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Curtis Archer's picture

Exterior Condo Shot

Looking for some feedback on this shot. It was my first time shooting a building exterior and I want to start doing more of these. I have posted my base layer and my final version. Where do you think I can improve?

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Stas F's picture

My very humble opinion:
Truck has trails but the tail lights still off. Plus if it's going somewhere, then it's probably going to hit the car in front as that car is parked for sure.
Also, my personal opinion - I am not huge fan of that sky - it gets a little dirty on the right bottom - some weird gray-ish cast (I actually made it even worse in the file I attached haha) and not enough drama in there going on. And overall I think you had some blue casting on white things like walls and snow. Maybe tone down a little as well. Looks like in Summer there will be some flowers growing around that 730, might have a better view.

Nice job with stamping out all the bad stuff =)

But, I am not a professional photographer, so I might be wrong somewhere

Stas F's picture

Just realized the trail lights might not be from the truck =) my bad. It's that little tiny red light on the top that matches the truck made me think it's from that truck.

Curtis Archer's picture

Yeah I think the car trails are in the wrong spot and are lining up with the truck that was parked on the street. Thanks for your comments!

Edward Porter's picture

Nice heals! Must have been time consuming!

Classic 45 degree 2-point. Making one facade more dominant on the canvas is best practice for avoiding sterility, but considering the left side has a cool staggered design and the right side has the sun + address - it's a good balance they're divided equally.

The only feedback I have is the light trails don't seem to add anything and the image is a bit tonally bland. In these low contrast situations, I'd recommend creating vector masks for each group of surfaces and apply gradient dodge and burns (see attached) to create dynamics in gradation. A stroke was added to the vector for clarification...mind the quick and dirty mask!

Curtis Archer's picture

Thanks for your feedback. I've made some changes to the left side of the building. Is this in the direction of what you were talking about?

Edward Porter's picture

Yup! Play with linear, radial, and reflective gradients. Throw these in a group with a luminosity masked layer mask for even more control.

Curtis Archer's picture

Thanks a lot, man!