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Old 07-02-2007, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Could you look at this shot please?
Old 07-02-2007, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the shot but think it would have been stronger to have her looking down, out, or even with her eyes closed. I keep saying this, but all people pictures do not require the subject be looking at the camera (viewer). Along with this, to me it is nice to have a connection of the subject to their environment.

The color of the light and the shawdows are very nice.

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Re: Could you look at this shot please?
Old 07-03-2007, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Without telling us the intended purpose of the image, it's hard to give you guidance. Being that this is a glamour forum, I will assume you were after a glamorous image of this worman so here's the straight dope:

First, the worst part of a woman's hand that you can have facing the camera is the back. Try as a rule, when possible, to have the pinky side towards the camera. Her hands look old in this image. The rings are also a distraction to me.

The lighting on her face is harsh, thus creating shadows, which in turn emphasizes her skin texture and any wrinkles. I think she looks older than her years here based on the lighting.

Don't have the knees facing dead onto the camera. Always turn them to the left or right.

The clothing is a bad choice. the skirt competes with the fabric of the pillow. Go for more neutral patterns or colors.

Lastly, the makeup isn't good for a glamour shot, and her expression is one of impatience.

There's a lot that needs to work, and it all can be managed. Keep practicing.
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Re: Could you look at this shot please?
Old 07-03-2007, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with Dave that the lighting on her face is harsh, which is not flattering to most women past the age of 22.

I also agree with Dave with much of the rest of what he said.

But as far as which side of her hand to face towards you, I don't know. Someone else some months ago said on this forum that you shouldn't have the palms facing towards the camera. So if its not the face of the hand and its not the back of the hand, I suppose you can have her in a karate chop pose. <lol>

But I think that you did a nice job of getting her to try and looked relaxed and you also have her eyes lit up well.

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Re: Could you look at this shot please?
Old 07-04-2007, 09:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input, its what I was after.

So do I simply diffuse the light on the face to soften it? A grid? What do you suggest?
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Old 07-05-2007, 09:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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what pops out at me with this image is the lack of interaction between you and the model.

i think just getting the model loose and expressive will help you a lot.

the easiest way to do this is to have clear understanding of what you want the photo to look like first then try and convey that to the model in your particular way.

the model won't know what to do if you don't know what to do.

i think the lighting looks fine and sets a mood. the image looks orange on my monitor but don't know if that's what you intended.

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Re: Could you look at this shot please?
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Thanks for the input, its what I was after.

So do I simply diffuse the light on the face to soften it? A grid? What do you suggest?
You need to soften the light not make it harder, so a grid probably will not help in this regard. Simply move the light closer and that will make it softer. Keep in mind that "soft light" is a quality of the size of the light and its distance to the model. The larger the light source, the softer will be the shadows. And the closer it is, the softer.

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