Benji wrote in post #11585133
This is why I like overcast days to shoot in. No heavy shadows or streaks of sunshine ruining the image, but there is one problem with overcast days, raccoon eyes and both of the girls have them. An off camera flash at camera right at about one stop more than the ambient aperture reading would have popped some light into those dark sockets and made a nice catchlight in addition.
Posing. Virtually any time you shoot someone standing, you should tell them to place all their weight onto the back foot then tell them to shift the weight of their body onto the rear hip. This will tilt the hips and shoulders and make the subject look 10 pounds lighter!
@Benji - Although I didn't really see it until you mentioned it, you're right on the money with the raccoon eyes. I knew they were dark as the catchlights were almost non-existent and I spent some time editing their eyes. Perhaps I should have used the dodge tool a little in PS so maybe I'll experiment with that a little. I almost always shoot with supplemental lighting (couple of Speedlites on a DIY bracket into a smaller softbox) but didn't this time as I was trying to do "more with less" just using the reflector. Probably should have brought the softbox along.
And thank you for the posing tip too! Posing is something I am working on for this year. I am keeping a "pose book" to show clients but your tip is a great one that I'll put in the file.
silverstang23 wrote in post #11588324
I like number 1. Great pose and composition.
If you want to explore textures, a sunflare might look nice. Your profile says photo editing is ok so I made a quick edit with a flare, hopefully you don't mind. If you like the idea your girls would need to be white balance to make the photo warmer to match the rest. I used a plug in for this that I could try to find a link for if you would like
@Silverstang - Nice edit and nope, don't mind at all. I wasn't really going for the sunflare thing here, but I love sunflares.
@ everyone else: Thanks for all the love! Clearly the texture version is a big FAIL on my part . I actually kinda liked it, but that just goes to show you that your own opinion is really just that - 1 opinion. So, I'll go with the "majority rules" concept and chalk that up to experience.