Self Portrait C&C

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  1. fokker

    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First real go at self portrait using a lighting setup (or any portrait for that matter). This was outdoors on an overcast day with slightly directional sunlight coming in from camera left. I had a 430EX shooting into a white bounce umbrella setup, mounted high and camera right, strobe on about 1/2 or 1/4 power. I had a hard time nailing the focus, which I guess is a caveat of all self portraits. I took about 20 shots and this was the one that I felt came out the best.

    C&C on the shot is much appreciated, but you don't need to remind me that I'm an ugly bugger, I already know that! I'm trying to learn a bit about portrait and people photography now so I want honest feedback, I won't get offended.

    Cheers!

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  2. foned

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    personally i think you did a great job. crisp focus, nice bokeh, eyes and face are lit well, great job ;]
     
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    I agree with foned, Fokker,this is well done..the catch-lites are good also!

    it's good to have a face to go with your post..eventhough I'm not over here much any more,your post are some i enjoyed.and your critiques on my stuff have always been fair,and helpful!
     
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    Great shot and very nice lighting. I'm ordering my own lighting equipment soon, and I hope I can get results like yours!

    That shirt really complements your eyes, and I like the background. My only issue is with the blue fuzz balls coming out of your head. For some reason it's distracting, but that may just be me. =) Maybe reshoot with only trees behind you so there is no sky, or more sky to balance it with the trees.

    Great job though!
     
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    Techniqually is a good shoot
    creative wise, not so much, and thats what makes a good portrait imo
     
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    do u play ultimate i recognize your face from some where?
     
  7. fokker

    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    foned and hopdaddy - thanks for your nice comments.

    bekah - the 'fuzzballs' are areas of out of focus light from gaps in the trees in the background. I kinda like them as they made background a little bit interesting compared to just one colour. I just bought the light stand, umbrella and clamp holder for the strobe, total cost was NZ$100 for those three things. I have a second 430EX but am holding off on a second stand and umbrella setup as I'm moving overseas soon and don't want any extra stuff to deal with, but I'm pretty happy with what I can do with just the one umbrella at the moment :)

    Jimmyo - Yes it wasn't supposed to be a creative shot just a standard portrait. First time I have even attempted a shot like this so pretty happy with how it came out. Can you show me some examples of what you consider to be creative portraits? I always was under the impression that a good portrait was pretty much done to a formula, just for the purpose of showing the person's face - a full body shot is a different story of course.

    ibats - no, I'm not much of a gamer (though I did used to play counterstrike a few years ago)
     

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