You wanted me to write you a critique for this one. As I tell everyone; don't mind the star-ratings, they aren't informative.
When I look at your settings they tell me the following; this is going to me a somewhat blurry picture with a good chance of missing the focus with no help from the aperture.
The reason for this is that 1/30s is from a handheldperspective a very slow shutterspeed especially when you are photographing something that's living/something in motion. If you look on the exterior of the model you'll see that it's somewhat blurry on the edges.
An aperture of f3.3 means that you have the lens more or less wideopen and you are very dependant on having a shutterspeed that helps you "hit" with the focus in order to get that blurry background.
There are several options to remedy this, the two most common are on/off camera flash or higher iso-value. You need to compensate with light to be able to get a shutterspeed that allows you to freeze the subject.
I get what you are trying to achieve here, but in order to do so you need to familarize yourself more with your camera and how shutterspeed, aperture and iso affects your captures. I'll add a video for you that's going to shed some light on the subject.
It might sound boring, but the first thing I do when I buy myself a new camera is to read the instruction manual, because it's important to know the possibilities and limitations of the camera you are using in order to be able to get the best possible results from it.
I hope this was helpful
Be sure to check out this video: [link]
And you're right, the star ratings are rather meaningless. Aren't 'Vision' and 'Originality' nearly the same thing? And WTF does 'Impact' mean, lol? So vague, like talking with an artist!
Thank you so much! Actually I am quite aware of exactly what you discussed. Anything slower than about 1/60 while handheld is going to be blurry, especially in my shaky hands. The price I pay for leaving without the tripod! I didn't want to boost the ISO because I didn't want to increase the grain. the sensor on my little point and shoot seems to really generate noise, even just at 200. My camera is NOT professional, and so I am very limited on how I can adjust aperture, focal length, or shutter speed. I did use a flash with an appropriate shutter speed and f stop, but I didn't like the light anywhere near as much. My biggest mistake was leaving the tripod on the porch, lol!
Though you haven't told me what I didn't already know, you are still the first person to tell me anything constructive on a single photo of mine, so it is extremely helpful to have my thoughts confirmed. I have been experimenting quite a bit to see how I can improve my shots within the limits of my technology (until I get better equipment) since this photo was taken two months ago, and am relieved to know that I have been focused on the right things. I have a photo shoot scheduled with two models in a week, so we will see if I have learned anything from my mistakes.
Again, thank you, and if you have any other advice I will gladly take it. I am completely self taught. All of my training has been for being in front of the camera, not behind it, so am eager to learn anything I can from those more experienced than myself. I will check out the video.
I know what you are saying. I get the same feeling when I watch and read different techniques. They are all very logical, but in the end it's all about implementing them. This is for me to most difficult part, not because it's so advanced and so, but because it's hard to remember the little things when you're out there with the camera
As for advices I'm running critiques a couple of weekends each month and it's easier for me to give you feedback from photo to photo instead of a general direction
Excellent that's precisely what I need. I can get the general all day online with tutorials and blogs and such. I need the specific.
BTW, I think I have a very cheap solution to my dilemma presented by this photo. I recently purchased some neutral density and diffusing gels, and am going to experiment with just taping pieces over my little camera's built in flash.
Although I will (hopefully) soon have a respectable camera and lenses, I am motivated to create highly original works as cheaply as possible to demonstrate that with current technology anyone can create great art with a minimal budget. Of course I'm not arguing against having expensive state of the art equipment. I've worked on two films that the budgets of just the both together cost around a quarter of a billion US dollars to produce, so I do appreciate the benefit of nice equipment. You can't make Avatar for under $1000, but you can still make something original and timeless.
There are so many aspects on how to improve, personally I divided mine into photography and post-processing. It makes it easier for me on a general level to know what area that is falling behind. It's one thing to compose an image of something that's allready beautiful/interesting, but it's a whole different story when it comes to making something ordinary look extraordinary. And for both these photographicalchallenges I need an idea on how I can represent this in the best possible way, this is without doubt harder the less intersting the scene/subject is. However the not-so-intersting-scene often allows me to play around with the extreme, to create very conceptual images. In my mind both photography and post-prcessing needs to be close in skill-level to be able to produce the best possible image. A bad photo can't be saved and a good photo can be boring. It's just my way of thinking when I go out there to capture some new
Right. All the variables that go into creation affect the outcome. I see that principle working in film. A movie can have perfect writing and acting, but if the editing is crap, then so will also the film be crap. If any one element is lacking, it will affect the whole. Bad acting can sink a beautifully shot film, such as most films starring Keanu Reeves, for example. Reeves is the living embodiment of Bertolt Brecht's "distancing effect" (Verfremdungseffekt), lol!