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Nov 08, 2017 16:35 |  #1

My son is opening a new restaurant as executive chef, and needed some headshots for the website, so Dad to the rescue! Please share your honest opinions. I did notice that they look a lot sharper in the Smugmug gallery than they did in LR on my PC. I'm assuming I must have some additional sharpening in my publish settings? I'll look into that. I also took some others outside in a garden. I might share those in another post.

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Nov 08, 2017 17:40 |  #2

Cubix Rube wrote in post #18492115 (external link)
My son is opening a new restaurant as executive chef, and needed some headshots for the website, so Dad to the rescue! Please share your honest opinions.

Okay. If he really wants headshots, these will need a lot of cropping. Otherwise:

  • In #s 3 and 4, the cutting board, being the lightest thing in the foreground, takes attention away from your son. Better to have the light fall away toward the bottom. #4, the knife needs a wash and polish.

  • His expression is neutral, almost severe, rather than friendly. #4 has the best face in this regard.

  • Diners might be more drawn to try the place if an image shows the chef handling, or at least posing with, some actual food. The bare kitchen by itself doesn't look inviting. Could he hold a big basket of greens or something related to the main emphasis of the menu?

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    IrishK
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    Nov 09, 2017 05:58 |  #3

    OhLook has given you some great pointers above.

    I'll add to this and say that I would have removed the pens from his shoulder pocket.

    In #2 your son has pursed his lips, creating a slightly worried expression. Red to the left might signal danger.

    To be honest, I'm not sure square-on to the camera works here with a knife in shot. If the website requires headshots only, stick to the brief. :)




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    Nov 09, 2017 06:09 |  #4

    I think there is a little too much picking of the nits here.

    These look pretty good to me for the intended purpose. What strikes me is the cutting board. Usually, in commercial kitchens, the cutting area is more along the lines of 2 x 3 feet. That board looks too small for a home kitchen, let alone this one.

    The pens in his arm pocket, I've never seen a chef that didn't have these and usually a thermometer as well. His expressions are nearly identical in these, picture 1 being slightly more serious.

    Picture 2 and 3 are the best of this set.


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    Nov 09, 2017 06:24 |  #5

    When arms are folded you need to see the hands.




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    Nov 09, 2017 06:31 |  #6

    I too think these look pretty good. The expressions are fine. He looks relaxed.

    I also agree that on the wider shots it would be more inviting to see food or some other indication of an operational kitchen.

    But I'm not crazy about 3 and 4. The handling of the chef knife is unnatural. No. 3 with elbow perched on the hilt looks especially contrived. In both cases it looks like an OSHA violation.


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    Nov 09, 2017 06:46 |  #7

    Watch your backgrounds as well. 1 and 4 have the faucet sticking out of the shoulder and the bokeh seems to draw my attention. The other two with just the grills/pots look better to me.

    I also agree that a few food shots would be good. Perhaps have an ornate dish prepared with garnish, etc and have him hold it with a bit of a smile? After all, that is the culmination of his skill, why not have it in the photo? Is he a butcher with the knifes, or an assassin, or is he creating a dish I want to eat?

    I don't agree about the crossed arms vs hands. I see shots of chefs like Lagasse and Ramsey where they have their arms crossed and hands are not showing, but perhaps make sure one hand is out? I just feel those shots aren't as inviting as others where the chef is brandishing their tools or their food, or are sitting at table with food and spirits.

    For some ideas (external link)... although there are some that are downright creepy. :eek: I agree too about the teensy weensy cutting board, my cutting boards are even bigger than that. For a knife/block shot, look at the Hilton shot in this list in the link.


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    Cubix ­ Rube
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    Nov 09, 2017 09:29 |  #8

    Thank you all for such GREAT and helpful comments. This was thrown together rather quickly, and I had certainly thought about the food thing. Unfortunately, we weren't able to pull anything together at that time.

    I certainly appreciate all of the other comments, that hit on things I hadn't thought about or noticed, and I think, for the most part, I'm in agreement with everything you've pointed out (I wasn't crazy about the knife shots either). Perhaps I'll crop in for a tighter head shot for now, and get a better environmental shot once he has his own kitchen set up, and food to prepare.

    We'll consider the comments on his expressions, and pick one to crop. Again, than you so much.

    Ron


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    Evertking
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    Nov 18, 2017 00:27 |  #9

    What the red to the left thing??
    Good pictures.




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    Nov 18, 2017 00:34 |  #10

    #2 FTW


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    Nov 19, 2017 13:36 |  #11

    Yes, No2 hits the brief for me....... if i saw this as part of a brochure or Website it looks good.


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