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Old 09-05-2010, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I love getting and giving critiques. Since I plan to make a few comments, it's only fair to hang myself out for criticism.

This is one of my favorites, though it is fraught with technical problems. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it. To save repetition, I already know that it is a bit underexposed and that I amputated the poor girl's toes. I have a bad habit of doing that, but I'm working on it.

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, the first thing that hit me was the tree grwoing out of her head. Her fiongers look a little odd, too.

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Why do you say it's underexposed? I see detail in her hair, and the whites of her nailtips and thong strap seem truly white.

The problems is see are mostly posing, composition and styling - the tree, like Dan pointed out, and her hands and left arm, her feet tensed, and so forth. I think the exposure is fine.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is why I love getting critiques. The tree never entered my mind, but now that you point it out, it looks exactly like it's growing out of her head.

As for the posing, she is not a model, though I have been trying hard to get her to go that way. She was pretty nervous. I had to resist the temptation to grab her hands, arms, and legs and put them where I wanted them.

I adjusted the exposure before I posted it. There is detail in her hair, but there are several places where it is bottomed out around her hair and in the tree.

Thanks for the critiques guys!
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As for the posing, she is not a model, though I have been trying hard to get her to go that way. She was pretty nervous. I had to resist the temptation to grab her hands, arms, and legs and put them where I wanted them.

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What Iíve found over the years is when a photographer has a pretty nude woman or even just a pretty woman in front of his camera that they lose sight of whatís in the photo. Things like the background, amputation of body parts, lighting, shadows and anything that makes up a photo. The eye is on the subject and thatís as far as it goes. When I started out I did the same thing and learned to look at the whole picture. I still do it so its hard to break.

I try to go into a shoot with the thought of its better to get one great shot than 150 bad ones.
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It may be a tad underexposed, but it's fairly flat lighting as well. Where you using a flash on a bracket above the camera? You really need to get the light off the camera and use a reflecor or second flash for fill.
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I have to say, like some others, what hits me is mostly composition, set and pose. I don't feel the lighting is flat but rather the set colors are. You have shadows to give definition. You notice the breast line, abs a bit and her ribs. If it was flat you'd see none of that.

Look into getting some bolder or, at least, darker color to set her off. Right now everything is in a middle earth tone, including her. A chocolate colored chair for example, would have given you more contrast.

On the poses, I agree that you have to get to a point where you know what you are looking for and direct the model. To make it easier for newer models is to show them the pose somehow. For example, in the studio, I have a TV where I post photos with pose concepts. I give the model a starting point and we work from there. All models and figures are different, so don't fixate on copying a pose, but rather on fine tuning it for the model. When not in the studio, I carry a book with tear sheets. It's a 2 inch binder with magazine shots i've seen with poses similar to what I have in mind. Again, we work from there. The shoot is then typically shooting the model and showing her how to fine tune the pose. For example, relaxing the toes, changing the hand positions, ect.
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What Iíve found over the years is when a photographer has a pretty nude woman or even just a pretty woman in front of his camera that they lose sight of whatís in the photo. Things like the background, amputation of body parts, lighting, shadows and anything that makes up a photo. The eye is on the subject and thatís as far as it goes. When I started out I did the same thing and learned to look at the whole picture. I still do it so its hard to break.

I try to go into a shoot with the thought of its better to get one great shot than 150 bad ones.
You nailed it Earl. This was my third session with a model. I think I was paying more attention to capturing how pretty she is, than to setting up the shot and getting the composition right.
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It may be a tad underexposed, but it's fairly flat lighting as well. Where you using a flash on a bracket above the camera? You really need to get the light off the camera and use a reflecor or second flash for fill.
I shot this before I picked up a better lens and before I read Rolando's book. It's from my third photo session with a model. I was from the "light everywhere" school of photography, having learned to shoot outdoors and on the open ocean. It was shot with a small softbox on the right, well above the subject, and a barn doors and grid arrangement immediately behind me and to my left. There was a small background light behind the chair to give the boxes on the right some detail (yep, I know, too busy). The ambient coming in the window was very strong as well.
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