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Sun & Sand Dunes.

By John_Horner  
I made an attempt at taking some portrait shots and although quite pleased in some respects with the outcome, they lack finesse and style and mood in my opinion.
That certain professionalism required for a really GOOD shot.
I was on my own so had no reflectors or lights etc, just me an the camera.
Given the same situation again, how would you make these ordinary shots into something just that bit special.
One thing I did think was to get the model to reomove her shoes for example.
Tips on posing and any other tips would be most appreciated please.

Tahnk you fo looking and your serious comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: Chant57, C_Daniels, bliba and 41 more

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davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
13 May 2006 1:36AM
Hi John -potentially theres a good summer shot there - the pose as it is doesn't work for me tho - its not very relaxed and her legs protruding into the foreground and dug into the sand doesn't work for me - pehaps tucked up under her might have been a better approach

otherwise good and clear

John_Horner 15 12 2 England
13 May 2006 1:41AM
Thanks for that comment Dave, much appreciated.
MikeBonsall 15 474 3 Guernsey
13 May 2006 1:46AM
The strong side lighting on her face isn't particularly flattering. In sunlight I'd go for back lighting and use flash or a reflector to fill in light on the model's face.

thee_baron 15 5
13 May 2006 2:01AM
It's a very nice picture of a beautiful woman but as you say it's not quite right. I think the legs in the foreground make them dominate the shot and the shoes should come off. The shadow on her right leg doesn't work. I agree about the reflector. From what I can see the focus is good and there are some lovely colours there, she has a lovely face let's see more of it. A good effort though, well done
Beardy 16 79 United Kingdom
13 May 2006 2:06AM
As Mike, ahs said use something as the shadows across her body, especially the legs are distracting.
John_Horner 15 12 2 England
13 May 2006 2:29AM
Thanks all keep the comments coming. I am taking notes.
dave thelens 17 936 United Kingdom
13 May 2006 2:41AM
The pose looks a little uncomfortable and maybe a burst of fill in flash would have evened up the contrasty lighting but you should really have asked her to place her left hand so we could see it

Briwooly 15 454 6 England
13 May 2006 2:44AM
You have the two most important ingredients pretty girl and camera but I would suggest a collapsible reflector white one side gold the other and they dont take up any room
Toppix 16 56 1 England
13 May 2006 4:16AM
I think it has all been said John. Maybe a reflector next time and a more comfortable looking pose. Certainly has the potential..... model and setting both lovely.
John_Horner 15 12 2 England
13 May 2006 4:36AM
Thanks guys, this is all good stuff.
I am just not sure how to hold the reflector and shoot the camera at the same time, given the distance I am away from the model and no helpers and an outside normaly windy location.
miptog 15 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
13 May 2006 6:42AM
Like the shot, and ditto with Toppix. Mike
tonymarq 15 1 United States
13 May 2006 7:23AM
John beautiful scene to place this beutiful model. Agree with light on face and leg placement but think you have somthing here to go after!

stay well
13 May 2006 8:45AM
Agree with the general feeling about a reflector and the pose. But, overall a good shot with a great model..
ian_w 16 22 United Kingdom
13 May 2006 8:49AM
If you have Adobe Photoshop CS there's an option called Shadows and Highlights that might help with the shadows, just a thought I had when reading the comments.

Nice shot and lovely colours. And lovely model too!
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
13 May 2006 10:39AM
She is very attractive. If you are asking what one would do to the shot in post editing I would suggest the following:

1. Drop shadows by 10% increase highlights by 30%.
2. Select all the exposed skin and reduce noise so as to give the skin a soft look.

Still like the way you captured it, just adding a suggestion as requested, hope this helps. Spot on! Click!!!

brandi 17 20 United States
13 May 2006 12:25PM
I do like the portrait, but as you said - i'd definitely lose the shoes

otherwise i do like the composition
13 May 2006 12:46PM
It has all been said about the shoes and the positioning of the legs and feet, but it is still a nice shot. I like the skin tones and the colours and also like the way you have made use of the grasses as a bg.
kanos 15 Wales
14 May 2006 3:37AM
Great capture and stunning model. The colours are fabulous.
stevenb Plus
18 281 7 England
14 May 2006 8:26AM
Nice image John

C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
15 May 2006 1:25PM
Great looking girl - nice legs :o)
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
18 May 2006 12:34AM
Agree with whats been said - has to lose the shoes, and it would have been nice to see her left hand. Good colour and like the use of the grasses as background.
Tutterzzz 14 160 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2006 6:39PM
lovely girl

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