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Jan 03, 2015 21:14 |  #1

One of my friends is a firefighter and he geared up for our photoshoot.

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For the smoke I used a smoke machine, the lighting was done with a single strobe in most the pictures since they were taken indoors.

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Jan 03, 2015 21:21 |  #2

Do you have any diffuses for your strobe? I am seeing a lot of hard shadows. The first one is my favorite.


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Jan 04, 2015 17:31 as a reply to  @ JeremyKPhoto's post |  #3

I had a small soft box, I notice better light with my umbrellas but those are in my dorm in Ohio, and this was taken in Florida :(


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Jan 04, 2015 17:34 |  #4

Interesting images, however they feel too staged(?) I don't know, I just feel as if the photos lack a organic quality which I feel should be associated with this subject matter.


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Jan 04, 2015 18:22 |  #5

I'd like to see #2 in a tighter crop, possibly with the subject brightened and the background blurred a bit, but definitely with some dodging of the shadows caused by the brim of the hat on the subject's face.

#4 needs to be brightened considerably. Also, looks like you went a little crazy with the cloning tool on the smoke in the upper-left corner. Also, the expression in the firefighter's eyes in #4 doesn't match the situation.

The others don't really speak to me. They're not interesting to me as portraits nor as candid/action shots.


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Jan 05, 2015 16:59 |  #6

Love the second one. Maybe a slightly tighter crop to remove the dead space on the left will make it stronger.

The first and fourth are about 1-1.5 stop underexposed. Third would be cool if either you can use a shallower DOF and he gg shutter speed, or go slow altogether to get the blurring effect of the water (with a tripod at .5-1 sec)

The last one would benefit from the soft box being much closer, and balancing so that the ambiance is about 2/3-1 stop brighter

Hope that helps.

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Jan 05, 2015 19:39 |  #7

Thanks for the input, I will make some corrections!


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Jan 08, 2015 01:56 |  #8

The first thing I'd recommend is to post these much larger. They are just a bit larger than thumbnails. A larger picture has more impact.

The first and last shots seem too dark. The water pattern shot looks quite good.


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