Clicked these pictures recently in Hyderabad. My first street Photography shoot. Processed them on Rawtherapee using film emulations. Would love to get some constructive criticism.


Thanks for sharing. Would like to know a little about each photo. Having some context would help with the critiquing process.

Like the Adjustments I made?

More of what you wanted to achieve with each photo or the set of photos.

Oh! Well! I wanted a film look and a grungy type photo. I wanted each photo to speak for itself and have a story within itself. It was afternoon and the light was harsh. But I had an advantage that there were building around and there were shadows to play with. The color photos were mostly provia 400 film emulations And the black and white ones were agfa and Fuji acros.

A little more about the photos: These tailors sit on the streets all day and get the work done immediately at a low cost. It’s basically rainy season in India RN but they are determined to finish the work on time so no matter what happens, they sit there all day to earn money. They sit in a line near the wall under a roof where pigeons are always there and “pooping” on them and the clothes.

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I loved those pictures!
Sorry if I don’t give you a more in depth, techical rationale. It’s just that they striked me at first.
Do these workers work for themselves?
Also, most of them seem to be aged. Coincidence?

Nice set! The only one I don’t like that much is the one where the tailor looks at the camera.
Maybe for the third and fourth pictures, I would have tried to recover a bit more of the face details in the shadows.
NIce use of film simulations (I love using film simulation too).

I agree. The fifth is a good balance.

It’s fine. Yes! They work for themselves / their families mostly. Not a coincidence. They all are old and have been working there for many years. Apparently, there aren’t many ‘young’ tailors over there.

Thank you for the critique. I intentionally crushed the details in a few photos because I wanted to add the mystery to the image. Also, I could’ve done it with some local adjustments. But RT doesn’t have any local adjustment options which is why I couldn’t retrieve much details from the face. I am also not quite familiar with GIMP/Photoshop. It always looks like a fresh new language everytime I try learning either one of them.

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