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…

[ also, reminder that if you like music and you like chasejarvisLIVE, I’m hosting rising hip hip star RA Scion (of Common Market and Victor Shade) TODAY in 90 minutes at 10:30 pacific/1:30 eastern (GMT – 8). Interview with RA and Village Voice/Time Out/Stranger cultural critic Charles Mudede, plus RA performs LIVE at the end of the show. Hope to see you http://www.chasejarvis.com/live today….]

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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Sooraj Raju says:

A is an amazing and more of an “in your face” image. For the cover I would always chose B. It forms a great cover just like all great covers along Musical history – Subtle and atmospheric.

Steve says:

To answer the question, “A” is better. “B” could’ve worked if the model was on the side (the poor guy next to her is practically squeezed out so it doesn’t look natural, it’s distracting). Picture “A” would’ve been better if the guy in the middle wasn’t carrying the girl (it doesn’t make sense why he would be carrying her). Again, it’s distracting and doesn’t add to the picture.

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Denise G says:

“B”, it has more story to each member, doing their thing. On “A” the band members are too plain, period.

Jelani says:

B, Honestly, because I looked at it more before I even read what the blog post was about. And after finding out, didn’t change my opinion, so technical aspects aside, it just reached out and grabed my attention more. I guess both would work, but I think B has the potential to become more classic. I like that she is so dominating in the image because she breaks up the tones of the cover, otherwise I feels looking from a distance at a CD cover, A would just seem… tan.

Chris says:

Super late chime in:

I’m going to be a meany and say I don’t like either. I think they both have to much of the same size objects if you catch my drift. There is only dominant and sub-dominant. B is getting close because the girl in the foreground draws you in, but once you are in you completely stop once you hit the couch and other peeps. I needs foreground, middle-ground and background (or dominant, subdominant and subordinate).

There is an intense depth with the light and darks that for me it begs to have depth from the subjects and surrounding. The color and texture reminds me of renaissance paintings (yeah it may be a stretch, but it does) and if you study those paintings there is an incredible amount of story and sometimes movement in what is ultimately a still image. The compositions are complex and full of depth. That is what I’m looking for when I’m looking at these photos.

I agree with an earlier poster that it doesn’t really have to showcase the band members as much as it has to be visually interesting.

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Gary Surette says:

A picture) as just a photographer everything you want see is in one location and good focus points. the B picture has to much unused space.

B picture) to sell as product it has more sexy eye pulling to the women in the picture with the band being more playful

Ricardo Diaz says:

Depends on the main purpose of the photo. Is it like a band picture for marketing? or is it a fashion photo shoot? If is for a band promotion or marketing go for A, but if is for a fashion magazine, go for B.

Lajos says:

As an album cover I’d choose “B”.
The reason is very simple and practical: bigger room for text on the left side which will be compensated by the standing woman in front on the right side.
But I like “A” too. :)

mark bryan says:

i like both but B has a much better comp than the other , i think on A the girl luying down distracts to much away from the background , but bot are exerllant photos and well lit

Jeffrey says:

I pick B also.

The problem with A to me is that, like some have mentioned before, too symmetrical. First thing I see are 2 parallel horizontal lines formed by the girls and a triangle formed by all 5 guys. It lacks the energy and drama that would otherwise be created by some asymmetry. I like how B uses the girl in the foreground to create a unique asymmetry that generate immidiate intrest to the viewer. The slight issue I have with B is that the foreground girl, who is not part of the main subject, may be taken up too much dominance in the photo. I would probablly move her more to the right and move the guy on the very right to her left. But as it stands right now, B is far better for the impact, the creativity, and the drama it creates.

TomR says:

B is, by far, my favorite.

I don’t like the ‘somewhat symetrical arc-shape’ of the bandmembers in photo A.
It draws an unwanted attention, I guess.
Also the girls seem to have different ‘looks’ in both photos. In photo A, it seems the girls are put where they are to look good/hot. Well lit, boobs up, you get the point.

Photo B uses the girls (imo) in a much more graphic shape, and this compliments the depth and composition. It breaks the image in a nice way, and let’s the band be a part of the image, but not the whole image. Therefor B is my favorite.

Patty Reiser says:

I think B is the better choice. Mainly because the lighting is better and you can see the faces of the band members. And how the scene is staged, with everyone looking at you, I get the feeling that I just walked into something I should not have.

Rodrigue says:

B for composition, depth, and style. love it.

Brad Bell says:

A is a more traditional band photo, and it’s a bit Spinal Tap: “What’s wrong with being sexy?!?”

In A, the women are props for the band.
In B, the band are props for the standing woman. (No, actually, it’s more sophisticated than that.) In B, the 3 women could be backup singers, ie part of the band.

The band looks ‘cooler’ in B: they are cooler about having their photo taken and cool enough not to have to be the centre of attention. The relationships are more interesting. It’s not just the traditional band with T&A. With 3 women, its more of a mixed group.

I think B is better… In A it kind of looks like a murder scene both girls looking a little dead :S
besides the composition in B attracts me more (even though the girl in the front seems a little too big)

James D says:

The problem I see with A is from the feminist perspective. In any case B has a lot of impact, with a close subject and more contrast. I fount it more dramatic.

Maxime S. says:

A. About the action.
B. About the girl.

I prefer the A picture : the lightning is better, there’s more things going on, and the guy who’s carrying the girl makes more sens in the first picture than in the second.

Ivan says:

Prefer A coz it tells a story and it’s more dramatic
the large standing lady on the B seems like splitting the picture into half, the dude on the right seems disconnected/isolated from the other member of the band (my 2 cents)

Tracie says:

B…

Dave says:

I think for a band cover, A would be my choice. While I do think B is a better photo competition and is more interesting, i think you lose focus on the band who should be the main subject of the cover. Unless you can tie the album name with B

Dan says:

i think A is more complete as ONE picture. the Lady laying in the front transports and intense the atmosphere of the whole picture. B is more interesting from the composition, but i would say it s too many ideas in it and it becomes distracting. So even i think B is more “interesting” i would say A is stronger in its idea and follows ONE idea more consequent!
Thanks for sharing anyway, i like both and i really love the look.
D.

Simon (uk) says:

I’d go for B – depending on the title of the album and if the focus should be heavily on the guy holding the girl.
In a the lighting is too dark on the other band members and the horns hanging on the back wall. – also wall related in A the guy hoding the girl is partly covering the picture frames in the backround making it look messy.

but as i said – depends if the album title focuses on the guy holding the girl in my opinion

B. awesome cuz the girl on the righ filln the whole frame pulls your eyes in. After your realize ya shes hot you look for more and oh? THere is the band and hey there is another band member and another. That should be subject of this image. The large girl in the thrid of the frame could create a triangle of eye movment- which leads you to the band. They make sound that lead you to listen to their music. This image does the same. Justifing the subject.

A doesnt work cuz it to busy. You see the dark girl you look at her boobies you see some shit in the background you look back at the boobies. then you realize there is another girl oh is she okay.. total distraction.

Simon says:

I prefer A. because of the action in it

Christian says:

I prefer B. I like the depth and the composition much more. A is a litte flat.

Ryan Smith says:

My pick is B. To me, B has more depth and feels more natural. I feel as if the setup is in A is too contrived and a little awkward with the model laying down. I also like the two musicians next to each other in the background in B. I like the fact that they aren’t as balanced in B. Great work!

RustyTheGeek says:

I prefer B. Guys against the back wall flow better. The whole feel of the shot makes the viewer more comfortable and closer to the group. A is too spaced out and distant. I also like everyone seated. The only problem that really screams with B is all the wasted space above the group. Something needs to be added back there on that blank wall. I love the spacing and the way the light falls on the foreground girl in A. Both shots have some great parts. I almost wish there was a C but then the headaches would really likely kick in.

my one and only choice without a doubt is picture A

Dan says:

At very first glance, B caught my attention because the girl in the foreground is standing up and stands out more from the rest of the group, which is also to say, “I’m the lead singer.”

But, after looking at them longer, I find myself staring at A more. It’s more interesting. There’s more drama to it — somewhat of a story behind it, possibly — more like an album cover from earlier decades when they actually put thought into their covers, not just a pretty, glamorous photo of themselves.

I didn’t even notice the third girl in B until like the 10th look at it. B is a little more casual looking than A. I agree, for the purpose of putting the name of their band on the cover, A would be better since there’s open space at the top left, but I like album covers that don’t have the name on them just as much. Just depends on what they want to do.

I do actually like the positing of the men better in B, instead of having them so evenly spread out as in A. If the two men next to each other in B were like that in A, then A would be perfect. Photoshop? :)

carl geers says:

BBBBBBBB

It just screams “LOOK AT ME”!

The composition ads tension to the image and the model splitting the frame vertically works so much better than A.

I would have liked to have seen the same vignetting of light as A though. I feel it would have added more dimensionality and would have helped guide the viewer to the recessed layer of the band members and would have darkened down the distracting antlers (they are a nice touch but they stand out too much and compete for the viewer’s eye).

Composition A feels predictable, formuleic (is that a word?) and stiff.

One more thing I would have done in the shoot is had the models carry out a story line. Something that would have bound them together in a hidden layer. You know what I’m talking about. Like Terry Gilliam’s films, layers of information that reveal themselves with further study.

Both are sweet but B is the cane sugar man!

Todd Surber says:

A- is much more visually arresting and draws the eyes into the center of the scene from front to back and throughout. B- seems to be more about the foreground and almost blocks the rest of the story. B just simply feels sloppy and more experimental where A feels precise and clear in it’s vision and story!
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Todd

Virgie Newlin says:

Love the shots…

I like (B).
The girl in front is in proportion to the intent. I like the two guys standing at the left back wall verses (A) the one guy. Picture (B) the volume in the back ground compliments (holds) the girl’s strong focus in the front.
Using modern staging-brilliant! Adding splash of white and brown compliments the black western clothing and the grey in the girls dress (B). Love the combination. B-B-B
Sheek with Western…cool!

Ron says:

Depends on what you want to achieve. If this is a band, for example, and you are trying to emphasize the female lead singer then photo B is better because her large size and vertical positioning relative to the horizontally seated group immediately draws the eye. In photo A, she is horizontal too and, while closer to the camera, doesn’t stand out as much. Everyone is more equal in stature. Both photos look a little dark on my monitor but it needs calibration! ;-)

Tigran says:

B

There is just too much dead space on A. B is a cool shot. A is trying too hard.

Joy says:

Definitely B. Scene A, with him carrying the woman, the woman positioned (with arched back) looks to me as if she’s being sacrificed and the overall darkness of the scene puts into my head the idea that these are murderous rapists or something. That could just be me reading into it but I have a particular aversion to A.

B, with the woman standing up of course draws you to the woman first and you think, “Okay, sexy… then you look at the guy in the back holding the woman and you think, “oh, a night of raucous sex and drinking either after a show or before a party and these are his bad boy friends that you don’t wanna mess with.”

That’s my read, I vote B.

Tom G says:

I would love to see a blend of both….here goes…

Use photo B as the primary photo with the subject standing. However the man holding the women….have him standing (as per Photo A), and have him stanidng (whilst holding her) in the spot of the two guys in Photo B (ie back left)…..and have those two guys sitting on the couch smoking with attitude.

I hope you can follow that.

I also like the lighting better on Photo B.

Matiasgh says:

One thing to leave under consideration is the fact that this is a shoot for an album cover, so presenting each member clearly is very important… but then I noticed that there is ONE EXTRA girl on the “B” picture… this has me confused on the intention of these photos.

Said that, if she is not part of the group, then I’ll go for the A one simply because if this pictures are the presentation or first impression that a band wants to give, its best if all the faces on the photo take equal importance and clarity in the overall…. If this was an artistic photo, and not a cover, B has more story and less studio air into it.

