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Demolishing the Competition

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Challenge: Stock Photos: The Business Person (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: Jan 11, 2009
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2009

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This was our first attempt at any sort of studio setup, so i'm pretty happy... This wasn't my favorite pic of the day, but it was the best one that fit into the challenge...

We used my four Alienbees lights... two a B800 and a B1600 for the background (would have been two B800's, but my other B800 is broken, so had to go with a B1600 at half power), a B400 with a softbox from top right of camera, and a B800 with a beauty dish from the left of the camera beside the model so give some nice side fill...

The backdrop is a 9 foot wide roll of white backdrop paper and the floor is 1/4'' sheets of mdf with a white laminate coating, this gives the slight reflection in the foreground of the model... not the best...

I am not 100% pleased with the results, but as I said, this was a first attpemt... we built the studio in the morning from scratch and then took the pics in the afternoon... given that, pretty good for a first attempt =)

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Well... not to be full of myself, or to put down any of the other photos... but I am surprised I finished so low... I mean come on... the pic of the girl with the binder ribboned... her binder is cropped off!!! NOBODY would buy that photo for an advertisement... i blame it's finish on the open blouse and short skirt... meh =) that's the way it goes... sorry... i'm just a little ticked... meh... onto the next challenge =)

Place: 10 out of 36
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01/26/2009 10:12:32 AM
Another of my top picks, congratulations on your top 10.
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01/23/2009 12:37:27 PM
I think it’s a great stock photo shot. I’m new to the term “light blowback” by David C (thanks for the link). Maybe that refers to some backlighting that may show up on the edges of the model.
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01/22/2009 07:24:39 AM
You and your partner went all out for this one. There seems to be some light blowback from the backdrop...and looking at your setup shots, maybe you needed a bit more distance between model and background. Looks similar to the Zack Arias blog post on seamless white shots.
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01/21/2009 02:42:13 AM
you're right, this should have been higher (and I actually work for an ad agency that buys stock photos)
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01/21/2009 02:03:55 AM
This was my fav too. Surprised it didn't do better.
Great photo by the way.
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01/21/2009 12:17:50 AM
wow i personally cannot believe this did not ribbon. total stock shot that would be used in many construction catalogs. you did a great job. this should have finished higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 11:36:59 PM
There are a number of good posts for this challenge in the same vein.
Hard to choose. Your's works too.
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01/20/2009 09:21:26 PM
Very good concept and I like the quirky element. My only critique to maintain the contrasting elements is that his hardhat should have been clean. Otherwise, nice and good luck!
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01/20/2009 07:07:08 PM
This is a good one. I like the suggestive look of your model, capturing eye contact. It is very important for an advertisement photo, to make interaction with the one looking. The alltogether atmosphere of the photo earns trust. One of my favs in this challenge. (9)
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01/20/2009 04:32:27 PM
Terrific concept, well executed, though the man's head and helmet seem a bit "fuzzy" (is it a sharpness issue or something about blending with the white background?). Anyway, one of my challenge faves.
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01/19/2009 06:07:31 PM
ha great shot, love the smile on his face
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01/19/2009 05:15:34 PM
good one! This is something I'd expect to see on a poster in an office. 9
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01/18/2009 01:48:06 PM
Excellent but I think could use just a tad more sharpening: 9
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01/18/2009 09:46:26 AM
very good...
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01/16/2009 06:45:35 PM
Nice stock photo.
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01/16/2009 04:19:36 PM
Great photo. I see this idea has been used twice in this challenge (what are the odds with so few entries?), but yours is a superior shot. Perfect lighting, composition and pose. Well done.
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01/15/2009 10:24:30 PM
well shot and great framing. perfect balance. Could go in an add for anything. Is that reflection or shadows cast on the floor under the model?
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01/15/2009 09:20:12 PM
nice shot the way he is smiling he has not ran one of those much
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01/14/2009 10:55:00 PM
Wow, this is so close to another entry in this challenge, it's scary. Well executed. Good model with the right expression, IMO. VERY stock photo.
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01/14/2009 05:48:10 PM
That's a great ad there! 9
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01/14/2009 05:46:02 PM
I swear you and whoever shot the circular saw shot are in cahoots lol

And you've both got high scores from me.
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01/14/2009 04:56:13 PM
Nice. Great attitude on the guy, nice composition (even if the cord bugs me). Lighting on the face is too harsh, creating unattractive shadows.
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01/14/2009 04:46:07 PM
mmm some element show a trademark that is copyrighted, please remove it and resubit :) a really good photo for a stock, but remove the trademark :) 10
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01/14/2009 04:35:17 PM
LOL... Well done!
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01/14/2009 12:22:06 PM
Fits the challenge well.
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01/14/2009 09:35:15 AM
Nice work, but technical issues with the reflections, etc...
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01/14/2009 09:04:51 AM
Wow, looks like two photogs got together and just changed the subject on set. Great lighting and set, but when two people get together and can't come up with two different ideas, lacks the creative bug. Two pics of businessmen holding power tools. Someone should have changed it up. And I just noticed both titles have competition in them...
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