So, every once in a while, the wife picks up the camera and squeezes one off which makes her say "your camera makes me hate my camera" (which is always good for me as it means she sees the relevance of the camera budget ;) ) Anyway, here is her latest, I included it here because it shows off some of Puck Monkey's fine work:
--Edited to make picture work--
When I went into Corbis looking for a job, I took my best stuff in my portfolio and they told me exactly what was wrong with each photo. It was the best thing that ever happened to me and it was kind of like what we do here, good honest criticism.
There was one important rule, especially for stage photos but almost for any photo that I learned that day and that is CONNECT. You have CONNECT with the photo and having lines crossing across the photo or someone's face detracts from that CONNECT. Having the subjects looking away from the camera loses that CONNECT.
In this photo, if the child was looking toward the camera there would be a CONNECT that would make this pic about 20 times better.
I swear to God that my photos got way better the moment I sucked it up after being nearly scolded that day and realized what it takes to not only compose a photo but CONNECT with the subject.
CONNECTing with Lil Wayne in a huge concert theater breaks it down to you and Lil Wayne and nothing else matters.
CONNECT invites the viewer into the celebration
This is something that you don't see in photo or art books, but a bell went off when I left Corbis that day and now I get it.
I understand what you're saying, Mike, but I think the whole connecting with your subject thing is necessary in some images and wholly unnecessary in others. Sam's image above shows the wonderful emotion of a moment shared by dad and baby girl, even though no one's looking at the camera.
That said, you do people really well, Mike. And I think that connecting with a human subject is important in the types of photography you're really into. I just think that different situations call for different techniques.
The oranges are kind of high, so maybe a touch of adjustment to your white balance or color tints might be in order as well.
It might well be an (more) interesting photo if she was looking at camera so you could better read her smile. But, seeing it was my wife's shot, she almost never picks up that camera, and autofocus isn't on the shutter, I'm impressed she hit focus ;)
Saw this on craigslist and thought some of you may find this of interest.
Flickr: Discussing Strobist Meetup Changed to Sunday May 31rst - Long Beach CA in Los Angeles Strobist
Great colors :)