I took a bunch of photos today and I'm proud of them. Be honest, which are good, bad, what do I need to improve on? Personally the second is my favorite. Remember, I am an amateur with an OK camera, all my photos are taken the way they are on purpose. 1. This is Peanut again.
first, I have to say that I think that some of the images are too small. I know that reducing the size makes the image quality look better which is nice if you use a shitty cam, but if you go too small they'll lose their magic (I don't know how to describe it in English, but I think you know what I mean). that's especially the case with landscape pictures. it's important to find a good compromise of size and picture quality. most people use a FullHD screen, I think they should have least 50% of that size.
to the pictures: I think the cat pictures are better because of the good lighting and the subject. 2, 3 and 4 don't look bad, I can see what you wanted to do but the cam and the small image size just take away the "wow"-effect you need with that type of nature picture. like most smartphone cams, they are much better with close up shots and good lighting.
so if I choose between 1 and 5 it will be 1 because in 5 the shadow is distracting. but I think that again your distance is off. get closer and take the picture in 16:9 landscape. you get the same effect with the cat and background, you get a light depth of field effect which makes it look better and you can see the cat better and more details on her, which make the picture more interesting. and last but not least, try playing a little bit with the colours and contrast later in an image editing program. it doesn't has to be photoshop, something like GIMP gets it done too. like duplicate the layer and use the soft light filter to blend. set the top layer to 20-25% and it should look a little bit more pleasing to most people ;)
hope that helps a bit. I know I always sound a little bit negative but I'm quite picky lol
Number one and five I really like but than again I am a cat lover 😄 I like how you captured them being normal and doing their own thing. The picture with Kit is really nice because you can how the picture is blurry where the grass is and starts to clear up around Kit.
I would start with getting a camera that lets you manually change the Shutter speed and Aperture (assuming yours doesn't have that).
2nd, use a tripod as often as possible.
Untouched, I agree #2 has the most appeal. Some cropping and messing with the colors and shadows would make #2 and #4 very good photos. I'm pretty biased with those type of photos though.
The problem I have with #1 and #5 is the uncertainty of the subject, or what my eyes should be drawn too. The manual settings would help greatly with those 2. Taking the background and foreground out of focus more would draw me right to the cat.
The eyes in #5 are mesmerizing. I would have got as close as I could with Kit's head on the right top corner. The leaf was a good idea to create distance, but I feel Kit posed perfectly for you and the leaf takes away from that. All you need to see is the head of Kit as the eyes look right at you. Getting that close should blur the background enough to draw you right to the eyes.
#1 has an interesting fore, middle, and background. But sometimes having that many interesting subjects takes away from the appeal.
#3 is kind of hard to critique. It looks cool as an idea, but doesn't fully pack a punch as is. The lens flare on the left tree is what I like the best. Cropping the bottom right before that and taking a little off the top. Bring out those colors of the flare. Maybe make the photo black and white except for the flare. It's a photo you could have a lot of fun experimenting with. The more I look at it, the more I want to do all kinds of crazy things.
In conclusion: 1) Manual settings and try the same shot with different settings 2) Tripod 3) Take from every angle you can think of, especially to get different angles as the light hits the subject 4) Sometimes it's good to create distance between subject and background
You appear to have a good eye for photography. I hope you keep it up. Sorry I wrote so much or if it sounded rude or confusing. Hope I was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know.
It's interesting how you've cropped these. I think you could achieve greater impact with different cropping, especially on 1 and 4, which are my favorites. In both I'd make basically a 16:9 image, focusing on Peanut in the first, then on that tree and horizon in the fourth.
Generally speaking, take multiple photos of the same thing, mess around and experiment with your camera settings and try to take pictures from weird angles ( trial and error ). Also use the rule of thirds, aperture etc. And make sure your pictures are equally balanced
You need to study lighting settings on your camera. The landscapes are nice, but there's insufficient contrast. But the cat at the top looks good because the light is bright. The top picture is better than the bottom because the bottom has a distracting shadow.
That said, consider taking photography in high school or even a photography class at night school somewhere. Also if you are good at math, take physics because that will help you understand light and lenses more.