Charles Haacker wrote:So I decide I should surface at least briefly for air and your selfie is the first thing I see. It's not a bad picture! The lighting looks fine, there is good detail everywhere, we're all getting old so meh, but jeepers Min, ya look so SAD! Some of that is likely do to the struggle with the tech side, leaving little to no room for the art side. A portrait should say something about the subject. What this says to me is SAD! Part of it is the raised eyes, exacerbated by the low camera angle. My main suggestion would be to get the tripod out and use a remote trigger if you have one. Struggling to hand-hold a camera when you can't see the screen is just too hard, physically difficult and distracting. The background of plain wall is fine, the light you have should be fine, the chair is okay (although you could try a stool so the chair back doesn't try to draw attention), but the camera should be raised until it's about level with your eyes. Then you have options, looking into the lens or not, whatever, but the camera being fixed in one position should make it a lot easier to get something that doesn't look like your dog died. I'm personally fond of getting the camera in the picture with the old-mirror-selfie trick, but everything depends on what else the mirror is reflecting and I have used the bathroom mirror more than once, including my current iteration. For that One I hung a towel over the shower curtain rod and eventually changed out the whole background, but that's a nuisance. I personally would not recommend using this particular picture for your exhibit.
minniev wrote:Thanks Chuck, glad to see you back. Never woulda thought of the mirror trick! I have a couple of old mirrors that I can experiment with. That would be a better option than a remote, cause I still couldn't see what I was taking a picture of with a remote. I appreciate tips from a real portrait guy! i wish you could just drop by and do the deed for me, but you're a few miles away!
Some days with this project I feel like my dog died I'm on such unknown ground, and every day a new landmine explodes under my feet.
I appreciate your help a lot!
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