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  1. Digital Matt

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    Another shoot for musician promo shots, this time the subject is Nick Lachey, err, I mean Mark G, soon to be a graduate with a BFA in Music Performance.
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    Comments and Critiques wanted!

    I know his nose breaks the plane of his face on #1, but I still think it's a strong image. I'm working on paying more attention to those details when shooting.
     
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    These are very nice!
    I agree that the first is a very strong image, the texture and softess really add a sentimental feel to the overall shot.
    My favorite is the third. The lighting, composition, pose... I can almost hear a soft bar from a solo.
    In the fourth, though, his right eye bothers me... it's not even the shadow, which I do think maybe a touch too dark (though I can see why the shadows would be desired due to moodiness), but the way his eye looks 1/4 closed.
     
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    Thank you Tangerini. I understand what you are saying abou the 4th one. That was really a candid shot. We had finished shooting, but still had things set up, and he was talking to my wife. He had stepped back a bit into the sunlight, and I snapped one. Then he looked up at me, and I snapped another. As we were all looking through them, that one jumped out. The more I look at it, the more I see things that are technically wrong with it, but it did immediately jump out at us, so I feel good about it somehow also. My next purchase is a large diffuser so I don't have to hide from the sun :p

    Thanks for your comments :)
     
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    My favorite from this series is the second shot. I enjoy it's overall mood.
    Just wish one of his eyes (at least) were not obscured.
     
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    Excellent shots. I ditto the comment about the second one. I'd rather the trumpet was lower so that we could see his eyes.
     
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    love the textures and the peaceful feeling of #1... #3 is just beautiful and #5 has a really cute expression even though he seems to be squinting a bit x
     
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    I like them all, but the last one prob my favorite its got color in it and seems more lifelike, although the first one is a classic hit !!! pardon the pun..
     
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    Great series Matt. Love No2.
     
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    I really love that first one and the 3rd one. I didn't even notice his nose breaking the plane of his face until you mentioned it because it was such a strong image. I love the contrast of his soft looking jacket against the smooth metal of his trumpet in this one.
    #3 is harder for me to pinpoint why I like it so much. Obviously it's got great lighting (no suprise coming from you!) I'm really glad that the shadowy side of his face has detail. I think I just like the fact that you got a shot of him playing his instrument.
     
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    Matt can you share any tips on lighting. I've just purchased some lights and am hoping to start learning!

    I bought 3 x Elinchron 400BX units with usual softbox/brollies and a Black/White reversible 7'x7'x8' backdrop. I wanted larger but the guy threw this in wit the lights and a few modifiers.

    Looking forward to trying them out and starting my learning journey.

    AllI need to buy is barndoors to control where I put the light and a perhaps a panel reflector. This will give me a backdrop light, a hair light and a mainlight with the reflector for fill.

    Maybe too much too soon but I'llstart slow and see where it takes me.
     
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    Nice!!!! Beautiful light as always!!!!!!! The first and third shots take the cake for me.

    I can not stand his shirt. Stripes and patterns are tough in portraits like this. They seem distracting to me.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Thanks everyone! Craig, his shirt bothers me too, and I even instructed him not to wear any patterns, but to favor solid colors. He's comfortable in that shirt though, so I'd rather have a relaxed, confident subject and a few stripes than the other way around.

    JD: Do you have a flash meter? Do you understand lighting ratios? That's the most important thing to learn. Getting good light is easy. You just have to build a light set up one light at a time. I know the look I want to get, and I place the lights accordingly, metering to create ratios that I know will give me that look. Once I have the light setup, and I know I'm getting that great light, the rest is just having fun interacting with the subject.
     

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