Michael E. Stern

United StatesPasadena CA, United States
20
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Specialty: People, Travel, Sports, Commercial, Architecture
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I've been a professional photographer since the early 80's and have spent most of my time performing commercial work for a variety of entertainment industry clientele: Disney, WB, Universal and Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures. I've also been into photography education since the late '80's and have taught at a variety of educational institutions throughout California. I am available to post-process your image to show you what can be done with today's technologies. Samples are below. My book: Build A Better Photograph can be found at Amazon. I look forward to the opportunity to help you build better photographs!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Connor Leahy
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Overall it's a somewhat average recording but I hope the tips I've given you above and below will prove helpful
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Steve Young
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
This is a saleable photo if you tone and crop it for maximum impact...I appreciate you're early in the learning curve but photographs need to encompass many more attr...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Daniel
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Daniel, Henri CartierBresson is the Father of the "Decisive Moment." Do you know of him? You have followed his philosophy and with the exception of the focus i...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Paul Leathere
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Paul, Nice shot ya got here...one more thing on my punch list...remove or tone down the white objects at the bottom of the fence...this is a very good shot but...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Simon Henry
Camera:
Canon EOS-1D X
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Simon, This image by itself leaves a person wanting more. If it was part of a series then it is a good photo in that it helps convey the story of a race. I can...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.3
Photographer: Alex Braverman
Camera:
Canon EOS-1Ds MarkIII
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hi Alex, Rarely do I stop and look longer than a few seconds at a photo but this one truly made me stop and think. I thank you for that. Beggars make me personally u...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Mark Crawshaw
Camera:
Canon EOS-1D X
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Mark, Sweet photograph my man...definitely a keeper. Really love the dog in this image and I'm not overly fond of dogs in general.
Photo Critique
Rating
5.4
Photographer: blah blah
Camera:
E-PL1
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Without a name it's difficult to assess whether or not you are serious about the feedback. But read on for some helpful tips...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: alan mcneice
Camera:
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Alan, This is an OK photograph, not great and not bad. with a few adjustments on your part, your photographs can be great!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: steve thomas
Camera:
DMC-G5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Steve, Sports can be a wonderfully gratifying experience but it's not without its' demands. I'm going to post some of my Rugby photos soon so you can compare a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Rumen Michinov
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Rumin, Wow! I haven't seen anything this good in quite awhile. Thanks for asking me to provide my feedback.
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Debra Newbold
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Debra, I do not get tired of looking at this image multiple times, I get lost in the depth...a sign for me that it is an exceptional image. I appreciate you as...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: David Luck
Camera: FinePix S2000HD S2100HD
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello David, I really like this photograph because of its' inherent potential. I hope you try my suggestions as I'm confident you'll see this image come alive!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Rick Stillings
Camera: NIKON D7100
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Rick, I made my critique here not knowing what you were limited to in terms of where you could be when on the course. so take that into account. When I'm on a ...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: Mickel Estefanio
Camera:
NIKON D60
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Mickel, Indoor sports is tough but you made a good start with this. At least (and perhaps most importantly) you had good timing. The rest can be learned but yo...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: jean innes
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hi Jean, As fun as the HDR technique can be, after awhile it gets a bit boring and predictable. Now if you do an entire series like this than maybe it works better b...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.9
Photographer: Nishanth
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Nishanth, What a terrific image to wake up to, thank you for asking me to critique. I've had a lot of good photography to look at as a Gurushots Pro and this is one ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Paul Hosier
Camera:
NIKON D50
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Paul, Concert type photos are usually hard to do well emotionally and technically. I think you have a nice technically well executed photo here. Emotionally I ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: diane
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Diane, This is a nice snap shot of a girl but without vignetted edges to mitigate the effects of the washed out lighting and color, and the rather awkward posi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: David Wade
Camera:
NIKON D3000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello David, I like the photo with the noted exceptions...I did forget to point out earlier the awkwardness of the cut off feet...something I avoid at all costs. Tha...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Stephanie Luke
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Stephanie, Would like to see more of this series...do you have them on a website yet? Good work. Keep at it. Good idea.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Dan Banks
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Dan, Thanks for asking me to evaluate your work. I wish the dad had a more loving look rather than the apprehensive one displayed here. Did you have others fro...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Gary Maynard
Camera:
Canon EOS 600D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Gary, Good first attempt. You should continue working this type of challenging lighting environment. I bet you'll be able to build up a strong portfolio of work in n...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: L.a. Fotographee
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Dear L. a., An excellent photograph in terms of emotion and with a few changes technically and artistically you'll have a near perfect moment next time.
