Another Try at Portraits

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  1. TylerF

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    Woke up this morning and wanted to try portraits for a second time before i head to work. So i forced my brother away from his video games for a bit. C&C welcome

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    Did I go too far with the highlights on the second one?
     
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    :) I like them. I love front on photos...Like eyes! He sure looks wide awake for someone getting dragged out of bed. :)
     
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    haha thank you. he wasn't happy but I know how to make him laugh and relax. He has put up with my camera in his face so much. I'm surprised he hasn't broken the thing haha
     
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    Way better than your last set. Nice job on the progress.

    Not sure on the focus or sharpness around the eyes, hard to tell from a small image.
    I'm uncertain as well about the posing. I prefer the posing in the first, although his arm seems to be squishing his chin a bit. when you have your model put their hand or fingers on some part of the face, they aren't really resting it, they are just barely touching.

    I like how its a bit off center. I don't like that little dip on the lower left hand side where his hand stops and his other arm begins. Maybe a tighter crop?

    I find the placement of his arms in the second image very in your face and aggressive. They take up a big part of the frame. Maybe shooting from a bit higher up would help. Shooting from higher up than your model's eye level makes the model look up and open their eyes a bit more. While he has a nice natural smile, I don't like how it closes his eyes.

    I also find there is a bit too much empty space over his head.
     
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    Nice shots, my suggestion would be to add some highlights to his hair with a hair light or reflector, or maybe a little rim light from behind which would separate him from the background. Did you do something different with the second shot it appears to have a warmer tone?
     
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    Thanks BigTwinky and alphaem. I see where you're coming from with everything. Glad to know i am improving.

    as for the second one, i think i just edited it a bit differently
     
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    MuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuCH better :)
    though I'm not a fan if flat lighting, its pretty good job. keep it up!
     
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    thank you!

    I don't know how to get more dynamic lighting from my sb600 with it on camera. I can't wait to get another flash and wireless triggers lol
     
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    U don't need a second flash. It can't hurt but you don't NEED it - u buy a ttl cord and a small light stand or even camcorder chepo tripod And place flash on it connected to the camera. For little home shoots as u just showed it wil do the trick. It isn't the BEST way but you'll tuen your 2d image into a 3d look, just pose accordingly ;$
     
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    yeah, I would eventually like to take photos of other people and also do band promotional shoots. I am just using my mom and brother in my house so I don't waste a model or bands time. Thanks though!
     

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