A&P First shot at Head Shots - C&C

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  1. Creator

    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

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    I'm pretty happy with some of these. Rip 'em apart though. I hope to send them over to him Tuesday

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    Some of these look a little dark once uploaded
     
  2. Venthor

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    number 6 is the only one that stands out for me.

    the others are too blurry (i dont like the pp) and the first one is out of focus.

    5,8,9,10 look underexposed

    otherwise not bad for your first try, keep em coming!
     
  3. Creator

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    I didn't really do a whole lot to these in lightroom. In photoshop I did the skin softening thing where you make a new layer, add high pass, add gaussian, invert then overlay. That adds a slight blur but also clears up the skin :dunno:
     
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    i agree with venthor, most of them are too soft. you could erase all the detailed areas (eyes, mouth, eyebrows, etc.) from your new layer so that only the skin is softened.
     
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    Thats not a bad idea. Do I just use the erase tool? Do I need to blend somehow?
     
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    same expression in most all of them...would've been nice to get different angles of his face.
     
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    guy looks like a creep
     
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    :werd: he's really got the "drive a large white van and molest children in it" look down
     
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    Use the eraser, but make it a soft eraser and turn the opacity and flow down a bit. That way you won't see an obvious line. You might also want to use it just slightly (extreme opacity) around the edges of the face so they aren't blurry as well.

    Other than the blur, they aren't bad. I like numbers 4 and 6 the best.
     
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    :werd:

    6 looks the best

    on the others, tone down the pp on the skin. lower the opacity on that layer and it'll look more realistic
     
  11. Creator

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    Here is a shot without anything done to it in photoshop and just a slight increase in exposure in lightroom

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  12. Creator

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    Got it. THanks
     
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    do you need to cut off the top of his head?
     
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    puts more focus on his face and eyes.
     
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    I like #5 :cool:
     
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    I'm pretty sure that you're using WAY too much post for actor headshots.

    Some of the things that sell an actor most are scars and blemishes... Casting directors want to see what they're getting, not a glorified representation of it.
     
  18. Creator

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    I didnt remove much. A few forehead dents that would be madeup over. I agree that the headshot needs to be very close. When I cast my last project half the people looked NOTHING like their headshots and it really pissed me off.
     
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    He just wrote back;


    Hm. Considering the headshot he is using now is not a headshot at all I thought he was going to be pumped about these... I didnt like his smile in any of them (and was trying to think of a nice way to tell him to do the ol' smile at yourself in the mirror for a few hours a day trick) but maybe I need to work on my skills at getting people to smile. Since it was my first time I was more caught up in composition and lighting than telling jokes.
     
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    Whoooa - that's how he does that??? Bounce board under, and a small strobe pointing to give a little fill to the OOF background. That's it? I always sort of roll my eyes at people who say they only use available light, seems like a copout and a fear to learn strobes... but this guys headshots are great. I actually used an actor her shot for a project of mine a few months ago
     
  23. FidizzyTypeS

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    did you give this guy any direction? he has the same expression in almost all the photos. You can be good at portraits but if you don't give direction it all was worthless.
     
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    fucking christ. You hit the nail on the fucking head...

    I SUCK at giving people direction. I'm not sure what I should be looking for, how to pose people, or how to get the most out of the model.

    Does anyone have any sort of class or tutorial or book or ANYTHING I can use to get some fundamentals for setting up and interacting with the model that I can check out?

    I always hit the fucking 'yeah... Just do whatever' button when i'm shooting people, and I think thats why I hate it so much.


    :sadwavey:
     
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    I think I sort of did that too. I was mostly focused on the technical parts of it all - the framing, the lighting, etc. I had talked with him prior to shooting about what sort of looks he was going for, what he wanted to use these for,etc... but he didn't have any answers. This is a two way street. But I think I need to loosen up a bit myself while shooting and be more playful or something. I gave him direction but never tried to set a mood.
     

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