Which Photo Is Better: A or B ?

chase jarvis photo brent amaker

Remember when I did the original chasejarvisLIVE photo shoot way back in winter? If you recall, I was shooting the album cover image for alt/punk country band Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. We also did post production and editing on the images LIVE as well a few weeks after the shoot. Well now it’s time to print these suckers on a limited edition run of vinyl and there is somewhat of a debate on which image is better.

Simply put, and with no further explanation, I thought I’d ask for your thoughts. So which is better, A or B?

Vote in the comments. Also love to know ‘why’ if you care to explain. 500 px wide images after the jump…

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A. With the foreground lady laying down…
Rodeo "A" - by chase jarvis

OR.

B. With the foreground lady standing up…

amaker "B" by chasejarvis

Love to hear your thoughts.

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1,112 Responses to Which Photo Is Better: A or B ?

  1. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    a – the band is the focus, not the model

  2. Joshua Patten June 10, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    A. is better.
    In B she becomes the focus point instead of the main guy. It is a great photo, but as far as context and focal point A is better.

  3. Sean Hagwell June 10, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    A has my vote.

  4. DC Chavez June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    I prefer A.

    B is too focused on the woman. This shoot was about the band and the woman is more of an accessory in A as opposed to the focal point in B.

    My $0.02

    Both are great shots by the way! :)

    • suZen June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

      I prefer B. I worked in “record stores” for all of my early 20s and have somewhat of a passion for album cover design. Album covers need not focus on the band (or even include the band), they need to be interesting and compelling and memorable. B is more of all of these, to me and A is more cluttered and confusing, with all of the elements competing equally for attention.

  5. Christoph Krenz June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    B – Much more natural – Yo get also a much better feeling for the room

  6. Szabi (szabiakanich) June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    A. Definitely. In B the female talen is just way too much in the picture.

  7. Whitney June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    The band is the highlight and they are visually much more important in shot A!

    But, beautiful work on both…beautiful

  8. Janis June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    A
    :)

  9. Greig June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Personally, I love B :-)

    Loved the whole broadcast but I feel for me, B is the stronger of the two. I can’t really explain it – perhaps it’s the lighting that outlines her legs. It also appears to have more depth for me too.

  10. Dustin Stone June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    A is better in my opinion. I don’t like how the standing girl divides the photo. Also, there are certain…lines…in A that lead the eye back into the photo. Either way, that’s one sinister party!

  11. Michael June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    B is better. The woman in the foreground creates layers of interest. In A, both women have identical poses.

  12. mike! June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    “A” for sure. It just feels much more balanced.

  13. Sofia Fontes June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    B, I think it’s more commanding.

  14. Terry June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    I like A, more focus on the band, which is trying to tell records, I have a hard time getting past the standing girl in pic B

  15. Dane Patrick June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Following the rules of not cuttin off pieces of the people, A would be better.

    But I definitely prefer B much more, seems easier to view in my opinion.

  16. Brent June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Im feeling the second shot.

  17. Maria June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Definitely A.
    B has too much distraction.

  18. Caitlyn Doris June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I like both images but I love the second one! I think it is easier for the eye to know where to start on the image and scan the entire image without jumping from person to person…smooth transition as I would say! They are both incredible though! So, I vote IMAGE 2 :)

    • David Franzen June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

      B. I like that the composition is basically triangular instead of circular. Also, it’s got more rhythm to me: people paired up, the pair of paintings, pair of antlers; L to R it reads: boy-girl, boy-boy, girl-boy, GIRL, boy. B also leaves you some space for copy in the top-left corner. No that it matters much the the seams in the concrete wall are more square to the focal plane in B; the off-kilter grid is perhaps slightly distracting in A.

      To me, both of these shots want to be shown big. I want the LP not the CD cover, you know? Both have depth and you want to dive in and explore. That might be another reason I like B better-with the pairings there are more interesting mini-compositions inside the photo.

  19. Daf June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I prefer her lying down – seem to go better with the rest of the image – the staneding up one brakes up the image/distracts the eye too much BUT the angle of her back seems uncomfortable and un-natural. I would have propped her up a bit chaise-lounge esque.

  20. Amy Loke June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I prefer A. =)

  21. Chris Newman June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I prefer “A”. The girl in “B” becomes the focal point and I don’t really look at the band much.

  22. Ollie Gapper June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    B, it seems more effortless and has a more candid aesthetic. Why was it you shot this at 800 ISO? Love both shots anyway.

  23. Szabi (szabiakanich) June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Too late to edit, but if you look at the thumbnails, it’s even more obvious (to me at least) that A is about the band and that B is about the woman. And since we ARE talking about the band I’d go with A.

    Szabi

  24. Sonal June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    The first picture (A) is very striking. I love the way the man standing in the back holding the woman mirrors the woman in the front’s position. It definitely looks like there is something dramatic occurring in the scenario.

  25. Bram Timmer June 10, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    B

    The focus draws on the lady in the foreground, even though she’s dark and then we start pushing our eyes back into the scene to discover all the activity. The lighting on the guy at frame left is better in B, but the dude on frame right is too “look into the camera” for me (compared to A).

    Great shot, lots of intrigue.

  26. Luke June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    A… Makes me wonder why he’s holding that chick

  27. Keleigh Layton June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Love B!

  28. Nat Thompson June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I like the light on the woman standing up. With the man in the background sitting down it seems deeper. When hes standing in the top one it seems to shorten the room.

    My 2cents for free …! Word x

  29. DizaBlah June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    A. It is more band centric. I like the way that A presents the main character and the band. The model in B is too prominent and the attitude of the gentleman on the couch is a little weak feeling. Just my .02¢

  30. Caitlyn Doris June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I meant to write IMAGE B…ooops

  31. Isaac Hinds June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    No doubt about it… “B” is the winner. Conceptually stronger, visually more appealing and the composition is superior to “A”. I notice new details in “B” every time I look at it.

    It was fun to watch the shoot and now the end result. Good job guys (and gals)!

  32. Robin Sarac June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    A. By a longshot for me. Less light on the faces and the one fellow holding the woman while standing makes me wonder what’s going on. The whole thing just look more…alt. And the woman lying down in the foreground lends a sense of decadence and I get even mroe confused…in the best possible way.

  33. Jeff Luke June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Agree with the other commentors: A is best since you are featuring the band. The model in the foreground takes over B. BUT, the tough part for me is I like the faces of three of the dudes in picture B. So my real answer? Make a composite of A and B.

  34. Michael Huxley June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I like A the best. When she’s standing up in B, she pulls all the attention away from everyone else in the picture and they get a little lost. In A the “weight” of the image is more evenly spread.

  35. Jay June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    A – Just like others have said. My eyes are immediately drawn to the band (and their placement is better) whereas in B, the foreground lady gets my attention.

  36. Eric Krebs June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Fibonacci sequence….. B. Both are great!

    • Eric Krebs June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

      BTW ~ That’s some John Greengo creativeLIVE acquired knowledge there ;-)

  37. JustinC June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I think B is a more interesting photo in terms of what to look at, but since the job is about the band A is a better shot to showcase the band for the album.

  38. Adelle Charles June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    B.

  39. bigslim3k June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I would have to say A. The woman in the fore ground doesnt distract from the band and gives a sense of swooning or exhaustion from what ever rockstars do after a gig.

  40. Jurc June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    I vote for A.
    Reason: Because attention on photo A is spreaded on whole picture, but on photo B the foreground woman brings all attention and the rest of them in the background would be mostly unseen.

    Greetings from fans from Europe

  41. sealdi June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    B. The lady standing up leads the viewer to focus on the people at the back. Rather than that of A, I tend to look at the legs of the girl in A…leading my eyes to the floor not to the people at the back.

  42. Michelle Feeney June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    A for sure. Really like the man holding the woman compared to the woman laying down. Thanks for sharing and asking. :)

  43. Joel Bischoff June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    A- The lady laying down gives it more provocative feel as well as I like the band members spread out more in the background, and I like the center guy holding the girl up in his arms, rather than sitting on the couch with her.

  44. Darren June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    A is A-okay!

  45. chris June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    A. love the way the girl he is holding contrasts against the white couch, awesome.

  46. Michael Miville June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    As much as I like the hot woman being the focus, that shouldn’t be the focus of the cover and therefore go with “A”.

  47. maria June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    i THINK i like A best. Love the laying down lady, her shape is hot and subtle all at the same time.

    I really like B, the only thing that bugs is her hands, the are too close to the gentleman on the right and seem to big for the left.. does that even make sense? so yeah, I am going with A.

    I totally dig it.

    peace.

  48. SleeplessInKL June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I prefer B because I find the imagery stronger. I find the foreground lady in A distracting and her pose too unnatural.

  49. Dara June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I agree with others, A is the better picture. Since it makes the band seem more of the focus of the shot. In B, it draws your attention more to the woman than the band.

  50. tascha June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    A…

  51. Chris Brock June 10, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Personally I think A is more impactful. It kinda boils down to the chap standing, holding the girl in his arms. It’s almost like he’s come back from a hunting trip and that’s his prize from the day.

    With picture B, it’s more like the girl is consenting, taking comfort from lying across her lap. It’s less dramatic as a result. And with the girl standing in the foreground rather than lying, it’s less sinister, a more comfortable photo.

  52. Nelson Chaves June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B, It seems a lot more natural and not posed and it’s not as busy. It’s has a better feeling in the room also!

  53. David Josue June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    A

    Like the mood on this pic and the band is the focus on this pic

  54. Dave Hassar June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I’m gonna go with A just because I feel like the band members and models are able to stand out more because there is a little more room between them. My $.02

  55. Ashley June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B is incredible!

    “A” looks a little “obvious”- like having all of the furniture pushed against the walls in a room.

    B is just ridiculously interesting imo. Awesome job!

  56. John T. June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    “A” for the reasons already mentioned.

  57. Shane Savage June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I like B alot, but have to go with A because none of your subjects clip each other, but I like the Composition on B more, I just dont like the models leg on the couch running into the model standing in the B photo

  58. Jeff P. June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    A. The repetition line of the women’s bodies is a nice visual element.

  59. Steven Lawson June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B

  60. Anna June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Definately… A!

  61. Ana Isabel June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B.

  62. Frank Daugaard June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Voting for B. The standing lady gives the photo a great sense of depth

  63. Dawn June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B.

  64. clarke thomas June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    B. Though the model is the focus, all the band members are in the light.

  65. DPatten June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I would say B is better, more interesting

  66. Culinary Fool June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I prefer B for a couple of reasons. “A” feels kind of flat to me and the position of the woman draws my eye down and kind of stops there. She feels seperate from the rest of the story.

    “B” has more depth and the position of the woman makes her an interesting element but my eye is still drawn back to the band members. The story feels more integrated and I’m more likely to look at each of the elements as well as the photo as a whole.

  67. Arlindo Filho June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    A is much better. Very sensual the girl close to the camera.

  68. Devlon Duthie June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    To my eyes, A’s composition brings me into the center of the photo – feels more balanced and rooted on the bottom of the photo, B pulls me over to the right – she seems to dominate the photo, tipping the balance to the right.

    They are both interesting shots, depends on what the intended focal point is I guess.

    • Devlon Duthie June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      oops, my vote is on ‘A’ – I didn’t make that very clear

  69. Todd Muskopf June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    B is a much better photo, but you screwed up. You should have had the girl facing the band and not the camera. That way we’d still be looking at only their faces. Do you have one like that?

  70. Jaime Macias June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    A is my choice. The symetry is strong and the women are effective as props but not distracting (I mean that in the best way possible, they contribute and support)

    Thoughts on B. The foreground woman is distracting and the sitting makes the lead diminutive relatively.

    There really is only one correct choice to me, if I understand the artistic direction corectly, but they are both fantastic photos.

  71. Simon June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I prefer A. I think the woman in the foreground is too distracting in B. She frames the band nicely in A. Also, the man standing in the middle is more powerful than him sitting on the couch.

  72. HP June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    A, I feel more focus on the band, and more creativity all around the shot

    HP

  73. Richard Keech June 10, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    “A” by a long long way
    “B” feels unbalanced or like the model was comp’d in badly it just doesn’t sit well with me

  74. intan abas June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I say B

  75. Carl Wagner June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    A
    B looks too unnatural with him seated holding the body.

  76. Brittanny June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I was going to say A but I don’t like how the band is posed. B looks a lot more natural even with the model in the foreground. So my vote goes to B.

  77. Daleon June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Photo A is better than photo B

  78. eddiejkeating June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I would say B is the stronger image even though the model is in the foreground B makes me want to explore the picture and therefore spent more time looking at the band.

  79. Rocky Garza June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    go with B. I love it

  80. Renae June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    B tells a story. A looks more like a framed image. B pulls me in to the story.

  81. Rocky Maloney June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I would have to go with photo B. The lady standing up in the foreground adds good levels to the photos all around. The guys in the back don’t looked as posed either.

    Photo B!

  82. Ashley June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I definately vote for photo A.. The band members are the main focus, and the photo is telling a story. Laid out much better, with the band members balancing the scene. In photo B the female model is the first thing you see, then the band behind. All looking quite lethargic especially with the model on the left slumped over on the band member.

    I watched you do this shoot live… great work Jarvis ;)

    Ashley.

  83. weiss June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I like B. I think mainly because in A the guy holding the girl looks a little awkward and he is the first thing my eye is drawn to. I also like the empty space in B composition wise, especially for an album cover. It leaves good space for text. Just my humble opinion. I still like both photos…. either one wouldn’t be a bad choice.

  84. Nelo June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    B – For me the woman add a focus to the photo, but she makes me look at the other people in the room more than in A, it’s like I want to see what they are doing. I hope I can help with my comment, and also sorry for my english…

  85. Omar Morales June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I think i like more photo A , seems more balanced, not crowded on the left side but would try different pose with model on arms

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  86. AridAcres June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    A: the women in the foreground is less distracting from the man carrying the woman in the back

    B: the woman in the foreground is the subject with distraction in the background, if woman in the foreground is removed the image is focused on the man holding/carrying the woman

    A: if the woman in the foreground is removed this image has more impact because the view is focused on the man carrying the woman. The size of the man and woman in the image also focused the interest point of the image

  87. Daphne Channa Horn June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    A…it’s more mysterious and makes me think

  88. Mike Fendt June 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I would like to say there both good images but if these are going on an album cover then I would like to say (B) because in (A) my eye is drawn to the model laying down first but in (B) my eye goes straight to the guy holding the sleeping lady. (B) Shows more of the band together rather scatted all over the room there to one side of the photo which shows a group like photo.

