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LetitiaAnnaKing
Posts: 17
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


Hey,
I am a 19 year old photographer that's been shooting since a very young age, but I am new to shooting with models, I have always had an interest in fashion, especially vintage, and I use a lot of film in my shoots, though sadly not medium format... Yet! I am actually new to digital rather than film, I'm getting grips with photoshop and all the added bits and bobs on my camera (just a standard canon 1000D, and lens, equipment is more than my student budget will allow for, and it's not even my own camera!) I do however have a shiny new imac and creative studio. (I say new, it's second hand almost new) so I'm halfway there. My 35mm kits are far better quality, so that's why I've stuck with what I know.

I understand there's a long way for me to go in improving my images, but I would like to think there's at least some potential there!

So take a wonder over to my port and let me know where I'm lacking, where I have promise, if I have any at all, and if there's anything I should give up on let me know!



Thanks!

Tish
Nov 07 12 06:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Sir Prepster
Posts: 80
New York, New York, US


You have great imagery and style, perhaps you just need more diversity, some shots need a crisper resolution rather than blurred, but all in all your on the right track, keep it up!
Nov 07 12 06:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,404
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121023/13/5086f932ca05b_m.jpg
Composition
Why cut off the llamas left hand
Better approach angle guitar up toward corner, that would put a diagonal in image plus inclusion of llamas hand

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121025/15/5089bb37c1e9c_m.jpg
While the effects of a washed out image may be today’s caution tape fad, a solid exposure with correct color and contrast will yield a stronger image to stand the test of time

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121102/11/50941542391d7_m.jpg
This is a fun effect, but how much value would in have in a llamas portfolio or look book presented to an agency

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/07/509a778af00da_m.jpg
Place llamas left arm forward and slightly to side, this will fill the bottom of the frame
A more dynamic pose is achieved when head and body do not face the same direction.


You have a good eye, you will do well

Wish you success!
Nov 07 12 07:36 am  Link  Quote 
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LetitiaAnnaKing
Posts: 17
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


Lee_Photography wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121023/13/5086f932ca05b_m.jpg
Composition
Why cut off the models left hand
Better approach angle guitar up toward corner, that would put a diagonal in image plus inclusion of models hand

Noted, though it's cropped and reduced to fit on the site, but directing could be stronger thanks.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121025/15/5089bb37c1e9c_m.jpg
While the effects of a washed out image may be today’s caution tape fad, a solid exposure with correct color and contrast will yield a stronger image to stand the test of time
I do keep all the originals, so I may look into that too.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121102/11/50941542391d7_m.jpg
This is a fun effect, but how much value would in have in a models portfolio or look book presented to an agency

True, but does all work I have to do be commercial? Can't it be a piece without warrant to be a 'fashion' piece. I would like to look into art photography too. I do get your point though!

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/07/509a778af00da_m.jpg
Place models left arm forward and slightly to side, this will fill the bottom of the frame
A more dynamic pose is achieved when head and body do not face the same direction.

understood, but for theme of the shoot I wanted her to be face on a lot, simply for the theme which I won't go into detail on here, but I know I need to work on my direction, it's only natural seeing as this is only the second time I've worked with models.


You have a good eye, you will do well

Wish you success!

Thank you very much smile

T

Nov 07 12 07:57 am  Link  Quote 
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The Effective Image
Posts: 3,933
Lansing, Michigan, US


Well, let's talk about your avatar.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/07/509a781aad957_m.jpg

If you haven't 'flipped' the image... the model is apparently left-eyed and shoots by pressing the shutter release with her right thumb. Most folks are right-handed and right-eyed. She also has her 'unused' eye open... most folks shut their 'unused' eye when shooting. Looks a bit odd to me...  and I'm right-handed and left-eyed because of a vision problem.

Aside from that, most folks seeing that image will assume it's you, especially since it's your avatar. You are a photographer and the image shows a person with a camera...

An avatar is an advert to attract viewers to your portfolio. It should be portrait orientation (Why? Portrait orientation images show up bigger in the MM scheme of avatars...), it should have some bright color (Why? Color attracts attention...).
So it's not a great avatar... even if it didn't have all that 'negative space'. The black 'negative space' seals it's doom... and it's even sorta washed out... needs a contrast push to make black really black...)

Hey, it's your portfolio... I'm just pointing out some things I notice... post whatever you want.
Nov 07 12 05:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LetitiaAnnaKing
Posts: 17
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


The Effective Image wrote:
Well, let's talk about your avatar.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/07/509a781aad957_m.jpg

If you haven't 'flipped' the image... the model is apparently left-eyed and shoots by pressing the shutter release with her right thumb. Most folks are right-handed and right-eyed. She also has her 'unused' eye open... most folks shut their 'unused' eye when shooting. Looks a bit odd to me...  and I'm right-handed and left-eyed because of a vision problem.

Aside from that, most folks seeing that image will assume it's you, especially since it's your avatar. You are a photographer and the image shows a person with a camera...

An avatar is an advert to attract viewers to your portfolio. It should be portrait orientation (Why? Portrait orientation images show up bigger in the MM scheme of avatars...), it should have some bright color (Why? Color attracts attention...).
So it's not a great avatar... even if it didn't have all that 'negative space'. The black 'negative space' seals it's doom... and it's even sorta washed out... needs a contrast push to make black really black...)

Hey, it's your portfolio... I'm just pointing out some things I notice... post whatever you want.

Interesting considering that's the image I've only had comments on, but I understand the comments. The image is not flipped however. I do the comments about it being the avatar though. I'll look through my portfolio and see if there's an image I like as much.

Personally I like the negative space surrounding the model, and the colour effect, but each to his own. I do take your comments on board, and I'll check what avatar I can use instead.

Nov 08 12 12:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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