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New to urban exploring c&c
< on 7/23/2016 4:46 AM >
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Have previous experience photographing for events and fashion, but never inanimate objects/locations. Open for tips/advice on how to adapt :^)


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Re: New to urban exploring c&c
< Reply # 1 on 7/23/2016 1:19 PM >
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I'm not a photographer but I love seeing the pictures posted on this site. Some people are into light/ shadow , details, textures etc. Take pictures of the stuff that you find beautiful or pops out to you. Everyone seems to notice something different in a place.




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Re: New to urban exploring c&c
< Reply # 2 on 7/24/2016 10:33 PM >
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You're definitely doing great so far! I absolutely love number 4, though I would probably crop it a bit on the bottom, probably above the board on the left side; there's a little too much empty space. It's exposed well, and I really like the light coming from the door on the right and the hole in the floor. (Be careful about that! Apparently holes are one of the biggest dangers to Urbex.) I really like 7 as well; it's always nice to have a shot with a clear subject, and the depth of field and choice of background are great. 8's not that interesting, and you can't really tell it's abandoned. I love the lighting and angle in 9, though the contents of the frame are not particularly interesting. 10 has a cool depth of field, though again, not a very interesting subject. I like 11 a lot; nice depth of field that you often don't see in Urbex shots, and cool perspective; I love how close you get to the ground on some of these shots instead of thinking at eye level, especially coming from areas of photography where you're usually taking photos there. 12 is a lot like 8.
The ones I didn't mention are well composed and exposed, but they have a bit too much graffiti for my taste. That's much more of a matter of opinion though, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that. It's at least been my experience that after you've been to a few places, you'll realize graffiti is pretty much everywhere and not as interesting as you thought it was and that the places without it are the unique and prettier ones.




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< Reply # 3 on 7/25/2016 1:15 AM >
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You're definitely doing great so far! I absolutely love number 4, though I would probably crop it a bit on the bottom, probably above the board on the left side; there's a little too much empty space. It's exposed well, and I really like the light coming from the door on the right and the hole in the floor. (Be careful about that! Apparently holes are one of the biggest dangers to Urbex.) I really like 7 as well; it's always nice to have a shot with a clear subject, and the depth of field and choice of background are great. 8's not that interesting, and you can't really tell it's abandoned. I love the lighting and angle in 9, though the contents of the frame are not particularly interesting. 10 has a cool depth of field, though again, not a very interesting subject. I like 11 a lot; nice depth of field that you often don't see in Urbex shots, and cool perspective; I love how close you get to the ground on some of these shots instead of thinking at eye level, especially coming from areas of photography where you're usually taking photos there. 12 is a lot like 8.
The ones I didn't mention are well composed and exposed, but they have a bit too much graffiti for my taste. That's much more of a matter of opinion though, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that. It's at least been my experience that after you've been to a few places, you'll realize graffiti is pretty much everywhere and not as interesting as you thought it was and that the places without it are the unique and prettier ones.


Thanks for the tips! Yeah 8 & 12 are a little boring, I was debating on including them in this post. I like 11 a lot too, as well as 9 mainly for the light and shadows. The problem with first starting out is that the only locations you know are well frequented ones, places around Atlanta like Goat Farm, Prison Farm, etc., areas with a lot of graffiti. I feel like that's my biggest concern starting out (i.e. finding good locations).




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Re: New to urban exploring c&c
< Reply # 4 on 7/25/2016 3:46 AM >
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Well it looks like you're well on your way towards getting your post count up, and you've been here for three months, so it shouldn't be too long before you can apply for full membership. You also definitely need to attend No Exit events; the next one is Saturday August 6th.




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Definitely a strong start. I'd suggest working a bit on subject and composition, but you've got some good stuff in there. Really like 7, although it could use a bit of contrast boost, and 4 is quite nice but a bit of work on highlights/shadows/straightening would make it great.

Keep up the good work!




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Overall, a pretty great set. I'm not going to reiterate what others have said, but I do have one piece of advice.

When I first asked for a photo critique, someone told me to focus on objects instead of areas. You are doing the same thing I was in a few of your shots. The focus on a space instead of an object is prominent in 3 and 5, as well as 6 to a lesser extent.

Focusing on a space can be useful for documentary value, but shots taken with an artistic intention should have a bit more focus. I'd recommend choosing one object or feature to be the focus of your shot, and use the rest as a stage or backdrop for it. You did this very nicely in 4, 7, 10, and 12.

Of course, that's just my style of photography and what works for me. Get out there and experiment with different techniques, focuses, and camera positions, and find what works best for you.



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#11 was good it has some crisp detail and I'm a sucker for fallen in floors. something about the danger of it I suppose haha




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DISCLAIMER: MY CRITIQUE IS BASED ON PERSONAL PREFERENCE!

FIRST OFF, you're great with photography, and I'm merely speaking from what I like to see in UE photography... Whatever you do, don't stop!

When I think of an abandoned building, and the ominous mood that is created therefrom, I don't think of light. I think of shadows, somber corners, etc. #7 is the only one here that I haven't seen before. Not that I've seen these exact pictures elsewhere, but the same feeling IN the images. Put your heart into it a little more and you'd be shocked at what that does. Post editing capabilities will surprise you if you spend some time there as well. That doesn't mean you should full-on RENDER, but by all means, EDIT. Mess with colors, lights, shadows, etc.




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