    Nice work.

  89. Kyle June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B. It seems like she is shutting the door in my face in a kind of “What are you doing here – you’re not invited.” deal. Makes me feel like I NEED to know what’s going on.

  90. Adam - OS June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Vote A. B feels like the foreground model is blocking the rest of the scene. A for sure.

  91. Kelly June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I like “B”.

    With “A’ I find that my attention goes straight to the guy holding the girl and standing in the middle of the frame and then… nothing, I stop looking.

    With “B” I my attention goes to the girl in the foreground and them slowly makes its way through the photo enjoying all the detail.

  92. Stephen Campbell June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    My choice is B.

    There’s more continuity to the image, with all vectors consistent. There’s nothing in album art etiquette that says the band have to be prominent. Instinctively, I thought B immediately, and after looking at it for longer I still think that.

  93. cjb_ June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B – the band look tighter

  94. Rob van Asch June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Definitely B. The lady attracts the first attention (good for all us guys out there) but after that you see the band and it all comes together. Great shot

  95. Bruce Taylor June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    A is much more evocative and will generate some buzz as to the narrative. Definitely the stronger choice.

  96. Ian Holmes June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Going for B!

  97. Ivor Evans June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B

    Design is stronger and the band could is no less … dynamic … than they are in A.

  98. Theo Ribeiro June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B definitely. Though the girl is in the foreground the picture actually shows the band stronger and better…

  99. Kris June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B, hands down. The contrast between the lack of light on the foreground model and the lighting on the band in the background lead you in.

    Personally, I tend to look at the band SOONER in shot B. Shot A works too, but I find myself circling around the image as opposed to looking at the central point, which is the dude in the hat (forget his name from the live broadcast).

  100. john urban June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    B, not liking the crop to much though.

  101. Val lord June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I’m going with B. I don’t mind the girl, it feels like she’s there to make sure you know what you are getting into when you cross her path.

  102. Jesse Bone June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I like the composition of A much better, draws your eye into the centre

  103. Laura Barisonzi June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    In A the woman in the front is too distracting if the focus of the image is the band. In B you can actually make out the band member’s faces better which for me would be important since it’s an album cover. Also B, is slightly less overposed and it gives a slightly better drunk at the end of a party feel.

  104. Nat Thompson June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Oh shit
    I just realised it was supposed to read the info about it being a band shot. I reckon band shots where the band is the focus are over and done with as an absolute

    and to be honest who cares if the band is the focus that so boring.

    There is so many people out there shooting great eccentric band photos its pretty easy to take a boring one.

    So from my high pedestool I wanna still say I like B because of the light and depth even if those huge musical egos dont get to stand at the front. Its a bit spinal tap to have to have the band at the front.

  105. Carl Licari June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    A – Better balance of subjects. Awesome model profile.

  106. E Gower June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    B. My eye travels around the photo and takes more in.

  107. BuzzyD June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I prefer B as it’s much stronger compositionally and I personally quite like the fact that the band isn’t the main focus of the shot. A is too obvious in for that exact reason.

  108. Adam June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I personally like B seems more natural but A really makes you think.

  109. Keith Adams June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    i prefer A and the wife prefers B

  110. Jonathan June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    A, I love the symmetry in it. The thing about B is as other said the left hand of the model as well as the far left subject being partially cropped. Both are great photos though…

  111. bruno mendes June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    #B

  112. Matthew Connors June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I vote A. My focus traveled around the room more…in a circle somewhat upon analyzing it. Also, the woman laying in the foreground adds a nice border to the bottom of the image.

  113. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    a. the topic of interest is the band correct? there’s no need to have the girl in b capture so much of the initial attention of the eye. instead of thinking “oh hey, here is a hottie in the foreground… and who are those guys?”, i should be thinking “these guys look pretty badass, and who is that hottie with the legs laying down.”

  114. John R June 10, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Like B because it seems to lead the eye into the shot by grabbing you with a strong element at the front and pulling your focus into the rest. Taking a quick look at A (like someone browsing a record cover might) there seem to be a bunch of competing focal points spread through the shot, which makes it less likely to grab my attention if I haven’t made the commitment to stop and study it.

  115. jayce June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    my vote goes to photo “B”, photo a both the women have similar poses, and also the shadows in B look more natural cause they appear to go in the same direction. And i dont really care for the darker corners in A specially the bottom right hand corner, too dark for me.

  116. Kevin Berne June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    It’s a tough call because they are very different images. I would say B if your goal is to quickly grab the viewer’s attention. If the viewer has time to look at the image for very long, then A tells a more interesting story…so if it is for a vinyl album cover, then A is better. If it is a small web image or a quick attention grabber, then B has a more dynamic structure and will attract the eye with the vertical shape of the woman’s body.

  117. James Kar June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Initially I thought B but after a little deliberation I’d go with A

  118. afanboi June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    A: although I would like to see the girl in front a little lighter, especially where her head hits the thing she is lying on.

    I think B would work a lot better if she had something in her hand, maybe a glass with the contents pouring out down her leg on to the floor, or a weapon of some sort so that it looks like she has done something bad to the girl in the background.

  119. Dani Gutierrez June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I like picture B the most. Like the angle

    PICTURE B

  120. David duChemin June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Going to go with B. They both have strengths but A seems too symmetrical. B seems to have more depth, pulls me in. Lower POV is more interesting to me.

  121. Brian June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    A – I like the symmetry of the model laying down in the front and the model being held in the band member’s arms. It pulls me into the photo and keeps me interested. I find that the model in the foreground in B is too distracting. I want to push her out of the way.

  122. Nick Brewer June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B is better to me because:

    -the balance of all the subjects is better/more even.
    -the lower perspective
    -B looks more like what i feel like you’d really see in that room
    -in B the antlers and the gent lighting cigarette are much better lit (in fact the light on everyone is better)
    -the holding of the lady in the first just looks awkward and un-natural
    -i don’t feel the up front girl takes focus, i think she just makes the photo more interesting. she’s so dramatically lit that you have no choice but to look behind her for what IS lit up.

    there’s my piece. they are both amazing shots, but if i was in the band and had to pic between the 2, i’d go B. great work as always.

  123. Joe Gomez June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    b!

  124. HBA June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B, definitely.

  125. Jeffery Saddoris June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Have to go with A. The girl in the fg of B is a little overpowering to the composition, and the girl in the bg doesn’t look right with her knee up so much. Also, for whatever reason, I just prefer odd numbers of subjects vs. even.

  126. Venura Herath June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B.

    A- the foreground models face is too dark. I find it bit distracting.

    Also the additional model @left middle adds more drama to the picture.

  127. Peter June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B!

    It has more force of attraction to me and I like the s-curve of the woman.

    By the way, really nice work!

    Cheers!

  128. Benjamin June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B

  129. Dave wilson June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I like the circular flow to image A. I agree it’s more dramatic wth him carrying the girl as oppsed to her just laying across him. The woman in shot B disrupts the image and the guy behind her seems unsure if he’s looking around her enough to be seen by the camera…

  130. flan June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Definitely B. First of all, the lower right corner of A is much too dark. Too much of the woman’s face is in the shadows, which is problematic because she is (imho) really the primary subject/story of the shot. Second, the woman being held is competing for the spot of primary subject, which is doubly confusing because this second woman is so far away from the camera.

    Because of this competition, my eye doesn’t know where to start, and where to return. Should I focus on the (too dark) woman in the foreground? The (too distant) woman in the background? I don’t know. It muddles the story.

    B is much more clear, both in terms of exposure (more of the foreground woman’s face is lit) as well as composition. Not only can I tell what the main story/subject is, but there are two very nice lines.. the vertical of the woman, and the horizonal of the people in the background. And those lines fall on, and intersect at, the pleasing “thirds” locations…near her hips. Very pleasing.

    Just my opinion.

  131. matt shumate June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    B is far more interesting to look at. It also feels less staged & more natural. The composition of B guides the eye throughout the photo. Photo A has very little visual hierarchy—every thing’s competing for the viewer’s eye.

    Also, I’m a sucker for negative space & A has none at all.

  132. David June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I vote A only because it distributes the attention pretty evenly among all the subjects. My attention is not all drawn into the woman in the foreground like in B.

  133. Joe Coulas June 10, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I feel A is much stronger.

    In be I feel like I have to force myself to look past the girl in the front, that could be a nice touch however in this case it is a bit more restrictive to me.

    A also seems to be a bit more relaxed, which is in contradiction to what some have said.

    Really both are great, just my taste A is better.

  134. David F. June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Both are great, but I prefer B. The faces seem to be lit better and the angle is somehow more interesting. The lady in the foreground creates a vertical while the band is aligned on a horizontal. I think that makes a nice contrast :)

  135. Alan June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    B
    visually more interesting, especially after you get past the woman in the foreground.
    The other model draped over the musician on the left and cigarette lighting in the background all work for me.
    Also the cropping out of the back of the red chair is good,

    I stayed longer and visited in image B and isn’t that what it’s all about?

  136. Alex June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    A…. more rounded, feels more pleasant to the eye

  137. Doug Robertson June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I’m a fan of A.

  138. Steve Moon June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Hey Chase,
    For me, ‘B’ is my favourite.
    I find ‘A’ too symmetrical/central, and the woman in the foreground doesn’t draw me into the scene, i keep looking at the glass in front of her right hand.
    The guys faces in ‘A’ are too dark for me also.

    ‘B’ seems more dynamic to me – the pretty woman standing draws me in initially, but then I focus straight through to the guys and the scene – their faces are better lit and they looked more relaxed. Their positioning work better for me too.

    Just my opinion, but you’re the expert Chase !

    Keep up the great work !

    Cheers,
    Steve

  139. Rob June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    A – for sure.

    B is a great image, but it makes the foreground lady more of the subject which is clearly not the point of the shoot.

    Both are great images, but for this purpose, I think A hit’s the mark.

  140. Richard June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Like A better since the band is the focus. Also like it with less light.

  141. Jan June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    B has a definite focal point and is consumed faster
    A is more about the whole group / setting

    Unless the women in the front is the band leader, thne A is definitely better. Though B may stop you more if you were browsing. So it depends on the intended effect.

  142. Joe Dyndale June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    For me it’s definitely A.

    I much prefer the symmetry in that one, both in the guys and in the two women lying in opposing directions. It’s also slightly warmer and feels a little bit more, um, intimate, I think is the word I’m looking for. This composition is simply spectacular IMO. It’s a bit darker and more mysterious too.

    To sum it up: B is interesting – A is intriguing.

  143. Sudi June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I like both but for a cover I vote for A. On the B the lady is too dominating. So I would suggest A unless she is a singer of the band…

  144. Charles June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Image B. The band member lighting his cigarette is great and the guys at the far left and far right of the frame are lit more in image B which brings them into the story. The woman in the foreground is no more prominent in image B just because she is standing rather than laying down.

  145. Dave Henri June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    A.

    The poses of each person in the frame form a triangle which draw the eye into the shot. As others have said, this one is much more about the band than is B (unless the foreground model is the lead singer or otherwise deserving of so much significance in the composition).

    Having said all that, when critiquing them purely as photographs on their own merits, I actually prefer B. But as album art? No doubt that A is the way to go.

  146. David Killingback June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    ‘A’ because the guy with the girl in his arms is standing, but the girl at the front distracts from the centre of the image which, for me, is the guy with the girl.

    ‘B’ because the girl at the front is much less distracting, but then the guy with the girl in his arms is sat down and doesn’t provide nearly as much as a centre for the image compared to when standing, as in ‘A’.

    So, for me, the answer is a bit of ‘A’ and a bit of ‘B’.

    Yes, you’re quite right, I’ve always been the awkward one. Sorry.

  147. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    B

  148. Paul Hodgson June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Preference is B – the placement of the people for me simply works better than in A

  149. William J. Ingalls June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    A because the lines of force are better. The woman in B is distracting and contrasts the woman in Brent’s arms.

    I like A

  150. Sjoerd Booij June 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    For me B seems the logical choice. It not only feels better, but I think the band is more engaged with the viewer… Even though the lady is way up front, she doesn’t distract. I think a reason for this might be that the band is just a little more lid out than the woman up front.

  151. Hamady June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Picture A is better! The man carrying the woman makes me want to find out more. I think the woman standing in the foreground takes too much away from the rest of the picture and the other members.

  152. Waleed Alzuhair June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    A is much more balanced.

  153. Gabriel Lijtenstein June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I would choose option A, because the visual focus is on the men’s band and all the ladys are laying down.
    Standing up differences the girl on foreground with the others ladies, giving the meaning of an exception, but its no clear what exception is all about.

  154. Dixon Hamby June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    B – Eye travels much better thru the image. Girl in right is dark so she doesnt distract because background to left is light.

  155. aradilon June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I like A the best, the guy standing with the girl in his arms, the 2 guys in the background smoking and drinking.

  156. Lamont June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    There’s more symmetry and spacing in A (band is evenly spaced) the female models lying in opposing direction, etc which makes it “easier” to view. However it doesn’t capture me as much as B. B just works for me overall. The model being so prominent in the foreground leads me into the background instead of detracting from it (especially the two against the wall). Besides, B has more women. More women = better. Always :)

  157. Khashayar June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    -C- lol :D … just kidding :D … I’m going to for A

  158. Frixhias June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    My choise is A definetely X 100

  159. Bx June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    A. Given the context (album cover) it’s the better image. In my humble opinion. Thanks for asking.

    I’ll bill you for my creative input ;)

  160. Ian McKenzie June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I prefer B. The girl standing grabs my attention and then leads back to the rest of the picture. A seems flat. I’m not sure I would have noticed the girl lying down if it wasn’t mentioned in the text.

  161. Naziman Razali June 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    B is definitely better……the arrangement of the subjects is better than A……and not too posy!!!!

