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Old Jan 29, 2004, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Martial arts serie 1







These are shot in a very simple studio using 2 big building lamps and a speedlight 420 without omnibounce.
I'm working on a better studio enviriment for the next shoot.

Please let me know what to improve, this is a first serieus attempt after only shooting my wife for practice.

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Old Jan 29, 2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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is he a martial arts specialist? He looks a bit "loose" in his grip .

And perhaps you can tell him not to look in to the camera but to concentrate on what he is doing and you take picture while he is "showing off".

Perhaps not too much close up?

Just some suggestions. It's hard to photograph people... well done...
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Old Jan 29, 2004, 12:33 PM   #3
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He is an expert ;D
But he never posed before and I never shot with a model before ;D (he's a good friend of mine).

I will see to think about that looking in the camera bit, thanks.

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Old Jan 29, 2004, 12:49 PM   #4
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Hmm. Perhaps another thing would be to not cut off the "tools." Compose the picture so that the tip of the blade, or the ends of the twirly-mabobbers (don't the real real name -- nunchucks?) aren't left out of the bounds of the picture. Otherwise, it makes it seem as if you didn't really want those things in the picture, when in fact they are central to the pictures themselves.

Also, I agree with the "don't look in the camera" suggestion. Have him watch what he is doing, as if there were no camera there. A more "candid" shot like that may be more powerful.

Edit: I do think the second picture, where he has the sword above his head, works with him looking into the camera. However, get the whole sword in the shot, don't cut part of it off.
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Old Jan 29, 2004, 1:05 PM   #5
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I know.
The studio backdrop I use now is only 1.50 mtrs width when moving the model more in front I will run out of backdrop.
I'm building a 4.00 mtrs version now ;D that MUST be enough.

Better luck next time, he loved it so he will be back.

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My suggestion for the second shot would be to close in. Get him to hold the Katana with the edge below his eyes and then shoot so you see his eyes about the edge of the blade.

Once in this pose mode you can vary the framing angle so you can shoot with the blade at 90 degrees to you or opened up so you look down the length of the blade towards the face/head. With this kind of shot I'd back off on the lighting a bit to give it a softer look.

Nice idea though!
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Old Feb 1, 2004, 1:49 PM   #7
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I have some more shots and we will be playing more when the new studio is done.

Thanks for the tips.

I shot a quick 50 pictures that day ;D.

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1 Move Model 5 feet from backdrop. 2 See shadows? Use a back fill light.
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Old Feb 8, 2004, 6:05 PM   #9
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The studio has changed complety and the next shootings will be much much better ;D.

Please check www.doorhof.nl and the portait section for the shots, my website has moved.

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