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Bri at IVY - terrible thumbnailThe reason the thumbnail looks poor, is because the posing is poor. It takes very particular posing, not to mention entirely the correct body shape in order to be able to pose someone in profile, and this doesn't really work. In standing her sideways on, you've managed to make the model look very angular, you've not made the most of any curves that she might have and the single diffuse lightsource has actually managed to make her face look wider than it is

Whilst we're on the lighting: firstly, your highlights are blown, secondly, the disparity between the light at the front and the shadow at the back is too great and takes away from the image - you'd be significantly better off with a second lightsource. Finally, the skintones are totally out of whack - she has orange skin in places.

I'm sorry, this probably comes across as unduly harsh, however you bill yourself as an internationally published and award-winning photographer, so I'm sure that you don't mind a slightly sterner level of critique than an amateur would. It's just that I feel that so much more could have been made of this image had a little more thought have gone into it.
24/03/2009 - 10:06 PM


CloverThis is probably going to sound harsh, but here goes:

- The image is under-exposed. The skin tones are off and it looks like your model has got grey skin. A pop of fill flash would have rectified this, added life to the eyes and brought out the colour of the grass more.

- The posing is poor. The legs apart, leaning forward might work well for showing off her boobs, but it also makes it look like she's riding an invisible horse. Her arms are doing nothing - they're just hanging there, and as a result the body is roughly composed of two triangles (via the arms and the legs), which make don't do anything flattering for her body shape.

- Her head position could be better - she's square on to the camera which means there is very little separation between her chin and her neck because it's not been lit. She's neither smiling nor serious - it's just a half-open mouth, which again does her no favours. Her eyes are just dead. Moving her head to the side slightly and dropping the chin a touch would help here.

- The fact that her dress has ridden up with the pose that she's in, makes it look like she's going to the loo...
27/05/2008 - 5:34 PM

'Never was...'

'Never was...'A refreshingly honest portrait David... As MrsWB says, there's a lot to take out of this if you look closely enough. It's a cracking environmental portrait - the composition is just enough to pull the viewer into the shot, whilst telling something of a story along the way.

The only thing I'm not entirely keen on is the flash, particularly the way that it's bouncing off the doorframe on the right hand side and creating something of a distraction. Maybe if you had the time/inclination to reshoot, you could use some pieces of cardboard or similar to direct the light so that only the intended area is illuminated.

Nice work.
27/05/2008 - 9:24 AM

Old Skool

Old Skool
Quote: Is that our Mr Burns?

Impressive that you can recognise me from my ring! Wink

I like this, moreso because I didn't know that you'd taken it, but it's a really nice study. It's one of those shots that makes you feel like there's *always* something worth photographing, if you just look hard enough.

The depth of field is sufficient that the focus is on the hands and the film, but there's enough detail that you can still make out the camera and understand the context of what is occurring. The B&W treatment works well; knowing that top of mine - it would've overpowered the image if this had been left in colour. There is also a great dichotomy between the B&W treatment of the digital file, whilst the subject is of B&W film being loaded into an old school camera.

Job's a good 'un fella.