I took this photo again, I would be more careful with the lighting on the wall and focus properly on her eyes.
Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100

  • This is the cleanest portrait I’ve ever taken. The soft lighting and catchlights in her eyes are wonderful.
  • I think the strongest feature is, again, the soft lighting. The shadows, specifically on her face and behind her neck, gradient nicely with the lighter parts of the photo.
  • The weakest feature of this photo is definitely the blown-out portion of the wall.
  • If I took this photo again, I would be more careful with the lighting on the wall and focus properly on her eyes.
  • Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100

10 1 / 2013

This is one of my best photos because the smoke is clearer in this than in any other smoke photography I’ve taken to date. 
The strongest feature of this photo is the swirling in the middle, and how it blurs near the bottom of the photo. I definitely used the best shutter speed possible for this one.
I wish I had focused more on the smoke itself than on the incense strick, which is sharper than I’d like it to be.
Since taking this photo I’ve gotten better, I hope, at composition. I would change this so that there was more empty space at the top and less incense stick at the bottom.
Camera data: 1/160, f/9, 100

  • This is one of my best photos because the smoke is clearer in this than in any other smoke photography I’ve taken to date. 
  • The strongest feature of this photo is the swirling in the middle, and how it blurs near the bottom of the photo. I definitely used the best shutter speed possible for this one.
  • I wish I had focused more on the smoke itself than on the incense strick, which is sharper than I’d like it to be.
  • Since taking this photo I’ve gotten better, I hope, at composition. I would change this so that there was more empty space at the top and less incense stick at the bottom.
  • Camera data: 1/160, f/9, 100

10 1 / 2013

I’m incredibly proud of the editing on this photo, and the contrast on the clock itself is gorgeous.
The strongest feature of this photo is the colour red, I think. Everything is black and white and red, which is a wonderful combination for showing off contrast.
The weakest feature of this photo is the lack of “poster” information — I ought to have added all the small font at the bottom, detailing the actors and producers and everything else. It would have given the poster a more realistic feel.
I’m happy with the way this photo was taken, but if I edited it again I would make the handprint the same colour red as the clock hands; and I would improve the dimensions to make it more poster-like.
Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 200

  • I’m incredibly proud of the editing on this photo, and the contrast on the clock itself is gorgeous.
  • The strongest feature of this photo is the colour red, I think. Everything is black and white and red, which is a wonderful combination for showing off contrast.
  • The weakest feature of this photo is the lack of “poster” information — I ought to have added all the small font at the bottom, detailing the actors and producers and everything else. It would have given the poster a more realistic feel.
  • I’m happy with the way this photo was taken, but if I edited it again I would make the handprint the same colour red as the clock hands; and I would improve the dimensions to make it more poster-like.
  • Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 200

10 1 / 2013

This is one of my best because the shading of the tripod and the metal on the tassle look fantastic, almost professional. I also love the way that the legs of the tripod blur towards the bottom of the photograph, so that the focus is entirely on the graduation cap.
I think the strongest feature of this photo is the lighting, as it’s very clean and bright. The contrast, too, looks awesome.
The weakest feature is the inexplicable shadow on the tassle. I really don’t like that sudden change of hue.
Since taking this photo, I’ve learned how to use studio lighting to my advantage even moreso. If I shot this photo again, I would be more careful with the shadows falling, and maybe use a rim light specifically for the tassle.
Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100

  • This is one of my best because the shading of the tripod and the metal on the tassle look fantastic, almost professional. I also love the way that the legs of the tripod blur towards the bottom of the photograph, so that the focus is entirely on the graduation cap.
  • I think the strongest feature of this photo is the lighting, as it’s very clean and bright. The contrast, too, looks awesome.
  • The weakest feature is the inexplicable shadow on the tassle. I really don’t like that sudden change of hue.
  • Since taking this photo, I’ve learned how to use studio lighting to my advantage even moreso. If I shot this photo again, I would be more careful with the shadows falling, and maybe use a rim light specifically for the tassle.
  • Camera data: 1/160, f/8, 100