Originally Posted by Money2Burn
Hey guys, I Just stumbled on this thread recently and think it's awesome. I know nothing about photography, but I have a budding interest in it. I think I might have a good eye for it, but my technical knowledge is literally zero. I guess I'm looking for some pointers/encouragement so I can start building my knowledge base and develop a new fun hobby. Here are some photos I've taken that I like for various reasons. The quality is poor on them because they were taken with my phone or they are low-quality versions of the photos that my mom emailed me from a family road-trip we took a few years ago, but I hope this can give you all some idea of the things I like to shoot and perhaps provide good fodder for criticism or advice. Thanks!
Glad to see you're getting interested in photography! Some things can be fixed by editing your photos after you take them, but some things can't be fixed because your phone is just not capable of it. Here's a few thoughts (criticisms), hopefully I don't come off as too harsh.
Yellowstone: It is a nice composition, but the sky and the mountains are overexposed (too bright). You need to to darken them
Grand Canyon: What am I supposed to be looking at here? It looks like some sort of rock arch, but there is nothing to catch the viewer's eye. Now if you can see the grand canyon through this rock arch then you might have a nice photo.
Venice Beach: I like the photo, but I would crop out the bottom part of the image. And if you could take it again I would suggest to get closer to the empty beach chairs because they are interesting foreground objects.
Moab: This is a very difficult photo for a phone
Arches: Nice, try to get a little closer to the sunglasses
Apple Store: A bit overexposed
South Manhattan: Composition-wise I think this is your best photo! Although I would like to see you bring down the exposure (it's too bright)
SLC: You should try and face the building straight on. And once again its overexposed
I agree you do have a good eye! But sometimes it can be difficult to take nice photos with a phone