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Whoa! What a big strobe you have!
Old 08-01-2005, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Whoa! What a big strobe you have!
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and a few more from the shoot...





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Re: Whoa! What a big strobe you have!
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Great mix of colors and control of light.
I'm still trying to learn myself.
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Re: Whoa! What a big strobe you have!
Old 08-01-2005, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Clayton,

I have a few observations. I'll address two areas: technique and composition.

Technically, these are wonderful. Exposure is spot-on and your use of color is fantastic. If you were going for broad, soft lighting then you nailed it. The backgrounds play really well off the attire without overpowering them. You've got a great eye for color.

Compositionally, I think these need to be re-thought. In every one of these, your model is placed smack-dab in the middle of the frame. There's nowhere for my eye to go. It just gets stuck in the center. Even though there's movement in the images, they appear static.

The following are ONLY my suggestions. Four-hundred people could follow on and tell me I'm full of crap. You are free to agree with them.

In image #1, I'd move her towards image left. I like the negative space on image-right where her gaze is, but I'd lose some space on the left side. Overall, I don't think the pose flatters her. From the arms up it is very nice, but she doesn't appear to have much of a waist. This pose makes it appear she's wrapped in a bend-able tube. You might try using a clip or some type of tape to gather the fabric in the back and give her a waist.

I like the pose in #2 better. There's movement, her shape is defined (by having her gather the fabric with her right hand), and I like the diagonals formed by her arms. There's a nice curve to follow from her knee, through her hips and torso, and up to her face. But she's square in the center. My eye starts at the knee, moves straight up, and gets stuck. Again, I like the negative space on image-right and so would crop the left side of the image. Just for yucks, try a crop on #2 like: x=50, y=0, width=350, height=500. IMO, you get a much more dynamic image.

#3 is lovely, really lovely. But again she's dead-center in the frame and I find the lower 1/4 of the frame uninteresting and perhaps a bit distracting. But man-o-man if you crop it nearly square the image comes alive. Try the following and see how you like it: x=55, y=70, width=345, height=375. The nearest thing I have to a nit on the pose are the creases under her chin, but that's only because they break up the lines formed by her collar bones, carotid artery, and back of the neck. If you had her lift her chin just a smidge you'd lengthen and slim the appearance of her neck.

#4 is the weakest image here. Aside from again being framed dead-center, I don't think the pose flatters your model at all. Raising her chin in this case causes two problems: it distorts the shape of her face and gives emphasis to her nostrils.

Raising the chin widens the lower half of her face, especially her jaw, and narrows the upper half, her temples and eyes in particular. The overall effect is a bit disturbing because faces are usually wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.

When you raise the chin, you expose the nostrils. And the nostrils, being the only dark values in the center of the face, call attention to themselves. Nostrils are not very interesting and they compete with the eyes for attention. In order to carry a shot like this, you need two things: 1) a model with a small nose and thin nostrils, 2) other dark values in the image that frame the face. Hence the general rule against "nostril shots".

One last thing in #4, her lip liner on her lower lip appears to stop just image-left of center. It's like she forgot to carry the line to the right corner of her mouth.



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