High School Senior Portraits, First Timer..c&c please

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  1. linpelk

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    I have never taken pictures of a teenager before. I mostly photograph children and families so this was a stretch for me, but I LOVED it. I hope to be able to get into this market someday. Please tell me what you think of these photos. I actually had three girls (my babysitter and two of her friends) model for me, but only have permission from one mom so far to post. Here is the one and hopefully I can post some of the others another day. Thank you!

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    They each have a lot of good things going on, but I think the 3rd on is the strongest image.

    In the first one, her awkward hand/arm position is rather distracting.
    In the 2nd one, her arm/shoulder are just as or brighter than her face. I think it would be stronger if her arm wasn't so bright.
     
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    Thanks Mike. That's really helpful! I was unsure about the arm position, so that it's important for me to know that others think it looks awkward. I wouldn't have even considered the arm being as bright/brighter than her face was an issue, but now I see it. Thanks so much.
     
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    When shooting portraits like this, try to remember that a viewer's eye will naturally go to the brightest area of a photo, or the area of greatest contrast. And of course, with a portrait, you want the viewer's eye to flow to the face of the subject.

    This is also the reason why it's a good idea to 'key' (match) the model's clothing to the background. You don't want the model's shirt to be the brightest or most eye catching part of the photo, so if the clothes match the background, then the eye will naturally be drawn to the face.
    You also want to avoid patches of skin that could create big bright areas...like shoulders, the back of hands etc.
     
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    Boy Linda, you've come a long way!
    Nice work.
    Now you have to teach me how to use my flash. LOL
     
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    #3 is a great image. It captures her features beautifully and it feels very warm. I'm anal retentive so I would have cloned that mole on her chest out, but then again that would probably offend her to no end.
     
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    Hi David,
    Thanks for the comment! As far as using the flash, I've been following Neil VanNiekerk's blog for almost a year now, read his book (and many others), I've been practicing as much as possible, but I still suck. Better luck to you! ;)

    Big Mike,
    Thanks again. I've been taking pictures of mostly babies/children who run off quickly so actually taking the time to set up a shot is new territory for me. Posing, considering arms/shoulders, etc...ALL NEW. Thanks for your help. Next time I will be more tuned in. This is why this forum is so useful.
     
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    Thanks! I know what you mean about the mole. She actually has a couple more right under her jaw on her neck. I considered cloning, but I wasn't sure if it would go over well (especially with the mom). Anyone know the protocol on something like this? Is it rude to ask in the first place? I didn't really notice it until I was home editing the pictures, but for the future.. what do you all do?
     
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    I think you did a great job. Keep up the good work.
     
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    I'd clone the one out on the third shot. You could argue it wasn't visible, hidden by the jaw line. It is something to pay attention to when posing, I guess, to see if you can pose the blemishes away. Just a thought.
     
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    I think you're right about the mole on her chest in the third picture. I could easily clone it and I doubt they would think about whether or not it would have been visible.
     
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    I like #3...#2 would be better if the flower bush was prettier but I know its winter you only have so much to work with! #1 I am just too distracted that she could get a splinter...lol
     

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