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Feb 22, 2014 11:24 |  #1

Hey guys,
I'm new to shooting portraits. I've mostly been shooting landscapes over the past few years, but was asked to do a shoot for an Art Gallery here in Chicago. They have an exhibit that will be bringing attention to social injustices of all kinds, and asked me to shoot portraits at a local homeless shelter.

My setup was one speedlite with a softbox/beauty dish, flat black backdrop, 5D Mark III + 135mm f2L.

I'd love some advice on what is working and what isn't working in the below photos. Thanks!

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Feb 22, 2014 12:51 |  #2

I really like all of these!




  
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Feb 22, 2014 13:02 |  #3

Not sure if just being homeless is social injustice.
Nice portraits though. My only nit is the background.


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Feb 22, 2014 14:57 |  #4

slookx24 wrote in post #16709022 (external link)
I really like all of these!

thanks!

windpig wrote in post #16709035 (external link)
Not sure if just being homeless is social injustice.
Nice portraits though. My only nit is the background.

agreed, the background was sort of bugging me too because I didn't have much room to give separation between subject and background. what are your thoughts on this alternate edit? I was thinking of doing this to the series if it looked better. My only worry is it's "too clean." Thoughts?

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Feb 22, 2014 15:52 |  #5

Probably the best would have been to put some distance between the subjects and the BG, but there could be reasons for not doing that. I find gray seamless BGs to be the most problematic with regard to showing the texture imperfections of the paper.


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Feb 22, 2014 16:19 |  #6

The background and the subject clash for me. Social injustice...but photo's look like they're taken in a studio.

I would suggest that the photos should somehow point out social injustice, somehow.




  
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Feb 22, 2014 17:16 |  #7

maybe it is just my monitor, but these all seem a touch too hot and lighting a little too flat across the face. From the catch lights it looks like the light is directly in front of them. If you had a reflector under the face it would be clamshell lighting used for beauty shots. I think if you are trying to show injustice, asymmetry in the lighting would be more appropriate.


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Feb 22, 2014 19:45 |  #8

I agree on the flat lighting, for a really simple one light setup I like to go with the Rembrandt lighting, 45 degrees to the side, 45 degrees from above. It will add some dimension to the face and it will also keep it from hitting that backdrop so directly. You can throw in a reflector if you want to soften the shadow with some fill.


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Feb 22, 2014 20:17 |  #9

I think the smoothed background is more appropriate than the textured one. These faces have plenty of texture, which is part of the point--they're weathered. The plain background doesn't compete with the detail. It also doesn't have that studio look, as Lesmore said, which would suggest well-off people having portraits made.

The previous commenters know more about lighting than I do. Nevertheless, I'll put in a word for leaving the lighting as is. Stark and even lighting is consistent with the message, the theme. It doesn't glamorize the subjects, and the effect isn't so different from how they'd look outdoors.


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