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ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Hi, do you mind taking some time off your busy schedule and going through my port. Please tell me where I stand, what I am lacking of, what needs to be improved and what's good (if any)

THANKS smile
clash
May 21 13 04:07 am  Link  Quote 
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Hector Pachas
Posts: 87
Stamford, Connecticut, US


Hi,

An avatar for starters ;-)
May 21 13 04:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Anvanya Photography
Posts: 26
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands


Yeah, first of all I would set an avatar. Very important. smile

And maybe you could add some studio-look photographs to add some variety. They don't need to be taken in a real studio a black or white wall works just fine when you're starting out.
May 21 13 04:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Anvanya Photography wrote:
Yeah, first of all I would set an avatar. Very important. smile

And maybe you could add some studio-look photographs to add some variety. They don't need to be taken in a real studio a black or white wall works just fine when you're starting out.

I completely overlooked the importance of setting an avatar. It's on the queue now! Thanks for the advice, I do have studio shots! but I don't like it eh...

May 21 13 04:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,611
New York, New York, US


You are off to a good start. Some of your photos could be cropped a bit better to keep the model as the focus. You seem to keep a good portion of the surroundings in your shots. It doesn't make them bad but it does take away from your model. It does get a little distracting to me, I tend to look around the model and not at her. 

Keep shooting! Not bad so far.
May 21 13 04:45 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Marin Photography wrote:
You are off to a good start. Some of your photos could be cropped a bit better to keep the model as the focus. You seem to keep a good portion of the surroundings in your shots. It doesn't make them bad but it does take away from your model. It does get a little distracting to me, I tend to look around the model and not at her. 

Keep shooting! Not bad so far.

iight got it man! Thanks so much for the encouraging words!

May 21 13 04:47 am  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,611
New York, New York, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130513/01/5190aa8fa3bd4_m.jpg The leaves are in focus not the model. Careful, the camera tends to focus on what's closest to the lens. Keep the focus on the eyes. Selective focal points might help you avoid that. 

Best of luck!
May 21 13 04:49 am  Link  Quote 
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ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Marin Photography wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130513/01/5190aa8fa3bd4_m.jpg The leaves are in focus not the model. Careful, the camera tends to focus on what's closest to the lens. Keep the focus on the eyes. Selective focal points might help you avoid that. 

Best of luck!

Thanks smile will work on that!

May 21 13 04:50 am  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,611
New York, New York, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130513/01/5190aa4e1be82_m.jpg Make this your avatar. Vertical images work better and are larger. You want people to want to look inside. Think of it as a book cover.
May 21 13 04:54 am  Link  Quote 
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ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Marin Photography wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130513/01/5190aa4e1be82_m.jpg Make this your avatar. Vertical images work better and are larger. You want people to want to look inside. Think of it as a book cover.

Alright, it's on queue now

May 21 13 05:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


I think as a beginner, you should just reduce the things you need to deal with in a shoot.  Your locations decisions are not good.  The backgrounds are very distracting and  not at all appealing, so find a nice blank wall (ideally that is int he shade with the sunlight bouncing off the opposite wall) or an interior with sunlight coming in from one window- the more subtle colored the better the wall and just work from there.  Get the girls to dress a bit better- kinda blah and sloppy. A big challenge for a photographer is to capture a subject who is relaxed, full of personality and being natural- many of your subjects appear to be just posing.

good luck though and you have some cute friends to work with

Mark
May 22 13 11:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Matthew Gwinn
Posts: 129
Ypsilanti, Michigan, US


It seems to me that maybe some of your original images were washed out a little, so you boosted the saturation to compensate. You can really see it in the denim shorts. Do you shoot in RAW format? If so, there are better ways to get the color boost you're looking for without jacking up the saturation directly. Directly adjusting the saturation should be the last thing you try. Start by adjusting your blacks, your exposure, and vibrance. The cool thing with the vibrance tool is that you can usually saturate the image without altering the skin tones. After you try all of that, then try adjusting the saturation of individual colors - it's really easy in Lightroom.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130521/04/519b545c4c737_m.jpg
This image in particular needs to be tones down some. The foreground isn't too bad, but maybe you could take the saturation down a hair. The model really pops so it's a tough call. However, the background really needs to be toned down. The graffiti and the passerby's pants look bad. If you don't want to start over from the RAW image, try a layer mask in PS and desaturate the background a little and you should be golden.

Hope that was helpful and not too critical.

Your models are beautiful by the way.

,Matt
May 22 13 12:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Matthew Gwinn wrote:
It seems to me that maybe some of your original images were washed out a little, so you boosted the saturation to compensate. You can really see it in the denim shorts. Do you shoot in RAW format? If so, there are better ways to get the color boost you're looking for without jacking up the saturation directly. Directly adjusting the saturation should be the last thing you try. Start by adjusting your blacks, your exposure, and vibrance. The cool thing with the vibrance tool is that you can usually saturate the image without altering the skin tones. After you try all of that, then try adjusting the saturation of individual colors - it's really easy in Lightroom.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130521/04/519b545c4c737_m.jpg
This image in particular needs to be tones down some. The foreground isn't too bad, but maybe you could take the saturation down a hair. The model really pops so it's a tough call. However, the background really needs to be toned down. The graffiti and the passerby's pants look bad. If you don't want to start over from the RAW image, try a layer mask in PS and desaturate the background a little and you should be golden.

Hope that was helpful and not too critical.

Your models are beautiful by the way.

,Matt

Haha, it's never too critical, I will learn from it thanks! smile

May 22 13 03:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ClashnClairty
Posts: 133
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Mark wrote:
I think as a beginner, you should just reduce the things you need to deal with in a shoot.  Your locations decisions are not good.  The backgrounds are very distracting and  not at all appealing, so find a nice blank wall (ideally that is int he shade with the sunlight bouncing off the opposite wall) or an interior with sunlight coming in from one window- the more subtle colored the better the wall and just work from there.  Get the girls to dress a bit better- kinda blah and sloppy. A big challenge for a photographer is to capture a subject who is relaxed, full of personality and being natural- many of your subjects appear to be just posing.

good luck though and you have some cute friends to work with

Mark

Thanks Mark! smile will learn from it!

May 22 13 03:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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