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User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

These are the pics that I made for my good friend Ursa yesterday.
Critics/opinions please..

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Regards,
Jernej


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User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 917 times:

You should do some shots with a Sepia tone. Your color shots are very nice. Is your friend Finnish or Swedish? Good work Jernej.

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 912 times:

Nice pics. They are really natural looking. I think #3 is really good.

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 897 times:

Jernej! Fill Flash!!  Smile Even in daylight, fill flash can be used to wipe out some of the dark areas on her face.

What kind of lens are you using? Is it a zoom lens? I've been told that portraits are their most flattering when using a focal length of 80mm, but modelling shots routinely use much longer lengths.

Also, you may want to do a little cropping to get rid of some of the distractions in the background. Some of your shots will be damn near perfect after this.

On the whole, with my amateur eyes, I think your shots are very nice. Especially numbes 4, 10, and 12.

I can reccommend a site that will give you some good comments on your pics. Go to www.usefilm.com . They'll let you upload one pic a day, or 3 if you donate money. It's a very good site, and the criticism is useful. Also, there are plenty of great pictures there to get ideas from. Enjoy!

Again, good job on these pics!



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 889 times:

Actually, I took a look at #3 again. Is Ursa a small girl? The composition of the shot emphasizes her being small against a very large environment. If that's not what you meant, crop away!  Smile


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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 873 times:

a little less background (the bkgrnd is nice, but she was not a big part of the entire pictures),..cropping could help

Josh


User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Too bad that my server is offline again..
I used 28-70 and 70-200 zoom lens for these pics (with kodak elite 100 slide film).

Dc863: she is neither of that, we're both Slovene.
D L X: I'll try it with fill-in flash next time, this 6PM lighting was just great

Thanks for your comments, I'm always learning  Big grin

Jernej



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 796 times:

Jernej,

if you take more pics using our suggestions, do post them! i think your work is quite close to being very remarkable, with these minor improvements.

Also, don't forget that fill flash won't work as well if you are zooming in on your subject from far away.


Oh, and if she's "just your friend," you need to change that.  Smile



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User currently offlineSpeedbird092 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 778 times:

too many harsh shadows, distracting background is in focus (on some pics), photos need some cropping, consider using a diffusion filter or put the subject a little out of focus

Cheers,
and keep shooting  Smile



User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 763 times:

Good pics. What camera are you using?

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 740 times:

Who scanned these pics for you?

What slide scanner are you using.

JET


User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 737 times:

Camera used was Eos-3.
I scanned the slides with Nikon Coolscan III scanner (LS-30).

Jernej



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 731 times:

Whoa. That's a serious scanner!


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User currently offlinePilothica737 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 728 times:

Excellent pictures!! I am a model ( not like a big shot or anything ) and I ma have a few suggestions as far as poses, and film goes. First poses! Way to go on the poses! I think though on a few, she looked a bit tense, as though she was trying too hard to pose. This is a comon mistake, that may novice models make... I've been there. You might want to try black and white film for a very dramatic outcome. Almost all of my photoshoots are done in black and white. I just am not a fan of color for my personal pics. Are you a professional? Just wondering.
Jacqueline
I only have a school pic in my profile, but I will insert some of my modeling pictures later


User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 713 times:

Hi Jacqueline,

she was indeed a little bit tense as this was her first such 'session'. She called me a day before and asked me if I could take some pictures of her (I'm somehow known for these qualities among my friends).

I'm strictly an amateur self-learner and has always been. But you never know..
Thanks for comments!

Jernej



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 693 times:

Hey Jernej,

were you planning on posting some of your stuff to usefilm.com? If you do, I'd like to check out your portfolio. And I think you really will enjoy some of the comments there.



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User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 693 times:

D L X,

I just signed on under the username Dufo. Thanks for this link!
Some interesting photos will be posted there..

Jernej



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 684 times:

Also, try www.photo.net, I've had some good critique from the users there. Only problem is (I think) the photos are compressed, I'm not sure though.

As for these pictures, I'm not a proffesional on portrait pics, but I'd say that a)If you are going to use natural light, try and make sure that you don't get this light/dark side affect. If you are close enough, you can use a fill flash, but remember that using focal lengths of above 80mm and your flash isn't going to be as useful, and if it can reach the tones will be quite harsh.

B & W is an opinion, I guess. If you want a moody picture, that has alot more feel to it, then you should use B & W slide film. However, you have good use of DOF here, and some nice (if sometimes 'forced') poses. Very good for a couple of first attempts!! I look forward to seeing more.

If you find Jason Milligan, I am pretty sure he can help you as he has had experience in this type of photography (he has stunning models too!!!). I forget what username he uses though  Sad.

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 671 times:

Jernej, see how fast you got critique?  Smile Isn't that a great site?

As for www.photo.net, I've had little success there at all. I've posted quite a few pics there, and requested critique explicitly on some without a single comment.

My (fledgling) portfolios:

http://www.usefilm.com/showport.php?uid=11229
http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=212976

I think you're much better than I am. (yet.)



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