Forums > Critique > Cut to the bone! for a stronger portfolio.

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Kurly Smith wrote:

Yes You have great advice.  Took out the wedding dress pic right away.  The other pic I am hesitant to take out because I love the dress! But I am giving it some thought. Thanks again for the critique!

thanks for the feed back!, it really helps keep my interest in doing these.  Remember this is a "get me more work" site, not "what dress I like" site Haha : )

They always say don't take it personally, and I agree it's very hard not to. but the way I try to think of it is: what ever they say, is about the work not me. I am not my work.

Jul 14 13 04:36 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

CheyGal wrote:
I'm open for critique and would love any suggestions!
Thanks :-)

Best, go back to her for more photos
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130510/00/518ca18ca8a1f_m.jpg

that's good : )
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130604/16/51ae7a6fe08d9_m.jpg

this is close to being a good photo, but it's cropped too tight, your toe is cut. the light hitting your face is too side on, so it make your expression harsh.  using a reflector would help, but the photog should know that..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130713/22/51e23185823a2_m.jpg

same..  only one light source is hard to do.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130713/22/51e23172b4515_m.jpg

this is better but you turned you head a bit too far and the bridge of your nose is over your right eye so there's no catch light.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130713/22/51e23162495f2_m.jpg

try practicing expressions with your phone, show friends and ask if they know what your were going for.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130614/01/51bad3b380ec3_m.jpg

are you trying to get more of this type of work? if not, cut
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130613/21/51ba9ebed006a_m.jpg

"thanks" are nice, but feedback is better.  how did I do? was that fair?
comments, tags on my port and friend requests are great too!  : )

Jul 14 13 05:11 pm Link

Model

Echo_

Posts: 282

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

I am at  lost with mine

Jul 14 13 05:25 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Echo_ wrote:
I am at  lost with mine

Good porfolito! why lost?

Great headshot, you should use this for avi
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130521/20/519c40bd7683b_m.jpg

I don't know if it's just my computer, but this image doesn't load.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30436445

good shot, but cropped to tight..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121027/22/508cc394209ac_m.jpg

cool!  I wish it was cropped in closer to the edge of the tub.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130616/18/51be6abe5a5a5_m.jpg

I don't think these are flattering to you, cut
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130714/17/51e33cef9e53c_m.jpg



"thanks" are nice, but feedback is better.  how did I do? was that fair?
comments, tags on my port and friend requests are great too!  : )

Jul 14 13 07:27 pm Link

Photographer

Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Dennis Zeitz wrote:
I love sugar coating but they are empty calories : )
If you want a stronger port and are willing to cut all but the best, let's go!

Anyone can critique too!  and please let me know how I'm doing at this, thanks!

Critiquing you: A little too much skin blur on some of your images and not enough sharpness. Looks like your using a little too much of the curves in lightroom-That can get you that washed out highs look. I think you should ditch your first picture in your port and one of the ones that is a duplicate with a different treatment.
CHeers. Hope this helps:-)

Jul 14 13 07:32 pm Link

Model

Kaela Kino

Posts: 71

Duluth, Minnesota, US

I agree! Tell me what needs to go! smile

Jul 14 13 07:41 pm Link

Model

Echo_

Posts: 282

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Dennis Zeitz wrote:
Good porfolito! why lost?

Great headshot, you should use this for avi
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130521/20/519c40bd7683b_m.jpg

I don't know if it's just my computer, but this image doesn't load.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30436445

good shot, but cropped to tight..
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121027/22/508cc394209ac_m.jpg

cool!  I wish it was cropped in closer to the edge of the tub.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130616/18/51be6abe5a5a5_m.jpg

I don't think these are flattering to you, cut
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130714/17/51e33cef9e53c_m.jpg



"thanks" are nice, but feedback is better.  how did I do? was that fair?




comments, tags on my port and friend requests are great too!  : )

Should I just cut the ones you commented on then? I mean, I liked the last one but I agree with you about the one on the right, is the left ok?

Jul 14 13 07:49 pm Link

Photographer

TMA Photo and Retouch

Posts: 728

New York, New York, US

Ive been thinking about something like this for weeks now...  Im thinking ive got way too many images.  Im sure my port would be enhanced if I got rid of some images.

Thanks!!

