Your Photo: Our Critique

Monica Jones submitted this image taken with a Nikon D300, with an exposure of 1/1000sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, shot on aperture-priority mode. Monica is new to photography and appears to have a firm grasp on working the light. The crop is a little boring. You could go vertical, as is the nature of the lighthouse, but you would lose some of the richer sky colors on the left of the frame. Instead you could try cropping off the right side, which moves the lighthouse out of the center and more to the r

Monica Jones submitted this image taken with a Nikon D300, with an exposure of 1/1000sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, shot on aperture-priority mode. Monica is new to photography and appears to have a firm grasp on working the light. The crop is a little boring. You could go vertical, as is the nature of the lighthouse, but you would lose some of the richer sky colors on the left of the frame. Instead you could try cropping off the right side, which moves the lighthouse out of the center and more to the right. This way all you lose is a little scenery.  When composing a photograph, go ahead and take the safe shot and then consider different angles or a different composition. There are some nice leading lines between the bridge in the background and the railing around the lighthouse. Another thing to consider is the fine details in the background, in this instance wait until the big trucks have moved out of the frame or just behind the lighthouse. Overall this is a really nice photo of a lighthouse as the sun is going down. For a beginner, Monica has done a lot of things right in this photo.

—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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