Forums \ Photo Critiques \ Newbie critique #1: Colorful shed
Hello! I'm really new to photography and looking for feedback to improve my photos.
This is one of the first photos I took with my dslr (D5300) about 5 weeks ago in northern Wisconsin. I liked it because it was the only thing really colorful to be found among all the white snow. Any thoughts on composition, post processing, settings, or anything else? Thanks!
- Camera: NIKON D5300
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Exposure: 1/500 sec.
- Focal Length: 18 mm
- ISO Speed: 100
- Taken: 11:26 AM on Feb 22
Trout Lake tool shed by Brandon Barton
I took this the first weekend after getting my DSLR. I was walking around the UW Trout Lake station during a lab retreat for work and was thrilled to see COLOR. Everything was grey and white...except this shed.
I like the composition, Brandon, how the lines of the trees work against the lines of the oars. As for the color, I like how it adds drama against the monochrome of winter. Beyond that, the snow is a bit overexposed... no detail in the snow. But so what? Right?
Hi Tom, thanks for commenting. I see what you mean by the snow being over exposed. I looked at what I did in Lightroom: I had highlights set to 100. I looked online quickly and saw to hit the J button to see white clipping....and yeah, all that snow and some clouds were overexposed. It also revealed my blacks were to dark. I backed off the Highlights to 25 and backed off the blacks too. Now it shows detail in the snow and even made the sky a nicer blue. It's a nicer picture now! Thanks for the feedback!!!
Excellent, Brandon... because this is a really good image.
6 moths late to the party but wanted to add my two cents :)
Congrats on the new camera! I am newer to photography also and really loving this new hobby!
I think this picture has a ton of interest well done! I agreed with the snow being over exposed and the only other critique I would add would be cropping it a little tighter. The trees to the right IMO add nothing to this picture and take away from the focal point a little. Other then that well done!