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Unread 08-16-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Question Game of Thrones Inspired Photoshoot

Thoughts on the edit? Obviously the background is not accurate to the books, but the model was very happy.

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Unread 08-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Neat looking, I'm somewhat distracted by the blurring around the edges though it does add a bit of a dreamy effect to it, I'm not sure if you used a green screen or what not and I'm also not familiar with how well they work out.

My eyes keep jumping to the big planet, I would have moved the background down and to the left if possible and get her more center frame.

Still not bad and MOST important "but the model was very happy."
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Unread 08-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Unread 08-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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I like it quite a bit.

It's a very well-done composite, tough to tell at a glance how much of it is the set and how much is the drop-in background.

There are a few cues that lead me to believe the model was shot on a white or neutral background, then clipped out and placed onto the sand. But I could probably be convinced otherwise.

The lighting on the model is perfect, it's VERY believable with the background - which is hard to do on a composite. The direction and softness of the shadows, the color and intensity of the light. Good job.

Like Skuggi mentioned, the outline of the model is a bit too fuzzy/feathered, especially on her right (camera left) arm. This drew my eye on the initial glance.

The shadow isn't quite right - I'm guessing you burned it onto the sand? The direction and intensity are right, but with a large, soft light source, the shadow should get softer and more diffuse as it's further from the subject. Additionally, the model's overall shape is smaller at the top than at the bottom. These two things together mean that the right end of the shadow (her head) should be smaller, lighter, and more diffuse than the left end of the shadow (her hips and body).

Also, the "real" shadow from a sun would be hard and crisp - remember that for photographic purposes, the sun is a very small light source, which makes for hard-edged shadows. But for the purposes of this shot, I don't know if that would work, and it would definitely be a little difficult to recreate.

My last critique is in the composition, and honestly that's more of a personal preference than a technical critique. I prefer the model/subject to be the "star" of a photo, whereas here she's one small component of an overall image. I would have liked to see the model much larger in the frame. Again, personal preference, and your composition does work really well for an environmental shot.

Overall, great job. Better than I could do with a composite like this, I think.

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Unread 09-06-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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I like the over-all look of this photo a lot. It is the details that would make this image even more pleasing.

I agree with those who said the edges around her are unnaturally soft. Crisp, but blended edges usually work best when adding a person or object into a background. I use the Blur Tool to make the edges seem part of the location.

The side-lighting is consistent with the desert lighting and the lighting on the planet and moon. However, the contrast ratio is a bit higher on her. The shadows on her seem a bit deeper than other elements, but not too seriously. Her tan on her arms suggests she has been wearing short sleeve shirts, which might not be likely for the wardrobe worn in that tv show.

I agree with the others about the drop-shadow that was added to make it seem she made the shadow. The over-lighting seems like diffused sunlight on the desert, but her face has brighter contrast to suggest a harsher sunlight, as well as her nose shadow being harsh, so the shadow should indeed be a bit harder, longer, and more defined to show her shape in it. Her shadow gets darker as it gets farther from her head, which it should get lighter, since fill light would do that. I also agree with nathancarter that shadows, especially soft shadows, would have sharper edges when near the person who made them, and get progressively softer as the distance increases. Shadows can make or break the believability of a composite, so I suggest you imitate reality as closely as possible.

Compositionally, I am fine with her size. It makes the scene more epic for me. I would prefer to see her closer to the right frame, since she is look to the left. Her pose is very elegant.

The planet and the moon are well blended into the clouds, but the moon seems unnaturally oval-shaped.

If you can refine the details, I think this will become a more stellar image!
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