Food Photography Photo Critique
by Cheryl Sulima
Category: Food Photography
Description: Additional Photo Details: 13sec, f36, 105mm Used macro lens to capture the detail and see all >
Additional Photo Details: 13sec, f36, 105mm Used macro lens to capture the detail and texture of the underside of a portobello mushroom. Used both diagonals and curves as compositional elements.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Nice choice to include just part of the mushroom, focuses the attention on the details.
Low perspective offers a strong perspective looking across the fins of the mushroom. The repetition of line pull the eye through the image. The inclusion of the edge of the mushroom across the bottom is a distraction because it is out of focus and is not as clean and simple as the rest of the image.
The repeating lines of the underside are sharp enough, particularly in the foreground which is most important because this is where the viewer's eye goes first.
Exposure looks good and the use of the macro lens offered the close focusing capability needed for this subject.
Diffused lighting works well for this subject, helps keep the attention on details in the subject.
Enough of the mushroom fins are sharp, with the sharpest ones in the foreground. Good choice to use the smallest aperture available.
Strong pattern/detail image that focuses the viewer's attention on the subtleties of the subject. Some distractions.
How to improve your photo
Crop off mushroom edge at bottom.
Another option for dealing with the bottom edge is to selectively darken this area so that less attention is drawn to this part of the image.
Selectively darken small area at the center of the left edge that is lighter than surrounding tones. This will help keep the eye from being pulled to the edge of the photo.
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