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Oct 12, 2011 20:25 |  #1

A couple I met wanted to do a photoshoot on the anniversary of their first date, which was at the county fair. So we went to the fair and walked around taking pictures. This was my first time with this type of shoot. How did I do?

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Oct 12, 2011 20:39 |  #2

I dont have time to critique each, but Ill give my overall impression...

Overall, they have some good smiles, which seem genuine and look good.

Many of the shots I feel they get lost in the "busy" scene round them. A shallower depth of field here would really help. Dont have fast glass? Get closer and that will help get emotion, isolate them and blur more of the background.

I try to avoid flash if possible, especially direct flash, but to each their own.
One big stickler for me is hands in the pockets, I really dont like it. Once again to each their own I suppose, but I try to look out for it as it seems to chop off hands and give a more "posey" feel.

I also would suggest to try different angles and compositions. I know its a bit scary especially when you have not done this type of shoot before. So my suggestion is to nail the "safe" shots then do some ones outside the box which may blow or suck horrendously, but you may surprise yourself and get something great and it keeps you in good practice for next time of what works for you and what doesn't.

Sorry for the long reply... Good luck and thanks for sharing!


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Oct 13, 2011 09:08 |  #3

El Photo, thank you for your C&C. I didn't even notice the hand in the pocket and now that you've pointed it out it is bothersome. I'll try to remember that in the future.

I did have one more stop of aperture but since they wanted 'pics of them at the fair' I left it closed down one stop to get more of the environment. I now think you're right and it would have been better at 2.8.

I'll definitely try to learn some more poses for next time.

Thanks for your input.


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Oct 13, 2011 15:33 |  #4

I agree the photos look quite "busy". But an even bigger thing for me is I feel that like for each picture, theres a sense of "planning to the shot". What I mean by this is you need to try to capture them a little bit more in the moment, and make them forget your there.
Too many looking at the camera shots.


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Oct 13, 2011 18:18 |  #5

exposures are a little inconsistant and his face is way to red IMO


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Oct 13, 2011 19:15 |  #6

I think he just has a really red face


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Oct 13, 2011 19:48 |  #7

can still be fixed


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Oct 13, 2011 20:01 |  #8

whats your method for doing that


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Oct 13, 2011 20:22 |  #9

in Lightroom its easy you just grap the red hue slider and adjust and the red luminance also works
in photoshop i made his head a new layer and adjusted colors in a simular way.


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Oct 13, 2011 20:41 as a reply to  @ Bryan Grant Photography's post |  #10

Going off what you said.... that it is your first time doing a shoot like this....

There is something about the photos that bother me like if they are heavily cropped there faces seem a bit fuzzy or maybe way over sharpened? I think you should try to work on your posing, with an environment like this "I" would have tried to get the couple having fun and no so up tight, I guess what im saying is the upright posing kills the mood. If I were to choose a favorite #5 would be it due to that fact that they are in the moment but i would have opened my lens up a bit there's to much going on and you can see that, a shallower DOF would have made this picture really nice. Also watch your framing and composure, Cutting the subject at the thigh or forearm's isnt to flattering an screams snap shot proper composure and framing will put you ahead of the average Joe. Keep at it and don't get discouraged.
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Oct 13, 2011 21:51 |  #11

ajstonestreet wrote in post #13246732 (external link)
I agree the photos look quite "busy". But an even bigger thing for me is I feel that like for each picture, theres a sense of "planning to the shot". What I mean by this is you need to try to capture them a little bit more in the moment, and make them forget your there.
Too many looking at the camera shots.

I see what you mean. I do have about 20% of the shots as spontaneous/PJ type, I just didn't select them for this group. I'll definitely try for more of those in subsequent shoots.

exposures are a little inconsistant and his face is way to red IMO

His face is just that red. The inconsistent exposure may be from my PP in LR. I was just adjusting by eye and histogram. Do you have any tips on maintaining consistency for a shoot that spans several different lighting situations like that (shade, sunlight, flourescent/carnival lights)? Shouldn't they look different since the scene was different?

There is something about the photos that bother me like if they are heavily cropped there faces seem a bit fuzzy or maybe way over sharpened? I think you should try to work on your posing, with an environment like this "I" would have tried to get the couple having fun and no so up tight, I guess what im saying is the upright posing kills the mood. If I were to choose a favorite #5 would be it due to that fact that they are in the moment but i would have opened my lens up a bit there's to much going on and you can see that, a shallower DOF would have made this picture really nice. Also watch your framing and composure, Cutting the subject at the thigh or forearm's isnt to flattering an screams snap shot proper composure and framing will put you ahead of the average Joe. Keep at it and don't get discouraged.
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I went back to LR and looked at the pics. One is heavily cropped (#3). The rest may be improper sharpening. I adjusted the sharpening in LR3 then had output sharpening on for export. The originals other than 3 look fine at full size. I'll dial it back for the finals.

Thank you all for your input. I knew this board would find stuff for me to work on.


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Oct 13, 2011 22:04 |  #12

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Thank you all for your input. I knew this board would find stuff for me to work on.

Just take it all in with an open mind some people can be very harsh




  
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Oct 14, 2011 06:44 |  #13

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Just take it all in with an open mind some people can be very harsh

That's why I put them on here. I know I have things to learn and improve on. C&C is much appreciated.


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Oct 18, 2011 01:08 |  #14

#4 looks the best to me; I like the lighting here. Some of the others seem too dark on the face.


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Oct 18, 2011 14:45 |  #15

In #5, there's a guy in the background whose shirt appears to say, "COCK". I'd remove that.


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