Headshots for CC

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  1. swoop_ds

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    Here is a friend I shot today (that sounds awful!). . . anyways, CC welcome. They are a bit PPed but she loved them!
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    Not sure if I like the PP Dave. You are making the photo noisy too.
     
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    1. Her chin is cut off in the shot.
    2. I like the framing in this one, I think it works well.
    3. Top of her head is cut off and it looks a bit too soft.

    You need to be more aware of your framing.
     
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    Horizontal, is the new portrait orientation. :puke::puke:
     
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    Thanks for the cc guys, I agree about the framing, orientation, and to a degree the PP. Th noise is due to how I shrunked the files to put them online. Ill have to look at that and get less noise next time.

    Is a horizontal portrait really that vile?
     
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    Excuse me but horizontal headshots is the same as telling your customers they won't get the job.

    I imagine this new fad comes from some photogs trying to be different. The problem is that if a casting director is going through a pile of headshots and 90% of them are vertical, he's going to get really tired, really fast of those horizontal ones and will skip them. I would.

    Second: how much is a bit of PP? Headshots are meant to show the person as they really are... Not as they can be.
     
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    Point well taken about the orientation. Maybe calling them head shots was misleading, she just wanted some pictures that looked good. She doesn't intend on looking for work with these.
     
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    Dizactly.:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    I love her green eyes in the first one and I like the pose in the third one.
     
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    The first two don't do much for me... I think mostly due to the angle of her head. You've got some motion goin' on in the third. That little bit of lean helps. I can really see some eye color here too.

    All three are quite warm. I like that. All three are lit pretty much straight-on. I think you could have done much more if you modified your lighting a bit, moving the main off to the side achieving a bit more shaping... modeling.

    Pretty girl. Nice range of expressions.

    I just can't understand the adversion to the horizontal format. It's not "new." I doubt it's an attempt to be different. It's a pefectly legitamate choice.

    -Pete
     
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    Dizactly.

    Horizontal on a shot like this is the kiss of death: it creates a floating head with two large patches of empty space on either side of it...horizontal makes sense ONLY if there is an environment or a background WORTHY of using a horizontal framing. Using a horizontal framing on a head and shoulders shot eliminates the SHOULDERS. Using horizontal on a bust shot eliminates the "bust" or chest, and ruins the pose! Using a horizontal framing on a head and shoulders shot REDUCES THE SIZE OF THE HEAD AND FACE, tremendously, and INCREASES the size of the dead, empty space.

    There are many,many valid reasons why professionally trained, classic portraits have been done in the vertical orientation, dating back to the 1400's. Anybody who has studied formal portraiture, or who has studied composition or design, will understand the how,what,and why of using the compositional space to its best advantage. When I see horizontal framing on headshots, head and shoulder shots, bust shots, or half-body shots of a single portrait sitter, and there is not a truly interesting background that is WORTHY of inclusion, I know that the person who mashed the shutter button is self-taught, or untrained, and has not studied or been taught by anybody worthy of being called a mentor.
     
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    Gotcha. Be careful how you title your threads. A headshot is a very specific type of shot.

    As portraits, I have no problem with the horizontal. I tend to get tired of seeing mostly vertical ones and, anyway, variety is the spice of life.

    My problem with yours is that we have 3 shots with 3 different skin tones and 3 different eye and hair colors. The 2nd one seems to have a green cast to it. To me anyway.


    @ Pete:
    I just can't understand the adversion to the horizontal format. It's not "new." I doubt it's an attempt to be different. It's a pefectly legitamate choice.

    I agree with you for portraits. Not for headshots. See my last post. Just imagine yourself as a casting director with a pile of some 2-300 headshots, every 10th or 15th one being horizontal. I think you'll stop turning that pile real soon. :D
     

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