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post #1 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Self Portrait Critique

This is a "self portrait" I am doing for my digital photography class. I would like to know what you all think and also if anyone wants to critique it that would be helpful. I feel like it's missing something but I don't know what else to do to it.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 11:33 AM
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I like it but I don't think it is missing anything. If anything it has too much in it. Maybe remove the cat? Its one of those less is more things

ETA- Can you put some of the flowers on the other side and then put the can on them?

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Thanks for the input Vida.

Ok this one has a couple of things different... I put a special effect on the butterfly, and added some flowers. I tried taking the cat out and it did look less crowded but I don't know if I can live with it like that. I love that cat so she's a big part of the "self portrait" part lol. I did try putting flowers under her though. I'm not sure if I like it better or not. Hopefully I will be done with this soon. I just found out I need to have 4 more self portraits by Wed. so this might just have to be good enough. Now I have to go work on that sculpture...
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 01:48 PM
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Hello! Nice work! Do you want the butterfly to be the focal point of your piece? If so, the cat is working against you because it is a large, in-focus dark shape that is drawing the viewer's eye to the lower left hand corner. You could work against this by either lightening the cat, enlarging the butterfly, or adding color to the butterfly. Hope this helps!
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 03:26 PM
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I think it would look really cool if you left it all black and white except for one thing, which you would color...maybe the butterfly? Idk, just a suggestion I think would be really nifty.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 03:38 PM
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get rid of the cat from it and if you can enlarge the butterfly
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-14-2009, 04:59 PM
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Keep the cat and make it the main thing, that would look cool!

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I like it :)

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i like it. maybe try and make the cat a little lighter bcos it catches the viewers attention. i like it. well done

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Thanks ofr all the feedback guys!

I'm not sure if I really have a focal point in mind. I don't usually plan these things out. I just start putting things together and it ends up however it ends up.

Do you think that cat stands out more in the first or second picture? My teacher suggested lightening up the right side but I think putting the flowers under the cat might've given that side too much contrast...

I was considering putting some color on the butterfly. It did have some color to it at one point when I was messing around with it. I didn't think it looked all that great but the picture was far from done and that seemed like more of a finishing touch thing. If I have time I will see about putting some color in it.
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