Discussion in 'People Photography' started by DGMPhotography, Nov 4, 2017.
First from a recent shoot.. still a work in progress - C&C appreciated.
Cool idea...any reason she couldn’t actually hold the lantern though? No one would hold a lantern like that, and it’s what tipped me off immediately that it was a composite.
This isn't a composite. She was holding the lantern. Only the fog and darkness were added in PS.
And plenty of people hold a lantern like that.
It may not be a composite but it does look a bit strange for her not to be using all four fingers to hold a large lantern.
Disregarding the way she is holding the lantern (she's a girl maybe she hasn't ever had to hold one), I really like the image. I know from personal experience how hard it is to get fog right in post, yet you've blended it in well.
Truth be told I like it better with out the fog.
I can assure you, women hold lanterns, too.
Thanks for pointing out that fourth finger thing. I should have noticed it. But the lantern was heavy for her so I had to just take the snap. I will see if I can fix that in PS.
Maybe she's just too young to have held a lantern. A girl her age would just light her way with her cel phone. But seriously I realize you're trying to be creative and that's a worthy goal however I think this and the apple come off as gimmicks rather than genuinely artistically creative. I don't do any inventive photography myself, just documentary so perhaps the wrong one to speak but I would dig a little deeper for impactful ideas.
That's not the hugest issue, even though it was mentioned first. Frankly, I don't see anything wrong with using only three fingers to hold the weight, that's sort of up to whoever is holding it.
The really BIG issue is the direction, intensity, and color of the light. I think it would be o.k. to supplement the lantern light just a bit, providing one was skillful at doing so. This shot might eventually work into something worthwhile, but you'll need to re-shoot it with the correct light.
Some do some don't, some men would probably fall in that category as well.
What is your issue?
First off, she's a grown woman of 23 years. Not a girl.
As for it being a "gimmick," the entire shoot was based on the lantern. It wasn't a random add-on like the apple, and nor do I think it's portrayed that way. I think this image tells a story.
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