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Trying the other side of the camera
Old 04-03-2006, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend weston needed a few headshots to jump start his portfolio, and since I had a free afternoon on my hands, I invited him over to try shooting. Here are the results:
<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/Model2Model/Weston%202006/WestonShoot128retouchfinal.jpg" border="0" alt="Image hosting by Photobucket"></a><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/Model2Model/Weston%202006/WestonShoot132touchupfinal.jpg" border="0" alt="Image hosting by Photobucket"></a><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/Model2Model/Weston%202006/WestonShoot104touchup.jpg" border="0" alt="Image hosting by Photobucket"></a><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/Model2Model/Weston%202006/WestonShoot080retouchfinal.jpg" border="0" alt="Image hosting by Photobucket"></a>
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Re: Trying the other side of the camera
Old 04-04-2006, 03:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very edgy stuff.
Well done!
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Re: Trying the other side of the camera
Old 04-04-2006, 06:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you think this means I'm switching sides of the camera, think again!
Okay, on the technical merits, I'll give you an across the board 6 out of 10 for the series. Light, light, light; you need WAY more of it in the room, even for the darker images. All of the images show a little camera shake and blurryness, which would go away if you could shoot faster. The grain will also come under control with more light available... Given the garage you were shooting in and the lights available, I'd say you didn't do half badly, though.
From an artistic point of view, I'd say about an 8 out of 10; you've got a good handle on the genre, and even the focus/sharpness issues work out okay in context. I don't care for the half grey half red backdrop in the first one; it kills what is otherwise a pretty good composition.
The second one is just a huge fight between Weston and the background for attention, and the background is winning. You need to get some separation between model and background, which is easy for me to say since I'm not shooting in an actual garage...
Third shot, again, more light would help you out a LOT more than you know. Also, you've got a weird color cast going on that's a little distracting, especially with the noise from shooting at such a high ISO. Composition and the idea of the lighting are both pretty good, though...
The fourth shot works as it stands. Lighting, noise, and color all work together well and I like the cropping particularly in this one. One keeper for sure, which ain't half bad for a first shoot.
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Re: Trying the other side of the camera
Old 04-04-2006, 07:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Some neat stuff there.
I find it's always nice to get on the other side once in awhile.
I've always said I would never ask a model something I wouldn't do myself. (well, gender specific anyway).
I double as a model for art students at a couple local colleges, which heightens my awareness and appreciation of our models I feel.

Nice post, good job there.
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Re: Trying the other side of the camera
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I agree with everything Sam said, especially about him staying behind the camera .

I like image #1 the best. One thing I do wonder is if it is camera movement - which is what I first thought - or missed focus with a wide apeture. It seems to me the keys on his neck are in focus, but not his chest or face. This is a common mistake with autofocus cameras - I still make it occationsally.

Rolando pointed this out to us at one of his workshops. What normally happens is you point your camera at the model and put thier eyes in the top third of the frame. But your camera's auto focus point is in the middle of the frame. If your lens is wide open it will create a very narrow field of focus. So you'll have their eyes out of focus. Problem with female glamour is that this means their breasts are normally the focus point - which makes the model think you're a perv and they stick out in front of body and make the face even more out of focus.

Hope that helps.

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BTW: This image's focus is wrong too. Should have focused the front eye not the back one.
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