A&P My first shoot with a 'model' - Open Park

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  1. SkyAce2004

    SkyAce2004 New Member

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    Any tips/pointers??? She wants me to do a photoshoot of her on the beach next week.

    Ive got a D40 with
    SB400 Speedlight
    18-55mm Stock Lense
    50mm 1.8 Nikon
    10-20mm Sigma
    UV Filter*
    CP Filter*
    * for 55mm

    I tried using the rule of 3rds for most of my shots, but it gets really redundant after a while.
     
  2. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    Dude.....fantastic photos.

    The only thing I would comment on is for some reason (could just be me) but the railings and support columns kept grabbing my attention more than her.

    But none the less great photos.
     
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    I like them. it has good color but I think you should try to focus more on the model and less on the background.
     
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    Yeah, theres a little too much empty space and it doesn't add anything to the shot. The colors are great though.

    *Edit: the first two shots have way too much space above her head.
     
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    i agree with most other posters in saying, crop them some more
     
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    They look awesome. Except for I think two of them where her fat is hanging out of her pants while she is on the tree.
     
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    ps. not saying she is fat
     
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    why are her legs not spread? did you fuck her?
     
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    Shooting in the shade without some sort of reflector makes her look really dark? Maybe its just me?? Re-shoot at a later time in the day and they will turn out alot better :dunno:
     
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    jesus shes hot

    nice pics as well
     
  11. SkyAce2004

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    yah, i should go back and re-crop those before i give her the proofs...

    ouch...lol
     
  12. SkyAce2004

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    Nah, she is taken, as well as I

    Yeah, I found that to be a bitch. I tried to use some fill flash, but it still looks pretty weird. I think were gunna do a sunset shoot at the beach.
     
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    website updated with the first 3 pictures cropped.
     
  14. IntheWorks

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    they're ok...
    19 would have been your best of the bunch, but you cut off her elbow.

    IMO the thing you need to concentrate on the most is not cutting off body parts, or cutting them off in the correct places.

    Also, she looks to posed/uncomfortable in most of these... maybe she'll losen up for the next shoot.
     
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  16. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    the images don't appear to be sharp enough.
     
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    I liked #19 alot also, Thanks for the tip on not cutting off body parts, I just read an article about when doin portraits like this that the person being shot is the main subject and to get as much of them in the frame as possible. Kind of funny you just mentioned that. As far as her being uncomfortable, no idea. I wasnt telling her how to pose in most of them. But ill tell her to loosen up next time.

    Only the shots taken with the 50mm. Its a manual focus only with the D40 and sometimes I cant get it just right. The wide angle shots however are awesome.
     
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    Nice compositions. Now get better lenses with f/2.8 to improve on.
     
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    I think they are pretty meh. I got to about #5 then...:sleep: Not really bad, per se, just dull.

    :dunno:
     
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    Use a longer lens and wider aperture to throw the background out of focus more.

    Could definitely be a bit sharper.

    When in open shade, I'd use a reflector or fill flash to add some direction and catch-lights. I like to use a fill flash with a warming gel over it

    I'm guessing there was some exposure issues you corrected for in LR.

    Match the background to the lighting environment she is in, or even make it darker (requires flash)


    I'm bored, and no one ever posts people pictures for review, so here's more anal retentive CC.



    1 watch the random thing in the background. a bit of light on the face would be nice
    2 major CA or just plain awful bokeh at the top of the trees, clouds are nuked
    3 random background thing is back, same issues as 1 and 2
    4 better, she is a bit too square to the camera, post coming "out" of her head. move her away from posts or trees like that.
    5 better, see 4
    6 needs more fill, but interesting
    7 low point of view makes her look short, shirt is nuked
    8 more fill, but :bigthumb:
    9 markings on the post are distracting, needs fill, good exposure overall for this series
    10 would have been a more interesting horizontal I think
    11 she looks uncomfortable. nice flat light on her, but then full sun in the background. try and keep it more cohesive lighting, back arm is MIA
    12 other than some nuked clods, probably the best. I'd crop in between joints, not through them (knees) and have her turn her face a bit more (see head positions of 7/8, 3/4, profile, mug, she is mostly mug)
    13 another well lit one. get rid of the left and maybe even crop a bit higher on the legs
    14 cropping into the finger and legs, ouch, lighting is good again, turn her body more to wards you
    15 flash under-fired, pose is just a bit off
    16 cropping of the toes, not as well lit as 14
    17 looks muddy in tone, just not happening.
    18 best of the contrasty lit areas, would have been better with much less DOF
    19 a bit more to the right and some catch-lights and it would be there.
     
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    thanks for the critique! :bigthumb:
     
  22. TtamNedlog

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    This is what terrifies me about portrait photography, and is why I have no interest in it. I like nature/etc photography because the picture is already there, I just have to find it. With portrait, I have to CREATE it. I have no idea what looks good, I wouldn't know the first thing to tell a model. "Uh, stand over here and look pretty?" :uh:
     
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    im in the same boat, but i bit the bullet and tried it. and yeah, thats pretty much what i told her, "stand over next to that tree and do your thing"
     
  24. TtamNedlog

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    Haha, excellent. We're on the road to success. =)

    Well, you are anyway. I realize my shortcomings and don't do it. You realize yours and give it a shot anyway. Props! I need balls...
     
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