A couple of headshots for CC please

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A couple of headshots for CC please

An old friend passed through town yesterday and asked me to take some headshots for her company's website. She is a dance instructor and drop dead gorgeous! Since I spend my time chasing my wild boys around with my camera, I had no idea how to pose her or get her to loosen up. Although it was fun practicing on a willing subject for a change Biggrin

These were taken in natural light with my nifty fifty at ISO 200, F2.0, 1/160.

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3. same as #2, but with a different pp

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TIA for any input!

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Great job! I love the PP on #2 it is my favorite for sure. I think 1 and 3 are a BIT too blue for my liking, but still very pretty! Good job they are nice and clean!!!!!

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# 1 is my favorite! This is quickly becoming my favorite headshot pose!
#2 I'd like to see her chin down a bit, but otherwise love the shot!

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I can't comment on color b/c I have a terrible monitor here at work, but I *adore* your composition in #1! She has amazing eyes and this shot draws you right to them.

#2 is nice as well, but, for me, something seems missing ... I'm not sure what ... maybe a slight head tilt would help. I'd like to see it in color also.

#3 - I like this pp a lot better. I wouldn't have automatically guessed this was the same shot as in #2, the pp makes a huge difference. Smile

#4 - this is another favorite of mine. It looks more casual, but in a great way (not snapshot-ish, just in the emotion it evokes ... if that makes any sense). I would try to steer away from having her shoulders square to you. But other than that, this seems a great shot.

TFS!
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I don't know if it's me b/c this is not the first image where I've said something and no one else has but the eyes seem a tiny bit oof (nothing that can't be fixed with a sharpen of the eyes only

I like the colouring of the 4th the best. The eyes are a bit to pp for me

Yay for willing subject though, looks like it was a fun shoot

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I like the 4th best - she seems natural and comfortable in that one.

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thanks for the feedback! i agree that the 2nd lacks something. i think because i am even with her and when i asked her to tuck her chin it was overexaggerated. i have no clue how to direct people. this is why photography will always be just a hobby for me. but it is fun to play!

ljb07-my images always look softer on flickr than in ps for some reason. which really perplexes me since flickr supposedly has their own sharpening upon upload. but in the 1st picture her right (camera left) eye is oof. i could kick myself since it's my favorite!

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Tabitha - I just wanted to say that I LOVE your sig!

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"esti1423" wrote:

Tabitha - I just wanted to say that I LOVE your sig!

thanks! i was so excited that he actually cooperated with me that day and i was able to produce something i had envisioned....this rarely happens....on both accounts Biggrin

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LOVE #1! And your siggy is just amazing.

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I actually like all of them. Some are a bit cool, but I think it's okay b/c I think that might be what you were going for. My fav is #1 though! That siggy put a huge smile on my face this morning! THANKS!

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these are lovely, I bet she's happy. Smile You can sharpen the OOF eye and no one would be the wiser. Smile she has such gorgeous eyes!

and I totally love your siggy, how cool is it that it came together like you envisioned? that so rarely happens to me ... Lol

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Great photos for headshots. I Like the PP on the last image. Your siggy is very cute!

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"GradleRock" wrote:

ljb07-my images always look softer on flickr than in ps for some reason. which really perplexes me since flickr supposedly has their own sharpening upon upload. but in the 1st picture her right (camera left) eye is oof. i could kick myself since it's my favorite!

its so close thats an easy fix, sharpen just that eye Smile

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i did try to fix the soft eye with PW's sharpen this action. if there is some other way, please share!

thanks again for the feedback! i get to play with a newborn tomorrow. i'm excited and nervous all at the same time!

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are you on ILP? I've used an eye sharpen action there and it's pretty good

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My favourites are 1 & 4. I also love your siggy, it's brilliant!

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i love #4! Biggrin nice processing on that one! they do look a bit soft but they look great. i have a hard time with adults and posing them.

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Not a huge fan of the processing on these for headshots. Nice processing for portraits, but I like my headshots to be more realistic and flattering.

On the technical side, since you're using a backdrop, I would have closed my aperture so the focus isn't so inconsistent. In that first image only one of her eyes is really sharp. This could have been solved if you'd upped your ISO a bit, lowered your shutter speed....since you're using your 50mm and shooting an adult, you could have gotten away with a shutter speed as low as 1/100, and had the ap at something more like 3.2 or so.

I'd like #2 the best if she had dropped her chin just a touch. #4 almost works...again, if the ap were more like 3.2 or so, it wouldn't feel so strange that her body and hair is so OOF.

ETA: Just read what you said about the exaggerated chin drop. I totally know what you mean. What you have to do is show them. It's a tiny chin drop - microscopic....practice yourself in the mirror so that you can show your clients how little they have to move to make it perfect.