Fine art Photography Photo Critique
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Fine art Photography
Lens: Prime: Fixed focal l
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: I was intrigued by the artist's "capture" of this image..........I was trying to conv see all >
I was intrigued by the artist's "capture" of this image..........I was trying to convey the "beauty of the moment".
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Photography is considered by many to be an art form in itself and I think it is difficult to take pictures of other art forms however I think in spite of that the shot has worked out quite well as you have moved in close.
There is a nice feeling of immediacy in this photo as you have moved in close to the subject and eliminated the edges of the artist's sketchbook (or the edges of the paper). On my screen I can't see the left edge of the paper but if it is where I imagine it to be then I think it might have been better if you had positioned the camera a bit more to the right so that we had less white paper on the left and a bit more of the hand on the right.
I think the focus is on the charcoal which is nice as it emphasises the action taking place.
Using a prime lens was good as it gives a feeling of actually being there rather than looking from a distance (with a zoom lens) and avoids the distortion of a wide-angle lens. The shutter speed is good as it freezes the motion of the hand.
Nice even lighting, and you avoided flash which works well.
F8 is ok but the hand is an interesting part of the composition and I would have liked more detail so a greater depth-of-field which included everything in the scene would have been better I think.
In a way it is a strange image as it captures someone in action but the part of the image that really draws the attention is the eyes which is not the reality that has been photographed. It is a picture within a picture which has an odd effect. So very intriguing.
How to improve your photo
It is important to determine what the subject is. In this shot it is both the artist and the picture so I think having the hand in full focus would have been interesting. Make sure you are really 100 per cent clear about what the subject is before pressing the shutter release.
I don't think this belongs to the genre of Fine Art because you are taking a photo of a fine art work, not actually making the fine art yourself. This is better placed as documentary photography as you are recording an action taking place.
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