Our critics praise and pan your pictures
Adorama Learning Center Editors
June 16, 2010
“I really just don't get this current trend of deliberately adding slight vignette effects to images”—Jack Howard
© Moses Mckenzie. Gear: Canon Rebel XSi with battery grip, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, lit with 35-inch Octa-Box, wireless trigger. Exposure not provided.
Photographer’s statement: "I shot this bride under a canopy and removed distractions in the background using Photoshop. I also enhanced the color of the flowers, but not beyond reality. I’ve also included a “before” shot."
Our critics say...
Mason Resnick: The changes the photographer made in Photoshop were reasonable, and don’t interfere with the shot…except the vignetting, which I feel is overdone here. Pull the slider back and go for a more subtle look! That said, I like the focus on the flowers, and the tilted horizon gives the photo a nice, active diagonal. I could see this image in an album providing a good counterpoint to more standard wedding fare.
Jack Howard: That's a gorgeous bouquet and the controlled saturation boost really helps them pop. Flowers are a huge part of the whole wedding experience, and this is a very good detail shot for a wedding package. This is a fun, playful shot. I think it would be stronger if the original were a tiny bit looser to not have the left edge of frame intersecting the roses, as this does draw your eye out of the frame a little. And not to get all Andy Rooney here, but I really just don't get this current trend of deliberately adding slight vignette effects to images. It looks more like a technical flaw than an aesthetic decision.
Mark Lent (special guest Zapper!): I’ve seen this type of shot many times, but not nearly as well-executed. I appreciate the slant and perspective; the shot has a strong photojournalism appeal. Even though we know the shot is posed, it gives it a more spontaneous feel. If I had to nit-pick this shot, it would be in the flowers themselves. I feel they need even more burning and saturation. The color in the flowers has a wilted look and it weakens the image color-wise, particularly since the main subject has so much white.