Brownlager Photography wrote: Well, as I enjoy how diverse your port is, and how much fun your models seem to be having, I thought I'd throw myself out there and see where I stack up.
Thank you for the compliment. It has taken many, many years of study to develop my style, which I developed long before digital was even thought of. The models are having fun. My images are dependent on getting the model to react to me, which is not natural to them. I want the model's images to relate to the audience, which only happens through her expression. All of the images I have posted on MM are of women I photographed with little to no modeling experience. None are professional models at the time of shooting.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32310222 The model is just there without an interesting expression of commercial value. The composition, pose and lighting don't enhance him. I would suggest culling this image as it pulls down the quality of your port.
Your current avatar is not of commercial value in its current tonal scale. It was a good concept, but it isn't executed well. You should not have the same model in basically the same pose repeated. You should decide which one you want and use only the one in your port. It's fine to use the image full size and then if you want to repeat with a detail crop, but the detail must stand on its own. Otherwise you are competing with yourself. Pick the best shot from a shoot and use only one, unless a second is very different in emotion or visual appeal. When you have two very similar images, they compete with each other.
I'm looking at your images on a calibrated monitor and a number of your images are approximately 1 stop underexposed, which causes them to lose their fine detail. Overall you have interesting concepts, but the tonal scale and cropping do not bring out their best assets.
Overall I see you have a lot of modeling potential, but I see some of the worst images I have ever experienced for someone who wants to be a model. I can see that you are working very hard at modeling, but the photographers with whom you are working have zero photographic ability in this field. You need to seek out photographers with a higher skill level. This type of imaging will not get you commercial work, which is shame because you have a great look.
RC Photography studio wrote: I am new to photography and plan to enter photo competitions in the future so I would love to have some feedback.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32230347 This has the best lighting, composition and pose in your portfolio. It would be stronger if the model had a more pleasing expression and her hand was placed more delicately. It would make for a stronger avatar than your current choice.
Overall photography is an endless quest of knowledge. You can learn to be good quickly, but you will spend the rest of your life perfecting your craft and refining how to make sensational images. I've been photographing for over forty years and while I know lens designs, can repair and fix photographic equipment, have worked from 35mm up to 8x10 film, developed my own black and white silver printing process, bought and sold at camera trade shows, have spoken nationally and internationally at photography shows and have successfully transitioned from film to digital, I still continue to push myself to learn new things about my field every day. While digital has made photography more accessible to new photographers, the elements of a strong photo have not changed. Study lighting, composition and posing and keep pushing your own boundaries.
narie wrote: I'd like to have some feedback, curious to know what you think
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32253182 This is your best image for showing you as a professional model. It shows your beautiful profile and excellent form. While I like negative space, there is too much of it in this image. If it was cropped to just some space above the head, it would be a stronger image.
Overall I see a very good model, working for the most part with unskilled photographers. You need to do a lot of culling in your portfolio. Your head shots are cropped too tight. And the dark and off-colored images are not of commercial value and bring down your port. Your weight is below ideal to show fashion well.
Overall you have a very good look and a lot of potential. Keep striving to work with more skilled photographers, who can show off your professional assets. Also see if you can incorporate some of your dance into your images, as that is a unique asset.
Overall you have a good look and seem to be comfortable in front of the camera. Continue to seek out quality photographers whose work you admire and who can help push your portfolio forward. You have a good face and interesting wardrobe. My recommendation would be to study poses that work to flatter your form. Pressing your arms against your body makes them appear heavier than they are.
Welcome to the world of modeling and much success,
Overall your images are all about the same level. You need to seek out more qualified photographers with more artistic ability and photographic knowledge. I would suggest learning more about posing and working with a knowledgeable photographer who will help you with the posing, since they are looking in the camera during the execution of the image. Also the background should not compete with the model.
You have a lot of potential, but it's not being well utilized. You are working very hard. But a lot of your images are more the fantasy of a photographer than images that show you well, such as this one:
dayplace wrote: I've been shooting for a few months now and would love to get a review of my portfolio to see where it stands.
Your port seems to be all classes, not indicative of all for someone who has been shooting your length of time. I don't see that it is fair to the model for them to see your classwork with professional type models and therefore expecting that you can produce the same quality of images for them. Show just the work that you have done on your own. If you don't have honesty in your relationship with models in this industry, you won't have repeat business.
I think you have a lot of potential, but you need to seek out more skilled photographers. There is a natural tendency in any particular race to shoot within the race. However, professionally a model of your ability should not be confined to one style of imaging. I like to work with all races, because each has artistic attributes that I seek. However, I have found that is rare in the industry. Don't let anything stop you. You really have a lot going for you.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Model with Michael wrote:
Passing on this one.
Disappointed you don't see any value in critiquing my portfolio, as I have been trying very hard with my work and would appreciate guidance to improve. Don't know whether it's an indication of working with poor photographers, no potential seen, or not wasting time on 'plus size' models. Best wishes regardless.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32022781 This is the worst in your port. Good model, but the way it was done it has zero redeeming value. The posing, lighting and composition are that of a snapshot. Nothing professional about it.
Overall I would suggest studying more on the art of photography. You need to develop your composition, lighting and posing skills.
Thanks for the advice. I didn't want to respond until i had some new work. Seeing any improvement?