Paul richard's picture

are any of these shots portfolio worthy? what would take them from 2 to 3 stars thank you.

I am a graphic designer getting into photography, these shots were taking in oregon and british columbia any suggestions to take these from 2 stars to 3 stars is appreciated thank you

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joseph cole's picture

very close but not yet for the top one look at this..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFT5eIwLn8I

try and make sure in extreme instances of light and dark to bracket your exposures it will greatly improve your final outcome

ruth carll's picture

Hi Paul, I know how hard it is to make that jump. I am working on this too! You are off to a great start. I can see your eye for composition from your work as a designer. In particular, shots 1, 3 and 4 have great composition.

I'll be watching the video Joseph put in. Before that, I will say that the colors are too intense in the first image in my opinion. It would be stunning if you tone it down a bit. The hard lines of the trees and the dark black of the rocks would look great against a softer sky.

I am not sure what to say about the second photo. It isn't resonating for me. Sorry!

Photo 3 is gorgeous. This is a solid 3 to 4 photo. Put this in your portfolio!

I am guessing that you are going for a night landscape with the last photo. I think it needs a different crop with less fore ground. Maybe the tiniest touch of color in upper right for the last bit on sunset. That is getting pretty picky though! It is a nice image. The crop is just a suggestion.

Nice group of images! Keep up the great work.

Paul richard's picture

thank you ruth for the feedback really appreciate that!

Francisco B's picture

All of these are great photos, you just have to up your editing game a bit. I'd work on really learning how to use camera raw and curves adjustments in photoshop, as well as understanding exactly how a rgb histogram works. That should level you up pretty quick.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Ruth has put it well about these images, Paul. All show promise. For me, the first is the best as they stand, but that colour is a bit full-on for me.

The third has most to offer for me. Beautiful scene, light, colours and composition; the horizon is tilted and bent (lens barrel distortion), easy fixes in any program.

The fourth is just too gloomy. It's a truism in photography that shadow detail is important, i.e. not having blocks of indecipherable black, as they draw, and then frustrate the eye. The exception is pure silhouettes, to which your first image comes very close, so they're less of an issue in that one than the last.

Trying to expand on Ruth's (lack of) reaction to the second, I'd say you basically have a good composition here; personally, I'd like to see the horse a bit lower in the frame. The down side is flat light, which doesn't highlight any forms much, and for me the image apart from the horse is a bit drab, with those muted colours. Now picture the same scene, lit by low grazing sun from the right, with warmer colours, the hill contour more visible, rocks casting shadows, and the fallen tree looking like some gaunt skeleton - it could transform completely. Light quality makes a huge difference.

Just some ideas. Keep at it, you're on the way. I append a quick edit of the third, attending to that horizon, cloning out the out-of -focus bottom right corner form, and emphasising the left hand rock textures.

Paul richard's picture

oh thank you i totally missed that!

taking all your comments to heart and will make the suggested adjustments, thank you for taking the time to write some great feedback