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post #1 of 13 Old 01-31-2011, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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I love photography, my whole life I have just been a self taught/hobbiest. For christmas I got my first really good camera (A Nikon D3000) I'm going to be taking some photography classes over the summer and everything. But I was at the barn today and just had fun snapping pictures. Would like your opinions on some of them! Do you think I have any talent?











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Do you really want critiques, or just gushing? Because I don't 'do' gushing unless it's merited.

To be honest, there's nothing about these photos that make me think 'professional photographer'. They're nothing I can't get on any given day with my cheapy Vivitar.

Several look to be slightly out of focus. Not a lot, but I can see it. You're also cropping off parts of the animals that are important, such as ears.

They're too busy. If you want a photo to be eye catching, you have get rid of the extraneous detail and focus in on your subjects.

There's no real depth to the pictures, and nothing about them is truly artistic. They just look like average, every day pictures of horses.

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Of all the things that can be photographed, the animal kingdom must surely be the hardest as you still have to adjust for lighting and perspective whilst the thing is probably moving around and changing form. Add to that my own theory that horse will only strike the perfect pose 0.5 seconds before the picture is captured OR 0.5 seconds after the picture is captured and you have a very difficult task!

I am no photographer but have a couple of suggestions that may make your photos stand out a little more:

-Don't cut out the ears! They are an integral part of generating a 'mood' for the photo, whether they are forward and attentive, flat back and aggressive or just relaxed in the middle somwhere.

-Don't zoom in too much. If the horse takes up more than 90% of the view then it makes the photo look crowded.

-Try to take photo's when the horse is posed in an attractive manner that accentuates their natural beauty. Even an ugly horse will look beautiful when in the right position. As an example, the second photo (chestnut horse) is not a very flattering angle.

Looks like you are having fun with it though, good luck with the classes!

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-31-2011, 06:04 PM
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I think they are all very good!

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Sarah's post was spot on. I hadn't noticed the ears at first, but when I went back and looked, that was exactly what was making them seem unfinished.

For a first time with the camera, they are fine. Photographing in snow is excheedingly difficult due to the bright light and dark shadow.

Don't worry, just be prepared to delet a LOT of pictures for everon worth printing. That is a way good camera!!!!
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Do you really want critiques, or just gushing? Because I don't 'do' gushing unless it's merited.

To be honest, there's nothing about these photos that make me think 'professional photographer'. They're nothing I can't get on any given day with my cheapy Vivitar.

Several look to be slightly out of focus. Not a lot, but I can see it. You're also cropping off parts of the animals that are important, such as ears.

They're too busy. If you want a photo to be eye catching, you have get rid of the extraneous detail and focus in on your subjects.

There's no real depth to the pictures, and nothing about them is truly artistic. They just look like average, every day pictures of horses.
I agree with this one. The quality is really nice! I have a Sony DSLR. It takes pictures about the same quality. Not so great with action shots, unless I have my huge zoom lens and the flash. Try playing with colors, and light! I'm not a professional by any means, it's just a hobby for me too! I'll post some of mine!
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None of these really look "professional" either, but I just liked the lighting at the time, so took a bunch of pictures!
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Do you really want critiques, or just gushing? Because I don't 'do' gushing unless it's merited.

To be honest, there's nothing about these photos that make me think 'professional photographer'. They're nothing I can't get on any given day with my cheapy Vivitar.

Several look to be slightly out of focus. Not a lot, but I can see it. You're also cropping off parts of the animals that are important, such as ears.

They're too busy. If you want a photo to be eye catching, you have get rid of the extraneous detail and focus in on your subjects.

There's no real depth to the pictures, and nothing about them is truly artistic. They just look like average, every day pictures of horses.
I agree with this. But I think for messing around with your camera theyre pretty good pics. The biggest thing I notice is that some of these are over exposed. For correct exposure, you are technically supposed to be able to see details in the shadows and highlights (though sometimes over or under exposure can be better for a photo in certain circumstances). Try darkening the background a bit so you can see more detail (i know snow can be tricky). I think it will make the photos more interesting :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-31-2011, 08:36 PM
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I like them I agree with the ears thing there just have to say I really love the on second pic of ther horse going to bite the other !!!! You really camptured the moment!

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