Which Of These Images Is Best? Vote Now!

Which Of These Images Is Best? Vote Now!

Update: The results are in. Patrick and I are once again competing to see who can photograph the same model best. It's up to you to decide.

The two images are below and further down are two questions. Please answer the poll to let us know which one you think is best and who you believe took each shot. 

There is also a bit of a twist to this competition that you will learn about when the video comes out in a few days. Can you guess what it is? Let us know in the comments below. 

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80 Comments

Ryan Pensotes's picture

1 is a winner in my books!

Gonzague GB's picture

Same for me and the reason that picture one is "classier" (mood, angle, color...).

Alex Yakimov's picture

light looks more unobtrusive

Patrick Rosenbalm's picture

Photo 2 is way too busy. Is the model the subject or in the way? Obviously the model is the subject but you see where I'm going.

Foto Toad's picture

Is there any context? Such as "better" for what genre? I assume "best" as a fashion shot for the portfolio of the photog or model? Or is it "best" for a clothing advert?

Andrea Re Depaolini's picture

I don't like the colors of the background in picture 2, it looks like the background the model colors don't match

Anoop KULKARNI's picture

2 it is for me. Very tastefully shot. Sets the mood of the mermaid. Lovely background and great lighting overall.

Ivan Lantsov's picture

rt hand in 1 to big left hand funny look

CHRIS HOLLINGSWORTH's picture

I agree with Ivan, 1 her hand is distracting and big. Her other hand is ok, but it's usually best for females to show the pinky sides of their hands. Otherwise the lighting I like the her expression in 1 better, and 2 has better composition but the beautiful background may compete for the subject. Not being picky, just honest critiques as I think that's what you were looking for. :)

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

Both are amazing but 1 just looks more inviting. 2 has the same look that all the kids shoot these days, HHS blah blah. 🤣

Patrick Hall's picture

Wasn’t HSS at all.

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

Fine, no HSS but has the same HSS look. Nice foot photoshop. lol

Nacona Nix's picture

The artificiality of the flash in #2 is more prominent and detracts from the overall image, so I'll go with #1.

#1 is Lee.

Matthew Monroe's picture

1 is the winner for the more natural look in regards to lighting for me

Matt Williams's picture

#1 takes it for me. The editing and the way flash was used in #2 is exceedingly artificial. Images like that ruin any sort of connection between the subject and the surroundings. They just look like someone photoshopped a studio shot of someone into a separate image.

The natural lighting (or, at least, the natural appearance of natural lighting) in #1 is far more aesthetically pleasing.

Bert McLendon's picture

Both are extremely good portraits! The colors of image 2 work amazing together. The only thing holding me back from image one, but again, it's a great shot, is the hand being toward the camera and being a bit large and distracting. It reminds me of the King of Queens episode when their friends gifted them a portrait. =P

J. W.'s picture

I agree with your assessment, photo 2 has better color, and photo 1 is near perfect pose except for the hand that draws my eye.

Thomas H's picture

Dear Lee Moreass -:) I love the both images equally. But Nr. 2 is probably the winner, the Mermaid pose.

Bruce Grant's picture

I prefer the pose of number 2 but to me the illumination of the model is a bit strong and throws off the balance between her and the environment. My choice is number 1 because the light is more subtle and better blends with the setting and gives a more classic vibe.

Ariel Martini's picture

Artificial light outdoors have to be really subtle. So both failed.

Kelly Hacker's picture

The "best" or winner of the two pictures are not at all indicative or necessarily correlative to who took the pictures. "Best Picture" at its best could have been shot by both photographers--no problem. One question is not necessarily indicative of the other question being asked. The outlier or third party variable here is simply and nothing more than the viewer's preference and subjective analysis. Pictures #1 & #2 could end up in a dead heat, while the "photographer" question can be nullified as well given both photographers could have flipped a coin on which perspective they were to shoot--there were no pre-conditions set before the shoot--it was just a matter of chance. Both photographers could have shot both perspectives equally as well. The twist to be revealed in a couple of days is nothing more than the viewers personal preference and artistic bias and favorability. Bottom line: it says nothing about which picture is best or who the best photographer's eye and creativity were sharper. The results could be changed, modified and distorted and nobody would ever know the difference or the truth. Again, it's just an illusion. Just like so, so many of the pictures we judge every day of our lives!

Stuart Carver's picture

Ive just read this twice and still have no idea what the point you are trying to make is.

Kelly Hacker's picture

I'll use a direct quote from the end of the article: "Does this mean that the iPhone is a better camera than the Nikon D850? Of course not", "But it is pretty telling that cell phone photos taken with adequate light, and displayed on the web (like 99.99% of photos) can look just as good, or even better than, professionally shot and edited photos". 5% in the other direction like I said would have been a "dead heat". The 99.99% Lee is alluding to the "illusion" we have become accustomed to--people just can no longer see the forest for the trees when it come to evaluation photography. What if Patrick shot with the iPhone instead--could we add anything else to the commentary? Not hardly. I'll say is again: "Bottom line: it says nothing about which picture is best..."

Tom Pinches's picture

From the thumbnail on the main page my initial reaction was number two but after looking at them properly it has to be number 1. The flash was a bit too much in 2 so it feels jarring with the lower ambient exposure. I can see why it was done because the sky looks awesome. The pose is great but I love the expression of 1 and it feels more intimate. I don't mind the hand in 1 but the light coming through the trees is a tad distracting - that's just being picky - it's an amazing portrait.

Ivan Tsupka's picture

no winners here

Yannig Van de Wouwer's picture

I Prefer 2.
1 Is too underexposed for my liking.

Michael Kuszla's picture

I prefer number one as it show more mood and less landscape.
With the number one, we sit near the model, we feel something confident, but we recognize the background as a tropical beach.

The number 2 is nice in a set of photo as it may justify the point of view. But alone this is "a first shot" as everything comes to the eyes in the same time and we don't know what to look at, what too choose. As I spend less time on the image number too, you spend less time to feel the mood too.

Number one - even it's clearly more classic.

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