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from my first real shoot , comments please
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Not an expert on fashion by a long margin..but i feel that the composition is a bit tight too close to the edges ? with the feet cut of and part of the hat as well...just a laymans perspective iam sure expert advice will soon follow...
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The first thing that seems obvious is the model looks as though she is having a laugh....!
Thats a good start, Because the rapor between photographer and model, Can make or break any shoot.
However its all a tad downhill from there I'm afraid.
First backdrop material needs ironing.... Steam irons are best.
Lighting is a bit flat, You don't say what you had in the way of lighting kit, So its hard to offer and further advise.
I'm guessing you wanted a white background....?
If so you need to read up on how best to achieve this, But the basics are, You light the background to a higher value than the lighting used for your model.
Lighting on model, A single light with a reflector can be useful, But again with no clue as to your light setup, Its hard to add more.
While we are on that, Some camera shooting data, Might prove helpful for more in depth advise.....
Model and pose, Fisrt the model looks fab.....
But as mentioned by " devlin " bits chopped off, Unless it was intentional, Its something to keep an eye on.
Models pose looks awkward almost as if she was falling backwards at the time, Take plenty of time when composing your model, Try to get a pose that looks comfortable, As well as fits the frame.
Lastly, Put more distance between your model and the background, This helps with reducing/removing shadows, But also allows the background to be " Out Of Focus " DOF wise, So the need to iron will be lessened, If not removed altogether.
Overall, Not a bad first real go, You have a good model tostart with, Looks as though she was enjoying the experience, So thats a great start.
thanks for comments , agree with it all! but responses are , lighting was with a cpl of flashes, had one behind backgound which didnt fire on that shot , but laugh was too good to miss! It is overcropped, reason being same as for poor dof , was working in very small room , had about 5 - 6 feet max between us! all in all not too unhappy with the shot, although I know it can be improved , & importantly I am sure I can do better! guess thats what its all about ... shoot .. learn ... shoot again!
All the stuff has been said and agreed....and I can totally sympathise with your circumstances as I have done shots like this where there was absolutely no room, so know where you are coming from on that. But I found that the way to combat this was to not have it completely lit and use minimal light, get the background as dark as possible, get her away from the background a bit more (I know, won't make any sense with no space, but if you are using the kit lens, go out to as close to 18mm as you can without actually "bending" her features...its surprising how much you can get in at that width) and then open the aperture up as much as possible, lower the light power as much as possible and have it as a low key shot instead. The effect will be dramatic....its much, much easier to do this as the closer you can get the light to the model, the better the drop off to the background, so only a couple of feet with the light close in will make a lot of difference.....and make a dramatic difference to your image. If you wanted a washed out white background, then the advice above is very good. But I reckon, with the lovely model you have and the obvious great rapport you have too, this could be a cracking collaboration regardless of the restrictions....it can be done! Look forward to seeing what you come up with!
In addition to the above, - its underexposed quite a bit, likely as one flash didnt fire, and its probably a little ambitious for a first effort. Try sitting poses where you know you have enough room.
You can also use Photoshop to provide a larger canvas as in mod2, - mod1 is with the exposure corrected and the wrinkles removed.
To cut things short you had fun taking the photo...JT
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