Anna, this is an interesting shot. Normally, you would want to capture a product in full glory. That is, covered with strong lighting. A great part of your subject is covered in darkness but you show enough of the subject to give slight hints to its potential. This would be perfect for a teaser advertisement on a new product coming out without telling to much about it.
The placement of your subject is good. It dominates the whole story. You know exactly what it is. You could have also pulled back a lot here if you had some action going on in the background to relate your background to your main subject.
Critique Questions for You:
Is this be best angle you saw for this subject? What kind of image would you have captured if you either moved yourself around the subject or move the subject around its axis.
Was this the best lighting for your subject. Light is important. That doesn’t mean that you actually need light, but keep in mind what your message is through the photo. If you are just capturing the image with its inherent message, then just capture it.
In addition to looking for various angles for your subject, you should experiment with how your subject is position in your composition.
Remember your rule of thirds. They work, this also helps you notice the environment your subject is in.
Photography isn’t just a hobby or a business, it is a language to its own. Through photography you are able to speak to people across the world and across time without having to say one word. A photo composed properly will show the emotion of both the subject and the photographer. A photographer sees what a photographer sees. And it is not easy to convey that into hundreds or thousands of words where one image would work.
Pick up a camera to share your vision and experience to friends and strangers. Capturing moments is more than just placing memories in a book or in a digital folder. Capturing moments is about telling stories, either about your travels, life or that of your subject. Do your best to always push the envelope of your photography skills, tell a story in the image. Take a photo, and ask a friend what story does it tell them. Compare that to the story you thought you captured. Enjoy.
For those Aperture users who where, or many not surprise that Apple’s Aperture software didn’t recognize Canon’s camera raw format version 2 (.CR2), the update is out.
The update is an automatic download when the Apple Software Update runs. The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.4 is a small 4MB download and installs without the need for a reboot. If you need to download it, click on this link.
If you have already imported your CR2 raw files into Aperture, prior to the update, you will need perform the migration function in oder to properly view these files.
In Aperture, do a search for or just select all your .CR2 files. Once selected, go to the FILE pulldown menu and select the MIGRATE IMAGES option. If you are not a power use, just use the default option on the first dialog box that comes up. Another dialog box will/may appear if you have selected files other than your .CR2 raw files. Make sure you have selected to upgrade your RAW files. Non-RAW files will not be affected by the migration.
Of course, this would happen. I get all happy about receiving my Canon 5D Mark II today, I take some test shots, and they look sweet after playing around with the new settings for the 5D MII. After importing them into Aperture, you are “happy” to learn that Aperture does not recognize the format 😦 Crap!
Oh well, don’t give up. There is a work around. When Apple lets you down, go to Adobe. And I don’t mean go out and get Adobe’s Lightroom, its version of Aperture. Adobe has an application called Digital Negative (DNG) Converter. This allows you to convert unrecognized raw formats to a workable format in Aperture. This has worked for me before.
The speed of the process will depend on how fast your computer is. These are 21MB raw files you are now dealing with. Download the latest version and copy all of your .CR2 files you shot with the 5D MII into a separate folder.
After you open the DNG Converter application, in section 1, select the folder your .CR2 files are in. For section 2, you can either leave them in the same folder or have the coverted files moved to a new folder. Moving them to a new folder will make it easier for you to import the DNG files. Leave section 3 alone.
For section 4, I would recommend the following options you see on the graphic provided below.
NOTE: Do not delete your original .CR2 files. Apple will come out with a RAW file update.