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21 September 2011 @ 06:20 pm

I just love this shot so much... I tried to take a photo of how I feel and this is almost exactly it. The colours, her BONE STRUCTURE!!

I am SO glad I got the 'headshots' thing out of my system with her in our last shoot (usually I feel guilty if the models don't get a headshot they can use out of a shoot) because otherwise I wouldn't have wanted her to face away from the camera like this

mmm that pose... again, I tried to shoot how I feel and this is just about it! She didn't really understand what I meant so I think there's a touch of confusion there, but I think if I played music during the shoot then we would both get more into the mood. I would have loved a bit more of a sultry, intense eye-connection.

Otherwise, the colours - killing it, I love the balance of blues and yellows in the background. I really like how she's slightly shiny, she looks kind of polished and expensive.

my one fault about this is her hair, I really wanted it to be down and flowing but the paint really clogged it up. I'm thinking that if I want coloured hair in the future maybe it should just be done in photoshop? Or maybe use spray paint? Or maybe a temporary food colouring or something with a bleached blonde?

Really love the abstract crop, really love her eyes. Her lips kind of look like Rosie Huntington's, which is a MASSIVE plus in my books - the only problem is the right side kind of looks like it was drawn on, there's not a lot of depth?

Also I wish that the background were in focus. Part of the intention for this shoot was to show off my amazing garden and a blurry green blob really doesn't do enough for me.

Love the colours in the background. I think that the yellows up the top are a little messy but overall it definitely works for me.

I think with the intention of this shot she should have been closer to the edge of the frame. I really wanted it to look like I took a photo of this wall and then stuck her in afterwards and it kind of does, but I want it to be even more

Also I really like the softness to her hand, I wish the lighting were softer on it.

reminds me quite a bit of this shot and I haven't yet decided if it's in a good way or a bad way :P On one hand I don't want to be repetetive, but also it's comforting to know I've got a "look". I think this one is a bit harder and sharper, which makes it different enough though.

I wish that the lighting ratio was a little less extreme, just because it doesn't fit in as smoothly with the other shots.

Also I REALLY wish she were in front of a more interesting background. Remember what I said about showing off my garden? This is like, the opposite of that.

My favourite thing about this is the colouring in the bottom right-hand corner. I do like the pink on the left as well, but I wish it were more integrated into the rest of the shot because there's no pink anywhere else.

I do like the composition and the unusual pose, but it's caused her shirt to billow and make her look very round. I've done hunching poses and encountered this problem before, I'll have to remember to clip shirts at the back in the future

Also once again I'm not crazy about her hair here. And yes she's a beautiful girl and it's kind of hard to take a bad photo of her, but there's something off about her lips here that I just quite can't put my finger on...

Currently my favourite photo I've taken. And interestingly, the model is only barely in sight... mental note: take more abstract shots.

LOOOOVE LOVE LOVE the colouring here, it reminds me of what I was saying about this icon in the last post about how important it is to have desaturation along with saturation to make it have more impact by relativity. But ALSO, I've used complimenting colours (green and purple) which applies to the same rule. AND somehow I've kept the majority of the colouring almost natural (leaves being green, skin being skin-toned, etc). TRIPLE WIN!!

I honestly don't think I can fault this on any level

Shots like this really remind me that I need to crop wider more often. Really liking the background here, for similar reasons to the previous shot. I'm just a tad frustrated with that patch of purple on the right, it doesn't feel as cohesive as I would have liked.

I love her expression, I love her subtle posing. I wish her arms were slightly thinner though? They look a bit out of place.

I guess one design thing is that there are a lot of textures and patterns going on in the background and her dress, I'm finding that she's getting a little lost behind it all

set thoughts

nice and cohesive colour-wise and there is good variety in crops (although I would have liked to have cropped wider more often. I'm making progress from my recent headshot madness, I just need it to be even more)

I did something different for this shoot, in that I sketched out all of the shots and we just tried to achieve all of my sketches. I think it was a very good move because it seems a bit more intentional than some of my previous shoots. One of the problems we encountered with this was that the model had a hard time comprehending the intent behind my sketches, but I think armed with a bit of background music then that can change next time.

