Calgary, Alberta, Canada
See my "fresh" album. Which ones would you keep?
Nov 08 12 12:57 pm Link
Saint Saviour, Saint Saviour, United Kingdom
There's no real way to sugar coat this;
- Your lighting is appalling, you seem to have lit the scene with one tight beam and underexposed everything else.
- The horse might as well be a sofa for all that you have used his presence in the photos, you have not captured any feeling between rider and horse.
- The images all seem badly framed, they needed to be wider or closer in.
- The lingerie selection is a total distraction and detracts from the images.
- The model is grinning like a loon in almost every shot.
- You have shot the model from many unflattering angles.
Nov 08 12 01:05 pm Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I agree with the poster above me. The lighting isn't great and I don't like the facial expressions for this particular concept.. just doesn't seem to fit. The poses and angles are unflattering for the model here. Great model though. If I had to choose, I'd pick the last one.. just 'cause I was looking at the horse's pose and face too. lol.
When I first saw the thread title, I immediately thought.. what's wrong with an overabundance of horse + model photos? I love the concept. (wasn't looking at what forum it was in)
Nov 08 12 01:13 pm Link
Walnut Creek, California, US
I like the second one in the third row the best. Most of the rest could go.
But just one worthless opinion.
Nov 08 12 02:16 pm Link
Seattle, Washington, US
+1, I completely agree with everything. ^^^^
Nov 08 12 02:19 pm Link
Albertville, Rhône-Alpes, France
This. But hey, it's your art, do what you feel like.
Nov 08 12 02:24 pm Link
Portland, Oregon, US
I would not keep any of them, for all the reasons given above.
Nov 08 12 02:29 pm Link
Wellington, Florida, US
I really can't wrap my head around the lighting... And the fact your posture on this horse is horrendous! Your legs bother the Hell out of me, no art there -- just bad posture that would wind up landing you with a broken neck if the horse decided to do something silly or spooked at something.
There's a way to make art using horses in photos. Posing with a purple bra, plaid/checked jacket, and a velvet huntcap isn't one of them. They seem awkward and cliche. Get rid of them. Fast.
Also... I know it's winter, but ALWAYS clip your horse's ears and face at the very least to make HIM presentable in your photos. He also looks completely disinterested in the shoot. Shoot with someone who can crinkle a candy wrapper or something to brighten his eyes and get his attention. That honestly will complete the photos.
Nov 08 12 10:08 pm Link
Poulsbo, Washington, US
Agree with all of this. It's almost as if you lighted the horse shoot with a flashlight.
Nov 09 12 02:32 am Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
You really should quit horsing around [Pun, as in Joke]
Looks to be you have a dirty sensor
To left [photo left] of models shoulder halfway to border
Would be nice to see the models hands
When you point the models fingers at camera they will appear short [Models right hand]
Wish you well
Nov 09 12 05:02 am Link
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 09 12 05:12 am Link
Miramar, Florida, US
this one is cool-- you should just photoshop it, improve the lighting balance and improve the colors.
just keep shooting more and more!
Nov 09 12 05:32 am Link
Irving, Texas, US
I like the one you're using as your avatar best (I like pools of light and shadows much more than even, flat lighting), but would rather see more understated lingerie or maybe a riding jacket unbuttoned.
It's easy to criticize a finished shot, but the "heavy lifting" is actually setting it up and executing it. What I can say is if I'd been along on the shoot as the art director, I would have asked you to take a few with the model looking away from the camera (in the avatar, it would have been nice to see the model looking in the same direction as the horse, or even looking to our left as a contrast). Glamour doesn't have to mean the model staring into the camera.
Nov 09 12 06:17 am Link
Hesperia, California, US
Nov 09 12 07:10 am Link
Hesperia, California, US
DEP E510 wrote:
Is this a pregnant horse? or just a well grass fed one? ? Maybe a different angle would've shown more good 'horse' than this. Plus, the one ear cocked back with eye looking off and..head up, shows the horse was not digging this.
Nov 09 12 07:12 am Link
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
None are particularly flattering to the model or the horse.
Bad lighting, horse looks bored and / or sometimes a little alarmed.
If the horse's ears aren't up and forward horse people are not going to like the picture
Nov 09 12 07:19 am Link
Coconut Creek, Florida, US
I would like the backbend one with the lady on a cliff if she took off those shoes.
And if the jacket wasn't so baggy.
It would have been a really cool artsy shot.
Nov 09 12 07:22 am Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
I agree that they are cheesy - a better outfit would be a long romantic dress and an art llama w/a romantic face and flowing hair or an updo - the glamor llama w/bikini horse just doesn't really work here.
I looked at your FRESH portfolio and I like the high key image that is the avatar and the photo to the right of it (same llama) - these are so much classier and well done than the more glamor bikini stuff IMO.
Sounds like you are experimenting and trying to find a style so kudos to you for at least getting out there and trying stuff.
Nov 09 12 07:33 am Link
Wellington, Florida, US
Ooo I didn't even look close enough last night to check out the white of his eye showing! The model is DAMN lucky! He's definitely alarmed, likely by the feet against his tail region. Some horses you can lounge on like a couch and never have an issue, others you simply cant without there being comfort issues.
Nov 09 12 11:51 am Link