Forums > Critique > Serious Critique > My latest shoot: not sure if awesome or tacky

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I don't trust my ability to objectively judge my own work, so what do you guys think? It's my first time requesting a critique, be gentle. wink

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Sep 16 12 03:43 pm Link

Photographer

Philip R

Posts: 597

Agoura Hills, California, US

For me, the "Zombie stare" is a little tacky in some of the shots, but others are quite good.

Sep 16 12 03:50 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Philip R wrote:
For me, the "Zombie stare" is a little tacky in some of the shots, but others are quite good.

I have quite a few where she's less serious looking or even laughing, I just haven't run them through lightroom yet.

Sep 16 12 04:05 pm Link

Retoucher

Nothing Here Site

Posts: 300

Akiak, Alaska, US

5 & 7 are tacky, the rest are flippin' awesome.
(especially 2 & 6 I love those.)

Sep 18 12 05:27 am Link

Photographer

Randem

Posts: 515

Chicago, Illinois, US

For me, 1 and 2 are nice.  #4 is awesome.  The rest would end up on the cutting room floor.

I would echo the previous comment about the "zombie stare". In fact, I find that a lot of "models" tend to be over-actors, trying to hard to look the part. I get my best intensity when the model completely relaxes her face.

Let the pose, makeup, lighting, framing, composition -- the technicals -- let them sell the shot. Don't let your models try to "act".

Sep 18 12 06:26 am Link

Photographer

Supermodel Photographer

Posts: 3309

Oyster Bay, New York, US

Michael Broughton wrote:
My latest shoot: not sure if awesome or tacky
 
I don't trust my ability to objectively judge my own work, so what do you guys think? It's my first time requesting a critique, be gentle.

Answering gently, without saying whether any of them is tacky, I'll just say that none of them is awesome.

Sep 18 12 06:41 am Link

Model

kyra moore

Posts: 23

New York, New York, US

2 is my fav really niccee

Sep 24 12 07:35 am Link

Photographer

Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2600

Torrance, California, US

I don't find any of them interesting or well done at all.  The exposures are good, but the overall affect of the images are stale and dull.  I think the makeup is horrible and unflattering to your model and the "concept" is just kind of tired.  The compositions are also pretty boring, except for number 2.  The model's lack of a convincing expression lowers its impact though.  In other words, the model looks posed instead of natural; just like in all the other photos.  I also don't like that we're looking up the model's nose in a couple of the shots.

Number 1 seems to be out of focus too and the highlights are way too hot, which loses detail in the dress.  In #4 the background is too hot as well, to the point of being distracting.  #3 has about the best lighting and tones, but the pose, forced glare from the model and silly makeup/dirt ruin it. 

I'm assuming your avatar is part of this series as well, since it's the same model with the same makeup.  If so, it's cropped way too tight and is really not an appealing photo.  It also looks blurred around her eyes. 

All the perfectionism in post won't do a damn bit of good if you can't get it right in the camera first (IMHO).

Oct 21 12 10:39 am Link

Photographer

Engage Photography

Posts: 30

Denver, Colorado, US

Awesome or tacky is definitely a range. I like the pictures overall. #6 is definitely my favorite. I like the experimentation with angles & really like the dirt makeup/effect. I'd want to see bigger versions of the pix before saying anything else but I'd say overall I really enjoyed them!

Oct 21 12 10:52 am Link

Model

Lola Magdalene Scott

Posts: 79

Lexington, Kentucky, US

Most photographers will respond by what they like to shoot...so the question as well as the answers are subjective...I think the set as a whole is awesome...but rolling around in the dirt in an expensive wedding dress is something i would consider cool..and probably something i would do...My favorite are #2 and #6

Oct 21 12 10:54 am Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

thanks for the feedback guys. those were just the first shots i ran through lightroom for the model to check out while i was working on the rest, so i'm sure i'll end up swapping out most of them as i pick out better ones or redo the post-processing.

Oct 22 12 04:12 pm Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1010

Los Angeles, California, US

No it's definitely not tacky, and it's not my taste at all, so you're okay on that.

I think what is missing is the lighting, or that you need some editing work to make, such as the stare poses more intense. You need to adjust contrast and lighting, stare poses need a lot of "drawing in" composite/frame work.

I think bold contrast and hard lighting would really make this... "awesome".

Oct 22 12 06:02 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Sandra Vixen wrote:
No it's definitely not tacky, and it's not my taste at all, so you're okay on that.

I think what is missing is the lighting, or that you need some editing work to make, such as the stare poses more intense. You need to adjust contrast and lighting, stare poses need a lot of "drawing in" composite/frame work.

I think bold contrast and hard lighting would really make this... "awesome".

i had wanted to do some more dramatically lit shots after dark, but the model had to get up early the next morning and we almost got locked in the cemetery overnight staying as late as we did.

Oct 22 12 06:15 pm Link

Model

charvisioku

Posts: 61

York, England, United Kingdom

I like the top&bottom-right and the bottom-middle ones smile

Oct 24 12 02:51 pm Link