The hair was nice but it really wasn't anything like what I'd intended it to be... I'm making a definite resolution that on my next shoot I have a professional hairstylist who isn't just a makeup artist who has a comb.

As far as lighting, it's definitely turned out nice but I found that just using natural light I lack quite a bit of control so I'm going to try implementing a flash in conjunction with natural light on my next shoot.

Also clothes-wise, I had quite a bit of trouble with this shoot. In Sydney there is a lot of potential for publication so when I said that I was just doing the shoot for myself almost everybody dismissed me on the spot, so I really need to get cracking on the whole getting an agent/published work thing because otherwise I can see myself being very restricted.
Vividancelies on September 21st, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
blue hair looks wonderful:))
Carla: rosa pasteldrankmywar on September 22nd, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

Immediately reminds me of that character from Angel that keeps on popping in and out of time.
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Ok, I hope my opinion makes some sense here ;) I love the first picture and the foot one. However, I am not sure if I like the fuchsia that much in the foot one. To me, it's such a beautiful picture, with an earthy-natural feel, that the fuchsia strikes me as odd. As for the other pictures, I love the blue hair, but every picture seems to have a little something that I don't like. In the second one I think a less obvious type of sensuality would have been better and I really hate the purple top. The third doesn't excite me, mostly because I think that without eye contact it is important to fill the picture with something else. Beautiful styling, amazing background, peculiar lighting, for example. While here the clothes are kinda drab and I am not feeling anything. The fourth is a beautiful picture but she gets kinda lost in the background. I think fairer skin/different clothing would have helped. The fifth, I just think it's not very flattering. And again, she is not dressed in a way that I could identity a character. With different styling this could have been a strong picture, but in this way it looks awkward to me. The sixth, I simply don't like the pose. And the last one, I think the dress just brings the whole picture down. The background makes me think sci-fi/otherwordly/alien and the dress is just confusing. Moreover, I think it shortens her. To get the column effect she should have been much taller or you should have photographed her differently, I don't think this does justice to her body and her beauty. I love the first one though!
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
huh, really interesting that 90% of your critique has to do with the clothes because I 100% agree, I had a really tough time getting people to loan me their clothes because it wasn't for a published shoot :/
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Yes, I think you got to the point where clothes are going to make the difference. And styling, of course. Sadly, there's only that much you can do with cheap clothes. Don't you have any vintage shops that may be interested? I guess many companies won't lend clothes unless it's for a publication but maybe smaller shops would? I really have no idea :(
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
yeah no, I think I've got a few cues as far as finding a stylist and/or vintage store could go, but I'm glad you commented and reminded me of this because I'll be honest, I'm looking at so many elements in my pictures that often to me the clothes aren't a high priority and I forget that to other people it makes or breaks the photos
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
I understand that, but I think at this point you really need to step it up in the styling/clothing department. I think once you see what a difference it can make you'll consider it in a totally new perspective.
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
oh, I'm so glad I asked for your thoughts because this is totally what I needed to hear right now. You seem to be roughly on the same wavelength as me and you seem to know just what I'm aiming for (although that comment about not liking the fuchsia in the foot shot made me weep - that's the most beautiful thing about this entire set to me :P)
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
LOL I am sorry about the fuchsia xxd I like your aesthethic but it's very different from mine, so sometimes the over saturation doesn't really work for me. However, I think I understood what your final goal is and how you are planning to reach it, so I am more open about things I usually dislike. It's a journey, and I am sure by the end of it you are gonna convince me cg-society aesthethic can be winning.
As for the previous comment, I am happy to hear it helped you. I cannot wait to see more complex shoots with proper styling/clothing that doesn't bring your photography down. I love fashion that tells a story, so that's may be why I am obsessed with having a character in a shoot and knowing how she/he is and what context she/he is in.
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
it's so funny, you say it's wild and over-saturated but I look at this set and think "damn, I'm really playing it safe" XD

