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MadMann Imagery

Posts: 43

Stockton, California, US

Which one do you prefer?  What can I do to make them better? 18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30882413

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30883216

Dec 06 12 10:43 am Link

Photographer

Alan Bailward

Posts: 68

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

I like the Ace of Spades a bit better, but honestly I don't really like either.  The model has a decent pose, but I don't think that you've made her look as good as you could, in terms of skin smoothing and softening and the quality of the cutout.  The hearts has slightly better cutout (with the dropshadow), but it's not a concept that I personally am a fan of.

I'm not saying you need to make her look plastic, but it looks like some of the veins and skin imperfections near her behind (and bottoms of the feet) would be nice to make look a bit more like I'm sure the model would like to look, without being unrealistic.

My $0.02.

Dec 06 12 02:57 pm Link

Photographer

MadMann Imagery

Posts: 43

Stockton, California, US

Thanks for your input Alan.  I tend to under photoshop images because I'm not a huge fan of what I call "Plastic Skin".  The look is becoming more popular and I should probably consider it.

Thanks again!

Dec 06 12 03:17 pm Link

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Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1025

Los Angeles, California, US

I think the problem is that you have a part of a frame (the model) that is very photographic and the rest of the frame being very cartoony.

It's too much of a contrast so you either need to decide, do you want to make the background more photographic or do you want to make the model more cartoony (fewer colors).

Dec 07 12 01:35 am Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32363

Woodinville, Washington, US

MadMann Imagery wrote:
Thanks for your input Alan.  I tend to under photoshop images because I'm not a huge fan of what I call "Plastic Skin".  The look is becoming more popular and I should probably consider it.

Thanks again!

There's a huge chasm between 1) what you left of the model and 2) plastic skin.

I agree with Sandra, in that the graphics are very "graphicky" while the model is far too realistic. Even if she were in a more normal setting, I'd say she needs some smoothing and toning in post.

Dec 07 12 05:51 am Link