Photo Critique
Rating
9.4
Photographer: Dariusz Zielinski
Camera:
n/a
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Dariusz, This is an impressive captured moment. My only issue is the rather odd white glow behind the rider. Seems like it was a post-production technique. Lov...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Sharon, The next time you do a photograph like this I suggest the following: always have your subject get a manicure and pedicure, style the dirt so it looks m...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
This is about as close to perfection as one can get. Wow! From the spread of her little fingers to the scabs on her knees, the little details here make for a wonderfu...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Sharon, I'm sure you can tell by now it's not easy making consistently strong images. You're a thinker and you believe in your vision. Now you just have to add more ...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.7
Photographer: Cleve jackson
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hi Cleve, Please don't get discouraged too much by my opinion, photography is a combination of instinct, technical craft and artistic impression. It's a long process...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Gus R
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Gus, Nice photograph!. I'm glad you shot at f/16 as the look of the streetlight on the right is perfect. This is definitely one for your portfolio. If you're t...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Sharon, I would think overall the owner of any dog would love to have a photograph like this. My big issue is the grooming. When you know you're going to be ph...
Photo Critique
Rating
3.7
Photographer: jimbo
Camera:
KODAK EASYSHARE Z710 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Jimbo, This is just a snapshot but one that could have been more interesting if a few photographic ideas were more familiar to you.... I hope after reading and taki...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: Karl Oliver
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Karl, I hope you're not too disappointed by your score...this is an extraordinary subject photographed in a very ordinary way. Might I suggest that next time s...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: kevin day
Camera:
Canon EOS 1100D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Kevin, My first impression is that this is a solid recording/documentation photograph but it lacks a strong interpretation or point of view. I'm not getting ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.4
Photographer: derek northrop
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Derek, I like this image very much as I'm partial to kid photography. My son is 13 and I've been photographing him from the day he was born. Poor kid...:)I even have...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Anne Christie
Camera:
Olympus SP-590 UZ
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Anne, It appears you have some working knowledge of photography, composition and light but that challenging lighting/exposure conditions like this may be a bit over...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.9
Photographer: Chad Cable
Camera:
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Chad, My only negative comment is the upper left corner and the obvious overuse of HDR. Perhaps cloning out the cable and dropping in a few clouds would have been th...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Linda Groom
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Hello Linda, I was shocked at first to see this image because it's not something I'm familiar with...this is a good thing. You had my interest. But for my reasons ex...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Stevan T.
Camera:
Nikon D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Stevan, Good work. I have two suggestions for you: try inserting a lighter sky, maybe with some blue in it. This will offset the warmth of the street colors. Secondl...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.9
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Category: Photojournalism
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
I really like the story and humor of this photograph.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Category: Photojournalism
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
There is something appealing about this photograph and humor too but it doesn't stand out as anything special. When given all the photographs of this type, yours is n...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Camera:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
For the reasons stated above this image is really not competition worthy. I don't know if trite is the word but there is nothing to keep me in the photo more than a f...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Camera:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Overall a very nice photo and definitely suitable for competition. I would lighten the very dark areas of the pews and perhaps crop the top off. Well done.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
While I like this image, it is not compelling enough to warrant more than a passing look. This (in my opinion) due to the lack of tonal separation in the tones of the...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Martin Alpert
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
I want to see more of the temple and less of the rock. We get that it's a rock but what is its' relevance to the temple? That is the story you want/need to tell. This...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Stevan T.
Camera:
Nikon D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
For the reasons stated above, very well done indeed.A lovely shot, could be a postcard or a puzzle. Thank you for asking me to review it for you.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: David Siebers
Camera:
Olympus SP-590 UZ
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Overall a snapshot but a nice memento of the moment, especially for family and friends.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: David Siebers
Camera:
Olympus SP-590 UZ
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
For all the reasons stated above and for the previous photo in this series.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Stevan T.
Camera:
Nikon D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Eye-catching at first but not strong enough to hold interest. Try telling a story.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Stevan T.
Camera:
Nikon D7000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
Once you get past the obvious HDR, it is a nice shot. As a fine art piece I'm not so sure. I would use a combination of HDR and a less obvious processing and combine ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Debra Crawford
Camera:
FUJIFILM FinPix s5000
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
This is an image that is saleable for stock or wall art, an image I would not tire of looking at.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Sherry Reed
Camera:
Nikon Coolpix S570
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
As I indicated above this is an interesting snapshot and a nice memory of the event but not much more.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: meechan
Camera:
Fujifilm A150
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
This photo is above average in most categories and with a few technical and artistic changes could be a very powerful and successful image.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Traci S
Camera:
Canon PowerShot G11
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
As I said a very strong photo.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.5
Photographer: Don Schiff
Camera:
Nikon D70
Critiqued by: Michael E. Stern
This photo is slightly above average for the reasons stated above. You have a good eye but need to improve camera technique, lighting choice (if possible) and post-pr...
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Member: vincent brown
Category: People Photography
Camera:
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Category: People Photography
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