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07/06/2005 11:50:21 AM · #1
Here are four pictures from several hundred that I shot for a musician-friend who is putting out a CD this fall. He's developing cover concepts and had two ideas he wanted me to shoot: him with guitar against a brick wall; and him in silhouette against a sunset. Critique please:

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07/06/2005 11:54:56 AM · #2
hhhmmm tought call... I would say number 1 and number 4 the ones that i like more. The colored version seems over saturated.
I don't know what type of music he playes but if it is a relaxing one i would say number 1 since it gives a more calm mood.
If it is a moody and happy music number 2. He is really well on that one, seems he was really having a blast. :)
those are my 2 cents
07/06/2005 12:00:30 PM · #3
2 & 4 for me. Looks like you really did a great job delivering what your client wanted. What is the proper aspect ration for a CD? Aren't they almost square? Might need to mess with the cropping.
07/06/2005 12:02:34 PM · #4
What's the title?
07/06/2005 12:10:27 PM · #5
Originally posted by wadap0:

What's the title?

I don't think he's gotten that far. His music consists of covers of popular songs from the 60's and 70's mostly, Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, etc. The CD will be used as a gift to his friends and family so distribution will be modest.

Yes, the crop for a CD cover is roughly square so these are raw and uncropped.
07/06/2005 12:11:54 PM · #6
i like the first photo if you use a motionless hand...and the fourth is great..but i would of course as already discussed crop to fit and zoom in a bit more on the artist
07/06/2005 12:14:42 PM · #7
this one looks like the most fun
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doncha hate having to choose!!! great work!
07/06/2005 12:15:02 PM · #8
I hate to say this but the brick wall is a bit cliche'd.

This site has a funny, endless list of band photo, cliches that someone sent me only yesterday. It reads a little like Mulletsgalore.com....in spirit.

www.rockandrollconfidential.com/hall/index.php

The brick wall background is a constant theme that get's poked at.
Just thought you should see this before you make any moves.

Message edited by author 2005-07-06 12:19:27.
07/06/2005 12:19:46 PM · #9
Well, if it's for family, go with 2 for the front or the back at least as family will want to see his smiling face. Family will feel he's having fun and is happy which is what we all want for our family. Right?
07/06/2005 12:20:00 PM · #10
You're certainly right about the brick wall, sheesh. Here's your link:

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07/06/2005 12:26:56 PM · #11
Originally posted by strangeghost:

You're certainly right about the brick wall, sheesh. Here's your link:

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Yeah....it might make you think twice about that "brick-waller" shoot after seeing that site. Gotta admit...it's funny sh!t. I went through most of the shots and laughed for hours.
07/06/2005 12:31:02 PM · #12
Originally posted by strangeghost:

Originally posted by wadap0:

What's the title?

I don't think he's gotten that far. His music consists of covers of popular songs from the 60's and 70's mostly, Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, etc. The CD will be used as a gift to his friends and family so distribution will be modest.

Yes, the crop for a CD cover is roughly square so these are raw and uncropped.


If its for his friends and family, then I think the face should be visible, so that rules out 1 and 4 for me. Songs from the 60's and 70's - I think the contemplative look with the backward look shadow does it. So that's No. 3 then.
07/06/2005 01:02:06 PM · #13
How about this idea: no.2 cropped to shadow and brick only?
Or maybe having the dude play his guitar for someone else and capturing something simple like his emotion or strumming.... might be interesting.
You could do it against a background that contrasts sufficiently so that you could make it look like a silhouette with post-processing, if ya decide to do that.

Cool project. Best of luck.
07/06/2005 01:09:28 PM · #14
hmm why not put number 1 or 2 in color. i heard red is the most eye catching color when you walk down an aisle in a store. maybe black and whtie wouldn't be good for catching people's attention?
07/06/2005 01:11:48 PM · #15
the last one is the best i think. if you use the brick wall i think u gotta get rid of that shadow, its pretty distracting. fill flashes will help.
07/06/2005 01:27:43 PM · #16
I love the photo of him laughing. If his music is light hearted, I think this one will do the trick!
07/06/2005 03:41:36 PM · #17
They're all great shots. But they all convey a different story and a different mood. He should probably choose the one that best captures what he is trying to convey. Don't think there are any that need be discarded for photo quality or execution.
07/06/2005 03:47:55 PM · #18
Originally posted by joezl:

They're all great shots. But they all convey a different story and a different mood. He should probably choose the one that best captures what he is trying to convey.


Well said.
07/06/2005 05:27:36 PM · #19
I agree...what kind of music. what kind of attitude to the musician and his music. Not knowing those details I would choose number 2.
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