I like B better, but I choose A. (if that makes sense)

I’d go with B, the woman in the foreground provides that immediate hook, and guides you in towards the cowboy with the dead(?) girl in the center of the scene. There’s a great dynamic between what’s lit to be the center of attention and the jarring foreground. B does seem a little flat compared to A though, like a grey haze

cristiano007 says:

B.

In A they’re hot girls serial killers. In B they’re all having some serious fun, including the girls. And B is also visually more dynamic.

Zoran says:

B by far.
A is too predictable and soft in composition
B composition is aggressive and with much more impact visually

Eric says:

The girl in front bothers me in A. Photo B does it for me all the way!

David says:

In A the people form an ellipse around the frame and I guess the submissive woman is caught in the crab’s pincer of men.

In B the empowered woman forms a cross cutting across the vaguely sine-wave of men sitting waiting.

I like them both.

regis says:

If i had to choose I would say A.

I don’t like the separation the woman i creating. It isolate the guy on the right.

Also having the feet of the lady on the sofa makes her look strange.

Also i like the pose of drinking guy with glasses on A but it seems kind of detached from the image on B.

I do prefer the light on the 2 side people on B where you can actually see them (i am looking at it on a non calibrated bad screen so i may be wrong.)

Barry says:

B would definitely make the better album cover. The standing girl is the reason why. It makes it more interesting.

A would make a great back cover, however.

Laura says:

I would pick B. A feels a little campy to me, a little hard rock, a little Mad magazine and even a little aeon flux. If that is the feel of the band, then go for it.

The woman is in the foreground but dimly lit leading your eye into the photo where there are a lot more interesting dynamics going on than in A. It feels a bit more sophisticated (even if it isn’t!).

This isn’t an easy choice; I really like different aspects of both photos.

I really prefer photo A in terms of composition and use of space, but the background elements in photo B are a lot more interesting. The guy lighting up his cigarette in the background is a fantastic detail.

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BBBBBB

Joyce says:

No contest for me–B is the one. The woman in front is a strong eye catching vertical element. However, because of the way she is lit, she became anonymous and wasn’t compelling enough to retain my attention; I immediately wanted to see what was behind her. I prefer the composition of the band and the lighting on them. To me, despite the fact that they were in the background, they were definitely the subject of the photograph. In A, my attention was immediately drawn to the woman in front and it kept going back there. The composition was circular–for me it started and ended with the awkwardly reclining woman. After looking at it for awhile, I compared it to a necklace which consisted of a chain with pendant. What do you spend the most time looking
at–the pendant or the chain? And, last but not necessarily least, in B the band member on the far right appears to be looking right out at the viewer–good way to reel the viewer right in… well, it did this viewer.

So, which one did you prefer, Chase; and I guess more to the point, which one did the client choose?

Matt says:

B.
A. has nice composition – the arch shape. but then seems to ‘nice’ and considering the look of the band…………… and the lady in the foreground looks, awkward distracts as I’m left wondering how/ why is she sitting, or is it lying like that. So the overall image becomes posed.
B. feels like you have walked in on something. and the shape of the composition is more compelling as it is ‘unbalanced’ and this makes it real for me.

jan says:

The expressions of the boys in the A are great, however they are alone, in the B, the girl dominates the image and the girl in the background exaggerated the pose … I think I’ll stay with A, although I would arrange a few things …

I’d go with B.
B has two plans, vertical (the girl) and horizontal, where one completes the other. A is just composition mess – whole picture is full of something. Can’t imagine including any typo in A, so B is keeper for me.

Hannes Trapp says:

B is SO MUCH BETTER

A is almost boring because of the nearly symmetric composition.
B has a very strong composition, gets a much more deep perspective and has many beautiful elements in it: The Lady in the front looks much hotter, and the two guys at the wall totally rock.The only thing which is better in A is that the Sofa-guy doesn’t sit down there.

Obi says:

B is better by far. While A’s arrangement looks a bit cluttered and boring, B stands out differently, mainly because of the standing girl … further, its a bit more obvious theres a story going on in B

Ben Kuhns says:

As a photography/graphic designer I cannot stress enough the need to consider the requirements the team behind the design of the album layout when it comes to choosing the cover photograph.

To a photographer it is a simple question of A versus B and the assessment of which image is a better use of space, light, etc. But the need to place the artist’s name, album title, and any other information really needs to talked about before the choice of the final image is made. The team in charge of that design should be involved in the process since it will weigh heavily on how the finished product impacts viewers.

Good treatment of type styling and placement on either image could elevate the finished cover to a superb example of design & photography working in harmony while poor design decisions can pull your carefully crafted images down with them.

Is there a design team involved at this point in the process? And if so, have they brought any constructive insight into which photograph might be more appropriate for the finished product and therefore, superior?

For what it is worth, my design instinct tells me image B would be easier to work with, but the challenges of image A would be a hell of a lot more fun to tackle.

As a photographer I like image A just the composition feels right but on as a pragmatic photo editor in a small magazine, B is the right chose because of the space on the concrete wall and on the floor. It suits the needs for tittle and other print stuff. At the end it should be a cover of an album Right ?

Hesaa says:

Hi Chase
B IS THE ONE !

Aldrian says:

In my opinion, picture A and B are both good quality picture, but picture A is more interesting.
Picture A is more emphasizing in the group of man inside the picture. As when people see the picture, their eyes will easily fall into the man standing in the middle of the picture. But then in picture B, the first point people will see is the girl in the foreground as it is outstanding and the most obvious object seen in the picture.
The lighting of the picture also different as in picture A, the lighting is more concentrated in the middle of the picture and then in picture B the lighting is spread in all the picture.

Andy says:

Album covers can be a tricky thing…Probably A. The foreground girl is to prominent in B. Unless, of-course, the title track is about a girl. Then B would make sense too.

Julien says:

Hi Chase

I like pictures with a strong foreground, and so I like picture number B. A doesnt appeal to me. There is to much happening that looks the same in A that make me loose focus. While B have the woman standing out and cutting the frame, giving me a great objekt with an interessting background. Also in A the man holding the woman is better lit than the woman in the foreground, and for me the woman in the foreground disappears.

Jeff says:

B, with no further explanation! :-)

Fred says:

“B” for several reasons:
-more dynamic
-guy on couch is better seated
-girl upfront adds interest and more dimension
-there are 3 girls in B and only 2 in A…can’t argue with math:)

Andrew Urban says:

I see alot of people here saying that they like A better, I’d have to disagree… there is something about image A that turns me off, I think it’s the composition of the men in the background, it looks a lil too forced.

You should go with image B… i like the composition and the asymmetrical balance that it has working for it.

Cheri Cartwright says:

A is my favorite.

Andrew Woodhouse says:

Hi Chase

I like them both, although I think A is the better of the two. It’s easier for your eyes to take it all in and is perhaps more traditionally composed.

Vincenzo says:

Hi Chase,

I think B personally. The picture has more sense of depth, and makes the eye want to discover it more. Where as A looks flatter and “here it is” type of feel. Definitely B my eyes are draws to the girl in fore ground and makes me want to see what else is going on. That’s my two cents… :)

Cheers,
V

Cal says:

“A” is my choice, the female positioned close to the camera in “B” is too dominant and I keep returning to her as the main point of interest.

hope this helps,

cal

Denis says:

“A” is my choice, simply for the better use of the upper and lower thirds, and the pretty symmetry of the cowboy hats!

Wade says:

I like A better. Is this foreground lady in the band? Given that this is an album cover, B sort of makes me want to think that this lady is the lead, the face of the band. For an album cover, A seems to be the ticket.

Gus says:

Don’t particularly care for either of them, but if I were to choose then it would be A. Simply because the upright model in B is too dominant of a subject and sucks in too much of my attention. However, if the dude in the white couch wasn’t holding anyone, and there was only one woman positioned like in A, a little bit more arched without the wind and a bit more in the middle, like a sacrificial “virgin”, then that comp. would be truly compelling.

Laura says:

A would be my pick. More drama. More mystery. Love the light. There are elements of B that I like compositionally that contribute to sense of story. I like the 2 cowboys at the back leaning against the wall. There is a sense of weariness rather than an intensity to B. But the woman at the center looks too comfortable in B, to neatly splayed across his lap.

I love the intensity of A. Love the way the light draws you in to the scene. Richer shadows. More texture.

koen delvaux says:

B is bad composition and not in the sense of “making it interesting”
A is nicely balanced. Intruiging. Story waiting to happen.

Mari says:

Both images have their strong qualities. A has a more balanced, curved composition and some sort of mystery in it. B is more active and leaves a bit too much empty room here and there, but the standing feminine figure vs background gives strong unique rhythm and recognizability to the photo. And the feeling of the male characters seem more sympathetic to me, also their strong rhythm as a group, which reminds a bit Spanish classical painting. So, I’d vote “B”, especially if it would be necessary to add some texts somewhere in the design – the upper left wall surface e.g would be suitable for that.

Gregory says:

I definitely think B is better.

The composition is a little more dynamic… I like how the girl in the foreground is cut-off at the top and bottom of the frame. And that she falls pretty much right on that rule of thirds line.

I also like the negative space on the top and bottom of the photo. It makes for a good balance. The sitting cowboy is DEFINITELY better than when he’s standing in A. I also like the 2 bookended cowboys in B a lot better, they are lit better and have better expressions. I also like the extra girl in photo B. And the background cowboys in B have slightly better poses and I like that they’re standing together.

The negative space really sells me on it though. Not just compositionally, but you’ve also got to think that this is a record album and you need space for text, possibly a UPC sticker. Maybe not important for the “artistic” aspect, but the record label sure cares.

Saneesh says:

A is better, A has a quality as there is more to discover, and more to explore. B is just the catch and its just over, being a cover people would be looking more than one time at the cover.

Cheers!

Ken Dobson says:

For an album cover, I prefer A. Actually, that’s not true. I prefer A for just about anything. I like how everyone forms a complete circle. The symmetry just works. The person standing up in A, leads my eye through the picture and overall it flows better. I like the lighting better as well. My only nit pick is what the heck is that on the far right with the yellowish green eye? I like that it’s missing in B.

As for B, I’m distracted with the female up front and I dislike how several people are chopped off in B. Three positives however, are the faces are brighter and it’s easier to see, but I still prefer the lighting in A better. The man on the far right does not look like he’s missing fingers, as it kind of did in A. The yellowish green eye thing is missing.

A gets my vote.

zed says:

B is the more engaging shot. the vertical of the women is contrasted by the arrangment of the band, sofa, wall pictures etc. the edge of frame makes it more dramatic and the body shape in the fore front draws more attention to the image

– BUT –

it draws attention to the standing woman, not necessarily the band in the first place. that could be what you want.

if not, if attention should be drawn to the band then go A. the vertical arrangement of all, including the woman lying removes some drama/edge. the band become more tame, more dull if you will. Also the tonal contrast of A is lower the dress of the lying woman merges into the background visually. whereas in the B shot that contrast is more stark, creating more dynamics and tension.

If it was a CD cover I’d walk past A and stop for B

ixania says:

both are problematic for a album cover

b has lots of cut off heads, shoes, shoulders and is selling a female singer, obviously. who is just … average.
so b would be elected winner in most internet forums by … average posters

a is kind of last supper and more ambitious

Rob Ahern says:

B is the best, but you chopped her head off!

Jess M says:

B…A looks, I don’t know, kinda contrived and, I don’t know, kinda lame ;)

Dani Gorgon says:

Chase, thumbs up for A. trying to find a reason why i like it! yuhh. I see a shape of umbrella in the background formed by the men. a more genuine reason would be that I felt the man in the center is on the walk across to you. that has a hidden action/movement.
Thats my part of the story. anyway, by seeing the response threads, its gonna be a huge task for your team to count 1000+ votes for A & B :)

Cheers.

