1. Post #1
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    Hello everyone! I decided to show off some of my photos (I'm a hobbyist not a pro) and ask the communities opinion of them. I welcome criticism but I don't want to see "It sucks." If it sucks please tell me why so I can better myself. Thanks, without further a due..

    Rusty Pole from a rusty staircase!


    Torn up baseball!


    Random Book!


    Fender Jazz Bass!


    If you would like me to post more just say so. I'm open to suggestions aswell. Thank you for looking.
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    ManicMarauder's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I like it. try getting some landscapes, industrial places, fields, hills, etc. looks great though

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    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
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    I like it. try getting some landscapes, industrial places, fields, hills, etc. looks great though
    I was actually Just thinking about doing that considering I'm on vacation.

  4. Post #4
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    June 2009
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    incredibly generic, uninspired stuff. there isn't really focus on anything in particular: my eye isn't drawn anywhere.

    also wrong section
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  5. Post #5
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    incredibly generic, uninspired stuff. there isn't really focus on anything in particular: my eye isn't drawn anywhere.

    also wrong section
    Thank you for your honest opinion. Whoops I'll contact a mod to move it.

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    How I think you could improve: Don't take macros unless you are VERY good at it. Macros are always uninspired and uninteresting unless they have an interesting subject and are done right. Start thinking of the bigger picture, and try to 'capture the moment'.

    This is something I would call a 'good' macro: http://foto.jaanus.cc/?p=224
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  7. Post #7
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    How I think you could improve: Don't take macros unless you are VERY good at it. Macros are always uninspired and uninteresting unless they have an interesting subject and are done right. Start thinking of the bigger picture, and try to 'capture the moment'.

    This is something I would call a 'good' macro: http://foto.jaanus.cc/?p=224
    Thanks for the advice. Will look into not using macro as much. I might go take some shots today so I'll take that advice to mind.

  8. Post #8
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    June 2009
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    find an interesting location or something you find cool
    the key is a lot of practice

    and a lot of set-up knowledge
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    find an interesting location or something you find cool
    the key is a lot of practice

    and a lot of set-up knowledge
    i wouldn't say that's the key. The fundamental statement of photography is to capture an image of an interesting subject in front of a relevant background. If you follow that then your photos are likely to turn out ok.

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    What I mean is that even that needs practice. It takes some knowledge and just plain practice to get interesting photos that capture a scene well. It takes an eye for it which is learned.

  11. Post #11
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    I went out to take some today. I had lots of fun but feel they are not all that good.










  12. Post #12
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    September 2010
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    Fender Jazz Bass!
    woo! jazz bass! my friend has one

    Edited:

    on a darker note, all this is boring macro generic shit
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    IMO they lack a focus and good framing. The subjects from your most recent stuff are more interesting, but need to really force your eye on what you want to convey. For that little island it would have been better to capture the island and maybe some boats in the background, without the clutter that's off to the side.
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    Read this, I always link it as a lot of people don't understand composition and framing so much, people find it very useful.

    CLICKY
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  15. Post #15
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    woo! jazz bass! my friend has one

    Edited:

    on a darker note, all this is boring macro generic shit
    Telling me it's "shit" doesn't help. Please take your nonconstructive criticism else where.

    Edited:

    Read this, I always link it as a lot of people don't understand composition and framing so much, people find it very useful.

    CLICKY
    Thanks. I'll certainly read it.

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    cueballv2themax's Avatar
    September 2010
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    Telling me it's "shit" doesn't help. Please take your nonconstructive criticism else where.
    anytime bby
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    boy you've really been pushing it lately
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  18. Post #18
    soy un perdedor
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    July 2010
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    I can't believe I stood up for him that one time.

    Fucking embarrassing.

  19. Post #19
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    December 2009
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    You are a real asshole, you know that? To be honest most of your pictures are uninspired shit to. I won't tell you why though, because like you, I am too good to give helpful criticism.

