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Head shot attempt

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Apr 30, 2015 20:56 |  #1

A friend of mine has a small acting gig and wanted a head shot for an audition. I am rusty as hell as my camera has only recently been taken out of the bag after about 4 years of non-use.


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Apr 30, 2015 21:52 |  #2

For this purpose, you could go ahead and give it a traditional crop, eliminating the space on the left. Cropping the head is fine. It looks slightly overexposed on my screen. I like the shot.

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Apr 30, 2015 23:43 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #3

I like it. Photographers like Peter Hurley do these kinds of crops and they seem effective for his clients.

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May 01, 2015 02:01 |  #4

I like it, im a fan of the less traditional crops. Its a bit hot on the forehead though, exposure looks fine other than the hot spots. I also prefer a little more shadow for male head shots as well but thats just my taste. Not a bad effort for years rust :)

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May 01, 2015 09:22 |  #5

Something doesn't work for me here, but I can't pinpoint it exactly, a little bit "in your face" for my liking.
What focal length did you use? 50mm or wider?


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Post edited over 7 years ago by RMH. (10 edits in all)
May 01, 2015 09:38 |  #6

It's pretty good - I like it; good natural expression and I like the crop.

there are a couple of little things that bother me, but these are picky

1) It looks like your camera is at about his mouth or even chin level and he's looking slightly down on you. That's leading to a bit too much under-chin showing. You could have him put his chin out and down, but even then I think the camera would be better off about 2 - 3 " higher

2) It looks like you need more fill to take down the contrast a little -- you have quite dark shadows and a bit of a hot-spot on his forehead. Dark shadows are ok, and the hotspot could be fixed in post, so up to you.

3) What he's wearing makes him look a bit like he's coming to fix the plumbing or put more toner in the printer. I know it's a headshot and it's not really about the clothes, but the dark polo-shirt practically shouts working class guy to me. This could be good or bad depending on what he's going for audition wise, but might be good to shoot another wearing something different too.

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