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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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Working with this model had some challenges. She was having so much fun in front of the camera that every shot she had this huge grin on her face. I really had to work to get a more neutral expression. I used a fan to move her hair, but she had so much wind blowing on her that she kept breaking out into laughter. Like it tickled.

I guess if you work with models, it isn't all bad if you can make them laugh and have fun.
One Thing you may notice about these 2 shots of this model are the off-center composition. I sometimes like to try using "negative space" to improve a so so composition. This type forces the viewer to focus on the subject and really changes the feeling of the photo.

Camera: Olympus E-510
F-stop: F8.3
Exposure time: 1/25 sec
ISO-speed: ISO 100






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A word of caution: off-center composition has pitfalls for the unwary. Although these two images work well, it is all too easy to lead the viewer's eye out of the composition rather than into it.
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Both expressions may not be neutral but they are ambiguous, nice efforts.
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Thank you.
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Off center shots work well when the shot is wide and you're using the rule of thirds. In this case you are shooting close and the negative space to me is very distracting. In image #2 there is some strange fringing or over exposure from your kicker light on the coat which makes the image appear to look like a cut out. The light may have been to close to the subject and washed out the edge of the coat; or try to keep this light no more than 1/2 to 1 stop over. Just a thought.


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