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Cliff ­ Nordman
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Oct 14, 2009 13:15 |  #1

I photographed a couple of friends to get a feel for senior portraits. It was just for practice, but it looks like I'm going to sell some prints, which is cool.

I got some interesting, non-standard shots, and I think I did alright technically, but I didn't get much emotion out of the young ladies. I would also benefit from planning more thoroughly to make sure I get all the shots I need. Perhaps a checklist or something?

Critique me so that I can improve!

Here are some shots I like:

1.

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3. A genuine smile! Huzzah!
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Here are some shots I'm not sure about.

5. It's weird, but I like it for some reason.
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6. I like the eye contact and the light on the background, but there are little slashing highlights all over her spilling from the background light.
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7. I'm not sure if that one thing is distracting, but if I tell you what it is, you are sure to notice it.
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Oct 14, 2009 14:19 |  #2

#1 - I like to see the entire guitar in the shot, especially since she is looking at a part of it that isn't in the frame.

2 & 3 needed to be a little brighter on the face. something i am sure can be fixed in post.

5, 6 and 7 are too centered

7 should have her other arm showing so it looks like she has 2 of them.


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Oct 14, 2009 21:34 |  #3

The last one has a car in the background too.


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Oct 14, 2009 23:47 |  #4

Yeah, that was the thing. I guess it is noticeable.




  
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Oct 15, 2009 11:19 |  #5

wow, that gum wall is a little gross... actually it is gross a lot ;)

anyway here's some critique:

1. has no eyes visible, odd crop (too tight) busy BG, weird window frame is distracting.
2. not the most flattering angle to women, but it can work every now and then. Not in this case. It cases them to have double chins. Last time I checked - those are still out of fashion. :)
3. a good one except that Iwou'dve used a shallower DOF to get rid of detail of those chewing gum balls.
4. is lacking contrast and you overexposed it by a stop. a nice try though. I think that flare necklace is cool!
5. place your subject off center.
6. The best potential is in this shot. Crop it off center, place your flash ABOVE your subject at an angle to get rid of the horrible shadow on her face, which kills it instantly. Invest (money or time)in a light dffuser.
7. It is busy. and this is one of those cases where you sould've been below your model.


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Oct 15, 2009 18:41 |  #6

I have to agree with korrektor that the #2 angle and pose isn't very flattering. I'm no expert so take this with a grain of salt, just trying to be honest and helfpul.


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Oct 16, 2009 03:47 |  #7

number 4 has some great potential I like the thought and what it is going on. I feel many of the other ones are in need of work. THe first the flash is too strong the second the pose is unflattering but do like the concept. three needs another flash to fill the shadows. Four I like. Five Six and Seven are just missing something five and six need the lighting reworked harsh shadows not flattering seven the background is not working for you but against you.


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Oct 16, 2009 06:48 |  #8

i agree.. i like #4..

the white balance is blueish.. did you do that intentionally?

that bubble gum wall is unique, never saw anything like it before..

but on some, the lighting is too strong.. i can't put my finger on it.. maybe 1/2 to a full stop too strong?

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Oct 18, 2009 11:29 |  #9

I would have never thought of the pose on #2, now I know , so thanks for sharing that one.

The first is lovely as well but a bit bright as mentioned.


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Oct 18, 2009 14:28 |  #10

korrektor wrote in post #8827318 (external link)
wow, that gum wall is a little gross... actually it is gross a lot ;)

anyway here's some critique:

1. has no eyes visible, odd crop (too tight) busy BG, weird window frame is distracting.
2. not the most flattering angle to women, but it can work every now and then. Not in this case. It cases them to have double chins. Last time I checked - those are still out of fashion. :)
3. a good one except that Iwou'dve used a shallower DOF to get rid of detail of those chewing gum balls.
4. is lacking contrast and you overexposed it by a stop. a nice try though. I think that flare necklace is cool!
5. place your subject off center.
6. The best potential is in this shot. Crop it off center, place your flash ABOVE your subject at an angle to get rid of the horrible shadow on her face, which kills it instantly. Invest (money or time)in a light dffuser.
7. It is busy. and this is one of those cases where you sould've been below your model.

Excellent advice...you need your own checklist guide for us to use! Nice efforts and good luck!


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Jan 05, 2010 11:01 |  #11

Ah another Seattle man, I've never actually made it out to that gum wall before but I've seen it in a lot of pics.

Pretty much have to agree with the above, korrektor gave some great advice.


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