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Old 08-23-2012, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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critique question

Hey guys, I have come across this mulitple times on other photo fourms
and would love your in-put.

I took pics of my buddy skating at a new park that just opened up and out of the majority of people that commented said the people in the background
are distracting......Now I do understand how you could see it like that.....but
its a skate park, there are TONS of people skating there all the time.
Should I only be keeping the pics of him by him self.....limited shots if so.

or should I not care what they say?
My buddy loves the shot, so he is happy, isnt that the point?
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You got it, if the 'client' is happy your job is done. You can certainly still push for a better shot, and trying a 'no background peeps' version qualifies.

I dunno, skate culture is so much about the other guys at the park, seems natural to include them.

Can you put the pic up?
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The omments could be justified depending on the type of shot you were going for. If the photo was a close-up of the guy pulling a trick and their were people/things in the background that were in semi-focus, then the background could be distracting. Conversely, if you were taking a UWA shot or fisheye look that encompassed a lot of background which added value to the shot, then the comments aren't justified. It's really dependent on the perspective of the shot and your intent.

Like longshot said, if the client is happy than you did a good job for the client. You should generallys listen to criticism though. If someone tells me "I don't like it" "it's distracting" "meh" etc. I tend to ask why to gather additional input in order to improve my shots.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I have come across this mulitple times on other photo fourms
and would love your in-put.

I took pics of my buddy skating at a new park that just opened up and out of the majority of people that commented said the people in the background
are distracting......Now I do understand how you could see it like that.....but
its a skate park, there are TONS of people skating there all the time.
Should I only be keeping the pics of him by him self.....limited shots if so.

or should I not care what they say?
My buddy loves the shot, so he is happy, isnt that the point?
if you bring him out into the foreground and put everyone else back maybe it'll lower the distraction.
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honestly, the other people in the shot can make the picture cooler. in order to really give our opinions on it were gonna need to see them... i have a couple shots that have people in the back ground that would look wierd and empty with out them.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I will post a few tonight, they are on my home computer.

there a couple of shots where you can see people in the background and you can see their expression so it adds to the shot imo
and others there are people just standing on the side lines watching, the park is small and the skaters have to wait in a small line to do their tricks.

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You should generallys listen to criticism though. If someone tells me "I don't like it" "it's distracting" "meh" etc. I tend to ask why to gather additional input in order to improve my shots.
Oh I listen to it all, dont get me wrong just some times when something like this is out of my control I dont see it taking away from the shot(there are many cases that it will)
I could 100% agree if I were to do a model portrait at the skate park and people were in the background, that would definitely take away from the shot.
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