First photo shoot with model (C&C please)

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  1. bmrust

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    This is a good friend of mine that is intending to get into acting someday. He wanted to get some photos done, and I told him I'd give it a shot.

    Please let me know what you think of these, and if there is anything I should do differently with any of them.

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    They all look pretty washed out, and he looks sad in most of them. I like your composition, but try making the images pop more.
     
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    I like #2 but his left leg in #3 looks kinda weird how its positioned. #5 look desaturated, not sure if that was don't on purpose. composition looks solid for all.
     
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    Yea, I was just trying something a little different for #5. I didn't actually notice his leg in #3, but I agree that it looks a little wierd.

    As for him looking sad... I agree. I had a really hard time getting him to smile, without looking like I was TRYING to get him to smile, heh. I do have a few good shots of him smiling, however the eyes in most of them are out of focus (which is why I didn't post them).

    Thanks for the comments, I really had no idea what I was getting into with this shoot.
     
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    I would say there are some issues with lighting, especially with the face, in pretty much all of the photos. Agents are usually going to want some well lit head shots that they can use to market their client. He'll need to smile, or at least make a different face to show some range/emotion as well.

    I would say the first photo would benefit from a tweak in the white balance, an slight increase in the brightness, and a tad bit more contrast.
     
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    #2 isn't in focus
     
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    #3 is my favorite, but I agree, the leg looks kinda weird.
     
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    i know everyone says there are times when you can cut off limbs, but i just really hate it when a foot gets cut off in the middle of the foot.. it makes the photo look bad to me.. (i.e #1 and #5)
     
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    I updated the black and white one (it was 300dpi, now its 72... sorry for that)

    Also, here is another one, of him happy. Let me know if it is too saturated (i feel that it is, but i was getting a lot of comments about things not being saturated enough)

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    the color looks good.. but this one is almost to happy... but thats a personal preference!
     
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    By model, do you mean first time shooting with a human subject? Or do you mean he is/thinks he is/wants to be a real model? If the latter is the case, he really needs to works on his expressions ans posing. I think most of what you did is pretty good. I could nitpick about busy background and cut off feet if I wanted to, but the prevailing problem in all of these picture is the model. Posing is an intersting thing. When working with regular people, I think it's almost entirely up to the photog to handle correct posing, but when working with talent, they should really have that stuff down. It's up to the photog to decide what the poses should be, but the talent should know how to make them look good without much direction. What makes a good model is the ability to look natural while in a pose. When most people just look 'normal' it doesn't actually look very good, like the guy in your images. Despite the fact that it's very convincingly natural looking, the poses just don't look good. But these these same regular people when you try to pose them too much, it starts too look unnatural and forced. The tlent of a true model is the ability to be in a pose that is well thought out and perfected, while looking completely natural, like thta's how they just happened to sit down, or thta's how they just happened to lean against a wall.
     
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    to answer those questions, i would say both...

    it was my first time shooting a subject, and it was his first time being the subject of a photo shoot. he wants to get into acting, but was up for trying a little modeling for me. i agree that his poses aren't "natural" looking, which was the most frustrating part about the shoot.

    any suggestions or websites i should read about how to "control" a model / subject during a shoot?
     

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