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Zegen
12-11-2006, 08:31 AM
I recently got into photography, and have done a few cosplay shoots. I've been pretty happy with my work but would love some constructive criticism to help me improve. Wether it be pre or post-edit if anyone has any advice that'd be great! Thank you ahead of Time!

Seigfried Photoshoot with Cobheran (http://gungnir.smugmug.com/gallery/2059888)

Hannah as Gunner Yuna (http://gungnir.smugmug.com/gallery/1942485)

Get Backers group Shoot (http://gungnir.smugmug.com/gallery/2075425)

jtnishi
12-11-2006, 10:11 AM
The only thing I can spot offhand, and it may be solely due to my monitor, is that the Get Backers shoot, and a number of the shots from the others as well, look a little bit on the underexposed side. I don't know if that's from pre-edit shooting or post-edit processing. Other than that, I'll trust the others to provide a bit more expertise on this.

cuddles116
12-11-2006, 01:33 PM
I am not a photographer lol but just as a cosplayer looking at the pictures here is what I got.

There looked like a lot of lighting issues in the Getbackers photoshoot and unfortunately for the group being photographed it was almost always with group pictures. Also while all the individuals had cool looking poses and angles solo when together they looked very boring and no one seemed to be interacting with each other (though that may not have been your fault) but that could be because everyone is almost always looking at the camera in the group shoots. The fight on the stair case looks the coolest and the two people are never looking at the camera but both look great and you can see a good deal of their costumes. (Though that's not to say you should never look at the camera it just gets boring when everyone is looking at the photographer and the background just happens to change.)

And with the Seigfried Photoshoot with Cobheran the photos taken around sunset were too dark as well. While a few look cool there is a lighting issue. Did you bring extra lighting when you took these or did you just rely on the camera's flash?

tfcreate
12-13-2006, 12:03 AM
It's no sin to use a flash in daylight to even out your exposures. The light-darkness contrast is too great A little fill is needed. A reflector or just a flash should take care of this. You also can try dodge/burn in post production.
TFC

staereo
12-13-2006, 07:06 AM
I have edited an image from the get backers shoot that may be helpful to see what everyones alluding to regarding fill flash and underexposure.

With your permission, I will post it in this thread for your review.

Bruce

Zegen
12-13-2006, 08:58 AM
Okay, so I'm gathering that I need to work on my lighting, which I will defiantly look into now. I've also been reading a little and think I may start shooting in RAW so that if need be in the editing process I can change exposure time and so forth. Thanks everyone for your advice, I'll defiantly use it.

I have edited an image from the get backers shoot that may be helpful to see what everyones alluding to regarding fill flash and underexposure.

With your permission, I will post it in this thread for your review.

Bruce

Please do, I'm all about taking constructive criticism and getting the help I need from others. When you post it could you aslo list what you did to improve upon the photo? Thanks!

staereo
12-14-2006, 03:56 PM
well, I just did some shadow/highlight, exposure, contrast, saturation...

My goal here isn't to show you post processing, but rather that fill flash to get more exposure out of your image would be really beneficial. Results from actual fill flash would be considerably better than what I can do with a jpeg in photoshop to recreate the effect. Only a quick 5 minute fix.

your original: http://www.staereo.com/106935067_DSC_0007.jpg
the edit: http://www.staereo.com/106935067_DSC_0007edit.jpg

Bruce

howzitboy
12-19-2006, 04:49 AM
id say yeah, try use fill flash or reflector to brighten up the shadows a touch. id also try get your models to not be to stiff and relax. some poses look "forced" so try to get them to look more natural. u might try hit em from different angles and use different lenses. try a really wide one close up to give it some really fun distortion. or use a long lens, stand really far back and zoom in to isolate the subject from the background. use lens wide open helps too.
but still nice job, keep clicking away. and remember to have fun fun and it will show up in you shots