Re: Re: Lesson 1

Duncan Rawlinson

Hey Kyrk!!! Welcome to the student forum! You’re now part of our community. So welcome. Leave your shoes at the door, and grab a drink 😉 Make yourself at home.

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You’ve taken steps to become a better photographer already. You’re on your way!

Not only have you enrolled in the course but you’ve taken action by submitting your first photos!

As they say here in Australia “good on ya mate”

Now, the critique.

Your first submission is a dandy. You’ve done well although you kinda ‘cheated’ a little. Not in a bad way or anything. You just picked an object that may seem mundane to you but it’s not really that mundane… Either way I’m not trying to teach you how to find boring things. I’m trying to teach you to work on how you see the world…

I like what you’ve done here.

You’ve done a few things that are very promising. You chose an interesting composition, you shot in shallow depth of field, and you got very close.

All of these are great tools in the photographers toolkit and you will learn how to refine those as you get through the course.

In this case your focus and depth of field control could be a little better. In this case it’s focusing on the ear which I would suggest isn’t as important as the eyes but you may disagree…

The most important thing you can take away from this lesson is how much better your photos get by doing one simple thing. Getting close. If you can work on anything to improve your photos dramatically it’s get closer. Move your feet and always try to get closer. Don’t zoom.

You’ve done that here and you can see how much more dynamic your images will become.

I’m pleased with your first assignment and I’ll see you on the next assignment.

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