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Stephan II

By johnnyboy114  
Another from the client shoot I did the other day. This time, a bit more informal, simple image, single large softbox, slightly camera right. I have uploaded a few versions as I tried a bit of different processing....I am not too sure on a couple, so please, feel free to give an opinion. I know I am pleased overall with the image, just thought I would upload the others to see what people think.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: jools59, BreadandShutter, Iain_C and 3 more

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jools59 9 4 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 1:10PM
Splendid portrait shots...its really difficult I think to to know how to tidy up a 'bloke' image....but if you get it right in the cam first, not much to do...well done JB....

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johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 1:50PM
Thanks Jools......appreciate your feedback. I am a little taken aback by the lack of interest in these headshots to be honest, but then I guess I shouldn't be. I have only really been commenting and not posting recently and guess I have dropped off the radar.....or maybe the images just aren't very good? Mind you, I do realise how this site guess I am not THAT!

Appreciate you taking the time to look and comment Jools. Thanks Smile
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 4:55PM
Dont lose any sleep over it Johnny !

Now I know naff all about studio lighting and to some it might be spot on.

But maybe ,

The blacks of his jacket have no definition as they meet his cheek , its a bit of a blob on my screen.

Hes all a bit tight in the frame , specially on the right , his jacket collar almost touches the edge ,some separation would gave been good.

A diffused snoot to the top of his head might have thrown in some fine hair detail.

The rest is subjective mate.

To me hes not exactly oozing character , saying anything , or doing anything different from the zillions of standard poses you see around.


Hope you dont mind JB , but techinically brill it might be (dunno) but its well borin !
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 9:57PM
Cheers Ev

I completely agree about it being "boring", but these were client shots and basically, exactly what he wanted. He was very happy with them. Just standard "publicity" shots, that kind of thing. So, not a lot I could do about that Wink I have others from later on in the shoot that might have a bit more dynamism, but to be honest, knowing him, and seeing a lot of other shots of a similar ilk on this site, this is actually quite moody and has "something" about it compared to some.....but yeah, "boring" is a fair criticism.

As for the other stuff, the blacks on my monitor look ok....I got some detail back in the conversion, so could be a monitor issue? I am guessing you have had yours calibrated correctly, whereas mine is a close approximation....I have been told its a touch bright....I should get mine done.

The framing is all down to me and I guess a matter of taste. I like the close crop, but then I do on a lot of my shots if you see the other stuff I have on here....but of a sucker for it Wink

I have used a snoot on other shots.....might post some at a later date.

Don't want to sound defensive, I love the feedback, so thank you. All part of the learning process Smile And no, I don't mind at all. You are being honest AND constructive. If you had just ripped me apart, then I might not have been too happy Wink lol! But thanks for taking the time. Appreciated
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 11:04PM
I feel well bad now Jb,

You helpin so many and I Sizing my side 9s on the crit, Twas just an input as you seemed frustrated.

I didn't realise these were client publicity shots , shot to a brief , apologies.

Hes a good model , and im sure you could persuade him to a different setting Smile
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 7:44AM
lol! Don't feel bad! You were honest and your points are valid! Totally. But, like you said, I had a brief....and so far, I tend to be shooting a lot of friends, clients and so on and I haven't actually had chance to shoot many models or shoots for myself in a long time. I would love to be able to hire a top model (cost is always an issue) and actually get them to start throwing poses, let me play with the light etc etc.....and yeah, frustrating, but not just for the reasons you thought (all valid), but with I tend not to be shooting for myself much....which is what I want to do to improve and hopefully get something to post on here, even if its crap, that actually GETS voted and comments with constructive crit, so that way I can see how to improve stuff along the way.....

You don't have to apologise Wink All is good.....I reckon he would actually be up for it in a different context to be honest....I had to reign him in to fit his OWN brief! lol!
agean 14 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 10:35AM
Hi Johnny,have to agree with Eviscera,but then that was the brief,you fullfilled that brief and the client was pleased so in my mind that makes you a pro,job done!.You know how the game works Johnny to win votes you have to get your tits out,so go to your back catalogue and all those photos of yellow tits,blue tits and great tits,put them on and stand back and count the votes. Parus Major is my favourite Lol!keep the faith.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 10:38AM
lol! Keith, that made my day mate! I properly laughed at that! Cheers! Appreciated and all good points (regarding the image) so something for me to take away and think about. As for the other stuff....Oh yeah, how much do I know that is the case.......I think I actually HAVE a bird photo in my archive....going to dig it out and see what it does.... Wink

User_Removed 11 485 13 England
21 Mar 2011 12:54PM
keep at it mate, if the clients happy, who really cares Wink
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2011 1:22PM
Cheers Dave. I guess you can only do your best eh? Smile
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2011 1:00PM
I used to work for a theartre company once (gives me the creeps just thinking about it actually!). The walls were lined with this sort of head shot, which, to be honest is never very flattering. Even some of the female actresses who were stunning in real life looked a bit dowdy when presented in this style. The direct and constructive crit above is all good and I know you're trying to get your photography to a high level, so it's nice to see it being given and received in the way it has.

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2011 1:09PM
Yep, cheers Al. Agreed. Not completely flattering and a touch "dull", I will admit, but this was to the remit of the client, so I guess he was happy. And like you said, as a "publicity" shot, there are loads of this kind of thing around....not the best, but what is required I guess. Technically Ok, but plainly not very interesting.... Smile Cheers Al!
Richsr 11 91 223 England
31 Mar 2011 10:41AM
John the main thing is bit the clint like it. If so then that is what counts.
For me you have done a good job with the light and there is good eye contact too.
Can be all bad if you are getting clients.
Sorry i am late to this
Regards Richard
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 10:54AM
No apologies needed Richard, always good to get a comment from you. Thank you. And yes, occasionally I am getting people asking me for work and that is building up, so I guess I must be doing SOMETHING right, even if its not exactly what I would like to do right now. But, as you say, its good to get them and gives me not only a few quid in the pocket, but really good practice. And I have recently had feedback from the client (I have been away for a little while and so has he) and he loves the images and has already started using them, so that made me really happy. Thanks again!

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