    Jamesworth, those pictures are already much better. One thing to watch out for is putting the horizon on the dead center line. Unless it is a somethign symmetrical like a mountain reflecting on a lake this is usually a no-no. Try thinking of splitting the image into thirds. You want to put the horizon on one of these "third lines". Generally put it on the top one unless the sky is really interesting or something like that.
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  20. Post #20
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
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    Jamesworth, those pictures are already much better. One thing to watch out for is putting the horizon on the dead center line. Unless it is a somethign symmetrical like a mountain reflecting on a lake this is usually a no-no. Try thinking of splitting the image into thirds. You want to put the horizon on one of these "third lines". Generally put it on the top one unless the sky is really interesting or something like that.
    Thanks I'll take that into consideration when I go out next. I'm in Rhode Island now so there is some nice places to take pictures I'll probably get some up tomorrow.

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    woo! jazz bass! my friend has one

    Edited:

    on a darker note, all this is boring macro generic shit

    pro tools by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    oyster card by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    going home by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    fp meetup (45 of 53).jpg by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    puny ticket by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    cup by codenamecueball, on Flickr

    And these are just your most recent ones.
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    pro tools by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    oyster card by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    going home by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    fp meetup (45 of 53).jpg by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    puny ticket by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    cup by codenamecueball, on Flickr

    And these are just your most recent ones.
    Stop threadshitting, your argument is silly, it's like saying that I can't call someone shit at basketball if I'm worse than them. As long as I admit that I'm shit then I'm well within my right to call them shit too.
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  23. Post #23
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
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    Yeah lets not turn this into an argument. I'd like CONSTRUCTIVE criticism for the record. Don't call it "shit" or "crap" unless you have a reason to back it up and a way to help me improve.

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    Stop threadshitting, your argument is silly, it's like saying that I can't call someone shit at basketball if I'm worse than them. As long as I admit that I'm shit then I'm well within my right to call them shit too.
    It's more that he is calling it shit without providing reasons why it is shit and how to improve, and calling it shit for something that is the primary thing he does.
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    It's more that he is calling it shit without providing reasons why it is shit and how to improve, and calling it shit for something that is the primary thing he does.
    You're failing to realise I never said I wasn't shit.

  26. Post #26
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    oh wow internet drama how exciting
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  27. Post #27
    cueballv2themax's Avatar
    September 2010
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    I can't believe B-Hazard would take time out of his day to scour my photos for the latest shittiest ones.

    Edited:

    But he didn't post my panorama or my falling rocks one etc?

  28. Post #28
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    I can't believe B-Hazard would take time out of his day to scour my photos for the latest shittiest ones.

    Edited:

    But he didn't post my panorama or my falling rocks one etc?
    Okay Cueball I'm going to ask you to leave my thread. Your causing too much drama and your plain out just acting immature.

  29. Post #29
    cueballv2themax's Avatar
    September 2010
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    Okay Cueball I'm going to ask you to leave my thread. Your causing too much drama and your plain out just acting immature.
    I've made my point.
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    Wow, and it was all so friendly. Can't you both leave the photography section for a few days and cool off? Or atleast make cyberlove over PM so we can stop listening to this nonsense.

  31. Post #31
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    Finally created a Flickr here are some photos I took today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesworth/
    I think they are a lot better than my previous ones feel free to take a look a criticize (constructively)

  32. Post #32
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    Nice photos.

  33. Post #33
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    June 2005
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    Finally created a Flickr here are some photos I took today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesworth/
    I think they are a lot better than my previous ones feel free to take a look a criticize (constructively)
    i know it's your flickr stream and not mine, but i'd suggest picking out the photos you like most rather than just putting everything up; there's a lot of very similar shots of the same subjects from roughly the same angles

    Edited:

    also you will learn quite quickly if you set your camera to aperture priority mode or something, rather than auto

  34. Post #34
    Jamesworth's Avatar
    June 2011
    212 Posts
    i know it's your flickr stream and not mine, but i'd suggest picking out the photos you like most rather than just putting everything up; there's a lot of very similar shots of the same subjects from roughly the same angles

    Edited:

    also you will learn quite quickly if you set your camera to aperture priority mode or something, rather than auto
    Yeah I'll probably do that later but just I had to walk a couple miles just to get to these places so I was a little tired when I got home. Thanks I'll try that next time as well.