"Senior Photo" opinions

Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by Soraiden, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. Soraiden

    Soraiden TPF Noob!

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    This is the first time I have ever really tried to take photos other than silly vacation & pet snapshots. My boyfriend's mom thought she would try save money this year by taking his sister's senior photos herself. She sent a few test photos to me, but the camera/photo quality wasn't up to par. I have no idea what camera it is, but it takes 3.5" floppys.

    I only have a Canon PowerShot A75, so I borrowed my parents Canon Rebel EOS & tried to take some. I figured at least we could win half of the battle and not have grainy photos.

    Anywho...we took over 150 photos & had so much fun doing it :D Between taking them and playing with them on PS CS2, I am addicted. I thought I'd have her name on the photos, rather than mine ~ as I have no right to advertise, lol. I had to send my parents camera back to them, but I think I will be getting the 20D for the holidays this year.

    Their mom loves them now, but I want them improved more... here is one from the batch.

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  2. 'Daniel'

    'Daniel' TPF Noob!

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    What do you mean by more? If you're asking how can you take better pictures thats a pretty big question.

    I'd say practice and study. Study how professional photographs are taken.
     
  3. Soraiden

    Soraiden TPF Noob!

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    Just some opinions w/o the brutal critique gallery ;)
     
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    Just a side note, Portraits are really easy to do once you get the hang of it. I have been doing them for nearly a year now, and my biggest hurdle was learning how to actually deal with the people (being a slightly shy person). Keep practicing and you will get the hang of it.
     
  5. Soraiden

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    Ahh.. ok... thanks for that :)

    Taking photos of Jenny (this one) was really easy, cause she is practically my sister...so we probably had a little too much fun. Tee hee :D

    Do you have any of your portraits posted somewhere?
     
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    Not right now, I am currently working on setting up a new server here at home, but once it is set up, I am sure I can post a few of my portraits.
     
  7. LizM

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    Basically watch the lighting on the face (no eyes in shadow or blown out hair). Shoot from a slight side angle on standing shots (slimming), and pay attention to background.

    You shot is very good but the shirt is much brighter than the face on the B&W. Also, what about making the main shot color and the others B&W? I love that effect by the way!
     
  8. Soraiden

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    Thanks for tips & ideas... I *really* appreciate it :)

    I will try inversing the B&W areas... right now I have it all color & this version, I didn't even think to have it the 3rd way... that's great!
     
  9. mentos_007

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    I'm not a pro and my experience iwth portraits is rather poor, but remember to talk to the modelall the time... just say "ok... right... stop now... turn left " and so on. I was told that it makes the whole session easier
     
  10. Soraiden

    Soraiden TPF Noob!

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    Oh, thanks! I am sure that will be really good for the future...not everyone will be as close as her & I.

    Her mom was there, so I was babbling and we were both joking around. Her mom would fuss her hair one way, then her & I would put it back the way we liked it, lol. I got some really lovely photos when she was just laughing & looking off at her mom.
     
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    how did you PS the first photo to get the flim strip?? These are great.

    MB
     
  12. Soraiden

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    Thank you! :)

    The filmstrip was very easy...the outline of the film strip is just a stock image. If you look closer you can see that the same "7" is used over & over... I had gotten lazy & didn't replace the photo numbers :blushing:

    The strip was originally vertical, so I just copied my images into the strip, rotated it CCW & extracted it because I wanted the outer edges of the strip to be transparent. Added it as a layer to the main image.
     

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