First attempt at portraites and would like advice to improve

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  1. charchri4

    charchri4 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Take 2! I was shooting at a highschool gymnastics meet Monday and met the most interesting couple! He is from a tiny town in Minnesota, she is from the Philippians and they met in Dubi. We talked about everything from race cars to gun laws and apparently in her culture it's considered an honor to have their photo taken. That lead to a completely impromptu 15 minute shoot in the hall way!

    Thankfully I had my brand new flash with me and I cranked it up to black out the back ground. It worked good for her height but he was so tall the light is kind of hard.
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    Monochrome because I didn't wait long enough for the flash to recharge and shot was too good to waste!
    [​IMG]_IMG5918 by Jim Stainer, on Flickr
    [​IMG]_IMG5909 by Jim Stainer, on Flickr

    Another no flash shoot that was too good to toss!
    [​IMG]_IMG5876 by Jim Stainer, on Flickr

    She was having so much fun it was hard to get her to not smile!
    [​IMG]_IMG5839 by Jim Stainer, on Flickr

    Humm now that I look at that last one as a jpg I think I got carried away with the luminance noise reduction slide. But aren't they adorable? It was so much fun and I am SOOO happy with the results. Even better is so is my new model friend and as soon as it warms up we are doing a real shoot outside!

    What an adventure it is to carry around a camera!


     
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    charchri4 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    OK I need some opinions again. That middle shot up there is bugging me. The right brain loves the arms making a frame and being drawn in to wonder who is this man that makes this girl so happy. Left brain hates it because since when is it ever OK to cut someones head off in a portrait! I tried copping it down farther here to make it feel less decapitated but what do you guys think - right brain or left?

    [​IMG]Dave and Netchie 3 by Jim Stainer, on Flickr
     
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    Designer Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Shot #1 is the pose that make the most sense to me. Got both of them in the frame and nice expressions. Yes, the light is maybe a bit too bright on his face, but you can seek out some Photoshop expert on here and ask to have it fixed.

    The last shot is, I agree, too much like a disembodied head. Next time just ask the man to loosen his grip (momentarily, ha-ha) and lower his arms to allow more of her face, neck, and shoulders in the frame. Yes, she can show off her hand, but try several different positions of her hand to find a good one.
     
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    Start with great light, add subject, look for a good expression... .usually that works.
     

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