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Lovely Day Media
Posts: 3,709
Vineland, New Jersey, US


Someone has told me that this image is the weakest point in my portfolio right now.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120616/00/4fdc387cc2901_m.jpg

  I did ask for their opinion so I have to accept it, but is this opinion one that you (a person) agree with?  If you do, what is it that makes this picture weak?
Nov 14 12 09:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


- The model is dead-center of the image. While you need the model dead-center when you rotate the camera, you could've cropped the shot in post to at least tease Rule of Thirds. In other types of images, a model's head dead-center usually suggests the photographer is solely concerned with getting the model in focus and not at all on composition.

- The spin feels like a gimmick.

- Selective color. It's definitely a gimmick. A cheap one.

- There is nothing about this image that says you have the skills or the eye to produce images that will benefit a model building her portfolio. Other images in your port might or might not, but this one definitely won't.
Nov 15 12 06:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KMP
Posts: 4,655
Houston, Texas, US


It's not a keeper... for sure..  Is it your weakest?  Probably..
Nov 15 12 07:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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DVP Photography
Posts: 2,845
Broomfield, Colorado, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:
- The model is dead-center of the image. While you need the model dead-center when you rotate the camera, you could've cropped the shot in post to at least tease Rule of Thirds. In other types of images, a model's head dead-center usually suggests the photographer is solely concerned with getting the model in focus and not at all on composition.

- The spin feels like a gimmick.

- Selective color. It's definitely a gimmick. A cheap one.

- There is nothing about this image that says you have the skills or the eye to produce images that will benefit a model building her portfolio. Other images in your port might or might not, but this one definitely won't.

I agree with this.  Funny thing is, a lot of MM models would like this photo and have it in their port.  Gimmicks seem to work for many.

Nov 17 12 02:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lovely Day Media
Posts: 3,709
Vineland, New Jersey, US


DVP Photography wrote:
I agree with this.  Funny thing is, a lot of MM llamas would like this photo and have it in their port.  Gimmicks seem to work for many.

So ... if this is a gimmick and gimmicks seem to work for many, does that make this a strong point or a weak point for my port?

Nov 18 12 09:23 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Tiffiney C
Posts: 568
Los Angeles, California, US


It's not a great image but I would say the one below is your weakest. Bad lighting, not port worthy at all. Looks more like a snapshot than a professional shot. Just my opinion smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121031/00/5090ccfd90e04_m.jpg

Tiff
www.tiffineyc.com
Nov 18 12 09:30 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lovely Day Media
Posts: 3,709
Vineland, New Jersey, US


I've been through the whole snapshot vs photograph discussion before so I don't have anything to say about that.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=862948

  What I will say is that this image is more a result of not having the "proper" equipment vs not knowing 100% what to do.
Nov 18 12 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Lovely Day Media wrote:
So ... if this is a gimmick and gimmicks seem to work for many, does that make this a strong point or a weak point for my port?

Well, if you want to appeal to clueless hobbyist noob models who can't tell a useful portfolio image from one that would be horribly counterproductive to their port, then it would be a strong point.

If you're interested in benefitting models' portfolios, you'll need to create images that show the model at her best, not show off your editing chops. Sometimes those two goals are complementary. In this case, not. Very much not.

Nov 25 12 04:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Lovely Day Media wrote:
What I will say is that this image is more a result of not having the "proper" equipment vs not knowing 100% what to do.

Are you still referring to the spin image or are you now talking about the model in the kitchen image?

What equipment did you need to better accomplish that image?

And how would the image have been improved, or at least different?

Nov 25 12 04:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,406
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Lovely Day Media wrote:
Someone has told me that this image is the weakest point in my portfolio right now.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120616/00/4fdc387cc2901_m.jpg

  I did ask for their opinion so I have to accept it, but is this opinion one that you (a person) agree with?  If you do, what is it that makes this picture weak?

Many of you images suffer from a technique issue or two

This is not an image that I would suggest a model keep in her modeling portfolio or turn into a modeling agency.

It may be the weakest but it is very close to some of the others

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120817/01/502dfd6452723_m.jpg
Cropping issues, do not cut the hand in half

Best if you show the knees to include the feet

Nov 25 12 10:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lovely Day Media
Posts: 3,709
Vineland, New Jersey, US


Lovely Day Media wrote:
What I will say is that this image is more a result of not having the "proper" equipment vs not knowing 100% what to do.
Orca Bay Images wrote:
Are you still referring to the spin image or are you now talking about the model in the kitchen image?

What equipment did you need to better accomplish that image?

And how would the image have been improved, or at least different?

This reference is to the "kitchen" photo (that has since been deleted from my port). 

  The 2 things that would've made all the difference (IMO) are lights (it was fairly dark in there, even with every light in the house on) and a sharper, faster lens that is wider than 50 mm (I use a crop sensor camera body). 

  The lights would've helped to eliminate harsh shadows in many areas.  The wider lens with a bigger aperture would've allowed more light in less time so I wouldn't have to have long shutter times (blurred image). 

  Most people thought this image was terrible (seemingly, anyway).  It was the only one I wasn't embarrassed to show anyone.  You won't see the rest of them.

Nov 27 12 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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