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By tyronet2000
Camera Club portrait night

Tags: Portraits and people At the club

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chase Plus
15 2.0k 516 England
8 Sep 2019 1:09PM
Hi, welcome to the Critique Gallery, I see that this is your first upload here. I hope you will enjoy it and find it a good place to learn. We try to give advice that will help people to improve their photography – both the taking and the editing of images.

Remember that the more information you give us as regards your photographic aims and intentions, the better.
You haven't told us on what area you need critique or what you wanted to achieve from your Club shoot so it is difficult to offer critique other than very generally so, a little more from you would really help us to help you.

Initially I would say that this needs a crop from the top and possible lightening in places.
What did you use to light your subject, where were the lights placed ?
She does look a little fed up tbh
Can't really remember the lighting and I did crop the image to a head and shoulders crop. I'm not surprised she looked a bit fed up as she was being photographed by a bunch of amateurs and the expression "All the gear and no idea" springs to mind. Thank you for looking at the image and commenting. Hope my next images improve.
8 Sep 2019 4:25PM
Camera club shoots can be quite difficult, with too many people vying for their turn and too many contradictory requests for the model, so you've done well here to get what many would regard as an unusual lighting setup for a female portrait. However, i like that film noir style and it could do with, if possible, returning to and working with a little more.

The model does look a bit bored, so talk to her and try to motivate her to become involved in the process. That would lift the expression. I would also crop the top of the image to remove all that blank black space. I would also ask whether the arms were needed in the shot, as they are effectively disembodied from the main area of interest. After that, the image is IMHO much stronger. Finally, there are areas of black and clothing just merging without a clear boundary and it might be worth thinking about some lightening of those areas to give a little separation.

But for all of that, the basic idea is there and it would be well worth while following this up with further shoots. Hope that helps!
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
8 Sep 2019 5:21PM
The lighting to her left is too low in height, making a very dark nose shadow in line with her nose. Its better placed higher, with a lighter shadow falling at a downward angle.

The mod has the bottom area all black, and Ive tried, not very successfully to make her look more amused!

Thanks again for the additional construtive critique. As an aside. I just had my first cataract done , last monday, so visiom/brain is not back to reality yet. Can't wait for the other one to be done and I can get some new glasses to sort any remaining faults.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2019 9:31PM
As above really. I had many year involved with camera clubs - on committee, as secretary and then as a PAGB judge and lecturer. I attended and judged lot of images from events such as this.

I fear they are rarely successful. The club expert sets up the lighting, no one talks to the model, no one puts her at rest and the results tend to show in he images. if your club has a studio, learn=n what you can on this site, then find your own models, promise them some prints, and plough your own furrow!

We have one portrait competition per season and very few "portraint nights". I have a set of lights etc at home and they have ben out of the bag twice.since I bought them. To be honest if portaits were dropped from the programme I doubt I'd miss it. Must admit to winning the trophy last year though the image was of an old chap at "Paddy's Hole" Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
11 Sep 2019 8:01AM
And welcome to the Critique Gallery from me, too, Stan.

Some really good advice about shooting in groups from both John and Paul above: posing for a large group of people who aren't used to photographing models is extremely hard work, as people struggle to master their cameras, and are possibly too confused by having a pretty woman in front of them to behave rationally.

Therefore, spending some of your limited time on making a connection with the lady is a really good idea, and striking a lighter note is good.

For clubs, it's good advice to get a really good and experienced model - instead of Jen from the hairdressers, book a professional who will make everyone's pictures look good. Not cheap, but REALLY good value.

Obviously, the lighting person was playing with a single light, and it would have been good advice to the photographers to go in close. And a second light, from above and behind, would separate the model from the background a bit. It gives me pause for thought - I'm running a lighting demonstration for a camera club in a couple of months, and am planning a low-key setup. Full bag of lights, then!

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