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Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Paully S  wrote:
Can you check mine out? I dont have much variety, just started sad

Hello neighbor and welcome to MM. With your tall figure and pretty face, you have a lot of potential. As far as advice regarding your current port, it is easy just by following my guidelines spelled out on page 1. Delete the entire first row in consideration of rule [1] - variant images - same  scene, same dress. This includes this image. While it is a different scene, your dress is still the same, plus your expression is tense.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/13/507c6e264cd37_m.jpg

You should keep the last image of this series as your pose and expression are the best and I like the light.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/06/507c117ce0425_m.jpg

I love this portrait. There is a minimal makeup so your natural beauty shows well.  the photography is great too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120926/16/5063924cbf63e_m.jpg

See you in Salem next week ?

Oct 19 12 02:18 pm Link

Model

Paully S

Posts: 23

Boston, Massachusetts, US

thank you for the critique! Unfortunately I can only shoot during the weekends, so I talked to New Moon Makeup and we'll shoot something else.  (Not the current project- on wed.)

Oct 19 12 02:25 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

KGH Images wrote:
Let me know what you think. All 35mm in my port.

Welcome to MM KG, thanks for stopping by.

Your port is rather embryonic, but as you say, every journey, no matter how long or short, begins with the first step.

By mentioning 35 mm, are you saying you are still using film? If so your first step ought to be to dump film and get yourself an entry or midrange digital SLR camera. Otherwise you will not be able to keep up with the other photographers. The image sensors in today's DSLR's are by far superior to the old film. 

Like in my many previous comments, and as I spelled out in my original post on page 1, you need to get rid of your variants. I counted 7 images of Lux Faden wearing two outfits. Get rid of most of them. Best one to keep would be her first image for good pose expression and light.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121006/15/5070b29a6175c_m.jpg

Same goes for Olivia. Of the three variants, keep only one. In this case it is easy to choose which to keep by listening to your audience and count their comments. They are usually  right.

I like the concept and composition of "your Welcome to Smallville".
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120901/18/5042b43143a95_m.jpg

Have fun

Oct 19 12 02:39 pm Link

Photographer

KGH Images

Posts: 10

Sandwich, Illinois, US

I was squirming here a bit as I knew the multiples were a no no. But having little to go on was looking to fill a port. That all should be changing soon as I have gone digital. Just lining up shoots with a busy schedule. Thanks so much for the advice that I will follow.

Ken

Oct 19 12 02:44 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

KGH Images wrote:
I was squirming here a bit as I knew the multiples were a no no. But having little to go on was looking to fill a port. That all should be changing soon as I have gone digital. Just lining up shoots with a busy schedule. Thanks so much for the advice that I will follow.

Ken

Just by deleting those few images you moved your port a few notches up smile And this is the crux of this forum - delete your weaker (or variant) images and so elevate your port, its that simple.

Oct 19 12 03:12 pm Link

Photographer

King Rich Photo

Posts: 76

Vero Beach, Florida, US

I was skipped...

Oct 19 12 04:29 pm Link

Photographer

CameronDoanePhotography

Posts: 6

Naples, Florida, US

Id love to play! Always open for feedback

Oct 19 12 04:35 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Gaffney

Posts: 48

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I would love your imput.

Oct 19 12 04:35 pm Link

Photographer

SilverWood Studio

Posts: 14

Quakertown, Pennsylvania, US

I'd really appreciate your feedback on my photos! Your comments on previous posters have been very helpful.

Thank so much!

Oct 19 12 06:33 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

King Rich Photo wrote:
I was skipped...

Sorry for skipping you dude. As you are just starting out, your port is brief so that is a good thing. You have started shooting bikini  or beachwear, which is fine, but as you learn you ought to experiment with other,non-beach subjects.

Predicatably I will say get rid of this variant image. The sister image provides a more captivating expression and POV.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120323/19/4f6d330123e2d_m.jpg

Delete this one as well. While the model is beautiful, the light is not so great, and the man in the background does not belong. If you are attached, you can save this image by a. photoshopping out the man b. brighten up her face c. do some dodging and burning to enhace light and shadows on her skin.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120531/13/4fc7d81477534_m.jpg

Your most recent image shows you are making progress. The light is good, the soft background and good angle make this a captivating image.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121003/13/506c9f399b2a4_m.jpg

Cheers

Oct 19 12 06:36 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Michael Gaffney wrote:
I would love your imput.

