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RM, critique my n00b self-portraits....

ALEXIS_DH

Tirelessly Awesome
Jan 30, 2003
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Lima, Peru, Peru
so, inspired by a fischer picture.... yesterday i started taking self portraits (using a flower holder as a tripod) while playing chess with my dad while we burnt time waiting for the turkey...

most untouched (a couple cropped), taken with a sony DSC-W55














critique? tips to improve???? which ones came out best?
 

LordOpie

MOTHER HEN
Oct 17, 2002
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I like the emotion you're trying to capture, but technically, need some improvement. Instead of contrasty, they look washed out. Also need to be careful of light reflection.

I'm not a real photographer -- I only use a simple digital camera and repair photos as needed in photoshop -- so I can't tell you how to fix them on the front end, sorry.
 

Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
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needs better lighting on you, and better backgrounds. uh, like that fischer picture :D
 

splat

Nam I am
as Toshi said , needs better lighting , also needs to be a little higher andto one side , so you can actuallty makes out where the pieces are on chess board. From those views I can't tell if ther ehave actually been any moves. ( which would make it alittle comical if you are thinking that hard on an opening move.
 

LordOpie

MOTHER HEN
Oct 17, 2002
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Denver
as Toshi said , needs better lighting , also needs to be a little higher andto one side , so you can actuallty makes out where the pieces are on chess board. From those views I can't tell if ther ehave actually been any moves. ( which would make it alittle comical if you are thinking that hard on an opening move.
I think he's trying to duplicate the Fisher scene which has two moves played.
 

ALEXIS_DH

Tirelessly Awesome
Jan 30, 2003
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Lima, Peru, Peru
needs better lighting on you, and better backgrounds. uh, like that fischer picture :D
well, the pictures were taken at night... under 6 40w lamps, drapes closed.
the backgrounds are the 2 ends of the dining room., the other 2 possible backgrounds could be drapes, or open drapes with a patio on the back.. or a white wall with 3 small paintings. besides my dining table (with or sans tablecloth), what else could make a good scenario?

i guess they could be taken during the day.... with the drapes (on one side) open.. they let in a crapload of light which could incrase the light/shadow. i love that fischer picture, love the contrast, i guess natural light from the side (huge 18ft*7ft window) could do the lightining trick.

how about the lightinig? more on the board? on me? on the side?
\thanks
 

Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
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you don't have to shoot it in your living room, ya know. get more lamps... look at the lighting on fischer: from the side, bright, dramatic. look at the background: simple, just people, no distracting flash reflections, christmas trees, etc.

here's my attempt at a dramatic-ish photo. although the dude is asian, it's not me :D but instead an undergrad buddy.