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Couples Shoot... Boring?

 
roosterslayer
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Sep 03, 2011 14:40 |  #1

I recently did a shoot for a couple friends on a whim and i thought the results were really boring and unattractive looking. am i just being too critical? here are 5 out of 20 shots i decided to keep.

c&c or any creative input please. thanks!!

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Sep 03, 2011 14:56 |  #2

They're probably not boring to the couple and that's what matters.


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Sep 03, 2011 16:45 |  #3

i think the 2nd is the most authentic looking the others they looked a little staged


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Sep 03, 2011 17:29 |  #4

woodworker- true :). but from my viewpoint, i don't like to provide services to people especially if i feel it is mediocre (free or not).

bryan- i'll keep that in mind, but i have to ask, how can you tell if it's authentic or not?


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Sep 03, 2011 17:45 as a reply to  @ roosterslayer's post |  #5

From my pure amateur perspective:
1: I'd like to see their feet
3: Need some fill lighting during the shot
5: His expression could be better
I am not addressing post processing considerations. Others can do that much better.

If you want to raise your bar, hang out in the Wedding section for a bit. For me, the Wedding section's premier posters consistently demonstrate what people are willing to pay for. Caution: the bar is quite high.




  
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Sep 03, 2011 20:26 |  #6

roosterslayer wrote in post #13046806 (external link)
woodworker- true :). but from my viewpoint, i don't like to provide services to people especially if i feel it is mediocre (free or not).

bryan- i'll keep that in mind, but i have to ask, how can you tell if it's authentic or not?

well first off .. did they put themselves in those poses or was it something u suggested
((in other words am i right).
#1 no one grabs their chin like that
# 3 he is not leaning in with his head or in for a kiss
#4 they are bot looking ate each other and not were they are going
#5 he is again leaning back with his head and not puckering up for a kiss looks awkward


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Sep 03, 2011 21:38 |  #7

A couple look a little staged/awkward I think improving that area comes with experience. I'm a beginner when it comes to working with subjects which is why I tend not to do any staged photos. Otherwise I think they're pretty good, just a reflector or some fill flash to make em pop.


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Sep 03, 2011 21:44 |  #8

Bryan Grant Photography wrote in post #13046656 (external link)
i think the 2nd is the most authentic looking the others they looked a little staged

I love the second one to.


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Sep 04, 2011 00:05 |  #9

Bryan Grant Photography wrote in post #13047421 (external link)
well first off .. did they put themselves in those poses or was it something u suggested
((in other words am i right).
#1 no one grabs their chin like that
# 3 he is not leaning in with his head or in for a kiss
#4 they are bot looking ate each other and not were they are going
#5 he is again leaning back with his head and not puckering up for a kiss looks awkward

they did it themselves. i gave them full control of everything. i told them to pose and i would shoot. maybe since we did the shoot on a busy school campus they got nervous :) the one where my friend is grabbing his chin, they were joking around and i took the photo without telling them. i thought it looked interesting so i threw it in :D

frankk- thanks for the input. i don't own any flash stuff nor am i too savvy with it. i should start looking into it. also, i'll check out the wedding section too.

thanks for the other suggestions everyone. they've been noted.

edit: another question i wanted to ask was: if this was a shoot for you and your girlfriend/boyfriend, would you be happy with it (assuming you also had a limited knowledge about photography :)).


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Sep 04, 2011 19:45 |  #10

roosterslayer wrote in post #13047988 (external link)
edit: another question i wanted to ask was: if this was a shoot for you and your girlfriend/boyfriend, would you be happy with it (assuming you also had a limited knowledge about photography :)).

Yep. :)


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Sep 04, 2011 21:40 |  #11

I like them all.


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Sep 05, 2011 09:33 |  #12

The second one is awesome, except for that white area in the background.


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Sep 06, 2011 16:42 as a reply to  @ SJC from VT's post |  #13

I like the second the best of the images posted.




  
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Sep 06, 2011 22:00 |  #14

I like them all too and I'll bet they will like them as well. I think the last one is best.


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Sep 07, 2011 20:55 |  #15

I dont find anything "extraordinary" about the shots..... BUT, I think you have managed to show the love that they share. Worth it in the extreme.




  
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