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Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

So I'm The New Guy

So I'm absolutely new to FAA. I was looking to submerge myself into the community here because everyone seems quite friendly. I'm relatively new to actually working on my photos and messing with aperture, lighting, ISO and so on and so forth. I've uploaded only a couple of photos and was looking for professional feedback on them. It's not much right now, but I'm expanding my knowledge and understanding of the art. I have more photos in the wings waiting to be released but I figured I would see what people have to say about what I have. Again, relatively new to the photography scene and I'm looking for pointers. Any and all constructive criticism is appreciated. I'm currently waiting to buy a better camera as well. Right now I've just got this little point and shoot Nikon Coolpix. Nothing fancy to say the least. But I work with what I've got. My wife and I go on trips every year, so international photos are what I'm trying to focus on. Our most recent trip was to Ireland. I'm open to you community. Lay it on me!

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Welcome Joshua! I absolutely love this piece! You're off to a GREAT start! Keep 'em coming!

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Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Thank you Rose! I'm really excited about learning what this community has to offer.

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Also, I guess I really didn't specify, I typically take pictures of landscapes. I know that's a really broad area and probably a difficult one to get started in. Due to the fact that scenery pictures are quite common. But I feel that I can approach the subject from a different angle. So any advice on wild scenery would be amazingly appreciated!

 

Just a tip, you need lots more "keywords"/tags.... singular and plural of all main words and any/everything you can think of to describe each piece...and utilizing those share buttons (FB, twitter, Vote, etc...) under your uploaded works are a big help to get the search engine "bots" to find your stuff. Have fun!

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Alright. See I did think I had too few tags for them. Definitely work on that though. Thank you Rose! And yeah, I was planning on setting up on FB and google products n' such. I'll be working on advertising and such in the near future.

 

Kerri Mortenson

1 Year Ago

Here, Joshua, is a place to help you with a few more keywords. You can toggle the ones you want/don't want. http://www.mykeyworder.com/

 

Camille Lopez

1 Year Ago

welcome aboard

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Thanks everyone. I'll be throwing up some of my other photos this weekend. I'm getting some good feedback about the two I have up now. Keep that constructive criticism flowing!

 

Mo T

1 Year Ago

Welcome to FAA Joshua...All the Best here :)

 

Gregory Scott

1 Year Ago

There's a photographer here who has advanced the "Abilene" theory, with regard to sales of photographs.
Essentially, it's good to be very specific about tagging the location of your photographs.
While there are a zillion sunset photos out there, you are just a drop in the ocean of images.
But somebody from Abilene TX, South Bottom PA or Gano, OH might be searching for interesting images near their homes, and if you have a photo with that tag, there is a pretty good chance you might show up on a search engine reasonably near the top of the list, so you have a chance to make the sale.
The wandering woman could have these tags added:
Pauline, pauline's, ladies, gents, hair, stylist
The name of the street would be good, also, and the name of the neighborhood, and the county, ireland
With regard to location, tag at many levels, from specific to wide.
It would be nice if FAA had GPS tags and a proximity search by distance.

 

Will Gunadi

1 Year Ago

Joshua, welcome.

I like the colors on this one:

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The blue shadow (of the woman) throws me off a bit, but that's nitpicking.

For your other photo, the vignetting is too much.

 

Richard Rizzo

1 Year Ago

welcome Joshua.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

There will be a lot of opinion as to how to improve. The tech critiques are pretty easy but opinion as to what is marketable will vary. Personally, I like the vignetting on the tree.

Here's my "Abilene Theory."

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Andrew Pacheco

1 Year Ago

Welcome Joshua!

As far as composition goes I really like the two photos you've posted so far.

My favorite of the two is "Wandering Woman" but the white balance seems to be off, at least for my tastes. I think it would be a much stronger photograph with a more natural white balance, or even as a high contrast black and white.

Will's input about the vignette on "Wonderous Limbs" might be something to consider. Backing off on the darkened edges just a bit may allow the eye a bit more time to wander through the seemingly infinite tangle of limbs.

Looking forward to seeing more, and best of luck to you here at FAA!

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Thank you everyone! I'm really digging this input.

JC,
Thank you! That's a whole ton of information and pretty helpful. I'll make sure to apply some of those marketing techniques. I really appreciate it.

Andrew,
Awesome. I'm still messing around with them and I'll make sure to try those out.

Thanks for helping me out a bit everyone.

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

Got one more up.

 

Ana Belle

1 Year Ago

Welcome Joshua! I used to think that everyone here are friendly. But I was wrong... there are people who are really great and welcoming and helpful. But there are few who are the opposite.

 

Joshua Gooding

1 Year Ago

I'm not too worried about them Ana, but thank you! If some want to hate on my art they can go find art more suitable to their tastes. I'm here for positive vibes and pushing my photos to the next tier. Just have to push past those who are negative. Though I will still listen to those with negative criticism about my work. It's all a part of the job. :)

 

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