"When I joined the course in May, Craig asked us to show him
5 best shots taken so far and he said that we would
take photos even better than our best shots after
the photography course."
"After the course, I've learned to see the imperfection in this
favourite photo [above]. Like most beginners, I concentrated too much
on the object of interest and I forgot to check that the
photograph had neat edges. So some untidy wire has protruded
into the photograph on its left."
"Craig told me that this photo from The Peak is my best shot taken during the course.
Despite the buildings shooting up in a variety of ways, the edges of
the photo are neat and this helps the viewer to concentrate on the
drama of the setting sun's reflection on the water. The drama of the
reflection was made possible by the technical superiority of a
single lens reflex camera which Craig has helped me choose and buy."
Craig's further comment: I like the cyclist photo very much. I didn't notice the
wire on the left until Jean pointed it out. The row of excited children behind the cyclist is very interesting, and
the curve formed by the tops of their heads mimics the curve of the bicycle wheel, and contrasts with the straight edges of
the steps, adding a bold graphic element to the whole composition. My main problem with the photo is the fact that the
sky is totally overexposed and therefore shows no colour or detail. That is the only real detraction, in my opinion.
One technique to improve Jean's picture is simply to crop the image so that less sky is visible, and to remove the distracting
element on the left. I offer my example of Jean's picture, cropped, below. This shows that one of the best pieces
of equipment to improve your photography is a pair of scissors, or a scalpel and cutting mat.
All in all, Jean has done very well with a simple point and shoot camera, but now that she has an SLR, I expect even
more impressive images from her in the future.