Originally Posted by r0gu3sk3
I am very new into paintball photography, in fact.. i did my first shoot today. I have so many pictures its hard to choose which ones i want to put here so i will just share a link with my flickr set labeled "paintball." all shots shot with canon t3i, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, 60m macro f/2.8, and a 8mm rokinon fisheye f/3.5. Thanks! http://www.flickr.com/photos/dorians...7632041624789/
So im looking through your shots. For a beginner, there's some promising stuff in the gallery and some stuff thats very "newbie"(stuff we all did). Overall a very solid start to taking some great pics in the future.
heres some random thoughts about the set:
1. Keep your crops consistent. Do portrait or do landscape. im seeing some very weird crops that change through out the entire gallery. When you resize images to crop an image down, lock the aspect ratio so it still "looks right" afterwards. Otherwise, you're doing a good job of cropping out the dead space. sometimes you crop too tight for my liking, but thats opinion.
2. Don't try to do too much in post. Since you're starting out, don't make the mistake of trying to save an otherwise "meh" shot by doing funky things in post. really try to take some clean looking shots and then edit them to make them a little better. a lot of newer guys go crazy with the effects and sometimes it can cheapen the gallery.
3. Dutch angles. This is debatable, but its worth noting. I personally feel that if the shot isn't interesting with proper framing, the dutch angle doesn't help. if its a great shot, sometimes the dutch angle can help. regardless, i think its best to keep it minimal, and really only use it when it adds to the shot- i.e, dont just "do it just to do it". Also, on the same subject, be sure to watch your horizon. if you aren't trying to do a dutch angle, then make sure the horizon is straight.
4. Easily the most important tip- DONT BE AFRAID TO HIT THE DELETE KEY. Starting out, i know you like most of your shots and you're really proud of them. but when you're putting together a gallery of your work, only put up your best work. At the very least, separate your bread and butter shots into a different gallery that you can "showcase". Theres some shots in there that wouldn't have even made it onto my computer if it were me. If you dont think a shot is ****ing awesome, don't even put it in the gallery you use to show off your work. Strive to produce GREAT work, not GOOD work.
Hope that helps you boss. I don't criticize to make fun or put you down. Just like to see people produce awesome work and frankly you can't do that unless you know what to get better at. like i said, theres some pretty solid stuff in there. keep at it bud.
here's some of my favorite shots from the gallery: