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Old 06-01-2008, 07:56 PM
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K, these are my first three for requesting critiques.
What I am mainly interested in is one the crop and two the style.
These were taken with a midrange camera and I didn't get the best results. Also I am GWC at best but hoping to get better. So I made an effort to take plain shots with poor lighting and make the best of them. It is difficult for me to find a look that works and stop there, I tend to go on and on until I give up and start over.
One last note These were modified entirely in Lightroom with no Photoshop whatsoever.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:26 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

People are not my strong suit. I hope someone who has more experience and actually likes taking pictures of people will step in and critique. Maybe give some posing pointers that will actually stick with me.

Good luck crazyfly1.

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Old 06-02-2008, 09:44 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

Ok does the lack of response mean nobody likes any of them and no one wants to leave critisizm that is entirely negative?
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:30 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

Come on folks, somebody, anybody.
At least tell me if it's the photgraphy or the editing that stinks.


Or both
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:46 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

I can say I don't care for the lighting on the first and the third image, but you already said your lighting was poor. The second image is better, but it's hard for me to comment much not having seen the before pictures, or not knowing what it is you are shooting for. Plus I'm no expert.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:17 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

Thank you for your comments hawkeye60.
I was working with on camera flash and not much else. The origional photos tuned out to be typical snapshots as far as lighting. What I wanted to accomplish was to overcome the origional lighting with a more dramatic b&w or split tone. I really was most interested in opinions about the crop and composition.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:18 PM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

Wm.,
Since you did not elaborate on what your overall goal was, it is a bit hard to critique. (I know that is what we tell everyone.... but, it's true for your images as well.)

You asked about the crop....
I like the first and second, not as much the third. The first two hold some interest and could seemingly be used to convey several moods or thoughts in a variety of settings. The third is a bit neutral and not quite so intriguing.

Style...
They strike me as thought provoking, not so much glamour. The lighting effect is very even at this point.... makes me wonder if you plan to alter it to add shadows/highlights later... especially on the first.

Hope this is helpful. Continue on and give us some feedback !
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:40 AM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

Very helpful TommyO,
What you said about the first two being interesting and conveying different moods...I wonder if that has something to do with the fact that she is looking into the camera in the third?
The glamour look is not so much what I was going for. I wasn't trying for anything like a magazine cover. Like I said, I didn't take any of them into photoshop at all except to resize to post. Really what I wanted was to make them... good photos, I guess I wanted them to do some of what you said I wanted them to be interesting and intriguing and I definatly wanted to show the models natural beauty, she is stunning.
Thank you for your comments, I'll give them some thought and maybe work on the dodge and burn and repost.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:46 AM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

How can we comment on what yo need to improve on if you don't have the originals on here.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:54 AM
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Re: Need Honest Critiques Please

I can post the origionals, but again, my question was not about retouching if you read my first post. The question is are they good shots or do the suck. Does the lighting work or it doesn't. Do they look good in B&D or not. Like TommyO said maybe they need more contrast.
I really wasn't looking for a comparison between the origional and these because as I said they haven't been retouched to speak of.
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