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Hambone Lewinski 7:04pm, 10 January 2008
I know that I am still "just starting out" with only a bit more than half a year of photography under my belt, but I would like you guys to respond to my work. I would like some critical response to help me focus on what aspects of my photography to really dig into and try to improve.

I would like to know what I'm doing well (a bit of a boost to soften the blow!) and what I can really improve on. Bonus points if you can point to examples of what you mean. Please try to be constructive.

Thanks!

Jason
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K. Praslowicz 10 years ago
Real quick since I'm at work: I've notice you often us a lot of dead center composition. This can work for certain bodies of work, but for the most part it is the fingerprint of a beginner.

Instead of me typing more and wastign ocmpany time, just listen to this.
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manley.josh 10 years ago
ummm...ditto.

I have always received great feedback from the DPG, i know i could comment on others more but i don't always feel "qualified" for lack of a better word.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
Thank you.

Even in the last month, my opinion about dead-center composition has changed. The honest truth is, some of my favorite images use very meticulous dead-center composition and that is what I'm emulating. It is a visual style that I really enjoy.

I did not, until very recently, understand why I enjoyed it. I've come to realize that I like that particular look because it is awkward and a little bit uncomfortable. In the last few weeks I've tried to expand my composition style to place the focal point of the image outside of dead center, unless I want to convey a message of absurdity. Which I do want to convey quite a bit; yes my picture entitled "dessert" IS meant to be a little bit silly.

As an added bonus I find that, by writing my response this criticism, I am really taking the time to think more deeply about my work than I usually do. Which is a good thing.

Jason
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Sweetlake 10 years ago
Josh - you are as qualified as anyone else.

Kip - its free when you comment from work!

Jason, I like your strong angles and the interestingness of subjects (upside down sign, bottles in a bucket, etc). Keep up the absurdity!
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
Just to let you know, I usually reserve my critical comments on images that have great potential (ie ones that give me the wow factor), but maybe could be improved somehow.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
"Just to let you know, I usually reserve my critical comments on images that have great potential (ie ones that give me the wow factor), but maybe could be improved somehow."

So that's your criticism? That none of my work is good enough for you to even comment on? It's fine if you feel that way, but it certainly isn't very constructive... how does that help make me a better photographer?

Jason
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Sweetlake 10 years ago
Lighten up Jason.
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Barrett 10 years ago
I believe hbr said that he reserves his critical comments *on* good images, not that he reserves them *for* good images. There's a big difference.
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HBRstudios Posted 10 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 10 years ago
No offense intended, Jason -- I was just telling you why I might not respond to every image, and why I might not give a critical assessment of them. Many images will get the one or two word response, but I do not consider that to be a "critical" response.

If I don't respond, then it probably means that I

1) Don't have the time nor the energy and never got back to it later,

or

2) Doesn't strike a chord with me

or

3) Can't find something witty to say about it.

Don't put too much emphasis on posts to your images -- the praise, the criticism, nor the lack of either.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
Sorry, I must have misread your comment above. For some reason it really rang as one of those, "Why would someone say something like that?" sort of statements... I thought you were being patronizing.

My apologies.

Jason
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
...Now I feel like the jerk! I must be in quite a funk this evening.

Jason
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
No worries, and next time I will try to be more careful with my wording.
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