Photojournalism Photo Critique
by Victor Estevez
Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Wide: 20-30mm
Exposure time: 1/200 ,
Description: About a homeless in a rich city like Paris, that take care of small dogs
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
This is a couragious subject. I mean that homeless of course. Very difficult to picture, already done so often, very difficult to get really close into.
This is a strong composition! I can see so many lines, in the fences, from the down left corner to theright upper corner. These fences together with ten Notre Dame make this composition very graphic. Perspective is different. The very wide angle curls the corners, which makes the image dynamic but also very full. The perspective, standing above the homeless means looking down on him, getting more focus on that church. Was that done un purpose? Why did you crop his shoe? It attracts a lot of attention now.
Wide angles make great focus, and depth of field of cours, even with F4. A crisp image, no romance, just contrast and focus. Done well, but nothing else would have been possible with this lens. What choice do you have with a 20 mm and the subject in the middle.
Love the fact your working on 200 asa. Why put up iso when it's not necessary. But F4 isn't the best for any lens. Try to use at least 5.6 to get the best out of your lens and use only the very center of your glass.
Your use of black and white is very good. All greys are in there, black is still with detail, white in the sky is not bleached out. Beautiful!
Again, focus on the homeless, F4 so my depth of field stops after a few meters. Stills, with a wide angle like this everything is more or less in focus. So was this F4 for a mental choice? Could you have used F8 ? Would that have been better? To get more focus on the homeless, wouldn't it have been better to have used a little longer lens?
It's a great image, but you tell about a homeless in a rich city... I see a homeless with dogs looking timid in the camera, but what gets my attention every time I look at your picture, is the background!The cathedral, the white spot in the air, that's where my focus goes. So infact your picture has two subjects, the man and his dogs, but especially the ND, it's sky and the tourist walking around. And I think that's the weaker point of the image.
How to improve your photo
Focus your mind on ONE subject.CHOOSE. The homeless is your subject, the (rich) city is the background. Make it a background, by using a long lens or another standing point.
Don't look down (on homeless subjects), but get on your knees as much as you can.
Don't crop the shoes but crop the kathedral. That makes a totally different picture.
Mirror the image horizontally in photoshop. We in the western world tend to look (read) from left to right. The Hotspot of your image is up left in the sky, or quite down, the shoe. Mirroring your images learns you to make stronger compositions where your eyes don't vanish in the sky, but maybe end up in the eyes of a homeless....
Get feedback on your photos from Pro Sander de Wilde