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By Relic01  
This is a promo pic for a high school band I did. Any comments are welcome to improve for next time. This was my first time doing anything like thi, usually it's landscapes and my dog.

Tags: Portrait General Black and white



banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
19 May 2016 1:34PM
Congratulations on the new gear. Ill bet youre delighted with it, and the whole new world it opens up for you.

Its good in the way its casual, the setting is suitably grungy, and mono works well.

The highlights are blown quite a bit, but it gives a very high contrast look. Perhaps toning down highlights is an option in processing.

The negative I think is that the guy on the right has a railing right down the middle of his face, so he should have been moved a little to avoid this. Very easy to miss this at the time, as the other two are well positioned.

Well done for trying something totally different.


paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
19 May 2016 1:36PM
A decent try. The thing is to shoot a lott of images and vary the pose a lot to give a wide choice. My ancient eyes wll tend not to appreciate cwhatthe target audience will see and want. Iwould have the middle chap looking at the camera as are the othertwo. Maybe trythem all leaning forward towards the bars? Experiment!

The subject suites mono and your conversion is very high contrast an harsh, but that may well be better to suite the subject?

Very difficult to recommend. I repeat, shot plenty of imaes and vary pose and technique.

TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
19 May 2016 2:24PM
Another thumbs up for going down a different route! Challenging, yes, but great experience and with a couple of tweaks, this is actually a really good band shot for a group of lads with 'teenage angst' ... quite possibly a heavy metal type angst ??

That railing down the right hand lad's face was my first thought. My next one was "if you can't adjust something; exploit it instead". Also, given that you were looking up at this trio, you've got a bit of distortion happening.

So my mod does several things. Firstly, I've adjusted the distortion as much as I can. This had the effect of needing to crop the image, so I decided to exploit this crop to crop even further, so that they appear as though they're behind bars. Although I could say that this is the best place normally for teenagers, that isn't a blanket statement and so I feel as though this could be read as 'teenage fury; contained' or that they need protection from their adoring teenage girl admirers ... Grin

I then cloned out the offending railing, so that the third lad doesn't have his face split in two. Doing that also adds a little bit of a twist to the regularity of the other railings.

And then I exploited the blown highlights, rather than trying to correct them, and went for a Bleach Bypass color lookup filter in Photoshop. Then I started thinking about the word 'Renatus', which I'm assuming is the band's name? So I thought I'd incorporate that as well. (Massive apologies if that's not their name though!!)

Have a look and see what. The lad in the middle still looks like he's away with the fairies, but no amount of playing in photoshop is going to adjust that expression Wink

I like this actually. Three very different lads; one common purpose. It works Smile


[Edit: I've just seen your versions - definitely better from the bar-lad's perspective, but you've got one with his eyes shut and the other one looks like he's just stuck one of his drumsticks somewhere it shouldn't be ... which really illustrates Paul's point about making sure you take lots of shots, from all sorts of different angles and heights ...]
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
19 May 2016 8:45PM
A really good shot. I'm sure the band will like it.
You're giving your new gear a good work out and you'll enjoy using it. Unleash your craeativity!

The bar across the face was what I noticed first, so that needs to be addressed. Perhaps if all three were the same, that would be stronger and not look accidental.
So as well as taking plenty of images, provide some direction too. Not everything will work, but what you see through the lens is what matters, however well the guys may like to pose it's up to you to tweak them

The contrast is high but I suspect in keeping with the musical genre.

Which leads me on to Tanya's mod which I think is excellent. A great CD cover if it were the old days, but a very catching image to click on for a download these days.
Once the picture taking has finished, there's a myriad ways of post processing. But get the original 'right' first as no matter how much you spend time on an image that isn't quite there (closed eyes here, for example) it'll never be as good or appealing as one that was 'there' in the first place.

If you and they enjoy the experience, and you build a rapport with them, then so much the better. You may well end up with so many good ones it'll be hard to choose.

A good result that doesn't say 'first time shoot'.

banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
19 May 2016 9:58PM
Thanks for the colour image.

Loaded a few more mods.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2000 England
20 May 2016 5:50PM
Contrast is high - blown highlights and blocked shadows, but that may be the way you want it - bands have certainly used shots like that very deliberately.

I just wanted to play with more precise framing: ideally, you'd correct for lens distortion first: an alternative is to go with the converging verticals, and skew everything as well...

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