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.