Photo review from Rise International Photography Awards – Family

The RISE International Photography Awards is a unique, online photography awards system aimed at seeing entrants elevate their work from one award year to the next.

The judges gave written feedback to all entrants on all photos entered. I entered three images into three categories: Maternity, Family and Creative.

I love this photo

This photo is a self-portrait of myself and my daughter, when she was two. I used a tripod and a remote shutter release to take it, and processed the colours in Photoshop.

It was originally part of an exhibition titled ‘Skin’, and represents the mother-child bond between us. For me, it’s about love, and I’ll always cherish it.

Feedback

Judge 1: I love the organic lines and shapes through this composition. The hint of the fingers at the top of the frame is a little distracting. I would either like to see more or less. The same goes for the cropped ankle at the bottom of the frame. An interesting and brave approach to colour toning which really grabs the viewer’s eye.

Judge 2: This is a unique and great portrait – honest and with a lovely sense of flow. The colour palette is different and good. Only two little things to watch. There’s the slightest of yellow-tinged haloes where the bodies meet the background, interrupting that block colour background. There’s just the tiniest hint of a hand coming around at the top right of the frame; it would have been wonderful to see more of that hand, to give symmetry with the mother’s hand mid-left of frame. Well done, this is excellent.

Judge 3: Nice softness and feel but i feel we need more of the subject to get the story. We have a little hair top left that makes me want more of the story. More contrast or even black & white would help visually.

I take all of these comments on board. I think I may need to recreate this image or similar to include the judges’ advice.

Take care,

Michelle

Photo review from Rise International Photography Awards – Maternity

The RISE International Photography Awards is a unique, online photography awards system aimed at seeing entrants elevate their work from one award year to the next.

The judges gave written feedback to all entrants on all photos entered. I entered three images into three categories: Maternity, Family and Creative.

I received a bronze award for two categories – Family and Creative. But my image for the the Maternity category got a bit of a roasting!

The not so good

I decided to take a gamble and enter an experimental image, where I played round with the processing and tried some new techniques.

It didn’t go down well… but I’ve learnt to leave the experimental techniques out of future competitions!

Entry ID: E-18524

Feedback

Judge 1: Congratulations for exploring a concept which is a little more unique for a maternity portrait. For the Silhouette to have great impact lighting needs to be a little more consistent so that we can see cleaner lines from the subject’s neck down to her breasts. It looks like highlights have been blown out in the initial capture, creating some jagged lines through her chest, as well as her hair. Posing could be refined, such as a bend in one of her legs to see more shape and separation. You may need to check the brightness of your monitor as there are quite a few banding and postproduction issues through the whites where we can some oddities and patches.

Judge 2: The impact of your image lacks the creative & technical skills needed to convey the overall message.

Judge 3: The post-production treatment has created some unflattering lines and areas of the image are broken up. Great to explore new ideas and work to refine this.

Judge 4: Nice start to high key image
With a silhouette image lines needs to be clean, consistent and flattering
Back of body from arm down is inconsistent, shadow on top of breast, hair line

As you can read – I needed to do a lot more refinement on this techniques before I hit send!

I’ll post the feedback for my Family entry and bronze award photo next.

Take care,

Michelle

Rise International Photography Awards

Rise International Photography Awards - Alana Lee Photography

The RISE International Photography Awards is a unique, online photography awards system aimed at seeing entrants elevate their work from one award year to the next. Every entry receives feedback from a panel of highly trained international judges.
to elevate the entire photography industry,

The overall objectives of the awards are:

  • to elevate the entire photography industry,
  • to create an industry of highly skilled photographers with a passion to grow and learn, and
  • to give them the tools they need to develop a sustainable business for years to come.

My entries

I entered into three categories in the Rise International Photography Awards: Maternity, Family and Creative.

I won Bronze in two categories! I didn’t expect to achieve in any category as the standard of previous winners was so high.

The written feedback on every image entered and that was worth the entry fee alone. Constructive criticism is super valuable for artistic development.

I have never had any professional feedback on my images before and I was nervous to receive it. Creating art is very personal and I find it hard not to take criticism negatively – always working on this!

I’ll post the feedback on the images in my next post. I figured if it’s good for my development, it could be helpful for others too 🙂

Take care,

Michelle