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Also, am I shaming my camera and lens? I haven't developed a technically proficient enough eye to tell if I am at least making full use of my equipment.
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Edited by Kaplan - 9/12/12 at 3:09pm
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

How's this?
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I think I'd like this shot more if she were looking straight ahead. Right now, I'm thinking less about her and more about whatever's she's looking at. Unless, of course, that was your intent.
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some randoms from the past month

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Trini, that photo set is so nice, keep up the good work!
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I think I'd like this shot more if she were looking straight ahead. Right now, I'm thinking less about her and more about whatever's she's looking at. Unless, of course, that was your intent.

I don't agree here. I like the face in profile and it probably looks better anyway in this dark setting. If the shadows in her neck would have been on her lower face this pic wouldn't work. Again, I like the colours, monochrome as they are. My more personal point of criticism here is that both pictures look rather posed. I enjoy spontaneous people shots best. Of course this among other reasons makes for a very high fail/succeed ratio in my photos.
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Thanks guys, the critiques are very helpful. I hate when background objects sprout out of people like that--I wrongly assumed the shallow depth of field would take of the vase. Yes, there was very little light.

Well, I don't think it's that bad. The shallow depth helps diminish the negative effect.

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A bit busy, I think. You don't crop your pics, do you?

Here's what I may have done. I cropped some of the right side of the pic, to get rid of the leaves and the spire next to the lamp post, a bit on the left, to get rid of the spot on the street that sits against the frame of the pic, and a bit from the top: I don't mind the top of the tower isn't visible, but it seems to be just not visible, so I chopped it a bit more radical.


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I don't know whether it's an improvement, but I think the picture would have been better with fewer elements in it, if you know what I mean. That's what I tried to show.
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No, I refuse to "white box" product when I can do stuff like this instead.

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I agree, just wish the person on the right wasn't there or either more there.
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What's white boxing a product? That label is spectacularly ugly; hope the wine is fine.
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Nobd, shooting it in a studio setting or a literal white product photo box
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Ah, thanks IC. I get it now.
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

I agree, just wish the person on the right wasn't there or either more there.

I have those shots as well. The pics will be used for a variety of things including ecom and print ads. What really matters is the client is happy with how I presented the product.

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What's white boxing a product? That label is spectacularly ugly; hope the wine is fine.

White boxing or using a light tent ,is how you get those clean sterile white or black background product shots you see a lot of. Useful for some things but boring as hell IMO.

The wine is good. More importantly is the fact that this is a commercial shoot and my only concern is presenting the product in a way that makes the product look good and conveys the conceptuals laid out by the client. Personal likes and dislikes need to be left in the car in order to do a good job. With that said I do agree with you that the label is basically atrocious. We've talked about this and some of the labels will be redesigned. It's not an easy thing to do because the labels on alcohol go through an arduous PITA approval process that takes forever thanks to the ATF.
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White boxing or using a light tent ,is how you get those clean sterile white or black background product shots you see a lot of. Useful for some things but boring as hell IMO.

I know what you mean; I didn't know the verb/expression.

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The wine is good. More importantly is the fact that this is a commercial shoot and my only concern is presenting the product in a way that makes the product look good and conveys the conceptuals laid out by the client. Personal likes and dislikes need to be left in the car in order to do a good job. With that said I do agree with you that the label is basically atrocious. We've talked about this and some of the labels will be redesigned. It's not an easy thing to do because the labels on alcohol go through an arduous PITA approval process that takes forever thanks to the ATF.

I understand. There's really no hope for that label. They should start from scratch. And "they" shouldn't be the same "they". smile.gif
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