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Old May 9, 2006, 8:07 AM   #1
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For the past year, I've been mainly focusing on the technical aspects of photography. But now I'm hoping to take ACTUAL pictures during the summer. One day, my friend agreed to be a model (and it was pretty random which explains her clothes). Unfortunately for me, I could hardly think of any poses. My main focus was on the aperture/shutter/background details while my friend made up her poses.

I thought the picture below turned out well, but I would like to get some opinions from other portrait photographers. I would also appreciate any advice about coming up with poses, since I find that to be a difficult aspect of portrait photography.

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Old May 9, 2006, 10:05 AM   #2
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I do bridal portraits and I think shooting brides is much easier than a model shoot...
But I will tell you what I see here with your first shot...
I like the pose...She looks relaxed and doesn't look "posed"...Two things do bother me though, IMO, I feel the shot is a bit to soft and the marks on the ceiling, upper right, is distracting....Other than that, good photo....
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It seems blurry to me.. slighty. Could just be my computer. I like the lighting in this photo.
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Old May 10, 2006, 7:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

The softness is because I used a large value when I used gaussian blur. I made another version that used a very small value. The difference in sharpness seems a little odd to me... but maybe that's becuase I was used to the previous picture.

I also took out that stuff in the ceiling... definitely looks a lot cleaner
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Old May 10, 2006, 7:39 AM   #5
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There ya go....Nice improvement......
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Old May 10, 2006, 11:39 PM   #6
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Cool shot. Very relaxed.
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Old May 30, 2006, 12:24 AM   #7
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The one thing that bothers me is that her face it out of focus. It looks like your camera focused on the rail to the left. The eyes should always be in focus......

You'll get the hang of it. Keep it up and before you know it, it will all just come naturally. :-)
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Old May 30, 2006, 12:34 AM   #8
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i think it a nice natural shot

i too think the image is a tad too soft. But from the 2 i muchrather prefer the softened version. Sharper version seems to bring out excess noise and distortion.

If you are going to gaussian blur the image i would suggest using a mask so you can still keep detail in certain key places (face features, maybe parts of hair, accessories etc)

Overall i like the shot. Has this soft, sorta diffusion look to it

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I know i'm going against the grain for the most part
but i honesty like the first one the best..

if that was your first modeling session
you have a bright future ahead.

Myself,
I never think of any technical details..
and I almost never pose my subjects..
only when they move a certian way that strikes me
that they don't relize do i tell them to hold postion or go back.

Also its all about the context in which you view the picture..
i like the location, i like the model, and i like the clothes..
its very.. -Street- ..




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Old Jun 13, 2006, 1:20 AM   #10
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I like them both for different reasons.
The first one gives you a sense of lifestyle, nightfall and tungsten light.
The second one is more fashion.

I like the way you play with perspective and would like to see more
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