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Jan 13, 2011 01:37 |  #1

Here is a plain headshot my friend modeled for me. I would like some critique on lighting. Before you talk about his very plain facial expression, I know haha. I am still figuring out my external flash so I didn't want to use it where I would mess up even more. This is still me progressing at trying to get better at my favorite hobby. Any tips will help!


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Jan 13, 2011 10:24 |  #2

Bump. Critique really helps me so anything goes




  
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Jan 13, 2011 10:33 |  #3

lighting looks a bit flat


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Jan 13, 2011 10:50 |  #4

The head and shoulders shot IMHO is the hardest image to get a good one of. When all of the subject's body shows the eye has lots of stuff to look at and that stuff makes the image more interesting. In a head and shoulders shot all that shows is (oddly enough) the head and shoulders so the pose and lighting MUST be good. The above pose is as boring as it can get. He is posed flat to the camera. Is anything flat ever exciting? The above lighting is nearly as boring as it can get, only on camera flash beats the above for boringness. The low camera angle forces us to look up his nostrils. I really don't like looking up even my own nostrils much less a total strangers, nor do I like seeing crotches or armpits. Unfortunately in the name of "art" I see lots of nostrils, armpits and crotches. All hazards of living in 2011 and reviewing "artistic" shots I guess.

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Jan 13, 2011 11:00 |  #5

The hair looks under exposed and the spectacle shadow plus the nostril shadow are more than a tad distracting.


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Jan 13, 2011 11:13 as a reply to  @ corkneyfonz's post |  #6

Not an expert on lighting but could make it more interesting by casting more dramatic shadow -- take a look at Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' video - the beginning part is what I'm referring to, sure to add some soy sauce:p



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