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First shot for critique
Old 12-02-2009, 06:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A shot from my first glamour-ish shoot - and the model's first too. We'll shoot this again as practice and to correct a few things. Looking for critiques and suggestions for the next time around.

[ photo replaced below, now in correct color format]

(Color is less vibrant in uploaded pic - is there a preferred color profile for uploading to albums?)


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Old 12-02-2009, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anything going on the web should be saved in SRGB. The easiest way in photoshop is to use the save for web and devices tool. This looks pretty good for a first try. Look forward to seeing your future work.
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Re: First shot for critique
Old 12-02-2009, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, I reposted as SRGB.

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks great. If I mas share a tip I learned from Don Blair the Portrait photographer, If you can make the catch light only show in the color of the eye, it will make the eye really pop. I know it is very hard to keep the catch lithe out of the black area, but if you can you will love the results.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Given that she's wearing a white shirt on a white sheet and she's positioned horizontally...there's a lot of white. A tighter crop from the top would have cut off her arm even more...too much?...so a suggestion is to rotate the image or camera so she's more diagonally positioned (lower left to upper right). If this photo is how it was made then there's no fix you can do, but if it's a crop of the original try rotating the image. You will have problems with cutting off things though. Best to rotate the camera at the time of capture.

Lovely looking model. Got any others from the shoot?
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions - very helpful. I'll see if I have any real estate in the original to use to recrop at an angle. I tend to be a 90 degree kind of shooter, more out of habit than anything else. And I'm giving a lot of thought to ways to keep the catchlight in the iris. It's the kind of detail I like.

Here's another from the same pose, just a different angle. In my mind's eye I saw this as working out better than it did in reality. The model felt the same way.

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Two more from that session. Again, so much learning in a few hours of shooting. Welcome any further learning...



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Last one in this series. On to new shoots...

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Take a good look at your exposure readings. These all appear to be underexposed by at least a half stop. Maybe even more. It shows up worse in shots with white. if you notice the whites are not white.
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I like the idea for the shots, the white on white would be great if you wanted to try something high key. I noticed the exposure as well, if your camera is like ones I have had they can tend to be off one way or another. I have been shooting on a Nikon that is always about a 1/3 stop overexposed. Easy enough to deal with, then again it could just be a choice they made - as consumers tend to overexpose shots, and are attracted to brighter images
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