Nature Photography Photo Critique
by Danielle Smith
Category: Nature Photography
Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Description: I took this trying to show the beauty of flowers close up. Not just the exterior. Tak see all >
I took this trying to show the beauty of flowers close up. Not just the exterior. Take in all of your surroundings!
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
The general subject, the flower, is good and it is well framed. The tighter subject however, the stigma I think it is called seems to be out of focus. And I think to show what it is you are trying to show they need to be very sharp.
I think the overall composition is very good in this photo. You did a great job of "filling the frame" we say. Which means that there isn't any empty unnecessary space in the photo. The light is wonderful and there is a nice balance of light and dark areas.
Here is the largest problem with this photo. There is no clear focus. Not having a clear focus is all right if that is the feel or affect you are going for but with this picture you are going for the beauty in the intimate details of the flower and without very sharp focus that is hard to achieve.
Ideally for shooting close ups or detail shots like this one you would want to use a micro lens. If you don't have one be sure that you are the correct distance away from your subject to obtain that tac sharpness. The exposure seems good.
The lighting in this photo is very good which also ties into the exposure. But having exposed properly for the white of the flowers (which can be difficult) you've created some very nice shadowy and darker areas around the main focus of the photo.
I think the depth of field is about right in this photo but again since there isn't a clear area of focus it doesn't quite work.
Hey Danielle, First of thanks for reaching out and looking for some feedback on your photo. Using a tool like this can only make you a better photographer. My overall impression of this image is....almost. You almost got it. I love the framing of the subject and the exposure as well as the way the photo is lit (some bright some darker areas). I also think you've done pretty well with framing the photo. Some things you can try next time, most importantly is get the focus right. Whether you want the petals or the interior or the stem of the flower to be the what draws you in be sure that part is as sharp as possible. Play around with the having different parts of the flower in focus and play around with the depth of field until you have the right elements that make you happy. Making a good photo requires patience and creativity. If you can implement both of those tools while taking a photograph you will have tremendous success! Best of luck with your next batch of photos I am sure there will be some gems! All the best, Nick Otto
How to improve your photo
Have a clear focus and make sure that your subject is sharp!
Move around your subject and look for the best angle to photograph from.
Be creative in your approach to still subjects. It's not human so it can't tell you to stop shooting. Spend as much time as you need to get the photo that you want!