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Home Depot lighting... literally.
Old 06-09-2004, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a little nonplussed by the JPEG artifacting on this one, but aside from some jaggies, what do you think? This was an incidental aside shot; I was just recording a custom order before I sent it out...

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Old 06-10-2004, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Sam -

Given your notes, it's clear that you accomplished your intent: To record the arm, neck and wrist bands, and the mask.

In terms of everything else, I like the pose and angle, and it's bright enough; I do, however, think that I would have cropped/shot a bit lower, at least just below the outer edge of the scapula, and preferably farther lower toward the end of Tonia's luxurious mane of hair (of course you already know I'm partial to Tonia, so take that for what it's worth [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ).

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Old 06-10-2004, 08:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Jon!
It's funny you mention the cropping, because I went round and round on how I wanted to crop this one. Here's a fuller crop:

The reason I shied away from it is the bulging fabric around the arm hole; the outfit wasn't made for Tonia, so it's sized a little oddly on her.
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sam
I like this crop mucho bedda. I think this is the best image I have seen from you.

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Old 06-10-2004, 09:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Mike!
I guess this is the trouble with shooting my own merchandise; I just can't get away from the cloth bulge, even though I am really happy with everything else about it. Well, that's why I'm here; live and learn!
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sam,

This is very nice all around! I don't mind the cloth bulge at all- I think that's being picky BUT of course that's how we get better. The attire is excellent and I agree with Mike.... this is the best I've seen from you. The longer crop is better for sure. Good work! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 06-10-2004, 10:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Barb!
This actually brings up an interesting point. It actually bothers me more when clothes don't fit or lay correctly than when fingers or toes are lopped off, or the background doesn't blur out, or a bunch of the other photographers "rules" get broken. Admittedly I'm approaching photography via clothing design, and I don't generally critique on this basis, but I'm surprised that photographers with far better skills than I aren't worried about this at all.
Here's another from the same shoot, which I am not quite as happy with:

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Sam,

I think everyone has their thing that really bugs them. I have several, and I can't accept an image with my personal pet peeve flaws in them, but I can accept an image with "flaws" that aren't a big deal to me, very easily. I like the fuller crop, first image better than this one, but this one isn't bad, for sure. The lighting is good, and the pose is great for showing off your leather work and your models waist. I'd get rid of the ? seat behind your model by cloning out the little lines it creates in your background since it serves no purpose for us to see it but other than that, I like it very much! I can appreciate your desire to learn... and your willingness to do most anything to get the image you want. I feel the same way.

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Hi Sam. I am not an expert like many here, but you can pull the material a bit more snug on the camera side of the model until you like it. Then use safety pins, clothes pins, aligator clips, etc. to hold the material bunched up on the side away from the camera. It takes more work between shots as she moves around, but it will smooth out the odd bunches you don't like. Take it for what it's worth. Best of luck.
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Hi Wade!
Your point is well taken, but since I had just spent about 15 hours sewing the ensemble, and it had to be packed and shipped that afternoon, I wasn't about to chance snagging it on clamps or clothespins... (You'd be astonished at the amount of damage a clothespin can inflict; I know I was!) It was sheer random good fortune that the one model I know small enough to fit into it was available in the time span I had available to shoot in!
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