View Full Version : The cat in my backyard

Arisha Zehra Photography
12-28-2014, 12:30 AM

12-29-2014, 01:52 AM
Welcome to the forum AZP!!!

Since you asked for help in your introduction thread and this is your first image posted to the thread, I will help you out with a critique.

First off, the image is soft (out of focus) and under exposed on the cat. You should be able to see crystal clear reflections in his eyes at this range. Your camera was probably set to "Evaluated Metering". This is where the camera looks at the entire frame and gets an average overall exposure for the image. Since the background is so bright and the cat was probably normally lit, it had to darken the image so the background would not be over exposed, causing the cat to be under exposed.

You shot this in portrait (up and down), leaving a ton of dead space above his head, but you cut off his feet and tail. If you would have shot this in landscape and lowered your aim, you would have captured all of him and gotten rid of the distractions behind (above) him.

I am not sure if it is intentional or not (part of your post processing), but beware of the white balance. If you are not sure what this is, it is basically that your camera does not know what true white is when taking the picture. You have to set the camera to the type of lighting being used, so the camera will know what true white will be (or get it pretty close). For example, the chest of the cat seems to be pure white (or should be), but it has a blue tint to it in this image. You can easily change the white balance in post processing to get it correctly. White balance effects all colors, not just the whites.

Arisha Zehra Photography
12-30-2014, 11:44 PM
Thank you so much for the critique. It was helpful but, I didn't use a digital camera for this picture. I used an iPhone camera. Although, your tips were very helpful.

12-31-2014, 05:36 AM
Learn basic composition and even your iPhone pictures will improve drastically. Study up on "Rule of Thirds", leading lines, and other basic composition rules (such as cropping out body parts), and your images will improve 1000 fold.