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Albert ­ Nam
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Mar 19, 2014 16:42 |  #1

I did some shots for a magazine at my school a while ago and am seeking critique on lighting, processing, or anything else that comes to mind. Lighting was a softbox and a reflector to fill. The spread in the magazine was titled Color Me Bold and the focus was on vibrant colors. I'm trying to improve here so please be harsh when you feel it's necessary ^_^

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Mar 19, 2014 17:28 |  #2

I'm no pro, so my CC probably isn't worth jack! lol.

The first and third photos look good! just not sure about the 2nd one... but not really sure why. looks like the sharpness maybe cranked slightly too much??

Again, I'm not educated enough to give solid CC, just going with my eye, and trying to help.




  
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Mar 19, 2014 17:30 as a reply to  @ D_plays_it_cool's post |  #3

love the first one! you used strobe lighting?




  
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Mar 19, 2014 18:06 |  #4

1st is perfect

2nd, the backdrop looks creased, its too busy, too distracting. Love the eyes

2nd & 3rd it looks like the lipstick is gone past the edge of her lips, maybe its a new fashion but to me it looks untidy

I kinda like no 4, except for the hand, something about the pose or perspective makes the hand look too big for her face




  
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Mar 20, 2014 02:14 |  #5

FerozeK wrote in post #16771196 (external link)
1st is perfect

2nd, the backdrop looks creased, its too busy, too distracting. Love the eyes

2nd & 3rd it looks like the lipstick is gone past the edge of her lips, maybe its a new fashion but to me it looks untidy

I kinda like no 4, except for the hand, something about the pose or perspective makes the hand look too big for her face


I'm not sure what's "best", but I have to make a comment about your comment about #2 being too busy.

We have two different approaches here. One and three are about isolating the model from the background. The background is deliberately made bland in order to make the model stand out.

Two and four are representing the model as an extension of the background. Patterns and colors are repeated, the model looks like an extension of the background rather than something apart from it.

I'm not going to say which approach is better, just that these are two vastly different approaches and I think they both have merit. Is the background too busy? Maybe. But I don't see that as just a little flaw. If the background and the model are intrinsically linked, and the background is too busy, then what does that say about the model? It might be a flaw or it might not be a flaw, I just think that in this case fixing the flaw has the potential to drastically change what the image is actually saying.




  
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Mar 20, 2014 04:28 |  #6

Number two is actually my favourite!


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Mar 20, 2014 04:49 |  #7

Just an idea - perhaps if you moved the model away from the background pattern and you used a longer lens (to keep the pattern size relative to the model) you can blur the background and control the light on the background - lighter or darker to achieve more separation of the model from the background. If that is what you are trying to achieve.


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Mar 20, 2014 05:10 |  #8

^^^ agree


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Mar 20, 2014 05:37 |  #9

Martin Dixon wrote in post #16772150 (external link)
Just an idea - perhaps if you moved the model away from the background pattern and you used a longer lens (to keep the pattern size relative to the model) you can blur the background and control the light on the background - lighter or darker to achieve more separation of the model from the background. If that is what you are trying to achieve.

I think that would make a better composition too




  
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Mar 22, 2014 22:52 |  #10

I think number one is really nice. The makeup is definitely the wow! factor and looks pretty flawless. I do wish her hand was placed a little softer so that her nails weren't poking into her skin, but that may just be nitpicking!

As for two and four, I definitely agree with Martin Dixon's comment. They look way too busy as is, but I like the idea of repetition of colors and/or patterns. I think the backgrounds would work if they were just less of the focus.

I think the lighting in the third should've been more even in order to show the makeup better. I feel like the makeup stands out the least in this one because of the shadows.

The makeup and styling is nice in all of the photos! Good work.




  
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Mar 23, 2014 05:32 |  #11

FerozeK wrote in post #16771196 (external link)
1st is perfect

2nd, the backdrop looks creased, its too busy, too distracting. Love the eyes

2nd & 3rd it looks like the lipstick is gone past the edge of her lips, maybe its a new fashion but to me it looks untidy

I kinda like no 4, except for the hand, something about the pose or perspective makes the hand look too big for her face

#4 was my favorite until I read your comment, and now I can't stop seeing the hand.:D


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