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Mar 03, 2017 08:49 |  #1

Please ignore the subject (yours truly), and critique the technical shortcomings of this head shot. The punkin is one factor I do not have control of!!!

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Mar 03, 2017 11:06 |  #2

Too close. back up some.


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Mar 04, 2017 08:16 |  #3

On tek:
- the cropped head is fine, but it [Image] is way too cramped overall;
- clean up a bit;
- chin down a bit?


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Mar 04, 2017 08:51 as a reply to  @ olafs osh's post |  #4

Thank you! Definitely agree with you and Ray. I got carried away with crop. I kept the chin up to prevent the dreaded "old dude double chin syndrome"!! I appreciate your feedback!


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Mar 04, 2017 09:02 |  #5

Too tight crop. Try portrait orientation for this type of shots. I don't mind the chin up; I've got 2 or 3 of them, so that helps me, too!
I think the lighting is odd. All of it comes from above leaving the neck area completely in shadow. Doesn't work for me.




  
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Mar 04, 2017 12:43 |  #6
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There are no technical shortcomings here. Well executed.

All we're doing here is to reshape your image to fit our vision/preferences.

I'd leave the image untouched.


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Mar 05, 2017 06:36 |  #7

Alveric wrote in post #18291672 (external link)
There are no technical shortcomings here. Well executed.

All we're doing here is to reshape your image to fit our vision/preferences.

I'd leave the image untouched.

This happens a great deal around here under the guise of 'critique'. ;-)a


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Mar 05, 2017 06:45 |  #8

Typical POTN, we go from critiquing the image to critiquing the critiquers.:lol:


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Mar 05, 2017 06:54 |  #9

I truly appreciate everyone's feedback.


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Mar 06, 2017 11:41 as a reply to  @ YELLERLAB's post |  #10

Google Peter Hurley.

He has a technique to prevent double chins. Basically, the talent has to keep chin down but bring the forehead towards the lens. It defines the jaw line.


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Mar 06, 2017 15:06 |  #11
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Ray Marrero wrote in post #18293449 (external link)
Google Peter Hurley.

He has a technique to prevent double chins. Basically, the talent has to keep chin down but bring the forehead towards the lens. It defines the jaw line.

And that would only accentuate a large forehead. I prefer the shadow solution.


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Mar 06, 2017 17:05 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #12

Lol. Maybe it would. :)


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Mar 06, 2017 19:05 |  #13
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Well, people like myself, with a receeding hairline are not good candidates for some techniques. On the other hand, inky shadows might make a face look rounder than it is. I guess some small fill would suit the bill nicely, enough light in the neck area but still dark enough to de-motivate the eye to focus on it.

Another of Mr Hurley's techniques, the one called 'all about the jaw' might help reduce the double chin with subjects whose jaw isn't too firmly set. Depending on the pose, pushing the head a wee bit forwards whilst swallowing might help reduce a double chin.

Many ways to skin a cat. :)


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Mar 06, 2017 20:23 |  #14

Now, I have to try that.


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Mar 10, 2017 12:38 |  #15

Camera angle is too low. That is exaggerating the chin problem.
The forehead, chin forward technique works well to tighten chin and neck skin.
The lighting form above camera lens without fill is maybe too dramatic.
The image is also too dark for my taste in a headshot.
If you want to learn about headshot photography find Hurley and other videos on You Tube. Lots of good stuff.
Generally, dark backgrounds are less desirable than mid, light gray or white.


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