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By Guz
My photography group decided a fun shoot outdoor, with model, fashion designer and make up artist. The location was outside the villa of a friend. We used 1m diameter reflector to light up the model. In this image, i was not the main photographer, i shot it from the side. My questions are my composition and post processing alright? Pls. ignore the text from right.

Tags: Fashion Portraits and people

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Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
16 Dec 2010 1:57AM
Hi Carlos,

Sorry to have to say but I'm a bit diappointed with your description 'outdoor shot' as this isn't something that you would see outdoors normally. Please try to tell us what you were doing and what you were trying to achieve with this shot.

It has some lovely light but without your help I cannot really comment more except that I'm not keen on the text down the right side of the image.


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16 Dec 2010 4:56AM
Dappled or uneven light is difficult but you have done a good job here. The problem with the image is there is so much going on it's difficult to see the focal point. The eyes or mouth is the most common subject of a portrait.
Another thing to watch is the nose, especially when shooting from above as you have here. When the end of the nose is almost on the top lip it dominates the face. A slightly lower angle would have worked better. When shooting from the side you should also try not to have the nose breaking the cheek line. Composition points for a portrait are usually the triangle or rule of thirds.
Also, and this is the model's fault not yours, when the hand is posed on the face it should be barely touching the skin, not actually making an indent as it is here, breaking the lovely line of the cheek.
Hope that helps,
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2010 11:53AM
I like this Carlos. Very interesting make up which is strong enough to hold your attention without the steel things. They tend to overload the pic a bit. I don't expect you had much control over the model's get up though if it was a group shoot. I like Frank's mod which cuts out her dress. The sparkly clothing is a bit of a distraction. Less is sometimes better.

Best wishes

Guz 6 United Arab Emirates
17 Dec 2010 8:20PM
Thanks very much for all the comments... it will help me a lot to my future shoot.

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