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Feb 24, 2015 10:45 |  #1

I've been away from photography for the last couple years so I'm having to knock off the rust so I can get my daughter's senior portraits done for her announcements next month. I tried to keep it simple so I stuck with golden hour lighting and a large reflector for fill. Feel free to give input on this first round of shots. BTW, locations were in the north lake tahoe area. Thanks!


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Feb 24, 2015 10:46 |  #2

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Feb 24, 2015 19:46 |  #3

1 and 2 are pretty good.

Based on the nose shadow in #3 I'd say it was not yet golden hour. Push till later in the day (just the hour before sundown through sundown) and shots will be a more balanced exposure. And you won't get the squint that is in #3.

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Feb 24, 2015 23:03 as a reply to  @ nes_matt's post |  #4

Thanks Matt! Yes that third shot was the first of the locations which had to be done before I lost my light due to the high tree line. My least favorite as well but it was one of the few usable from that location. I've got one other from same set as #3 which I will post tonight to get final comments.




  
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Feb 25, 2015 15:28 as a reply to  @ Sumoto's post |  #5

Here's the last one as promised. I like this one better (after I clone out the bra strap) but the wife has a death grip on #3.:rolleyes:
You be the judge.


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Feb 25, 2015 15:33 |  #6

Avoid direct sun on any part of the face, shoulders etc. Best is to put the subject in some sort of shade. #1 is the best in that regard but you need lot more fill. Move the reflector closer to the subject. Don't put direct sun on face, feather the reflector.


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Feb 25, 2015 20:57 |  #7

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Focus looks to be on point, great attitude and smiles in the pics.
I agree with the other members above.. Also watch out for grass reflection on harsh light.. noticeable on 1you can probably fix in PS..

I like 1,2 and 4.. Keep up the good work..


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Feb 25, 2015 23:02 |  #8

All good stuff! Thanks gentlemen.




  
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Feb 25, 2015 23:36 |  #9

#1 looks noisy, like you underexposed and had to pull the subject up several stops, and the model is still underexposed. Also you've got some green tinge form light reflected off the grass. Some of the spots (pollen, bugs?) are so sharp they are a distraction. The dark background, bright foreground and underexposed subject create a very difficult overall image to work around. I would tighten the crop on this, maybe change ratio to 4x5, and offset the subject to the left side of the frame.

#2 I don't like at all. There's some shots where leaning backwards with the model's neck extended and curved back work, but this one goes to far IMHO. Also the smile is too big and the eyes too squinted. I do like the lighting on her face, highlighting of the hair and the creamy background. But then the direct sunlight on her arm, shoulders, neck and body is a bit much.

#3 is pretty good, but the model's skin looks plastic, like it's been overprocessed or maybe is out of focus? Unfortunately the light is very harsh and she looks pasted on to the background. The photo also seems a bit unbalanced, I would chop off the right side and also do this 4x5 ratio.

#4 I also think this is the best of the bunch. Pleasant smile, good expression, sharp, good crop. Except for the direct sunlight on the model's face, shoulder and breast, I would call this one perfect.


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Mar 11, 2015 09:32 |  #10

These are great. I really like #1 and #2. Sun looks a bit strong in #3 but works well with #4


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Mar 11, 2015 10:47 |  #11

Wow. Each photo has some very good points and some not so good.

#1 Love the expression but not the dots(bugs?). The sharp ones are distracting and the others look like some sort of water spots.

#2 Love everything about this one. Probably wont work for an announcement but would be perfect as part of an album. I would love to have a photo like this of my daughter. She looks so happy.

#3 Mom is right. Aside from the harsh light your daughter looks great in this one.

#4 This one is not bad but the highlight on her nose and her expression make this a runner-up to #3. Not saying expression is bad, just not as good as #3.




  
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