  162. vincent June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Hey man, absolutely B!! Imo in A the model is ‘blocking’ the entrance of the photo and repeats the other woman i n the photo. In photo B I like the hangout of the guys more and the weirdness of the model being hold. The standing woman leaves room to enter the stage and it looks like she stands up to close a curtain or something to hide what’s going on which gives the whole image a bit of a creepy and weird feeling. Think you nailed it there. Its a more comfortable and balanced composition. sooooo def option B. Wtf about who’s in or the focus, look at Anton Corbijn with U2 and Depeche Mode (especially). Its a little story you tell and for everybody to fill in. Thanks for sharing

    Cheers

  163. Brian June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I prefer A. Visually they’re both interesting for a variety of reasons. But I find myself trying to figure out the story behind A much more.

  164. Chris June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    B for sure. I find in A that the girl lying down is a little too distracting, and my eyes are pulled in that direction too much. With B I feel like everything is more even and my eyes aren’t drawn too much to one part of the photo.

  165. A Photog Who Blogs June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I go with B. The curves in the foreground are sexier as well as the girl draped in the back. Of course it’s a blatant use of sex to sell some otherwise normal looking dudes, but we can over look that ;) If A got any vote it’d be because there’s fewer people, a little more breathing room. Both are great though.

  166. Lance June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    A – Composition is better. The red chair adds more interest.

    However…

    B – The subjects/models are more interesting. And looks more natural, A-looks to polished/positioned.

    I’d go with B if there was more red.

  167. Dan Baker June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    B w/o a doubt

  168. Felipe Zavala June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    B. You can see the faces of the group.

  169. Darryl Boyd June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Yeah ” A ” for me !!!!!! in B the FWD girl look’s a little out of place.. she is too in your face!!

  170. kristjan June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    A.
    i like composition better.
    leaves more open space for the interpretation.

  171. DeShelia June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I gravitate to image B. I like the composition of the woman off to the side. Adds a more dynamic feel to the shot than the woman drapedbover the chair.

  172. Markus June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Picture A

  173. Brian June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Well, I first went with A but I to find in the obvious choice. B is much more interesting and it makes me feel uneasy which is a good thing.

  174. Charles Roop June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I’d have to say “A” is the best. The horizontal girls and vertical guys makes an interesting pattern. Good uniformity. The woman in “B” is a little distracting. Overall, I say “A” is better.

  175. David Peacock June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    A wins because of the overall balance, but I prefer the prominence of the girl standing in B over the girl lying down in A.

    A. :-)

  176. Scott Robertson June 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    B – no contest.

  177. Baard Hansen June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Without doubt b.

  178. Drew June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I vote for B.

    The guy holding the model in A just seems a bit weird/creepy to me…I can’t really explain it any better than that.

  179. TJ Harron June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A is my pick out of the two. The vignette is a little strong.

    I like guy lighting up in B. Model in the front of B looks like she is 11 feet tall. She’s so big, she’s out of the frame. She scares me!

    TJ Harron

  180. Daly June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A looks like i’ve walked into a room that i really shouldn’t have, it may show off the band more but it makes me feel really uncomfortable. If this is the feeling the band are looking for then go for A.

    I prefer B, it forms a 2 stage image where the woman in front is the initial shot. I’ve walked into the room and i see her standing there, she says hi and welcomes you in. Then you see the second image, the background which still makes you feel slightly uncomfortable as you wonder what have i stumbled across? But the woman in the foreground is still there, welcoming and reassuring but in a cool, nonchalant kind of way.

  181. Martin Wolf June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    B.
    First I thought it was A, but it’s B. I think it is more balanced and somehow better lighted. The composition and lighting leads to the important parts of the photo and although the woman in the foreground is really big and takes up much space, she doesn’t disturb.
    And I think a big point why I like B more, is that brent is in the absolute center of the image.

  182. Tony June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    B. The woman in the foreground dominates the image taking the lead, but equally intrigued with the dudes in the background.

  183. Roz June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Though I like that A’s focus is a bit more on the band, B on the cover is gonna be the music biz equivalent of having a good label on a wine bottle – it’ll get people to pick the album up.

  184. John Wilson June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A has a nice balance and nice framing with the lying lady; however, B struck me immediately as the stronger image. This may be because the foreground subject in A is submissive, while the foreground subject in B is a very strong and intimidating presence. Plus, in B, the subject lighting the cigarette looks cool!

  185. Wesley Hort June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Well for my two pence worth: I feel both are superb and equal. Shot A you go straight into the band with your eyes. Shot B the foreground model draws you into the shot. I would like it if you didn’t see her face so as to
    leave more to the imagination.

    I wish I could be that subjective with my own work!

  186. Rick Wenner June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A for sure. I’m more intrigued to know why the woman in foreground is laying down and she is not as distracting as when she is standing. I don’t like how the standing photo separates one band member from the rest as well.

  187. Millie June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    My vote is for B.

    First the foreground subject is more interesting, dynamic, and doesnt get lost in the shot at all.

    Second, the lighting. For the girl in the foreground its more dynamic and interesting, but the background lighting on the band is much brighter. With the darker/dynamic foreground darker, it really makes the band pop.

  188. federico June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    definitely the picture A

  189. Jens June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I would have to say A.

  190. Peter June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I feel pic 2 is the one. In pic 1 the woman he is holding looks dead. In pic 2 she looks sexy and the foreground model is in shadow enough to not pull our attention. They both have a great vibe though IMHO

  191. Vergentino Robles June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    B.
    - I like the additional space. More room for type?
    - I like the different poses better.
    - 3 ladies is better than 2. ;)

  192. Mirko Vukasovic June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I’ll just skip the details of the images, both are excellent, well composed and dramatic. I much prefer A but i must go over B because it lets more space in for texts like band name, album name, etc. If they’re intended to be in it, of course. I’d love to see the final result!

    Abrazos!

  193. Rob June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Depends – that age old cop out right :-) ….

    B is the better image IMO as an image in itself – both girls in the same pose in front/back just don’t do it for me in an image (agree it’s subjective as it should be). B is far stronger to me and has interest front to back.

    A is a better choice of CD cover for the band to me because B has too much emphasis on the girl in the front who is not in the band and that would be more so once you get some name/titles on the image (you really need to see the CD cover with th graphic aspects included to make a final call).

  194. David Dvir June 10, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    B’s bevy of babes boasts better balance between band and background. I bid B.

  195. Ellie June 10, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    B- much more interesting, draws my eyes from lowest left corner up to the the top right corner for a more dramatic meaning. It feels in transmedia, like you are telling a story and I’ve only heard the middle and want to find out more.

  196. JonS June 10, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    A. I’m drawn into the center of the photo. I prefer the balance of the band members.

  197. Hermann Krøis June 10, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Both of them look great, love the story and the idea behind the photos. I would go for A, the band is what this picture is all about, and they look stronger in that shot. The composition in photo A is, in my eyes, also better, the girl’s foot looks kinda cut off, in the foreground of photo B.

  198. Debbie June 10, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    B. The women in his arms in A looks dead which is too creepy.

  199. Andy June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I’m going to go with A. Just feels like it would be better for a cd layout.

  200. James Baker June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    B by a hair.

  201. Casey June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I’m digging B.

  202. Sam Knapp June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    It was tough, but I would have to say “B”, with the foreground lady standing up. I think they both covey a similar feel, but that “B” puts the emphasis more on the band than the environment/situation. I think that they are both great photos that tell a story, but photos of the band are first and foremost supposed to promote the band and sales of the band’s branding.

  203. J David June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    “A”. Is my choice. “B” Has the effect of making it look like the woman standing is the focus of the photo, as she’s at the front and the first thing you see.

    “A” on the other hand the laying woman is an accent to the room, the man standing in the background is the focal point, and the attention travels from there (at least for me it did)

  204. Brian June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I like B much better.

    I like the vertical line created by the woman in the foreground. I think it adds some depth to the image and while she could be a focal point she is dark enough that you look past her and it forces you to move your eye around the image. In photo A I think her pose looks a little unnatural.

  205. Blair June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    A.

    The women pulls me into the frame and when I can’t quite make out the faces of the individuals I am even more intrigued. Having the main male subject standing also offers a bit of foreboding to the scene.

  206. Korey June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I’m digging A.

  207. JR June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    B. The women standing up kind of creates some variety. In A everything seems to be horizontal and doesn’t grab your attention as much.

  208. Tom McKenzie June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    “A” For sure. It is about the band, and I feel the band is but a supporting attribute in “b” let alone the dude on camera right is isolated.

  209. Eric June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    B is the easy choice for me.

  210. Steve Johnston June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I like B its alittle bit more RAW

  211. John Wilson June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    B

    Photo A has two ladies, photo B has three – no contest :)

    Compositionally:

    With A my eye starts with the lady in the foreground (and I have to tell you – not her face), moves camera right to left until I get to her knee then it moves up the leg of the guy sitting and then up the (apparent;y one legged) guy on the wall. I completely miss the impact of the gut standing holding the second lady.

    With B I’m hit with the very dramatic standing figure and then my eye drifts camera left to pick up the details.

    Put another way: with A you have two quite strong images which don’t complement each other much. With B you have one strong image and a load of interesting background detail. A kind of confuses me. B grabs my attention and then lets my imagination make up stories as to what’s happening in the picture.

  212. blunder June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    i think B is better. in A there is nothing that grabs my interest, it feels flat. in B i feel that there is more movement and the girl standing so close draw me into the picture.

  213. Dukester June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    For me it’s definately A. The woman in B is too distracting and makes me want to focus on her and not the other elements of the image.

  214. Morgan June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    B

  215. Ken June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    B. It’s more natural and appealing as an album cover. In A the guy standing and holding the woman in his arms looks awkward. So does the woman in the foreground lying down on the ottoman. Plus with B, you get 3 women instead of 2 ;-)

  216. Lorenzo June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    B

  217. Gwen J June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    B is my personal favorite. Better composition, imho. A seems a bit “forced”. B feels much more natural to me. Re: the girl in the foreground, I did look at her but not first. Because of the lighting (she’s kind of in the shadow while the guys faces are highlighted) my eye went to the guys in the background first and then focused in on her after.

  218. Laurence June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    definately A B is awkward and the woman looks far to big in relation to the band members

  219. Azi June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    I vote for B…The man standing carrying a girl who has apparently passed out a little crippy to me:) And something is missing in A and I realize it’s probably the girl standing in B:)

  220. Christian Vilar June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    The B is better.

  221. Robert Jensen June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    I like B better but both images have problems. (I’m critiquing as if I were going through my own shots.)

    Composition in A is weaker than in B. In A the band members create an arch, in B they’re arranged to create more of the classic ‘triangle’ compositions. In A most of the band members are stiff looking, in B they appear more like people than mannequins (except for the guy next to the smoker).

    The only thing in B that I don’t like is the one band member cut off on the right. If you have a shot with the model against the right side of the frame and that band member grouped with the rest, that’s the overall look I’d pick.

    In A it looks like a scene out of a movie about a group of murderers with two dead bodies. The band member holding the model looks overly stiff in both shots. Also in A, the guy lighting the cigarette looks like he’s missing his right leg.

    With the one model I don’t know if you’re going for a look where she’s supposed to be swooning, or dead. Not too fond of the ‘dead’ look. I saw the video of you going through the images from this shoot and doing some basic retouching. If I recall right there were some variations of ‘A’ where the model looks more like she’s swooning that I liked better.

  222. alezayas June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    it depends.. which is the subject? in picture A it’s seems the guy in the center with the girl in his arms, and in B the the stand up girl and her surroundings.
    I think that B is the stronger one. But idea A is better just need to be more symmetrical (yes, symmetrical).

    p/d both are great pictures anyway

  223. Ellinor June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I like A! The man holding the woman is more noticeable and has more effect.

  224. Michael June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    B. It has much more depth, and a more natural flow. Above all, the girl in the foreground grabs my attention in a way nothing in A does. And the better lighting of the guy’s faces leads better into the picture.

    I am quite fascinated by the strong opinions. Of course, there were only two choices, but still.

    /M

  225. rushh June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I like the photo B…. th poses from the guys much better in the photo B…

  226. Richard Schmon June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I’m with “A”. For some reason, the cropped forehead and ankles bug me, as well as the cropped shoulders of the musicians on either side of frame. “A” seems to make better use of the space and looks less awkward.

  227. Stephen Desroches June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Based on this response, it looks like you’ll need to use both.

  228. Deji June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I’m gonna say A.

    In A, everyone seems to be more a part of photograph. In B, it feels more like they are props or extras in a photograph of the model.

  229. marcus June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    A — It tells a more compelling story. The lady in the one guys arms seems to be unconscious and I wonder why, but then I see the lady in front, horizontal with a full glass and I think, most likely drunk. I also like the composition of the shot, with all the bodies and faces forming a sort of circle that keeps you moving through the image.

    The other shot is pretty cool, but the way the girl’s head and shoulders rest on the couch and her knee sticks in the air makes it look like she’s posing rather than part of the scene. I also don’t think this shot has the visual flow that the other one does.

  230. Kevin June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    As a photo on it’s own I like the balance of photo A best. BUT if this photo is for an album, the B photo definately grabs your attention and pulls you into the picture focusing your attention on the men. B is the one to use.

  231. aWebJam June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    A is my choice. I like the way the model in front leads into the band in back for picture B, but then when I get to the back where the band is, it feels to cramped. There is a clear distinction of the band in picture A IMHO.

  232. Lucy June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I’m liking the composition in B much better

  233. Tyler Green June 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    C – I’d composite what I like from both into another image!
    A – Feels more balanced and has more depth. My eye moves around more between all the subjects. The vignette feels a little heavy for my taste though.
    B – The standing subject distracts my focus and my eye does not flow through the image very well. I like the posing in B better than A, so I’d swap some of the subjects; I love the way the cowboy is lighting his cigarette and the cowboy on the far right is really intense/interesting. I also like the cowboy with the girl on his lap on the left side.

  234. isayx3 June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    B

  235. knestudio June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    I really like A

    In B the girl is just a bit distracting for me.
    Both are great photos though.

  236. Adam June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    My vote goes to B. Both are great, but I like the composition / feel of the second one.

    - @Adam_Doyle

  237. Katy Haupt June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    My vote is A. It’s more open and allows for the viewer’s eye to go to the back where most of the action is occuring. With B, that lady at the front is kind of blunt and makes the viewer’s eye stop and concentrate most on her.

  238. Pavithra June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Def A is different than ive ever seen…diff poses and new framing!

  239. Griffin Lotz June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    A, it just jumps out to me more, and I like the composition better. My eye moves in a circle around the image; through the foreground lady’s body, up and around through the desperados, then back down.

