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First post, shoot, model... First everything!
Old 10-13-2006, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Ok so this is my first post here, so I guess I'm jumping in feet first. Please be gentle!

I had the pleasure of working with Cassita this week, who was fantastic by-the-way. She's the first model I've worked with and this was my first shoot ever.

The image is un-cropped and un-adjusted except for a touch of sharpening... So what do you guys think… any good?



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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
Old 10-13-2006, 07:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Greetings,

I'd crop the top down to reduce the head-room. Aside from that I like her pose and love those dreamy eyes. Maybe she'll be the model that helps you perfect your craft...you never know.

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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
Old 10-13-2006, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The image is a little soft, even after post sharpening in PS. When you shoot at F4 you have a limited DOF and since you were shooting at 1/30th with a 44mm focal length, this means you are shooting at too slow a shutter speed to guarantee you won't have camera movement affecting the photo. Also I think it has a slight magenta cast.

The cropping needs to be tighter at the top as already mentioned. The pose is a little awkward, especially the arm that dangles down between the legs. This sort of pose is always difficult to do well since it tends to make the legs look a little heavier.



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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
Old 10-13-2006, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good start. I would have her turn her head so it's turned more toward the camera. I'd also crop the top out more. Maintain perspective, but take as much off the top as you can without clipping her at all.

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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
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great first time!

i agree with some others about the crop and also with what mr. smith said about exposure, shutter, and all that. you might also try using the "burn tool" on the brick wall in the background. that will keep your nice use of perspective in the BG, but force attention back to the model.
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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
Old 10-16-2006, 07:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your comments so far.

Having looked through all the images I shot with Cassita I'm really disappointed. There are loads of shot's that I really like but 99.9% of them are too soft. I understand that that's down to my lack of understanding and poor choice of settings, so I guess its back to the books and practice, practice, practice! At least it's an excuse to work with Cassita again.

Here's another one that I cropped tighter and I think is marginally sharper.



And this one I just like.

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Re: First post, shoot, model... First everything!
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Excellent first post, but I think we all have room to improve our shots. As the others have said cropping down on the top would help as would changing her pose to avoid the dangling hand. In looking at this I may have tried cropping a little tighter to her rear end and going a bit wider on the negative space to her front side. I like the effect of the long look at the wall and the arched openings. IMHO this does not detract from the model but rather draws my attention to her. It looks like you shot on an overcast day and consequently the lighting is a little flat and cool. A gold reflector or umbrella may help in warming things and adding a little contrast. I for one don't mind the softness. Nice first shoot and thanks for sharing!
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