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Old 09-01-2003, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd appriciate feedback on the angle I used and the lighting in this photo. The room had significant ambient light coming through three skylights that are above and to the right of Stacie. In addition, I had a single light with a softbox coming from the top right.



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Old 09-02-2003, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A couple of things. One, extreme angles like this are a real challenge. I think it would have been more successful if she's tilted her head back and we got a better angle on her face. Overall, I'd try to have her stretch out on that backdrop to reduce the angle.

On the lighting. We're absolutly losing her hair. She's dark haired on a dark background. If she was at a less extreme angle we'd have some light coming across from the right and highlighting her hair. As it is, her body is blocking any cross light. It would have been an option to move your soft box over to image left so that you had some effective spill on her hair. Hate losing the hair.

Looks like a nice model -- I'm sure it wouldn't be a hardship to re-shoot!

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Old 09-02-2003, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Mark, Hugh from San Antonio...I agree with Bob...I took the image into PS7 and got your hair back....hope you like it...Later, Hugh

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Old 09-02-2003, 06:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I first saw it, it did something weird to my eyes. I think the lines in the corset and the angles of her legs and arm and her head being so much larger just kinda freaked out my eyes. We've all seen odd angle shots before but this one really made me do a double-take to figure out what I was looking at. That could be good or bad I guess. I really like the light and catchlights in her eyes.
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Thanks for the comments so far. I tend to see things globally and I often miss deatils like losing the hair. When I look at the image, my brain tends to add the hair in since I know what it "should" look like. The angle was deliberate. I actually sat down to change my flash card and thought the angle from there looked different. I'm not sure if its good or bad either, just different.

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I love mixed strobe and daylight so the lighting is nice. I would bump up the contrast a bit in curves etc.



The eyes are soft but over sharpened in the version that Hugh did (imho )



Personally I am not too keen on arms and limbs cropped out of frame for beauty /fashion /glamour work, so the arm caught my eye.



But the real problem is the big head. I eyeball it and find that the corset is the same size as the head. The same angle could have been used with a longer lens ( yes I know... I hate ladders also ) and that might have reduced the keystone effect on her head. This falls into the gray area of "your artistic" intents which is not right or wrong. However for a glamour shot ( corset = glamour in my book ) I feel the big head is too distracting.



In general I feel that photographers try too hard to make a photo great by using photo tricks or strange angles, processing etc. A great fashion or glamour shot is great light, styling, model and concept. If all those are in check then the image falls into place.



again my humble opinion



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