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Critique The Hell Out Of My Portfolio?

32 comments · save · last comment by Randi B. over 3 years ago

Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

randibutler.daportfolio.com/
or if you prefer HQ:
flickr.com/photos/randibutler/

A lot of it is before i had my "artistic revelation" so to speak, woke up, and thought everything was crap and changed my views on photography.

I'm well aware that my stuff is mediocre, boring, cliche, ect. I already know that. What i want to know is how can i change that? I want to be more than that. So i'd like some good constructive criticism.

It's not exactly an easy profession to get acknowledged in since taking a good photo is easy with today's technology is available to anyone at any age.

So please, any art critics out there i'd love some help. If you have any business advice i'd be happy.

Thanks anyone. I appreciate any feedback.
PLEASE BE SPECIFIC! Otherwise replying won't do me any good.

over 3 years ago

#1
Madeline Irene

Madeline I.

THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY.,
United States

22 posts

some of it is pretty good, but then some is trivial an cliche.
make sure to always get catchlights and get good compositions.

0 · February 21, 2011

#2
Tracey N

Tracey N.

United Kingdom

10 posts

first off i'd like to ask you a question, how did you make your website? cause i'd really like to start my own.hehe
okay then like you i've been interested in photography from a very young age i think if you want to have a career in photography you'll have to stand out and have unbelievable pictures that will catch everyones eyes. Like original ideas and things i mean.
You've taken some nice photos for example this picture randibutler.daportfolio.com/gallery/496876#18 i really love the detail in it. although there are some pictures that didn't impress me too much especially the over photoshopped ones it might just be me but i really hate it when people over photoshop photos. I guess you'll improve as you get older and learn more about photography. maybe you could tone down the photoshopping?
by the way i'm not trying to be mean or anything :) x

0 · February 21, 2011

#3
Elizabeth J

Elizabeth J.

NEW YORK,
United States

23 posts

I like what you have and think you can only grow from this point on. However, I think you should start maybe coming up with your own "little photoshoots"...I think you're going in the right direction in terms of photography, however, I feel if you show your creativity more through your own photo shoots, that would be best.

Also, find a muse (okay --maybe just a friend of yours who happens to be super beautiful) and start shooting her a lot. You'll capture her different day to day emotions which will add more of a variety to your portfolio!

x

0 · February 21, 2011

#4
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Tracey N.

if you mean the things that are photomanipulated, they're supposed to be that way. if they look over edited and are not under that category could you please specify what they are?

and i created it through deviantart

0 · February 21, 2011

#5
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Madeline I.

could you state which ones those are?

0 · February 21, 2011

#6
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Elizabeth J.

thank you that's a really good idea! i've been having a lot of trouble with finding a subject and inspiration: this is my biggest problem in terms of photography. it's not in editing or composition or lighting or anything mechanical or technical, it's more of drawing creativity.

0 · February 21, 2011

#7
Mika P

Mika P.

DOWNTOWN MANILA,
Philippines

2056 posts

technique wise, you're doing pretty well, just more practice on composition because some photos look a bit awkward (for example, http://www.flickr.com/photos/randibutler/5430216788/in/photostream/ a little bit more to the side of the blonde girl and the shot would've been perfect) and some portraits have too much headspace (like this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randibutler/5334088550/). i think your best area is in portraiture; i get a feel of what your subject's personality is or maybe it's because you really know your models so you can easily take a photo that shows who they are. try working with models that aren't your relatives and friends for practice.

you also have a good eye for color, so continue working on that. be careful on falling into the trap of going with trends in photography, like making your photos look like they were taken with a vintage camera or overprocessing unless it works with your theme.

what you lack is meaning in your photos. they're nice, pretty and the general mood of your photos is light and welcoming and fragrant (whut i can smell your photos. but really, to me they are fragrant). however they seem a little empty to me. work with a concept in mind.

i hope i wasn't too harsh, haha. good luck with the freelance plan! hope i helped :)

0 · February 22, 2011

#8
Hanan Qattan

Hanan Q.

