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Dec 30, 2012 00:08 |  #1

Well, this isn't a true E-session because the couple is not getting married (or even engaged), but I wanted to work on posing and just shooting in an e-session style. And well, this is what I came up with.
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Dec 30, 2012 00:13 |  #2

#6 is lovely...The poses in the rest look staged and fake...Sorry, no offense intended.:)


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Dec 30, 2012 00:15 |  #3

rrblint wrote in post #15422464 (external link)
#6 is lovely...The poses in the rest look staged and fake...Sorry, no offense intended.:)

none taken. It's something I really need to work on.


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Dec 30, 2012 01:26 |  #4

Sometimes the best way to practice is to use couples that are actually getting married. I always start with walking photos to warm them up, and try and stay fairly far from them and get them to interact with each other - and just photograph that. Usually the guys are the tough nuts to crack, but the girl in these photos looks very uncomfortable and self conscious.

There are also little details I would watch out for. In #1 the shadows are lacking in a little detail. #2 the white balance seems a little off. In #3 I would crop those dark circles out - they don't add anything to your image. #4 has a white balance/color issue as well. #6 - it bothers the crap out of me his shoelaces are trailing on the ground. I would clone them out... but I'm picky. The set really is decent overall, just some minor issues with the post and a little nervousness from your subjects. Composition and variation in poses you tried and locations you photographed is really great. Definitely keep at it.


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Dec 30, 2012 20:41 |  #5

I honestly don't think they're that bad.. I've seen much worse early on couples' sessions. Your colors are a little weird though, and you have a lot of blues in your whites so I'd work on fine tuning that. Perhaps a bit too much saturation overall or vibrance?


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Dec 30, 2012 22:44 |  #6

leeleeRT wrote in post #15422584 (external link)
Sometimes the best way to practice is to use couples that are actually getting married. I always start with walking photos to warm them up, and try and stay fairly far from them and get them to interact with each other - and just photograph that. Usually the guys are the tough nuts to crack, but the girl in these photos looks very uncomfortable and self conscious.

There are also little details I would watch out for. In #1 the shadows are lacking in a little detail. #2 the white balance seems a little off. In #3 I would crop those dark circles out - they don't add anything to your image. #4 has a white balance/color issue as well. #6 - it bothers the crap out of me his shoelaces are trailing on the ground. I would clone them out... but I'm picky. The set really is decent overall, just some minor issues with the post and a little nervousness from your subjects. Composition and variation in poses you tried and locations you photographed is really great. Definitely keep at it.

Thanks for the tips. I need a 70-200 pretty badly. hopefully I can justify one here in the next few months.

As for the girl, I could tell that she felt weird in front of the camera. Hopefully, I can work on making my subjects feel more comfortable while having their pics taken.

I will say that I should've picked up on some of that minor stuff. The shoe lace, and the w/b in some of the shots should've been corrected.

auroraskye wrote in post #15425491 (external link)
I honestly don't think they're that bad.. I've seen much worse early on couples' sessions. Your colors are a little weird though, and you have a lot of blues in your whites so I'd work on fine tuning that. Perhaps a bit too much saturation overall or vibrance?

Thanks, I actually just started using LR4 and used some presets. I tried to tweak them to really dial them in, but I think the better option would to have taken the problem images into Photoshop and just fix them the way I know how. I will say that I love the convenience factor of LR, now I just have to make sure I don't get lazy and open photoshop when it's needed.


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Dec 31, 2012 22:27 |  #7

Something is wrong or missing in these, I wonder if its the raw emotion that only a truely engaged couple can present?

Your photos and locations arent bad...I really think its the couple

But Kudos to them for helping you!




  
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Jan 01, 2013 08:31 |  #8

Fester wrote in post #15429631 (external link)
Something is wrong or missing in these, I wonder if its the raw emotion that only a truely engaged couple can present?

Your photos and locations arent bad...I really think its the couple

But Kudos to them for helping you!

I think there is nothing wrong with the couple. I've seen plenty of engagement photos where people look stiff and uncomfortable. I really wish people would abstain from talking negatively about the individuals in posts. You don't have to be engaged to be in love. Trust me, I've photographed plenty of people - from those who were 'just dating' and those who've been married for years.. every couple is different and you don't have to have a certain life event to seem as if you're in love.. you just have to be in love and have someone who's able to capture it.


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Jan 01, 2013 12:19 |  #9

auroraskye wrote in post #15430491 (external link)
I think there is nothing wrong with the couple. I've seen plenty of engagement photos where people look stiff and uncomfortable. I really wish people would abstain from talking negatively about the individuals in posts. You don't have to be engaged to be in love. Trust me, I've photographed plenty of people - from those who were 'just dating' and those who've been married for years.. every couple is different and you don't have to have a certain life event to seem as if you're in love.. you just have to be in love and have someone who's able to capture it.

I understand what he's saying in the comment. They are still pretty young so maybe that has something to do with it. I know we can't make clients show emotion, but I do want to keep learning on how to make a couple feel comfortable enough to be able to show those raw emotions in front of the camera.

This is all still a pretty big learning curve for me. i feel like I have a good skillset when it comes to the technical aspects of shooting people, and now I just want to hone my "people skills" to really make the shots work.


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Jan 02, 2013 02:21 |  #10

Hey Justin... keep on practicing!

#4,5,7 there's lots of blue hues. Double check your monitor and do a quick calibration.


It's great you are using off camera lighting =) invest in some gels. They are $5 or so for a whole pack that'll get you the CTOs 1/2s, to match the WB.


We all make small mistakes such as #7 shoelace is untied, but we can learn from them and not make them again.

I enjoy the bokeh show with the xmas lights!

BTW your Pure Street Photos are looking great!!!


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Jan 06, 2013 22:46 |  #11

I really like #4.


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