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Old 01-07-2005, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm working on an ad campaign (my real job) for a client who remodels kitchens and baths. I was hoping for some thoughts on these. So, fire at will.


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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Caveat - I don't know nuthin' 'bout advertising nor advertising photography.

Second one is very good. Clean, polished kitchen. Inviting.

First one - initial response was, "Is that the 'before' image?" The antiqued tiles and border give the appears of dirt, and the border joints are emphasized. Overall impression of that image is of less than perfect workmanship. Probably not as good.

Photographically - wow, wish I could do half so well.

Take with many grains of salt.
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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 09:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi David,

I am pretty new around here and feel like I haven't "earned the right" to critique others work, but I can relate to you on this one. I am also a photographer/graphic designer. It's always more difficult using your own photos rather that someone elses b/c you are way more critical of your own work and I'm sure you'll agree.

So with that said, I like both of your photos and I think the second one really stands out. No real complaints with either of them, but If I were going to do anything to improve #2, I would do some PS work and remove the reflections on the door to make it less of a distraction. Other than that no complaints. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The first pic bugs me, especially with the faucet cropped like that. Generally faucets are very expensive in this type of work and are a point of interest. Also the spigot has a sense of directionality that this crop cuts off. I'd shift the frame to the right and get rid of the out of focus column/candle thingy on the left to include more of the tap. This will give the faucet some nose room. The second pic sits better with me, but a lot of its frame is underutilized with the out of focus counter top. The stuff through the door on the left is a bit distracting, but you could easily burn that out. Seeing the two together draws attention to the 2nd pic being a bit warm. I like the sharpness and the DOF. Your approach of the subject matter is also excellent. The images aren't just static rooms, by using close crops and off angles you really draw the viewer in. I'm no pro, so my thoughts may be worth exactly what you paid for them! :-)
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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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These are all interesting thoughts that will help me with the final tweaking of what I hope to accomplish. Thank You!
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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 10:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You are absolutely correct, it's dificult to be subjective on your own work!

I agree with the door comment, and since it's come up a couple times, I'll have to see what I can do with it.
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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 10:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmm, interesting point about the tile in the first one. This clent is so proud of that bathroom, but that's an alarming response. I'll have to see how other's feel about it. Wouldn't want to portray that image.

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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
Old 01-07-2005, 11:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Personally while I enjoy the atmosphere and pov in both photos I am not sure, however, they are telling your story very well. I think they both suffer from poor dof, assuming the counter top is part of the product. The bathroom photo is disjointed, something needs to tie the two sides of the picture together. Towels or toiletry articles perhaps. The kitchen shot provides an interesting shot of the stove, but what does it say about the kitchen?

Basically, I think you're close, just not quite there. Which you already knew cause you asked for feedback.

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I agree totally on the first image... My first thought was they really screwed that tile up.
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Re: Non Glamour, but looking for thoughts
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David,
Are you showing a particular item of the remodeling or the entire space? It is all about what you are trying to sell. Take the image that I think is a bathroom sink. Now if the caption was "Want antique tiling in your bathroom" it would be a good image. If it was "Remodel you bathroom" I don't think it shows enough. Possibly if there were 3-4 images of the bathroom showing different angles it would be good. I think they are to tightly cropped for what you are selling.

Just an opinion....

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