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Old 01-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This picture is for magazine spread called BMXplus and the ad is going to be for Colony Handlebars company. The girl you see in the back in one of their sponsored riders and I have more pics of her for this same day shooting but for this pic the focus is the bars. Asking for critiques please.

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I think it would be stronger if you had added some light on the handlebars. As it is, the pedal down there distracts from the handlebars because it's brighter. Cropping the pedal out would probably help, but the bars need a bit of light to make them pop.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Magazine photo critique before I send
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The top pic looks better. I dont really like the crop. I can't tell that it's handle bars. The photography is ok do you have any other options.
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Well, the bike looks better.... Personally I would mask the bike and lighten it instead of the whole photo, because the sky and rider look better darker. You've probably gone too far in desaturating the pedal. Maybe half that saturation change and lightly hit it with the burn tool as well.
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Re: Magazine photo critique before I send
Old 01-13-2011, 03:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For a commercial shot, you should not have all the unrelated "stuff" in the shot. I see a girl that is completely out of place in the shot. She is not in a biker's outfit and she has one hand cropped off and the other is missing.. well it is stuck down in her pocket, and it creates a bulge in her pocket. Am having a difficult time seeing any handlebar.

Products shots are about the product. If you add "stuff" it needs to be related to the product.

I see what you are trying to do, because I am familiar with some of the images on the company's website., and the magazine website. That may be what they want.
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I think the shot lacks any real focus. It's hard to tell that the object in the foreground is even a bike. the crop is awkward with the tilted horizon. At first glance this looks like an out of focus snap shot. If you want to use this as an add for a handle bar company, I think you should feature the handle bar more prominently.
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Re: Magazine photo critique before I send
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So...this is an ad for a bike handlebar and mounting hardware? Hmmm, I see a pretty girl and something metalic but I don't recognize what it is *right from the very first glance*. Now maybe in the biking community that would use this piece of hardware they would instinctively recognize the manufacturer's name or product but for the average 'well past the target age' guy he's going to want to see more of the girl instead. I don't think your customer (Colony) had that in mind when they ask for an advertising photo.

But that's not what you are looking for is it? You are asking photographers for their comments and opinions. Here's the thing...we're into pretty girls so we are more likely to say this...

"Lose the hardware and get that girl in focus!"

Our fellow GG members have given good advise. Learn from this.
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The only additional advice I can give is to make sure your shooting angle has the product logo in focus completely. There is also a very distracting reflection running right through the middle of the logo that could have been controlled for the shot by hanging a black sheet on camera left.
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In the world of what it's worth, I tried removing the dark hand rails. To me it cleaned up the lines of the shot rather nicely. Kind of a CS5 playtime thing. Just say'n
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