Fine art Photography Photo Critique
by Robert Hayes
Category: Fine art Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: Shutter speed: 1 second. An attempt at black background style product shot with a fo see all >
Shutter speed: 1 second. An attempt at black background style product shot with a foreground reflection. Combined with an exploration of different lighting effects and respective shadows on a simple form such as the Munny toy producted by Kidrobot.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Hi Robert, Although it might seem that this is not a very interesting subject to shoot, because it's just a small and simple toy, the way you did it is what it makes it appealing. You say it's a product shot, and it is, but then you classify it as Fine Art Photography, which is in a way intriguing because it's just a product but then we go from the product to a product-scape, having a small object as this one turned into a big presence. These hands get to be very suggestive... This is borderlinning between 3D rendering and photography, and that ambiguity is perfect in a work of art.
Munny here is not just in front of us... "He" is turned a little to the side — not too much to be obvious — creating a very dynamic feel that hits us without we realizing it immediately. The frame is very neutral and it has a good amount of space to breath around. It was done well but there is nothing particular about it. This could be a reason not to give 10, but than the neutral framing is what gives the subject it's strong presence, and since it is a very abstract toy doll this worked very well. Besides that you did a good job with the amount of reflection you fitted in.
Hard to tell in this small version but for all that I can see it's perfect.
You've done exactly what you were aiming for.
I'm guessing this is the cyan Munny so you didn't use coloured light. My first impression was that it had a little less light that what it should but that quickly subsided, it's the perfect luminosity for this subject, to make it mysterious. You also did this quite well in order to have a nice volumetric representation of the object. love the rendering of light in these clean and soft shapes! Also, the black background you got (would love to know if it was all done with lighting or with some software editing) and the amount of reflection on the base surface, is making it all work even better.
Great for what it is
This is an intriguing shot that makes us think why should one do it and say it's fine art photography, but then, while observing it better, it grows on it's mysterious side and what started to be a very simplistic product shot becomes an interesting object. But this is also due to the object portrayed because although it's a figure it has a very abstract dimension to it. Well done! I'm going to share this in my Facebook page and you're very welcome to come by and give me some feedback. Cheers
How to improve your photo
Have you shot this in RAW? If you did, and I always advise using RAW over TIFF and never to shoot JPEG, you should try and get a little bit of the left ear into visibility. Not a lot, just enough to make it present in close inspection.
I would also enjoy seeing a little bit of the left shoulder. But as I'm saying, not a lot, just enough so that we can see where the contour is.
Perhaps you could use a small reflector from behind Munny just to give us that little increase of contour.
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