Juan Carlos says:

Definitely B. As with the other comments, there’s dynamic contrast between the model and the bank. A seems to have some dead space on top unless you need it for some reason.

Cabletie says:

A is better.

A Has better balance. B makes me feel like the woman is blocking something from the image and I have an urge to see behind her – which I can’t, so it’s frustrating.

pinz says:

In truth, not overly excited by either image, but if I HAD to choose …

A would be it.

B, though better lit, doesn’t have the ‘suggestiveness’ of A, (which could use more light …, …. did I say it needs more light -?)

Love you Chas, you KNOW that ….:)

John Photos says:

I would have to say album cover B. When does the album come out?

chas says:

neither? I don’t like either. Both make your eyes jump back and forth. Nothing pulling you into the frame.

I prefer B… although I find the “drunk” women used as dumb accessories don’t add anything to the picture or the glory of the band. I am not sure about the “polaroid” tone too. The set is really nice but I would have put the band in a little more compact layout and crop tighter around them. But who am I?… In fact no.. you asked for critics and preference isn’t? :P

Ivy Pruss says:

B!!, in A there’s a distracting….what looks to be like a lamp or something in that back right corner? B’s the best!

RJB says:

B is better if you are going to put in text in the upper left and lower left, if no text is going on it, then its not so good
A is better if little or no text is going to be added.

A is better for total hot sexiness with the gal lying on her back in the foreground with her long legs and nice light separating her breast.

B is better for the guys, with more attention being focused on then due to light on their faces.

A is better because I imeaditly look at the sexy girls,,, it grabs my attention quickly and I want to stop and look at it.

B is better if you like the nice fashion look of the model, but does she really go with their style music?

matt haines says:

B. In the first one, the line of guys (and girl) in the back make a relatively static horizontal line, which is only emphasized by the girl in front, also horizontal. Whereas in B, you’ve got the horizontal vs vertical, making a more dynamic image. Also the girl in B is lit better so she has more separation from the background. In A, the girl is just a murky mess, taking up way too much space to be so invisible. And finally, for reasons I can’t quite determine, the girl in B draws the eye but then leads to the guy in back. Whereas in A that doesn’t happen, and he also looks like he’s straining to hold her up.

Puneet says:

the A has symmetry of the two girls having almost same body curve & that’s more pleasing to the eye so I go for “”””A”””””

Therese says:

B.

I like the focus on the woman in the foreground, and I just like the overall effect. The first photograph seems suggestive with a different underlying tone to it, and I prefer the message in B.

Dan says:

B

A lot of the arguments for B make a lot of sense. It does stand out more.

But I like B because I think it tells a better story. Where as A seems to be a band with a couple of unconscious girls, B asks questions. What happened to that girls friend? Why is she still awake? Is she apart of whatever happened? She looks dangerous, almost like she’s responsible.

I also love the two guys at the back wall. One lighting a cigarette the other looking off to the side. It’s like this scene is an everyday occurrence for them. They look causal and not concerned about what is happening around them… again, adding to the mystery of the story.

JAK says:

A. There is a harmony to the arrangement of elements, and I am drawn to the cowboy hats – neatly placed, strong contrast, independent guys but clearly a harmonious group. The girl in the foreground is balancing, sexy.

In B I see a woman standing, and a very busy background.

In A the band members look in control but staged for something – posed for action – ready for action. In B they look tired, the party is over. The distinction is subtle but I think its there.

A. Definately A. The picture just seems a lot more ambiguous. Love the guy in the middle standing and holding that girl.

really? says:

really?! a or b? um, they are both “blah”..i mean, look at the background, its a huge cement wall, it looks like you shot this in your “parents basement”. both images are muddy and boring and make absolutely no sense. why are their these country western characters in a concrete basement? both images are LAZY. “lets throw some antlers on the wall and a fur rug on the floor, yeah, that will set the scene”… rather than shoot in a fitting location, you just did them in the easiest place..why didn’t you do the female golf images in the basement too? becuase they would have looked stupid…like these.

someone has to tell you the truth without kissing your butt every second :-)

Chase Jarvis says:

Hey Really. If you’re trying to make a point and you’re trying to be taken seriously, you need to sign your name. Your opinions are entirely valid and are your own, but without signing your name, your credibility is entirely lost and your words carry little weight. Put it out there so people can see who you are and there will be a mutual respect that will greatly help your case.

Aliff says:

it has to be A.

B seems a lil bit familiar somewhere, A is a new, fresh idea, at least from my eyes. cheers!

Dean says:

Definitely A for me. The woman dominates the image too much in B, whilst in A she frames the image just nicely. I do however like the guy on the far left much better in B than A. Either way its very cool work.

Reka says:

B. Love the energy of that picture!

Helen says:

B… but only if you crop the girl’s head off in the foreground, then you’re eye isn’t drawn to her face and lets you look around the picture instead :0)

Dave says:

I like A just because I feel like the lady in the foreground in B distracts you from the Band

Austin Joffe says:

I would say B – with the exception of the exposed broncolor pack

jason says:

I think A is the obvious choice. It LOOKS like an album cover waiting to happen. I find the foreground girl in B distracting.

John Leonard says:

B- The story feels complete. You see the bar, one girl presumably passed out, one girl relaxing in the chair, and the foreground girl with a look of “Hey get out of here.

Also the guys on the back wall look more natural next to one another. In A the guy behind the couch is odd because you have no idea there is a bar back there. I naturally ask, “Why is that dude behind the couch when the hot chicks are in front of the couch?”

B for sure, the cover should tell a story, and B does.

Adam Stevens says:

B. although she’s really distracting. But then in A it looks like she’s trying to pitch a tent with her… bits. She’s a nice element, but I kinda loose any story with her in there. Unless she is the story. Which is why I would go with B.

James says:

I would say A. less girls more band. Subtle but sexy.

in b, they all seem to be hiding behind the girl standing. I also don’t like the girl coming from behind the guy on the left. In the middle, why is he holding the girl while sitting down?

J.Portman says:

A.

Concept is most important, and the concept between A and B is vastly different. Does B really showcase the band… or showcase the girl in front?

Maybe if the girl was in the band, I’d say put her in front just for sex appeal—but she’s a big distraction.

Jojo says:

A. The woman in the foreground of B is lovely but a bit distracting IMO.

Will Austin says:

I like elements of both but B is my fave, good to have at least one conscious woman I suppose….

Mike Young says:

OK old school rock and rollers…B kinda reminds me of the REO Speedwagon hi INfiDELITY cover…

Rafa says:

B, remember humans are another kind of animal, when you see the lady fugure standing in front, your eye goes and stays, it doesnt matter if you are men or woman, it just pulls your attention and then let your eye goes to the rest of the image, in this case the band.
What i am trying to say here is that the A image can pass and not much people stays, the B image can get a lot more attention, well, thats just my opinion in a commercial way.
My photographic eye tells me that the A image is more like in order, B image is kind of messy.
But i would go for B image, just because i think it could sell easy.
Just my 2 cents with all my respect!!!!
R

Zack Finer says:

B all the way.
The woman standing in the front just captures you right away, then pulls you into the back of the image.

Christina says:

Ok, I’m in the minority here, but for me it has to be A. I prefer the more subtle composition and I feel like there’s more of a sense of story– my mind really wants to question what role the women play in t he photo (and that’s a good thing) more than in B.

Also, visually, I love the light on the woman in the foreground, and while her wine glass remains full I don’t look at that as a mistake but rather it makes me wonder what it’s symbolizing. I also love the subtle pop of red from the chair on the right, and the way the positioning of the band members forms a triangle. It feels like more of a cinematic climax, if you will. Whereas with B, the set looks a bit too cluttered for my eye. I don’t like the way the guy who’s dead center in the frame (lead singer?) is disappearing into the dark objects behind him.

That said, there’s plenty to like about B. Chiefly, the cowboy lighting the cigarette. Love his posture in B.

Are you going to share your thoughts?

Byron says:

I like (B) most

(A) caught my attention first but after inspection I like (B) most

Jake Rohde says:

I would have to say I like B better as well. I agree with all the reasons above.

– B was the one that stood out on initial view
– I like the composition in B, it is tighter, and balanced. The lines on the wall seem straight and balanced giving the rest of the image a more balanced feel.
– Along with balance, the pairs of people work really well, AND
– Overall I think the story in B is better. You have these pairs of people, all separate, but together. All mysterious in their own way, and then the one foreground character seemingly coming from the man on the right… Is she standing there for attention from the onlooker (us) or is she fed up with what is going on with the other pairs and is thinking about leaving? There are more questions that pop into my head as I view B, and it keeps me looking. When I look at A, the story for me is… there are some people all drinking, one girl is getting ready to pass out on the couch and the other is already passed out and we have to move her now… It was a quick story, and didn’t hold me for very long. The story in B has held my attention for quite some time…

While I like the circular movement produced by A’s composition, I think the story is so much better in B… so I will have to stick with B as my choice.

Thanks,
Jake

Joel says:

Yep – agreed!

stevenmarc says:

If you’re selling the band (A) if you’re selling the girl (B)

monkfish says:

A for content. It is more selectively sparse, each character given their own space. It is ambiguous and dark whereas B is gritty and has a more unsavoury feel about what is taking place.

B is more immediately appealing, but A rewards a second and third look.

maski says:

i like the B standing girl in the A lighting enviroment….

(sorry for posting the first reply in the wrong place :s )

B. For two huge reasons. First, I do think the composition is more dynamic and catching, but more than that…

it really bothers me that the lady lying down in exhibit A is seemingly out of it but yet with it enough to keep her wine glass up-right. You can’t go back in time but I would have love to see the wine spilling to the floor or something. As it is, you can tell she’s faking.

Having said that. Dude, I love your work.

Paul Conrad says:

I would go with B because just glancing at both photos B caught my attention first. My eye can latch onto the vertical woman, which will make me stop and look at the rest. Since the album cover is part of the marketing, I would go with the one that catches the eye first. If you really like the other one put it on the back, then people can look at it more in depth while they read all the stuff on the back.

Shawn says:

A is better. B makes it look like the woman is the leader of the band.

croan says:

both are brilliant, but I have to go with b. there’s a sense of complicity about her being vertical (along with the band members) that makes for a more interesting story. also, I like it better graphically.

b

maski says:

i like the b standing girl in the a lighting enviroment….

Dilshan says:

I would go with “B”

It has good separation in space since the girl has such a pose (shape/figure) that give smooth lines to the image…

In my opinion, for a CD cover, photo “A” might be too crowed

Cheers!

tiara says:

I like B. Looks way better to me than the first one. :)

Randy F says:

B gets my vote for sure.

The girl in the foreground for A looks awkward in that position.

B has better arrangement of the band and better overall styling.

First impressions also made me choose B.

Luca Viola says:

First I was catched by B.
B looks stronger, but I had some difficulties to find the band. The girl in the front is very interesting, may be too much.

So I examinated A and I founded much more point of interest:
– the girl layed down in the front seems to underline the scene, really enjoyed it
– the man with the girl in his arms is stronger and also the girl fills his figure much better, more naturally
– the other guys are more interesting and I like the one in the extreme left, very interesting expression and posture…

So, my preferred one is A

JONNI™ says:

B. First and foremost, its a better angle.

I go For B.. it’s ruling with the woman..

B, definitely B. I love how the focus isn’t directly on the band. Though I think if you changed the angle a little so there isn’t so much plain wall space It would be even more intense.

