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Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Brownlager Photography wrote:
Well, as I enjoy how diverse your port is, and how much fun your models seem to be having, I thought I'd throw myself out there and see where I stack up. smile

Thank you for the compliment. It has taken many, many years of study to develop my style, which I developed long before digital was even thought of. The models are having fun. My images are dependent on getting the model to react to me, which is not natural to them. I want the model's images to relate to the audience, which only happens through her expression. All of the images I have posted on MM are of women I photographed with little to no modeling experience. None are professional models at the time of shooting.

You have a nice theatrical style to your images.

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32232825
This has the best lighting, composition and posing in your portfolio and makes for a visually attractive image. I would suggest using it as your avatar. It has a subtle sensuality.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32310222
The model is just there without an interesting expression of commercial value. The composition, pose and lighting don't enhance him. I would suggest culling this image as it pulls down the quality of your port.

Your current avatar is not of commercial value in its current tonal scale. It was a good concept, but it isn't executed well. You should not have the same model in basically the same pose repeated. You should decide which one you want and use only the one in your port. It's fine to use the image full size and then if you want to repeat with a detail crop, but the detail must stand on its own. Otherwise you are competing with yourself. Pick the best shot from a shoot and use only one, unless a second is very different in emotion or visual appeal. When you have two very similar images, they compete with each other.

I'm looking at your images on a calibrated monitor and a number of your images are approximately 1 stop underexposed, which causes them to lose their fine detail. Overall you have interesting concepts, but the tonal scale and cropping do not bring out their best assets.

I wish you much success,
Michael

Apr 15 13 09:34 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Valerie Eve Mercer wrote:

I'm not going to pick a best and worst, because your images are all on the same level. They are snapshots. You need to study lighting, composition and posing of the model.

I wish you much success,
Michael

Apr 15 13 09:37 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Alicia Shank wrote:
id love to hear your opinion! smile

Overall I see you have a lot of modeling potential, but I see some of the worst images I have ever experienced for someone who wants to be a model. I can see that you are working very hard at modeling, but the photographers with whom you are working have zero photographic ability in this field. You need to seek out photographers with a higher skill level. This type of imaging will not get you commercial work, which is shame because you have a great look.

Much success,
Michael

Apr 15 13 09:41 pm Link

Photographer

tenrocK photo

Posts: 5426

New York, New York, US

If you're still going by the time you reach my post, I'd love to hear your opinion.

Apr 15 13 09:54 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

RC Photography studio wrote:
I am new to photography and plan to enter photo competitions in the future so I would love to have some feedback.

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32230347
This has the best lighting, composition and pose in your portfolio. It would be stronger if the model had a more pleasing expression and her hand was placed more delicately. It would make for a stronger avatar than your current choice.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32230372
This lacks good composition and lighting. The model is just there and his expression is blank.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32096832
You have several similar images of this model. Pick the one you like best and just show that one. Otherwise you are competing with yourself.

Overall photography is an endless quest of knowledge. You can learn to be good quickly, but you will spend the rest of your life perfecting your craft and refining how to make sensational images. I've been photographing for over forty years and while I know lens designs, can repair and fix photographic equipment, have worked from 35mm up to 8x10 film, developed my own black and white silver printing process, bought and sold at camera trade shows, have spoken nationally and internationally at photography shows and have successfully transitioned from film to digital, I still continue to push myself to learn new things about my field every day. While digital has made photography more accessible to new photographers, the elements of a strong photo have not changed. Study lighting, composition and posing and keep pushing your own boundaries. 

Much success,
Michael

Apr 15 13 10:16 pm Link

Photographer

Simple Pics Photography

Posts: 8

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Someone else's opinion is always valued.  Let me know what you think.

Apr 15 13 10:25 pm Link

Photographer

Second Nature Photos

Posts: 52

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, US

I'd love to know your opinion. I will be updating my portfolio after a couple shoots in the next few days.

Apr 15 13 10:29 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

narie wrote:
I'd like to have some feedback, curious to know what you think smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32253182
This is your best image for showing you as a professional model. It shows your beautiful profile and excellent form. While I like negative space, there is too much of it in this image. If it was cropped to just some space above the head, it would be a stronger image.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31429926
This image does not flatter you. The composition, lighting, and pose are not well done. The toning is distracting. It is a snapshot and doesn't belong in a professional model's portfolio.

