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Aug 26, 2018 05:02 |  #1

Just using natural light and posing, how can I improve these photos? I rarely shoot people, but would like to learn a little more about it. Image editing is ok


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Aug 26, 2018 13:35 |  #2

The first one is very nice. Her hair frames her face in a flattering way and the beginnings of a smile add to the charm. I think I'd crop some off the top so that there is more attention on her face rather than the face of the man in the background mural. A very slight crop at the bottom to eliminate the partial finger of her left hand might also help.
Finally, a fill flash would light her eyes nicely, so next time consider that.

I'd advise against using f22. Open up to f5.6 or f7 and you'll get sharper images.

Keep shooting this lovely model, she seems very comfortable in front of the camera.


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Aug 26, 2018 14:10 |  #3

Now that you've said it, I cannot unsee that partial left hand in the first one ^^
Right now I don't have a flash, but christmas ist coming... Thanks for the critique, much appreciated. I chose f/2.2, because the alley is quite small and I felt that the background was otherwise too distracting.


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Aug 26, 2018 14:24 |  #4

Not sure if Qbx realized you shot it at f2.2 and not f22.


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Aug 26, 2018 14:40 as a reply to  @ ETS's post |  #5

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Aug 26, 2018 15:53 |  #6

haha, i was wondering about that as well...


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Aug 26, 2018 16:18 |  #7

In #1, a few highlighted areas are conspicuously lighter than other stretches of skin: nose, cheek, chest. Of course there should be modeling of contours, but the effect might have been more flattering if you'd pushed the sun down to a lower angle. Otherwise, both images look fine to me.


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Aug 26, 2018 17:43 |  #8

very nice photos mate! mainly the first one. try with a reflector next time to light up he face and eyes.


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Aug 27, 2018 08:45 |  #9

#1 has a lot going for it. Crop above the pocket lapel seems to work, try different variations to suit YOUR taste.

Agree with OhLook on the lighting in certain areas, keep that in mind for next time.

The backdrop and the jacket go really well, not sure if that was a conscious decision?

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Aug 27, 2018 14:29 |  #10

I toned down the highlights on chest, nose and cheek a little and chose a tighter crop like some of you suggested. I quite like it like this, now.

The backdrop and the jacket go really well, not sure if that was a conscious decision?

Half and half, I would say. As soon as my girlfriend picked the jacket, I wanted to shoot in this setting. The wall belongs to a cinema and is covered by at least ten iconic movie characters in black and white!


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Aug 27, 2018 16:45 |  #11

Love natural light!!!


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Aug 27, 2018 21:29 |  #12

bringing highlights down absolutely helped - a lot. Good control of the blacks too. First image just feels a little top heavy. I understand why... I get it.... but it just is a bit top heavy.


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Aug 27, 2018 23:11 as a reply to  @ Jstud's post |  #13

Stud, you shouldn't hijack this guy's thread. Start one of your own. You have some nice work.


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