Senior Portraits

9 years 4 months ago - 9 years 4 months ago #295407 by Dagny-Dreisewerd














HI,

I'm new to this forum but constantly reading the articles...

I recently did an outdoor photo shoot for Senior Photos of a young lady,

We ended the 7 hour day with over 1,200 pictures.

That to me is too many photos to choose from, so if you can only imagine trying to chose a mere 30 for the client to break down, imagine me in front of my editing screen for literally days going back and forth and tweeking here and there until perfection...

please let me know what you see in these photos, and which ones in a non bias way are the best for use in Senior Portraits...

Thanks, Dagny

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9 years 4 months ago #295449 by KCook
I like #2 the best. If the daylight is too strong to allow full aperture, try an ND filter to cut down the light. A few indoor shots with controlled lighting would have been a nice addition. Links for a few ideas -

www.photographytalk.com/forum/beginner-p...or-outdoor-portraits

photographylife.com/how-to-photograph-high-school-seniors

Kelly Cook

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

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9 years 4 months ago #295459 by Hassner
It is not easy to add to what Kelly said. He is a good teacher.

If you want a more detailed crit, you can always add the lens used and the mm of the shot (if done with a zoom).
Also add the ISO, shutter speed and aperture used.


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8 years 11 months ago #351779 by Simon Says
Stunning shots! Especially the 5th one, a WOW shot!


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8 years 11 months ago #351831 by DSRay
#1 makes her look like a pole vaulter.
#2 the non-vertical building corner and wire is very distracting to me.
#3 is nice except the building in the background.
#4 I really like this one except for the railroad rail (?).
#5 is very nice but needs some fill light.
#6 don't care for B&W.
#7 got a chuckle from me, the best of the bunch in MHO.


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8 years 10 months ago #355119 by Wall-E
It looks like you need to bring in some more light, either using a reflector or off camera flash.

#1 Could have used a scrim to soften the sunlight.
#2 Has no shadows on the face, therefore, no definition.
#3 You lost her left eye in the shadow.
#4 The tops of her cheekbones are dark.
#5 is just flat.
#6 Again, her face is just flat.
#7 Some reflected light from camera left would have brought out her eyes instead of hiding them in the shadow of her hair. Cute idea, though.


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8 years 10 months ago #355231 by garyrhook
You need off camera flash. Your subject's face is just lost in shadow.

Fortunately, if you shot RAW, you can compensate in most of these by brightening her face.

7 hours is far, far too much. A decent plan and 2 hours, with only a handful of clothing changes, should be enough. You need, at most, 250 images to choose from, and that's only if you take multiple shots of each pose (which can be helpful; don't get me wrong). Slow down, take your time, work on posing, and be absolutely ruthless when culling.

if you have Lightroom, learn to use survey mode; I've recently adopted this approach and it is already helping me to save time.


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