C&C per req:
Images are often degraded in the reduction process; what may started out as a 15 or 20 Mb RAW file is now a <250Kb .jpg; LOTS of data loss and quality reduction.
1. The whole image seems soft; I can't pull any EXIF data, so I'm not sure of the casue, but I can't find a point of sharp focus.
2. Her pose seems very awkward and fill light is desparately needed; if you're not kitted out for off-camera flash work yet, consider reflectors; even a big piece of white posterboard would have helped a lot here.
3. Not bad; I'd crop away a bunch of the left side to make her more prominent in the shot and again, the time of day was not your friend. Her face is shadowed and her skirt blown. A reflector or OCF would have helped a lot here.
Overall, not too bad; some exposure issues and posing & directing a model is not a skill learned overnight, but you're on your way. Hope to see more.
Just my $00.02 worth - your mileage may vary.
#1 Pose kinda awkward, because as we all know, motorcycles don't move on their kickstands. Light not terrible, but needs fill. Also, frame tighter.
#2 Pose definitely awkward. Way too much armor in the frame.
#3 Pose not terrible, but you should have turned her toward the light, instead of away from it. Also frame closer.
Thank you for the tips. I actually have a sb700 and right before the shoot I purchased a piece of white poster board and didnt use either. Out of 100+ photos that I took I only liked about 12 of them. I used the view finder for the first time on this shoot and found that I missed focus on a lot of them. Is that common?
Get closer. A lot closer.
The girl is to small in the image frame (lacks visual weight). More pretty girl. Less ho-hum scenery.
Also, for tall narrow subjects, like people, turn the camera 90° and use a vertical frame.
Get out of the direct sunlight. Find open shade (not dappled shade). Put the subject just inside the shade and use the open sky as your main light. A reflector for fill also helps.
Posing on a stationary motorcycle is fine, just don't make her pretend to be driving it. Have you seen those pictures where the model simply drapes herself over the bike, not even close to the actual driving position.
Use your flash. And the reflector. As you're composing shots, talk to the model, and give her direction. Tell her how to stand, how to hold her arms, her head, to smile or not, etc. in other words, tell her just about everything. Remember; she can't see what you can see through the viewfinder, and she can't see what the light is doing, and she can't see the background, and she can't see a problem with her costume or hair, but you can.
Are you using single point focus? If not then you need to. If you are trusting your camera with the wide area focus thing (whatever you camera calls it) that's the reason. It averages the focus which means that nothing is sharp but nothing is terribly OOF - that's fine for Facebook snapshots but not for real photography.
12 out of 100 isn't too bad. When I do a studio shoot I probably take 200 - 300 shots and aim to weed that down to 25 for the customer to choose from. As you get better and more experienced your percentage tends to go up, which make the selection process more difficult!
..... she said she would only last about an hour so 200-300 shots was out of the question but I will definitely aim for more shoshots and more "keepable" shots next go round. Thanks for the advice and comments. I don't feel like such a loser with only 12 shots now! Lol