Category: Critique

27 Nov

A fairy’s light source – a critique for @PeteGlogiewicz

Chris Lane / Critique, photography / / 0 Comments

Pete (on twitter here) recently sent me a photo for critique in a project style that he has never done before. Here is the photo:

Pete's original photo

Issues in the metadata

Here is the metadata from the image: 255Kb (in the original that he posted on his website), shot on a Canon 400D/XTi with an EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens. It was shot at ISO 200, f/11 and 1/80th of a second. The focal length was 28mm.

In the metadata I can see a couple things generally wrong with this. First, the size of his file. This is minor, but I know for an image that is only 900px wide, he should be able to compress that file down a lot more without any issues. If he is using Photoshop, he should be using the Save for Web function instead of the Save As function. The file sizes will be dramatically smaller. This isn’t an issue with the photo itself of course, but in the scheme of things it is important. If he wants his website found, Google does use page load speed as one of it’s parameters for search results.

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24 Jan

Web design for photographers; a critique for Anthony Phung aka @APhungFoto

Chris Lane / Business, Critique, Design, photography / / 1 Comment

Anthony used my critique request form to ask for a critique not exactly of his work but of the way he shows his work, namely, his APhungFoto website.

Home page

The first thing I notice is the nice clean design. I like how big the images are, though one problem with this is that part of the photo is obscured “below the fold.” What this means is that I need to scroll down to see the entire photo. One way this could be improved is to decrease the size of the header. I like the header, especially if it is actually a personalized signature. I am guessing it is not, though? Regardless, it looks personal. Though “Foto” in papyrus does look tacked on.
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11 Oct

Critique – Amy

Chris Lane / Critique, photography / / 0 Comments

I have learned through both college and work experience that one of the best ways to learn anything is through critiques of your work and other’s work. That is why, in the spirit of teaching through this blog, I am happy to critique the work of submissions from readers. If you would like a professional critique from me and learn how to better your artwork, be it photo, design, painting, et al, just read these submission guidelines and submit an image through my critique contact form. You can also email your submission to photocrit [at] chrislanephoto.com.

I got an email from Amy a while back requesting a critique on this photo. More specifically, she was asking my professional opinion on how to crop this to an 11 x 14 format. First off, here is her original photo as she sent it.

Wheel photo by Amy

My first impression is that I like this photograph quite a bit.
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22 Feb

Package Design Critique

Chris Lane / Critique, Design / / 1 Comment
I have learned through both college and work experience that one of the best ways to learn anything is through critiques of your work and other’s work. That is why, in the spirit of teaching through this blog, I am happy to critique the work of submissions from readers. If you would like a professional critique from me and learn how to better your artwork, be it photo, design, painting, et al, just read these submission guidelines and submit an image through my critique contact form. You can also email your submission to photocrit [at] chrislanephoto.com.

I was recently sent a design image to be critiqued from Renier. This will be the first design critique posted to the blog, so a big thanks to Renier for sending it in. So to start with, here is the original image:
Canosa designer cookware - original image

Photo

First of all, there is a nice layout of elements with the fresh vegetables. Even the direction of the vegetables is nice, as the pointed top of the onion and the direction of the spoon make a nice movement through the photo. Even the garnish on the top of the casserole adds to this. Personally I probably would have gotten closer with my camera and had less table around, but this composition still shows the product nicely. My main issue with the photo is that it needs more contrast and higher saturation. This would make not only the red of the dish better, but it would make those tomatoes really pop. Here you can see a comparison with just a simple S-Curve adjustment layer.

Canosa designer cookware - color improvement

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06 Apr

Critique – Elizabeth M.

Chris Lane / Critique, photography, Retouched / / 2 Comments
I have learned through both college and work experience that one of the best ways to learn anything is through critiques of your work and other’s work. That is why, in the spirit of teaching through this blog, I am happy to critique the work of submissions from readers. If you would like a professional critique from me and learn how to better your artwork, be it photo, design, painting, et al, just read these submission guidelines and submit an image through my critique contact form. You can also email your submission to photocrit [at] chrislanephoto.com.

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a critique on the blog, so it’s about time I got back to it. This time I have a photo submissions from Elizabeth M.

Chris Lane Photo critique - Elizabeth M. Before

I’ll be critiquing this photo of an orangutan in a zoo. First, the metadata.
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