I took this photo, while on a Film (i.e. video) shoot recently at a local theater. The band is Naked, and they played extraordinarily. This photo I got to take during the last set, right before leaving. I really liked it, and I hope you do as well.
It should be noted, the focus is not supposed to be on the hand I focused specifically on the guitar.
Thanks for taking a look!
Canon T3i 50mm f/1.8 Manual Exposure Not sure about EXIF Data as it seemed to have recorded ridiculous values, not sure if they will appear here.
I really love this image. The focus on the guitar creates a nifty bokeh in the background with the bright lights required for the performance and the various details.
I love the feel of this picture as well, it provides the viewer (in this case me) with the feeling of an intimate concert in like a coffee bar/cafe/intimate club setting. The lighting also continues to foster that intimacy such a setting would provide. Allowing the viewer to almost feel like they were standing close to the guitar player while he performed.
I would have perhaps shifted the angle of the shot ever so slightly, to the right, to grant a bit fuller view of the guitar and create an even more interesting view of the background and the band member in the back who looks, because of the setting completely decorated in bokeh glimmers.
(I apologize in advance if this does not make sense or seems rambling, am on pain meds.)
This picuter is somewhat orginal and ...well not at the same time. its not oringinal beacuse well ther a ton of videos abouts someone playing a gutiar, with pretty lightes, what is orginal is the anime stickers and angle. what the a angal gave was a felling of playing hard. also the lights give you a felling that its a christmas concert. The tequnich of the angle really makes it fell like a rock concert. I fell this gives a great impact on the music commuity and photography you mixed an unorgnial picture with your own orginality FANTASTICLY. Overall you did a fantastic job and I hope to see more you in the futuer
First of all, if your focus was the guitar, you shouldn't have to tell us, the picture should show it. The hand is what is in focus, and the angle doesn't show enough of the guitar. Plus the sticker which sort of gives the guitar character isn't in focus or visible enough. Thus, attention is drawn to the hand. Second, your choice of lens. 50mm focal length is short and won't provide much of a background blur even at the largest aperture. A telephoto zoom would produce a nicer blur. That's more of a subjective opinion though since amount of background blur is up to the artist's vision. And third, your composition and angle capture the feel and energy of the picture, but due to lighting it's a bit too flat. In photography, lighting is everything, and in this case the background and the guitarist have too even exposure so your subject doesn't stand out. If due to the situation you couldn't achieve a brighter illumination on your subject then you can try editing software to brighten him up a bit. If you took the photo in RAW format it will allow you a lot more flexibility with illumination adjustments without deterring photo quality. I think it is a photo with potential but to fulfill it it needs better technique!
I really like how this photo captures that sort of "effortlessly epic" sort of air that musicians tend to have about them, if that makes any sense. Crazy and wild, but in a rather dignified and smooth way. The multitude of colors in the background are a nice contrast from the surface of the guitar, and there is a lot of visual interest.
That being said, I feel like there needs to be more of a distinctive focal point. Live performances are obviously spontaneous and difficult to photograph, but I'd really love to see this photo with a tad bit more of top of the guitar in the frame- it would be nice to let the eyes follow the strings up a little further and really draw attention to that point where everything sort of comes together. The focus is on the guitar, but I feel like it would be good for the viewer's eye to be drawn somewhere specifically on the guitar, if that makes sense.
Overall, it's a nice shot that certainly leaves me wanting to go see a local concert! As I said in the beginning....effortlessly epic!
Here's my critique! This is my first time, but I'll give it a go anyways. You follow the rule of thirds- good There's also a good angle- you don't fill up the whole image of the guitar, but you see the whole thing anyways. At some point, the main focus of the image (person..well, their hand) and guitar) starts to blur away- I like that, since it doesn't make too much of the picture have hard edges.
The first thing I see is the hand. It's the "closest" (if you saw it in real life) to the veiwer's eye. I like the way the person and guitar is positioned- since the first thing I see is the hand, my eyes travel down the hand, and along the guitar. That way, I'm able to see the main focus of the picture.
I think I can see another guitar in the background- maybe it should have been a little less faded. When I stare at it, my eyes feel kinda...uncomfortable. Maybe because my eyes are trying to focus in on it, and see what it is, but it's too blurred for my brain to actually register "YES it is a guitar." Also, from what I can see, the second guitar is not as far away as the other people in the picture, so it should not be as blurry as the faces in the back.
Blurred background= more focus on the main part of the picture. That's good. Otherwise I would've been pretty distracted.
Color scheme- It's fairly decent, a dimly lit scene with some not-too-overly-bright colorful spots. Cool colors combined with black is quite pleasing to the eye. It's pleasant and not too vivid.
Overall- 4.5 out of 5 Creativity- 3.5 out of 5 Impact- 3.5 out of 5. I'd say the impact is average. It did not "strike" me very intensely.
I really like the image, however i think there is a little to much focus on the hand and not on the movement of the piece. the left hand ends up blending in slightly with the backdrop which is uncontrollable, however the backdrop gives it power as does the veins on the players right hand! i would love to see more images like this.
one question, do you have more pictures like this one! i would love to see them and i would love to know if this was spontaneous or not??
I can definitely see how it would benefit in that way, that's one of the downfalls of an f/1.8 lens is there is a shallow depth of field. The photo was in fact completely spontaneous, just happened to be there, and took about 5 around this time. This one came out the best IMO.
Not many others right now, but that might not be the case in the future!
Yeah i am not really that much help with Critique-ing peoples work, as well i am not really sure what to write however i am always looking for people to comment on my work to see how and where i can improve!!
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