Mike Shipman

United StatesBoise ID, United States
20
years of
experience
Specialty: Nature, Artistic, Travel, People, Wildlife
I'm a freelance photographer covering a wide range of subject matter from corporate, advertising, travel, industrial, and lifestyle to nature, environment, and fine art portraiture. I'm a former wildlife biologist, I write, teach photography, and lead photo workshops. My feedback will be honest and fair. It's not in either of our best interests to freely pad your ego with high points or bash you with low scores (to pad my ego). I'm a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and on the board of the ASMP Utah/Mountain West Chapter, NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), APA (American Photographic Artists) and EP (Editorial Photographers).
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: David Scott
Camera:
NIKON D50
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I think this is a good image of a situation not many people come across. In that way, there's really nothing I can say in terms of improvement. It's a great image for...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: jason Laskus
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Overall, a well-composed image of an interesting subject, but with some exposure and focus issues to work on. Macro photography is not easy and takes much more practi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Bob
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I find this image to have a lot of appeal. It tells a good story of what it's like being a kid, especially a young boy, in the expression and pose, and the simple com...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Roger Wilson
Camera:
NIKON D5100
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I like the subject and subject matter and the patterns in the gulls flying is interesting. Look for ways to crop the image to isolate interesting shapes, behaviors, a...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Dheeraj M
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
The color of the water in the foreground is really great. It looks like beaten and slightly tarnished copper. Overall my general impression is this image has a lot of...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Stephen Penman
Camera:
SLT-A57
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
When I think of Highland cattle, this is the type of image that comes to my mind and similar to photos I've taken of Highland cattle here in Idaho. It's a dramatic pr...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: linda dodd
Camera:
SLT-A57
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Overall, a good "grab shot" of taking advantage of an opportunity while you were photographing a different subject (bees) and a good eye and preparation to be ready f...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Brandon albertson
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
My general impression, as I mentioned at the top, is of a colorful rhododendron in a landscape, but the main subject (rhododendron) is lost (minimized) in the overall...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Lauren Thomson
Camera: COOLPIX L310
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
This is an interesting subject and my general impression is of a good image of elephants engaging in a behavior, which is better than a simple portrait of an elephant...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Michael Bennett
Camera:
Canon EOS 550D
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I mentioned my general impression at the top, that you have a great subject here that needs more exploring with wide angle, telephoto, and changes in position, if thi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: John Madge
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
John, overall, a well done shot of a difficult subject. You have a good eye for composition and timing. Keep up the good work.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Greg Nold
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
General impression is this is a bit of a 'grab shot', whether she is related to you or just someone you spotted. The use of a low angle to be on her level avoids a lo...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: ratan chabblie
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Ratan, A nice, attractive subject who is doing something other than just standing for a photo. Colors and depth of field add to the interest and the simple compositio...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Ana, a very nice image. You were there at the right time, which is at least 60% of every photograph. The point of view you selected works well to get the viewer into ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Christine Anderson
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Christine, a nice composition. Many good compositions are made after looking over a subject for some time, either over a few minutes, several days or longer. Much of ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Michelle Hubbard
Camera:
Nikon D40x
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Michelle, This is one of those locations where it's difficult to not make a good photo just on the basis of the grand landscape features. Weather and light conspire a...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: joshua neate
Camera:
Fujifilm FinePix S1500
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Josh, I share your interest in clouds and I encourage you to continue photographing them. Clouds have many more looks and moods than most people pay attention to, so ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Diana
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XS
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Diana, I think you're off to a good start and with some attention to a small number of technical details will be creating some excellent photographs. B&W is a great m...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: armando allan
Camera:
Samsung HZ10W
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Armando, you've captured a different perspective and point of view of an endangered species. This point of view gives the viewer an idea of what it would be like to s...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: paul atkinson
Camera:
fuji finepix
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Paul, you captured a scene here that caught your eye while driving past. More often than not, this first impression is not the final image but a first step. I hope yo...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: fernando jr. vega
Camera:
Kodak EasyShare M530
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Fernando, you've done a nice job capturing this flower and the new buds. There are interesting elements on the flower and an angled view would make those elements sta...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: Tom Gomes
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I like the action of the hawk, in flight screaming, the angle, and placement of the hawk in the frame. The action tells a story - was it screaming at you? Red-shoulde...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Tom Gomes
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
Great photo, nice subject captured well, but cropped a bit too tightly so the visual "comfort level" is cramped. Moving subjects need a place to move into or out of a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Cathy Switzer
Camera:
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
A marked improvement over the previous version with the warming up of the sunlit areas and correction of the blue color cast in the shadows. A more visually interesti...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Cathy Switzer
Camera:
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
I hesitate to call this image 'painterly', because it is a photograph and not a painting. But, the visual impression I have is of a muted painting of an early morning...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Millie Morgan
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Mike Shipman
My general impression is this is a good, opportune photo of a hawk at a bird feeder/bird house situation. It's more than a simple 'portrait' of a hawk sitting on a po...