Why did you feel you were a bit limited on what you could have them do? Better directing can make better photos for you and for them.
Your first set of 3 images does tell me a story of someone being alone to think about something serious. The grey locations and his black clothing keep the tone serious and unhappy. I like that he never looks at the camera. That is a more advanced approach, in my opinion. I find most newer photographers have their model look at the lens. I also appreciate that you placed your model away from the center frame, creating more interesting compositions. You also effectively used available light, without adding obtrusive flash or reflectors, giving a very natural and flattering result.
Your Con photos seem more point and shoot style.
The background of the male soldier seems random to me. The letters near his eyes distract, as do the red ribbons. You did, however, capture some good lighting on him.
The female soldier outside has a more interesting, less distracting background. You framed her well, and you got low with your camera, which added dramatics to her, making her look more powerful, and it also place her head against a clean sky background. The concrete and the buildings make for a nice visual for the character, but the people walking behind her take away from it. You can select an angle or location with no people, especially if you time it right. You capture her in character...Nice!
The ipad shot is very busy and confusing. The out of focus people in the distance have the most light, which brings my eyes there, rather than to the ipad screen. A closer lens framing would help. Zoom in or walk closer to fill the frame with the Ipad, or make the ipad brighter somehow. Maybe direct the person to turn the ipad to your camera a bit.
Last edited by brucer007 : 02-25-2012 at 06:01 PM.