KINGTOPTAKEAWAY,
United Kingdom

52 posts

well, for a 17 year old, your quite ambitious! but obviously, you dont want to be complimented 'thats good for a 17 year old'

as it stands you have a pretty average/good body of work. It's ok, its nice, but it's not groundbreaking (and you know this, as you are seeking advice!) Like some others have said, some of the images are quite cliche... so consider first pushing this by altering composition. then when you look at the same subject matter in different ways, then consider changing up your subject matter or photographing the obscurities. your photo's lean towards the 'typical' side. like one girl mentioned about the photograph of the two girls, one whispering in the others ear... if you had composed it, so that you barely saw the blonde girl.. that would have bee cool... or have taken the frame lower so their eyes werent in it... just her lips reacting to the secret she was being told. you want people to look at your images and think... wow, that really cool, what an interesting way theyv done that... rather than... oh yeah, seen that before...

and personally, i'd get rid of the photomanipulation stuff... i did design at uni, and although its good to practice it now, i dont think you should put it up as its not at the same level as your photography yet. all it does is make people look at it and see exactly how you've done it, rather than looking at it and seeing an illusion (eg. the eyes on the hands makes me cringe a little... it needs a bit more work.) as i said, you can tell their photoshopped, and the key to good photoshopping.... not even knowing its been photoshopped.

but you are soooo young! and you've come really far for such a young age. dont look at others and expect your work to be at their level.. your on your own path and developing yourself. your tenacity for development is great, you've got a fantastic attitude towards pushing your abilities, keep it up.

also very much agree with picking a direction or a person. a great exercise for this, is pick a journey. say, my journey to school/college.. and have a series of images that represent this... none of them have to include road/path etc (thats the obvious!) instead go for the things you pass on the way, the people in their environment, the weather, the bulidings, the grass etc... and photograph them as you typically would... then change it completely... like, dont even look into the viewer and just snap randomly and see what happens.

you've got so long to develop yourself and find out the type of photographer you are and your style, dont feel like your behind, because there are others younger already established... im 24 and still figuring out my life... chase the dream, not the competition. have fun, enjoy yourself, that will produce the best stuff.

best of luck, show us all your new stuff when you can. kudos on asking for advice, your on the right path. keep going x x

0 · February 22, 2011

#9
Emily Rose England

Emily Rose E.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

330 posts

I think for a 17 year old you show a lot of promise.

I'd agree with the photomanipulation, get rid of it. I know it's fun to do, but it is in a completly different category to your photography. I also think some of your colour photography is a bit too over edited (for example, the graveyard one). Photography doesn't have to be edited loads to make it good so maybe bare that in mind and try and take a few photos and barely edit them at all. Have you ever thought about using film photography? I think you'd be really suprised and interested by the results as some of your photos (especially the black and white ones) slightly have a film feel to them.

When I was your age I started shooting with models from model mayhem, it really helped me develop my photographic style a lot and also allowed me to gain confidence, especially working with other models. It's a possibility for you and would allow you to explore the medium a lot more.

0 · February 22, 2011

#11
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Mika P.

the first one was a candid shot, which can explain why. i was still quite happy with how it turned out though since it wasn't posed and i'm terrible with shooting like that. i can definitely see it in the 2nd though.

that is a lovely tip! i need to get over that little awkwardness between me and people i don't really know well (which i mostly don't do).

i agree,i don't really like to put things through vintage filters and so on and so forth, but i like to experiment and see what people think if i try it.

the last part is so hard, i'm really trying to work on that. infact i think i might of regressed in that. its very hard to try and find new ways to do a concept thats probably been done 1000 times over without it looking cliche

0 · February 22, 2011

#12
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Hanan Q.

haha yeah my family isn't exactly well off, so i'm counting on myself to work hard to get into a good college for a good job!

mhm i replied to her regarding that it was candid, however i could maybe try seeing what it looks like cropped in different ways. the part about approaching the subject differently was very helpful!

alright thank you. i think ill keep some though, just because i've gotten state and national awards for a few of them. and is it alright to visibly see something is photoshopped if it's supposed to be surreal? because that was the thing i was going for. however they definitely are not the main focus of my work, and i can see what you mean by the shotty editing.

thank you so much for all of your advice and comments!! i really like the on the way to school theme, i might try that tomorrow.



