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I belong to a community called Model Mayhem where I've been practicing my off camera lighting if you'd like to check out some of my work you can do so here.
Sorry Bob I should've been more obviously sarcastic to give you a clue! Look I don't disagree with your basic criticism that the lighting is harsh, the subjects are moving a bit and therefore a little soft and they are centered in the frame, but all of those points are irrelevant. This image captures the essence of this couple, their humor, wonderful smiles and love for each other. That is what they care about. We have tons of images of them that have all of the attributes that ou describe and are "better" photographs. Frankly, I have seen hundreds of thousands of perfectly lit, sharp images that are boring.
Sharna, I've posted plenty of images over the years. I posted one just a few weeks ago. It's not a matter of always being negative. I'll be positive when it's warranted. Check the history. I've made plenty of positive comments on other people's images.
Sweetlife, I'm not saying that the perfectly posed, perfectly lit photo isn't boring sometimes. But I've seen two posted from you and neither would entice me to hire you. As far as the extent of your sarcasm goes, yes I actually did get it. Sarcasm is the opposite of what is obvious. It's not that clear in this case.
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Bob, I say this with absolutely no trace of sarcasm or irony. I am thrilled that you would not select me as your photographer.
Joyful expressions do not make up for lousy photography. Nor do bold colors and whimsical candid stances. Editorial style portraits are great as long as they are still good portraits. But if they are not, all the spin in the world about capturing the love, blah, blah, blah.... won't make them good. Don't criticize BobF for being honest. If you demand polite phony praise for photos posted here this ghost town will get even more deserted.
And to dismiss technically-beautiful well-lit photos as boring is a cover for an inability to make them in the first place.
Sneak peaks should be chosen from among the best ones, not the worst. Do you think movie trailers show clips of the boring or bad parts of a movie? Of course not, they show the best moments of the movie.
My point wasn't that a well-lit, properly exposed image was boring, I actually have one of two of those in my portfolio - it was that a sharp and well lit image is not the only or main criteria for deciding what is or is not a "through away" image - Bob's words. If Bob had offered a reasonable criticism of my work with the intent of providing insight, I am pretty sure I would have taken it into consideration and thanked him for his insight, just like I do any thoughtful and well-intended critique, even if I don't ultimately agree with it. So if I took the troll bait and fought back in kind and offended you and Bob, sorry - but it is becoming very clear why this forum is a ghost town!
A little more helpful dialogue aimed at educating and sharing knowledge goes a lot further than this sort of mean-spirited badgering couched as some sort of "tough love".