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Photo critique: Mark Murphy | FORUM

Photo critique: Mark Murphy

Updated on July 28, 2017 in Critique
5 on July 10, 2017

Hello forum. I’m from London and only got my first DSLR in April this year (I took pictures on my iPhone before that). I’ve since developed a real passion for travelling all over London and taking street photographs. I really love the work of Martin Parr, Don McCullin and Richard Sandler. However, no matter how closely I study the greats, I’ve no idea whether the pictures I take are any good. I feel that some brutally honest criticism will be the best medicine to help me up my game – and I’d be highly appreciative of any feedback. I like my pictures to have a slightly surreal quality – I love the strange sights that a bustling urban environment provides – the potential to find the extraordinary amongst the ordinary.

 
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0 on July 13, 2017

The test I apply to pictures made by others is do I wish I had taken the photo?
Photo 1: excellant light, composition and good moment. I like the picture’s ambiguity.
Photo 2: This surreal picture is hysterical…really wish I’d taken this one 😉
Photo 3: You have great ingredients here…funny…maybe if you’d shot the dog and the man, lining them up…

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0 on July 13, 2017

Thanks!! really appreciate the feedback. I agree about the third picture – there would have been better ways to present this. I think because the man was homeless, I didn’t want to bug him too much. Though he was quite happy to have his photo taken, so maybe I should have persisted and experimented with more angles.

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0 on July 15, 2017

Hi Mark, Eric Kim here. Good to have you mate. Your first shot is phenomenal, looks like Renaissance painting with debt. The second shot is an instant classic. Third shot is weak. Keep rocking!

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0 on July 22, 2017

Howdy Mark!
First two photos are great, but u probably haven`t worked the sciene enough for third photo `click`. Keep it up tho, ure on the rignt way!

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0 on July 28, 2017

Thanks Eric and Nikita – really appreciate the kind words and constructive criticism. It’s wonderful to read feedback from other photographers, as I’m still a beginner and probably need a bit of steering. In hindsight I agree in regards to the third pic – I love the dog and his shades, but not the composition.

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