Busty Kitchen Promo Shots

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  1. tirediron

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    I think in the first two the contrast of the black and white just visually chops her up. It looks like the type jacket that fastens at the waist with a hook and eye, not like a blazer that overlaps, which tends to either pull together or gap depending on the position. It might have looked better with the jacket open, or to stop and have her adjust the jacket in between shots. In the next two the solid black gives more flow to the image.

    It looks like the vantage point and perspective seem to be looking somewhat downward which gave an unflattering aspect to her in some of the photos. The food spread looks good in the first but in others dishes are chopped off at odd places. It would have been better to have framed differently or to have asked if you could move a dish a little if needed. The topiary back there in #3 almost looks like it's in her hand, and in #4 the plants behind her are sticking out of both sides of her head; I thinnk it would have been better to either have moved those or to have positioned the subject differently.

    The lighting and color and quality look good. But all the equipment doesn't help with framing and perspective and vantage point, it's necessary to see that and adjust before taking the pictures.

    The title of the thread is about the woman and her body and appearance instead of about the photography and I find it inappropriate to label it that way.
     
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    That's the name of her blog...
     
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    Really nice results, great work! Kind of reminds me of every tutorial I see about getting great results with just one light - just need to bounce it off of a white ceiling, white counter, have access to a large window, and use 2 reflectors - easy, just one light! All joking aside, very impressed with the lighting, and appreciate the pullback shot to show the setup.
     
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    Oh, it doesn't sound like a blog name, it sounded like what you as photographer were naming the thread of a shoot with a client. Sorry if I misinterpreted, maybe it would be better to put the name of the blog in quotes to make it more clear that the photos were for '____ '.
     
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    Good promo shots, and thanks for postings photos of the set up
     
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    Yeah, the thread title is slightly controversial, in my opinion. But I can understand whyyou title the thread that way, now that you have given us a little bit more information.

    Overall I like these photos, and I think your lighting set up was solid, and overall I think that these will be well received by both her and her blog readers. I think by using plenty of reflector fill you achieved a very nice bright,open, and airy look, which is really good in the modern era especially for food photography and for family portraiture.
     
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    Nice job! For me, #1 is the money shot.
     
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    Unfortunately I had no real say in the outfit, she had a makeup/stylist guy, and that's what they went with.

    Interesting as some of these I'm standing on a footstool. I'm not thrilled with the perspective distortion on some.

    these are all those shoulda/coulda things. So many things going on, hard to keep up with it all. I literally cooked her chicken and lamb on the grill as she was getting her makeup done. I tried to account for everything but you don't see it all. Later the homeowners, came home and helped out in that regard and it was a godsend.

    I'm personally pretty happy with both. I was shooting tethered and used (4) different lenses and a few angles and we all came to a consensus on what we thought looked best, and we did a lot of arranging of the initial setup Lots of things to still improve on however. I cant unsee the plants now though, thanks. lol. I actually dropped from f/8 to f/4 at the end there with my 85mm and that extra separation was really beneficial.
     
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    The pictures look great. I’m curious how you made your decisions for the placement of the food. Did she choose which food dishes she wanted to include?
     
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    Personally when I read the thread title "Busty Kitchen Promo Shots" I immediately assumed they were exactly what the title says: promo shots for an intentionally titled blog, book, TV show or youtube channel. People are literally looking for reasons to get bent out of shape, and even after making it obvious to them that it is literally the name of her book, people are still trying to act like you did something wrong.

    In terms of the vantage point, how could you capture the dishes if you were at a low vantage point? Additionally, photographing a person from a low vantage point makes them look overpowering, which is likely not the type of image your client wanted. Had you shot from a lower angle, you likely would have been critiqued for that too.
     
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    The pics and lighting are great, looks like magazine quality shooting.

    The only thing I'd add is I agree about the highlights and her face looks a different color than her chest. I know that's probably a makeup thing and not a photography thing. One more thing, I'd like to see a real smile. That smile looks like she smiled and held it too long so it just became her holding her face that way. Nice work!!

    Edit to add: I just did an adjustment brush in ACR on her face for kicks and +15 warmth on color temp and -15 on highlights looks "better" to me. Cheers
     
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