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 Post subject: 3 New portraits
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:37 am 
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I was out shooting Sunday to get a photo for a contest and I took the first two of these images, critique as you please.

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And the last one I took using my small little studio set up, again critique as you please...

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Thanks in advance,
----------------edited by Thomas-----------
avoid the "?v01" after the .jpg-URL, then your pics will display ok!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:34 pm 
Sharpness :D this guy is really coming alive! Great job!
Composition :? don't really like it, either you take a close-up around his eyes or you zoom out a little more...


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I like the composition, not the normal eyes in the center like composition, I think it makes teh pictures stand out a bit, especially in the second picture, I like it very much, love the look of his eyes. The only picture where I dont like the composition is the third one.

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Yep, the expressions on the first two are really good, but I'd agree some cropping may be beneficial...

The last one breaks the rules on portrait composition, but I kinda like it for that and also - if you'll forgive me - the cheesy grin! I can actually imagine this printed really big in a modern gallery...


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Thank you everyone!

Gordon: The last one I was just testing out my lighting set-up and a couple people said they liked it so I thought i'd see what everyone here though!

Also thanks for fixing the other 2 I'm not sure why they weren't showing up.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:40 am 
Hi Jake,

nicely done. I particularly like the first two because they appear more "situational" in the sense that they don't seem posed at all.
Also, people with a few years behind them tend to display a lot of character and personality in their faces and that is certainly the case here.

You haven't forced a "dramatic lighting" on them and it doesn't appear "arranged". This is how you'd see them with your naked eye in that setting and they come across natural.

The gentleman in the second picture is oozing character and is an excellent model.

The lady in the first appear not even to know that a picture is taken, which is a great quality to have.

The young man in the third conveys warmth and mischief all at once.

For your studio set-up I'd suggest that you experiment with moving the model a little further away from the background and maybe change your depth of field to blur it a little. The texture in the background is - to me - a little bit distracting.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:20 pm 
I like the first two shots best, they don't appear to be aware of the camera, very natural looking. I love the deep intense look in the mans eyes.

Cheers Ormina


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:32 am 
I like No 2 it has lots of detail, but all are good pictures.


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Good ones, Jake...I like photo number 2 as well...

cooler than cool to capture the naturalness...

love em.

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