Ron says:

A – keeps the focus on the group
B – too much emphasis on the girl

Julie says:

Which is better? My vote is neither. As a woman I find them both offensive,

Micah Taylor says:

A. B girl steals the eye and looks like the 50 foot woman.

ryan says:

I will choose Letter “A”
-its nicer to look at rather than “B” because of the woman standing..it kinda stole the the whole picture..and “A” is more appealing on a normal persons eye…

Deirdre says:

I think B is the more interesting photo. The man holding the woman looks more comfortable (and thus “cooler”). It makes me wonder a little, which is something I like to do with CD covers. It makes the band a little shadier — a little more intimidating. I don’t know a lot about copy, but it seems clear that it would be easier to fit in the important stuff on B.

It’s a CD cover, not a band photo. It doesn’t matter to me that the band isn’t the focus because they don’t need to be the focus. Most CD covers don’t feature the band at all, so why is it important that they be the focus here?

Thatcher says:

A.
It feels more about the band. “B” just feels like the emphasis is on the women but she is way under exposed so it’s confusing. Plus I like how the band is staged and posed.

hroake says:

I like “B” – compositionally I find it more interesting in a linear manner with one girl standing in the forefront as opposed to both girls horizontally….

Jesus Inclan says:

Looks like B is the best because of the woman in the foreground. Great rule of 3th. Gives space for text.

Gu says:

A is perhaps a better photograph, technically speaking.

B is better as a CD cover, because the negative space for text and the “mystery” it creates with the 3rd female.

Just my 2 pennies from across the pond.

Anonymous says:

Both are great, though for the purpose, B is probably better, since there is a nice bit of white space you can use for artist name and album name, without losing the punch of the image

Pol says:

Oops. Accidently posted as anonymous :D

David says:

Hi Chase,

both pics a great. I like very much the scenery, colors and ambience. Nevertheless both have some that for my taste don’t make them excelent.

A: It is too dark and I’m saying this with my calibrated monitors. The face of the girls gets lost. Either you brighten up the scene or sth that would come even better is to leave the head outside the frame
B: I think this picture is my favourite. But although it is very interesting the cowboy on the girls left side it is to near to her hip. I also don’t like the cutted feet. the cutted head I like

In B I also would like to see the version where you take the girl more into the foreground only showing her legs. this would create mystery and more emphasis on the cowboys. but these is not the point here.

Nevertheless this are small things which don;t need to be taken care of. So if one of them need to be chosen it would be B

A- If the photo shoot is for the band
B- if the photo shoot is for the girl standing in the foreground.

Arjay says:

I think I like ‘B’ better. The girls definitely grabs me at first, but then I find myself chasing faces around the picture. Most of the exposure in ‘A’ kind of anchors me to the one guy in the center. I guess if he was a one man band that would be ok. Yeah, ‘B’

Chris Hood says:

‘B’ would be my choice. Everyone looks more relaxed and I get a greater sense of the members personalities. I do however find the model in the foreground a little distracting. I think if her facial features were darkened even more, she would act as a better divide.

Hope this helps.

Chris :)

Colin Gillen says:

Hi everyone, between A and B, then A, in A the image is interesting and to take away the complete sinister look of the passed out girl, it is softened by the composition of the band members. ie it is complete posed and therefore not as creepy.

also in b, only because i shot a band photo similar to this but using one girl to the fore. I brought her so far forward that only her legs and body could be seen so that the band are clearly stated and the girl became a subject for the band and not viewer.

and Chase,thanks for the sharing all the great work.

Cynthia Wood says:

What’s with the ‘dead’ girl? (Why do guys always like to put dead/submissive/injured/pass-out/prone girls in their photos…?) What is the band trying to communicate about themselves via this kind of imagery? What are YOU trying to communicate about the band…?

V says:

If the girl in B was sitting down in front of the coffee table, it would be the better shot. The only thing wrong with it is how she divides off the image and the guy to her right becomes sort of invisible. A has great composition too, but it would be more attractive (to me as a woman anyway) if the women were looking as cool as the guys rather than the ‘drunk hooker’ thing, but I don’t really want to comment on the subject matter since that could very well be what you were asked for!

A is intrigueing with the ‘fallen’ girl slumped in the guy’s arms, and definitely the one to go for. I love the composition overall.

B, by far. The subject comes out from the background much better.

pindaro says:

B by far…. on a pure gut feeling.

luis says:

‘A’ stands out better IMO.

Hank James says:

I’d have to go with A over B in regards to a favorite. The model, camera right, is distracting to my eye and I have a hard time getting though her when looking at image B. It would appear that you have applied a vignetting, I’d like to see image A a little lighter in regards to vignetting. BTW, Kick Ass Images!

Jesse says:

B is much better… it looks less posed, but still composed.
A is over-produced: “Hey! we’re dramatic! get it?”

cw says:

Half-baked question, here CJ. Depends where the type goes, fonts used and all things related. One isn’t “better” than the other, as is.

B. The scenario seems stronger and more original.

hidesy says:

B – better composition, better copyspace, girls look alive ;)

Laurent says:

A. subject IS the band .. so A is better imho.

Tthe ‘B’ holds a truer album cover format with consideration of copy and sleeves opening edge. ‘A’ with the centre lead standing demands too greater deal of realestate on the image relating to the later.

Martina says:

B – the composition in A is boring, too symmetrical, no tension. Makes me yawn, ;-)

DerrenA says:

I think that “B” is the winner by a long way!!

I find that in photo “A” the man holding the girl is the main focus(key) of the shot, this is not good as it looks like he is uncomfortable holding that girl. Also the 2 guys to HIS left have the same expression as he does so it looks posed not random. The 2 guys to HIS right look random and this is ok , i kind of like the guy playing with his lighter(good point). As for the girl in the foreground she stands out last imo and i dont think this is the intent. She looks hot but only in body, i think this may be due to lack of light to her eye area. I think as a viewer she needs some eye detail.

As for photo”B” the center man is still the key but for some reason the 2nd thing to catch my eye is the girl in the front of the frame not the girl he is holding. So my eye goes from him to main frame girl then the girl he is holding. Then it wanders to the other guys in the frame, when my eye hits the guy to the main frame girls left , i notice he is looking directly at the camera. this is great as it just keeps me in the frame!!! SO then my eye wanders to the other end of the frame and boom this guy is looking directly too, but not so obvious, But this keeps me in on this side of the frame too!!!. i then see the 2 guys to his left and they both look natural, the last thing i notice is the girl laying on the guy( image left ). then my eyes do it over again and again and again.

Great shot?? Not sure?? but it does keep me interested.

Derren Ahern says:

I think that “B” is the winner by a long way!!

I find that in photo “A” the man holding the girl is the main focus(key) of the shot, this is not good as it looks like he is uncomfortable holding that girl. Also the 2 guys to HIS left have the same expression as he does so it looks posed not random. The 2 guys to HIS right look random and this is ok , i kind of like the guy playing with his lighter(good point). As for the girl in the foreground she stands out last imo and i dont think this is the intent. She looks hot but only in body, i think this may be due to lack of light to her eye area. I think as a viewer she needs some eye detail.

As for photo”B” the center man is still the key but for some reason the 2nd thing to catch my eye is the girl in the front of the frame not the girl he is holding. So my eye goes from him to main frame girl then the girl he is holding. Then it wanders to the other guys in the frame, when my eye hits the guy to the main frame girls left , i notice he is looking directly at the camera. this is great as it just keeps me in the frame!!! SO then my eye wanders to the other end of the frame and boom this guy is looking directly too, but not so obvious, But this keeps me in on this side of the frame too!!!. i then see the 2 guys to his left and they both look natural, the last thing i notice is the girl laying on the guy( image left ). then my eyes do it over again and again and again.

Great shot?? Not sure?? but it does keep me interested.

BC says:

I’d say option B. Having the lady laying down kind of distracts from the group in the background.

Steve says:

A A A for sure. B just don’t do it for a band cover

KC says:

Neither!

Picture A seems like a bad 70’s C&W band with a couple of drunk hookers.

Picture B is better, but the girls seems very out of place, with one being passed out, another hanging out with her BF and the one in the foreground about to leave the place.

julesberry says:

Yes – neither – unless its a Rohypnol advert? In which case, A.

TJK says:

B. Without a doubt.

A feels a little forced and the guy on the left looks/feels uncomfortable.

Bryan S. says:

A. With out a doubt. I jut want the lady in B to sit down. A is beautifully composed. Well done!

joao carlos says:

I prefer A , its well balanced , the band still has an edgy look but they are in Harmony , the girl is sexy but does not over power the bands image ,also in A each band member has there space\ action in the Image .

B just does not work for me , she is distracting, I don’t fell the band , it looks like it could be here album with them as back up singers .plus they are crowed in the shot . I am also not a fan off the crop of both Band member’s .

Tom Bricker says:

I like B much better. It’s a bit off balance where A looks like everyone was lined up with a protractor. I’m not sure what the guy in the background in the far left is doing in A. Making farting noises with his hands or playing with a lighter? It appears that he is lighting a cigarette in the second hanging out by the other dude, which looks a bit more natural. I also like the lighting on the faces of the two sitting on opposite ends much better in B.

sammy d says:

A. B doesn’t seem like the focus is on the band enough.

Anonymous says:

I think that “B” is the winner by a long way!!

I find that in photo “A” the man holding the girl is the main focus(key) of the shot, this is not good as it looks like he is uncomfortable holding that girl. Also the 2 guys to HIS left have the same expression as he does so it looks posed not random. The 2 guys to HIS right look random and this is ok , i kind of like the guy playing with his lighter(good point). As for the girl in the foreground she stands out last imo and i dont think this is the intent. She looks hot but only in body, i think this may be due to lack of light to her eye area. I think as a viewer she needs some eye detail.

As for photo”B” the center man is still the key but for some reason the 2nd thing to catch my eye is the girl in the front of the frame not the girl he is holding. So my eye goes from him to main frame girl then the girl he is holding. Then it wanders to the other guys in the frame, when my eye hits the guy to the main frame girls left , i notice he is looking directly at the camera. this is great as it just keeps me in the frame!!! SO then my eye wanders to the other end of the frame and boom this guy is looking directly too, but not so obvious, But this keeps me in on this side of the frame too!!!. i then see the 2 guys to his left and they both look natural, the last thing i notice is the girl laying on the guy( image left ). then my eyes do it over again and again and again.

Great shot?? Not sure?? but it does keep me interested.

greg says:

i agree – A. however B does has better copy space which is important if this is a cover. if not, I’d go with A.

jlmiller says:

Well to be brutally honest neither, but to chose one I would go with B, my question for A is what is the model to represent a drunk?
Image B is too tighly cropped (models head and the guys on the sides are too close to sides). I guess I’m trying to figure out what is the image really saying.

Terry says:

Enjoy both but gotta go with B… What draws me to B most is that I can see the faces of the band. In A some of the band is in the shadows to much and it is hard to see their faces.

Jared says:

Dude, definatly B. No question. Its a much more saucy image and I like the non symetrical look a bit more. It looks less staged. Plus I think the asian girl looks somewhat awkward holding the champaign glass in A. Great work in both though.

-Jared

adam says:

I like photo A best because the cowboy is in a stronger position holding the girl while standing, I like the bit of color the red chair brings, and it’s cool how the guys are all equal distance apart. The wine glass is a nice touch, and the pose of the girl is simply hot.

J says:

I would have to say A because it highlights the band more then the models, better balance, and the guy standing up holding the girl brings a lot of life to the band more then the models. I feel B does the opposite.

B baby B! The composition flows more; feels more like a captured glimpse…..

Jeff Field says:

I like A because it feels contrived.

