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Post your photography skills! (self-gloss)

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by JetBlast, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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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  2. Kaplan

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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.
     
  4. il ciclista

    il ciclista Senior member

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    some randoms from the past month

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    il ciclista Senior member

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    Trini, that photo set is so nice, keep up the good work!
     
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    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.
     
  7. NOBD

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



    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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  8. Crane's

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    No, I refuse to "white box" product when I can do stuff like this instead.

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    il ciclista Senior member

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

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

    il ciclista Senior member

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    Nobd, shooting it in a studio setting or a literal white product photo box
     
  12. NOBD

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    Ah, thanks IC. I get it now.
     
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    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.



    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.
     
  15. NOBD

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



    I understand. There's really no hope for that label. They should start from scratch. And "they" shouldn't be the same "they". :)
     
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    Yep, it's all about perception, doesn't matter if it's real or perceived. There was a very interesting show on recently that really drove this home. Really cheap wine in two different bottles. All that was different was labels. One label was all frenchy looking and the other was some generic looking label with a disaster of a name. Everything was dependent on perceived quality and the results were unreal yet very much expected. Perceived quality is oft times the deciding factor in purchasing versus real quality. You see it everyday. It's funny how your brain can make you believe things that are not necessarily real or true.
     
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  17. il ciclista

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    The power of a good design sways everything under the sun. People want to feel like they're getting something good and not having the label (of anything really), which is the first thing often people see, makes the company look bad. If they can't do good branding, etc..what else isn't good about their product (we assume everything and pass it over) . I'm not using the bottle as an example just speaking on anything really. I know what it's like to work with a bad product, you just have to work with it and make it the best you can. Now if the client says they want something that you know won't work then yes you can step in and explain why it doesn't and how you think it would be better, thus improving their profits. If the client wants to run over you and get you to do something you know will fail (remember that it's also a representation of your work) then I'd just walk away.
     
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    How very true. My client is very receptive to my ideas so once we get into Winter we'll be doing some redesigning. This is one of those deals where I inherited some problem children but that's just the way it goes. As far as walking is concerned I've done my fair share of that as well. When I know it's going to be a disaster or the concept just won't work I'm not interested in the project at all no matter how good the money or exposure is.
     
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    and then there's Ektar...

    Just playing around with the 102 and a new macro zoom lens. Ektar is quickly becoming my film of choice for landscapes and outdoorsy stuff. It's easy to use, relatively cheap and as long as it's reasonably exposed the results are excellent.

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    OGW Ektar Minolta SRT-102 by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
     
  20. il ciclista

    il ciclista Senior member

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    this bee was really getting after it haha
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