Overall I see a very good model, working for the most part with unskilled photographers. You need to do a lot of culling in your portfolio. Your head shots are cropped too tight. And the dark and off-colored images are not of commercial value and bring down your port. Your weight is below ideal to show fashion well.

I wish you much success,
Michael

Apr 15 13 10:30 pm Link

Model

Kasey Lestrange

Posts: 25

Costa Mesa, California, US

I'd love to hear what you think!

Apr 16 13 11:03 pm Link

Photographer

Jeramie Campbell

Posts: 2

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Please let me know

Apr 18 13 08:22 am Link

Model

Elena Antonia Pappas

Posts: 760

Miami, Florida, US

Apr 18 13 08:46 am Link

Photographer

Miguel Portugal

Posts: 48

Oeiras e São Julião da Barra, Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, Portugal

I could use some help cleaning a few of my port, so shoot! smile

Apr 18 13 09:35 am Link

Photographer

Tyler Lai

Posts: 7

Austin, Texas, US

I'd like some feedback, thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/TLaiPhoto

Apr 24 13 10:41 pm Link

Photographer

R.EYE.R

Posts: 2835

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

As much as I have an idea on where I am heading photographically, I am interested in knowing if our opinions will match.

If you are not tired of reviewing portfolios by now feel free to have a go.

Best Regards

Apr 27 13 09:06 am Link

Model

Dasha the spy

Posts: 10

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

And for me please:)

Apr 27 13 11:27 am Link

Model

Jahanara

Posts: 124

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Go for it!

Apr 30 13 07:55 am Link

Model

_BlossomFairy_

Posts: 155

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

I would love to hear your opinion since I am trying to grow as a model smile

Apr 30 13 08:35 am Link

Photographer

paragonfl

Posts: 288

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

yes please

Apr 30 13 08:38 am Link

Photographer

New Image Creations

Posts: 414

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

My best and worst and why please... and thank you in advance!

Apr 30 13 08:52 am Link

Photographer

glamourit

Posts: 158

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My work has never been judged by a professional photo judge...I'm curious...what do you see?

May 01 13 03:56 am Link

Photographer

henry kurniawan

Posts: 9

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I would love to get some review of my pictures also, thank you so much!

May 01 13 05:03 am Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Celine Sophia wrote:
All comments are appreciated

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31270979
This is your strongest image and would make for a better avatar than your current choice. It shows a nice genuineness and playfulness.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31970737
This has the worst lighting, pose and composition in your portfolio. The image looks more like a snapshot. You are just there.

Overall you have a very good look and a lot of potential. Keep striving to work with more skilled photographers, who can show off your professional assets. Also see if you can incorporate some of your dance into your images, as that is a unique asset.

Much success,
Michael

May 02 13 07:39 pm Link

Model

Kitty Devereux

Posts: 67

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

I am curious...

May 02 13 07:41 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Harleyjane89 wrote:
Oooh please do mine? I'm completely new to modelling... Could do with as many tips as possible smile

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32198281
This shows off your fine featured face and has the best composition in your portfolio. The makeup and hairstyle complement you well. Would make for a stronger avatar.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32198291
Poor lighting, composition, pose and crop. Doesn't flatter you and takes away from your portfolio. The jagged lines in the gradient background are distracting.

Overall you have a good look and seem to be comfortable in front of the camera. Continue to seek out quality photographers whose work you admire and who can help push your portfolio forward. You have a good face and interesting wardrobe. My recommendation would be to study poses that work to flatter your form. Pressing your arms against your body makes them appear heavier than they are.

Welcome to the world of modeling and much success,
Michael

May 02 13 07:54 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Semele wrote:
Would love some feedback!

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24944780
This has the best composition, lighting and pose in your portfolio. That does not mean it is a good composition or pose, just that it is the best in your portfolio.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32195281
This has poor lighting, composition and pose. Your hair hides your face and the image does not enhance you.

Overall your images are all about the same level. You need to seek out more qualified photographers with more artistic ability and photographic knowledge. I would suggest learning more about posing and working with a knowledgeable photographer who will help you with the posing, since they are looking in the camera during the execution of the image. Also the background should not compete with the model.

