Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by Bobman, May 12, 2004.
Please give comments and suggestions on my recent shoot out...Thanks!
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#1 has everything going for it. Model, photographer, lighting, and Pose. Did I leave anything out? Did I mention the model?
The other's are professional quality, but the pose in #1 makes the differrence.
#3 is a perfect example of "Rembrant Lighting". perfect triangle on the dark cheek. Lighting ratio no more than 1:2, probably closer to 1:1.5.
deliberate softer focus.
Please describe your studio and lighting setup
I'd like to know the lightning set up as well because these look great!
I tend to be a little picky so this is just me saying this so far: The second one, her left eye is too dark (unless that's my monitor which tends to be too dark on most images). It sorta of bugs my eyes to see it.
The first one I like the best IMO.
Thank you very much for your good comments, where are some comments from others:
1. The background too striking, catches attention.
2. The catch light too big, light too near the model.
3. No hair light.
Please fill me in for my comments cause I really want to learn.
I use one light source shooting at f8.....
My monitor shows hair light, but subtle (like the mood). It's not overwhelming--just enough.
I don't see a back light, but in this instance I don't think it was needed. I wouldn't change anything. The background doesn't distract me. There's nothing in it that steels the attention from the subject.
I believe the shaded eye in the second shot was intentional to create the more dramatic mood. This is a professional technique used to hide flaws that are on one side and not the other and to conceal an un glamorous nose.
The first pose is a CLASIC that was once used excllusively for Senior portraits (probably still used for Sr portraits)
This is the best portrait work I've seen on this forum. However, there is one importaint pose missing. Where's the classic hand-over-hand-beneath-the-chin shot?
I think the background is fine. The catch lights are a little big, so ya, maybe the light is too big/too close. Much more so in the first one.
I think a hair light might have helped. Maybe some fill light as well...although I kind of like the feel of the lighting as is.
The first one...it's like "where is she looking"
The 2nd shot is my favorite. The direct look really brings out the sensuality that this model is showing. I don't feel that the other two show that.
The third one...she's going for the typical, sexy head tilted down while looking up. Either she's didn't quite get it or it's not her best pose. Is there too much white part of her eyes? I can't really nail it down.
Overall, very very good. I'd like to see more of your work...especially with this model.
That doesn't mean it worked well. It's just my opinion of course (it doesn't mean anyone of us are right). Plus, I don't think it fits with the mood. The model (the eye in the light as well) looks coy/happy, the eye looks sad/evil. You don't see people smile in the shadows unless they've just killed someone they dislike And I doubt she did because it would be a different smile on her lips and a different look in her eye that's in the light.
Great pics, the lighting is great and the model looks completely comfortable. but here are my constructive critisms....
1. Hate the background. Does not compliment the model or her attire. I'm thinking a sand colored (or any natural) bg that is very out of focus.
2. The third pic does not work for me. The hair looks wrong. The key light is a hair too strong. And it's out of focus. The focus on the first two are perfection (keyed on eyes).
However, there's nothing to be ashamed of in any of these...just things to think about.
Bobman, surely you jest. lol. I keep coming back to admire the manor in which your camera has flattered your model.
How long have you been shooting glamour portraits? Are you a Pro?
metroshane, I was just browsing your profile. It seems that you and I have many interrest in common.....
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Very nice work. The only thing I might mention is on #2 a little fill light with perhaps a small reflector on the left side of her face would help. Keep up the good work!
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