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Desk job

By HowardA  
I have to shoot the CEO tomorrow. Just a corporate headshot but wanted to practice on a workmate first, Bright office lights and a white wall. Got the SB-900 through a softbox to see what I could do and quite liked the contrasty result - even with the slightly mad oversized arm on the desk!

Maybe too shady for our very corporate (FS) business but I'll throw a couple of these in at the end tomorrow and see if any of them get picked.

Any tips much appreciated - have left it a bit late though! It's been a ridiculously busy 2010 so far....not in an entirely good way unfortunately. Hope the 2nd half is a happy one...

This is ISO200 f8 1/100 @40mm


Tags: Work Headshot Corporate Black and white Practice Portraits and people Taking a break

Voters: Geraint, digipix76, VIKI and 6 more

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Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
17 May 2010 11:47PM
I really like it - very quirky, especially the foreground arm! Not sure if it's corporate material, but I think your idea of adding a few at the end of the shoot is a good one - shots like these might come in handy if the CEO is looking for a different image for a future publication etc. You've got the contrast down perfectly for me; some might wonder if the face is a bit overexposed but I think it looks fine. I know that this was a trial run, but it's a great portrait nevertheless, and a very effective b&w conversion.

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digipix76 11 577 England
17 May 2010 11:58PM
Cracker H, put me in mind of Michael Birt link
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 7:51AM
Very good idea indeed....corporate can be just so faceless sometimes and is very samey...this brings a personality to the man and in the right publication, the right situation, would make much mroe impact than the usual stuff. Superb image
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 9:43AM
Think of a CEO shot, you think conservative and sober. I would think that's the shot you must get in the bag first. Then when you are confident you have that and if there is any time left, then you try something a bit arty and with more fun or character.
As this one stands, why did you use such a wide lens? Were you looking for distortion? I would have thought that's a no no for a business shot.
I'm not enjoying the big arm, but I really like the pose and the expression and the contrastry light ( ok you should probably tone down the right a little). You have given the subject personality which I really like. A business shot?.... Risky.
HowardA 11 231
18 May 2010 8:18PM
Thanks guys. Really valuable feedback. I had a super-quick trial before the real thing today and may post a couple of other attempts....had far less time for the real thing than anticpated. Very cross with myself as I didn't make the CEO put on a jacket. That MUST be the first rule. Need to request a second go!
HowardA 11 231
18 May 2010 8:19PM
Nice link Ian, cheers....
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
18 May 2010 9:12PM
A bit late, now but... Smile

As a photo, I rather like it; as others have said, maybe not appropriate for a corporate shoot but the idea of having a go at something like this at the end of the shoot is a good one. For me, the face is close to over-exposed and could use toning down just a little. I'm also not fond of the way his right elbow (our left) has been shaved off and his left elbow is nudging the edge of the frame. Just a little more space would help there, I think.

I also notice that the `horizon' isn't straight, probably because you were shooting at a slight angle across the desk. The phrasing there was deliberate — I noticed it wasn't straight but I don't think it makes any significant difference. I mentioned it just in case it makes a difference to you. Smile

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