04-16-2012, 02:59 PM #1
Macro Photography on a Point-and-Shoot Camera - Critique Wanted, Please
I was wondering if anyone can critique my macro images in my Flickr set HERE. I am genuinely interested in macro and close up photography and I want to become better at it in order to further pursue my hobby that I enjoy immensely. I mostly shoot in my garden so the majority of my images are limited to flowers and insects. The majority of the comments I have received in the comments section on Flickr are positive praise and, although nice, do not offer any constructive criticisms.
I'm kindly asking for any general and/or specific criticisms, pointers I should keep in mind, general thoughts, comments on what I am doing right or wrong and so on. How can I improve and expand on my composition skills for example? How can I be more creative in order to make up for my camera's limitations?
Please take note that I have shot my images on the Nikon Coolpix S8000, a point-and-shoot, travel-zoom camera. This is the only camera I own and use so obviously there are some techniques and criticisms that I cannot take onboard due to the limitations of my hardware.
Your comments in this thread would be most gratefully appreciated. I look forward to your input.
With thanks in advance.
Last edited by mc_razza; 04-16-2012 at 03:30 PM.
04-17-2012, 01:02 AM #2
Wow! you have quite a collection! I, too, really love macro, and I also learned on a P&S- a little canon elph. You have quite an eye for colors and have some very lovely shots, but the one thing that I saw as a common denominator was a high percentage of centered compositions. Now, some flower shots benefit greatly from centered compositions and give really give a good punch visually. But, I think you may want to find some new and fresh points of view. Experiment with shots taken underneath, and try incorporating the rule of thirds a little more. Also, another idea is to try some different PP than what you usually do. I know it can seem criminal to take a vivid flower photo and convert it into B&W, but some flower photos can be absolutely stunning in B&W, if done properly. Just an idea.
04-17-2012, 03:25 AM #3
WOW! what a collection.
Looking at a few of your images, I agree on the not centering too much. Your lighting & exposures are "right on".
You've got some great talent and I think the best critique is yourself in time. Your equiptment will grow with you.
As I go on more & more photos get deleted because something better replaces them.
Keep practicing & having fun. You've already got a great start.
04-17-2012, 05:18 AM #4
You have so many macro photos! And the few I looked at look really great. I'll have to make my comments on flickr I suppose.My flickr photostream
Canon XTi, Canon 5D Mark II
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (EF-S), 50mm f/1.8 II, Sigma 150mm f/4 Macro, 24-105mm f/4 L, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS
04-17-2012, 01:40 PM #5
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Nice photos there. I'm just getting into macro myself and I like the B&W idea. I think it would look really interesting.
04-18-2012, 07:44 AM #7
Thank you to everyone who replied! Your comments and suggestions was quite helpful. I'll definitely try out your suggestions.
I've shot at pretty much all standard angles (above, top-down, side-on, ground level, etc) except from underneath and bottom-up. I have recently tried that but I clearly need to work on it more. I can't seem to get it right most of the time but I'll continue to try.
As for B&W, I haven't tried that before in the garden. I'll definitely give that one a go. As it's Autumn where I am (or "Fall" as my American brethren call it) and with the angle of the sun dipping in the sky I could try and exploit B&W in those conditions.
HERE and HERE, where it seems to work best. But you're right, I'll try to look at other compositional techniques.
DSCN5809 by mc_razza, on Flickr
HERE is my Macro & Close Up set on Flickr.
Last edited by mc_razza; 04-18-2012 at 11:56 AM.