Business Portraits (C&C appreciated)

11 years 6 months ago #254971 by rmeyer7
Did a session yesterday with my best friend's girlfriend, she needed business portraits for a class. I think I'm better at shooting landscapes than people...so any advice is welcomed.













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11 years 6 months ago #254978 by Darrell
You got some very nice pics\\\\;
1 not sure if I like you being below the subject, and her ring is not straight
2 Great
3 don't like the arch over her head
4,5,6 crop the top 3rd off :beerbang:

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11 years 6 months ago #254988 by KCook
MUCH better than I would have done :thumbsup:

My one suggestion would be to try some harder lighting. (And no, I don't know exactly how to get hard light, just know wut it looks like.)

no help Kelly

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
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11 years 6 months ago #254989 by rmeyer7
Thank you both for the feedback. I wish I would have noticed that ring, now it bugs me every time I look at it!

Darrell - I'm glad you mentioned cropping the last 3. I was torn on that because I liked the location and wanted to include some of it, especially in the last 2. But my gut instinct definitely agrees with you.

Kelly - the worst part is that I softened the light on purpose! I used a multi-disc reflector and a single speedlight -- with a diffuser on some shots and bounced off a high ceiling on others. But I guess the effort I put into softening the light was a mistake! :unsure:


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11 years 6 months ago #254991 by KCook
For a family portrait I'd say your lighting effort was on target. But I think a business portrait would want more punch?

Kelly

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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11 years 6 months ago - 11 years 6 months ago #255006 by garyrhook

rmeyer7 wrote: Thank you both for the feedback. I wish I would have noticed that ring, now it bugs me every time I look at it!

Fix it in PS :-)

rmeyer7 wrote: the worst part is that I softened the light on purpose! I used a multi-disc reflector and a single speedlight -- with a diffuser on some shots and bounced off a high ceiling on others. But I guess the effort I put into softening the light was a mistake!


I think that it's going to be difficult to get something really corporate in that setting, although the poses generally work for the purpose. I think your front light controlled the shadows very nicely. But it comes across as more personal in that environment.

My question would be, what class? The subject might define an appropriate locale for you. E.g. if it's law, shoot in a nice old library (if you can get permission). Just $0.02.

(Adding:) For pose, light, expression, hair, crop, composition and intent, #2 is the best of the lot.


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11 years 6 months ago #255013 by rmeyer7
The class is Business Law, but she said she wanted an outdoor location. I decided to use a local university that has very old style architecture and I thought it might be a good fit. I probably should have done more to incorporate those elements in the photos though.


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3 months 6 days ago - 3 months 6 days ago #760290 by isabellasophie

rmeyer7 wrote: Thank you both for the feedback. I wish I would have noticed that ring, now it bugs me every time I look at it!

Darrell - I'm glad you mentioned cropping the last. I was torn on that because I liked the location and wanted to include some of it, especially in the last 2  Business Portraits by Eric Campbell Photography . But my gut instinct agrees with you.

Kelly - the worst part is that I softened the light on purpose! I used a multi-disc reflector and a single speedlight -- with a diffuser on some shots and bounced off a high ceiling on others. But I guess the effort I put into softening the light was a mistake! :unsure:

A few business portraits. Dark one with a medium softbox, the white one with a PLM, and outside with a small boxed speed light.


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3 months 5 days ago #760367 by Pitter
Very professional.


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