Your Photo: Our Critique

Luis Roberto Gonzalez submitted this image after following our critiques of other photographers’ works. He says he has learned from reading our thoughts on how to improve various shots. As a photographer on the front end of the learning curve, I think Luis has a keen eye to see the graphic possibilities here. By the crop he has used the strings are the focal point. Using a Sony Cyber-shot the settings he used were 1/15sec, f/3.5 at ISO 125. Luis I applaud you for seeing the leading lines of the

Luis Roberto Gonzalez submitted this image after following our critiques of other photographers’ works. He says he has learned from reading our thoughts on how to improve various shots. As a photographer on the front end of the learning curve, I think Luis has a keen eye to see the graphic possibilities here. By the crop he has used the strings are the focal point. Using a Sony Cyber-shot the settings he used were 1/15sec, f/3.5 at ISO 125. Luis I applaud you for seeing the leading lines of the strings and not cropping them into the corners. The gold grabs your eyes and the strings move you through the picture.

To improve on this shot, I wonder if the fingers actually on the strings would maybe add to the photo. Realizing that you are working with some shutter lag on the Cyber-shot and it might take some practice to get the hand in a specific position. Using shutter priority and setting the slow shutter speed has given you a nice motion feel to the fingers, everyone has different opinions and some may see the hand movement as a distraction. Overall the image feels dark and the details in the wood of the instrument get lost. Using a higher ISO might allow a little more light to add detail and still allow you to capture the movement of the shot. I think you have a nice image, that has some room for improvement. Keep shooting and follow your instincts. Try different settings to see what happens as you change them.
_—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

_This photo gets three and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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