Critique my shoots! AoD 2014

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#1 SpamBot on 5 years ago

Hello!

I went to Animation on Display 2014 at San Francisco and I had several photoshoots that I would like to have critiqued. I'm still processing my other shoots, but here are the ones that I finished.

This was the first time I was on the photographer side of a photoshoot. I had been in shoots as a cosplayer before so I had some knowledge on how to run and direct one.

1. My photoshoot with Effektd Cosplay ([url]http://www.facebook.com/EffektdCosplay[/url]) as Avatar Wan was impromptu. I found him early in the morning and asked if he would like to do a shoot. We walked to the water and just experimented with things. The following set is the result of our shoot.
[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640274650493/[/url]
[IMG]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/12200448573_2b36b87370.jpg[/IMG]

2. My planned photoshoot was with R&R of Almost Legit Cosplay ([url]http://www.facebook.com/AlmostLegitimate[/url]). She was cosplaying as Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. We went back near the water, but down to a different spot. I tried incorporating her props in some photos.
[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640274604813/#[/url]
[IMG]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2850/12200438463_a0e1b7c73b.jpg[/IMG]

3. Another impromptu shoot! This one is with Alastair cosplaying as Joseph Joestar from JoJo's Bizarre Adventures. I tried to make this set dark, yet vibrant as per request. I thought this was difficult to do, but I did my best!
[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640276609213/[/url]
[IMG]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/12201559434_11cd10a1e5.jpg[/IMG]

4. I've been searching for these cosplayers since I saw them at SacAnime W2014 and I found them at AoDSF 2014! Rea and Marc are cosplaying as the Red and Blue Umbrellas from Pixar's short movie (The Blue Umbrella). The goal of this shot was to recreate the scenery from the actually short movie! This was tough to do and required learning several photoshop techniques to create rain on a super sunny day.
[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640367577075/[/url]
[IMG]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3726/12211061526_13b6fd81b0.jpg[/IMG]

I'll edit this post to include my other sets when I finish them. I'm still learning how to do this photography stuff so any and all feedback is welcome and encouraged!

Thanks!!

#2 Sufida on 5 years ago

It is a little overwhelming to ask for so much critique as once so I would recommend posting a thread per shoot in the future. I will skim through though.

Flickr is down as of writing this so I will have to judge this on the slightly bigger thumbnails.

1. First pic is good stuff. He casts a nice shadow, background is nice with all kind of lines and objects that complement the subject while gauging interest, everything looks pretty good here. I could see someone arguing or not wanting shadow on his face, but it personally does not bother me that much. I can't find anything glaring.

Second photo is also good although I have mixed feelings about the desaturated look. The cropping of the feet doesn't bother me, but it may bother some. One thing you could toy with is maybe changing the color of the leaves in post to yellow.

The other three I like where they are going, but the vignette is horrible.

2. I love the first shot, she is a little dark but the use of the glass and everything is awesome. One compliant and it seems like it couldn't be avoided is the cropping of her feet in order to also fit the glass in the photo. The next three are also great... she is lit better and some good ideas going on. In the last photo the way her body is tilted and the wide angle makes it look kind of funky

3. A lot of dead space up top in first picture. Second is good. Third I like where it is going but feels a little too "head on". Fourth looks really distorted and weird. Fifth is the best but I have mixed thoughts about the CAESER.

4. The umbrellas steal the show, but why are the peoples faces so dark all the time? The shadow is harsh. I like the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and the last photo. The rest are are ehh.. unless the thumbnail isn't doing it justice.

So you got some great ideas going on and the technical value is good. What I would recommend is offering more variety in your shots. It seems in each of these shoots you take them all from the same distance. You should try to be more intimate and go close up or go further away. The second shoot is easily the best as you kill this problem in terms of what you offer in a shoot. Only other problem is lighting and how to work with the sun.. consider a reflector in the future.

#3 WonJohnSoup on 5 years ago

Hey buddy! Saw your post in the other thread. No problem, haha, totally my pleasure.

I glanced through most of these quickly for an overall impression. I think they're really great if you're just starting out! Actually, I think they're pretty good regardless.

1) Some of the things I think would be good to watch for is having things too straight and linear for these kinds of shots. Dutch angles can be overused easily, but for cosplays usually I like them a little more dynamic so you may want to try it.

2) What kind of lens are you using? It seems like most are wideangles? I would be careful about placing some of the heads in certain positions cuz it can distractingly distort them sometimes. I also prefer to mix it up with some normals and longs. If you're shooting outdoors in a clear area like that you also have opportunity to bring some bokeh into play.

3) Be careful about going too low of an angle to the point that you can't see anyone's face/head anymore.

Overall I think you're way ahead of the curve for someone just starting out. Can't wait to see more!!

#4 Skyefrost on 5 years ago

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4. The umbrellas steal the show, but why are the peoples faces so dark all the time? The shadow is harsh. I like the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and the last photo. The rest are are ehh.. unless the thumbnail isn't doing it justice.
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Actually that should be the intended effect since in the actual pixar short the umbrella was the main thing. The people were not the main characters. Which OP should have put a reference picture if he was showing that he is recreating anything. The short was in monster university.

Here's the short (bad quality)--->[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPS_EWAzW0Y[/url]

Here a picture: (couldn't find any good ones)
[IMG]http://www.cookiesandclogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/blue_umbrealla02.jpg[/IMG]

Op, I love that picture so much being a big fan of that short.

#5 Sufida on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Skyefrost;4823343]Actually that should be the intended effect since in the actual pixar short the umbrella was the main thing. The people were not the main characters. Which OP should have put a reference picture if he was showing that he is recreating anything. The short was in monster university.

Here's the short (bad quality)--->[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPS_EWAzW0Y[/url][/QUOTE]


I understand a little more now. Let me add #4 to my list of what I considered the best out of the shoot then. I wonder what it would look like if you bumped the shutter a little more and if you can get that "silhouette with clothes" look for that photo.


[quote=wonjohnsoup]

Overall I think you're way ahead of the curve for someone just starting out. Can't wait to see more!!
[/quote]

I agree

#6 SpamBot on 5 years ago

Woah, I haven't checked back on CosCom in a looong while hahah

Thanks so much for the critiques! I used an ultra wide angle lens for most of my shots since I wasn't overly familiar with using any other lens. Second glance on these photos NOW compared to THEN: I would agree that the vignette is terrible in some of my pictures. Presently, I try to use a lot less of it in my photos and only use it when I'm trying to draw attention to my subjects from overly bright settings. I am also incorporating more dutch angles instead of doing straight on shots.

I apologize for not including the main focus of the Blue Umbrella shoot being the umbrellas and not including reference photos, but Skyefrost was spot on with what I was aiming for.

I JUST got a 35mm lens and I hope to use it in future shoots. This will allow me to get more intimate, lose the distortion, and have more bokeh in shots where the background is drawing away from the subject.

I do almost all of my shots on manual, don't use flash (I don't have a trigger or anything, sadly), and don't have assistants to use reflectors and whatnot.

Here is my other shoot from AoD:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/jJJ98j][img]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/12297936696_0465600d55_s.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/jJJ98j]RW[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people//]Euseph[/url], on Flickr

Here is a sample shot when I used my new 35mm lens:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nAPLxF][img]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14177573109_ceaaf35f02_s.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/nAPLxF]More Love[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people//]Euseph[/url], on Flickr

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