You've got some nice photos. Your port can be improved by following the guideline spelled on page 1. Namely, you posting way too may images of the beautiful Greeneyed Goddess, I counted 10. Considering you shot with 50 or more models who you credited in your profile, you ought to show more variety. One of several you ought to remove is this one. while the concept is ok, there are things hanging from above that dont seem to connect with the scene.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121001/06/506997f516709_m.jpg

Delete this one as it is a variant and once again I dont see a strong connection between her spooky expression and the setting.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121002/10/506b245065256_m.jpg

This one ought to go as well as the concept of eating a bird's egg ?? is not reinforced by other elements of the scene.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111018/19/4e9e306fd962a_m.jpg

I do like the creativity in this portrait
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120801/06/50192d6465546_m.jpg

This one is quite captivating for the match and at the same time, paradoxically, the clash between the lovely location and her dress.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111021/20/4ea2336cdde68_m.jpg

Oct 19 12 07:37 pm Link

Photographer

King Rich Photo

Posts: 76

Vero Beach, Florida, US

ikonas wrote:

Sorry for skipping you dude. As you are just starting out, your port is brief so that is a good thing. You have started shooting bikini  or beachwear, which is fine, but as you learn you ought to experiment with other,non-beach subjects.

Predicatably I will say get rid of this variant image. The sister image provides a more captivating expression and POV.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120323/19/4f6d330123e2d_m.jpg

Delete this one as well. While the model is beautiful, the light is not so great, and the man in the background does not belong. If you are attached, you can save this image by a. photoshopping out the man b. brighten up her face c. do some dodging and burning to enhace light and shadows on her skin.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120531/13/4fc7d81477534_m.jpg

Your most recent image shows you are making progress. The light is good, the soft background and good angle make this a captivating image.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121003/13/506c9f399b2a4_m.jpg

Cheers

Thank you for your advice. I took your advice and remove those pictures.

Oct 19 12 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

SilverWood Studio wrote:
I'd really appreciate your feedback on my photos! Your comments on previous posters have been very helpful.

Thank so much!

Greetings Sir. You are having a great start and my advice to improve your port is a piece of cake as I will be just following guidelines spelled out on page 1. In consideration of rule [1] - variant images - same  scene, same dress - delete the first three images and only keep this one as it offers the best expression and light..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121019/18/5081fcd9eab13_m.jpg

Also delete 4 images of Cassie Hepler and only keep this one as it is by far the best in terms of interesting light, beauty and composition. this happens also to be one of my favorites
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30016852

This one is superb for the light creating a very appealing ambiance
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110130/13/4d45d94fa083c_m.jpg

Bon voyage!

Oct 20 12 09:20 am Link

Model

Danielle Reid

Posts: 4389

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

I think I was skipped, or you haven't gotten to me yet. Either way I'm still here smile

Oct 20 12 10:37 am Link

Model

Marena Lynn

Posts: 2

Birmingham, Alabama, US

I was skipped! Please let me know! Thank you!

Oct 20 12 01:25 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Danielle Kitten wrote:
I think I was skipped, or you haven't gotten to me yet. Either way I'm still here smile

Hello Danielle and thanks for your patience. Your port is a good example of how easily one can upgrade their port by simply removing several images. Like in my previous several reviews, I will recommend you delete the entire first row, but only keep your first image as the composition is interesting.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/21/507ce53ae56fd_m.jpg

I mostly object to your gagging image. The plastic distorts your breast, making their appearance quite unflattering. Furthermore, the who subject cheapens and demeans you as a model. In the future, try to walk the high road.

I do like this image for your intense expression and nice perspective.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120804/23/501e180440888_m.jpg


In the future, avoid demeaning subjects, color your hair back to your original, try some high fashion, and most importantly, upgrade your photographers. Have fun!

Oct 20 12 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

Margaret Hope

Posts: 840

Seattle, Washington, US

Ok.

Oct 20 12 05:08 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Marena Lynn wrote:
I was skipped! Please let me know! Thank you!

Hello Marena, your port is in quite good shape as measured by my guidelines spelled out in my original post. Like 90% of your peers, you transgresed on my Rule [1] - variant images.  Of the 6 photos by Mission Photography (who is a great photographer), you ought to keep only two as the rest are variants. Even though you changes your outfit, I still consider them variants as the have the same light and backgraound. It is a variation of the same idea. You pick which 4 of the 6 to delete.

I propose delteting this one as well. I dont like white backgrounds, your expression is forced, and your pose is contrived.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120827/15/503bf30e412be_m.jpg

You've got many superb images. I love this one for the light and the subtle way your curves are exposed.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110106/13/4d26345c74506_m.jpg

And this B&W portrait is superb for the photography and display of character
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100830/11/4c7bf5dfe7d93_m.jpg

Oct 20 12 05:14 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Margaret Hope wrote:
Ok.

So you've gone the other extreme of the spectrum. While too frequently photogs display overabundance of their work, you show too little. You've either wiped out your entire port (you joined in 2007) or you hiding your older images. Which one?

