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Reggie Johnson's picture

First Model Shoot

This was my first shoot that did not involve someone that I knew personally. Please feel free to leave some critiques or comments. It was a pretty chilly night with some areas of dense fog by the baseball field that we did most of the shoot. No flash just used the lights from the field.

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Eric Robinson's picture

From the off the main problem is lighting. The girls face is lost in shadow while the wall is pretty well exposed and dominates.
Composition, having you’re subject central and looking camera right really asks for more space for her to look into.
A global comment would have been to have pulled her away from any background and open right up and have went for a tighter framing.
You just need to think a bit more and try and see the image you want to take then arrange all the components to suit your vision.
Photography is not easy, and I would say you have a lot to learn about the basics. Having a camera is not enough, You need to understand and be able to control all the elements that you decide to place in your frame.

Musing Eye's picture

I think Eric's a bit harsh in tone here, but I agree on bringing more light to her face. I see you did more of that in another image you have posted here (https://fstoppers.com/photo/432659). Keep trying and experimenting on where you like to have the light. You also may want to bring this into Photoshop or your favorite tool and try bringing up the exposure just on her face subtly. If you haven't gotten into editing yet, that's where there's a whole new world that can at least partially make up for not having a reflector or supplementary light.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Reggie, I find Third image more appealing. for its response to light and contrasts. I liked the composition of straight lines curved lines. I often make mistake in not seeing the lines horizontal or not and later curse at PP.

Reggie Johnson's picture

Thank you everyone for the feedback. It all helps to make me a better photographer. As I was trying to go for something a little different and experimenting with the use of just the field lights and nothing else.

Eric Robinson I get what you are saying. Appreciate the feedback on what to do. Again aiming for more light to begin with would have been a better idea. Maybe I'll go and reduce some light on the wall to bring more attention to the girl.

Musing Eye as I mentioned above maybe I'll go and adjust some of the lighting to bring more attention to the model. Thank you for the feedback. All criticism just makes me a better photographer in the end. If we can't take criticism either nice or harsh then we can't keep growing into something better.

Vijay Mewada thank you I appreciate it. I'm glad that you find what I was going for in that photo appealing.

Again, I appreciate all the comments. I will reply with another photo after I work on this given feedback.

Alexander May's picture

Not bad, but I would definitely bring your own source of light next time. The skin tones and lighting on the face are the only things lacking in the shots, and when it comes to portraits, that is crucial. The third shot is probably the strongest because it seems to be embracing the night time feel and using the available light to accentuate a certain mood, whereas in the first 2 images that seems to be working against you. All the best. Keep it up.

Reggie Johnson's picture

Thank you. Correct, the third photo was that idea in mind. I see your point on the other two. Always appreciate the feedback and critique.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Were you going for an underexposed look? (serious question). Sufficient lighting wise, if this was all you had to work with, you had plenty.

Using the second image as an example:
-- in post, you could raise the exposure to about 1.5 stops (approx).
-- in-camera, you shot this at 1/80 sec, f3.2, ISO 800. You could have moved the settings around to gain you a little over 1 stop.

Reggie Johnson's picture

Not necessarily. Was trying to capture the gloomy, chilly night it was. I realized after that my settings were slightly off for the feel that I wanted to capture. As the third picture was more of the vision I had. But we learn for the better next time. Again thank you for the feedback.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

I think you're moving in a good direction and you're taking the feedback here quite well. Always keep improving. That said, my belief is you should capture the "feeling" of your scene in how you light and pose, you should never underexpose to "capture" a feel. It's why the third image here is the strongest. It's very dark/low key, but the highlights are better exposed. Our eyes never see an "underexposed" world. Our eyes always adjust to the highlights.

Reggie Johnson's picture

I agree with what you have stated. And definitely the truth about what the eyes see. Thank you! Only way to improve is to share with other knowledgeable photographers and get the feedback to grow in a positive way.