Self Portrait - crit please?

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  1. guitarmy

    guitarmy TPF Noob!

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    Shot this upon realizing that the grant application I was submitting the next day had to have a print-quality press photo in it.

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    Shot with D50 and an off-camera SB600 flash bounced off the ceiling, camera right.

    Self-crit: it'd be nice to have a second light source to create a bit more separation between me & background (what's that called? A rim light?), and a reflector on my offside? Plus I think I need to blur the background wall in PS - can see the flaws in the paint (backdrop was living room wall)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure...but for a 'press photo', they may want you to be looking at the camera. Otherwise, I agree with all that you said.
     
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    Generally for that kind of application a 'press photo' is so they can see that you're somewhat marketable. AKA not fugly. So I hope I'm not fugly.

    Otherwise, I'm not really sure if there's a set standard for press photos.
     
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    Very nice picture.
    Dramatic, good lighting, good detail, good focus.
    IMO, crop would be better if tighter and pic more intense if you were looking at the camera.

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    Looks nice. I actually prefer the first crop. Just try not to center yourself so much and the shadowing on your face isn't ideal. I can see if you reshot this, made it a bit grainer, increased your contrast in post processing and fixed the lighting on your face- it would be a neat moody b/w :)
     
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    I too think for this application (PR photo), it's best if you're not looking off-camera. I would crop in thighter though... maybe add a vignette.

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    Wicked. Thanks a bunch for the feedback. I'll apply it next time!
     

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