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I was able to rent a studio and use my lighting techniques indoors for practice. CC on lighting and posing. Flashpoint eVolv x2 camera... (show more)
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • EF85mm f/1.8 USM
  • f/2.8
  • 85mm
  • 1/200
  • 50

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Steve,

    Pretty much everything is solid here, but I do see a handful of minor things that may add up to the image being less “exciting” than it could be. First and foremost, good job on the overall lighting, exposure, and color-correction. I would only make subtle tweaks to them maybe; I think that as a client delivery image this is great.

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    Absolutely agree you did a fantastic job here. My suggestion would be with your crop in this photo might consider a little less of the blanket in the front. Nice work! 

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    Matthew Saville

    The catchlight in this eye is noticeably lesser than the other eye, and to me that makes it seem like she’s partially blinking or squinting with this eye. I would recommend trying to shoot until you see the catchlights at roughly the same size, at least in any photos where the subject is smiling directly at the camera.

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    Matthew Saville

    I think that if you try to imagine this photo in a wall print or other type of stand-alone print, having this much fur in the foreground might seem weird. I do see how it could be OK as part of a social media post or a collage on the pages of a book, however personally I would have composed the shot to include less of this foreground, and maybe a little bit more above her head. Also, for vertical shots, don’t be afraid to just crop from 2:3 ratio to 4:5, since 8×10 and 16×20 are such common print sizes anyways.

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    • Steve Martin

      I actually shot this one to crop square for a shadow box frame I have.  It is cropped 5×5 and put in a 9×9 shadow box, so that removed a lot of the foreground

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    • Matthew Saville

      Ahh I see; probably totally perfect like that, good to know!

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    Matthew Saville

    I think that having this near-far shoulder pose kind of emphasizes her near shoulder a little too much; I might have tried balancing the pose out a little bit so that her shoulder is less emphasized. Shooting from a slightly higher angle might have also helped, as would have a slightly more dynamic lighting setup. I might have moved the light of to our (camera) right, to create more shadows on the left.

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