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Nov 26, 2016 23:22 |  #1

Need some good ole fashion constructive feedback! Thanks!


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Nov 27, 2016 08:31 |  #2

As the father of nine kids...I have never found a picture of a pregnant spouse worthy of hanging in my living room.


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Nov 27, 2016 09:41 |  #3

chauncey wrote in post #18195913 (external link)
As the father of nine kids...I have never found a picture of a pregnant spouse worthy of hanging in my living room.

Thanks, any feedback on the quality of the photo or is that a subtle way of saying the photo is poor quality? LOL




  
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Nov 27, 2016 09:58 |  #4

I would try these in black and white.


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Nov 27, 2016 10:23 |  #5

And I'd try for some more room... seems 'crowded' to me, a bit in the frame.


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Nov 27, 2016 10:26 |  #6

some other random comments..

the lighting set up works nice for the picture of #2, but in number one, the light camera left appears to be too low, according to shadows and catchlights..
You'd want the catchlights between 10 and 2, and the shadow going under her nose, not beside it.

Exposure is nice. I'd try to back up further and use more of the 100mm side of that lens, JMHO.


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Nov 27, 2016 11:23 |  #7

ksbal wrote in post #18195999 (external link)
And I'd try for some more room... seems 'crowded' to me, a bit in the frame.

Thanks, would you be able to provide an example?




  
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Nov 27, 2016 11:28 |  #8

ksbal wrote in post #18196000 (external link)
some other random comments..

the lighting set up works nice for the picture of #2, but in number one, the light camera left appears to be too low, according to shadows and catchlights..
You'd want the catchlights between 10 and 2, and the shadow going under her nose, not beside it.

Exposure is nice. I'd try to back up further and use more of the 100mm side of that lens, JMHO.


Appreciate the feedback! I agree and wish I could go a little higher, but I'm setup in my basement and can't get any higher. Unfortunately (my sister) lives in New York and is headed home so I'll try to backup next time I get a chance with a different subject. Thanks again!




  
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Nov 28, 2016 08:35 as a reply to  @ bsiegler's post |  #9

Mostly just extend the black area a bit, like in the second, so it gives more 'feeling' to the image. So I'd add to the top and the left sides in the second image.


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Nov 30, 2016 07:29 |  #10

I do like the first one, a smashing smile. She doesn't look 'very' pregnant. I always thought it was 6-7 months to do this sort of pic. They also look cool with mum wearing 'less'. A matter of taste. Not bothered about whether you would 'hang it on a wall', its a lovely moment in the family.


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Nov 30, 2016 08:13 |  #11

Nothing technical to suggest here (not educated enough ;) ). But, from the "what looks/seems "right" to me" part of my brain, the black background just doesn't do it for me. The mother seems to me to be a down-to-earth, no-bling type of person and *I* would prefer to see her in a more natural environment....outdoor​s or indoors, it doesn't matter, but within an environment that is more associated with children, newborns, and life. You have isolated the mother and child quiet well and the images are good ones but for me the images seem to be more akin to boardroom portraits. Whereas I don't care personally for the black background I do like white backgrounds and high-key images.

Also, the shawl...if your intent is to show the pregnant form of the mother I think I'd get rid of the shawl. But, again, my opinion.

I'm not trying to be negative, just honest criticism.
You asked for some feedback...that's mine, FWIW(probably not much)! :-)
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Nov 30, 2016 11:09 |  #12

Hannya wrote in post #18198969 (external link)
I do like the first one, a smashing smile. She doesn't look 'very' pregnant. I always thought it was 6-7 months to do this sort of pic. They also look cool with mum wearing 'less'. A matter of taste. Not bothered about whether you would 'hang it on a wall', its a lovely moment in the family.

Thanks for the feedback. Believe it or not, she's 6 months pregnant.




  
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Nov 30, 2016 11:10 |  #13

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Nothing technical to suggest here (not educated enough ;) ). But, from the "what looks/seems "right" to me" part of my brain, the black background just doesn't do it for me. The mother seems to me to be a down-to-earth, no-bling type of person and *I* would prefer to see her in a more natural environment....outdoor​s or indoors, it doesn't matter, but within an environment that is more associated with children, newborns, and life. You have isolated the mother and child quiet well and the images are good ones but for me the images seem to be more akin to boardroom portraits. Whereas I don't care personally for the black background I do like white backgrounds and high-key images.

Also, the shawl...if your intent is to show the pregnant form of the mother I think I'd get rid of the shawl. But, again, my opinion.

I'm not trying to be negative, just honest criticism.
You asked for some feedback...that's mine, FWIW(probably not much)! :-)
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Thanks for your input Ed! I appreciate your honesty!




  
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Feb 09, 2017 08:43 as a reply to  @ atsilverstein's post |  #14

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Feb 09, 2017 19:19 |  #15

She is a beautiful pregnant mom, and while maternity pics are generally done once mom has begun to "bloom" a bit more, there are some tricks you can use to accentuate a baby bump. Which is the point of a maternity shoot. In this particular case, you did a good job with the hand placement on the bottom of the bump, but you might have fixed the fabric of her dress to lay closer to the TOP of the bump. (Or you could put one hand on top of the curve, one underneath I suppose.) I have also found that when photographing pregnant moms, the shape of the bump is not as always "round" as one might prefer. You can have the mom puff up her stomach, the same way you would ask a man to (huh??) do if he were pretending to be pregnant. I know it sounds weird, and some people might call it deceptive, but I don't think it is. no more so than photoshopping out stretch marks etc. It's a personal choice, I guess, but it can give a rounder look. Also, in photographing full length ladies, having them do "Barbie toe" with the leg camera side, will define the calf muscles and and create an interesting line, while hiding the crotch area depending on your goals. s.


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