Basic Composition/Simplifying

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    erja kaikkonen

    Beirut is an extremely photogenic city. Love it.

    Here are just a few examples of my simplification efforts. Ideally I would post a series of six pictures so I might just add the other three as a reply. You are welcome to comment on just these three (or the second set), as you wish. If this was a series or a set of photos, these would be the last three. I had a great day yesterday taking them.


    erja kaikkonen

    Here is the second set (in low resolution). If you’d like to look at these two submissions them as a series, these would be the first three. However, I know that the assignment maximum is three, so feel free to just assess three of them. :)[attachment=0:2vl3t76q]IMG_4245.jpg[/attachment:2vl3t76q]

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi Erja! Again! 😉

    I’m so happy to see your photos. You’re improving by leaps and bounds.

    You have really started to see things the way a photographer does. Your photos are making everyday moments into works of art.


    You are in a particularly interesting situation. You find yourself in interesting places like Lebanon and you have the ability to take good photographs.

    Take advantage of your unique position and focus on it, so to speak…

    A couple of minor notes on these photos.

    Try to avoid using a harsh flash in portraits of people. Notice the harsh shadow that it leaves.

    Also your photograph of the coffee cup is also not your strongest photograph.

    Don’t let that bring you down. I just have higher expectations now that I’ve seen some of your recent photographs.

    Lesson 6 and lesson 5 work hand in hand and I hope you’ve learned quite a bit from them. Your work will stand apart if you can combine them in your work.

    These critiques are quite short because you clearly understand the assignment and you’ve done very well with your images.

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