portfolio building e-session C&C please

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  1. NateWagner

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    I have recently become friends with an engaged couple, and, as I am trying to build my portfolio I offered to take their engagement photos for free. I would like to begin charging for my work soon, and I want to know what to work on before I start doing so. Here are some shots from the session (they are actually two sessions cause the first it started pouring about 30 minutes in)

    I apologize for these being relatively small. I don't like how flickr sizes things, so it was either this or something much too large.

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    5.) (I like this kind of pose...)
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    10.) (a more engagement type photo I suppose... I'm not sure about the shadows on this one)
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    There are quite a few more... but I know that I have a short attention span, so I will cut it off here.

    They were a bit of a challenge to do because they were both very awkward in front of the camera. I worked hard to make things seem more natural, but I know that is something I need to improve on.

    comments and critiques would be appreciated.
     
  2. kellylindseyphotography

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    Looks like you have a good grasp of exposure, posing ideas, and photoshop. 2 is my fave.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Kelly, I have been working rather hard on those elements so I'm glad to hear it's paying off. I know some of my shots are pretty standard, but I figure a lot of customers would want that sort of thing.
     
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    I have to agree with Kelly, well done.
     
  5. NateWagner

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    thank you very much.
     
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    what gear did you use. i love the shots. good luck!
     
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    umm, my gear is a rebel XT, a Sigma 18-50mm 2.8, a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 and a canon 430EX (I'm still very much learning on the strobe so I don't use that on a lot of my shots)

    I also use lightroom and cs2 for PP
     
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    Nate, you have a good series here. The standouts for me are #2 and #6. #7 was so close, but you cut off the back of the guy, which is a shame because I really loved the shadows aspect of the shot.

    There are some exposure issues with #5 and #8, but they don't really kill the shots; in fact, you could make the case that the highlights add to the shots, especially #5. I am not a big fan of the railroad shots, just because I think the tracks are such strong lines and they pull the viewer away from the people, which isn't great for portraiture, to me.

    All of this being said, I think this is a solid series, and you did quite well. Just watch out for cutting people off a bit and for elements that draw the viewer's eye away from the subjects. But, again, good work!
     
  9. NateWagner

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    yeah, I totally kicked myself for cutting him out there. I thought I had all of him in the photo, I just cut it a bit too tight.

    I can see what you're saying about the exposure issues, but particularly on 8 it was relatively intentional. I mean if you're talking about the background being blown I intendended to do that, and then I accentuated it a bit in PP. #5 I was fighting a somewhat harsh sun, but I mostly like the shot anyway. And there is detail in almost all of his shirt.

    I guess for the railroad tracks I see what you're saying as they do draw a great deal of attention. Although I do see your point, I really like them for engagement photos for the symbolism I see in them.

    Thank you for your C&C I love to hear other peoples thoughts on the photos.
     
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    Excellent work! Beautiful.
    Although, 8 & 11 seam a bit soft.
    If they were uncomfortable in front of the camera.. you sure can't tell from the photographs! Great job making everything look so natural.
     
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    you're right actually, 11 is a bit soft. I have a sharper version but I didn't like the angle with the hands and background as much. ARRGH, I hate not being able to reshoot stuff like that.
     
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    Attempt sharpening it in your editing software.
     

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