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Old 04-04-2007, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought perhaps I might post some of my recent work with models/actors from the DFW area for your opinions.

Tim Musomba (model/actor) - Soon to be with
Page Parks Management



Gabriela Yvonne (fashion model) - Signed with the Campbell Agency



Kevin Milligan (actor) - signed with Linda McAllister Talent



Morgane Wood (actor) - signed with Linda McAllister Talent



The last two shots show my newfound appreciation for (gasp) film. Scanned at 4000dpi with my new toy, a Nikon Coolscan 5000.

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Re: Some recent headshot work
Old 04-04-2007, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice images. I really like the digital more than the film. How weird is that? the first one is really top rate.
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Wow!!!
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Re: Some recent headshot work
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I like #1 and #3 best. #1 has a nice dramatic feel to it. I like the use of negative space in #3 and #4, but I wonder what your thoughts are about having the subject looking away or faced away from the negative space rather than looking or faced toward it? All of the shots seem to fall close to the rule of thirds except #4 which is a little off. How would it look with a bit of the negative space removed from the right? Does #4 seem a bit "cooler" than the other 2 color shots? That's often a monitor issue, so I can't say for sure on it.

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Scott...nicely done! #'s 1 and 3 are just great. I like #4 but it does appear to be a bit on the cool side...or a least cooler than the others. #1 packs a powerful punch...really strong image...
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Thanks for the comments.

Tim has a bright future IMHO.

I'm just learning how to shoot film since I started straight to digital. The scanning process is a big mystery at the moment too, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it. What I like about the film shots is the 'live' feeling I get when comparing them to the D200 digital images. It very well could be I'm not the worlds best Photoshop user (duh), but I shot the same lighting set with both mediums and I prefer the film... I just might be a 'retro-man'
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Thanks for the comments.

Tim has a bright future IMHO.

I'm just learning how to shoot film since I started straight to digital. The scanning process is a big mystery at the moment too, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it. What I like about the film shots is the 'live' feeling I get when comparing them to the D200 digital images. It very well could be I'm not the worlds best Photoshop user (duh), but I shot the same lighting set with both mediums and I prefer the film... I just might be a 'retro-man'
Usually you can get identical results from both film and digital but each requires its own workflow in Photoshop. You can also get the digital shot to look very much like the film shot right out of the camera by playing with the parameters of the Camera. Or if you shoot RAW, you naturally do it in post.

One tool that I've found very helpful, is the Miranda Velvia Vision:

http://rfredricksmith.com/link/?a=FredMiranda

It allows you to choose parameters in Photoshop using this Automation tool that can simulate many of the classic films. Since you can save your settings, once you find some settings that give you the look you want, you can give it a custom name and then save it for future use. It would be ideal for a photo like #4. And its fairly inexpensive as plugins go. The other plugin that I use all the time for web work is the WP Pro (Web Presenter) also at the same link above. It lets you resize your work for the web, but does it using a unique technique of stair step reduction which seems to me to give a better reduced size image than Save for Web or Using the Image size option. It also can allow an integrated sharpening during the stair stepping.

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I like #1 and #3 best. #1 has a nice dramatic feel to it. I like the use of negative space in #3 and #4, but I wonder what your thoughts are about having the subject looking away or faced away from the negative space rather than looking or faced toward it? All of the shots seem to fall close to the rule of thirds except #4 which is a little off. How would it look with a bit of the negative space removed from the right? Does #4 seem a bit "cooler" than the other 2 color shots? That's often a monitor issue, so I can't say for sure on it.
I've shot the landscape headshots both ways and honestly neither strike me as 'better'. I try to get their eyes square to the camera or cheat to the oblique pose, but at f/4 I don't have much DOF. Using 135-200mm focal length on the crop body helps with that, but to be honest I like the control I have using the larger 35mm medium. I guess it couldn't hurt that the scanner produces 22+ MP files at 16 bit. They are monsters to deal with in PS, but I think they look great.

#4 is a little cold, but for her skin tone and complexion, I felt it was the better way to render her. Here's a more 'true to life' image done with the D200:



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Good stuff, Scott.
I confess that I have mixed feelings about the purity of the white in his eyes on the first shot - adds greatly to the intensity, but gives the image almost a surreal quality. Awesome image, though. (You might consider touching out the right shoulder, behind his hand, to enhance the symmetry.)
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#1 packs a powerful punch...really strong image...
Thanks Bobby. One of my better efforts of late, maybe all time.
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