Workshop Critique for Denis

We recently ran another two sessions of our very popular two day studio introduction workshops that we run with the Royal Photographic Society. After each workshop every attendee can submit images for review and critique - this is a very useful and important part of the course.

These images are from Denis.

exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Great shot, could do with a slightly tighter crop but other than that I think this is great.

exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Really nice profile shot, really like the way the artists work can be see and his gaze is as though he is looking out at the scene he is painting. Very good.

Crop needs a little more room at the bottom and little less at the top

exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

We've got an exposure problem here, this is too dark, though it should be able to bring it up to the right levels. Remember this set was shot to be very high key - the background should be completely white and Sharon's skin tones need bringing up to normal.

I'm a bothered about the crop here. I feel Sharon should be more central or even to the right of the image. There is also too much space top and bottom.

When you look at the pose, sadly the twist with the arms up has led to the boobs looking very different sizes, something to watch out for.

exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

See comments regards exposure above

Like the crop on this, the letterbox format makes for a good strong image. I think a camera club judge would complain about the pose in the legs but I like this, it makes for a very interesting shape. I suspect there is a stronger, more interesting image somewhere in a crop just around the legs.

exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Exposure as above

Like this, the whole flow of the cloth has come out perfectly, very dynamic, plus the strong gaze from the model makes this very strong.

Brodie Lock model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Still got exposure problems, although the background is white, Brodie is still too dark.,

Fun show, love the expression on the face, love the negative space in the image.

Being picky, because I know this was a "grab the look on the face while it was there" shot, if the hands had been symmetrical it would have been stronger still.

Brodie Lock model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Exposure again.

Great image. I would seriously consider losing everything below the hands. There's not much happening there and it's reducing the impact. There might be an even better crop of just the hair and face.

Harriett Langley model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Great idea but the crop needs adjusting.

Firstly the eyes must be absolutely centred horizontally in the frame, same amount of space to left and right of the eyes.

Secondly the eyes either need to be higher in the frame - think rule of thirds - or the top needs a serious crop to remove all that blank forehead.

What I really like is the whole suggestion of a smile, that is only seen in the eyes without the mouth at all.

Harriett Langley model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Exposure again.

I like what you've tried to achieve, but I think the camera angle lets it down. Drop the camera right down to the floor - then the shoes would appear much stronger, the legs longer and would give a more dramatic position.

The pose is pretty much spot on. This is one of those shots that is worth spending 5-10 minutes on if you want to get it right, shifts in the lighting - especially on the shoes - could make a huge difference.

You also need to clean up the floor.

Harriett Langley model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Lovely, straightforward portrait. Light and exposure just right. Shot into the narrow side of the lighting which gives wonderful structure to the face, the gaze is perfect, the expression is delightfully ambiguous which lets the viewer wonder about what's happening inside her head.

Tweaks to this type of image would include moving the light source further to your left (models right) and slightly higher. That wouldn't necessarily improve this image, but would give a very different look.

OVERALL:

Need to check this exposure thing - firstly your monitor may be too bright, but even then I think it should be clear that these look muddy.

Also, would be interested in seeing some of these monochrome too.

 
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Leah Axl model, exposure stronger pose needs gaze Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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