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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Debby Richardson

Marsa Shagra December 2011
Marsa Shagra December 2011 by Debby Richardson

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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012- (2/19/2012 6:28:00 AM)
Category: Macro - Close-Up
location: Red Sea Egypt
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message this message is important Dear Debby,
Thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

You've requested a critique of your photo. How it works :
I will structure my critique into a few chapters and will list some suggested solutions to problem zones ( if there are any ). My critique will be like 2-3 posts in total, please wait with any answers until you see the note 'photo critic completed' - thanks smile

As we photo critics do this job as volunteers, a 'thank you' is always appreciated (no 'thanks' = no more critiques ).

Photo critiques here at UWP are meant to give a helping hand with an analytic review & to suggest solutions. The objective is to see you here as winner one day smile

And here we go ( critique/review starts with the next post ) !

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message  Photo Critique

First impression
Cute little fellow, but often seen ;-)

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 4, Colours: 3, Sparpness: 3, DOF ( depht of field ) : 3, Contrast : 3

Suggestions :
Slight probs with missing details and shadows. Try out different strobe positions to fix this. the white bands of this fish are supposed to be white, not blue/cyan. This often happens, when natural light is mixing with your strobe light. Try to keep out the daylight from the sun with different camera settings ( higher F-Stop number ). Beware of white balance.

I however suggest : Develop an idea of how you want your photo to look like before "pushing the button". Working on the same subject with different settings / strobe position ( and later analysis ) will help you to understand the differences smile

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message  Composition
Subject centered and the idea behind the composition is not clear to see.

Suggestions :
First of all : Try to prevent centered subjects. The "rule of thirds" is a good one to starts with when its about composition. To play with the DOF ( depht of field ) is nice and of course not everything in a makro or fish portrait shot has to be tack sharp. But one way you'll need to decide - work with crispy sharpness or with blur....hard to do both at the same time ;-)

For the strobe : When working with one strobe ( which is just fine for makro ) I suggest the standard placement : middle top of housing, in a distace of around 20-30 cm. and slightly shown downwards in direction of the subject. That's a good to start with as it produces light that always pleases human eyes ( because it comes from the same direction as sunlight does ).

Lots of options here....try them all !
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message  Subject
A clownfish. It's the most photographed fish of the world. Very beautifull, but often seen.

Suggestions :
Nothing against your clownfish but for contest photography you'll need something that was never seen before. A different angle, behaviour, lightening, dynamic...and so on.

To understand what was already done by others ( unfortunetly : a lot ! !) : Check out other photographers and view their pics. You would gain great inspiriation & ideas from it.

Welcome to the contest !! Happy to have you here...and we are looking forward to your next submissions smile

All the best,


photo critique completed


Rico Besserdich
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