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Cliff ­ Nordman
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Oct 12, 2008 15:36 |  #1

I got into photography by going to sci-fi and anime conventions, which are full of very interesting costumed people who are happy to pose, but only for a few moments. It's a strange blend of street photography and modeling. I have hundreds of images on my website (external link), but for brevity I have embedded a few below.

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I've gotten some valuable experience working with people and developed a rather aggressive style, but I fear most of it will not be applicable to more standard portraits, the kind that regular people want to have taken, the kind that are scheduled beforehand and could last for some time.

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Advice on how to be subtle, or to make people interesting when they don't have wings or swords, would be welcome, as well as any opinions you have about my current work.



  
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Oct 12, 2008 18:24 |  #2

sorry, don't like these.. they're random quick snapshots.
i suggest reading up on composition... also look into a few guides on lighting. (not saying you need to walk around with 2 flashes or a reflector, just get a better understanding of light in general)


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Oct 12, 2008 20:07 |  #3

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd ones are fantastic!

Getting clean back grounds and good light while shooting people at events you have no control over is not easy.
Anyone who thinks it is has clearly never tried it.


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Oct 12, 2008 21:45 |  #4

Your event photos could use some fill but you got those nailed in my opinion. Your portraits can take a lesson from your event photography. When I say that I'm saying don't always shoot head on, and put space behind your subject.

One thing that will carry from event photography and portraits is your ability to make your subject comfortable. The more comfy they are the better the shoot and pictures will be.


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Oct 13, 2008 11:34 |  #5

I think your event shots are great.
Your straight portraits, pretty basic.

Why not look at each session like a "movie shoot," finding some slightly strange location that fits with the subject's personality?


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Oct 13, 2008 11:59 as a reply to  @ Halliday's post |  #6

Are you using an external flash?



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Oct 13, 2008 13:48 |  #7

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Cliff ­ Nordman
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Oct 13, 2008 20:37 |  #8

Thanks for the advice. By combining beethy- and Moppie's comments I learn that adapting to different conditions is good, but expectations for portraits are higher than for event shots because I have more time to prepare and more control over the conditions in which I shoot. themirage and Hallieday indicate that I can be a bit more risky and aggressive in my portraits than the examples I posted, which I'm glad to hear.

HoosierJoe: 1, 3, 4, and 5 use natural light. 2 uses onboard flash (which is usually icky). I bought an external flash just recently, and used it and a reflector for 6 and 7. Some Cactus wireless triggers are on the way, so I will soon join the Strobist army.

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