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Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings! I've been lurking for some time, but I haven't posted very often. I hope y'all will be so kind as to give me a critique on some images from last weekend's shoot.

I was contacted about a TFP shoot by Monica, a student at our local university (Gig'em). She wants to explore the possibility of doing some Plus Size modeling. We arranged a shoot for Saturday afternoon. She asked me not to bring my usual "assistant" (a friend who is a former Highway Patrol trooper), because she was "pretty new" and wanted me to use a friend of hers for holding reflectors and such. I agreed.

When they arrived, I learned that this was actually Monica's very first shoot ... ever. So, we spent the first half hour with me giving some instruction on basic posing. Trust me, this would have been highly-entertaining for a neutral observer. You've seen Don's "Lunge" image. Imagine thirty minutes of an overweight, bald man doing something similar. Personally, I'm just glad that I had the only camera in sight.

Anyway, please give me your thoughts on the images and perhaps on how I could better have guided this new model. She is a very pretty girl, and I'm not confident that I did a very good capturing that fact. Thanks.





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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All three images look soft. I can't comment on the exposure as the monitor I am viewing them on has darkeness/lightness issues. Like the poses and the model. Very pretty face. Try to get her into a studio.
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The second image is my fav. Nice work! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
As far as giving direction to a new model - I think natural poses at first work best. When learning poses (don't laugh) I look through Maxim or Vogue or whatever and practice in a mirror - along with facial expressions. That way you know what its may look like for the camera. You also get an idea of how to pose your body in such ways that'll look the best (hiding any flaws).
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 10:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. For what it's worth, I'll be at South Padre next month, hoping that JT, Kelly & Company can teach me a little something.
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliment.

I didn't laugh. Monica and I have scheduled a second shoot, and I actually suggested that she spend ten minutes per night until then, posing for herself in front of the mirror.
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 11:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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First of all I am glad you are finally posting. Your images seem to come across with a little bit of camera shake or focus problem. The subjects faces are slightly blurred. In some cases it looks like a focus problem and in others it appears camera shake. Curious what shutter speed you are selecting and then what other specs might cause this issue for you.

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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
Old 01-10-2006, 11:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for looking, JT.

I had the aperature wide-open (f3.5 on that lens) and shutter-speed to automatic, trying to minimize DOF. I actually think that the focus issue arises from my learning curve on a new camera.

I was using "consecutive exposures" but had selected the "continuous focus." As a result, the camera was trying to re-focus for each exposure, but was not able to do so as fast as the shutter was clicking. In retrospect, I definitely should have set the camera to "single focus." Newbie multi-tasking mistake. Even better would have been manual focus, huh?

Maybe you can teach me a little something in Padre next month.
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
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Other than the comments already made the only thing I might add is Hang in here, stick with it, listen and read and watch how much you'll learn on here!!
Im just glad you didnt post any images with a lawnmower!! that seems to be a hard one to shake!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Anyway keep posting and cant wait to watch your improvement!!


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Wanna hear something scary? I know that these aren't great images, but they are actually about 900% better than what Monica was using on her portfolio over at the Other Model Place.
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Re: Lurker Alert - New Model Monica (3 images)
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Well it will be in our interest that you will walk away with learning a lot and having a great time.

Combine your auto focus selection and dof, I can see where it jumped out on you.

There are times for auto focus and times for manual. I do both and still blow a shot or two....

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