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Another lighting trial just before I did the proper shots this pm (and stuffed it due to poor wardrobe observations!). Don't worry, I didn't light the CEO this shadily! I just wanted to create some kind of sinister boardroom style shot - a la Wall Street. We only work in digi marketing but I wanted a more powerful look!

Thanks for your comments on the previous shot. I'm really grateful considering I've been so lame in terms of contributions this year.

This is ISO 200 f9 1/160 @50mm

Cheers,
Howard

(Oh, it's an SB-900 in an Ezybox to camera right.)

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 24-70 2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
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Username:HowardA HowardA
Uploaded:19 May 2010 - 12:26 AM
Tags:Another trial, Black & white, Corporate headshots, Portraits / people
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very good portraiture. In this case I very much like how he blends into the bg.

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2010 - 12:43 AM

Excellent candid monochrome full portrait capture & rendering with very good clarity, contrast, & light. Nice work & good photographic impact. Regards...Lex

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debu
debu  4 India
19 May 2010 - 12:58 AM

Excellent image that works really well in B/W.
Debu

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
19 May 2010 - 9:53 AM

It works for me, maybe you should have used this lighting on the CEO!


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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2010 - 10:53 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I really like the way this shot looks so different to the last one. The last one he looked friendly and approachable, this one like he wouldn't suffer fools gladly. And that's all down to you.
I like the pose and the newspaper prop, well thought out.
Some small things that strike me. On my monitor I've lost his arm, so a hand appears with no arm. If it were mine I would go into shadow/highlight, bring up the shadows until you can just see the arm/suit, make a black mask, and paint the arm back in.
The composition strikes me as a bit 'long', bringing back the arm might help this. His face is just a tad bright again.
You could do with a little space above his head.
I know you were only practising, but if this was for real, I would worry about that ill fitting shirt. I think you are duty bound to point out something like that to the client, put diplomatic hat on.

Last Modified By stix at 19 May 2010 - 10:54 AM

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johnnyboy114
19 May 2010 - 11:21 AM

Great light and a very good constructive piece of commenting from Martin regarding the sleeve and the arm....it looks the same for me too. Looks just like someone has put a dismembered hand on his lap....

But as for the rest, I like this a lot. A very powerful, editorial type shot. I kind of like the dishevelled look of this guy, it works. But if you are doing the top man, this might not be acceptable. But other than that, this really is a fantastic image. I like this a lot. Clever use of the light and DOF and works very, very well

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
19 May 2010 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for the feedback. Martin, regarding the strong light ('bright'). There were no clipping warnings in RAW so I'm not aware of pushing things over the edge. I could be rightly accused of dropping the shadows too much though! It was intentional but you're right about his ghostly hand appearing. Could/should have lifted the arm out a bit in shadows/highlights.

If you think this shirt is bad, you should have seen the CEOs!! I haven't fogiven myself fo such poor wardrobe awareness. I won't make that mistake again...

Thx,
Howard

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2010 - 11:47 AM


Quote: If you think this shirt is bad, you should have seen the CEOs!! I haven't fogiven myself fo such poor wardrobe awareness. I won't make that mistake again...

I suppose if the CEO always looks like that, then it's part of his personality/look and thats how you should represent him. But if he was just having a bad day.....

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