Jul 14 13 07:53 pm Link

Photographer

TMA Photo and Retouch

Posts: 728

New York, New York, US

Kaela Kino wrote:
I agree! Tell me what needs to go! smile

For Model Kaela Kino.  I Hope im getting this right...we are also supposed to chime in and do other peoples portfolios too? If not ill come back and delete this.

Kaela...Row 4 could all be deleted in my opinion...the vampire images and the dark one next to it do not add to your look of beauty and grace for me...therefore good candidates for me to be dropped.  The first 2 images in row 3 dont add to your class and beauty for me as well either...they are also quite dark.  The bondage kind of images for me are all to dark to be effective.

Row 13 doesnt have any really strong images in it for me...but the next row and the last rows have some very attractive images in them.  If images dont show your beauty and class and appreciation of the body...they can go...you have some images that are just average...id delete those too.  I know you are versatile and diverse but you have a some nice images...enough of them to let the questionable ones drop...and still have a very nice portfolio remaining.  It might be stronger to only have your best favorites.

Ray

Jul 14 13 08:04 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

I'd love an opinion.

Jul 14 13 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Image Magik wrote:

Critiquing you: A little too much skin blur on some of your images and not enough sharpness. Looks like your using a little too much of the curves in lightroom-That can get you that washed out highs look. I think you should ditch your first picture in your port and one of the ones that is a duplicate with a different treatment.
CHeers. Hope this helps:-)

thanks,  ya the first one is gone, it's was a image I wasn't too happy with but was trying to make someone out of it until I shoot more.  it's harder that I thought to arrange a shoot : )

I'm working on sharpness too, these are older images.  I hate when I look on the camera screen and it seem sharp and I load it on the computer and it isn't. those were shot with a 7D and I've sold that and got a 6D it's so much better!

is this the one you talking about?  I've had people love and hate this image,  but got the best score of my images in Pick of the Day.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130527/17/51a3f8fec334f_m.jpg

Jul 14 13 09:26 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

TMA Photo and Retouch wrote:
Ive been thinking about something like this for weeks now...  Im thinking ive got way too many images.  Im sure my port would be enhanced if I got rid of some images.

Thanks!!

Yes please jump in!

I think you should start by making two folders one for photo and one with before/after retouched images.

50 is too many to go through. but I like this!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130607/06/51b1e3c9cfcfd_m.jpg

Jul 14 13 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Kaela Kino wrote:
I agree! Tell me what needs to go! smile

ya agree with Image Magik.

60 is too many, pick only your best.

great look!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120616/16/4fdd111fcab31_m.jpg

too dark, cut

Jul 14 13 09:41 pm Link

Model

Ry Niani

Posts: 1

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I'm terrified to even ask, but since I'm just now getting back into modeling again after many years away from it, I need to rebuild. Be gentle!

Jul 14 13 10:17 pm Link

Photographer

IntoThePit Photography

Posts: 1

Athens, Ohio, US

I am new to photography and would like some critique on my port; thank you in advance.

Jul 14 13 11:37 pm Link

Model

Kaela Kino

Posts: 71

Duluth, Minnesota, US

Thanks so much to TMA Photo and Retouch & Dennis Zeitz!

I narrowed my portfolio down to 42 images, so I cut 18! I hope my portfolio is stronger because of it. Thanks so much for your input smile

Jul 15 13 12:46 pm Link

Photographer

Dennis Zeitz

Posts: 98

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Kaela Kino wrote:
Thanks so much to TMA Photo and Retouch & Dennis Zeitz!

I narrowed my portfolio down to 42 images, so I cut 18! I hope my portfolio is stronger because of it. Thanks so much for your input smile

it does look better,  maybe make a folder for the bondage stuff.

love it!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32767969

nice, love the lighting make you look like a statue. I think he's your best photog, try to get more.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29621250

good
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120630/09/4fef2d90c2200_m.jpg

the wide angle lens and croping off your toes makes your foot look very odd. cut
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32333917

too dark, hands cutoff
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31304398

cut
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30365995

Jul 15 13 08:13 pm Link

Model

Ruth Gray

Posts: 48

Portland, Maine, US

How am I doing? How can I improve? Thanks!

Jul 16 13 07:55 pm Link

Model

HEATHER 19

Posts: 1156

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I have cut to 15, tried for a variety

Jul 17 13 04:45 am Link