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Old July 6th, 2011, 09:16 PM
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Glam Shots

Hi All,

Okay, lay it on me! The good, the bad, the ugly! I've been having a lot of fun with portrait type shots. But I need your gentle guidance and comments to help me get a better handle on it.

Thank you.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 01:02 AM
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Re: Glam Shots

Am surprised that there's no responses here... OK, I'm not shy!

The first two have more of an advertorial feel to them than a portrait- thins is NOT a bad thing because that type of photography is in demand, and if you can do it well, you will work. I tend to be a little more old school on portraits- I don't like eyes crossing noses, I like images that are at eye-level and the person looking into the frame... Just me though. The lighting is off a tad in each- make sure that you are critical in lighting these kinds of images. Note on the middle shot the slight shadow on the right side of her nose. Should be shadow-less. Also, soften your light a bit and use the retouching tool (if you have Photoshop) to take away some of those acne scars and imperfections in her skin. Even with these, I LIKE these two shots. Really great attempt and you've got the right idea, I think.

The third shot, not so much. To me, when I first glanced at these images, it looked like she had her pants down and squatting... Not a flattering portrait and the feather things on her legs are not purposeful and distract the viewer from the REAL subject in the photo. Stick to the first two more than this kind of work.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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Re: Glam Shots

Pixeldawg,

Thank you! This is exactly the type of feedback I was wanting! You gave me valuable advice regarding the shadows on the nose (which I hadn't noticed at all) and other lighting issues. I had removed some zits but hadn't really thought about the scars. Great advice! The third one is definitely different, I suppose I was going for a more storytelling shot there, but hadn't thought about the fact that it looks like she's got her pants down at first glance! Haha. But on second look, that's true! Thank you Pixeldawg
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Old July 13th, 2011, 11:40 AM
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Re: Glam Shots

All of the above are solid recommendations. I would also add that for me the high angle in #2 is just slightly too high. I myself appreciate the contemporary artistic take on glamor portraiture, but in the case of this one specifically I feel that it is too dramatic.
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