Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
Your use of rope is very good and shows a lot of your knowledge, creativity and sense of humor (especially the shot of your dead computer).
Your photography is good. You have a good sense of composition. You have a good sense of light.
That being said, your compositions sometimes detract from the actual subject matter and especially the ropework. Including too much surrounding areas of the background sometimes works, and sometimes detracts.
I'd also like to see more direction with your models. For the most part they are just looking blankly at the camera or somewhere else. I don't see any connection between the emotions they are experiencing and the situations that they are in.
You are definitely on the right track . . . Keep up the good work !
Thanks Ken! I definitely feel the same way as you. Direction is without a doubt my weak point. In the majority of my rope interactions (non photographic), the emotions are very real and it shows, but when I'm shooting models in staged situations, I need to direct a lot more than I do.
In regards to the background, that is a debate I often have with myself. I love interesting backgrounds, and I sometimes I want to feature them as much as the model, but I completely agree that it can detract focus from the model/rope. I suppose time and experience will solve this one.
I should probably start shooting a lot of practice portraits.