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Because I feel like I suck big time! I do great with inanimate objects like trees, flowers, etc. But when it comes to people I just can't get my crap together.

I shot my sister this evening and we went out around 7:15 this evening. I just couldn't find good light and when I found a spot I liked, it was dappled. I just can't figure out posing either. I guess I just need to get on flickr and look at poses?

So, here are a few for CC. PS - I've really got to figure out batch adjustments in ACR because #1 and #2 are so different but shot at the same time and same settings Sad

1/160 f/2.0 100
#1MB 01

1/160 f/2.0 100
#2MB 02

1/320 f/2.0 400 (vintage processing on this one)
#3MB 06

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Now that it's been close to 2 weeks....anyone want to offer CC....?

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I think number 3 has the best "pose".. Try to steer away from shooting directly towards them. Have them at an angle. flikr will give you some great ideas for poses.

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I didn't see these until today, so I'm glad you bumped it up (I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks).

Here's my $0.02 worth ...

1. bokeh is REALLY nice and I like how you used the porch railing/posts to frame her. Full on posing isn't very flattering though. I would have her take a step toward you with one leg so that one side of her is a little closer. These angles seem to be a bit more flattering. I like the light coming in from the side. It has that nice warm glow. You might have her turn her head a bit more toward the light so that less of her face is in shadow. Watch the pinky chop.

2. again, nice bokeh! It amost looks like she's standing in front of an impressionist painting. This is a much stronger pose, but I wish that her arms weren't so spread apart. I think the image could be even better if she had both hands on the railing to her left (our right). This would allow you to frame her in the left third of the frame as well rather than have her centered.

3. COOL VINTAGE PROCESSING! I like it! This is a nice headshot and you should both be proud of it! I can't believe how sharp her whole face looks at f/2.0. Very good job!

I HTH some. I always troll flickr or google images when I'm going on a shoot for posing ideas (I suck at that). then I print off thumnail versions of the poses I want to make sure I get and I throw the print out in my camera bag. It has saved me many times. Especially on those shoots were I feel like I'm rushing (this happens mostly w/ family).

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Thanks Courtney and GiGi! I suck at the whole posing thing. I know I should be more versed and I'll check out Flickr (LOVE your idea, GiGi about printing thumbnail versions!)

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I often feel the same way about shooting people vs. inanimate objects.

I like the background best in #1 but prefer the angle of her head in #2. I think I would crop out a little of the top of the beam in #2 because the portion that is showing is bigger than the subject's head and pulls the focus away. In #1, I think I'd also clone out the pole or tree trunk along the right edge and replace it with more green foliage.

#3 is nice. I'd like to see more close up shots of your sister. From what I can see, her eyes are a lovely, interesting shade of goldish brown. Would love to see them highlighted!

BTW, I think the red dress was a great choice for this photo shoot. It complements her hair and the green foliage, and the lines are interesting without being overly complicated.

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I am on uncalibrated computer so take this CC with a grain of salt.

1 - I see a lot of red on her face, maybe color cast from her dress. Composition is ok, not wowing me though. You chopped her pinky. I would brighten her face up a bit more, looks underexposed.

2 - Again, seeing lots of red. Were you shooting below her? I would try to shoot her at level or down.

3 - Best shot of the bunch. Nice bokeh, great light, still seeing red/yellowish on her face.

You are doing really well, keep it up!

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you've got some great cc already! And I also didn't see this post until now. Smile glad you bumped it! I really like shot #1. I like that location! And the bokeh is really nice. But like someone already mentioned I wish her pose was a little different. I know poses are so hard though! But you gotta be a bit bossy when it comes to poses! lol The people you are photographing usually have no idea how to pose. Smile I also see they are a bit too warm.

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Thank you everyone for the feedback!

Janet, I see what you're saying about cropping and cloning out the pole and tree trunk, I'll have to give that a whirl.

El, she is taller than me, but I don't recall squating down or anything for me to be shooting below her...I'll have to think about that one.

I need to be more assertive with positioning and posing. I'm just too intimidated and not sure of myself. I need to build confidence! Can you buy that in a bottle any where Wink

You are all seeing red? I edit these on my laptop and they look pretty good. I'm thinking most everything I edit is too red and it must be my laptop Sad I guess it just adds a stronger reason to get calibrated :confused:

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yes! being calibrated is worth it! Smile i was uncalibrated for a LONG time that when I did calibrate all my previous edited pictures were too yellow! I haven't re-edited many of them but if I ever use them or print them I will be re editing them.