    One thing that really irks me about image B is that the foreground lady cuts off the one guy from the rest of the image. If he wasn’t there, things may be different, as image B has more space for titling being that this is a CD cover.

  240. _Beatrice_R June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    A: I find it the more intriguing of the two.

    The figures and props leave much more to one’s imagination to sort out. The concentrated shadows, the implied arc formed by the band members, and the foreground model’s strong horizontal suggest an almost-religious aspect totally out-of-place–like a Pietà or Deposition. A is mysterious, and mystery is compelling.

  241. Miikka June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    “A” is better for cover, “B” for fine art.

  242. Kasia June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    A

    At the first glance I liked B better but when I got a closer look I realized that the focus in A was on the guy holding the girl… very cool shot, plus it has that creepy vampire feel to it too.

  243. Gregory Wilson June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    B. Rocks, but everybody’s comments are right, she becomes the main focus, but that may not be a bad thing, it might make people click on it or pick it up for a closer look.

  244. YasserAlmisfer June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    A for me is better.

  245. Kate Borst June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    B

    In photo A, the woman in the foreground isn’t flattering. I much prefer the composition of photo B, even if she isn’t the focus.

  246. RORY June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    A is marginally better IMHO but frankly I find both images a bit creepy and worryingly misogynistic – it looks like these scary cowboys have been doling out Rohypnol to the ladies.

  247. Ron Warren June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I prefer A. Primarily for balance issues.

  248. Gary Roberts June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I have to vote for B. Mostly I like the feel better but I also prefer to have some hint of the band members faces and in B everyone just seems to be more present.

  249. Faraz June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I vote for A

  250. kellyhofer June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    A for sure, the women in b is distracting in an odd way

  251. Sheldon June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I like B as an image, but A would be my choice. There’s too much focus on the woman in B rather than the band.

    • James Christianson June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      B. i can’t explain it, but it just feels right. A. feels forced to me…just trying too hard.

  252. Rodrigo Valle June 10, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Hi.
    Definitely B.

    - Option B looks effortless, natural. 2 guys chillin’ in the back.
    The woman casually on the lap of the middle guy, and just sayin’ “What? This is how I roll…”.
    The lady on the left resting on the other guy… It just looks great, like a freeze in time of a major party, but with elements the from the cowboys minds.
    I love it. It seems that they are all thinking the same thing: “Hell yeah…”

    Option B also has much better negative space for cover stuff, like the band name, album name, on the top and bottom left.
    Also, I would like it even better with just a bit less vignetting.

    - Option A is too forced. The guy standing with the lady in his arms looks like he is making a lot of effort, the other guys look like statues.
    There’s no connection between the elements, just seems too stiff.

    Let’s just say that A looks like a photo workshop, and B looks like an album cover.

    Glad to help,
    Rodrigo Valle

    • Marlowe June 10, 2010 at 9:58 am #

      Personally I prefer A for these reasons: Image A has a natural curve with the guy in the middle standing up, as well as a little more depth. Also, when the guy in the middle is standing holding the girl, you get some more contrast with the white couch.

      I like the splash of gold in the front of A. There’s also some nice symmetry in A in the fact that both girls are reclining and facing in opposite directions.

      Finally, there’s a little wonder in A as to what the guy in the back left is doing.

      HTH

  253. Mark D. June 10, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Chase,

    I like B, because it is visually the most interesting out of the two images.

  254. Sweep June 10, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    I’ve been going back and forth between them for ages.

    I really like them both a lot…

    I even wrote that my choice was B…. But just before pressing submit, I changed my mind… The reason: The cowboy with the girl in his arms on the sofa draws my attention, and there’s something a bit off with her upper-torso placement.

    We’re really nitpicking here, but due to the above, A wins it for me.

  255. Matthew Musgrove June 10, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I chose A.

    The emphasis should be on the band and not the lady in the foreground.

    In B, the lady grabs and keeps the focus which leaves the band feeling ignored.

    In A, the lady is in the foreground but because she’s laying down, your eyes follow her shape and continue on to the band members.

  256. Shutterman June 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I think “A” is a better choice as the model in front grabs the eye and then moves you around the image to see the rest. The model standing in front holds my eye to it.

  257. Neil Fraser June 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Got to be B for me.

  258. Bruce Holmgreen June 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    A. I like the looser crop that lets the photo “breathe”. B seems a little crowded and the girl in the foreground seems to be too “in my face”. The duel horizons created by the ladies in A give an awesome balance that takes my eyes all around the picture. The man holding the passed out girl in A is perfect for a alt/punk/country band and screams “This Ain’t the Grand Ole Opry!!”
    But what do I know… I’m a hack…

  259. Kelsey June 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Chase, A A A!!! It is A..!! The dark figure in the for right on B is too distracting. In A, the girl in the cowboy’s arms has her face in the light, and that draws the eyes to a definite subject in an interesting photo. I like it much better.

    Also, this could have easily been turned into a lovely parody of a certain Robert Palmer video, for extra credit. ;-)

  260. Lorenzo June 10, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    A – Because in the b the girl is too invasive in that position. In A photo the man ho take the girl in his arms make me think why is she in that conditions?
    If i could i chose a mix of both images, because i prefer the positions of the guys in pict. B and the girl on pict. A.
    Good Luck!

  261. Tom Varden June 10, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    B. Its much more eye catching from the get go. If you like “stopping power,” go with the number ‘B’.

    Letter? I hardly know her.

    Tv

  262. Frisby June 10, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    A. I like him holding the girl while standing. Totally Punk. The other sends a completely diff message.

  263. Ken Worley June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    I like A.

    With the lady laying down in the foreground there is more connection between the viewer and the guys behind her. Standing her up in the foreground changes the focus from the guys and puts it on her, it also gives the photo an unbalanced feel.

  264. Tombo June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    I like B better as a general image, but for an album cover to represent the band it draws a bit too much attention to the single gal so I’d go with A.

  265. AndieGraphie June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    I like B

  266. LeObserver June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Absolutely “A”. The woman on the foreground on “B” blocks your entrance into the composition and at the end she remains too invasive… In A, all is more armonic… I don’t know, but for me, its a matter of feels… “B” doesn’t work fluently at all….

  267. Tony June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    A with the extra girl sitting on the left would even it out better. Mix the two!!

    Chase Jarvis inspires me to take great pictures!!

  268. osfili June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    definitely A is the strongest one for me because all the composition atracts me instead or B in which the lady distracts me and it’s a bit annoying to have her standing there in middle of the band

  269. Stacey June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I’d go with B…. A looks staged, but B flows more natural, and comes across like, “Yeah, we’re cool, we know it, and this is how we roll…” As someone else pointed out B has more negative space for other album cover elements to be dropped in and not take away from the photo.

  270. Emese Gaal June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    A seems more intriguing. As others said, B seems more about the girl in the foreground than anything else.

  271. Michael P. Majewski June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I think “A” is the better choice to print. While “B” is a great image, IMHO I think with the model standing, it distracts too much from the band.

  272. Eric June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    B, the background is the subject, and it seems to feel right in B, and a little disjointed in A.

    The foreground model in A looks contrived and awkward.

    I think I would have moved the foreground model in B a little further back though, so that her foot is not cut off.

    great photos!

    Eric

  273. JuanCarlosH June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Although I think B with the girl in the front is a bit stronger image for a limited edition cover, the way Brett is holding the girl in the background looks a bit awkward to me. A is still a strong image in it’s own right, flows well with Brett in the center, two guys standing next to him n then the next two sitting. So A is my vote.

  274. Alex June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    100% B

    B is much better because it has a foreground and a background layer which gives the picture more depth.

    In terms of lighting B is also better.

  275. Tim June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Two great photos, but B gets my vote. The guy lighting his cigarette to the left of the sofa really makes the shot zing.

  276. John June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    I vote for B for a number of reasons.

    - The lighting in B feels more natural. The vignetting in A is extreme, and since you have the light blasting in from camera right, it just feels unnatural.

    - You can tell that the cowboy in the back right is lighting a cigarette in B; in A his cigarette gets lost in the shadows

    - I’m not sure why I feel this way, but the symmetry in A (the band member positioning and breast/legs on the front model) actually makes it less interesting to me.

  277. Nitin June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    i think the second one ‘B’ is better because the standing lady in the foreground is setting up the mood of the frame and the guys in the background(especially the smoking duo) are adding the emotion and the feel to it. the moment gives the feel that something got their attention when they were busy

  278. Alex Rubin June 10, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I like B as an image better but I am wondering id any text is being used on the images. A might be a better shot for the band

  279. Anthony Perez June 10, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    B Works best for me

  280. BDPhoto June 10, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I like B. I know everyone is saying that the band should be the focus and not the women but I actually think that she is not the focus of B. The fact that she is much darker then the background makes her an interesting visual element in the picture but the light in the background still draws your eye to what is behind her.

  281. davina June 10, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    B for me!

    i don’t agree that the front model steals the attention. i actually think she frames the band better in image B making them stand out even more. i also think the band is better framed by the concrete space above and beneath them in image B. i like this composition better. and that’s my humble opinion!

    awesome job as always!

  282. Bogdan Radu June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    A is my choice !! The emphasis needs to be on the main guy/singer not on the girl !

  283. Staefe June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I like A but not by much.

    There is much more of a story in A. In B the girl takes up too much of the attention and forces the guys to separate, the guy on the right seems isolated. A allows for the focus to be on the guys and it reads a little more literally.

    However, A seems a lot more posed than B. The space is broken in B and seems more casual. I think i would like B if the woman were turned towards the guys (directing our attention) and if the outside guys were looking at her, the rest doing their own thing or looking at the camera.

  284. Stacey June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    One more note.. in B, it makes you feel more like you are part of the group… the girl is coming over to talk to ya.. maybe even making the viewer (the fan) the center piece.. after all, bands exist because of the fans, and this seems to me to put the viewer of the photo (the fan in this case) in the forefront. Just my 2 cents

  285. Dave June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I would say A is a better shot of a band with girls in the photo, and B is a better shot of a girl with a band in the photo.

  286. Dirk June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I choose A.

    There are a number of elements i like better in B, but the guy on the right is straining to be in the shot. the foreground model’s placement forces him into an unnatural poster, which ruins the entire picture for me. (I can just hear the direction: “k. tilt your head a little more to your left so that you’re not….that’s it!” *click*) It’s too bad, because, as I said, there are a number of things about B that I prefer.

    Suggested improvements for A: darken the girl in the foreground. I realize that she sorta needs to be there for composition, but right now she’s a bit distracting. If you toned down the highlights on her torso, she wouldn’t steal attention from the guy holding the girl, which is what’s brilliant about A, and deserves to be the instant focal point.

  287. Edward Carlos June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I like B.

  288. Jessica Rutledge June 10, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    My choice would be B bc u have one woman vertical and the other horizontal instead of both horizontal as in pic A!

  289. Nick Lopez June 10, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    A is the winner. Visually, more impact. I won’t go on about composition or technical crap. It just looks better to me.

  290. Brian S June 10, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Photo A, overall, has better balance. Woman in front gives good interest without distracting and is a more appealing (sexy) pose. (My eye is drawn to her, only because it such a seductive, appealing pose, but it doesn’t completely dominate the frame) Woman in front in photo B dominates the foreground a little too much and obscures the guys in the back. It also makes her seem more important in the photo. Photo A, the guys are arranged with a nice arc pattern that leads the eye around and back down to the woman, giving the whole photo a nice fluid feel. (And it also looks more like an album cover) The two women have similar poses in A, but are flipped which gives a repeating pattern feel, without repeating exactly. It also has a more story like quality to the photo. “Why is the girl being carried? Is she dead?” etc. Both are great shots, but I definitely like A more!

  291. Jesse Doerr June 10, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    My first reaction was A, but I just can’t stop looking at B now. I think the guys hit their poses perfectly for B and the flow through the whole image is much better.

  292. Axel Drenth June 10, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    B looks very good

  293. Daniel Fuentealba June 10, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    B!
    by far I like more B than A… first sight and then the details too, the girl, the guys, the look… great!

  294. Dennis Pike June 10, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I think A is better, it seems to be more about the band and the people in the background rather than the woman in the front, in B, I feel that she is the focus of the image

  295. Kristina Provinsal June 10, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    If the emphasis is supposed to be on the band then A but visually I like B more.

  296. Erika Newhouse June 10, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Photo A all the way. The little bit of color pops in photo A (the red chair,the green light bulb and the small golden brown table in the back), make it work. I also like the central focus which is the guy standing in the background with the woman draped in his arms. The woman in photo B looks like she walked in front of the scene as you were taking the picture and then froze. She just doesn’t belong. The band member in the back on the couch with the girl laying across his lap looks awkward too. Although I prefer the lighting in picture B over picture A, picture A appeals to me more as an album cover because it’s about the band it it has a few hints of color that add interest and balance to it. My vote is A.

  297. Tuffer June 10, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Ask Zack about those muddy black tones while he’s in town. hehe, he’s on a crusade against them :)

    Really tough choice. Love the composition created in B but it pulls focus from the band. A, I guess but there are a really aspects of both I love. Well now I’m thinking what would pull me in on a store shelf as I walked by and its B with the strong comp element and the depth it creates. ok, I change. B. final answer.

  298. Julius June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Dear Chase,

    B .

  299. chris June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    A, the message is clearer! both are great and superb images tho =)

  300. TonyJ June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    vote A – the foreground lady in A helps frame the band, in B the foreground lady splits the band and steals the show.

  301. MichalKrempa June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    I would have to say “A” because the band members are evenly spread out across the whole width of the image and the passed out lady catches the atention much more if she is in the air.

    In the “B” image most of the atention is drawn to the stannding lady so you don’t notice the band as quickly + the band itself is clutered in the left side of the image and looks only like a 4 member band because the fifth guy is in the corner and he’s barely noticable on the first sight… I would recommend the second photo for a band where the lead singer is a huge worldknown star and the rest of the band is just there to fill the image :)

  302. Tony June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    A is much less distracting from the band.

  303. Davidoff June 10, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    For me it is definitely B, much more eye catching, powerful, interesting.

  304. ABC June 10, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I like “B”

    When I first saw the post, I could only see the two top smaller images.
    The lady on the right hand side pulled me into the shot & being out of focus, left me to looking around the image at all of the band members faces.

