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17 July 2011 @ 07:15 am

I just love the lighting here and she looks so fresh and clean! Brilliant! Probably one of my favourite headshots to date

A few small things I don't like: the background colours are just a bit off - the balance of saturation and contrast was a bit wonky in the original picture and that made it really hard to get looking "right". The top right corner could probably be a bit darker to draw us in. And also her hair could be a tad more under control - I like it being messy but in some areas it's a bit much.

Really really like this one too. Again it's just so clean and crisp, I love the hair on her face (and, well, her face in general). But once again I do think it really could be a lot more refined and controlled - I'm definitely learning that doing it myself isn't good enough at this stage.

I do wish I'd done a little more retouching on the background just to give it a bit of a boost of colour or contrast or something just to make it a bit more interesting.

again, love the lighting, love the hair on her face, love the softness overall. I am CRAZY about her eyelids here, which is such a random thing but I've never seen eyelids look so attractive in my life

My big issues with this are again, the hair - but also the angle that it was shot from doesn't fit particularly well with me, I like to be roughly eye-level with the subjects.

gah, this pose! so unusual but not completely nuts and over the top! and her body! I love it and it makes me kick myself for not cropping out further in the other shots.

For the background, I like that there's kind of a gradient going on but I wish that the upper right-hand corner was a bit darker to emphasise it

I really like the colours of her skintones and her connection with the camera was so perfect for what I was going for. But again, the big let-down for this shot for me is her hair

set things

by FAR my most tumblrific set... and yet no reblogs. what the hey!

But seriously, I set out to take some pretty headshots of her and I did that! Mission accomplished, I think. The problem being what is a recurring problem for me in that it's just not my favourite set ever because it IS the pretty thing rather than the edgy thing. And also my hairstyling D:

I don't think they're totally cohesive but I think that's because the skintones are VERY different in a few of them. That doesn't worry me too much in this case because I wasn't really intending to make a completely cohesive set - the intent was to take some shots she could use for her portfolio that were strong individually. But apparently she couldn't use them because her agency didn't want it to be known she has freckles but that's absurd because the freckles are amazing...
fourouxfouroux on July 16th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
#1 - I hate to say this is my least favourite of the bunch, because you seem to like it a lot. which doesn't mean it isn't a good shot, because imo all the other pictures set the bar up like WOAH. it's a little flat, so I agree with you saying it could need some darker parts here and there. I also find the spots of white a little too bright.

#2 - wonderful. indeed, it's clean and crisp. her skin tone and the shirt's colour look so well together, and I don't find the white in the least overwhelming (unlike in #1).

#3 - MY FAVOURITE. LOOK AT THIS. I lovelovelove how her chest is a bit blurry, but her face is ~sharp, you can count her eyelashes. perfect. that's the kind of depth I love in a photo. her skin is beautiful and the way that strand of her flies across her face gives it such an airy feeling.

#4 - my number 2. the pose is really good and I like that we get a glimpse of her legs. very nice cropping work there, imo. might have made the greens in the background pop out a bit more, but that's all I can say about this!

great set!
Joshblueymcphluey on July 16th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Can I just say how much I appreciate not only your comments but comments in general - you've brought up so many things that I actually agree with but just haven't thought about properly before! So thankyou!

1. actually I'm going to agree. I'm such a huge sucker for this style of lighting, it totally made me ignore all of the other aspects of the shot and I think on a technical aspect, you're definitely right, the sharpness isn't quite there and there are a few light spots that could do with refining but I'm just so won over by her expression and all of the emotional aspects of the shot.

3. haha if you like that kind of focus, I've definitely got more of that on the way :P and I hadn't noticed the eyelash thing but that really is a positive I want to have in my shots more often!

4. oh you're so right, if the background had a bit more pizzaz this would have definitely been a lot better!

fouroux: [H50] ninjafouroux on July 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
you're very welcome (: