RobbieA wrote:Mick, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Photography is an art form and what works for me might not work for others... you say the are overlit.. by that I presume you prefer more moody images - I don't. I don't understand what you mean about contrived? What attention do you believe that the BG's need?
Let me begin with some agreement. What you say above is true - absolutely true. Maybe I should have made it clearer but everything I wrote is, of course, my opinion. What follows is also my opinion - but I won't keep reminding you of that.
No I don't mean moody. I mean that the lighting, to me, seems very heavy handed and therefore unnatural. Take 1 as an example. The light that you used for the back lighting seems much more powerful than it needed to be. Less power and more subtlety in my opinion.
I much prefer shots in which the 'action' is in someway believable. Take number 4 as an example. How often would you expect to see a young lady (apparently) in her underwear, in curlers, eating fruit and wearing gloves? That's the most obvious example but, to a lesser extent, I feel similarly about most of them.
I found most of the backgrounds distracting. Number 1 has some indeterminate material as a back drop. It's lit almost as well as the model and it's in good focus. To me it adds nothing and distracts a lot. Similar in 5- what are those contraptions behind her? I can't see that they add anything but they do distract. Number 4 again - a brick wall? Not the most attractive of backgrounds. Even the car. What does it have to do with the couple or the pose?
Finally, although you didn't ask - expressions. Look at number 2. I'm sure that she's a charming young woman - maybe even pretty but that expression does her no favours at all. I would be very surprised if it turned out to be one of her favourites!!
Let me repeat - all my opinion and I shall not be upset or surprised if you tell me to go away and shut up.
However you did invite me to justify my opinion and I hope that I've said enough to do that.