QUOTE(Shelton @ Aug 30 2011, 07:05 PM)
While working on the office set I found a back up on my second server of the logo fo DDI I was creating. Happy to say that in that back up I found a WIP folder that had alot of Cupid's Sick Day files. Most are the beginnings or middle status of models that will be used. I am very pleased to find this folder and will take me a couple of nights just to go through it.
Looks great. The lighting and rendering quality are superb. good choice with the glow.
Only suggestion. And its a big one I learned from a master. Put the camera in at least 5-10 different spots. vary hight, and angle.
A genius photographer told me that it is very rare that you with camera in hand are lucky enough to happen to stumble upon a subject and be at the perfect shooting position, hight, focal length and angle to get the best image for that subject.
Solution: Take about 5-10 shots and vary all those 4 aspects, don't stress yourself by putting thought into it, get on your knees, climb up a tree, pretend your a fly on the wall.
Now look at the 5-10 shots from very different positions, angles, focal lengths, and so on.
after your review there are bound to be a 1 or 3 shots that speak to you, that appeal to you. they may not be perfect yet but you will notice potential. You will also notice shots that don't look good at all.
Afte you identify the shots that appeal to you go back and refine 1 of them. take 5-10 shots in minutely varied positions near the shot that you liked. The sweet spot will most likely be in one of those refined pictures.
Even pros do this if they have the time and the subject is not going anywhere. After you have found the sweet spot on a stationary subject now think about different times of day to shoot it. long shadows like before sunset or after sunrise, are often good choices.
Now think of different times of year. Sometimes it takes patience to create the perfect shot.
In california near los angeles. I wait until after it rains to get specific planed shots because the smog is removed from my shots and the air is clean resulting in higher detail.
This is good advise. Ever since I learned this my work has gotten so much better. I used to stress about getting the perfect shot now I just fallow this advise.