Mark Weston says:

B! I like the overall composition, lighting and band member poses better in B.

Scott says:

A – the woman in the foreground is hotter :P
But really, A gives more focus to the band.

Panos says:

Definitely B!!

Fred says:

I really like B… compositionally it’s quite unique!
the model catches your attention on quick glance, leading your eyes to the rest of the band members upon closer examination.

While A is great too, I find that it doesn’t have the same wow factor as B. I’m not digging the two girls lying down in the same frame. Doesn’t seem to go together.

A,because has better composition, on B both men on the sides are cut.

taylor says:

easily b is my favorite. a seems more contrived and b more natural.

hellopaul says:

A, definitely ’cause in this photo the lady is just a background and the main subject is actually the band.

Maximilian says:

Both have me wishing you’d do a reshoot. Technically they’re great. Artistically they’re good. If the job is to sell records, I have a real problem with the concept and design of both.

But if I had to pick, well…

In photo A, the situation is ambiguous: the women could be dead, and the band could be pervy serial killers (no, the foreground wine glass doesn’t fix it).

In photo B, even though the front woman is dominating the frame, at least she isn’t running for her life. So the situation scans as stylish and harmless vogueing.

So I’d go with picture B.

Jochen Reimers says:

B !!!
The composition of B (horizontal vs. vertical elements vs. empty space) is in my opinion better than A.

A is a little bit crowded.

John Grover says:

I vote B.
Image A has a bunch of competing elements, while B has a focus on the lady and then the band. The band’s product is music, not the band’s faces…and I think the standing lady is edgier, sexier and more interesting. The lying lady looks like she is lying to “get out of the way”. Finally I like the large lady with the extra empty space around the band…enhances depth for me.

Jack Pope says:

I vote A. The figures make a perfect half circle and it looks more like a room not a studio because less wall height is shown.

Omar says:

B. definitely !!

Seth says:

‘B’ for sure. The model is more dominant at first, but leads your eye into the rest of the band very well. The band also looks more natural in this one compared to the other.

Sarah says:

I prefer B. Something just wasn’t “right” about A, not balanced or something perhaps…

Dale Reubin says:

A. Definitely! Visually stronger in my opinion.

Kierra says:

B. The focus is better condensed so it’s easier to look at.

Pic A. I like the ambiguity. Why is the lady in the foreground lying down? What has happened to the one in the man’s arms?

The composition in Pic B is crowded in comparison to A. The cover will have to accommodate some copy – group name / album title. A is better suited to the task.

Tatiana says:

A – definitely for the album cover!

B – is very interesting on it’s own, but I would ask the “model” to make an action move/pose like “Stop the Camera!” or “No pictures!” (you got the idea :-)

sandi says:

also… in b he’s like “what do i do with this chick??” whereas in A he’s like, ok lets hawk her outta here she’s done lol action men!

sandi says:

A. A A A. i think it’s already been explained. it highlights all the right things. in b the poor guy on the right is being smacked out of the picture. and all i see is girl. the bad looks like furniture in b. depends what ur going for but for an album cover A all the way.

“do it”

:P

Eileen says:

I like A better. Makes me wonder more about the story behind the photo.

Simone says:

A, because it looks more like an album cover. B is great as well but it doesn’t really fit for this need.

Haakon Eltvik says:

B

Because of th lightning on their faces. You see through the model and really dont pay so much attention to her. Like te big wall

Sean says:

B!

It looks more like something that might actually be happening in a green room. The faces are a little more visible on the band members, especially the man in the left foreground. Also… I just plain like the way it “feels”.

In A the model in the foreground looks as though she’s trying pretty hard to maintain her position. Hardly what I’d expect in a person who is drunk or at least VERY relaxed :-)

josh says:

A it’s just an easier photo to look at.

Benjer says:

B, my humble thoughts of the photo: 3 person from A seem off a little. As in not in the right place or right motion for me. (Middle guy, left-back guy, and the model lying post.)

And B catch my sight on it with the nice edge of the model and the natural cool-cowboy feeling is there! Though it’s a band, and B do characterized the band. I do admit the right-guy is felt being pushed to corner.

If it’s for cover use, definitely B is chosen. Well, the title or any text could easily shift in the top and bottom. (I see no space in A.)

Barbu says:

Even if the B pic is nicer, I have to say that it’d be forced if put on the LP cover.
My vote goes to the real picture of the band, A!

James says:

A
because it feels more like an album cover and leaves some space for a title

I think the other one is slightly better image if it were a fashion or advertising piece but considering the use is an album cover I would go with A

I think both have good qualities but the problem with B is that the model isnt doing anything that striking and the guy in the background to the left isnt doing anything of value in A. Overall I think B is the stronger image even though it seemingly distracts from the band at first.

i like

B

more, cuz of the subjects clarity, i feel more lost in A

GLEN SCOLAN says:

définitivement la A

Stuff says:

B!!

tv says:

A: Because It’s about the band. Picture focus is targeting to the main person and it’s more harmoious. I like it.

Saranyab says:

definitely “A” – in B, the woman in the foreground is kinda distracting me from the rest of the pix…

Jermayn says:

has to b “A” its lot easier on the eye, the girl becomes an obstruction in “B” so “A” get my vote…Great Shot

Linda says:

A. The position of the woman leads me on a circular journey around the entire photo (a couple of times). In photo B the standing woman stops me from exploring the rest of the photo.

STARKE says:

Definitely A.. although the highlight should be mainly on the band.. I feel the over all mood seems to fit the posture of the models and band members in A, whether or not they are too dark. I also like how the models correlate much better in A than they do in B… overall B feels like a “really cool” snap shot from a party where as A has a concept or thought behind it.. that gives you a sinister almost evil feeling.. which I enjoy very much.

Tiny says:

B is the way I see it. Even though the model in the foreground is what draws my attention to the image first, I start to see right through the her and focus on what the band members are doing. It is like someone has opened the front door and you see your host and then everyone else is now in focus because we are directing it to the background.

In image A, all I want to do is focus on the hot chick in the front and all the guys are checking to see if your looking at her chest. LOL! But its true! In the end I forget to see the band and the girl in the arm of the man standing. Plus in the faces on some of the band members are too dark to recognize. I think if I were on a cd I want to be recognized as well as the other band members.

Anyhow that is my story and I am sticking to it!

Ken says:

Tiny nailed it!! B all the way and for the very reasons listed.

I had to go back and notice that A even had someone holding her. I too just looked right past her standing in B and immediately took in the band. Plus I did not notice the faces of half of them in A.

Finally, the white sofa is more subdued in B and does not draw me right away the the brightness.

claire says:

A, because the photo should highlight the band, not the models. Also, I like the symmetry of the men.

As an image, I think B would be better if the two members of the band weren’t clipped on the edges. The square frame doesn’t work for me with B’s composition.

Charlie says:

A.

I agree with Claire, the eye is drawn in to the man holding the woman and then the other band members, although the far left man’s face is more lit/visible in B…
(Love the dark moodiness…)

azrull says:

B !

Stu Warner says:

I prefer B by far. The man holding the lady in the A shot looks stiff and contrived and the B photo looks more real. To me, B is much stronger.

Anonymous says:

I think b is way better because

I like B better.

I like the way the man is holding the woman in A better but I find that yellow dot off to the right, the lamp it looks like to be too distracting plus you can’t see the artists’ faces, it makes them look creepy dressed in all black with women lying around looking passed out or dead.

I like be because you can see their faces better and there is more interaction going on between the band members and the models but I don’t care for the way the model in front has her left leg locked and for how the man is holding the woman, they look very unnatural.

Chase, I usually love your work but honestly over all I think both of these images a really busy and do not look natural and don’t do much but confuse me, plus the darkness of it all really gives me feel of a group of rich faceless southerners trapped self indulgent loneliness rather than a group of creative musicians.

Artemus says:

A. due to the triangle composition

in B. the girl just looks in the way, it doesnt make me want to look at the rest of the picture, just her

I’m going to say “A” even tho I love both shots. I love A because it pulls me in more with the posing and I love the symmetry of it all.

Kelly Hayner says:

i love both of these shots, very much enjoyed watching you take these shots and do the post production,, huge fan of yours… while i love A… it has balance, story , and leads the eye to the lead singer,, and who Doesn’t LOVE the girl laying down in front, with that lighting.. i have to give my vote on B, it to me, has much more eye lead, with the band as the focus, even if indirectly . i love the girl in front, its excellent in comp.. the balance is incredible.. and i love how each guy is looking.. in this one you see her first,, and then automatically are drawn to each and every band member, it flows great that way , and i love the pictures on the wall balanced by the two on the left .. definitely this has more power to me~

Jay says:

B has more obvious space for text/titles/etc.

Morgana says:

B. Better shots of the band.

ttsteve says:

I’ll go for B tho.
Nice Lighting & Composition. :)

Bill Eger says:

A is a dynamic and engaging photograph. B is an incomplete image that might invoke a question about the foreground woman but that alone disqualifies it as a composed image, complete in itself.

Who the folks in the photograph are is insignificant. They could be an act waiting for their turn on stage or a group of relatives waiting to be called in to their grand-mother’s funeral. They are not individually engaged with the full set of the room but anyone who takes a moment to really look at it — see it! — quickly must determine it is a room filled with self indulgent folks amusing themselves while waiting for we know not what. But we do want to buy the album and find out!

JCK1020 says:

I like B, the one where she is standing up.
I just think that it looks better than A. In A, I don’t like how she is sitting down, mostly because of the way her dress falls on her upper torso area. It just doesnt look good….

James says:

A is better, because it has more interesting composition and balance. It is also better processed: it looks like B could use a bit of exposure/vignette tweaking to look more like A.

It depends, however, on your target audience, and what this is for. A is more male-oriented, and risqué whereas B is more about the figure in the foreground, and everybody having a good time. There is more of a female/male balance there.

In conclusion, I prefer A because it is darker, more interesting, and a better execution of an image overall. However, for some uses, B is preferable. Thanks for this post, it’s interesting, and I’d love to see more live on the internet photo shoots.

Vinh Nguyen says:

>>>B<<< one girl laying and one standing makes the picture more dynamic

Antonio Caldeira says:

Call me square but I definitely go for the B.
In the A the girl in the first plan seems to be on awkward position somewhat unbalanced.
I also dislike the excessive poised position of the wine glass…
But that’s just my five cents.

Keep up the good work and thank you again for sharing.
Antonio

For me A works best as an album cover,it leads the eye to the band where as B tends to focus on the model in the foreground an remain there.

David says:

I like B for one main reason. A its like “here is a pic of a guys holding a woman in a crowded room” where as B is “here is a photo of a group of people and one guy just happens to have what could be a dead girl across his lap”. Which over all is more disturbing and odd because its just like “oh here is steve, don’t mind the dead body” haha

Dale Herbert says:

Knee Jerk Reaction is B

I felt distracted by the woman in the foreground. The vertical woman also adds contrast to the horizontal in the background which also draws attention to the main body of the work. The vertical woman is of interest but does not take away from the main subject.

Just my immediate thoughts.

Man I love your work.

Dale

Sandy says:

B. I prefer only one horizontal line in B vs. the two created by the two women in A. And totally agree with Tania on commentary on A.

Mark says:

Definately B, stands out more. Guys are doing someting. But it also feels as if the woman in the foreground is the bandleader. If so, then B works great.

anthony says:

B for sure. More dynamic composition and framing.

