Crit Week Crit! (pre-crit me for a final?)

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#1 Kitsoru on 9 years ago

I'm doing a cosplay photography project for my Photo Final at school and just finished processing my first batch of photos- could I get some opinions on these?

These are being re-corrected for print, so currently they're just adjusted for screen. One of my concerns is that they're still a little too dark- I wanted them to be sort of dark and grungy, but I had my screen set to 'BLINDING' when I uploaded them, and have gone back and re-edited from the raws to lighten them up. Yey/nay?

Here's 4 samples from each location I was at (and then one closeup for variety):
[url]http://kitsoru-san.deviantart.com/art/Yamamoto-01-145951397[/url]
[url]http://kitsoru-san.deviantart.com/art/Yamamoto-02-145952199[/url]
[url]http://kitsoru-san.deviantart.com/art/Yamamoto-03-145952940[/url]
[url]http://kitsoru-san.deviantart.com/art/Yamamoto-04-145953518[/url]

Forgive the crap-res I resized them to for online stuff.

EDIT: Crit's been done (thanks for all the help!), but still feel free to comment, lol >__>

#2 ElegantEdge on 9 years ago

I love the first one! The quality is excellent, and you really have a great costume as well. :)

#3 Kitsoru on 9 years ago

[QUOTE=ElegantEdge;3243298]I love the first one! The quality is excellent, and you really have a great costume as well. :)[/QUOTE]

I'm not the cosplayer, I'm the photographer... but thanks XD

#4 FiveRings on 9 years ago

It's just a pet peeve of mine, but in most cases, I like vertical and horizontal lines to be perfectly vertical or horizontal unless you purposely meant to skew an angle shot. So 1,2, and 4 could be slightly straightened. Like I said, personal pet peeve, so probably not a big deal.

Another pet peeve is cutting off feet/toes/hands/limbs. In 1, it doesn't detract from the picture because her hand is in her pocket anyways. I noticed it in 3, but again, that's just me.

3 and 4 look a tad underexposed because you're losing detail in the hair and the face is harder to see. It's probably not a big deal because your focus isn't on that area anyways, though in 4, the sword hilt probably loses some detail.

Nice compositions though. I don't know the series so I don't know how appropriate the setting is, but that should be considered as well.

Good luck with your photo project and hope to see more soon! :)

#5 Kitsoru on 9 years ago

[QUOTE=FiveRings;3243422]It's just a pet peeve of mine, but in most cases, I like vertical and horizontal lines to be perfectly vertical or horizontal unless you purposely meant to skew an angle shot. So 1,2, and 4 could be slightly straightened. Like I said, personal pet peeve, so probably not a big deal.

Another pet peeve is cutting off feet/toes/hands/limbs. In 1, it doesn't detract from the picture because her hand is in her pocket anyways. I noticed it in 3, but again, that's just me.

3 and 4 look a tad underexposed because you're losing detail in the hair and the face is harder to see. It's probably not a big deal because your focus isn't on that area anyways, though in 4, the sword hilt probably loses some detail.

Nice compositions though. I don't know the series so I don't know how appropriate the setting is, but that should be considered as well.

Good luck with your photo project and hope to see more soon! :)[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I see what you mean about the angling... most obviously in 1 but 2 and 4 could use the slight tweaking.

The exposure is what I'm most worried about XD; I wasn't able to grab a light meter, so I had to basically guess with my exposures and take a wide range just-in-case. I think I can adjust it some more in the Camera Raw plugin and see if it isn't too grainy when I artificially boost the exposure.

Thanks!

#6 xturntofade on 8 years ago

#7 Kitsoru on 8 years ago

#8 winterwish on 8 years ago

the last one isn't necessiarily too hard if you just desat and push the contrast... all about how you treat it.

my 2 cents =)

#9 HM Neko on 8 years ago

Your pics look great good work.

#10 InstantTamo on 3 years ago

I really enjoy this cosplay, but I think you should get photos with better lighting.

#11 Tigerpaws on 3 years ago

Look out for cropping people off at joints, or cutting off toes, or hands. Cropping any of these off tend to make an image look very strange and unnatural. You could use some fill light (reflector or bouncing a flash) to add some more depth the his face. Also, direct the model to make different faces as well. The posing is pretty solid, but his face remains the same throughout.

Good luck on your final!