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Sleep Time
Posted by Chazz (Ipodtouchgirl21) on December 4, 2011 Full Size|

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Reply sylentwhysper
10:15 PM on December 5, 2011 
This is adorable and I love how there are two gnomes trying to rebel against sleep time. I totally get the story in this photo. The lighting is mentioned by the other judges and I want to further elaborate on this. In a normal screenshot photo, it's absolutely fine to have the light this way. It's sleep time and the lights are out. That makes perfect sense. In 'creative' photography, lighting and contrast are huge elements. In creative photography you want to add interest by stepping beyond a common screenshot. In this case, if you had put a light to the far right of the room, it would have casted a small glow onto the right side of the gnomes, giving them some highlights and interest. I hope this makes sense.

I liked that you tried this top angle, great experimental camera perspective. I don't mind this angle at all but wished you wouldn't have cut out the feet of the bottom gnomes. Cutting off limbs in photography isn't normally desirable as it leaves the photo feeling unfinished or something is missing.

I am not trying to pick at your photos, but am hoping to give you some basic photography knowledge to help you improve. If you are interested in retaking this photo with our suggestions, I'd love to see the difference!! :)
Reply AAshleySEG
11:33 AM on December 5, 2011 
There is a lot that could be improved upon with this photo. The idea was a good one, I am assuming that it was like nap time at a daycare? With that said, you could have added so many additional elements to get you some points on uniqueness and detail. I know that you probably wanted the scene to be dark since it is sleep time, having said that from a photography standpoint, it kind of just looks like you disregarded the lighting in the photo. I like that you tried to give us a different perspective being above the gnomes, but again it isn't really working for me, and lastly with composition everything is just in the center of the photograph and some other elements have been cut off, like the legs of the gnomes on the bottom. I would suggest to look at the photo book from the last shutterbugs cycles to get an idea of what the judges are looking for.
Reply Minraed
6:24 AM on December 5, 2011 
Too Cute. Sometimes photos on stark plain backgrounds work, but I'm not sure what you were aiming for here unfortunately. Lighting is a big issue - I strongly recommend that you learn about placing lighting to make your photos shine more.

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