Photography is a skill, the more you photograph the better you will become. When I first started doing photography my photographs were dire, they were really really bad. As time went by I photographed more and slowly got better. For starting out you are doing good photographs. Just take things one step at a time.
Technically, they are very good. However, you might want to work on your composition skills. With some of the flower photos, I'd have gotten in a little closer and framed it so there was none of the plastic matting showing. Where possible, I'd have framed it so the fence didn't show. With the duck photo, I'd have stood a little farther back, and gotten more context in the photos (more of the area around the ducks). I don't remember whether I have any duck photos that would illustrate the point, but I do have a photo of some brown pelicans: [link] Also, you shoot animals the same way you shoot people; you usually want to frame them so that there is more space on the side of the photo they are facing: [link][link][link] There are some exceptions to this though: [link]
Oh my goodness thank you! This is the type of reply Ive been waiting for... I really appreciate not only the verbal advice but the picture examples really helped a whole heap! I was sort of guessing that getting in closer to the flowers mightve been a good idea but I was afraid of blocking out the light... I might try it later though. If lighting is an issue with me i could just experiment with different times of day right? I think perhaps the duck one was just in the moment. they were all swimming way too fast that day... but if I tried for more stationary birds or at least better weather conditions I could catch one better shot.
Most of my photos are from a persons garden but back at home here everything Im bound to capture would be in the wild so plastic rubbish might not be a big issues... but I have to try that close up and framing you mentioned.
Thank you again! Youve pointed out a lot of things to me that i sort of knew were issues but had no idea how to go about them !!!
it's tricky (/impossible!) to be objective about you're own stuff, and know if you're 'any good'. interestingly I found that getting involved in the critiqueing, constructive commenting stuff on DA is really helpful. I couldn't see what needed to be improved in my own work (arrogance?!) but could be more objective about other people's, and tried to give good critiques when they were asked for, and suddenly I found I could see the errors in my stuff, and how to improve it. and then people respond and give you comments and critiques and the circle of DA life goes on Also finding photos I like on DA and pestering the photographers with questions about how they did it People are very helpful on here
yes, yes, thats actually a nice example of what i could do... interestingly enough although I love getting critiques, i sometimes fail at giving them myself I should touch up, n thanks for the input!!!
kandabear4386Featured By OwnerFeb 2, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, don't worry about your gallery, and don't worry about spamming your watchers with your photographs. If they like your work, they'll stay and keep watching you! If you are worried, just pick your favorites and post those. Do what you like!
I do like your gallery though and think you're pretty good! Don't worry about it!
I haven't even looked at your gallery yet but if you consider yourself an amateur, that's someone who is doing something they enjoy, without training. And that's what matters. Doing what you enjoy, what makes you happy. Don't worry about 'spamming' people (or your watchers) with your photography. It's not in their right or their decision to determine what YOU want to post or share with the world. You should post what you enjoy, what you're proud of, what you like to make work about or of, regardless of what critics or others think.
You have a great-looking shots in terms of quality so you can't doubt that your camera is great But I see that some of your shots are lacking in direction (because they remind me of when I take pictures; that is to say I take pics more for keepsakes than for artistic value, hehe ).
But you want to pursue it as a hobby perhaps you should look at examples of good photographs then again, as a hobby, you'll probably discover the techniques and a way to better your angles a long the way.
It's where all beginners generally start. They're nothing special, it's what I would expect from most people. Photography requires a lot of study and practise. The good news is that there's plenty of online resources available to help you.
Oh really? Lol I was trying to get a better shot of that but I'm glad to know you like it! I dunno. I'll keep stock in mind, because then I can use it for stock myself. Ill have to brush up on skills first.