    If this is going to be a CD-ROM cover, B is the kind of image I would pick up & take a look closer.

    ~ABC

  305. Marcin Retecki June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    B!

    I voted B when you guys were streaming and haven’t changed my mind, still looks better for my taste.

  306. Torben June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Definitely A :P

    1) The stronger vignette gives better focus on whats going on
    2) The kind of half-circle of the heads of the band in combination with the opponent “view-lines” (don’t know the correct word, but i mean the fact they are in a horizontal line, compared to the circle-line of the heads..) is great
    3) I don’t like the empty space in B (left/top)
    4) The silhouette of the foreground girl looks much.. eh.. hotter :)

    The only malus of A (if you know B) is the hidden cupboard in the background, which looks better in B.
    Oh.. and on B is one more girl. More girls = better picture – just a joke, i really like A much more.

  307. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    B +1

  308. Saxon June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I like B for attracting my attention, but after a short while looking at them, A is a fair bit better than B. They guys in B just look like they’re posing, which puts me off a little once I’m done staring at her legs.

    In the smaller size it’s no contest (B is way better) because I just can’t see the interesting parts of A well enough to care about them.

  309. Shawn June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    B, the image just draws you in.

  310. Leoraul Torres June 10, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    B.

    Image A made me get closer to understand the foreground.
    Image B allowed me to travel back and forth within with ease.

    LT

  311. Malhar Anaokar June 10, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    A. B is distracting.

  312. Zoe June 10, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I like A as an image because my eye is drawn to Brent rather than the woman, however I think that B would make a better album cover because of the space in the wall for the title. I also agree that one a title is placed on the wall, the lettering and the woman will likely draw the eye to the band more than the current image does.

  313. Kir June 10, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    B – cause just imagine it on a shelf, b is smth that cathes your eye immediately. It’s actually good the main focus is not on the band, some of the greatest covers don’t even have band memembers on them

  314. Alex Ödman June 10, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I vote for A.

    Better dynamic then B, I don’t like that “all” vomen are lying down/are dead.

    My eye gets hindered by the woman standing in B and I don’t think she’s good lit. Dont like it, sorry. =)

  315. motzo June 10, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    B or not to B, its B for sure …… pic A is too balanced to me, pic B also has balance but in a different way….. B has more room for graphics for the album cover design, the name of the band or the name of the album, and i like the leg shot as well ;) in the pic A the second cowboy from the left seems to be taking a i phone photo of the action in the room :)

    B or not to B …… B

  316. Shane June 10, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    B

  317. Simon June 10, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    A for me!

  318. Scott Harder June 10, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    A, the figure in B is too dominant when photographig a group – my .03

  319. Jay Favis June 10, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    A for me. B is strong graphically but to me A tells a better story about what the album and songs are about. And it is strong graphically as well – there’s a nice triangular shape from the foreground woman’s legs, to the background man’s head and down again to the woman’s head.

  320. Ray Vestal June 10, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I vote for B

  321. Damian Serrano Thode June 10, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I’d say I like the A most. I feel the girl in the B version like an obstruction

  322. Sandra June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Definitely B. The lady in the foreground is so much in shadow, that I do look past her, and the band looks more interesting here. The guy lighting his cigarette, the guy on the couch with the lady, the dude in the sunglasses…

    A is too symmetrical for me, I don’t like the lady in the front, plus the guy holding the lady in the middle competes/blends into the hanging artwork behind him. And all of the band members’ faces are too much in shadow.

  323. Jean-Marie June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    So the context of use is that the image will be printed onto a jacket for vinyl? What are the other design elements? Will there be type superimposed on the image anywhere? If so, maybe this should be taken into account, as well.

    Truthfully, from a photographic perspective, neither of them work for me for a variety of reasons. The lighting is disjointed and too contrasty, and the shadows are too dark and lacking detail- in both images my eye wanders all over the place. This could be good because it encourages me to scan the image, but when I do, neither image leaves me with a sense of narrative or a clear point. Emotionally they’re kind of cold and don’t really leave me with any desire to know more.

    That said:

    In A, the white of the sofa and the highlights on the woman’s skin in the background pulls the eye immediately there, but then I’m distracted by the foreground woman’s breasts. The presence of the band members is almost irrelevant, and visually they nearly disappear. Squinting, all I see is the highlights of the white sofa and the chair to the left of it.

    In B, the lighting is more nuanced and balanced, but the foreground woman demands disproportionate attention due to the juxtaposition of how dark she is in comparison to everything else- she has almost no detail on the right side of her body- but perhaps that’s a function of the low-res samples and post work.

    Of the two, B seems the best choice. The lighting is better, the contrast could be tweaked if you desire that look, and there’s room for other design elements like type. Even without additional design elements, the visual balance of B is better from a purely graphical point of view.

  324. Jeff May June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I gotta go with the A voters for many of the same reasons. The photo is more symmetrical and I love symmetry. While I agree A does seem more forced, the woman in the foreground of B is just too distracting for an album cover and does isolate the 5th band member from the rest of the photo

  325. Leo Horta June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    B for sure. The elements fill better the space. I feel more comfortable with the several planes on this image. The dialogue between the characters and the proportion between the wall and the floor is better too, with more empty spaces.

    In A we almost a mirrored image (left and right) and this is pretty disturbing…

    Sorry by the awful english

  326. Amanda Correia June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I like B. I think the lady in the foreground catches your attention more and then you continue looking at the image and at the band. I don’t even notice the lady in image A at first. She gets lost at the bottom of the image because of how dark she is. Her pose also looks a little awkward to me. In image B, I like how it seems like the lady was just standing there when the image got taken.

  327. Joe J June 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    B

  328. see jay June 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I think A and agree with a lot of the comments about it being more about the band. The way B might work better is cropping the pic so the woman in the foreground would be seen only from the midsection down. You would get the better feel B gives, but put the focus back on the band (like A does).

  329. Kiriako June 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    B for reelz

  330. Steve Hebert June 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    A for sure! A conveys a sense of power with the cowboy standing up. It makes him look strong and powerful, while in B I am just looking at the chicks legs.

  331. Bruko June 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I say B.
    first because the woman in the foreground is a stronger focus in the vertical position, then because the way the band members are arranged is more natural and not so symmetrical (hence, it has more life IMO), and finally because the space in the upper left corner is perfect for lettering while composition A seems not to have a “perfect” spot for the title. Could be in the middle, but it would be a little bit boring, methinks

  332. Rupert Stubbs June 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    A is more coherent, IMHO – with B I find that my eye has to travel up to the foreground girl’s face.

    However, the function of an album cover (OK – CD cover or download image) is to stand out. If you could crop the foreground girl’s face out – or darken it so that she becomes more of a silhouette – then I’d probably find B more intriguing.

    BTW, shot A reminds me of some of the old Hipgnosis stuff – especially the 10cc album Deceptive Bends… :)

  333. Caitlyn June 10, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    I’d have to say A. The band is definitely the main interest in A, whereas in B, the lady in the foreground appears to be the main subject of the photo. Also I like that it is sort of geometric. The men in black creating vertical lines, and the women creating horizontal ones.

  334. Gon June 10, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    definitely B!!

  335. David W June 10, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    B. More mysterious than ridiculous. Nice negative space areas will tolerate graphics/type far better than A. Band faces are more definable in B. When printing this to CMYK the darker tones in A will probably bunch/blotch up some on the final product as well. This is also a possible issue on B. But I’ll bet you’ve got your pre-press workflow down well. :-)

    ‘A’ will likely get you an entry over at http://ridiculousposes.com/
    …besides the breasts on A just aren’t ‘right’.

    Cheers,
    David

  336. Kirk June 10, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I guess it depends on whether the Foreground lady is any significant to the band, like the lead singer or something…
    if she’s not even part of the band, then A for sure
    if she is in the band, but not the lead.. i would still lean toward A.
    if she’s the lead singer or something, B for sure…

    it’s depends on whether she is an icon to the band.

  337. Andy Horak June 10, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    100% B

  338. Jeff June 10, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Trick question.

    Small images: B
    Large images: A

  339. Jim June 10, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    A — As it tells a better story visually.

  340. Chris hansard June 10, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Got to go with “A”. You got Brent as the highest point in the photo which emphasizes the bands name, and when you are the lead like he is you have some weight to carry, as represented by the lady in his arms. Everyone is in frame, the members are all well represented

  341. Mohit June 10, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    ‘A’ for sure !!

  342. Matt Brennan June 10, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    B is my choice.

    Image B appears to be more simple than A. A is too busy with the main subject standing in the background along with the rest of the band members standing. When looking at B, your eye immediately sees the girl lying over the main band member (due to the highlights on her face). After seeing this, you pull back in which you catch the greater part of the picture with the model standing in front.

  343. Bryan June 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Vote: A

    The focus is on Brent which is the way it should be -the centerpiece of the band is clear with nice seperation of elements. Plus, in pic A the arrangement of band members and the girl laying down form kind of a frame-within-a-frame or vignette of elements, again, focusing attention on Brent.

  344. Abi Rayyan June 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    “A” is much better

  345. Briony June 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    while i think they both have wonderful composition, i find that i prefer A. the focus for me is on the band rather than the lady. congrats!

  346. P June 10, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    “B” for me.

    I remember seeing the whole thing initially and never liked the one with the lady in the foreground- for the simple reason I did NOT like the way her breasts looked. Very unnatural. Then again, I’m female. Maybe the guys like it for the breasts?

  347. Gregg June 10, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    I vote for A.

    I will say however, I like some of the poses from B better.

    Overall they are both great!

  348. SH June 10, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    B

  349. phil June 10, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    A

    I like B better, it’s more dynamic and has more depth BUT it gives so much importance to the girl in front that you should have a reason why she is there (title of the album: ‘that girl’ or something like that) else it’s a bad choice that is misleading from a ‘communication’ perspective.. she looks like the lead singer or something.

  350. J Wilson Araujo June 10, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I go for B !!!
    It drives my eye in a sine curve along the frame to every component of the band and to the up standing girl…

    …while on A I kind of drives much more attention to the guy in the middle holding the girl, and since is a band shot I’d like to see everyone getting the same amount of attention from the fans (unless otherwise stated).
    …The greenish lamp (is that a lamp?) and the red chair are calling unnecessary attention.
    … I can see more details on the right and left guy’s faces on B than on A.

    B rocks!

  351. Matt June 10, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    “A” is a better band photo. It showcases the band more.

    As an image, I prefer “B”. I like the depth, the dramatic lighting, the two band members in the back left together, and it makes you wonder what happened to the woman who’s in the arms of the (presumed) front-man. Is she asleep? Dead? If so, how?

    The midtones in B seem a bit muddy, but that could just be the jpg rendering.

  352. Mark June 10, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    I’m actually torn between the two. I like A overall and it would be a clear winner if you didn’t say this was going to be an album cover. The artists are even more visible. But I feel it lacks space for text. B is the total opposite. I really like all the open space for text. But I feel the artist aren’t the focus. If a lead artist exists in this group, I wouldn’t feel that it’s the middle person as I do in A. Maybe it’s my monitor, but another thing going for B is that you can clearly see all the artists faces. The guy on the left in A is drowned out by all the shadowing. I doubt any of this helped. But if I had to pick one I guess it would have to be B as I have a thing for negative space and I feel it’s really needed in this case. Knowing what their branding looks like probably would have made making a decision so much easier.

  353. Jim Powell June 10, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I think there are aspects of both that I like, but ultimately, i’m going with B. The girl laying down in the front of A is too distracting. She looks too uncomfortable/unnatural laying there and it bothers me.

    Additionally, I love the guy in the background lighting his cigarette in B.

  354. Wayne June 10, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I like A a lot better, I love the circular aspect of the composition. In B, it looks like the band member on the right of the image has his hair is caught in the woman’s bracelet…

  355. Jacob June 10, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I prefer A. The folks in the background are visible and arranged in a coherent manner. The girl in the front fills the foreground without getting in the way. Text would fit nicely right below her. I also prefer “Man with dead girl” standing up rather than sitting down. The photo is more dramatic with him standing and makes me curious about why he’s carrying her.

    In B, the foreground lady is distracting and jerks my eye to the foreground halfway through the photo. It’s disturbing.

  356. Leo June 10, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I like image B!

  357. Chad Wright June 10, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Definitely A.

    B is avery nice image. The woman in the foreground seems to be inviting you into this odd scene. But, I don’t like the tight grouping of the people. Nothing stands out.

    A looks like something has just happened and you walked in during the middle of it and caught them. It pulls you into the photo in a way that B just doesn’t.

  358. Joe Gaetani June 10, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    B. The depth created by the subject in the foreground really captures me. That, and sex sells – having an attractive front woman will never hurt.

  359. lou h June 10, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I feel uncomfortable with A because I see a bunch of blokes with a couple of limp ladies robbed of volition. But B I love – the lower viewpoint as though I’m seated and present, with the woman at the front waiting for my response. It seems both more complex and more involving.

  360. Nicole Raine June 10, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I also prefer B – I find it much more dynamic and instantly engaging.

  361. Bimal Nair June 10, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    B is better. Its more realistic and the story supposed to be delivered is more easily comprehended in picture B. A seems more plastic and sort of tragic. B is more balanced, showcases freedom in every character in the frame and has still a positive touche to it.

  362. Cesar Gallo June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Go with B Chase. The lady is overpowering the band but its still about the band. Its mysterious and just plain kick ass! :)

    The reason I don’t like A is because the girl in the foreground is laying down too perfectly. Her hand over her belly and the glass are too perfect for everything else in the photo. Also, her boobs have a strange highlight on them and they look weird. Not cool at all.

  363. Romeo D.Clarke June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I vote for B. But I really like both of the images. B just happens to make you look at the band more.

  364. Ken Bassett June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    B. Definitely B.

  365. Terry Clark June 10, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    A. The eye flows through the photo and keeps going round and round. Very comfortable and quite active. With B the eye goes back and forth, zig zagging to and fro. It’s not as comfortable a journey. Both images are great, just prefer the internal motion of A.