There is nothing to delete from what I see except perhaps this one. Three images of thelmy is too many for a port that totals only 7 images
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121014/23/507bb18b55d5c_m.jpg

THis one is my favorite as it is quite a unique profile, the lines are clean and I like the contrast.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120809/21/502487ee07e0a_m.jpg

Would be interested to see some of your older work

Oct 20 12 05:21 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Oct 20 12 05:27 pm Link

Model

Maggie Xia

Posts: 452

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I would love to have your opinion

There are few pics of similar themes, but i have trouble to figure out which ones to keep, especially since i don't have that many quality pictures yet

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 3#30283463
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 5#30283455
I don't know if i should get rid of the 1st one bc i want to show that i can be photographed long

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 1#29635521
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 3#29635493
once again, i don't know which one to keep. i like the 1st pose better but i want to show off my leg, especially since I am only 5'2".

Thank you very much for your opinion.

Oct 20 12 05:55 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Emmiq wrote:
I would love to have your opinion

There are few pics of similar themes, but i have trouble to figure out which ones to keep, especially since i don't have that many quality pictures yet

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 3#30283463
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 5#30283455
I don't know if i should get rid of the 1st one bc i want to show that i can be photographed long

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 1#29635521
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 3#29635493
once again, i don't know which one to keep. i like the 1st pose better but i want to show off my leg, especially since I am only 5'2".

Thank you very much for your opinion.

These are excellent and thoughtful questions. I encourage other readers of this forum to be as specific in their inquiries.

Regarding the first pair of images, I much prefer the composition and POV of the first. It dispplays your legs nicely, which you mentioned is important to you. Unfortunately there are a few distracting imperfections evident and the lighting is a bit flat. However this can be easily corrected in photoshop. I would be glad to retouch this image for you if you send the original
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121014/20/507b847629079_m.jpg

As far as the second pair of images, I propose keeping none as neither provides a flattering view of your legs.

Best wishes

Oct 20 12 06:18 pm Link

Photographer

Adam Mohammed

Posts: 39

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sorry, I was skipped but do you mind if you can give me some feedback? I would really appreciate it, thank you very much

Oct 20 12 06:59 pm Link

Retoucher

MSL Retouch

Posts: 244

Miami, Florida, US

I'd love to know!
Hopefully they aren't too bad.

Oct 20 12 07:11 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Adam Mohammed wrote:
Sorry, I was skipped but do you mind if you can give me some feedback? I would really appreciate it, thank you very much

Hello Adam, seems like your persistence has finally paid off smile

Delete ALL your images, EXCEPT keep your last row and also keep the one below. These 5 images are all superb photography, the rest are mediocre, dragging your port down..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/06/507c12ae8ef16_m.jpg

My favorite is this portrait where you captured her sublime beauty
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121002/12/506b3f390683f_m.jpg

Oct 20 12 07:48 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

MSL Retouch wrote:
I'd love to know!
Hopefully they aren't too bad.

You are showing your superb retouching skills well.

Delete this one as you are already displaying a virtually same image already.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121012/15/50789712b8de3_m.jpg

This one is one of my favorites, but remove the varaiant collage (or vice versa)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120826/11/503a6b7eb6028_m.jpg

Oct 20 12 07:51 pm Link

Model

Maggie Xia

Posts: 452

Atlanta, Georgia, US

ikonas wrote:

These are excellent and thoughtful questions. I encourage other readers of this forum to be as specific in their inquiries.

Regarding the first pair of images, I much prefer the composition and POV of the first. It dispplays your legs nicely, which you mentioned is important to you. Unfortunately there are a few distracting imperfections evident and the lighting is a bit flat. However this can be easily corrected in photoshop. I would be glad to retouch this image for you if you send the original to ikonas@gmail.com
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121014/20/507b847629079_m.jpg

As far as the second pair of images, I propose keeping none as neither provides a flattering view of your legs.

Best wishes

Thank you so much for your input on my port and offer to edit my pictures. you are a great photographer and I wish you the best luck in your career!

Oct 20 12 08:48 pm Link

Model

Amelia Rouge

Posts: 114

Anaheim, California, US

How about me?

Oct 20 12 11:21 pm Link

Photographer

Adam Mohammed

Posts: 39

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

ikonas wrote:

Hello Adam, seems like your persistence has finally paid off smile

Delete ALL your images, EXCEPT keep your last row and also keep the one below. These 5 images are all superb photography, the rest are mediocre, dragging your port down..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121015/06/507c12ae8ef16_m.jpg

My favorite is this portrait where you captured her sublime beauty
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121002/12/506b3f390683f_m.jpg

I took your advice and deleted the photos. I believe that my portfolio is much better right now and I am glad that you gave me feedback, thanks for that. Have a good day!

Oct 20 12 11:28 pm Link

Digital Artist

Mangey Designs

Posts: 35

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It has been very interesting reading through this thread... and whilst my port is still quite small I am keen on some feedback.

Oct 21 12 06:06 am Link

Artist/Painter

Aalterra Studios

Posts: 14

Baltimore, Maryland, US

I'm game...

