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Michelle ­ Brooks ­ Photography
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May 24, 2011 17:06 |  #1

Comments & critique, as always! :D

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3. I like this one but it kinda makes me dizzy.
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4. I know, cut off the end of the train, grrr.
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May 24, 2011 17:15 |  #2

wow really nice. i think number two is the best.


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May 24, 2011 17:22 |  #3

Love them!!! Can you flip #3 180 degrees, Michelle? Or even 90 to the left?


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May 24, 2011 17:23 |  #4

tolyD wrote in post #12471890 (external link)
wow really nice. i think number two is the best.

I tend to disagree.
They could have been really nice.
At my end, they look way overexposed and a lot of the detail in the dress has been lost and her face and skin appears blown out in nearly all of them.
The post processing on some of them don't really help either and makes them look like they were taken using an iPhone.

Edit: an indication as to how overexposed they are is that I've just notice she's actually wearing the headpiece in the first pic.


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May 24, 2011 17:58 |  #5

tolyD wrote in post #12471890 (external link)
wow really nice. i think number two is the best.

Thanks! #2 is actually the one she is thinking of doing her portrait from, only cropped more so she's more significant.

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Love them!!! Can you flip #3 180 degrees, Michelle? Or even 90 to the left?

Thank you! Here's the rotated versions, first 180 then 90counter clock wise.

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philwillmedia wrote in post #12471933 (external link)
I tend to disagree.
They could have been really nice.
At my end, they look way overexposed and a lot of the detail in the dress has been lost and her face and skin appears blown out in nearly all of them.
The post processing on some of them don't really help either and makes them look like they were taken using an iPhone.

Edit: an indication as to how overexposed they are is that I've just notice she's actually wearing the headpiece in the first pic.

I appreciate your comments. I deliberately used a different processing, and the bride loved it. I'm not saying you're wrong, at all, and I agree with most of it (except the iPhone comment, which they couldn't have been taken with, becuase well, I don't own one ;)). But many wedding photogs featured even in the PPA mag use an intentionally over-exposed technique, and I think in some cases, it works. Sorry mine didn't for you.


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May 24, 2011 18:05 |  #6

philwillmedia wrote in post #12471933 (external link)
I tend to disagree.
They could have been really nice.
At my end, they look way overexposed and a lot of the detail in the dress has been lost and her face and skin appears blown out in nearly all of them.
The post processing on some of them don't really help either and makes them look like they were taken using an iPhone.

Edit: an indication as to how overexposed they are is that I've just notice she's actually wearing the headpiece in the first pic.

I disagree, I personally like the skin tones and with harsh sun light I think they came out great. they are a bit over exposed and probably intentionally for style.


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May 24, 2011 18:11 |  #7

As I was typing my post on my phone Michelle beat me to it lol.


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May 26, 2011 09:06 |  #8

I quite like 2! The fisheye distortion really adds to the photo and makes it better than it would have been without it. That's pretty cool!

As for skin tones, I too find 3 on the hot side, but that is personal preference. I prefer natural skin tones but that's not to say that someone who doesn't is doing it incorrectly. The skin tones are actually nice in the rest, except 6 where it's just an artifact of the flare which was done purposefully, rather than brute overexposure.
Also, aside from 3, I see enough detail in the dress to appreciate the design and beauty of it. Yes there are blown highlights in the dress but I really don't find that it's blow to a degree that prevents me from appreciating it.


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May 26, 2011 09:30 |  #9

The photos all look washed out. I'm a little vague on doing this for "style" What style would that be? Most people that pay for a photographer's work are not interested in a "style" that does not flatter the subject of the photo.


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May 26, 2011 09:37 as a reply to  @ mrmarklin's post |  #10

I really like the posses but they do look over exposed.

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May 26, 2011 09:42 as a reply to  @ stratos285's post |  #11

Nice shots Michelle. I also like the blown out look to add to the creavity of things. Ive seen enough of your work to know thats where you were going with this. I know you have proper exposure down cold. I like the artistic look to this and as you indicated, its all personal preference. When your client raves about it, Thats all that matters. Nice work and way to get creative:cool:


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May 26, 2011 09:57 |  #12

You say that the bride loved them. Which image or images did she select to have enlarged?

They are "artistic" photos and I congratulate you on your vision, but I didn't see any shots that shows off the bride and her dress very well. #4 comes the closest but like you said, you cropped off her train.


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May 26, 2011 10:01 as a reply to  @ jcolman's post |  #13

What about darkening the backgrounds somewhat...


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May 26, 2011 10:20 |  #14

Nice shots... I also love #2, but there's some weird burning in the upper left corner? Perhaps you overburned this area in PP?

Yes, these images are blown out and yes, that's the trend. And while not commenting on either of them, let me say this: Make sure this is a style that YOU love and that YOU are drawn to. If you try patterning your photography after every trend that sweeps along, your work will be all over the map and you'll never end with a distinct look that is 'you'. I would encourage you to follow your own eye, and do the things that are really appealing to you. You may notice that most of the amazing, unbelievable photographers out there have a very distinct look and it's because they may notice the trends, yes, but they're shooting their own style and what appeals to them. But I digress.

As to the photos, I would also be interested to know which image she chose for her wall portrait. One that she looks amazingly beautiful AND shows this gorgeous dress off. She's one of the uniquely few brides that can actually carry off the strapless, sleeveless gown that every bride seems to love these days and SO FEW seem to be flattered by.

As to the other shots, the angles seem to be lower than necessary. I realize you were going for sun flare in the last one, but low angles on people isn't always the best. Shooting up into the nostrils and such. And, as always, watch cutting off trains, but you already know that. The IMPORTANT thing is that your client was very happy! So, good job! ;)


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May 26, 2011 10:20 |  #15

p.s. I love the 180 rotated image. Much improved!


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