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Feb 14, 2013 10:56 |  #1

I have been here for a while looking at and admiring the work of many photographers, but have been hesitant to post any of my own until now. I work as a sports/action photographer for a local company and so most of the portrait work I have done has been the team and individual shots for each season. I have been wanting to expand my range into the professional portrait world and had the opportunity to take these for a friend who is finishing her Master's Degree in Bassoon Performance.

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Feb 14, 2013 15:31 |  #2

I like the lighting and tones. I'd say that the poses in 1, 5 and 6 don't compliment her figure. Turning away from the camera would help. And the 'dead vines on concrete' backdrop doesn't do a lot for me. :)




  
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Feb 14, 2013 17:14 |  #3

I like number 3 and 4, the more artistic picture of number 4 I really like , and I think number 3 stands out also.


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Feb 14, 2013 21:35 |  #4

If you have gridded modifiers, try to keep the harshest light off the instrument itself; the reflections are a little distracting. In images 2 and 4, the subject almost seems to be the instrument as a result of this...


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Feb 16, 2013 03:50 |  #5

her shoulders seem tense and raised. Try to remind her to relax her shoulders and allow them to drop. It stretches the neck out and makes her look skinnier. During my model shoots, i constantly have to remind them to relax the shoulders as they always tense them up


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Feb 16, 2013 04:05 as a reply to  @ fashionrider's post |  #6

I think the lighting is far too harsh in 1-4. Were you using a bare flash? You can see the hard shadows on her neck, and the harsh lighting has flattened her features and is not very flattering.

I agree about the front on pose not being very flattering either.


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Feb 18, 2013 12:38 |  #7

Thank you all for the comments so far.

To answer a couple questions:

I lit this with two shoe mount flashes triggered via my new set of yn622s
I have no modifiers at the moment, but am considering some small softboxes/octaboxes to soften the light.


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Feb 18, 2013 19:05 |  #8

I like 3 the most. For me it shows her in a nice way and the lighting and pose are complimentary. The instrument shows her interest. Tells the story.


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Mar 11, 2013 11:43 |  #9

I really like #3 and I think #4 is a little funky, but if she likes it, great job. :)


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Mar 11, 2013 13:43 as a reply to  @ mclaren777's post |  #10

Are you able to get that flash off camera and into a modifier of some sort?


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Mar 11, 2013 18:17 |  #11

Yeah #3 is definitely the best of the set. Agree with some of the comments about the poses.


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Mar 13, 2013 11:42 |  #12

Thank you for the continued critiques. Both flashes were off camera, but I do not have any modifiers at the moment. I am looking into some small soft boxes, but if anyone has any suggestions I would be more than willing to entertain them.


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Mar 13, 2013 19:22 as a reply to  @ swmeans's post |  #13

alternatively you can just point your flash at a white wall, or a white poster board taped to a wall or whatever...in a pinch...it'll soften the light and still give it some direction.




  
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