PHOTO: Application sample. Business woman "2"

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Sozgur
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:46AM
Hi again, i'm new here,...

you can see my application sample here,

i am afraid of taking rejection, and i want to know what you think about my photo...

i want to thank you to kelvinjay and donald_gruener for previous critiques...
kelvinjay
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:39AM
Nice. Subject, pose and commercial appeal are all pretty good. I'm not 100% convinced by the lighting. But I'm not sure it would be a problem for an application sample though. I'd be tempted to just increase brightness a tiny bit, but be careful not to blow out the spot on her white top.

It's quite a natural image, which can work for some clients, but others prefer to have every stray hair removed, no lint on clothes, but again, for an application, I'd expect this one to be acceptable.
vandervelden
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:41AM
 

ozgur


This is more how I see it. New version on left - I've altered the colour balance, increased the exposure, toned down the highlights and upped the saturation to make it 'zing' a bit.
The one labeled 'before' is the revised version.

(Edited on 2013-01-29 07:38:44 by vandervelden)
Sozgur
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:24AM
thank you for your help...
lucentius
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:41AM
I disagree with KJ. What you have to convince the inspectors is that you are a good photographer. What you've shown us is that you have a good model.
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:44AM
Also, how many people hang around on phones 2 inches from a blank wall? Either you isolate something like this or make it real.
Sozgur
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:34AM
thank you for your comments,

now i'm in doubt, lucentius, what you think, is this photo good/am i good photographer ?
lucentius
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:48AM

Someone who isn't a photographer just points their camera at the subject and presses the button. A good photographer does a lot of thinking before picking up the camera.


Here's what I would consider.


Dynamic range. For a white background her clothes are too dark.


Model's clothes. One good colour plus a complementary colour. Nothing to blow the sensor like white shirt (especially if it intersects the background). Clothes to suit the concept.


Lighting. Always best to use flash on the background if you're going for an isolation. Isolating hair is for real experts on Photoshop. Model has to be lit properly bringing out the concept you're illustrating.


Venue. If not an isolation you must find a venue which renders the image credible.


Lens choice. What focal length? What aperture?


Camera settings. Where to focus, depth of field.


Perspective. Angled shot, model looking up (good for losing a floppy chin).


etc. etc


So 90% preparation, 10% shooting.


All the best.
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