  366. Pierre June 10, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Hi,
    for me it can’t be the B. The girl standing doesn’t give anything to the picture, and her legs ar to thin for me. The strong vertical line that her body draws splits the image making the guy on right alone.
    About the atmosphere now, for me the girl standing in front of us (again) doesn’t match with the global mood. On the picture A it seems like a men victory (I’m french, sorry for the form). On the second picture, the girl might be a prey but men are not looking at her like predators…
    I don’t know how will be the typeface, but it shouldn’t “fight” visualy with the picture, and for me space is yet full enough on the B, and it can’t not tolerate another graphic element.
    But, if you choose the A I think you should re-light a bit faces of the left and right guys.
    Whatever, it’s a beatiful job !

    By
    Pierre

  367. Aric June 10, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    A, it just works better as an album cover in my opinion!

  368. Klaus Noergaard June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I vote A. It has a better composition and balance.

  369. Mychal Shannon June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Definitely B, I love the positioning of the female and especially the guy in the background lighting up a cigarette.

  370. Vilhelm June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    B is a clear winner in my mind. Everything about it seems very clean and thought out from the angle to the placement to the composition. It all really comes together and produces something with great eye flow. Excellent use of negative space as well. A (although a good photo) doesn’t really achieve the same great aspects I just mentioned. The frame seems like it was just filled as much as possible, just for the sake of it. It kinda makes my eye wander all over the place, getting lost.

    Great work

  371. Stuart Nafey June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    A is surrealistic. Unnatural body positions with heavy vingnetting. Fine if that is what you are about. I prefer the realistic properties of B. It looks natural and relaxed. You see more of the faces. The scene is brighter while the lighting is still dramatic.

  372. Dov June 10, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    B all the way… much stronger image then A.

  373. Douglas June 10, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    In the A option i like lighting, option B composition is more interesting, but I still like more A. The truth is a difficult choice.

  374. Bill June 10, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    B strikes me as more interesting. The people in A look disinterested.

  375. ana.gr June 10, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    I definitely go for B.
    In my opinion there are too many focal points in A, all same level, while in B the woman in the foreground makes the band leveled, only 2 main points: woman and band.
    A seems to me a bit chaotic and busy.
    But this is only my humble opinion!

  376. Matthew B June 10, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I like A because my eyes go first to the band, whereas in B, my eyes are first on the lady. If this was something for a print on a wall and not an album cover / band shoot…. I would go with B because the faces are lit a bit brighter.

  377. Chris June 10, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    A is much more dynamic; someone mentioned the circle, which is part of it. In both cases, the foreground lady provides a frame that draws you in, but in B the guy sitting on a couch with a lady across his lap is too static and awkward to make the visit interesting.

    And my English teacher mother’s genes make me mention that in a the lady in A is lying down, not laying down.

  378. Kris June 10, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    A is the best composition !!!

  379. Rod McPhail June 10, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I like B better, the image looks like you are entering someones private sanctuary

  380. Jeff June 10, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I’d have to say A. I think this shot pulls your eye immediately to the primary subject, the band, and then invites you to explore the rest of the image where you discover the model in the foreground. The eye is then led back into the image and back to the subject.

    B, your eye is drawn by the light color of the sofa, past the subjects, and into the model in the foreground, then immediately to her face (we always seek the eyes) which is right at the edge of the frame. Your attention falls right off the top of the image and you have to make a conscious effort to go back and explore the rest (which ultimately leads you back to the model, the face, and out of frame).

    In short, A you’re invited in to view the action, B you’re escorted off frame.

  381. Pete June 10, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I’d go with A for the band shot it definitely shows the band off better

  382. Drew June 10, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    I prefer A myself. The characters in the photo frame the central character. The lighting on the woman hanging in the arms has a lot of drama. This helps bring the band into focus and not the background. A looks almost candid, you walked into the room and there they are. More shadows and mystery in this frame which works well with the black outfits. The laying woman’s lines don’t allow your eye to wander past the two outside band members.

    B is great but the woman in the forefront of the image takes too much emphasis. Really making the member on the right of her hand almost a secondary thought. He could be dropped from the image and you wouldn’t realize it. Because of her height in relation to the rest of the image, the white space to the left of her face is drawing a lot of attention and there is nothing there. Maybe too much light, I can’t put my finger on it. Also the lighting in B seems much brighter and harsh.

  383. Ghislain June 10, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Chase, here goes…

    As much as I am a real fan of your work, I never fully understood the concept for this band. Passed out ladies on a cover is strange to say the least.

    Which picture I prefer? Both are based on all the other pictures you ever presented to us on your blog/website are under the quality we normally see. Are they BAD pictures? Not at all, but they don’t have the punch/energy we normally see from Chase Jarvis Inc. We just don’t feel any energy in them.

    During the shoot, I listened to the live broadcast, we could feel the band how they were etc and it’s just not fitting in here. You know them probably a lot better then me or anyone else but I don’t know, I just don’t get it.

    Picture A

    It is probably the best as we see the band more but at the same time, the basket on the far left is disturbing, seems we forgot to close it and if that wasn’t the case, we can’t figure out why it’s there and what’s in it.

    The breast of the girl lying down in front seems fake. It is disturbing, not that I don’t like it, c’mon I’m a guy but still, they don’t fit with the rest of the picture but the reason why I pick A is really because the entire band except maybe the one lighting his cirgarette looks a lot better on this shot and it’s clear they are the band.

    Picture B

    Interesting concept but probably not for the front cover pictures as it focus too much on the girl. But inside the CD pocket could be intesting. Maybe some people would say hey there are 3 girls on this pictures instead of 2, why?

    The light is better on this shot as we see more details on each faces.

    Final Decision: PICTURE A

  384. samaruai shoe June 10, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    B…easily

  385. Matthias June 10, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Definitly B. Much Stronger. Like the guy in the back lighting his cigarette an the pictures in the center of the photo leads the viewer to the center. The view point is a lot more centered and horizontal broken by the standing model. On Photo A it is more like a circle of faces with the model on the arms in the center.

  386. AnMarie June 10, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    A. Love the dark dramatic atmosphere of the picture.

  387. Chris June 10, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Definitely think that A works a bit better. B is way distracting for me with the girl right in the front. She comes across as the focus, and then doesn’t seem in a good position to be the focus and is more distracting.

    So A puts the focus on the band a bit better than B…

  388. Ramona Lynne June 10, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I like “B”. It has a pleasing natural feel to it. The color of the foreground lady’s dress matches the guys. The guys seem to be wrapped around her in a comfortable way. The guys on both edges of the photo need to appear further away from the edge. In “A”, the color of the foreground lady’s dress pops out and I feel the focus is on her. Both photos have a sensual quality and are nice. “A” is more provocative because of the positioning of the model’s hand. “B” has a natural creative feel and is my choice. I guess the title of the CD will tell it all. It seems like ‘longing for love’; ‘my secret fantasy’; ‘the love i left at home’; ‘the one i saved’; ‘my sensual desire’. Very interesting. “B” is my choice.

  389. deni kosasih June 10, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I choose B.
    Love the composition. It has the “stopping power”

    I agree on some of the comments: A might be a better “band” shoot. But as you mentioned, it is for a alternative/punk country band…

  390. Marino Prieto June 10, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    B. Don’t know if it makes any sense, but I think it is more balanced regarding horizontal and vertical lines. Also, I believe that in image A the woman in the foreground and the guy carrying the girl in the background wrestle for our attention a little too much, leaving the viewer a little lost on what area to concentrate. Image B solves this issue neatly.

  391. Matthew June 10, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    A is better. There seems to be a more obvious eye attraction to the band. B is great, but I’m not sure if I should look at the girl on the right because she is close or the better lit center guy in the background. Also in B, the band member on the far right gets lost as if the tall girl frames out the right side.

  392. El June 10, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    A is the best. B has got something that could be better than A, but there’s too much clutter. A is cleaner.

  393. Michael June 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I was leaning towards ‘A’ until Mark mentioned room for text. If that’s the case, I’d go with ‘B’. I also agree with Jim that the model in ‘A’ looks unnatural.

    The only problem with ‘B’ is that it seems like too much of a blatant ‘sex sells shot’ with a curvy woman in the foreground and the band behind her……there was a band behind her, right?

    Put a band name up top, and ‘B’ will look great.

  394. Jameson Abart June 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Both are great. I react more strongly to B. More depth with an implied narrative that pulls me in to learn the story. I get the this chance encounter experience as though I stumbled into a situation I wasn’t meant to see. The foreground figure frames the scene and seems to approach the viewer as if she’s about to say ‘nothing happening here, move along’.

  395. kyle June 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    B, I mostly like it because my gut tells me and I like to go with my gut. But… after looking them a bit longer I feel that A is more balanced guy holding girl and in center and two people on either side. I prefer the off balance of B

  396. Carolyne June 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I like “B”: more story telling to it.

    “A” just looks like everyone is positionned there, not really playing a role.

  397. Jose de Orta June 10, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    At first I liked image B but the more I looked at the I changes my opinion and I like image A more.

  398. Alexis June 10, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I would have to say that A works better as an album cover. It showcases the band a lot better than B(which your entire focus goes to the woman standing in the foreground). There is a beautiful arch in the composition in A that your eye easily follows.
    A is best.

  399. Colin Thomas June 10, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    A. The band is showcased more and the girls seem much more a part of the scenery rather than the focus. I also like the contrast in A – adds to the mystery. Finally, there just seems to be something off about the framing of the girl in shot B – unsettling, in a bad way.

  400. David Bridle June 10, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I think B is a better photograph. It makes me look at her then look around at the band members. It catches my eye, makes me think she is coming over to me, and I being to wonder why is she coming towards me? I feel like I am some part of the band as she is coming to me. I also like the way the guy on the right of the photo is peering around her arse.

    ‘A’ doesn’t do that for me, it definitely showcases the band better, but I don’t feel like looking. The model in the front doesn’t seem to be in a comfortably sexy position. If feels to me like she is a little contorted, uncomfortable.

    ‘A’ may show the band of, but ‘B’ really attracts your eye to look at the band, in my opinion.

  401. Rebecca June 10, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    A if you crop out the annoying woman in front.

  402. Korey June 10, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Im digging A.

  403. Richard Hales June 10, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I think its B, although I think is strong too. The reason going for B is that the woman lying down in the front of A looks a little awkward whereas she is a stronger part of the composition in B

    • Richard Hales June 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

      oops should read “although I think A is strong too”

  404. Ben June 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    “B” for me!

  405. Joe Hendricks June 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    At first, I was going to vote for A, because it looks symmetrically better, but after thinking about it, I am choosing B, because the girls look drunk, sexy, and a willing participant in the bands party. In A, the one girl looks dead and the other looks alone.

    B- makes me want to hang out with the band more. They’re together and everyone has a chance with a girl, if they want it.
    A- Looks like the lead singer gets all the girls and no one really seems to care for each other as much.

    Good luck on choosing!
    Joe

  406. Dade Freeman June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    B too, the first one, my eyes kinda skip over the guy laying down, plus i dont think it adds much impact to the overall shot

  407. Alex Penny June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    A if you want to sell the music or B if you want to sell records.

  408. mark owen June 10, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I like photo A better since this is a photo of a band i like being able to see the whole band and in photo B the lady in front grabs your attention too much plus in my opinion there is too much negative space on Photo B

  409. Prashant June 10, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    B- is a much stronger image. pulls you to it.

  410. Andrew June 10, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I prefer “A”, however I really like the way the people in the background are laid out in “B”. I like the way the woman is leaning against the guy on the left, and I like the brighter lit faces thoughout “B”, and I really like the guy lighting his cigarrette in “B”. But the woman standing up in the foreground splits up the picture way too much for me, leaving the guy on the right too much by himself. With “B” I’m not sure what I should be looking at, my eyes are forced to jump around the picture. With “A” it’s easier to take in the whole picture at once and then focus in on the various details of the picture, I just wish I could see more of the faces in “A”.

  411. Kris Arruda June 10, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    B.

  412. jm June 10, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  413. Nicholas Freeman June 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I think that A is the best image and strong. has a lot of strong composition and good contrast and holds your attention a lot longer than B. However, B is more immediately attention-grabbing and has better composition for adding text (either top left or along the floor on bottom left)

    If it were for a press release or gallery or anything but a cover I would go with A, but for the cover B is my choice.

  414. Brian June 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    A.

  415. Alex Campagna June 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I prefer “B” for the following reasons:

    On the picture “A”, my eye doesn’t really know where to look. There are many interesting subject but there is no “main” subject.

    On “B” my eye is obviously directed to the lady in front, and then it is naturally guided to the background for me to discover each element and makes me want to look at then more in depth…

    my two cents

  416. Jonathan Cohen June 10, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I vote for B.

    First, although several folks have commented that A is the better band photo, I disagree: their faces are less in shadow in B, and their arrangement is less balanced, hence more dynamic in B because of the two dudes standing together on the left side.

    The other reason for preferring B is that, for me anyway, it kicks A’s butt in its formal composition. For one thing, the foreground lady standing is a much bolder compositional element — again, the lack of balance added by the large vertical (this time on the right, but since it is in the fg and at a much closer plane it isn’t compensated by the left-heavy arrangement of the band) immediately draws the eye. For me, at least, the same lady splayed horizontally in A is just a kind of visual speedbump my eye rolls over on its way back. The final point that clinches it for me, compositionally, is that the vertical of standing lady’s legs intersect the horizontal line of the table at a right angle near the center of the frame of B — this really pulls the eye. Whereas, in contrast, there’s not much interaction between horizontal lady and the other elements in A.

    A is cool too… but, for what it is worth, I have a clear preference for B.

  417. Rachel Vaughn June 10, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    B

  418. Javier June 10, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I preffer the second one [B]. I don’t like how the foreground woman on the first picture [A] looks . Also I feel there is too much space between subjects on the background of picture A.

  419. CMurph June 10, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I think A is balanced better and pretty much agree with Andrew above.

  420. Marshall June 10, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I do like the feel of both of them. However, B is much stronger to my eye. The foreground figure plays a larger role, resulting in more depth to the picture. Maybe we’ve seen too many vampire shows, but the woman being held up in A looks more deceased than passed out to me.

  421. Alex June 10, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    B here

  422. Kristi June 10, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I vote B. The other one is just awkward. The woman’s pose is awkward, and parts of her body looks awkward. She almost looks like a mannequin in A.

  423. Kurt Schmeer June 10, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    B

  424. Dan Morales June 10, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    (A) gets my attention off that bat. It’s less cluttered. Although, I wish the band members’ faces were better lit (as in photo B).

