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Old 11-14-2005, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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should I make the background smoother? I also wonder about the lens and aperature or maybe the pose? Could there something better about the front leg?
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Old 11-14-2005, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very pretty model and an interesting pose. The lighting seems a little flat. It is almost as if you couldn't decide what key to shoot the shot in. Also the background material is a bit wrinkled. I think this shot would be better in high key with the background blown out to white.



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Old 11-14-2005, 09:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not too shabby. A bit heavy on the magenta though, but pretty good.

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Old 11-15-2005, 07:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello John,

I don't mind the pose and the legs to much. I do think that the fingers on her right hand should be opened up as if she was carressing her skin instead of holding on.

I think the lighting could use some changes. Stronger hair light maybe. Someone else mentioned blowing the background out to white and I think that would work. But i would almost like to see this shot on a dark background and then selectively lighting the model to bring her out of the darkness and put some mystery in the shot. I think the mystery would work well with her expression.

Just my two cents worth.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well thanks everyone for the feedback. I can recognize a color cast when someone points it out. On the hairlight, this was the first time I put a little softbox on it (24x24). Usually I use a snoot and I think the 'raw' light creates stronger highlights, maybe Ill go back to that technique. About the back lighting, I had used all my AC monolights on the model and used some DC strobes on the background. I should of put them closer or turned them up. All the shots have differing background because sometimes the DC strobes had not fully charged when I released the shutter. Actually during the shot, I noticed this and was trying to shoot quickly because I thought it was producing a gradient background look.

Here is the same pic with my adjustment to remove the magenta cast.



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Old 11-15-2005, 04:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Super work! A little more hair light would be nice. Right hand looks square - she should straighten her fingers out a bit and show more of the side to slim it down, and the left hand fingers should be together also to slim it also.

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You should bring her chin around a little more on camera to even out the eyes just a little. I like the pose a lot. I really do. I think what you have in your background is ok but it is screaming "it's a sheet". With the wrinkles on the floor it kind of cheapens the party dress and shoes. Just one of those styling things that seperate the studio portrait shot vs a styled beauty shot.



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Old 11-18-2005, 08:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the critique. I was a little dissapointed when I got the backdrop. It is 11x24 and cost me a about $75. but it still looks like a sheet. I did iron it and steam it and it looks a lot better than out of the box. I was thinking about starching it to give a little more stiffness.

Thanks to everyone for the comments. They will help me improve. I am proud of this shoot for the simple reason that I was able to communicate the pose to the model weeks before the shoot and we were able to capture the shot I imagined. Also, I used an MUA/stylist and her work turned out just as planned as well.

JT -"studio portrait shot vs a styled beauty shot," I will keep this comment in mind.


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