John Walford, Art Historian & Photographer says:

“B” – by a long shot. There is power in the single vertical foreground figure, juxtaposed with the long, low horizontal line of men behind, and the intended juxtaposition of reclining female of fore- and background in “A” does not work nearly as well on a formal level, neither expressively either – it’s overkill.

pedro says:

I like B. Your eyes go straight to the lady in the foreground and take to the rest of the members of the band. Once you start looking at each of these, their poses and attitudes are more interesting: the guy carrying the lady in the middle looks better sitting (meaner and weirder), the guy on the left with the girl leaning on his side, the two guys in the background lighting a smoke and holding a drink also contribute to the weirdness of the scene

Matt Roth says:

B for me. The models are what makes these images interesting. …and rightfully so. That’s what they do for a living. Album covers never really need to show off the band. Focusing on the visually “literal” aspect of an album cover by choosing the photo that best shows off the band, I think, misses the point of an album cover like this. Those dudes are just elements in the photos. It’s the models, man! They’re making this photo sing. So, for me, bigger is better.

Jeremy says:

I like A better. Although I feel the exposure could be bumped up a third stop. The foreground model is in a more flattering pose and is not overpowering the composition.

In B it looks like the shot is of the foreground model and there just happens to be an alt/punk country band in the background. If she [foreground] were a bit out of focus it think it could have worked better.

Jeremy says:

I would also like to add that I like the way that all the elements in shot A sort of form a circle that fills out the square-like frame. I feel that this is a better use of the space vs B. It has much better symmetry.

I think shot B’s asymmetry would work better with landscape dimensions.

Grete says:

BBBBBBBBBBBBB – definitelyyyyyyy……..
Why? Because B has more contrast. There is the open space vs. the groups of people. There is the distinct vertical/horizontal. There is the space between foreground/background. There is more rhythm and pattern (three sets of women’s legs). There is the repetition of the square photo with the two squares on the background wall. There is the curves of the woman’s body just touching the squares of the background photos. There is…..there is….chose B, please…..

Mike says:

A has much better composition, lives more space for eyes. it’s just simply better. Don’t like cropping in B, in square framing it’s very tricky in not always work well, for sure don’t work in this case.

Andrew says:

A for sure! Way more interesting to look at. The lighting draws your eye back to the band.

Buzzregog says:

B does not look quite so staged as A
Lighting on the faces is more interesting in B also.

Stephen says:

A because the photo is about the band, not the model in photo B.

B Leave God space for Some Strong Copy – B is the Only Choice

Bojoura says:

I fear neither, just because I really don’t like the way the women are portrayed in these picts and what it says about the men surrounding them. It feels off and disturbing. Love your work, but I wonder what story and message you want to tell with these picts. So a no go for me. The mood (color, light, compo) I like most in B, lose the woman in the middle lying over his lap like a dead fish (sorry) and you’ve got a winner…)

Stephanie K says:

Definitely B. It is more subtle and sophisticated. In A the circular distribution of the people feels too pat and the cowboy holding the girl too obvious (hey look at me kinda thing) I like that the composition in A encourages your eye to explore the image and discover the band. Also the feeling of casual indifference by the band members rings more true in version B.

SophieM says:

B – woman laying down in front on A blends in with the rest of the composition so there is nothing to really focus on – in B you see the people in background as a group after you focus on the woman in foreground

Nick says:

Would those of you making a stink about the message of “objectifying woman” just relax? He didn’t ask about your opinions on the message, he wants to know which of two images you like better. Besides, you don’t know what the message behind it really is. Judging by the look of the band, I’m guessing they’re going for that badass feel anyway.

That being said, I like “A” a lot better. My eyes always go to the woman’s face in “B” but my eyes always go to the leading man in “A.” And in “A,” the pyramid shape created by the band members (tallest figure in the middle and shorter subjects to the sides) looks cleaner to me. Both fantastic images, though.

TimK says:

B.

A = looks like there are dead hookers everywhere.

RNS says:

I Vote For B !!! It is a bit more mystifying -I like having to look around for the Band-it is very clear who they are and very sexy at the same time-I think it will connect with the audience better than- A- looking at A I sort of wonder if they are cowboy hunters with their dead wounded prey??

Jeffrey says:

I’m going with B.

I read through a lot of the comments, but not all, so this might have been covered: ‘B’ had the immediate impact on me, and thinking about it, it has two horizontal lines, the girl and the band/couch, both baiscally on horizontal “rule of thirds” lines. ‘A’ ads punch with the vertical line, and makes my eye wander more, picking up the band.

Greg says:

Yes, B. I never get past the woman in A.

Joyce says:

What? Neither! This is a joke or test or something right? Sorry, if it’s not, but I’m just being honest. I don’t know who your target audience is, but as a woman I don’t find the images appealing or sexy at all. A I think is just ridiculous and in B the woman in the foreground is too prominent and distracting.

rexichic says:

I kind of agree with Tania re: the women on this one… passed out? drugged? A little strange. As far as album covers go, I would still vote for A. If it’s about the band, A has a stronger display of the key players. If it were for an advertisement or something, B has the best composition.

planet617 says:

I like B best. A cut the image in half with the model horizontal. It breaks the composition up and you kind of search around and the foreground is not interesting.

B with the modeling framing the side draws the eye in and the pose is strong and “rock and roll” if you will.

Nice work!

planet617

Ed Weaver says:

I like A better. The women in image B is so predominate that it’s difficult to look past her.

Bryan Lynch says:

B is the stronger image for the intended usage.

Although the foreground lady figure in B is actually a larger element than in A, it is not as distracting. The lighting in B effectively de-emphasizes the standing lady while leading your eye through the -story?- taking place behind her.

In the A image, the focal point jumps the the woman’s rather, um, “perky” torso. Perhaps a little more dodge & burn might even make this the better photo, but as is, I think its clearly B.

jerome terrible says:

b. for sure. more ladies. more light. illuminated antlers. less posing. …nice legs.

Kevin Roche says:

In terms of the image, I like A better… However, it’s more about the woman than the band… IMO, she becomes the “story” or narrative, not the band… Unless she’s the lead singer, I’d go with B… Tania does have a point about it being “dark”… kinda different for you… dig your stuff Chase!

Steve says:

I love A as an image, especially the dude in the back left corner… I’m like what is he looking at??? Everyone else is entranced by the camera and he’s got something way cooler going on in his hands. But then B would / may win as an album cover as there is more space for text in the top left corner. Both are awesome.

Britt says:

B.
The girls arm in photo A around his shoulder looks funny

Trevin says:

I prefer A. While B has a bolder statement with the woman in the foreground, it takes away from the prominence of the band.

Cory says:

What he said, definitely A.

I vote for B as well. The two unidentifiable pictures hanging on the wall balanced by the two guys standing next to them, and the barely noticeable third woman on the right, give B the edge.

Sandy Baum says:

Chase,
I vote for “B” because I find more going on. In “A”, the guys appear more static, no activity…just posing, while in “B” they got some needed help from the ladies. In “A” you eye travels back and forth between the the chest of the lady lying prone and Brent standing and holding the passed out female. In “B”, I think the focus is on the guys and gals in the background, even with the shapely lady in the foreground more as as if she is framing the rest of the pix. And then you have motion with the guy lighting his cigarette.
I enjoyed the live shoot when you did this originally.
Thank you for opening your activities to us fellow photogs. I follow your shenanigans from south of the border, from where I live in San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico.
Sandy Baum

Tania says:

I love your work, but I have to say neither for this vote.
B is more interesting / stronger composition, but both are disturbing, objectify women and A especially looks like a scene of sexual violence. Is the woman in the background passed out? Dead? Yikes.

M.D. Welch says:

In the digital age of buying music, the cover art is not as important as it used to be. So I go with A, because it is more about the band.

But if this is 1995, and I am in Tower records with a $20 burning a hole in my wallet, then B is going to cause me to pull this CD out of the bin and take a look.

Great photos either way. I know they look much better in print than they do on my cheap LCD screen at work.

M.D.

Brett says:

I like A because of the circular grouping for vinyl, but B has the extra space for text if there is any and reveals more face on band. B also has sort of a classic rock-n-roll feel with the woman’s body position. But I’m trying to visualize the whole record covered with the photo. I dunno, I guess it depends on how it looks round and what they want. I like both images though. Screw it. “B”

Conroy says:

Chase I love your work and your work ethic. You are continually bringing much needed street cred to a struggling industry/profession. Props… and thank you.

As for A or B. I find both options painfully forced and posed. Un-Chaselike. I can feel the tension on the set as you’re asking guys who aren’t models to be natural and not posed… but it’s not working. I want to add a motion blur or something to give some dynamic to the awkwardness. The models add an element of editorial, but too painstakingly placed. B is better for this reason. I’d crop horizontally just above the picture frames and just below the carpet. A, looks like a clock face with a contrived pose at every 7.5 minutes.

Paul says:

B would probably sell more albums, draws more attention than A. Do you pick what would sell more or what you like more? Probably in most cases unfortunately what would sell!

Matt says:

A

A is a more ‘complete’ scenario. The horizontal lady in the foreground frames the arched line of the band members in the background very well. It adds a more complex dynamic to the picture. B has dead space in the foreground (floor) and background (wall). Also, the standing woman in B breaks the cohesiveness of the band.

Trey says:

B. Most definitely B. seems soo much more even in terms of whats going on… as we all know the female form sells… given a choice .. id pick the package with more “form” on it

Jesse says:

B. I think they both get your eye drawn to the band. But in A, the forground seems too empty and not very interesting, which brings the band down a bit. B has a much stronger all-round draw to it. You’re clearly draw to the band in the back, but also renforced by the interesting forground.

Luis Ruiz says:

it is a tie…. i love them both!!!!

Cole says:

Depends on what you’re selling. A seems more active (kick ass sounds), B more passive (laid back). My vote would be for A

Phil Steele says:

B is the more interesting and compelling photo, but unless the girl is the leader of the band, it perhaps gives her too much emphasis for a group album cover.

AJ Giron says:

I choose A. In B, the girl in the foreground is too distracting. Even though in A the girl in the foreground is distracting – for minor reasons – it isn’t as distracting. I like the band member holding the girl. It draws my attention.

France Freeman says:

“B” The composition is strong, the scene is cool and each band member’s image works individually as well as collectively. The more I look at A, the more the girls seem to distract, and the more awkward and secondary the band members looks. Yeah, definitely B in my opinion.
Cool stuff Chase! Thanks for sharing.

Mitch R says:

I like B, primarily because the shadows do not completely obscure the band members faces. On my monitor, most of the band member’s faces are completely dark.

Phil Grant says:

I prefer A as an album cover but like B better as a photo. To me, the band is the subject of A, maybe not so much in B. The girl in B is a little overpowering for an album, unless she is the lead singer as stated in other comments. I also like the deer antlers in B, to me it just adds something to the otherwise bare, but interesting because of the lines of the concrete wall.

Ken says:

B – Better composed, and just has that feel that you just rolled up on this band… sort of caught them in what seems a less posed and more realistic scene. Overall it just tells a better story. Your exposure on the band is spot on, pulls my eye to the guy on the couch first, then allows my mind to wander around the band/scene. Others have mentioned being drawn to the model in the front, but she is underexposed just enough to not bother my eye. Well done!

Alex says:

A gets my vote – way more provocative. I want to know what’s going on. And why I wasn’t invited to this shoot ;)

Dan Kaufman says:

A. the composition is like open arms leading me, welcoming me, in to the scene.

on B however I feel stopped and focused on the girl. not a bad thing of course. but the story is all about the band. right?

A its like if you opened the door in a bad moment, jeje

A !!! It has a darker mood and more interesting, B it’s a great photo, but you can see that everyone is posing..

Mark Duplessis says:

I vote A.

The focus on B seems to be more so on the girl.

In A the focus is more so on the band. Also her body being horizontal seems to compliment the second woman in the photo as well.

