My First Model Shoot

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  1. Guido44

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    Here's a few shots from my first effort as a model photographer.

    Fortunately for me, TJ has prior experience.

    It felt a little weird at first, but I'm pleased with the overall result.

    Camera: D300 with a SB-900. Lens: Nikon 70-200VR. I had my flash pointing straight up, with a diffuser.

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    C & C welcome.

    Dan
     
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    I think they are pretty good, especially for a first go of it.

    It looks as though you were outside with nothing over head and little surrounding the subject in terms of walls that might be close by to bounce light off of (besides the one he is standing in front of). In this case, your flash being pointed straight up probably did very little to help you out. Most of the light likely went up and didn't make it to the subject.

    Regardless, you have good exposures. #3 looks a little on the hot side (too bright) though. His skin tones look a little washed out.
     
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    First model shoot? Very excellent.
    A couple nit-picks: first one, you cut off top of head, last two light is just a hair harsh. However, photographing dark skin is a very difficult task. It takes time and experimentation to get right. Those who get good at this can develop careers specializing in photographing African Americans.
    But, fashion work can be very rewarding in many ways.
    Great start.
     
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    Rifleman brings up a good point about the head being cut off. But keep in mind you can cut the head off if it's done deliberately. Usually you have to cut off more than just the very tip top to avoid making it look accidental though.

    Case in point. Here's a shot from this Saturday. As you can see, I purposely cut the models head off but it still looks fine.

    http://www.intempusphotography.com/Fashion/Ana-Ivona/IMG68262border/706416158_i8EyA-XL.jpg

    Just don't come in so tight that you cut chins off... :D
     
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    For a first attempt they look pretty good. I would just watch the position of the head and shoulders. Generally when shooting male subjects you do not want the high shoulder forward, or tilt/turn the head toward the high shoulder because it makes the the subject more feminine looking. Of course this is just a general rule (yeah I know, rules are made to be broken) and maybe that was your intention.
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    I'm hoping to improve. I read several articles on posing, and portraits so I might have some idea of what to do.

    Tj knows other models, and I'm hoping he'll send some business my way in the future.

    Thanks again,

    Dan
     
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    no.4 With his shoulder cropped off and his left arm I don't see the problem with his cut off head...

    If the rest of him was in the shot with a cut of head I'd prob feel differently.

    Well done :thumbup:
     
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    Nice work
     
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    I think they look good. I don't think cutting off the head there is bad either. Nit picky is #1, like someone else said, turning his head to the near shoulder is not something normally done for males. #4 tie is crooked.
     
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    #4 looks like a Macy's ad I've seen, the head being topped doesn't look out of place at all since it's a tight shot. The tiny bit of elbow missing from #2 throws off an other wise excellent shot, although it's not the manliest pose I've seen ;) (for the reasons mentioned earlier).
     
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    I really like how the lighting works in 3 (whether intentional or accidental) to highlight the model's face, and the DOF really works (sharp face, blurry bricks).
     
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    Great pictures for your 1st model shoot! Wow.

    My preference for these pictures would have been to see them a little on the darker side. They seem a little too light, and really draw out his skin tones.

    Well, #3 is definitely my favourite out of the bunch! :)

    Nice Work!
     

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