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| p.1 #9 · First time doing paid headshot session |
Nice lighting and expressions
A few comments:
1. Can you move the client further from the BG? This might help fix the flash shadows in 5, 6, 7
2. Multiple catchlights in the eyes in 3 and 4 look a bit odd. Consider cloning out extra catchlights so you've only got one left.
3. Nice posing, but the folded arms in 7 make her shoulders look big. Separating the arms from the body helps to reduce this (as in 5 and 6)
4. Did you do any PP around the cleavage in 5 and 6? The wide pale vertical line looks odd, when a slim...Show more →
1. Thanks for the reply!, i chose to leave the client close to the back ground to emulate the fashion type feel that you see in some magazines and advertisements that has the light glow around them. It was a creative decision i chose however it doesn't mean it was the right one necessarily and I may revisit this theory the next time.
2. I think the multiple catch lights is a hit or miss with people and some hate it or love it. I think i would do more damage trying to clone it out in the iris honestly.
3. I just wanted some variety in posing and expression and I had already used a few other arm poses in the other full body shot images so this was just one additional posing style for variety and I felt this one leaned more toward the professional woman statement.
4. I did not, the cleavage in image #4 is because I had the subject wrap her arms around her body while facing me so that her shoulders were not completely square and made her appear slimmer than hanging by the sides or hands on the hips. images 5 and 6 are how her cleavage appears with arms away from body.
thanks for the critique!
I think these look great, The first one is the only one that's a bit too bright for me.
What's the beauty dish your using with the speedlight?
Thank you, the first one was very high key and some either love or hate it.
the beauty dish is one from amazon and its a 17 inch dish that came with a speed light flash bracket. ePhoto was the name brand and I believe I will be looking to upgrade to a 22 inch one soon.
Love the high key shot, the first one! The gum in mouth really makes that shot!
Very nice client shots! Like Tony mentioned, you may want to pull the client away from the BG to give some separation and so you can light the BG and get rid of shadows. But overall, fab job! Way to go!
yea the we loved the gum, it just adds a sense of crazy and wackyness to the image.
I was using a 7 foot parabolic umbrella which is supposed to light the subject and also light the back ground as well when the subject is close to the back ground and give a nice ring light shadow around the subject. i kinda liked the effect but it seems as if most people dont?
High key ones work for me, but I *really* hope 5 thru 7 are not finals. I am guessing you will be extracting them from those awful shadowy and wrinkled paper rolls.
Once you do that, they will be quite nice
Hey Greg! thanks for taking the time to comment. 5-7 were the final shots, I don't like knocking out the back ground and just dropping in a plain grey back ground from photoshop, it looks too fake and the color never matches right.
These shots on the grey back drop were supposed to be more gritty/fashion/real with the particular color correcting and relationship tot he back ground. the shadows were intentional however the wrinkles were not and i tried to get much of them out but it appears its still a bit much. my back drop which is a thunder grey roll of paper bust need to be ironed or flattened and ill get to work on that.
They look great and I can see why they're happy with them. You got some nice expressions. I think you need to flag the background lights on 1-4. You're getting a lot of spill from them and the background.
The background is looking a little "wrinkled papery" in 5-7.
The back ground spill was intentional, I wanted some rim light to the shoulders and hair that i was not getting when using my additional separate hair light earlier. The spill i try to avoid is when the white becomes the bright "yellow" haze that starts to over come the subject.
I do need to address the wrinkles though so thanks!
Jim Rickards wrote:
Very bright and colourful set. Love it!
#2 - That winning smile is captured well. My fav of the set.
A nit or two:
#4 - A straight on shot with the arms to the sides, shot from slightly low (think slight distortion). This gives her a massive shoulder and upper body size. Compare to #3, where she's turned and looks slimmer.
#5. Her right arm position should be so that we see background between her body and her arm. Keeps the body from looking larger than it is.
all great comments and thanks! i just noticed what you mean on #5 and agree, not being able to see the back ground through her arm and body is a bit odd and gives the illusion of a larger body. Something for me to keep in mind on future work.
ESC in KC wrote:
Overall I think you did a really nice job on these. I picked #4 as one of my faves but Jim made a good point on the shoulders being broadened by the perspective. Still, I love the expression she gave you in that one. I understood that you chose to have her cast some shadow on the backdrop and I think you executed that vision nicely.
Appreciate the kind words ESC! she certainly did have nice expressions, i'm glad someone else agrees with the shadow cast on the grey back ground