1st Model shoot

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  1. keith foster

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    I just started shooting people a few months ago and have been practicing nearly everyday.
    I was able to hook up with this young lady, Lisa Marie, who is an aspiring model and was willing to give up a few hours of her time so I could so what I could do this past weekend
    I am not thrilled with the shots. I almost didn't post anything here because I know these aren't great but.... I can't get better if I don't know what I need to do.
    I have posted some pretty awful stuff in the past. Hopefully this is better.

    I am not trying to become a pro but I want to be a competent amateur. I would appreciate your input. What would you do differently? I need help with lights, posing, and pp.

    This is the shot I consider the best in the set. Hit me, I can take it.


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    Invest in some seamless white paper.
     
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    Thanks Greg. Good suggestion. Is 9 ft the widest it comes in?
     
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    Ok- so before everyone starts hammering on how horrible an edit this is.. It's JUST a quick and dirty illustration to show that if there was slightly less exposure in the background, the eye would be drawn more to the subject.

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  5. I think it's an interesting image, but the white-on-white is a bit of a problem. Oh, and I think transformed is right about the bg color.
     
  6. keith foster

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    Thanks Iron and Transformed.
    I really am new to this kind of photography so I need all the input I can get.
    It sounds like I need to quit worrying about lighting the background and more on how I light the person.
    I honestly do want to hear all the c&c everyone may have for me. I will not defend myself because I admit I don't know enough about it to argue.
     
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    Here's a quick edit:
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  8. keith foster

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    Wow!
    I obviously don't know squat about editing. I wouldn't have thought of the edits you guys did. I used LR 3 but obviously what you guys did (Mike and Transformed) is beyond what I can do there.
    Transformed yours makes the photo seem more elegant and fits the clothing and the look so well.
    Mike yours takes the image to a different place and feel entirely and I love it!
    What software did you guys use? I have PSE 8 but am not very proficient at it.
     
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    I think the white on white could have been cool but it wasn't quite what you were going for was it?
     
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    I was actually hoping to blowout the white background and get the white on white look without a lot of pp. I guess I didn't hit the backdrop with enough light to get that though. When I began to push up the exposure in LR it blew out the background and her face and arm.

    I guess I am naive about pp and about lighting.

    I posed her about 8 ft from the backdrop hoping the separation would help me with dof and reduce the visibility of the backdrop.

    The young lady liked the shot as I posted it but I am just learning so I am open to all ideas.
     
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    I like the edit with the red curtain...I'm curious though, when I shoot women it's ALWAYS glamour or nudes, I don't quite understand why she is completly covered except for her face and arms. Not saying it would have to be showing a lot, just enough to make her a bit more feminine.
     
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    My My, it seems I've made a friend...:sexywink:...you've been following me around since my first post here...I'd be really flattered if you were better looking...;)

    Perhaps your looks or personality just don't fit with the genre...
     

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