My very first portait set...

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  1. Efergoh

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    First try at formal portraits...submitted for your review. Rip 'em up if you need to. Feel free to edit. these were shot on a Mamiya RZ67 6x7 camera with ilford HP5 120 film. Lighting provided by two 500watt incandecent bulbs...the model was seeing spots when she went home

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    5 this one was just for fun...what can I say...chicks dig the uniform, and she was chomping at the bit to put it on (it was hanging up in the living room)
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    1 & 3 are my fav's, not sure 3 needs all the empty space, may work better with out. Nice shots.
     
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    Hi Efergoh,

    I know the feeling and pain you feel doing your first shoot, I recently did my second one.

    Just a few tips

    #2 - Light seems to be coming from the left of image. A small reflector (White card, paper, or actual reflector) would help to improve the light on her face and help to reduce that harsh darkness on the right of picture.

    #3 - Good lighting, but still not enough light on the right of picture. Also, IMHO to much space above the head. It distracts me from the model.

    #4 - I like the lighting in this one, its much better. One little tip I learnt... Watch for the marks that a Bra will leave in your model. If possible, get them to remove it a bit of time before the shoot (get them to wear a robe or something) to allow the skin to recover and loose those lines.

    #5 - Watch for harsh shadows projected on to walls. Another fill in flash would help to reduce this. Her face seems to be blown out a bit as well. I am not sure if this was in the processing or not.

    Hope this helps a bit. At the top of this thread is a post on Tips for Portraiture. There is a list someone posted of about 20 tips. Take a read of that, I found it helped a bit.

    Cheers
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    Regarding #3...

    I showed this thread to the model, and we talked about #3 before it was even printed, and we dcided that we liked the neg, and after it was printed, she fell in love with it. I made the crop posted below, and she balked at it. She said it ws nice, but the vertical (#3) was what she liked.

    Oh well, I guess sometimes the client wins...but I win too because I still prefer the original over this crop. But here it is for your consideration and comments. I like this crop, it is just that I like the negative space on the other one...go ahead and call me freak.

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    I also like the space.
     
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    well I like number 3 with this space up there. I like this kind of creative photography.
    I don't like photo 2 because her eyes are lost in a shadow. it is always good to catch a bit of reflected light in somebodies eyes.
     
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    Thanks, Mentos. I was really in love with #2, but now that you point out the light issue, I see your point...I guess I get the shoot her again...goody for me, because I really enjoyed working with her.
     
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    the 1st one is my absolute favorite, it has a very special lighting
     

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