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UER Forum > UE Photo Critiques > New Hardware, New Critique (Viewed 1409 times)
Bvmblebee 


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New Hardware, New Critique
< on 10/5/2015 3:10 PM >
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For the past month or so I have been shooting with a new body, making the jump up to the Canon 70D from the 60D. I have been bouncing the idea of making the switch over to Nikon as they are better cameras for picking up low light colours (such as blue green and grey). I was also curious to see what people had to say about the edits as I have looked at my shots on different platforms and screens and my photos look vastly different from what I see when I'm editing, curious if anyone has the same issue. Other than that I look forward to your criticism on five different shots all with the 70D. Thank you in advance!

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Second Time Around by Bumblebee, on Flickr
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Testing Out New Hardware by Bumblebee, on Flickr
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Path Of Light by Bumblebee, on Flickr
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Project Hokey Pokey by Bumblebee, on Flickr
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Silent Hymns by Bumblebee, on Flickr




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< Reply # 1 on 10/6/2015 12:41 AM >
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Beautiful pictures! You did a great job of capturing the light, looks fantastic. I'm curious though, all the photos have strong divisions going straight down their middles. Is that a stylistic? I like the unity it gives the set.




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< Reply # 2 on 10/6/2015 1:38 AM >
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As far as your photos looking different on different screens go, that's a bit of a given. Everything is calibrated differently so it'll look different on every screen. What's important is that when you're printing you find one with a result that you're happy with, or learn how to edit your photos specifically for that printer for the proper results.

I looked up both cameras and it doesn't seem like there's a significant difference between them so I'm not sure I understand your reason for upgrading. I would suggest saving your money for a more significant upgrade when your finances and skill level are both ready for it. I'd suggest when you're at that point, whether you go with nikon or canon you look into full frame.


It's a lot easier to comment on your technique if you keep the exif info intact on your photos. Flickr will actually display it for you if it's there. Sometimes editing with photoshop or other programs will interfere with that.

As far as the pictures go, they're nice. I think you should practice bracketing your shots for better lighting values. The windows in all the shots that have them are pretty blown out. I also think you could work on your composition/framing a bit. Honestly, I don't feel like any of these shots are compelling and you seem to cut off details that personally I'd probably frame around like the top of the church window or the corner of the piece of furniture in #3. When I see cutoffs like those I feel like it compromises your composition and gives the shots more of a snapshotty feel.

Just a few thoughts. Hope that helps at all. Good luck with your new camera.




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< Reply # 3 on 10/6/2015 2:53 PM >
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Beautiful pictures! You did a great job of capturing the light, looks fantastic. I'm curious though, all the photos have strong divisions going straight down their middles. Is that a stylistic? I like the unity it gives the set.


Thanks MeesterPanda, glad you enjoyed the photos. I know they aren't perfect but I feel that I have come a long way in the past year or so, especially ceasing use of a cellphone camera (not that I'm knocking others that do). As for the strong divisions I think that may have just been by chance although I try really hard to incorporate the rule of thirds in my work as much as possible.






Posted by DawnPatrol


I appreciate the criticism. The screen situation isn't all that bad when it comes to the printing factor but it's certainly interesting to see how a photo can change from screen to screen, especially comparing retina Macs to PCs.

As for the camera situation the 70D was a deal I couldn't turn down as it was a dirt cheap pick up for the sell off of the 60D. I have already started to look at full frame cameras but a school tuition unfortunately comes first.

Lastly, I can understand the criticism on the light blow out on the windows. It's not until I get to my computer that I realize I could have used an extra bracket worth of under exposed shots for windows. As for framing it's another thing I look forward to improving on. I find the hobby is quite challenging in this respect as so often you are working in tight spots and finding the right angle is sometimes the difference between ending up going through the floor or getting lens flare and capturing something close to the perfect shot.

But as I said I really do appreciate the criticism, I believe it's necessary to grow as a photographer and artist in general.

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Yeah, there's definitely lots of challenges when shooting. There's so many things you need to pay attention to and inevitably sometimes you forget about something. The small spaces ate definitely tricky to overcome. When I upgraded to full frame I took a friend's advice and invested in a wide angle lens. I can't tell you what a difference full frame and wide angle make in those small spaces. Just something else to think about when you're ready to upgrade. I didn't mean to be too negative in my critique. You've clearly got some skill and you've got the right attitude to improve. I look forward to seeing more of your work.




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Re: New Hardware, New Critique
< Reply # 5 on 10/8/2015 10:38 PM >
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Yeah, there's definitely lots of challenges when shooting. There's so many things you need to pay attention to and inevitably sometimes you forget about something. The small spaces ate definitely tricky to overcome. When I upgraded to full frame I took a friend's advice and invested in a wide angle lens. I can't tell you what a difference full frame and wide angle make in those small spaces. Just something else to think about when you're ready to upgrade. I didn't mean to be too negative in my critique. You've clearly got some skill and you've got the right attitude to improve. I look forward to seeing more of your work.



No offense taken in your critique! I'd rather hear the truth than be led to believe otherwise. I look forward to taking your advice when posting in the future, and look forward to interacting elsewhere on the board!

Thanks Dawn




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