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Emmanuel Brown EP
Posts: 15
Savannah, Georgia, US


Jun 12 13 11:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Ren Murray
Posts: 542
Salem, Oregon, US


Well, I don't shoot a lot of nudes, but nothing about those photos screams "amateur". You have good exposure, good contrast, nice compositions...I would say you are taking the right approach...but, what is right, or wrong?
Jun 12 13 11:50 am  Link  Quote 
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Shane Noir
Posts: 2,332
Los Angeles, California, US


Jun 12 13 11:58 am  Link  Quote 
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Emmanuel Brown EP
Posts: 15
Savannah, Georgia, US


Thats what i dont understand. i thought photography is what i see and how i want to capture it. But most photographer now put guidelines on what a specific pose and shoot is supposed to look like from beginning to end. I have been told my pictures contain alot of contrast. and i simply respond "thats how i wanted it" but whats right and wrong is oblivious to me. I'm just trying to grow and learn.

Thnx for your assessment i appreciate it
Jun 12 13 12:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Vintagevista
Posts: 10,841
Sun City, California, US


Good first efforts - I see a lot of folks - they claim they have been shooting nudes a long time, that aren't that good.

And now a suggestion.  One of the first things I learned the hard way was that "Sometimes there is a better image, hiding within an average one."

In the number 2 image with the three girls - The focus cannot help but be on the center of the image and the middle woman's pubes. 

And having that kind of focus - all up and in the front and center in the image.  Drowns out the rest of the image

It's a guy with a banjo - in a string quartet - you can't hear anything else. 

And in this case, it's difficult to refocus on the rest of the image.

If it was cropped slightly above the pubic region - it's a sensuous and gentle shot of the 3 women - with mystery and a possible story people could imagine.
Jun 12 13 08:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Emmanuel Brown EP
Posts: 15
Savannah, Georgia, US


So you are saying that it is better to leave it up to the imagination rather than showing it full blast. Interesting thank you so much for your help. im going to go try this idea you have given me...like NOW
Jun 13 13 05:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 7,096
New York, New York, US


There are no rules you can't break. If you are learning then you should learn the rules, is what I always heard.  It doesn't look like your first time, I think they are well done.

I will say as mentioned the one with the hooha dead center should be cropped. Nothing against seeing it but dead center in front is a little bit much. It takes away from the rest of the image.

Keep shooting you are doing very well with the shadows. I like that.
Jun 13 13 05:26 am  Link  Quote 
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Neil Snape
Posts: 9,456
Paris, Île-de-France, France


1 2 3 are good .

3 starts to be classic but it is still well done.  I like 2 because it is different.

1 2 3 say nothing about if these are your first, yet 4+5 are very amateur looking, in a bad way.

only 3 will be remembered, it's different and has a story.
Jun 13 13 05:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Emmanuel Brown EP
Posts: 15
Savannah, Georgia, US


Thank you both. I keep hearing story, which leads to to think that i need to take more pictures that lead the mind to wonder and wander. showing jus enought to arouse great suspicion sort of like a tease.
Jun 13 13 06:50 am  Link  Quote 
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Vintagevista
Posts: 10,841
Sun City, California, US


Emmanuel Brown EP wrote:
Thank you both. I keep hearing story, which leads to to think that i need to take more pictures that lead the mind to wonder and wander. showing jus enought to arouse great suspicion sort of like a tease.

Yup - the human brain is the most powerful potential aspect of an image. 

A lot of photos are easy to glance at and dismiss - others - - if you can make the brain stop and say "Hey, what happens next?"  or, "Wow, how did we get here?"  You have a great start.

When I worked with Ebay - we figured that you have less than 2.5 seconds to have people look at images - if they are interested - they would stay and look further. 

If the image was bad or dull and easily dismissed - they were GONE.

Strive to make images that engage people's imaginations -

Jun 13 13 09:23 am  Link  Quote 
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Horns Up Photography
Posts: 40
Norwalk, California, US


2 and 4 are my only dislikes and 2 is just as other mentioned, is cropping. At that angle looking directly on, best to go with imagination. For me there are poses where it is ok, like at an angle from the side or even in the pose 4 is in but with legs closer together. The critique for 4 is, it seems a little blurred and her head position has you looking up her nose. Eyes look partly open. I think closer legs and tilt the head to see a side profile on her right side would have been money. Soften the look in editing.

The rest are really beautiful shots accentuating the curves and highlighting what makes the female body great. You have a good eye brotha, keep it up.
Jun 13 13 02:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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