Becky says:

I agree with Darlene. Awesome shots but sort of objectifies women. If that’s your intent, very successful. It would be interesting to know what the client thinks

I vote A because the girl in B is way to distracting because it looks like the main focus is on her and not so much on the band.

Al Del Degan says:

I prefer B for a few reasons. I think the woman lying down in A is distracting and she does not look like she belongs there. Also the guy in B is sitting on the couch with the girl in his lap which looks a lot better than him in A looking like he is carrying a recently deceased body. Thirdly the guy in A in the top left looks like he is missing a leg and staring at a grasshopper he has trapped in his hands where as in B it is much clearer that he is lighting a smoke. Finally I like the addition of the third girl in B to break up the sausage fest LOL.

I prefer photo B. Photo A has the women looking sort of lifeless and especially the one in the backgroud carried by the guy, it just does something to me thats not positive

For photo B, the girls look more ‘alive’ and they look like they are comfortable and having fun (the girl in the mid-groud leaning on the man especially)…I think this one will be more accepted by the general public and to me its very appealing…

thats my honest opinion tho

+]

mike bernardo says:

A. The composition seems more symetrical to me.

The girl up front feels like she is the stage which pulls the viewer into focusing into the other people.

Dylan Haley says:

I like B. Look, I agree with the focus of the band with regards to A, but hold the images back and B just feels better, the members are more identifiable, more even light, natural background. And I like how the harmonica player tilts his head into the light.

Really, when you get down to two images like this, let the graphic layout decide. However, if you ask me (and you did) B. Thanks Chase.

A. It gives room for text. I also like how the girl is laying down in that provocative pose. It’s “inviting.”

Fizzah says:

I vote for B. I think it is more eye-catching.

Rex J. Crystal says:

A – focus is more on the band… also, there is clearer story with A

Felipe L.B. says:

B – The faces of the band appear more visibly and woman in front draws more attention.

Andy says:

I prefer A because the focus seems to be more on the band. I do like the composition of the band members in B a little better, but for an album cover I think A works better

Nick says:

My question is this – what does the band or you as the artist want to accomplish with this album image. They both are good for different reasons. If the goal was to focus on the band and then clearly A if the focus was a different message (depending on the themes of the tracks) possibly B.

Personally If I was going to just pick what I liked better probably A. When I look at them it feels like you get a bit more depth then B.

JKAbe says:

I like A better. The lady in B seems to take too much away from the band. It’s too distracting. Also I think holding the other woman sitting on the couch looks awkward. I think maybe a composite of A & B. I think the 2 guys on the left and right sitting down look a lot better in B. The 3rd girl adds a nice touch and you can see their faces better.

Nicole says:

Chase, both pics are great, but sadly both treat women as objects. Disappointing.

Louis Amore says:

A by far, composition is far stronger

Lokendra says:

ofcourse A. again the main focus is the band. In B the subject seems to be the girl with her beautiful legs. for a music album A appears much suitable to me.

Ingrid says:

I like B. Composition wise I prefer the lady standing, and I like how on B the guy on the extreme left has his arm slightly cut of. And the guy on extreme right is looking up with face in a little more light. And I like the two guys standing together in the back. Plus you can see the paintings on the wall which adds another dimension to the composition. Yes definitely love B. =)

Aaron says:

I love both but I’m going to pick “A”, due to the semicurcular composition overall. I agree with whoever said the guy on the right looks cut off from the rest of the image in “B.” Though it’s crucial to give attention to the composition at the edges of the frame, I feel backing out a bit would’ve given the right edge of “B” a little more breathing room instead of giving buddy on the right over there claustrophobia.

That said, both shots are expertly (and, from what I can tell, minimally) lit and the overall feel is super grungy. Love it!

Nichoals Antonie says:

A. Both pics are very cool but,…Brent Amaker does not need to be sitting down on any album cover…..it’s just not in the cards! AAAAAAAAAAAA for certain!!!! keep the other for your mother!

Clay Anthony says:

Yea, put my checkmark in the “A” box as well, although it’s a damn hard pick. Both great shots!

Tristan Shea says:

B – I prefer the composition. The band stands out and the models appear to be more disassociated from the band but more integrated into the scene than they are in shoot A.

Just my thoughts.

Hands down love B, but for a band…A has to be the choice.

Chris Giles says:

I’d like B if the foreground woman’s head was cut off and just her body was showing. I like how her body is splitting the scene but showing her face gives her identity as if she is part of the band. As it’s shot that not possible with your square crop.

I have to go for A for this purpose because it puts more emphasis on the band.

Graham says:

A is the better band shot, though both suffer from the “Lead vocalist” syndrome, since the woman in the foreground in each is so much bigger than everyone else!

The visual repetition is great in A, and you also don’t have the problem of cutting that one guy in the band off from everyone else, like you do in B (that guy to the right, next to her hand).

I think they both need a touch more contrast – I get the low-contrasty feel of the shoot, but the blacks are killing me :)

Mart says:

I prefer ‘B’, both as a stand alone image and as a record sleeve. It has a stronger composition in my view and two natural areas for copy overlay when considering the graphic design implications.

I can see the argument for ‘A’ as I agree it has a pleasing arrangement of the band members. But with the two girls in a horizontal position it makes the layout busier and somehow doesn’t come across as natural as ‘B’ to my eye.

Great styling, great set, love the colour palette, superb shots.

michael says:

I like A
It is a bit more interesting and shows the band a little better.
Mike

I do like both, but I agree with Andrea. ‘A’ would be the best choice for band-use and ‘B’ for the purpose of just being a good photograph.
If I had seen B on a cover, I’d think that the lady was the lead vocal or something. Good work Chase!

– Marius

Andrea Lypka says:

I vote for A because your main focus is the band. In B the focus is on the girl. Both shots are cool though!

debby says:

definitely A
better balance

Ben Madden says:

Photo ‘A’ for the cover – it’s about the band.

Randal C. Jaffe says:

I like A better because I find my eye constantly drawn to the model standing in B rather than wondering around the picture focusing on the different parts.

Ricky says:

I liked the A better because in B the girl in foreground is too dominating in my opinion.

newswede says:

B. More to focus on. Better lighting & shadow use.

dhani says:

A……more attention on the band members

Mark W says:

I like B – The man standing with the girl looks awkward to me, it’s all I can focus on, I feel like my eye moves through B a lot better, it feels more natural. The girl is up front, but she is in the shadows, which for me, draws even more attention to the band members. The contrast of the light faces to the black clothing is also much more prevalent in B.

Clement says:

For me it is A with the foreground lady laying down.

Sanjeev Nair says:

A has a bit too symmetric and B a slight clutter…I go with A for now :)

Corey says:

great shots as always but i like a mix of both, like B for placement of models, & A for lighting of band members a little darker shadows and contrast adds a little mystery … a little cooler ;)

but since the question is which and not what i’d have to go with B
yup B, final answer

Reinhard says:

With the beautiful girl in the foreground, who cares for the guys … ;-)

Dan says:

I would vote for B, something about the composition with the woman in the front. It seems to pull the viewer into the picture more and the back wall is lit more, which might be helping as well. — Nice Shots

AndyRazz says:

I’ve read a couple of pages of comments and can see the consensus there is leaning fairly strongly towards B, but there I feel the standing woman is in the way because she’s not *feeling* anything – to me she’s a mildly irritating prop.
I’ll pay Shawn Smith’s comment “seriously strong font on the left hand side” – I can see it working like that, but as an image..

I like A best for the greater sense of drama – there’s something really happening; not just a slightly weird party interrupted.

Guillem says:

It is a B for me, very nice color!

David Kelly says:

Of the two I prefer A but I guess it depends what you are wanting the focal point to be each image. Assuming it’s the band (!) then B doesn’t seem suitable to me as the band have become ‘fragmented’ and are not a complete unit. With the position of the girl in the foreground she now acts a natural barrier as to where the photo should finished / framed. The band member to her right effectively seems isolated / broken off from the other members who are all framed to the left of the girl. With her relative size / perspective positioning in the frame, she also becomes too dominant and the focus of the image. Are the band meant to be supplementary to her or vice versa?

Image A works better for me because in this instance although the girl is again dominant in the foreground, her body position is such that she frames off the band members into a single area and helps lead the eye to them. Effectively she splits the images into 2 parts – bottom 1/3 is image #1 – her, top 2/3 is image #2 – the band, who are now are a cohesive unit and not split as with image B. They eye can wonder freely between the two images which work well together.
(However I would like to see all of the band members faces more clearly in image A. They can all be clearly seen in B but in A some members are heavily in shadow – but maybe that’s the look you’re going for!)

I looked at both and was drawn to B. The image is much more dynamic and edgy. The composition is unconventional. The woman in the foreground is a strong element and creates an unsettling feeling due to her size in relation to the band and the fact that her head draws the eye out of the image. But the image has grabbed my interest and when my eyes move back into the picture I meets a blank space of concrete. This forces me to look down to examine the band itself and by this time the foreground has become secondary.
In Image A the woman in the foreground continues to be a strong element and distracting me from the band. Anyway if I am a traditionalist then I have probably moved on already. If I am into something more challenging then either image will hold my interest.
The target market for this band is not Brittany Spears fans.The image should not be “pretty,” the band is alt/punk country not soft pop. Image B grabs me immediately and holds me, image A is good, but I like B better. It also make me curious enough to want to hear their music, is there a sample?

Shawn Smith says:

Chase, I’ll pick B also.

Reason: Thinking about the rest of the artwork that maybe placed onto the image. A seriously strong font on the left hand side which will balance the image really well.

Benedikt says:

A, because:
* more focus on the band (band as a group in one line, standing model in B is separating band member to the right)
* more interesting (raising questions like: What is happening/has happened to the woman in his arms? Did he do sth. to her? Where is he bringing her? Is good or bad?) This is also supported by the fact that he is standing and thus takes a more active role in A than sitting in B.
* imho a better composition: in B the two women (sitting on the left, standing on the right) are too distracting and imho a bit corny (“just” placing some beautiful women in the picture, no offence).

Just my 2 cents.

Jason char says:

A is an alcohol commercial,
B is more like the thing you want, coss the bond between the band is (more?) present in the image.
Remember that the greatest disk covers in history were not substituted to composition rules.

p.s. Get this lady something to eat.

Steve says:

I prefer B. While it is true that the woman in the foreground takes up a lot of real estate that gives it a more voyeuristic feel, like you are peeking into a party that perhaps you weren’t invited to. The first shot seems a little too contrived for my taste.

Phong says:

B. Composition. Awesome works

dan says:

Today I like B because it appeals to me as more dynamic. Tomorrow, I may prefer A’s symmetry. But I suspect B will always have an edge, because A will always have a note of “country-punk frat-party crime scene” to me. Now if that’s the name of the album, you nailed the creative brief, but I’m guessing otherwise…

Alick says:

I’d go with B. Prefer the composition generally but it also lends itself better to the addition of text in the top left or bottom left IMO

Jesús says:

I prefer B. The composition is more dinamic.

Camryn says:

B…Edi Held said it best!!!

Daniel says:

I prefer A. BEST!!!

Andy says:

Indecision is the key to flexibility, however as this post shows sometimes you want a little bit of help when it comes to making up your mind.

Based on this a friend and rather fine photographer set up a Flickr group a while ago. You post two pics to the group and other members comment on their preference, giving constructive reasons why. It was an attempt to get away from the “great photo dude” aspect of Flickr that sometimes misses the opportunity to get and give some really constructive feedback.

Check it out here.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/923137@N24/

For what it’s worth, I prefer A. I like the intrigue generated by the guy in the center carrying the lady towards the front of the image, is he going to lay her down beside the lady already seemly passed out in the foreground. Just seems to be more of a story going on in this one.

