Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good vs Bad photos

Living under siege: Life in Aleppo, SyriaThis is a pretty effective photo because the focus is on the boy's face rather than the older man's due to his covering it with his arms. Not only this, but it is also effectively separating the foreground from the background as the back-right seems to lack the detail that the two bodies do. The color contrast is also well planned and I think the only room for improvement is if the photo didn't so harshly cut the boy's arm and the man's hand. Other than that, this is a terrific photo.

Bobby Fischer versus 50 playersAnother good photo, this one has great direction as all the eyes in the room aim toward the main focus: Bobby Fischer. The focus loses detail as it gets farther into the room, creating a background and foreground. The main object is very centered, but the combination of him being centered and the larger crowd in which he is faced counterbalances this flaw. It does a terrific job in making it extremely difficult to not come straight back to the center figure.

This is a bad photo in many ways. First of all, the shadow covers almost her entire face making her forehead glow awkwardly. Second, her arm looks like it could be someone else's arm. Also, there is too much white in the background and this makes it difficult to keep focus on the girl. Then there is the proportion, she is too far for it to be a mug shot and too close for anything else. As it accompanies a story that explains this "could be" the girl whose body was found, which can also be misleading to anyone related to her, considering the possibility that it isn't her body.

Another bad picture, as the article is about both of them, and not just Mark Sanchez in particular. However, this photo clearly focuses Sanchez over Tim Tebow, as Tebow appears to be blurred. Also, there is no action, the article describes practice, and the photo should picture them in action during practice. Also, Sanchez is covering nearly a third of Tebow, showing that he is dominant, when the article is trying to prove just the opposite.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the diverse examples and insightful critiques!