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Studio Shoot What do you think?

Posted 07/03/2009 - 18:17 Link
Hello there,
New studio setup, this is a shoot for the model's promo portfolio

What do you think? any comments?
3 Flashes (Lastolite Ezybox - 2 Umbrellas - Snoots) reflectors - on a K10d and various lenses.

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Posted 07/03/2009 - 19:01 Link
They look good to me, the modelings a bit flat on all but the last one, but that may be what she want's. I'd spot/paint out the catchlight on the right of each eye on No. 4 so that it's like the last one with just one catchlight in each eye. They look like a good set of lights, the last one's very much like a window light, it's so evenly spread across the face with no burnt out highlights.

Posted 08/03/2009 - 01:28 Link little as I know about portraiture, especially that of pretty girls!

image 1) you should have warmed the "studio" up first, pert nipples are not really the done thing unless your shooting "that" sort of image

image 2) the shadow seems to emphasise the length of her nose (a very pretty nose I hasten to add....just in case she's reading this)

image 3) still got the emphasis on the nose (slightly) but NICE! I would chat her up any day, VERY sultry.....nice capture.

image 4) I cant comment on this without offending female members of this forum, suffice to say this image makes me want to engage in mouth to mouth and sink my teeth into that bottom lip. if this is the emotion you wanted to arouse then (IMHO) you managed it!

image 5) nice pose....but she looks lost

image 6) pretty much the same as number 4, only this is the sort of girl you'd want to take home to meet the parents, rather than one you'd just want to ...snog?......if you can see the reason behind that?

I think I'll quit while I'm ahead and before he wife comes to see what I'm typing

No6 is (IMHO) the best of the bunch.

EDIT: Looking again at these in the light of day and without my bloodstream full of alcohol I think I prefer the third shot, the sixth is still a stunner though.
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Edited by fatspider: 08/03/2009 - 10:52
Posted 12/03/2009 - 00:36 Link
I'm going to do Nathan a favour and "BUMP" this post back up. I dont think it's had the attention it deserves yet.

These are terrific images of a gorgeous girl, well deserving a second look.
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Posted 12/03/2009 - 11:14 Link

you must be a very lucky man. First, a beautiful model to work with, then the ability to convey her beauty in such a wonderful way. No. 6 is my favourite.
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Posted 12/03/2009 - 13:27 Link
Wonderfull shots Nathan and the lighting looks to be okay with my ameteur eyes, no hard shadows and natueral.
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Posted 12/03/2009 - 13:30 Link
Cracking set of images, No3 and 6 are especially good.
Not sure about the pose on No5 though.

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Posted 13/03/2009 - 09:20 Link
Ok I give it a go.

First - I think you have done extremely well overall.

What I can tell - after looking very closely and for a (very) long time is, that I find the 2 first shots a bit darker in the botton than in the top of the shot.

First - to bad the background is not straight - all black.

Second - the white background in the second shot gets darker and darker. Perhaps some extra light would get it to get all white.

Fourth - best shot of the day!

Hope you can use my input.

I envy your skills.
Posted 13/03/2009 - 21:56 Link
My 2p.. and I really don't class myself as a great portrait artist so please take with a pinch of salt...

No.1 has "too cold" a feel to it and I don't mean just the midget-gem smuggling. The backdrop is very messy too.

No.2 is my favourite shot overall but I think that you could have done a better job with the model's hair.

No.3 has absolutely wonderful lighting on the model and a great pose but the background is far too white and bright. It looks like you may have cut-out the model and done something with the background on this one (some areas on the right are very feathered-looking) so maybe you can have another go and add a "slightly" more colourful backdrop. Interestingly I don't find the same white backdrop jarring on image 2.

No.4 is a good shot again but the same comments about the model's hair.

No.5 and No 6 irritate me immensely with the horrible cutout that has been done on the backdrop. In 5 you've missed the bit between her ankles, her shoe heel has gone AWOL and in 6 there are some very strange things going on with her hair-line.

Overall, the poses and lighting are great, good credits for that and I think you could have done much better with a bit more care and attention, particularly the backgrounds and photo-shopping have let you down on what are otherwise very respectable portraits.

If I were you I'd waste no time in having another shot with this model as she is a beautiful girl and you have the lighting skills to come up with something you can both be very proud of.

Please, please have another go.
Posted 13/03/2009 - 22:07 Link
Ooer Ewan, you've got better eyes than me I take back whatever I said about No5 that bit between the ankles gets Nathan a slap on the wrist

PS, Ewan, if you ever get to judge a competition at the club....remind me not to enter

PPS off topic but I sorted a bag out eventually, thanks for bringing the slingshot in.
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Posted 13/03/2009 - 22:08 Link
Lovely shots but the white background shots are to harsh I had a studio and I used to use some soft focus shots to soften, neutral backgrounds are always best for me anyway.
Posted 13/03/2009 - 22:13 Link
The missus just peered over my shoulder as I was looking at them so i had to come up with a crafty explanation that I was looking elsewhere.. hence the comment about the bit between her ankles.

BTW it also looks (at least on my monitor) as though an extra (vertical) black bit has been added on each side of No. 5.
Posted 13/03/2009 - 22:57 Link
Try getting her to turn her hip away fom the camera, and extend the front leg a bit for the full length shots....

on your low key shots, you seem to be getting some light spill onto your background....

if you can put some distance between the model and background, you should be able to get richer blacks.
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