A&P Ok, I suck at photographing people......

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  1. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    Need your guys harsh critiquing:mamoru:

    My moms fiance asked me to shoot his sons senior pictures for school and we went out tonight and took some pics......

    Your thoughts?

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    4. My personal fav-I messed with it a lil in Lightroom
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  2. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    the first few ... his face is out of focus.
     
  3. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    god i'm sorry but he just looks homo s
     
  4. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    Critique the photos, not the kid lol
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    is it safe to assume you're going to take another crack at this?

    if so, a few things to remember:

    the subject of the photo needs to be in focus... Unless the vdub's rim is graduating high school, you picked the wrong one...

    the 'squatting to take a massive dump next to my car' pose should not be repeated...

    Nice car.
     
  6. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    Ya I am going to have another run at it, going to try another parking lot..

    Here are a few others, some woulda been good if he were looking at me....
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    And I so badly wanted this shot to work out, but it was a pain in the ass with the parking lot we were on

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    i think unless you are very very talented at using strobes, shooting portraits at night is a very bad idea.

    daylight would have looked better in my opionion. his 'taking a shit' position is very awkward looking as well..overall, i would try shooting this again.

    maybe try to shoot tighter, the whole car in the picture is kinda distracting. shoot him tight with just a rim of the car, or a headlight..
     
  8. I like #1 the best.

    Framing looks good, the car looks good, the kid looks good. I bet you the customer will also like the first one the best aswell. Your buddy is obviously proud of his car so that's the best picture to show off him and his car. The other pics you can see only a fender or a wheel.. meh.. If he wanted pics of himself he wouldn't be crouching down next to his car for the pics. Don't know, i'm sure there's a better way that I could have put this. I don't know it's 2am, bed time. peace out naggers!
     
  9. zennoodle

    zennoodle ...hmm must've misplaced my socks

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    agreed...first pic best... I didn't understand the 1st series of pics with the asian squat but good thing you had him pose different.
     
  10. 1.8

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    Not too bad IMHO, better than I can do.
     
  11. GregFarz78

    GregFarz78 New Member

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    He wants his senior pic with a vw? :rofl:

    a shot right around sundown might look cool
     
  12. iDrive

    iDrive OTAP crew. Muradadog crew. GO GATORS!

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    Agree on the first picture.
     
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    The first shot would be alot better if he didn't look so soft. I really like the light on the car though, looks very slick.
     
  14. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    Well the father and the son both LOVED the pics....so I guess I dont need another round!
     
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    the car looks great in every shot (mostly), but the kid looks almost photoshopped in.
     
  16. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    Frankly, the lighting sucks. What are you using? It's very harsh.
     
  17. nicklk

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    Parking lot lights :rofl:

    The first one, the Denver convention center has this hang over thats lit.....which gave that cool light look on the car..
     
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    i like the first one, the reflections and glossy look on the car are good. Almost like he was photochopped into the picture
     
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    I noticed some hot spots in #1 and changed it a lil for the final

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  20. julia!

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    I think youre putting too much focus on the car and not on the kind. They dont want pictures of a the car on the mantle, you know?

    That last one you posted in the comments looks the best if the lighting werent so bad. maybe trying photoshopping it some?

    theyre okay though.
     
  21. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    For what you are doing, this composition is the closest to decent:

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    However, I'd suggest moving the kid more to the foreground away from the car to emphasize him and also to eliminate ugly and hard shadow the light is creating.

    I'd also suggest you use a reflector to bounce some light in on the shadow side of him and even out the exposure. Speaking of exposure, most of these are over by at least half a stop on the kid. He's practically glowing in the last pic you posted.

    Alternately, try shooting just after sunset when there is still some light and color in the sky but the city's lights have come on.

    Another option is to just set the kid on fire and steal his car.
     
  22. redna

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    Needs more cowbell.
     
  23. nicklk

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    I tried that, it was too difficult to get the car to pop in the background without any additional lighting

    This is seriously my first "person" shoot and didn't really have a clue how to shoot in the circumstances I was in and don't really know of any other parking lots/areas downtown for other locations......so for my first time, I thought I did decent....and yes, that last pic didnt turn out anything like I wanted. I just put it up there to show some of my fuck ups

    Ya I know, I wanted to try something different with the evening shots :dunno:
     
  24. Jonny Chimpo

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    I don't mean 20 feet in the foreground, I mean like 5 feet. Just a little separation does wonders. Just enough to take care of that shadow and enough to throw the car a little out of focus so the emphasis is on the kid, not the car.

    As for the rest of what you wrote, don't make excuses for what went wrong. You shot, you learned, now go shoot some more. :bigthumb:
     

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