Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  

Jade by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

November 2023 - Jade

November 2023 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA


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The model was provided at the PSA Conference photoshoot, and she worked very hard, changing clothes to create different styles of photo. The lighting was all provided by Jerome -two flashes to either side and sometimes a flash on the backdrop. So the only thing required from me was to ask Jade to change her pose. You've already seen her as the victim from my previous fireman shot. All I've done it convert to mono and increase the contrast to make the background darker. So, do you like the pose ? Also do you think that it is OK to use such photos in International competitions when all I've done is press the trigger and ask for minor changes to a pose?

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9 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I don't that lighting is the main thing in a portrait photo, so I would say use it in competitions. The model must be very versatile to be in both. I would say the pose is good, she is showing some attitude -- hips swaying and head bent (but I am not a portrait photographer). I don't understand the spot light behind her, but the lighting was what it is. I don't like that her hair is getting lost in the background. I played with her red hair in color balance before converted to monochrome in Photoshop to get some separation.   Posted: 11/10/2023 13:50:56
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Not sure what your first sentence means-did a word get missed out? Yes I liked the pose and you are right - it does need some differentiation in her hair from the background.   Posted: 11/10/2023 16:07:07
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
You are correct, a word was left out. I don't think...   Posted: 11/20/2023 15:29:52

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I do not care for that pose with that dress. The pose is contrapposto and somewhat informal, but the dress suggests formality and decorum. Although this model put an effort into acting out her fireman rescue, I don't see much facial expression in this shot.   Posted: 11/12/2023 14:56:54
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Maybe by then she was feeling tired as she was on duty all day for different photographers though they did have several models who swapped in and out. I do find this sort of photoshoot a bit samey but it is useful for me as I end up with photos that my club members don't have and we have a portrait comp most years.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:04:52

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Yes, use it in any competition. This practice is so widespread that there should be no question. Re the shot: I like Stephen's comments. Although it's difficult to determine, but it looks like the BW version has lost any detail in her face.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:30:40
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I think you are right that the detail has gone from her face so I will have to work on that before using it in a comp. We had an evening on Friday at our club with a local actor who arrives with his backdrop, lights, costumes and proceeds to tell us exactly what to set our cameras on and then he poses all evening for everybody. We all go home with really good pictures, but they can only be used outside the Club because we all have the same, or else in montages with different backgrounds. You probably will see one of these later when I've had time to process them. The other problem here is that he will reproduce the same evening for other local clubs so there are even more of these pictures around.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:51:04

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Treat it as a "learning session"   Posted: 11/23/2023 11:23:02
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes I do -it means I know where to position the lights and what to set my camera on. Very useful!   Posted: 11/23/2023 12:31:39