0 · February 22, 2011

#13
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Emily Rose E.

i did that photo when i was 13, should i get rid of it?

i really love film, but i don't have the means to get a film camera at the moment.
i really want to work with a small company or something really small for practice like that, sadly i doubt we have anything around here similar to that.

0 · February 22, 2011

#14
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

that's...not by me haha.

0 · February 22, 2011

#16
Molly Madness

Molly M.

HAWAII,
United States

80 posts

I would say something for you to work on would be allowing your photographs to propose more questions rather than provide answers. Your photographs are very telling, even obvious and to me that's not quite art.

try capturing a moment perhaps. so the viewer contemplates on the before and after, but really push it farther than that.

TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU ALWAYS. :)

0 · February 28, 2011

#18
Danielle Dunn

Danielle D.

GEORGIA,
United States

35 posts

it's obvious you know how to work a camera, but it seems like some of your photography ideas are a little generic, like you're just mocking things you've seen on the internet rather then creating your own ideas, and marking new territory for yourself. and creating a new and extremely unique photograph is the key factor in making one great, you've just got to have a raw vision.
but, that's just my opinion and i could be way off, but it's all really good! and i enjoyed it.

0 · February 28, 2011

#20
Randi Isabella

Randi I.

LES ÉTATS-UNIS,
United States

474 posts

oh god everything is just completely shitty and you should just stop now

<3

0 · February 28, 2011

#21
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

can you indicate which ones?

0 · February 28, 2011

#22
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Molly M.

i make it a habit already to take my camera with me everywhere

0 · February 28, 2011

#23
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Danielle D.

like which?

0 · February 28, 2011

#24
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Randi I.

i wuv yew xx

0 · February 28, 2011

#25
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

thank you! good ideas, i've been trying to go to a thrift store but i don't have any money.

0 · February 28, 2011

#26
Randi Isabella

Randi I.

LES ÉTATS-UNIS,
United States

474 posts

@Randi B.

<3 you too ;D

0 · March 1, 2011

#27
Eleni S

Eleni S.

Cyprus

405 posts

randibutler.daportfolio.com/gallery/496884#4
This is stunning.

0 · March 1, 2011

#28
Rosie M

Rosie M.

MINNEAPOLIS,
United States

290 posts

Everyone is a photographer these days, so it can be hard to stand out. I assume you shoot with a digital camera? One thing I find that helps me take better photos is shooting film. With a limited number of frames I tend to critique and edit as I go, making sure i only take the best photos and leaving the rest. It has truly helped me get a better eye for a good photo (not to make it all about me, but I couldn't figure out how to word that advice in anything but first person)

Also, because you feel there are generic and other people, as well as myself, agree maybe you should try shooting in a style that is totally different than what you would do?

Also, I suggest looking back in history at some of the great/classic photographers, such as Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, William Eggleston, even Ansel Adams, although it doesn't appear you are into landscape. Find what makes those photos amazing, long lasting, and see if you can gain some inspiration.

Above all else, keep up the work and stay true to yourself.

0 · March 1, 2011

#29
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Eleni S.

thank you so much! a lot of people tell me they like that one, although i'm not sure why.

0 · March 1, 2011

#30
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Rosie M.

haha oh no i do the same thing about the first person, i feel like learning not just from your own but other people's experience really helps others identify with the situation.

what do you mean by style? could you give me an example... i'll try anything.

i used to do landscape and nature, but my art teacher told me to stop. i've been looking at some famous historic photos as well.

thank you

0 · March 1, 2011

#31
Lani Angelina

Lani A.

TEXAS,
United States

271 posts

Ahh i love this! your pictures are lovely coming from just an average person with no photography knowledge, but please don't ever put your violin in the snow like that
it could ruin it :( ! thats a good picture though haha!

0 · March 2, 2011

#32
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Lani A.

thank you! the violin was just a prop, it was old. i'm definitely aware that water damage could hurt it.

0 · March 2, 2011

  

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