Black & White Photography Photo Critique
by Caryn Hill
Category: Black & White Photography
Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: I liked the way the sunset was showing through the branches. It gave that eerie feel see all >
I liked the way the sunset was showing through the branches. It gave that eerie feeling to it and the clouds a silver lining. Exposure was F22.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Great photo Caryn! I love this kind of style! It's eerie and beautiful at the same time! Lovely!
The tree is placed just enough off center to make the photo interesting, keeping the curl of the branches prominent.
Right choice in using the tripod at sunset to get the right focus!
The blacks are too black which causes little definition between the clouds and the tree. A bit more exposure between the two will make the photo more dramatic.
The black and white is what really sells this photo for me. To shoot this in color would have diminished the impact.
This is what black and white does well! Nice shooting Caryn. You saw a good composition and delivered it well. Keep up the great work!
How to improve your photo
Keep detail in your blacks to highlight your subject. Too much black makes the tree look lifeless. Check out the Zone System for this purpose. Take time to play with different exposure options to find the best results!
Look at different perspectives from which to shoot. Walk around a subject to find the most exciting angles. How interesting if the sunset was coming through the branches that made a circle! Shooting up is also a dramatic look!
Spend time with your subject observing the lighting changes as the sun sets. The "bounce back " factor of the sun after it sets offers beautiful possibilities for more exciting lighting! This is where your tripod is a big help!
Get feedback on your photos from Pro Joan K. Lentini