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Old Aug 19, 2009, 3:48 PM   #1
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Alright, last night I spent 2 hours shooting 145 frames of a friend, here are (final?) edits the first two frames I chose to process. C&C welcome!




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Old Aug 19, 2009, 5:09 PM   #2
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First pose is very nice. The lighting looks good to me (but I'm not a portrait guy). The two issues for me are: 1) the eyes aren't that sharp - especially compared to second photo - it looks like it might even be a bit of motion blur - the hand is sharp but facial features not so much and 2) the wrinkles in the sheet are distracting. Use a healing brush to 'iron' them out.

Second shot is not as appealing (well subject still is but not as much the pose). There are also a lot of hot spots on the face, neck and the shoulder
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First pose is very nice. The lighting looks good to me (but I'm not a portrait guy). The two issues for me are: 1) the eyes aren't that sharp - especially compared to second photo - it looks like it might even be a bit of motion blur - the hand is sharp but facial features not so much and 2) the wrinkles in the sheet are distracting. Use a healing brush to 'iron' them out.

Second shot is not as appealing (well subject still is but not as much the pose). There are also a lot of hot spots on the face, neck and the shoulder
Thanks John, you've given me a bit to think about.

I'll likely go back and re-work the edit of the first.
I agree with your comment regarding the pose of the second, I posted it as I liked the contrast and punch between the skin, the white, and the black
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the first pose again is my choice a quick sharpen or resize resample with infranview sorts the sharpening out as for the second image the lighting and background are right just the pose isnt quite there
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The first pose looks like you have captured an intimate moment -- an apprehension on her part to continue undressing. The second pose looks like she is at attention and eyes left to keep distance. I prefer the lighting of the first shot but its too hard leaving that shadow cast by her arm. Id like to see the lighting setup of the second pose used with the first pose with your aperture closed 1 or 2 fstops. The first shot needs a bit more intimate lighting.
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!


The flashes were in the same position for both shots:

left flash was about 4' high, 2' in front, 4' to the left of center
right flash was about 5' high, 1' in front, 4' to the right of center
third flash was on the camera bounced off a reflector

In the first shot, there's about 250 watts of 6000k ambient light
In the second shot there's about 20 watts of 3000k ambient light
(I know watts aren't a measure of intensity, but imagine incandescent lightbulbs at these wattages)

both frames were shot at F4.

Personally, i like the pose of shot 1, and the lighting of shot 2, which is the reason I chose to post these two in particular. I do have others that are awaiting post production, I'll likely update this thread when they're done.

Edits were in Portrait Professional for the skin and PhotoShop for the background/lighting.

One issue I came across was the fact that my model was not very body conscious. I guess this is a skill that needs to be learned over time. We'll be doing another shoot once I have better studio space available (the room I used for these is only about 90 square feet). In the meantime, I've got to learn how to position my model for the best outcome (so I can focus on improving my amateur photography skills while shooting)
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 9:01 PM   #7
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Another frame from the same shoot, slightly different style of editing this time.

Thoughts?

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just lacks the eye contact i think it would have added a lot more to the pic barring that everything else looks ok
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 1:24 AM   #9
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Thoughts!!!! What in hell are you doing with my wife...

Seriously...I am glad you posted here and I've enjoyed the C&C's Until someone mentioned 'hotspots' on the face neck an shoulder...I hadn't noticed ...

Its a great way to learn...

In the last one...I think there is too much black..to me its overpowering...since she is blond (tho blacks on blonds look good...) the fairness of the girl gets lost..My guess is if she was brunette..it would be fine.. (but what the hell do i know...)

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Old Oct 2, 2009, 7:50 AM   #10
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It depends what you're after. If this is the first in a Penthouse series that's one thing. But this tends more towards dirty than art for me. There isn't a sensual aspect to it, a finger in the panties and looking down at the breasts is again something for a Penthouse spread. So again it depends on what you were after. A nude can be sensual or artistic. But if you were going for anything other than porn in this pose, in IMO you missed the mark.
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