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  1. 5 points
    The glass is half full... fierce smokey eye... Her brows are superb... love the drop shadow under the eye... kudos to the makeup artist... My immediate gaze went to the razor sharp ear decor... What that the intent of this narrative? Was there a jewelry designer in the mix? That said it appears you have approximately 3.5 feet of vertical coverage which for an 85mm would place you at about 5 feet +/- assuming you haven't cropped... the DOF for this AOV (28 degrees for an 85mm) at f5.6 on a D800 is 0.34 ft 0.16 ft (48%) In front of subject 0.17 ft (52%) behind subject This is using a standard 0.03 mm "Circle of confusion" Not a lot of wiggle room here... btw, just happen to have my 85mm f/1.4D sitting on the table beside me... it is my most oft used glass... I turned around and framed my hair manikin precisely as your image at five feet... Armando it's all math... mostly trigonometry, and probably the major difference between hobbyist and commercial shooters is the amount of prep that goes into a shoot... Have you studied Dean Collins Lighting Basics... He is a master of commercial... he gets it... says it's all about the numbers... He nails the shoot long before the talent arrives... Want to shoot jewelry? Subscribe to VOGUE and cut out all the David Yurman and Tiffany & Co double truck ads... you soon get your head around what works and how they arrange their sets... you'll notice that the jewelry pieces are slightly in front of the talent's eyes... that way the jewelry can be razor sharp while the eyes are nearly so... Calculate your DOF and know precisely how to pose both the talent and the jewelry pieces to optimized the narrative... btw, I rarely go more open than f/8 just too little room for error in my humble estimation... Agree with Alan that the bra strap is a detractor... I always have the talent wear either strapless or simply remove the bra... Agency talent know better, but newbies are clueless here... As for the facial expression? I always have the talent breath through their month... a.k.a. slightly open... closed lips don't work, this telegraphs tension... Study the models in David Yurman and Tiffany & Co ads... they always have parted lips... David Yurman's signature is to show upper teeth... Tiffany simply has their talent with parted lips, typically without showcasing teeth.... Oh, never show lower teeth, it's consider crude glamour to do so... Love the image... but you might consider bringing a hair stylist into the mix for the next iteration... too many fly away hairs on top her head... I use CHI Silk Infusion and/or KENRA Super Hold Spray to nail these down just before I shoot... The devil is in the details... Did you have concept imagery and a story board for your team before the session? As for softbox... was it an octa? catch lights are beautifully rounded... Hope some of this makes sense... or at least is food for thought... Thank you for sharing... I always admire your creativity... Absolutely gorgeous skin tones... You totally nailed color balance and perfect exposure on this one...
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    Found the original! Looks a bit wacky these days, but thought it was quite cool at the time.
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    enough, glad you found this of interest... always want to give back to the community here in as it has helped me grow professionally by an order of magnitude... Armando the second image nicely done also... having the talent make eye contact shifts this more toward portraiture... Only concern might be showcasing both millinery fashion and jewelry simultaneously... if the shoot is for a wardrobe stylist that might makes sense, however for advertising copy maybe not... Thanks for the clarification on your mission goals... helps me better understand how to couch replies... "...discovered I really liked shooting portraits..." then it might be wise to focus on mastering this genre... It is hands down one of the most lucrative pursuits in photography and will likely remain so into the foreseeable future... However if you want to shoot beauty (as you've posted here) or fashion... then it is a team sport... i.e. building a strong team is essential and the rewards are huge for all players involved... for beauty having a makeup artist on the team is a must... albeit few are competent in hair i.e. there are so many different textures of hair it requires a huge learning curve... Typical makeup artist formal training is 300 hours while to become a licensed cosmetologist requires 1500 hours... enough said... Both these professionals need imagery for their commercial marketing presence... that's what you deliver so we are talking symbiotic partnership here... it's an industry norm... Learn their language (makeup and hair) is a big first step in recruiting stylist... As for models? that's the easy part... Nearly every agency has "testing" photographers which they work with... Here is the submission page for my local agency... http://www.theartistagency.com/Join_Us/Talent/Testing_Photographer In your market have you contacted? Avenue Models Rosario 693 esq. Niños Héroes Guadalajara RGM Model Management Av Ignacio L. Vallarta 2503, Arcos Vallarta, 44130 Guadalajara Sthera Models Calle Amado Nervo 33, Ladrón de Guevara, 44600 Guadalajara Study their Development Boards (i.e. New Faces) and cobble together a resume and website which reflects their visual statement... Be persistent but tactful... you will eventually get in the door... The good news is if/when you are turning out amazing imagery for them they are likely to send clients to you... what goes around comes around... I'm absolutely certain you can find studio space to rent locally... What about the studio you're currently using? As for this shoot? Pre shoot planning goes a long way to assuring stellar results... make certain narratives and wardrobe items are known in advance so you can plan precisely how to arrange the set and illumination... Speak with the studio owner about your needs/desires so everyone is on the same page... better yet rent the studio solo... view it as an investment not an expense... offering to cover transpiration expenses for the team members also creates good will... Also consider providing a nominal "Kit Fee" to the MUA so they can restock consumables... same with the hair stylist... You certainly have the photographic technique down... now it's about assembling a.k.a. building a team... hope this makes sense... Looking forward to your next creative efforts... Thanks!