  425. Josie June 10, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    ‘A’ for me!

  426. Richard June 10, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    B. With her standing there’s a vertical element that adds a ton more drama to the image. When she’s lying down, she all but disappears into the foreground.

  427. Dimi June 10, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    B for sure, much more visual impact. Plus it leaves a nice spot on the left for text. Very nice.

  428. Robert June 10, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    A all the way. Composition is much more pleasing and ‘memorable’…if you know what I mean. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. In B the woman in the foreground interrupts the visual flow and it actually seems like she’s the subject.

  429. Miguel June 10, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    B for sure. Both pictures are great. I would like B better if the pretty lady wouldn’t split de band. In picture B the faces are more exposed rather than A. In A there is a clear center that is also nice to have.

  430. Bryn June 10, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    B. Instantly and totally B

  431. Decasteljau June 10, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    I vote for A

    I don’t like the pose of the lady in front in A so much. Something mysterious or provoking. But, because of the emotions and questioning I get when looking at it, I vote for A.

  432. Derik June 10, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I go with A. I connect too much with the woman in the foreground of B and keep wondering why she is the only woman not passed out, which distracts from the subject of the photo: the band. If she was the artist, I would be all over B, but in A you really feel the focus on Brent with him being the highest element in the image, the contrast, and all the leading lines (couch, foreground model’s leg, height of band’s hats, other model’s arm) going straight towards him.

  433. Josh Haygood June 10, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Definitely A. has more personality. Great composition and raw stopping power.

  434. Steven cook June 10, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I think A. For me it’s a better balanced picture. I prefer the bands stance in the picture. It’s the more male orientated picture too. With the lady in the main guys arms and the lady up front lying down. For me the standing lady dominates the scene and could be the one in control, not the band/guys.
    It’s amazing how different the Images actually are in terms of story.
    Both are beautifully shot. Well done.
    Hope my opinion was helpful.

  435. Jay June 10, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    (A) gets my vote. I think it’s a stronger piece.

  436. bk June 10, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    B

  437. Todd June 10, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I prefer B. I like the lighting on the band members faces better, esp. the guy in the far left. The composition looks better with the model standing up – My eye goes to the model first, then recedes to the people in the background, sort of like a 3D effect – I think it makes your mind work a little more in image B, that’s why I like it.

  438. Pedro June 10, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Compositionally A is far more interesting. The foreground model in B brings imbalance to the shot.

  439. Adrien June 10, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I’d pick B, cropping the lady just below her shoulders

  440. Veronica Salazar June 10, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Both pictures ate great, butI like “A” better for the following reasons:
    1) Composition is more symmetrical to the eye.
    2) The focus of picture “A” is the band, not the girl at the front, although the girl laying down looks like she was part of the party and is now drunk and ‘finished’. This very suggestive and sensual. In “B” the main focus of the picture is the girl, not the band, although this might be appealing to some male parties that is not necessarily true for all the female potential buyers of the album.
    3) At first I didn’t know what element I didn’t like about “B”, but then I realized it is the girl suiting next to the guy on the left in “B”. It looks akeward because at first you can only see her legs like “coming out of the” member of the band. Visually is not too appealing.

  441. Jeff June 10, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    B – Can see the band member faces better.

  442. D. Travis North June 10, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    B – the woman in the front is less distracting and more of a anchor point. I also love how the guy to the right somewhat needs to look around her in a way. It’s just stronger overall.

    Option ‘A’ is a failure for me…my eyes stop at the woman in the front, she’s too much of a distraction in that awkward pose.

  443. Brian June 10, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    B. Leads my eye into and back out of the frame. Band members more visible.

  444. David June 10, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Do you have any with just the band? If not, I’d use B as it appears only one lady has been slipped a roofie.

  445. tom June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    A: draws you eye around the frame, room for text and women in front is less dominating

  446. Cory June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    I like the quality of light used in these shots and the toning is nice. They’re very successful in setting a mood.

    Frame A is very active. There are layers: foreground, center, background. This makes for a viewing experience that is more active as the eye is able to wander around the frame and perceive interesting elements. In Frame A my eye rests at the point of highest contrast, the left edge of the sofa and the girl’s dangling hand. This is a point of visual tension, but also a curiosity: what is happening here?

    In contrast, all the elements of interest in Frame B are arranged horizontally along with the foreground woman. The foreground woman is the focus: she’s in the foreground; she’s the largest subject, and; she interacts with the negative background. This detracts from the band, I think. (Side note: Her left foot is cropped out, which annoys the hell out of me.)

    Frame A is the best choice because it utilizes the entire frame, moves the eye around and is active.

  447. Freddy.O June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    A for me. B feels like is about the model in the front and the band just syncs into the background.

  448. Julie June 10, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    B. It adds more interest when the woman is standing in the front since the woman is already laying in the background.

  449. Andy June 10, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    A is compositionally far more pleasing. I suspect that has something to do with the vertical figure in B who blocks the eye-path rather than leading it. I also think it owes something to the fact that there’s a lot of floor and wall space in B, whereas A has much more satisfying spacial distribution of its elements.

  450. Parkylondon June 10, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    B. The woman at the front is an initial draw but your eye gets drawn to the back really easily and smoothly. A I think is a little cluttered.

  451. mattbeaty June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    A – all the way.

  452. Chris June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    B gives the designer more room to play with typography on the concrete wall.

  453. Paul Jacobs June 10, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    B is more dynamic and drew me right in. I found myself studying each element/subject longer, trying to figure out what is going on in the image.

  454. Gary June 10, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    B

  455. Chris Baron June 10, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Depends on what story you are telling. Both compositions are strong, but the stories seem very different. The woman seems to be in charge in B, not that case in A. (Although I am married, so by default I have to say that women are always in charge weather they look like they are or not)

  456. Gino June 10, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    A… a lot more Story!

  457. S.M June 10, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I would vote for A.

    I like the way the photo is composed and how the subjects are ‘placed’ in a clock work manner compared to ‘messy and distracting’ composition of B.

    As the photo would be used for commercial purposes for the band, I find that photo A also highlight more on the band members compared to photo B in terms of composition as well as lighting.

  458. christy June 10, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I prefer the overall composition of B, it’s easier to look at, not as spread out as A – and I agree, if it’s for an album cover B allows more space for the copy.

  459. Farrell June 10, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    A … by a lot.

    I really love the center character holding the woman in this shot. I’m wondering what’s going on. I think it tells an intriguing story.

    In B, I find the woman in the foreground to be so present that she dominates the story. I almost don’t see what’s gong on behind her.

    Anyway, that’s my 2 cents.

  460. Ken June 10, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I prefer A. I like the repetition of the two horizontal people. ‘A’ also keeps me looking around and exploring,. With photo B I quickly go from the foreground lady, to the guy on the couch, and I’m done.

    Also, in ‘B’ the guy holding the girl on the couch looks tired/weak, but in ‘A’ he looks strong.

  461. Brian M June 10, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    My vote is for B.

    I strongly prefer the lighting and composition of B over A.

    I think the model posted out front in A is a bit gratuitous and perhaps borderline degrading.

    The only aspect of B that I dislike is the way the guys on either side are partially cut off. This is purely personal preference however.

  462. Jason in Hawaii June 10, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    B works better for me bacause the foreground woman creates a leading line than draws eyes toward her. It has much stronger visual impact than A.

  463. Andrew G June 10, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    B, It’s less confusing

  464. Jason June 10, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    B – the guys in the band just look cooler…Seeing the girl in foreground makes me wanna see whats happening with the others in the background..
    well done !

  465. Willis June 10, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    “B”

    1.) The way the model frames the left side of the image is a plus for me.
    2.) The faces of the band members in “B” are exposed where they are not hidden by shadows like in “A”
    3.) As mentioned earlier, there is more room to work with adding text on “B”
    4.) “A” is so dark that the couches are the first thing my eyes go to and tend to return to after trying to find something else visually appealing in the dark shadows. Focus should be on the band members…or the hot models ;)
    5.) You can see the antlers better in “B” (You know they’re too cool to hide in the dark!)
    6.) Because I said so! :P

  466. CSR June 10, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    A. The man standing in the middle is very graphical, it draws the eye to the center of the image. The shape that this man is forming while holding the woman is like a statue, very clean very graphical. Visually i think the A image is much stronger than the other. It just grabs my eye, and wont let it go. Hope this helps

  467. Chris Beckman June 10, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    B

  468. Elessar June 10, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    “A” in all aspects

  469. Von R Buzard June 10, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    B is better
    The woman stand out better against the lighter wall behind her & because she is on the right, the eye drawn over to her

    A
    looks like some sort of drunken pasted out vampire party (the way the model is carried, lifelessly)

  470. Andy Pennebaker June 10, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    A 100%.

  471. Gerry June 10, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I prefer photo B. I like the extra wall space and that the model in the front doesn’t seem to be thrown into the picture as a second thought. In Photo A I like the way the background is setup better but the model in the front detracts from the photo. In both cases I would assume the main subject is the background but the model in the foreground might also be the main subject. If the people in the background is the main subject then photo A is better, but if the model in the foreground is the main subject then photo B is better.

  472. stan June 10, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    B

  473. Scott June 10, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    A

    The standing lady in B dominates and I have a harder time seeing the rest of the image. In A the reclining lady frames what is going on in the back and makes it more accessible.

  474. Mike A June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    A by a lot.

    I like the way that the foreground lady provides an anchor to the bottom of the image, and supports the whole thing. In A I find myself exploring the entire image, and no one element diminishes the others.

    In B, I find the lady cuts through the photo, and is overly dominant. My focus goes straight to her, and completely ignores the rest of the image. Even forcing myself to look at the rest of the image, I’m still drawn very quickly back to her. The band just disappears and becomes very secondary.

  475. Jeremy June 10, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    A is much more visually appealing to me.

  476. Scott June 10, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    A. I presume the female in b. Is not a band member. I feel that if this is the case then b brings too much attention to the female. This would be fine if it were say Florence and the machine as then she would have a prominent part to play. A gives the band members all attention and portrays the aftermath of a rock n roll afterparty where the groupies have all passed out n the band are still up for it!!!

  477. Chris R June 10, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    A

    Shot B does really draw your attention to the woman in the foreground, which for me is the problem. For a band shot, even an album cover, the focus should still lead to band. I think shot A, with the models in horizontal positions creates a nicer frame of the band.

    My two cents anyway.

  478. Michelle H June 10, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    A – I think the characters in A are all playing an equal role in the image and really allowing you to stop on all of them. B has too much emphasis on the lady in the foreground and my eye keeps getting pulled back to her.

    That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

  479. Robert Jaudon June 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I go with B.

    Here are my reasons….
    The A photo to me seems a little dark and the model although she is friggin hot seems to be out of place. Not to mention all she and all the cowboys are a little dark. To me that takes away from the photo.

    The B photo draws me into the shot more because the model is right there and there is no mistake. She has a wonderful form. All the cowboys faces are in the light and they have presence.

    Both photos are great but I like B.

  480. enotsm June 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    …since it’s for the band I’d have to go with (A). In photograph (B) the front-most female model takes up too much of the focus because she’s soo predominantly placed in the foreground and takes up a large amount of the overall % of the frame. At least in (A) she’s less distracting because of her lateral position in the frame. Anyone standing demands a certain % of attention and get sorted first. This is why (IMHO) that the band members standing/sitting upright allow the viewer to sort them together as a cohesive group/unit and the models are a secondary group in the image.

  481. Howard J June 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    B grabbed me immediately, although after studying it I think technically A is better but I’ll stick to the emotional choice which is B!

  482. Petter June 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    I prefer A, because that has a theme with vertical men and horizontal men, and the composition creates a nice circle.

  483. singh June 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    A for sure.

    The composition is much better imo, although B does give nice space for the lettering.

    Don’t like how the dude in B is looking at the the guy lighting his cigarette, his body language is out of sync with the others.

    Don’t like the pose of the woman on bearded dude’s lap, looks awkward.

    Don’t like the main model’s pose either, the way her legs line up is unflattering and the brigher highligh on her left leg is distracting.

    The model who has her legs crossed over a band member’s – her hand looks weird and out of place.

    I haven’t said anything about A because everything just works and I can’t really pick out anything to criticise. I like how the band is more the focal piece of A.

  484. Stevens June 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    B is better

  485. Scott M Eide June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    A – give more attraction to the man holding the girl. Has more of a art

    B – gives more attraction to the female standing. It does have more room for advertisement graphics(the only thing i would suggest is, I don’t feel there is a need for the guy on the far right. he is almost falling off and is hidden behind her. It would have been nice if he was out and the frame was cut after her.)

    Stand alone with no graphic adjustments I would say “A” all the way.

  486. Daven June 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    “A.” As just an image, I like “B” better, but because this is an album cover it needs to have a clear focus: the band. The foreground in “B” draws your eye away from the band, whereas the band is the main focal point in “A” (I also like the symmetry).

  487. Bernyk June 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    A,

    it seems like a better composed shot, you have more time to take in the whole image as opposed to B where your eye keeps returning to the woman

  488. Josh June 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    If the lead singer is the woman, then I pick B

    If the lead singer is the man in the middle, I pick A

  489. Les June 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    B definetely. Foreground is too dark in A. Gives too sinister a feel IMHO.

  490. Tommy June 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I’d choose A. The upfront model in B is distracting and the guy on the far right looks out of place or awkward, like he is trying to squeeze into the shot.

    Although, I think a splash of light from camera right might help A a touch (they both seem a little dark to me) I still think it has a better vibe.

    Enjoyed the chat w/ @zarias yesterday.

  491. Daniel S. June 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    A is simply a great photogarph.
    It feels like there’s a great story behind the photo.
    The composition is very interesting.
    The lighting really focuses on the band, helping to show them off.
    This image has that “Gathering of the Gods” look.

    B if your looking for a band photo, unique to this band.
    Listening to their music, I get the feeling they’re a tight crew. B gives me a better impression of the band.
    The image works, with or without the lady in the forward-ground.

  492. Flannol June 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    B is much easier on the eye.

  493. Tanzeel June 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    A …. its says alot more in comparison with photo B
    You can explore photo A alot more its holds a a better story then photo B, which distracts you coz of the models legs its takes the attention away from the rest of the picture.

  494. AJR June 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    My initial reaction is A. The guy staring is intriguing. What turned me off of B is I paid too much attention to the lady in the foreground and the member on the far right seems cut off and disconnected from the group.