You have a lot of potential, but it's not being well utilized. You are working very hard. But a lot of your images are more the fantasy of a photographer than images that show you well, such as this one:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32195263

I wish you much success,
Michael

May 02 13 08:06 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Rainbow Candy wrote:
I am quite curious, and there's no hard feelings if you simply pass through - I'm an amateur with only a little experience after all. But doing my best!

Passing on this one.

May 02 13 08:07 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

dayplace wrote:
I've been shooting for a few months now and would love to get a review of my portfolio to see where it stands.

Your port seems to be all classes, not indicative of all for someone who has been shooting your length of time. I don't see that it is fair to the model for them to see your classwork with professional type models and therefore expecting that you can produce the same quality of images for them. Show just the work that you have done on your own. If you don't have honesty in your relationship with models in this industry, you won't have repeat business.

Much success,
Michael

May 02 13 08:11 pm Link

Photographer

Seismic Images

Posts: 525

Morisset, New South Wales, Australia

Best and worst please.

May 02 13 08:18 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Brittany BeBe Reaves  wrote:
Would love your feedback!

Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30635899
Beautiful pose and best composition and lighting in your portfolio. Shows your potential as a model and flatters you nicely.

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32491700
This image has no redeeming value and brings down your port. It has bad lighting, composition and posing.

I think you have a lot of potential, but you need to seek out more skilled photographers. There is a natural tendency in any particular race to shoot within the race. However, professionally a model of your ability should not be confined to one style of imaging. I like to work with all races, because each has artistic attributes that I seek. However, I have found that is rare in the industry. Don't let anything stop you. You really have a lot going for you.

Wishing you much success,
Michael

May 02 13 08:22 pm Link

Photographer

Model with Michael

Posts: 391

Frederick, Maryland, US

Sharkie Mac wrote:
I would greatly appreciate a critique please (trying to improve and narrow port).
Would like to know my best, worst and why, as well as any other impressions you have please.

Cheers smile

Passing on this one.

May 02 13 08:25 pm Link

Model

Sharkie Mac

Posts: 133

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Model with Michael wrote:

Passing on this one.

Disappointed you don't see any value in critiquing my portfolio, as I have been trying very hard with my work and would appreciate guidance to improve. Don't know whether it's an indication of working with poor photographers, no potential seen, or not wasting time on 'plus size' models. Best wishes regardless.

May 02 13 11:52 pm Link

Photographer

Zachary Carpenter

Posts: 138

Trussville, Alabama, US

I'd like to know your thoughts.

May 03 13 05:13 am Link

Model

Cecilia Ruth

Posts: 16

London, England, United Kingdom

Would love to hear your feedback

May 03 13 02:41 pm Link

Photographer

Anthony Lanza

Posts: 27

Omaha, Nebraska, US

I would also love to hear your feedback smile

May 03 13 07:24 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Callen Photography

Posts: 260

Buffalo, New York, US

***I would love to hear your opinions on my best and worst and why!
  Thanks so much...

May 03 13 07:41 pm Link

Photographer

DigitalRayen

Posts: 19

Augusta, Georgia, US

I'm down.

May 03 13 09:53 pm Link

Photographer

tbmartworx

Posts: 23

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Model with Michael wrote:
Best:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32165960
Your current avatar, which is artistically and creatively done. However, it does not match the rest of your portfolio. 

Worst:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32022781
This is the worst in your port. Good model, but the way it was done it has zero redeeming value. The posing, lighting and composition are that of a snapshot. Nothing professional about it.

Overall I would suggest studying more on the art of photography. You need to develop your composition, lighting and posing skills.

Much success,
Michael

Thanks for the advice.  I didn't want to respond until i had some new work.  Seeing any improvement?

May 05 13 07:37 am Link

Model

MLindsey

Posts: 6

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

I'd love to hear what you have to say about mine!

May 05 13 10:54 am Link

Photographer

Silke Photography

Posts: 66

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

I'm feeling very unsatisfied with my work lately, not like it's too bad but I felt like it's not moving forward
Would love to hear a professional opinion, thank you for the offer! smile

May 05 13 11:21 am Link

Model

Ty James

Posts: 6

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

How about mine?

May 05 13 09:08 pm Link