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Old Aug 11, 2011, 4:04 PM   #1
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Hi guys, sorry I haven't been on the forum much lately but, my plate has been pretty full lately and I just haven't been shooting much.
I did manage to go to a a model shoot a couple week ago and have a few shots I'd like to share. I used digital backgrounds on these.


#1. Catrina


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#5. Brook


#6. Austin
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 4:09 PM   #2
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#9. If you think she isn't wearing very much...
You're right. these shorts were painted on!

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Old Aug 12, 2011, 2:20 AM   #3
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Wow your modeling shots are coming along in leaps and bounds !

Some shots I really like here (#1 and the two graffiti shots) but I must say that those digital backgrounds look great in most of these shots (esp. #1).

p.s. since there are so many it would be easier to comment if you numbered these John !
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Looks like you had some really nice models to shoot - the painted-on shorts is a novel idea.

In the "take-it-for-what-it-worth-this-isn't-my-area-of-experience" category (i.e., simply an uneducated, clueless opinion) - I love the first one, it really works for me. While I like the model pose etc. in the second one, I'm not crazy about how the background works with it. The next two are lovely also. For the 4th one, the girl against the white clapboard house, I'm bothered by the way her hand is on the railing. Perhaps it looks more natural in the full sized version, but I think there should be at least a hint of a shadow or something under her hand - the hand and the rail don't quite look right. Maybe it's because I'm not crazy about the background to begin with. You were clever to line things up well and otherwise it's fine, others might not be bothered by that. This would be hardest one to carry off because your model isn't as well separated with the background. Love the second graffiti one with the body paint on the model, very cool. Were you laughing when you chose the last background for your painted on shorts girl? Unexpected contrasts for sure (ancient pillars, courtyard reminiscent of many churches and a scantily clad beautiful girl don't usually go together!). The lighting on the models is really outstanding, I really like this series very much.
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nice work GW. Great work with the digital backgrounds. I haven't mastered that just yet.
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Thank you so much for the encouraging words, guys! You make me want to keep trying.
Thanks for reminding me, Kev. I went back and numbered them.

I was really kind of disappointing with my results this time, as I managed to forget one camera bag with some of the most important equipment in it... like the lens I wanted to use, the mount for the tripod, extra battery etc. etc. and I also forgot the posing stool! so I had to make do with what I had to work with, and their all hand held.

This was the first time using the Norman 2000 w/s lights and all in all I was pretty happy with the performance of them.

The first model, Catrina, was a delight to work with. This was her first time modeling and I got the pleasure of being the first to shoot her. I think she has that wholesome "girl next door" look. a really sweet girl.

Harriet, you're so right about the hand on the shot of Brook (#5) I'm glad you said something because now I know it wasn't just me. I need to figure out how to manipulate my my editing a bit more. Here is what the original looked like before any editing was done. If you, or anyone has any suggestions, I'm more than eager to hear them.


Hey Ed, the digital backgrounds are a lot of fun and not too hard to learn, but it is time consuming.
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oh, BTW, Harriet. I really didn't think about what I was using for the background in that last shot! it is kinda funny.
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The shots are great GW and I like the backgrounds and lighting, I like #3 best, just one small comment, in the full length poses you cut off the girls toes but had room above.
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If you notice on the original, the stand is dark. What about choosing a background with a dark railing - a pier, park bench or something like that? Then the lack of a shadow from the hand wouldn't be noticeable.
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Hey there,
the 2 graffity shots are my favourites because of the colors and the overall feeling. They also look quite "right" and/or natural.

On other images I don't like the backgrounds as the image looks "artificial" (example: #3 - could be a still from a blue screen TV spot).

#2 nicely qualifies as "postcard pictures". The artificial look is there, but it doesn't hurt.

#4 is very close to "work" for me, maybe if the background was a bit out of focus?

As for the model shots itself: skin tones look very good on my screen. #2,#4,#6,#7,#9 are my picks when it comes to the models alone (without background).

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