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Old 27th September 2010
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1st "Commercial Shoot"

I did my 1st "Commercial" shoot this weekend

I put the parentheses around it because it was for a friends company so I took no payment, but I had a brief and a set of limitations to work to

I had a massive amount of learnings from the day in terms of shooting moving horses and have a much increased respect for people who do it well as my failure rate was much higher than I'm used to with wildlife & landscapes as the speed of movement was at times too much for me to think fast enough to compose shots carefully.

I also learned a lot about horses and what is acceptable for them to be doing as I was told - no ears back & no eating shots - it's apparently bad manners and even well trained horses will try it on when standing still.

So they had to be enjoying some riding at various speeds in the wonderful Welsh countryside .. how do they look to you?









There are some more in my gallery for those interested in horses

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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

Blimey you would have been pretty close to me for a few of those - infact I was up on those very hills in the background of no.3 Saturday. Anyway onto the photos - I'm not sure about No. 1 - the very bright highlights spoil it for me but the rest I think are very good and I should think would be perfect for publicising the business
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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

If it's for advertising purposes, then the first and the last get my vote!

The first shows the fun aspect very well, although I think it would benefit from losing some of the OOF greenery at the bottom to focus attention on the pony and rider. I really like the determined look on her face! Reminds me of me when I was a kid...

The last one I really love. It shows the landscape and colour very well...the shadows are a bit harsh, but I can't see how you could have avoided them with the lighting conditions. It still conveys a great atmosphere.

I also think the borders are a bit too heavy. A simple plain black line to separate it from the background would be enough. Let the images speak for themselves.

Sorry if that wasn't very helpful, but I'm still learning!

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They look good to me, A Big well done!
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Photo 1 : A bit overexposed. 2/3 - 1 stop down. Nice focus and use of DOF
Photo 2 : I would've used a little fill light and/or recovery in ACR in order to avoid the strong contrasts on her face. Alternatively used a fill-in flash (maybe with CTO-gel) to the left of the camera to lower the contrast. Very god composition and filling the frame well.
Photo 3 : Great shot with the hills and the horses low to the right
Photo 4 : Nice one.
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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

These are nice shots, Andy, and I particularly like No 1 & No 4. It's already been commented that parts of No 1 are slightly overexposed but this is easily fixed as there is plenty of detail with very little, if any, burnt out. I agree that it might also benefit from a slight crop at the bottom but I rather like it as it is and would tend to leave it. It's actually an ideal composition for commercial purposes because it has so many cropping options to fit whatever layout is needed.

I expect your friend will be pleased.
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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

Thanks for all the comments (which I agree with)

I was a bit hasty and just uploaded a whole bunch of ooc JPG's with no post processing other than resize and (sorry Janet) borders

I have shot in Raw and I have a htousand files to go through from the day and work out what really worked and what didn't. I think that will be a good few hours in it'self.

As I said this was more in recognition of the extra efforts in doing commercial work that I'd never taken into consideration before.

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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

The last would have been a great shot if the first horse and rider had been closer/larger in the frame!

I find it is very much tougher shooting events to order, especially when you can't readily pose the subjects, than shooting for choice. Well done overall.
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Re: 1st "Commercial Shoot"

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The last would have been a great shot if the first horse and rider had been closer/larger in the frame!

I find it is very much tougher shooting events to order, especially when you can't readily pose the subjects, than shooting for choice. Well done overall.
Ahh.. I think you mean this one



I initially rejected it because the white one in the background had it's head down.. what's that they say about children and animals

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Yes - that's much better IMO!
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