I am sure by the end of it you are gonna convince me cg-society aesthethic can be winning.

haha, aren't you into CG graphics as well? Or am I thinking of someone else? :P
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
I love CG graphics, I am just unsure how it would translate to fashion/print magazines. But I think you'll show me how it can be done ;)
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
also one more question (aargh so many questions) but you mention styling here - you purely mean the clothes, right? or do you have issues with the hair/makeup also?
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Styling for me isn't only the clothes. It's make up, hair, mood, props, setting as well. I think make up and hair need to be taken into consideration as well, for sure. I think of styling as an overall process to realise a vision. I told you before, I wanna see the story behind the pictures, I want to be able to see the character, the mood, the type of woman. Moreover, I think your style of photography would work really well with more over the top styling, imaginative settings, unusual combinations. You can do commercial, but I crave for unusual/edgy/crazy stuff ;)
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
wait so just to confirm you don't think bright blue hair is over-the-top enough?

and do you have a problem with the hair/makeup in this shoot?
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
I love the blue hair,but I don't think the shoot is over the top, or that it could have been considered over the top just because of the blue hair.
I have mostly a problem with her skin (which I guess doesn't depend on the make up) and I think her eyes could have benefitted of a stronger make up. She has beautiful eyes, and with the darker skin they should have popped, but they get kinda lost and it's a pity. A stronger make up could have also have helped overlooking the clothes.
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
also just wondering but if you were to draw it down the line, would you say that overall you do or don't like these?
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
Overall I like the set, I think it's powerful, and it would definitely catch my attention flipping the pages of a magazine. It's not anymore a matter of photography (although there's always space for improvement) it's a matter of all the other things you need to make a shoot work. Anyway, I am still waiting for nudity/black and white/beauty shots, I am very curious at how you would do those.
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
oh I did a some black and whites in a few shoots I think you missed!


but that said, they're just the off shots, I do intend to shoot fully exploring the true depths of b+w at some point in the future. And nudity (does male count for you, because that's one of the ones coming up sooner on my list) and for beauty shots just wondering, do you mean headshots or like 'pretty' beauty?

Aaaand another question I'm fairly sure I've asked before but I can't remember - do you read my comments on the photos/sets and if so does that affect your opinion in any way?
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
wow, I really love the dancer set! Yes, I am very curious about contrast and depth, black and white can be quite tricky.

Male nudity counts as well, of course. I prefer female nudes but I am curious to see how you are gonna portray male bodies, I think it's much harder. For beauty shots I mean head shots, I have a thing for them ;)
I read your comments, because I think it's stupid to critique without taking into consideration the artist's opinion, but it usually doesn't affect my opinion. Of course, if I read you had troubles on set, or couldn't find clothes, I can understand why the pictures are that way and not another, but I still point out what I think it's a flaw, because it is so in my eyes, no matter the circumstances. Moreover, we not always share the same opinion on which pictures are better ;)
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
oh you've been gone for a while then, you should go through all of my posts and comment on them maybe ;)
and you mention headshots - I've done a LOADS of headshots lately, but you seem to have missed them

I think it's much harder
pun intended?

hehehe oh... I'm very much kidding. Anyway, I suspect I'd have the opposite problem
carmidollcarmidoll on September 25th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
You are right, I should go back, I don't know if I'll have time to comment, but I am curious to see what you did while I was gone. No pun, I swear, just language failure xxd You think shooting female bodies would be more difficult? It maybe I rarely find male bodies as attractive as female ones, but I think it's much easier to get a beautiful picture of a naked woman that of a naked man. Oh well, we'll see.
Joshblueymcphluey on September 25th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
haha not language failure, I'm just being dirty XD

and yeah, I do think it would be more difficult. I do see the beauty in both male and female, but I tend to see it a bit more in men.