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May 09, 2016 13:53 |  #1

I usually shoot sports and events but a friend asked me to do a senior portrait of his son. Thoughts, tips?


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May 09, 2016 14:13 |  #2

I think that they are pretty good. They will be happy with these.

#1 Straight on pose works well for a guy as well as symmetry.
Just nit picking things. He is slightly slouched, he could lean his head and upper body slightly toward the camera to take this image to the next level.
Watch out for his hands. When hands are locked together with fingers, it looks like a shrimp cocktail or hotdogs. Perhaps only a photographer would notice this.
It is not a deal breaker for this image.

#2 Great pose. He looks very comfortable and confident.
One foot toward the camera works great.

Expression is paramount over technique and pose.
To take the pictures to the next level, work on techniques to control the lighting a little better. Scrim/diffuser, or reflector are easy tools to start out with.

Good job on your first shoot. I wouldn't hesitate to keep going in this field of photography. You are obviously comfortable with a camera and settings.

I am assuming that this is a train hub with ware house area?


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May 09, 2016 14:44 |  #3

^^^ the above comments are all good

you could try, if you wished, cropping the first picture tighter (just below the elbows) to remove the crossed fingers

such as

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7282/26918677535_fb49247e7f_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/H1Hf​ZV  (external link) boy_senior (external link) by Paul O'Neil (external link), on Flickr


the other overall thing, is possibly to work on delivering more similar skin tones between the two pictures and possibly bring back the highlights slightly in the first to save the shining blown hair
- with very fair skinned people, a slight desat of the reds can work - can't take out oranges because they need some colour - sometimes even adding a little orange can help (I did this in this screenshot)

pose in #2 is very good


well done

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May 09, 2016 15:07 |  #4

The pole above his head splits the first image and it would be something that I would watch out for.

Too many diagonals and other distractions in both images.




  
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May 09, 2016 16:26 |  #5

Appreciate the tips!


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May 10, 2016 03:11 |  #6

I'd say you really did well with those!

Being a sports shooter means you already have the subject isolation from the background nailed.


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May 13, 2016 21:25 |  #7

Good work they should like them. I would like to see more of his eyes. he seems to be squinting some. This can be hard to overcome with some people. moving him into more shade might help.




  
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May 15, 2016 14:06 |  #8

Pretty good attempt. Looks like a win.




  
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