I can tell that you're trying to "see" the world in a unique way. Some of your shots are pretty good, for a beginner. Others should be removed from your portfolio, and over time they will all be.
A consistent mistake I see you making is in your composition. Someone wrote here how they just loved...
Best answer: I can tell that you're trying to "see" the world in a unique way. Some of your shots are pretty good, for a beginner. Others should be removed from your portfolio, and over time they will all be.
A consistent mistake I see you making is in your composition. Someone wrote here how they just loved the shot of the face on the building. But in terms of its composition, it's a failure. Why did you crop off the chin? In photography, you can do things "a little bit." In this shot, you cropped a little bit of the face. Doing things this way makes the image look like a mistake. And that's my impression of this shot. That you didn't notice that you were cropping the chin out of the shot. So to me, it looks like a mistake.
The shot of street sign and the sky in the background is among the weakest of your shots and should be deleted from your portfolio. When looking at it, the shadows are too dark, I just don't understand what you want me to look at. The street sign is placed so low in the frame that you cropped a bit of the corner off. Why did you do that? What did this kind of crop add to the shot? If you don't know, then it's a mistake.
Same thing with the B&W shot of the woman touching her ear. Why did you crop the top of her head off? Why did you shoot this image horizontally when her body lines are clearly in the vertical? Shooting in the horizontal created a large amount of black negative space on either side. Why did you include those areas in the shot? What does the inclusion of the negative space add to the narrative of the shot? My point is not to beat you over the head with your mistakes. It's to point out that as a photographer you're a story teller. Everything in the shot should support the story, and if it doesn't then it shouldn't be in the shot in the first place.
The next shot is of the high-angle shot of the man laying on the ground. Why did you choose this high angle? Not saying it's wrong, but just making a point that you had put any thought into what you were doing, you'd have an answer. If you do, then great. Also, why did you not show his face? Adding the face will add a lot of impact to the shot. Maybe you had a legitimate reason, maybe you didn't consider it, I certainly have no way of knowing.
The next shot is plain bad. What am I looking at? The image is so dark that it's hard to tell what's going on. Why did you crop the concrete block in the foreground so much? Having two dominate subjects (concrete block & person in the background) confuses the viewer. It is just like have two subjects in a sentence. As with any written language, the language of photography has certain grammatical rules which you must know and understand in order to create a compelling shot.
The next shot is of the street vendors. This is a good example of studying the scene for juxtaposition. Why did you place the pole over the girl's face? My guess is that you never saw it in the frame. Also, their heads are lined up the half-way in the frame. This created too much space above the head, and it cropped off an important part of the image, namely the vending cart. Watch your backgrounds as this image has a lot of distractions. Use a larger aperture to blur these distractions out. I can tell you didn't wait long at this scene before taking the shot and moving on. Great street scene come with patience. Find a good scene with great light and wait for something great to happen. In this case, wait for a customer to enter the scene. Showing interaction between the vendor and the customer would have made a much more compelling shot that the girl looking down at who knows what.
The next shot is of someone's back walking down an ally. Again, why did you crop 1/2 of the person's back? Why did you juxtapose the punk rocker so that it looks like he's growing out of the side of the subject's head? Never juxtapose stuff coming out of people's heads - that' s just a photo 101 mistake.
The next shot of the flowers is just bad with absolutely no sense of composition, no sense of what the main subject should be. You did this by placing a huge dark and empty area in the center of the frame, and then you placed the red flowers too close to the edge of the frame. You need to understand composition and visual literacy. Adding elements up against the frame creates a feeling of tension. Tension and flowers is probably what you wanted to convey, right?
The next shot is of the couple at the flower shot. This had all of the right elements: great colors, two people interacting (two interesting people interacting with each other), and good light. You were too far away to make this a successful shot. The background was too much in focus which created a cluttered background. The people were not placed well within the frame (think about composition, rule of thirds, golden ratio).
So this should provide you with a good deal to think about. Go on youtube and do searches for visual literacy, rule of thirds, golden ratio in art design. Buy photography books showcasing the works of great photographers. You must study great work in order to build up your own visual library of great images. Go to museums and study painters and photographers. How can you be expected to write a great novel if you've never read one before? You can't. So it is with photography. You can't be expected to be born with some kind of special knowledge of what constitutes a great photograph. You have to study and learn it which takes a lot of time. Keep shooting and next year you probably wont' have any of these shots in your portfolio - they will all be better ones!
That's how growth goes. You learn a bit and see an increase in your work for a while. Then you plateau for a while until another shot makes you realize that you've grown a bit. It comes in spurts over years, so don't get impatient.