  495. Marco June 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    B is better…also in A you cannot se the face of the band member on the left..it’s a bit dark

    good luck!

  496. Austin June 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    b, for story and type

  497. Greg June 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    definitely A; for me B is a too chaotic (but maybe its supposed to be chaotic)

  498. Al Graham June 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    B
    In my eyes, image A seems to be more about the models. The band members are just accessories.
    Image B seems more about the band. Not that the band is any more prominent in B, but the models are less so.

  499. Charles June 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    B – hands down. With A, I looked at the couch and didn’t even notice the woman in the foreground.

  500. Danielle June 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    (A) for an album cover as the band stands out more

    (B) as a stand alone image- it has more impact

  501. Josh June 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    B – I greatly prefer the vertical element of the model standing. A doesn’t have anything quite like it that draws my eye.

  502. Joshtacular June 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I would say A looks a lot more interesting.

  503. Terri Jacobson June 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    B. At first blush she looks 8 months pregnant in A

  504. Jelle Verherstraeten June 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    B
    I like the composition from the people better in B.

  505. JJ June 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    B is the winner. I agree with Josh in regards to the vertical element being more of a draw. It has a more sexy appeal as well as being more commanding of attention. The group background appears better lit and exposed. So they are not lost in the darkness as in A.

  506. Eli Reinholdtsen June 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Definitely B. A is to “messy” and will not get enough attention if ever on a shelf competing with other covers. It takes too long to take it in without it getting more interesting. I also think B is better balanced. Well, this is my very strong opinion :-)

  507. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    B – on initial opinion and gut feel.

    Looking more closely, B for me has the more natural composition with the guys in the background and I love, love, love the positioning of the lady – sexy, alluring & hot complementing nicely the laid back cowboys behind. (Plus the rug doesn’t distract from the form of the woman)

    Also agree with the points around more space for copy.

  508. Dean June 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    neither! the model in the front is distracting to the theme of the photo, it takes all the attention away from the band. I also find having two areas of focus (both foreground and background) unpleasant to look at. I want to focus on either the front or the back, not both…

  509. Lisa Peardon June 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Definetely B.

    In A the two horizontal elements compete with each other. While in B the vertical shape brings your eye exactly where it is supposed to.

  510. Mr. T. June 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I prefer A. It is more visually apealing than B. To me B is messy.

  511. Matt June 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    A – I like it the most. B – the girl is distracting me from what is going on in the back.

  512. Mike June 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I think A is the better choice.

    A makes my eye go to the dude in the hat holding the girl.
    In B my eye gets stuck on a dark dress and reluctant to wander into the image any further.

  513. Bartek June 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    A – it’s more dramatic

  514. HenrySpencer June 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Definite B, because …. ’cause it’s pretty cool. :D

  515. Randy June 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    My answer would be A.
    Because in picture b, the girl in the foreground takes too much visual importance, like if she was the lead singer or something, when i believe she’s in the image just as eye candy.

    in picture A, even though there is a woman in the foreground, she is laying in a way where you can see the whole band and eveyone’s together, in picture b, there’s a little yoko going on with the guy left alone on the right side.

  516. Gust June 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    Against all the previous comments i prefer the A, I look first the background in the b option what I first look its the girl. In A i look all the band at the first look.

  517. Aaron June 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Photo B by far.

    Photo A makes the band look like a gang of menacing date-rapists passing the time until the special cocktail in the foreground model’s hand does its thing like it did with the other model passed out in the guy’s arms standing in front of the couch. There is a dissonance (not tension) in the posing that just doesn’t work.

    Actually having some women appear semi-conscious in addition to posing the foreground model in a much more powerful position is what makes Photo B a far more interesting and appealing photograph.

  518. Randy Aldrich June 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Definitely B.

    A doesn’t look interesting to me, it just looks like a murder scene. B has all sorts of stuff going on.

    That said, I like the colors/lighting in A better… so throw the colors/lighting in A with the composition of B and you’ve got a winner

  519. Jason Meaux June 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    B without a doubt! Red chair and lamp in A seem to throw it off for some reason.

  520. Eric Uyttebroeck June 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    A: I get more drawn into picture A
    The viewer is distanciated in picture B

  521. William Doran June 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I would go with A.

  522. Anonymous June 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    a

  523. Guillermo Hdez De La Fuente June 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Definitely B

    It looks more clean up and understandable, every single face on it has their own character and personality.

  524. John Gibney June 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    B does it for me – I prefer the composition and the lighting.

  525. Andrew June 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Both are bad but A is slightly less worse…

  526. Adam Zeke June 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    In my opinion B is much better!

  527. Ian Harding June 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    My vote is for image A. Why?

    i) The woman in the foreground of image B has me think she is the main artist, and I’m not keen on how the band member to the far right has to almost peer around her, as if he was secondary to her.
    ii) The composition and placement of each band member is more fitting to the format. In B, everyone is on a horizontal plane and get compressed together. In A, each member has their own space and as a result, stand out in their own way. They create a full circle of viewing for the eye.
    iii) The darker back wall in A gives the scene a bit more edge, compared to the brighter wall in B.

    Awesome images, btw.

  528. Colleen June 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I like B. It has more dimension and better balance. And even though it seems a little counter-intuitive to say that the men have better focus when the woman is more prominent in the foreground, it’s true. You can see their faces and personality a bit more clearly in B.

  529. Marcel June 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    B – no question about that

  530. Ryan Bracci June 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I vote for B. In A the model pulls your eyes directly to her and not to the rest of the frame. If it’s band album cover then I think the band is more important and model should just be a prop in the photo.

  531. John Van Boxtel June 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Depends… What is the goal of the image?

    If the goal is to focus on the group of people in the back (band I assume) then I feel that choice A feels right to me.

    If the goal is to focus on the women, I feel choice B has more impact.

    Judging by the focus and lighting on the woman in the front, my guess is that the women in the dresses were not suppose to be the focus.

  532. David Donnelly June 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I like A more…

  533. Zak June 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    B! More dimension!

  534. Matt Arlet June 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    My vote is for B, the model in front in A is distracting, and the first thing I wonder is why are there 2 unconscious girls with a bunch of dudes. Also I really like the line of the models body in B, she frames the guy on the right pretty much perfectly.

  535. Y-E June 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I prefer A, for me there’s a better ambiance in this picture, Also the “back scene” really catch the eye, and it is easier for me to catch the personality of the persons.
    While in the picture B, I have the impression that the picture is cut in two part, which the girl in front makes this “cut”. Also, I cannot quite catch the personality if this front girl.

  536. CJ Foeckler June 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    B. . .it’s more dynamic and leaves a space on the top left for some copy (Artist and album title). It IS an album cover. Coming from a designer/photographer perspective. . . .it just makes the most sense.

  537. Carl June 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Pic B is much, much better than Pic A. Pic A might be titled Boneless Model Farm. The two passive women sap energy from its composition. The sole floppy model in the background of Pic B is a nice bit of incongruity — her passiveness contrasts interestingly with the more plausible, more natural poses of the rest of the characters.

    Also, the standing female model in B helps pull together the ‘figure’ portion of the composition. The horizontal orientation in A fractures the composition into two weak parts.

  538. David June 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    For an album cover that’s printed for vinyl, I would go with Image B. It has more impact would encourage me to pick it up while in a music store.

  539. barbra allen June 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    On first look b had the fashion look I like but when I read it was for a band cover I would choose a since in b u look no further then the girl in the. Forfront. But in a she becomes just part of the scenery and the bandmates become more important.

  540. Slate June 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I want to say B but, the layout is better in A
    So “A”

  541. Alesha June 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    B stands out a lot more and I think overall is a better photograph. The focus is definitely on the woman closest to the camera rather than the group as a whole, not sure if that is what you were going for or not.. but I prefer the lighting and composition better in this one.

  542. Dan June 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Gotta say A. It’s a band promo shot, right? The model is beautiful, but it’s not her album, or her photo shoot. She’s too prominent in the second shot, and takes attention away from the band. In A, she’s there, but her, uh, “elements” draw the viewer’s eye up to the band.

    UNLESS……is there a “story” here? I.e. something on the front cover and/or something in the music in which she (her character) plays a role, and this is the back cover image which closes it all off? In that case, B all the way.

    But with nothing else to go on beyond what we already know and as a standalone image, it’s gotta be A.

    Cheers…
    Dan.

  543. chris.h. June 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    B for me.I just think the balance looks better.
    Both really cool shots though!

  544. Hiram June 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    If it’s about a photography B all the way! B has a better comp, better angle, better lighting. It’s sexier.

    B – highlights your subject more than A…having said that…what is your subject? I take it’s the lady in the foreground. If this is a band then A talks more about the band. Well, all the models are more relaxed in the B.

    Suggestions for A:
    1. A little more light on the foreground model showing her face
    2. Position the table differently and catch the cowboy taking a step forward while carrying the girl. the action of him carrying the girl makes him important so you might want to bring him to the foreground a bit by simulating movement.
    3. Might want to get rid of the symmetry. They symmetry in the guys and low light is what’s making the picture look crowded.
    4. The lamp on the right is weird.
    5. Gotta have more antlers! lol
    6. What do I know?

    As always thanks for sharing. I love the image (B).

  545. dan June 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    A this the better picture. It has a sinister element and evokes an interesting story.

    B looks like a lame party winding down.

  546. J. Miqueleiz June 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    I say go for B. Both great but I think B feels more powerful.

  547. Armando June 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    B

  548. Marshall June 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Chase: If the subject you are trying to convey is more about the reclining woman then pose A is better because the eye is instantly drawn to the woman laying down. If the subject is the band et al then I think B is the better shot because visually I spent less time on the woman in the standing pose and more time looking around at the band members, scene, lighting etc. Shot B also has more depth because the head is cropped off of the woman standing and creates a deeper perspective. Love the raw concrete wall as a back drop.

  549. Rince June 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    B,
    just looked at the thumbnails and B popped out

  550. Simon Grosset June 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    B – because I like to see faces!

  551. teko June 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    B – When looking at the thumbnails, B looks more striking, eye-catching

    However after looking at the larger version, it’s more difficult to pick.

    • Brad Patrick June 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

      Vote for A. The lady in the B picture distracts from the band members and places more focus on her since she is in the foreground. Also the third woman on the left coach takes away from the band again.

      In the A picture the lady in the leaders arms while standing matches the lady in the forground while the band forms a nice half circle in their placement. Again it is about the band in my opinion not the models for the vinyl.

  552. M Holloway June 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    I like B best. Composition is better than A. More of a symmetric mystery. Holds interest as the eye hits the foreground model first, then is led down and to the left, through the image in a more pleasing manner. Easier to view than A. Cleaner and seems to flow nicer.

  553. Brian Davis June 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    I prefer A, it’s easier to look at and just looks cleaner. B to me looks a bit messy and the woman standing there is a bit distracting. She takes away from the band. After all, the album cover is about the band isn’t it?

  554. Tim McBroome June 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    A is the better photo.
    A has less clutter and more balance. It also has a clear central focus. It is not cropped so tight as B. The crop in B is uncomfortably tight and clips edges of elements such as elbows, models head and foot, and another models arm.

    The eyelines in A a better as well. In B one background model is looking off screen and interrupts the viewers eye as we travel from left to right.

    And finally A is about the men in black while B appears to be about the model in the foreground.

  555. aperian June 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    As much as I love the woman laying down, B looks more pleasing to my eye as a whole.

  556. Joao Novaes June 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    undoubtedly I choose B

  557. jb June 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    B because the girl has a great figure

  558. Kurtis Kronk June 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I like B hands-down.

    The band member on the right sort of gets cut out by the standing girl, but I like the position of the guys better, and I like that more of the guys have a girl accompanying them (feels more rock-star’ish). The guy on the left in A looks awkward sitting by himself compared to having the girl sit next to him.

  559. Oliver June 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    You are a good photographer and I enjoy your great work.
    So please do not misunderstood.
    In both pictures there is something wrong.
    Too many elements. No interaction.
    No Story. No interesting Komposition. Somehow dead.
    The characters are built up like in a shop window.
    What happens there?
    What is the purpose of the image? Why does it exists?

    This is criticism but honest it is well meant. Not that I could do any better …

  560. Silas Middleton June 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    NEITHER. However B is stronger than A. In addition B, due to the many reasons stated already; however NEITHER because B, in my opinion is still lacking complete strength. The vertical composition utilising the old golden ratio of 1/3s is strong, however placing one of the two gentlemen standing in the MIDGROUND at a full length shot, and then slightly readjusting the subjects in close spatial proximity to give breathing room and more of a balanced feel. This would also add depth, by having a FOREGROUND, MIDGROUND and BACKGROUND. This is compositionally speaking. However the lady in the foreground should probably be the man band member, and the person I said to be placed standing in the midground could then be the female, giving dominance to the band. That said, its dependent on the bands message. A says we are more balanced equal forces of the band. A also lends itself to adding TEXT (transparent) across the vertical field. ;) My 2c worth…

  561. Sergiu Bacioiu June 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    B – One of the girls is still up
    B – The band members are not distributed so symmetrically
    B – I like the light on the band members more than the light in A
    B – It’s a little bit messy
    B – Better space for type.

  562. Jason Chapman June 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    I think that A wins out on a more compositionally sound level because the eye is lead through the photograph
    in a circular motion and therefore gives the viewer more chances to notice new elements. It also plays up the band as a cohesive unit. B is not without interesting elements such as the tension caused by the woman dividing the band but this can also be a bad thing in that it puts the member to the right on the outs. Thats my story and Im sticking to it. Love your work…..Thanks for Sharing

  563. Chris June 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    A is the better of the two, minus the wine glass in the hand of foreground girl and without the knee up on the guy in the background left.

    In B I’m not sure if the girls in either are props or band members. Which?

    Great light by the way.

  564. Me June 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    A – I like the girl who is at the front

  565. einar June 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Let me stutter this :) BBBBBBBBB

  566. Richard June 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    A – screams vinyl album cover to me. Really warm and vintage looking, and could stand alone without any text.

    B – is a cd cover. Much more balanced with room for text.

    I suppose B wins in the practical sense, as it is 2010. They’re both great though.

    • Lou June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

      exactly. A is a vinyl cover. B looks like a CD cover and would make a good iTunes thumbnail… My post below explains why, less concidely than Richard’s post :(

  567. Sterling June 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm