For the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some critiquing for a person, going through some of her images and giving her tips on how to improve, well my opinion of it. After the first lot she was quite discouraged, so I sent her some links to see some of my earlier work, to help put her efforts into perspective. Some of my early work was crap. Then last Saturday I was teaching a class on Architectural photography and this image was among the lot I had chosen to show the class.
This image was taken just over a year ago on a trip to the city with a friend. It was in the Block Arcade and taken with the camera almost on the floor.
The idea of the image was to show a different way of taking images, different angles and as I was looking at it, I was blown away by the colours. True cringe factor here. In past classes I have just shown the images on my laptop, but this time, I attached my laptop to the tv and so the images were huge. I couldn’t believe how vibrant this image came out and I remember looking at the class and saying this has to be reworked. So I reworked it.
They are both HDR’s, and the second one was redone, right from scratch, so I redid the HDR with Photomatix again as well. I processed it differently as well. I tried to tone the people down, and bring out the features a lot more. The colours in the rework are so much more realistic as well I think. They are certainly more like the colours I think of when I think about the arcade.
I have added layers of blur and masked part of that blurring. I think in images I am always trying to help you see what I want you to see. I also played with the lighting a little. It is a darker image, but I know you are not surprised about that.
I think it is important for people who are starting out to remember that no one starts being good straight away. We all learn and slowly the work gets better. It is good to look at lots of photography, I mean lots. Look at what you like and what you don’t like. Work out what works in an image and what doesn’t. Look at photographers whose work you love and try to imitate it. It is a fantastic way to learn. Try and work out what it is that they do, especially what it is that makes you like it. Think about why you take photos and what you want from your images.
Just a few ideas. I don’t want to discourage anyone and think everyone should have a go. I am going to be having a go this weekend, how about you?