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Aug 05, 2015 17:51 |  #1

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Aug 06, 2015 14:38 |  #2

is he opposed to smiling?


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Aug 06, 2015 19:14 |  #3

mike_311 wrote in post #17658946 (external link)
is he opposed to smiling?

Yes i tried to get him to multiple times and he was against it.


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Aug 07, 2015 05:23 |  #4

Camlee0814 wrote in post #17659248 (external link)
Yes i tried to get him to multiple times and he was against it.

well that certainly makes things difficult as the images have an very confrontational feel to them. the only critique i'd offer for you is to maybe pull up the shadows, im losing a lot of details in the dark areas of his wardrobe.


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Aug 07, 2015 06:52 |  #5

mike_311 wrote in post #17659623 (external link)
well that certainly makes things difficult as the images have an very confrontational feel to them. the only critique i'd offer for you is to maybe pull up the shadows, im losing a lot of details in the dark areas of his wardrobe.

I agree. The tough-guy-game-face thing pretty much kills these. At least I think so. He looks like you just said something bad about his mother.


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Aug 07, 2015 07:28 |  #6

He looks like he smells something bad.


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Aug 07, 2015 07:44 |  #7

Maybe find a model who looks like they want their photo taken.....He spoils it by looking miserable...sorry..


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Aug 07, 2015 08:21 |  #8

1 and 2 poses seem OK, no.3 has awful shadows on his face from the overhead sun. Ditch the shades, portraits are about the eyes! Not the easiest model to work with by a long chalk!


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Aug 07, 2015 17:00 |  #9

technically they're fine, otherwise they are all the same and mute. also always be aware of how arms get distorted, when pressed against something.


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Aug 08, 2015 07:20 |  #10

Poses 1-2 seem to focus my eye more on his feet than face. #3 has very harsh shadows with sun over head hiding his eyes even more.

Tough subject with frowns :)


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Aug 20, 2015 14:39 |  #11

The tough guy look for a portrait can work just fine if that's what the client wants. The problem I have with these is that even though he's trying the tuff stuff nothing else about the image is going along with the look he wants. The lighting is soft, the setting is nice. The tough look should be shot more 'edgy'. So more harsh light and in a setting with maybe less greenery/earthy look to it like a brick wall and bonus points for having graffiti as well. The environments in the first and last images are the closest and for me personally work the best because of this (no trees, lots of concrete, etc.) Get some harsh edgy light going on those and it would improve the look he apparently was going for. Maybe try something in post, like over sharpen it, boost contrast and maybe add a lot of vignette... try it with that last one and see... maybe even convert to B&W.


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Aug 21, 2015 08:30 |  #12

I think a smile would have lifted these photos. Nicely composed and good exposure.


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