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Photographer

Kierran5

Posts: 73

Bainbridge, Georgia, US

Hi everyone out there, just shot these yesterday, and was hoping to get some feedback on them. All images are unedited-so keep that in mind. I'm up for any suggestions you can give. They will all be much appreciated.

1.) Clothed: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240308

2.) Nude: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240327

3.) Nude:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240347

4.) Nude: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240368

5.) Nude: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240375

If you have any suggestions on framing, lighting, posing or posture, I would love to recieve some of it, or anything else in general that could use some tweaking. ^^

Jul 13 13 11:08 am Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

I think the last 4 are all the same image, are they not.

In any case they're not great images. He eyes are very dark on all counts. Composition is not terrible but it could be better. I think the lighting kills all of them

Jul 13 13 01:08 pm Link

Model

Paige Thomley

Posts: 573

West Bend, Wisconsin, US

Sorry but they're all bad on multiple levels. At the very LEAST, the model looks bad. I don't imagine she'd be happy getting these back. If she loves them, then great but I wouldn't.

Jul 13 13 01:17 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Both images (the four nudes are all the same shot) are bad snapshots. Postprocessing won't save them.

The angle on the nude makes the model look stumpy.

The lighting is ambient, flat and boring.

Jul 13 13 01:22 pm Link

Photographer

Kierran5

Posts: 73

Bainbridge, Georgia, US

I apologize, for some reason my computer put the same piece up 4 times. She does have rather dark eyes though, even in more well lit pictures. These are the other 3:

1.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240347

2.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240368

3.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240375

Also, it was getting close to 7pm and was about to rain, so the light wasn't as strong

Jul 13 13 04:37 pm Link

Photographer

Kierran5

Posts: 73

Bainbridge, Georgia, US

And it's doing it again. I put the links up-different #'s.... hmm..

Jul 13 13 04:38 pm Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 7778

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

They all look like crappy snap shots.



This is a bullshit excuse. 

Kierran5 wrote:
Also, it was getting close to 7pm and was about to rain, so the light wasn't as strong

Jul 13 13 04:48 pm Link

Model

Amber Dawn - Colorado

Posts: 6250

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

Yeah I'm not too fond of them either, The quality sucks

Jul 13 13 05:36 pm Link

Photographer

LA StarShooter

Posts: 1875

Los Angeles, California, US

Kierran5 wrote:
I apologize, for some reason my computer put the same piece up 4 times. She does have rather dark eyes though, even in more well lit pictures. These are the other 3:

1.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240347

2.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240368

3.) http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 7#33240375

Also, it was getting close to 7pm and was about to rain, so the light wasn't as strong

If they are raw files, they can be rescued. The question is, do you have raws and are they Nikon? In Nikon View NX you can considerably sharpen. Canon has software where you can do the same thing.  In photoshop, you can brighten the eyes. I quite like the potential of the first image where she is clothed. But also a nude in a waterfall is not a bad thing to have in the portfolio and so you may wish to inquire of retouchers. I am not a retoucher but retouching is on my mind, I have a horde to do for some one. You should be able to find someone good close if you can't figure out how to retouch them successfully. .

Jul 13 13 05:52 pm Link

Photographer

Digiography

Posts: 3353

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Lets see if this works any better from someone else posting the image(s) if that is ok with you, all 18+ shots.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240308

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240375

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240368

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240347

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240327

Sorry but I would have to concur with the consensus here, they are all just crappy snapshots.  Waste of a good location and the models time.

Kierran5 wrote:
Also, it was getting close to 7pm and was about to rain, so the light wasn't as strong

Have to agree with Images by MR on this, just a bad excuse because that means you had even lighting as your main lighting source, which could of easily been supplemented by you using speedlights, strobes, reflectors, etc.

Jul 13 13 05:58 pm Link

Photographer

christopher harvey

Posts: 28

New York, New York, US

Also, I hate to nitpick but she's as nude as tobias funke

Jul 13 13 06:10 pm Link

Photographer

Eralar

Posts: 1778

Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

You had a rather blunt truth here...  the best thing another photographer told me was to buy this book: http://www.amazon.ca/Light-Science-Intr … 0240808193

Learn about lighting, bring an assistant who will be able to help with reflectors / speedlight and accessories.

Then, pay a very experienced model and ask her to help you understand the basics of posing, as the photographer is ultimately responsible for what the model does and decide if/when he wants to click that button.

Here's an excellent video I found in another thread: http://vimeo.com/12588935

Don't let it bring you down, you learn much faster from your mistakes than from what you've done right.  As my e-mail signature goes: "Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." Unknown source

Eric

Jul 13 13 06:51 pm Link

Photographer

myfotographer

Posts: 3389

Fresno, California, US

Shoot in such a way that you have to make NO excuses.

Blaming the model, the light or the time of day simply doesn't fly. Learn to see and than leverage the light.

Jul 13 13 07:00 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8388

Olney, Maryland, US

myfotographer wrote:
Shoot in such a way that you have to make NO excuses.

Blaming the model, the light or the time of day simply doesn't fly. Learn to see and than leverage the light.

So true.  It's useless to make excuses.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/33240327
Regardless of the rain, she needs light in her eyes.
That left thigh is huge.
But most of all, she would appreciate a bit of a PS tummy tuck.

Jul 13 13 07:09 pm Link

Photographer

Jakov Markovic

Posts: 1128

Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia

I think many will find this just being: woman with her clothes off for no reason captured on film for no reason.

Jul 14 13 08:07 am Link

Photographer

Francisco Castro

Posts: 1735

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Kierran5 wrote:
Also, it was getting close to 7pm and was about to rain, so the light wasn't as strong

You're supposed to be a photographer. Controlling and capturing light is 99% of your business. That's a very weak excuse, specially when you post the photos for critiquing.

These are snapshots. Bad ones at that.

Jul 14 13 08:18 am Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7249

New York, New York, US

Work on your lighting - use a fill flash or a reflector to light your subjects. Maybe if you can take a workshop or two or get some books on lighting. . 

Look for the Mentor list, in the forum search. You can find photographers who are actually helpful as opposed to the nonsense that goes on in here.

Best of luck!

Jul 14 13 08:29 am Link