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    Armando that is much more to my taste and a bit more of her personality comes through!
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    A wonderful series by Tony Oaten here, with this particular shot standing out for me. The composition with the vanishing point of the dam wall works nicely.

    © Tony Oaten

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    Dear John, I hope you can help me. The other day, I set off for work, leaving my husband in the house watching TV. My car stalled, and then it broke down about a mile down the road, and I had to walk back to get my husband’s help. When I got home, I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in our bedroom with the neighbor’s daughter! I am 32, my husband is 34 and the neighbor’s daughter is 19. We have been married for 10 years. When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted that they have been having an affair for the past six months. He won’t go to counseling, and I’m afraid I am a wreck, and need advice urgently. Can you please help? Sincerely, Sheila. Dear Sheila, A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum pipes, and hoses on the intake manifold, and also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors. I hope this helps, John
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    Why do I get involved in shoots with models ? I took a portrait illumination workshop about 5 yrs ago, that was my first time shooting models and I was a nervous wreck, my hands tremble so much that the D300 could not acquire focus. I discovered I really liked shooting portraits, using illumination and understanding the light improved the results significantly, and if while doing this the models happen to be young beautiful women who on top of everything thank you for the images ... well ... 5 yrs later I still do it Time went by, about a yr, and I found a group of photographers that organized photo walks, with models, and used a studio to practice and give workshops. Their "models" are regular girls, often never posed before, sometimes we get someone that has taken a modeling class, so modeling experience is very variable, with a tendency to low. Cloths are rarely provided but sometimes we work with local designers Makeup, the studio shares the building with a makeup school, if the models arrives with enough time they get a MUA student to practice on them, with no cost other than sharing the images, they tend to be good Hair, rarely done by the MUA, usually done by the model with varying results Shooting Script ? What is that ? Kidding apart, I've never done it, I've never seen one, a girl I used to shoot in the beggining always told me that would really make a difference as it gives guidance to the whole team Illumination scheme, usually set by the studio owner, who knows how to blast everything with light and set the proper exposure, the camera captures every detail, focusing errors are minimal as the aperture is usually F10 to F13, the resulting images are very even. This shooting, I wanted to try and control the light better, moved things around ,lower the power of the lights, opened up the aperture, but I focused and recompose, and I obviously moved with the result of getting the eyes out of focus, I have often shot with the 85 wide open but in those situation I place the focus point on the eye and have my camera set to shoot on focus, I forgot to do it , bad shooting discipline from my part. The ear rings are owned by the model, since she went through the trouble I thought it would be nice to get a closeup shot showing them Bra straps ... something to consider for future shots, in this case she was wearing a fairly transparent blouse, I wouldn't feel comfortable asking her to loose the bra The girl that use to tell me about the script, she would do anything to get the clothes to look good, one time we were shooting on the street, she was wearing white pants and the underwear was putting to much pressure, when she saw the marks on the shots, she borrowed my car for a moment, got in and removed the offending piece ... smooth lines on the rest of the shots Alan, When the model is a pro, is much easier to work with them, they do expect me to correct details, they push me to be better, when I tell them this or that needs adjustments, sometimes they do it, but if I need to touch them, it's always with their consent
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    Anvil topped cumulonimbus... Droughts over Hoping this is a dash cam... Distracted driving is a major no-no... seriously
  11. 1 point
    +1. It is the sort of post that makes me realise how far I have to go.
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    Thomas, that is not a reply, that is an education, thank you for this.
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    An Aussie being diplomatic heavens to Betsy whatever next, I was expecting shades of Sir Les Patterson? Being a non driver and not in the least interested in things automobile, TG is at the bottom of an exceedingly long list of crappy TV shows I will never watch!
  14. 1 point
    I would add the downward look and glum expression make her look unhappy!
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    I missed the right focus, that is what bothers me and that I did not take any more close portraits with this light scheme Thanks for bringing up the other points Alan
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    Same here. St Patrick was, of course, a Brit. A couple of years ago, while on holiday in Northern Ireland, we visited what is reputed to be his grave in Downpatrick. There is an excellent Visitor Centre there, with a sophisticated interactive exhibition of his life. The Cathedral is Church of Ireland (part of the Anglican Church) - people both north and south of the border, and of both traditions, have great respect for St. Patrick. 1. 2. 3. The Visitor Centre includes a discussion on Viking rule in Ireland. This caught my eye. 4. It only remains for me warmly to reciprocate Vivionm's St. Patricks Day greetings.
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    I had a call last week offering a Sinar Digiback for a very attractive price ... Software is Mac Only. I have just built a 16core 32thread 64GB Xeon Workstation running Win 10 Pro. I am a Microsoft Intel guy buy conviction. If they want to sell they have to adapt.
  18. 1 point
    Here's some good news from Affinity -- they're developing the suite for Windows. https://affinity.serif.com/blog/affinity-is-coming-to-windows/ I've been dying to try these applications but I'm not a Mac user, so I'm pleased to hear about the Windows version.
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