Sunday, May 6, 2012

Photo Feedback: Week 13

I don’t know about you but my weekend went by in a whirlwind.  Time for another edition of photo feedback. I will share about this again.  I think that bloggers are wonderfully supportive, but to get better with your photography you need honest feedback.  Something better than “Nice shot.”  I don’t think you should have to pay to get your photo critiqued, either (have you seen that site?) 

I honestly believe that critiquing others’ photography helps you.  Yep, you read that right.  Looking at others’ work and seeing things about it like what you like and what you don’t trains your eye.  So when you are behind your lens you will see those same things.  You will also hear critiques of your images in your head as you line up a shot or edit it.  It is very, very helpful.  So I encourage you to join in.  We don’t bite, I promise.  ;)

I thought this week I would share my SOOC (straight out of the camera) and my edited shot.

I took this shot while waiting for a client this weekend at the park.  I got there early to scout out spots.  It was 2 pm and over 90 degrees. I knew I was going to have to work fast for a photo session with three young boys.  I noticed this grill and it reminded me of the grills at the park when I was little.  It just epitomized summer to me.  So I had to take a shot of it. 



Edited (took a little less than 5 minutes)


Shot with my Canon 7D and my 50mm 1.8 lens.  Aperture: f/2.5,  Shutter speed: 1/800,  ISO: 160. 

Mom Tried It

Here are the guidelines for Photo Feedback:

  • The photo you submit must be your own.
  • The photo can be new or old, edited or SOOC, never a theme to adhere to.
  • When leaving feedback be sure to say something you like about the photo along with something you would suggest to improve the photo.
  • If you join in, please visit a couple of other participants too.  They want feedback just like you do. 
  • Please link back in your post with text or grab the button.
  • If you are going to have more than one photo in your blog post, please specify which photo you want critiqued.

The link up is live from Mondays (12:01 am) through Fridays (11:59 pm) CST.  So you have lots of time to join us.

*The code for the blog hop is at the very bottom. This is a Blog Hop! That means the link up will show up in your blog too and your readers can join in without having to leave your page.

I am really looking forward to reading your feedback.  Thank you for helping me get better.  I am learning so much from you!


  1. It's official, I need to start a personal blog just so I can participate.
    Love love that shot, and I especially love the contrast the editing added. That is where I get a little timid, sometimes I am afraid of the shadows it can create, but you look at the base of the grill with the clovers, they come alive with the shadows.
    Have you noticed any change to your photos when you upload them to your site? When I upload mine, they get more vibrant (not in a good way) and darker. Yet, when someone pins the photo I notice it looks like the original edit. It's driving me insane! So now I am editing for the upload, and using far too much overexposure to compensate.

  2. Destri, you can link up with Flickr. You don't need to have a blog. :)
    I have had trouble in the past with inconsistency with posting online and my photos looking different on different sites and devices. I have been processing and saving my photos specifically for the internet and have really been happy with the results. I am actually doing a tutorial tomorrow about it. ;)

  3. Thanks for your positive feedback on my photos every week, and now I'm going to give you some feedback.
    You're edited shot is great. I love the action you have chose to lay over the photo, and I love how the grill and grass is focused. It's hard to say anything negative. I suppose, to me, a grill is a slightly boring thing to photograph, but I understand to you it epitimises summer from your childhood, so it's not a boring thing for you! And that's the main thing. Well done on your final edit.

    1. Yes, a grill is pretty boring. I wasn't going to link it up, but decided to any way. Actually there wasn't an action ran on this photo (well a sharpen action, that's it). All of the contrast and color variations is from different layer adjustments and dodge and burn. :) I have found I prefer to rely on myself than actions, but they do come in very handy and I still use a few here and there.

  4. Love the simplicity of this shot. I feel like the grass is maybe competing for attention with the grill because it is bright and saturated? That's the only thing I can come up with :) BTW - Kudos on your cropping choice.

  5. I like your composition here and the story behind the photos. I also like how your edit brings out the texture of the grill. The grass seems maybe just a tad too saturated?? Other than that, I can't come up with an improvement. I always like your work ;)



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