Photo Review - "NordStrom" by Mark Stevenson

Reviewers First Thoughts

First of all, I want to commend the photographer for the effort in bringing this photo to life. I will quickly point out a few things I love about this photo.

1. The Right Composition Technique (Symmetry)

Symmetry composition is generally used to capture centre oriented scenes (i.e. when placing the main subject in the very centre of the frame). Adopting this composition technique makes the photo generally interesting to look on. It helped to partition the different rhythms in the photo making us see the building from two different sides.

2. Foreground Interest

I commend the effort of the photographer to introduce some foreground interest (at the top right and left).This makes us imagine the form of the NordStrom lobby.

Improvements That Could Be Made

1. Cropping

I believe this image has been captured to express the architectural beauty of this building. If so, there are a lot of distractions at the lower level of the photo which cannot be easily dealt with in post production so, as a result, it would be better to crop the photo as I have done in the photo below.

2. Foreground Interest

As much as I appreciate the attempt the photographer made to introduce some foreground interest (top right and left of the original image) to show the form of the Norbstrom lobby, I feel the proportion for the foreground is not enough and as a result it makes the photo a little distracting. If the photographer had of tilted the camera a little higher, he might have been able to add a few more details to the foreground to create more interest and compliment the entire photo. Below is a photo of the same building by a different photographer, this has good foreground interest.

Photo Credit: Christian Lau

Generally, a photographer must avoid any kind of distraction that hinders him from taking the photograph as he intended in his mind. The best way to do this is to take a few seconds to check the scene (from frame to frame) in the viewfinder before pressing the shutter button. Also, it is important to try several angles when photographing a single subject, this gives you options to choose from and work with.

3. Post-processing Recommendation

The photo needs more exposure, contrast, and vibrancy. Also, to reduce distractions (if you would want to), you can remove some of the people in the building using the spot healing tool on Photoshop. See the before and after results below to see what I mean.



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