Well...I haven't read the whole thread...but assuming the problems are colored lines due to lensflare? badcamera? and bad lighting....it's POSSIBLE...MAYBE...there's a really talented retoucher that can work some magic...basically making the poor photo into more of a digital painting. But...you'd have to find a really talented person to do that.
But if stuff is out of focus...meh...live and learn...sometimes the bar bites you...
I guess all you can do is not work with photographers whos work you don't like. Giveing a guy a few chances to make good is generous, but some where between two and twelve shoots you have to realize that he ain't gettin any better. As far as the lines in the images maybe there is something wrong with his camera or cd burner. Have you shown him what the files look like?
And what part of the shoot should I take responsiblity for ?, The shaking on his hands?,the blue and red lines on each image?,the black holes were my eyes should be?,please let me know so I can understand...please!
The TEN shoots after he failed to deliver a first and a second time.
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Kelly Y wrote: working with a photog. in a TFCD which there wasn't even one useable image due to lighting ,a shaking of photog's hands,blue and/or red lines on face and body (I guess due to new camra lens)?
I'm a little surprised that no one hasn't mentioned this yet. If you have at least a few images that have good color and focus, try cropping out part of the image to get a smaller close up. You might be amazed at what you can come up with using only part of the original photograph. I do that frequently and many times have come up with images that are far better then the overall ones.
Yes, retouching can sometimes "save" an image. Which I've done myself (big fan of shooting RAW just in case). But quite frankly if none of the other images in a shoot came out well than the "saved" image will most likely not be much better. Perhaps in web form but almost certainly not in print.
My advice going forward: If the second attempt doesn't yield substantially better results than its time to cut your losses and move on. Better yet, be more proactive during a TFP shoot. Periodically check the results. It's best to see them on a monitor rather than the back of the camera. If you're not happy then speak up. The compensation in a trade shoot is the final image...so if you're not getting anything usable you are not getting "paid".
You might consider CAMing the guy if it's possible that the images in his portfolio are not his own work. The Mods could have had other complaints about the guy that might add up to something work looking into.
The Mods might also be able to spot stylistic and technical differences between his portfolio pics that could indicate they weren't taken by the same person.
I'm sorry, but 12 times is just way too much. If I messed up twice in a row, I would at least stop until I took some classes. I'm sure someone would be able to show me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. If that didn't help, I'd just hand the camera over to my wife and let her do whatever with it.
I'm a beginner in this industry still, but I enjoy trying new styles and techniques. If I find something's not working, I move on to something different. I believe it's not the camera or lens that makes a great photograph, but the vision and heart of the artist(s).