charro callado wrote in post #13950002
These have gone entirely in the direction of fake and cheesy. I know photo manipulations are by definition fake, but they don't have to scream it in your face. I'm being brutally honest because I don't want you to waste your money farming images out and getting that back.
Shoot as if salvaging is never an option. And if you know beforehand that you want to create a composite image of some kind, do it intentionally and not as a cover-up.
The goal with those was not to salvage senior shoots (future) with manipulations. The goal of sending those other shots, was to see what the heck a retoucher or graphics person could do with what I felt were my worst shots. Which seemed admirable, because the man in the one, was blown away by the results. He was a practice run, and had already seen the before on a disc. Because if they can do a lot with my worst, then it tells me where they can go with the best. That's why I did not send two of my better shots.
For future senior shoots, the idea would not be salvaging. It would be including a few GOOD shots, where one is selected for a special effects thing.
I've recently found out that the young folks - the recipients - love stuff out of the ordinary. Like the high school boy next door who asked me to make his eyes orange in one image, one of the OSU colors. Same shot where we put a big poofy wig on his head.
I do like the idea of shooting as if salvaging is not an option. Wish I could even shoot as if discarding bad shots was not so easy and free.
In fact, it's that kind of thing that can not only get the subject to do backflips over it, but they can spread it virally among friends, which is a huge advertising advantage.
So much so, that I could almost foot the bill, so to speak, on the manipulation.
On the note of cheesy though, I have determined that one thing virtually always looks cheesy. That is studio shots with backgrounds. I'm just learning that. But to me, if it's not a real setting like outdoors, or in a real room with real machinery, etc., the shots are in a way cheesy. But I've accepted that it can be a very nice form of cheesy. Because there are lots of studio shots that I like.