"(Looking for critique) This was submitted to SBC but told to shoot from a different angle that makes the ledge look bigger. What do you guys think of it?"
"a lot could be done to fix some of the weak points in this photo but the angle and trick are perfect. in the mag i didnt realize how dark the left side of the frame was, but now i do. some dodging to even it out and some on his face could help a lot. also cloning out your shadow while still keeping the border would make it a lot more solid, or step out/change angle slightly so this doesnt happen. i cant wait to see more stills from the Static IV lineup keep killing it! I agree about switching to colour negatives."
"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/617109-REG/Voigtlander_BA295AN_Color_Skopar_20mm_f_3_5.html i’m going to be buying this soon to accompany the 40mm i have, but for canon. the build quality is amazing, straight lines and low ca, and a buttery ass focus ring. a cheap zeiss (made in the same factory)."
"“If there’s something thats in the scene thats was there before you got there and you don’t like it you should probably change angles or light the scent to make it less of a distraction.” if you are worried about the final product, like myself, then i don’t see a difference, you are still changing something to get rid of a distraction, wether it be physical or digital. if the benefits of the angle out way getting rid of something that can easily be taken out in post, then i would always choose the 2nd route. these are small things i am talking about though. if you have a filmer in the way, ask the skateboarder to shoot the photo (if possible) before landing the trick for the filmer. like norton said, we are producing a shot in most cases, especially using flashes, so unless you are intentionally shooting documentary type photographs, i don’t see anything wrong with doing what it takes to get the shot you have envisioned. you can either pull a tree out of the way, or photoshop it out afterwards, either way you are manipulating the frame. the viewer won’t know these things though."
"for me, it’s all about the final product, plus i’m ocd when it comes to editing so whatever doesn’t make the cut goes. i’ve never actually cloned out an entire person or object, but any distracting details will be removed."
"http://allenying.com/portfolio/2008-2010/images/RappBS180Girls.jpg always loved this photo of yours, and want to see more like this in skateboarding. i think you could have the same impact with a wide angle lens. have you ever rented lenses before? im lucky enough to have a big choice of lenses at my school but im sure its not that expensive to rent a lens for a day and figure out if you like 24, or need wider."