A&P Did my first location shoot today, CC please

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  1. Section8

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    So after my first model flaked out, I managed to line up this chick on less than 24 hours notice. Shot this in old town fredericksburg this afternoon. I had planned on doing this later in the day near sunset but her schedule didn't permit so we shot from 2-3pm.

    all done with my D300 with my 28-70, a couple of shots with my sigma 10-20. the first 3-4 shots are all single SB800 bare. I then brought out my new SB600 and used that for fill with the SB800 as key. Later on i used only my SB800 diffused into a 60" reflective umbrella. Both fired with my cactus V2s which worked flawlessly.

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    11 - no flash. Shot this with gold reflector using the sun over her head (12 o'clock position) It came out more warm than i really wanted though, but a good learning experience.

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    Talked with Girth about this last shot already and I agree with him that I went too far with the PP. I'm going to dial back the smoothness of her face and the blue in her eyes, but I'm tired now and ready to go to bed. That being said, her eyes were ridiculously blue and most of the shots required very little to bring them out.
     
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    really like the look on her face in 6
    14 is also really appealing framing.
     
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    Always Improving Crew > *
     
  4. 1992 240SX

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    The shadows from the environment are too intrusive in the first few shots. Also, if you're gonna find a good location, don't just shoot her against a wall...USE your environment, incorporate it into the shot more.
     
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    I can't speak much to her poses, I'm still gettin used to telling the models what to do etc.

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    Good input, thank you. I went into this alley thinking I would have great ideas, but I just couldn't capitalize on them, so I ended up being boring and putting her against the wall. I will work more on using the environment more next time :big grin:
     
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    some good shots dude.

    in my opinion, a lot of the shadows in your first couple of locations are distracting.

    good work though!
     
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    :werd: time of day was wrong for that location. The shadows were murder.
     
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    Instead of controlling the light you let the light control and dominate your shots creating awkward shadows and less than optimal lighting for a female. There's nothing flattering about the photos which is sort of your responsibility as the photographer. The main problem is that there's no priority in your photos, the background and subject are given the exact same importance. You focus on the background or her legs and not her face in many of the shots. Even then the backgrounds that you focus on are distracting and lifeless.

    Also, please POTN the eyes less or do it believably and consistently. Half of the time they're washed out and half of the time they're unrealistic glass marbles.

    I wish I could easily put all of the photos into PS so I could illustrate some of the problems better.
     
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    Yeh the PP makes her look like a fake doll lol
     
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    Some shots towards the end are good. I like the shots of the close-up on her face since her eyes are really nice. The first set the shadows are distracting. I notice them right away.
     
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    I'd like to see more light on the model and a faster shutter to get rid of more ambient and really make her pop.
     
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    the use of flashes aren't really evident in these pics. it's kind of hard to tell the difference between the natural, and flash photos.

    shutter controls the amount of ambient light you allow.
    aperture controls exposure.

    Put those flashes to work, speed up your shutter speed, or give the flashes more juice
     
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    Thanks for all the comments guys, really appreciate it. I'm going to dial back the PP on everything and file away the rest of the comments for future reference when i do this again.
     
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    some good stuff, I can't say anything that hasn't already been said.

    shadows :nono: harsh light with no fill, just bad timing of day to shoot

    too much PP

    but def seeing improvement in your work dude :bigthumb:
     
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    those doors with the graf doves very:coold: by the way
     
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    Did you move some of your photos around? the links seem to have been broken :sad2:
     
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    yeah, i really didn't want to shoot the, but I she couldn't come later and this was more for experience than anything else.

    yeah, I liked that a lot too, never actually saw it before sunday either.

    yeah, i redid the PP on some and reuploaded them to flickr, broke the links. I'll fix them now.
     
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    Good shots, but wtfoutfit?
     
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    free model, get what you pay for :dunno: i lined her up saturday for this shoot on sunday, told her where we were going to be shooting and just to pick out something :dunno:

    it was kind of breezy and cold, so she layered too :o
     
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    Not bad. I like several of your shots, especially #11 and 15. Watch the position of your light on #13 and 14. The light is too low and too far to her right, causing her nose shadow to cross her cheek. Raise the light a bit and either move it to a 45 degree angle between the camera and her far right side, or put the light directly above the camera.
     
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    lol thats cool. I like all the bits of her outfit...just not together like that. All in all, I think it turned out well for such short notice.

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    with the exception of the shoes :barf:
     
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    :coold: Good tips (of course) thanks :)

    It's interesting when i was doing the studio workshop the guy was like "if you can learn to light in a studio you can light anywhere!" but i found this location shoot much more challenging than the studio :dunno:
     

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