A&P My first shot at some portraits.

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  1. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    So I took a friend of mine yesterday and took some portraits. I have zero experience posing models, or taking portraits so it was a good experience. I think I got some good shots considering it was so damn windy (like 20-25mph) and there was constant cloud cover.

    Let me know what you think! I know that I need a fill flash on some of these, but I'm kind of unsure on how to implement that, and will give it a shot on the next shoot I do.

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    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

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    You would have had some great shots with some sort of fill :hsd:
     
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    most are pretty good, IMO, and didn't need any fill. you can tell which ones did, though.

    also, she would get it
     
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    better lighting on her face would make them all great pics. :cool:
     
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    definitely needs better lighting, her face is really dark.

    also, clean up her face imperfections, they are really distracting in "modeling" shots.

    good composition for the most part :bigok::
     
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    I dont shoot modeling but I read a lot about as many types of photography as I can.

    From what I have read, things to avoid are..
    Dark shadows
    Bright highlights
    "Floating" body parts
    Positions that cause lots of wrinkles in skin
     
  7. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Well, I just picked up a 580EX II... (In between posts... :rofl:)
    Yeah, This was just a quick post. I suck at photoshop hardcore, but I'm learning. I'll give a shot at what you're talking about! I thought at first you were talking about her tattoos, and I was like, "That's a pretty important part of her, so I kept them. I hope they're not distracting. I've got another shot that shows them off a little more (back peice) that I'll see if she lets me post.
    Thanks! What do you think about the headroom on some of the tighter shots though? From what I've read and looked at it seems that you want to keep headroom at the top to a minimum to focus on the eyes and face, is that correct? Could some of these use a better crop?

    They're all just straight out of the camera so far, no PP, just exported from LR.
     
  8. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Thanks. I had picked up a 36" reflector earlier that day, but since it was so fucking windy I couldn't get to use it.

    Could anyone comment on the white balance and exposure of these shots? Personally I feel that's something that I can be a bit deficient at some days, and it was a pain in the ass with all the sparatic cloud cover.
     
  9. MSIGuy

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    :rofl: She'll appreciate that comment.
     
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    Some fill would be great.

    She'd be so much hotter without those tats :o.
     
  11. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Eh, different strokes. If you knew her you'd think she'd look funny without them... lol
     
  12. Girth

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    agreed... not a fan of tats on women. :dunno:
     
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    She'd be much cuter without the jew nose. :o
     
  14. MSIGuy

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    :rolleyes: Go back to main forum. :greddy:
     
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    get a light bouncer at least

    and a stand to hold it
     
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    Face needs more light, and that tats killed it for her.

    But shes still get it hard.
     
  17. MSIGuy

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    Okay, I get that I need a fill light... lol I got that covered for next time now. Any other comments on things like composition or posing?
     
  18. Mighty_Zeus

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    I would say that overall you did a damned fine job. Aside from the already stated, I would say that next time you need to get a couple of shots of those gargantuan boobers.

    rlytho, nice job man. Generally framed very well, and poses looked natural and generally complimenting. Someone made a 'jew nose' comment, as the artist it is up to you to try and make up for that in how she poses. There is a ton of good, free reading on how to deal with less than perfect features, sorry I do not have time to link them. I have read, and generally agree that it takes a pretty perfect face to make GOOD straight on portraits, but even then you will battle light.

    Get a speed lite and take notes on how you made the set so that it's not just a 'lucky set'. Contrast is a big key in portraits ~ you got away with the pink in this one despite all the green, but keep cloths in mind, you don't want them to take focus from the face because they contrast so much from the back ground.
     
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    need some fill light on her face.
     
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    cloud cover is good, but fill is still crucial
     
  21. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Thank you! Great comments! I didn't have much choise in the clothes, she did that. It was white pants, black top, pink top, and blue multi colored dress.

    Not many of the blue dress turned out the way I wanted, as it brought WAY too much attention to her boobs. I'll post some of those up in a little bit if I get a chance... :rofl:
     
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    Calm down.
     
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    shes got a nice rack
     
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    4 is my Favorite. Not a fan of the subject though.
     
  25. Once you use a flash, or know about lighting -- you see photos in a new way...
     

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