Oct 21 12 06:13 am Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Little Rouge wrote:
How about me?

We have not forgotten you Little Rouge. You can see your review on page 21.

Oct 21 12 11:51 am Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Mangey Designs wrote:
It has been very interesting reading through this thread... and whilst my port is still quite small I am keen on some feedback.

Hey Mangey, thanks for stopping by. You are showing some strong mixture of photographic and art skills. In presenting our skills, which is in a portfolio, I am not a fan of the use of collages - Rule [3]. In your case, I would prefer the use of collage for showing only two images - before and after - just like you did effectively in your first image. Showing four images of variations of your editing work I think dillutes the potential impact of your work. I am not asking you to delete those, but avoid this in the future.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120928/00/5065519cd97d3_m.jpg

I would remove this image as well as the variant is much stronger
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120923/05/505effe6b0d9a_m.jpg

This is my favorite as I consider this to be a piece of art
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120925/03/50618a8200f48_m.jpg

Oct 21 12 06:42 pm Link

Model

Elaine Ford

Posts: 2045

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

If your still going...?

Oct 21 12 06:44 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Aalterra Studios wrote:
I'm game...

Greetings to you Aalterra. Like the gent in my previous review, you are showing great blend of art and photography.

I propose deleting repeat themes and variant scenes. As such I suggest deleting the following
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111012/06/4e959166ddd6b_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110615/09/4df8df00e1c0a_m.jpg

Also remove this one as you posted a better variation. Less is more.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/20065467

Lastly I would delete this one as this image is out of context having no connection to your other work.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120831/06/5040c32f4a7df_m.jpg

My favorite one is this lovely horny lady smile Your editing is superb and quite believable.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080716/19/487e8361983d4_m.jpg

Oct 21 12 07:43 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Elaine Ford wrote:
If your still going...?

Hello Elaine. While your images are beautiful and your port is quite strong, lets see if we can make it stronger. An easy way to lift your port a notch higher is by following the principle of less is more. Avoid collages and variants, avoid similar themes, etc. I believe a port of 40 images can be much more captivating than one that boasts 75 like yours  does.

So lets start with your collages, discussed in my Rule [3]. Now in your case there is some justification as you are showing commercial work that has several images. In your case I would organize the port to have one section called tear sheets. Include 4 or 8 collage tear sheets in two rows and no more. People will get the hint you have worked commercially. You dont want your viewers get bored.

One such example is this collage. 1 comment out of 188 views is a strong hint that the image is not that captivating.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110412/16/4da4e7062c10d_m.jpg

I would further porpose getting rid of this one as the bulk of your work is much stronger. And while you at it, delete the entire row.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120303/17/4f52c44097f0d_m.jpg

Actually I suggest you play a game. Hide all your images except keep 20 or 30 of your best ones. Then judge for yourself if your port value went up. You can always recall hidden images back to view.

As mentioned I think you have some beautiful work posted and it is hard to pick a favorite. Here is one for showing your beauty in great light
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101010/06/4cb1c5db87044_m.jpg

I also love this implied bathed in soft light
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/19785928

Oct 21 12 08:13 pm Link

Digital Artist

Mangey Designs

Posts: 35

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ikonas wrote:

Hey Mangey, thanks for stopping by. You are showing some strong mixture of photographic and art skills. In presenting our skills, which is in a portfolio, I am not a fan of the use of collages - Rule [3]. In your case, I would prefer the use of collage for showing only two images - before and after - just like you did effectively in your first image. Showing four images of variations of your editing work I think dillutes the potential impact of your work. I am not asking you to delete those, but avoid this in the future.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120928/00/5065519cd97d3_m.jpg

I would remove this image as well as the variant is much stronger
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120923/05/505effe6b0d9a_m.jpg

This is my favorite as I consider this to be a piece of art
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120925/03/50618a8200f48_m.jpg

Thanks for the feedback. 

I definitely take your point that the one you chose for deletion is not the strongest from that series, however I think I will replace it with a before/after version as it is a significant improvement on an otherwise dull image from that series and as such is a good advertisement for artistic manipulation. 

I will definitely avoid any more of the 4 image retouch blocks but I did want to showcase the diverse results available from a single image with those.

smile

Oct 21 12 11:18 pm Link

Photographer

RedwoodForest

Posts: 307

Portland, Oregon, US

Sure ...

Let's hear it ...

But keep in mind, some images may be in there for reasons you do not understand. For example, on my website, I have words purposely spelled wrong, because it serves a purpose.

But I'm game for your feedback.

Oct 21 12 11:27 pm Link

Model

ArdenK

Posts: 38

Dallas, Texas, US

Your input would be helpful! Advice welcomed!

Oct 21 12 11:34 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 671

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Oct 22 12 10:55 am Link