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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

Practice, practice, practice. This is something I set myself to do and it is progressing although not as easily as anticipated. Like you, I decided to simply not take the poor shots after having ...
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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

Totally not a photography expert, but I would still like to offer my 2¢. The mistake I often do is include way too much of the part of the image that isn't relevant to the scene, just because there's ...
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How to compose flowering plants?

#1. Keep it Simple Cherry tree flowers are beautiful. Branches, sticks and leaves... not so much. With cherry tree blossoms, compose simple shots. Try looking a bit closer. #2. Evaluate Focus and ...
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Does every interesting photograph have a story to tell?

You can tell a "story" without necessarily creating a "narrative". I think you may be hung up on believing the only form a story can have is to create a narrative. Some images very clearly create a ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

In addition to what has been written (cropped feet), in my opinion the greed hedge in the background draws a lot of attention away from the child because it is so heavily saturated. Since the ...
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Is it moral to remove/hide certain parts of a photo, as a photographer?

Artistic photography follows the beauty is in the eye of the beholder ethos. There is nothing inherently immoral about it. Photography that is meant to make a political statement or journal actual ...
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How to compose flowering plants?

Bokeh One of the aspects which is lacking from your photos is bokeh. In all three photos, and especially the last two, the background is too sharp; I imagine that the photos were taken around đť‘“/5.6. ...
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Is composition after capture against any traditional photography rules?

First of all: Photography is a form of art and everybody can perform his art like he wants. With that said the so called photography "rules" especially the rules of composition are more of a guideline ...
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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

Fun idea. That could be called hyperlapse. If you use a specific memory card for that project, you can always switch from viewing the first photo of the project to live view. Another option is that ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The leaves in the background aren't an interesting part of the photo, and they're a bit of a distraction. Blurring the background by shooting at a wider aperture (smaller f-number) would turn the ...
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How to avoid changing lenses all the time when shooting with primes?

I'm by no means an expert. But one thing that I've tried is having 2 bodies. It sounds expensive, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. I have an old Canon Rebel, and more recently bought a Canon 7D. ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The first and obvious problem is framing. Almost never do you want to put a small head in the middle of a large picture. There is much space to the left of the child in the picture, but it doesn't ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

To improve your portraiture, try simplifying your composition to better focus the viewer's attention on your subject. How? (No particular order): Square yourself with the background. You are closer ...
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Is composition after capture against any traditional photography rules?

From artistic perspective a photographer is duty bound to use all means that are at his disposal to achieve the intended look. This includes cropping and / or other image manipulation techniques. To ...
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When are people or cars in photos not the subject?

What they are trying to tell you, even if they don't realise it or quite know the right language, is that the vehicles/people are a major distraction in the image. If what the viewer perceives as the ...
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Why does this photo's skin tones look, weird?

The skin is exactly the same in both images. It's your perception of the skin that is different based on the surrounding colors. Our eyes and brain have a remarkable ability to adapt to different ...
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Is it moral to remove/hide certain parts of a photo, as a photographer?

The context changes what is acceptable and what isn't. Nature photographers are expected to photograph nature, not caged animals or taxidermy specimens. Documentary photographers are expected to ...
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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

Your photo looks a lot like my "wish I'd done better" photos as well. The first thing that comes to mind is that you're trying to balance a couple of ideas/rules and end up with bland. Like the person ...
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How to choose the most appropriate composition?

You know when to stop when you are satisfied with the result. There's nothing more to it. It is your image, your feelings, your point of view, your way of expressing yourself. I don't think there's ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I'm not a photography expert at all, but I have spent my whole life playing, buying, and most importantly looking at pictures of games of various kinds. I also have painted many miniatures and ...
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Is composition after capture against any traditional photography rules?

To paraphrase a passage from the ancient Hebrew Book of Ecclesiastes: For everything there is a season. A time to be born, a time to die A time to break down, a time to build up A time to keep, ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

Get a polarizer filter. You'd typically want the "circular" ones, though in this day and age you'd be hard-pressed to find one that's not. I noticed that your first and third shots show some ...
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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

Well the first thought I'd have is that this is begging for some post processing. You're completely wasting the highlights in that image that hide a fabulous sky. There are many ways to pull those ...
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

What would I have to do to take such photos from a 50mm lens of a Dx camera? You can't take those pictures with a 50mm lens and a DX (1.5X APS-C) camera. To fit all of what an 11mm lens will give ...
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How to crop this photo of water drops on a leaf to improve the composition?

The background is uninteresting includes features that distract so I would crop the picture to completely remove it: I would have kept the background if: it was pretty (garden, etc...) the subject ...
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Is it moral to remove/hide certain parts of a photo, as a photographer?

It depends on the intent. If the goal, and actual result is "art", i.e make a nice-looking thing, then anything is acceptable. If the goal is to make the picture be a fake proof that something ...
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How can I ensure that a lens is pointing absolutely vertically downwards?

A good way is to set a mirror flat on the floor, and check the reflection of the lens in the viewfinder. It should be exactly centered: This actually ensures that the lens axis is perpendicular to ...
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