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On Friday I did my VERY FIRST studio shoot.

Go on, tell me what you really really think.

I would actually like to learn from this as its something I really enjoyed doing and would like to do more.

Sorry Ive not been around much, most of you will know the reason why.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18 200
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Boys
Username:WelshKiwi WelshKiwi
Uploaded:31 Aug 2008 - 6:45 PM
Tags:Boys, Flash / lighting, General, Portraits / people, Portraiture, Studio
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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 6:54 PM

Tell you what, Lee, if these were my boys, I'd be more than happy to hang this on the wall.

Really like the use of the frame as a prop, the fact they are both wearing similar, but different, outfits and the poses.

I'd be very happy with this one - wish I could vote Smile

Fran x

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10897 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2892 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 6:54 PM

Looks quite good to me


W

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
31 Aug 2008 - 7:00 PM

I think you did a great job. Smile just do your own thing and enjoy doing it.


Ian

Last Modified By digipix76 at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:01 PM

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Tracey_McGovern
Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 6Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:03 PM

This looks very professional, I agreem with fran_ash, the frame makes a great prop. Well done. Tracey

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111998 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:07 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nicely done for a first attempt missus. I'd be tempted to adjust the light grey flooring to white though and maybe go for a slightly higher key look. A slight CC rotation too to straighten things up a little possibly.

Pose looks good though!!! Smile

Last Modified By sut68 at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:08 PM

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G73photography
31 Aug 2008 - 7:10 PM

good studio shot, and the frame gives the image more interest and also links the two subjects via the frame, the image looks a little slanted to the rhs unless is the way theyre standing, and a little bit more exposure in the young man standing up, apart form that, a good shot, G

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:12 PM

Thanks guys, more to come from this shoot but this was the first (of 250 Wink )

Paul, the floor was all white but Eifion just told me that I had not set my lights correctly and what I could have done to get that more higher key look.

Hopefully the ones I post in days to come will be an improvement as Eifion did end up helping me with the lights and camera settings.

The poses are all mine though Wink and thats what gained me the most fun Smile

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CC
CC  651 forum posts Wales
31 Aug 2008 - 7:12 PM

I quite like the subtle grey tinge - helps the boys (shirts) to stand out from the background - but it might be interesting to try adjusting. Love the use of the frame. Well done...

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111998 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Mod posted for you m'dear ... you don't have to touch the shirts or the overall levels of the shot either and it'll take you 5 minutes to sort using the dodge tool set to highlight and a very low stregth Smile

Last Modified By sut68 at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:28 PM

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Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:28 PM

the pose is good, I like the use of the frame. An anticlockwise rotation by just a tad wil help and a slight chop of the bottom. They look like they are a bit close to the back lights as there is some bleaching but for a first shot in a studio it 's a cracker. Well done you Smile

EDIT: the composition that Paul has done is exactly what I meant, but not the white floor - it's too much and they look like they are floating in air, leave the floor as it is Smile

Last Modified By Hanners at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:30 PM

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 7:31 PM

WOW, I really really need to learn this photoshop lark Smile It makes such a difference.

I dont notice these things until they are pointed out and shown to me. Really appreciate it.

I love mods Smile

Im having some photoshop training soon so hopefully...... Wink

But as I said, I really enjoyed the day and loved composing the poses, maybe I should just be Eifion's artistic director lol Wink He has got some too so we will have a play off Smile

Lee Smile

Last Modified By WelshKiwi at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:33 PM

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sketch
sketch  71469 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Aug 2008 - 7:38 PM

You done well kidda, really great first effort sweetie, the lighting comes with practise so just keep on going

sarah x

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JONTHELENS
31 Aug 2008 - 7:44 PM

OK you want to know its RUBBISH.


Not really, its brilliant Love the poses and I like the frame idea.
The only thing about it is the lighting on the background and floor needs to be a bit more even, IMHO.

jon

Last Modified By JONTHELENS at 31 Aug 2008 - 7:47 PM

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cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 9:03 PM

Nice one Lee, Great first studio job, Agree with Sut68's suggestions, Just to tweak it up a tad, But Hey! a first studio job....Guess the nerves where a little rattled......Smile Studio work is harder than one realises......Sad

Vince

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Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
31 Aug 2008 - 9:09 PM

IT's awesome work you .....so well done

dave

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KevSB  101410 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2008 - 9:53 PM

Cracker, lighting is spot on for me, nothing burnt out and good poses

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viviennejohnson
31 Aug 2008 - 11:07 PM

this picture is absolutely delightful.

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2008 - 7:24 AM

Hmmmm, not half bad. Rather good, in fact. Me not being a studio person, I can't comment on the techy stuff but the pose is natural-looking and the proverbial 'white-cat-in-a-snowstorm' exposure is well handled. Nice!

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2008 - 9:08 AM

Thanks Everyone Smile

I found myself having to "Think" while doing this type of work, a lot harder than the landscapes and building images I normally take.

Hopefully if I go with Eifion often enough to the studio I will get better, I really love designing the compositions though.

Im just really happy that Ive got an opportunity to do all this sort of stuff now that Im a free agent Smile

Have a nice day guys and dolls, me Ive got a ton of quotes to do, brochures and leaflets to design, and magazines to send stuff to so Im a busy little administrator today not "Artistic Director" Smile

Lee Smile

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Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315605 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 10:55 PM

Not read much in the way of comments, not bad but a little too much forground floor. I would lighten just a little but not bleach the floor and background out, a little depth helps.

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  63231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for the Mod Paul. I especially love the crop at the bottom.

Lee Smile

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21 Sep 2008 - 1:24 PM

Very good Lee. Agree re. the needed crop but my compliments here - excellent stuff.

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Chriscj
Chriscj  896 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2008 - 3:35 PM

Be careful you don't loose the shadows on the ground too.



Chris

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