That said I prefer the interaction of the 2 guys in the background of B.

RichardP says:

Honesly Chase- I dont like either of them. If this is suppose to be a photo of a band- its not working. I dont feel a connection with the members as a group. I think they are situated too far back in the photo. And without knowing what the connection is- album name or album theme with the band and the female props- i just dont get it. Sorry dude!

Tom Smalling says:

I like B better, it seems more natural.

CB says:

*B*
I already forgot about A

Frank says:

I think without question B is the better picture overall, actually it’s quite magnificent and dynamic.

Steven says:

i like A

marcus grip says:

Depends on what feeling you want to have. A feels more masculine dominant since both of the girls seems to be weak,in pain or dead. B is easier for MY eyes to catch attention to because of the girl and the structure of the picture makes it easier to watch and keep looking at. B is also showing that the lady is dominant because she is big(not physically), takes much space on the picture and is in the foreground.

I would say B in my opinion.

I definitely like A better. B is just way too busy and cluttered. In picture A everything is kind of framing the woman held by the guy. In picture B the guy looks almost like a floating head because his clothes and hat are bleeding in the dark furniture.

moritz says:

I prefer B:

– The composition is better with the vertical element of the foreground lady
– The band is more “embedded” instead of just being arranged on a backdrop with some props
– I like the fact that in B the two ladies serve different, um, “purposes” at the same time: one is a prop and the other one is part of the set. Their different roles add mystery

I like the B photo

James says:

I’d say B because the perspective makes me feel like I’m a part of what’s going on. While the perspective in A makes me feel like I’ve just walked in on them.

Gabor Baksa says:

I love ‘B’. Great job.

Otto says:

A, I like how your eye follows on from the girl to the
band at the background! A has more to look at than B, in my
opinion anyway…

Matt Bostock says:

Definitely A, the framing is excellent and really draws you in to the image. B focuses too much on the lady in the foreground.

Cheers,
Matt

Edi Held says:

I think that “B” is the better picture, i was more attracted to it when I first saw the two shots. I like the composition way better and it just feels(!) much more like a complete picture. I like how you can see the two pictures and the other stuff in the background and how the back wall is brighter. Also, the faces of the band members are brigher. (I think, “A” is a bit to dark overall.)
But I think that the foreground lady is too important in “B”. The band’s role in “B” is alot less important than in “A”, at least when you first look at it.
Nevertheless, I would clearly choose “B”. Perhaps you can make the foreground lady a bit darker, so she’s just a little less important. “B” is a great image!

Is there any chance of watching the live-shooting and -post production these days? Unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch it back then, because I live in Europe and have a bad internet connection at home.
It would be great if there was a chance (preferably free) to watch all of those chasejarvis-live shows after the live stream. Thanks

Tauno says:

I like B. Yes on B girl draws attention but it is right now working quite good as a detail which directs eye into the background. On a A the girl is compositionally distracting. I would prefer A if the foreground composition would have been thought through better. Right now best take I have is that she has had too much to drink that she is unable to stand, too simple conclusion for such a nice amtmosphere and lighting work. On a B I get the idea that something is going on but what exactly remains mystery, why the background girl is laying right that? What role does the foreground girl play there? Hmm interesting guys too, who are they? What is going on???
:)

Michal Fanta says:

Hi Chase,

the photos are both awesome! But my choice is photo A because it feels like it is more about the band than it is about the girls.

Cheers!

Michal Fanta

Andre says:

I like B better, because the standing girl gives an additional (vertical) dimension and some kind of additional framing to the pic. But actually I like both.

Pj says:

A because your attention is too much on the girl and not enough on the band in B

Joeri says:

I like A better, i feel that the girl in B draws too much attention, and “blocks” my view of the background.

p says:

I like A, because it remembers me the renaissance pictures.

Emilio Zuniga says:

I like “B” better.

Keith says:

- B –

B has an three hot chicks instead of two.

A creeped me out a bit, as others have said.

Risto says:

B is better to album cover. There is more free space to text stuff.

Peter says:

Both work the womanl well in the foreground, but B is better for the background. The guys in the background in A look unnaturally placed in the frame — as if for a photo. B is more organic. And, the pose of the woman is great in both, but I’m not feeling the champagne, even for contrast. A is a great shot of her and I like it alot, but I’m going with B again for the overall feel when you’re not studying it, but just looking and feeling.
.

Peter Hand says:

A. I like the composition better. Image to me is sexier, and displays band better. Foreground women in A is apparent but doesn’t distract you from the rest of the photo(able too look past her to see entire scene, more pleasing to the eyes) Foreground women in B is to distracting and dissects image to much.

Tim says:

A. It has a strange rhythmic quality to it. It was mentioned before, but it is nice how the eye moves around this image. It also has a nice geometric feel as well.

B has a little too much visual tension for my liking, but is still a fantastic image.

Paul G says:

B is better to me. Lighting is better and I don’t like the woman lying down in front of A. I like the dude lighting up in the back of B and the lighter image of dude on the left of picture. Can’t see him well in pic A. I think the woman in B has a little too much presence in the photo but overall I like it the best

I disagree and go for A, in my opinion de lady standing in front (B) drags to much attention to her, in A she’s subtle there, and the main character holds the power, both are believable for me. But I think A is more subtle. So I go A.

James says:

B is a bit static, a shot that is almost there but not quite, my eye wanders unsettled, the chap far left will feel a little left out like a neglected prop . A has great movement and is nice and fluid or the eye to rove around, a much more powerful image, very very well put together.

Frank says:

A!
Low-key lighting on the faces of the band gives it a nice, obscure touch. More balanced composition than B.

Tok says:

It’s definitely picture A. It draws the viewer in the picture and allows to take notice of the guys in the background – something that does not happen for me in picture B.

Cheers

tok

Tim says:

What a mixed bag of responses. Interesting. For me A is the image. And for the same reason that many have given – I find the woman standing at the front of shot distracting. From my iPhone it’s hard the judge the subtleties of the lighting etc so I commenting on initial appeal – which is probably the best approach anyway.

Jay Jay says:

B!!! The girl at photo A serves more of a distraction for me.. I mean it does not go with the flow as compared to B. :D

Scott says:

A totally. the standing woman in B is distracting.

arvelto says:

B!

marc says:

Wow, a lot of people like B, but I’m gonna have to go with A. I like it because this is a band photo and the woman in the foreground is too dominating in B.

andy says:

B. Classic.

Ollyt says:

Instant gut reaction is B. After more thought, all I can come up with is that image seems to work less to get the feel across. It looks more ‘after party”, a little less staged perhaps? In both cases the woman in the foreground acts as a nice frame, in B she kind of splits the shot in two, but the way she is lit and her stance draws my eyes straight past and into the background where the band is. It is fun to have seen the gestation of the final image(s) and now to be able to throw some thoughts down about it all!

ashley says:

A! Makes you look around the image a bit more and see all that is going on

Krister says:

I’m going with A. The girl standing in B feels to me like she’s blocking you from entering the photo. She’s taking all of the focus away from the artists.

B is a far better scene, though B needs about 10% more frame – lots of arms and heads cutoff. In both the eyes are drawn to emptiness on the couch.

Rebecca Culhane says:

Pick A, hands down. It got my attention right away…

brian says:

B – When comparing side-by-side. If I was just browsing CD covers – “B” would get my attention first – I don’t even know if I’d notice A. The outline of the woman standing in B is immediately apparent and visible and “attractive” due to the contrast with the background. In A – I couldn’t even tell a woman was in the photo until I started examining it. Both photos are a bit dark which adds to the mood, but also requires more time to examine what is actually in the photo.

Unfortunately in B – the woman tends to take precedence and focus from the entire scene. I don’t really look to the “people in the background” much who are supposed to be the band – the important people. So photo A focuses on the band better, and the woman lying down makes an interesting foreground subject but still distracting. It only works if the woman is the lead singer?

In A, the band and their symmetry of alignment (assisted by the pyramid framing of the lighting on the wall) in the photo takes focus – which is good because they are presumably the subject of the image – but there are so many of them and all of equal size that they are hard to notice at first, especially being in shadows – and the lying down woman seems a bit distracting. While it does help that her foreleg draws the viewers eye back to the center of the frame and her face in shadows doesn’t draw much attention away, still she seems a bit out of place – perhaps learning her up somehow would have helped.

B gets my attention, A is (slightly) more visually interesting to examine — works better as a larger image. (Though B has 3 women vs. the 2 in A)

Glyn Dewis says:

Hey Chase,

I’d have to say ‘A’ ; reason…nothing more than I’m just drawn to it more. I like both images but ‘A’ stands out.

Cheers,
Glyn

I say definitely A, I like the composition much better.

Russell07 says:

Depends on what the purpose is:

‘B’ is much more eye catching as there is a) more contrast around the model in the top half of the frame (essentially black on white) and b) the female form is much more evident. This would therefore sell more CDs should it be an album cover for example.

‘A’ however is much more artistic and provocative, and generally more easily able to “step into” and feel part of once you notice it and make the effort to look inside the frame.

inmagine says:

I think photo B is more effective.

In A there is no real focal point… all of the detail is in a circle around the edge so my eyes are brought back to the lady in front, who I do not think is your main subject.

In photo B you see the girl at the front first, but because of her scale, you are able to discount her and look back into the picture. The sitting man with the girl on his lab forms an anchor for your ey as you move back and forth and look at the band, and his central location keeps your attention within the photo, and the out of scale woman at the front fades into the foreground.

All in all I think B is much more effective!

lona says:

If one must follow the A or B as to form, then B is better.
Suggestion:
Take the two obvious women out of the equation. Keep the one on the far left next to the guy.
Just what are they waiting for?
Leave us curious…anticipation is alluring.

Kevin P. says:

To be completely honest, I’m not sure either really works for album cover (sorry), but “A” is much more eye-catching. The fact that the man in the center background is *standing up* holding the woman, whose arm is dangling straight down, makes the photo. It’s the kind of thing where if you saw it somewhere in real life (in a nightclub, on a city street, etc.), you’d do a double-take. It also has a cool “Incredible Hulk to the rescue” type quality at first glance, even though something completely different was intended.

I like B more, better lighting, and the composition is more interesting and looks more real.

Rob says:

I am all about “b” I think that there is way more story to the image. I agree that the girl in front may be distracting but I think that the longer you look at the two images the more the girl draws you into the photo. Also grouping the band members together in the back ground works better than having them arranged in a triangle like image “a”

Both are stunning images though.
Great work as always Chase!

Lauren says:

Definitely have to say B, great composition

john says:

B but cut the half part of the front woman’s face. it is kinda distracting.nice works,btw.

Adam says:

I’m really feeling “b”.

Ree says:

B. No question. Better composition and interest.

spencerpdx says:

I like B. I really like the way the two guys in back balance the woman in the foreground. I like that I can see more of the band’s face’s. I like being able to see the antlers, but not the lamp (only in photo A). i also think Brent’s face is framed better in B.

Syed Ahmed says:

B.

hd says:

B.
A, is kind of creepy, don’t you think? kind of, i don’t know, can we say misogynistic?
what do women think about this, what’s your wife think CJ?

technically well done version of an empty commercial exercise. have a conscience to go along with your considerable talent.

Ariel Renae says:

I prefer photo B..all the way!!! They are both dope pics, but B seems much more meaningful to me…its like the girl in the foreground is supposed to be grabbing your attention, but all your eye wants to do is survey whats going on behind her.

but as always, your work inspires me. thank you for that.

Todd says:

Flip the letters in my comment, lol, I looked at each a number of times and switched them in my comment.

Matt says:

I like B. I think the dude who is holding the woman in the background has a slightly awkward pose in A…probably because he’s holding 120 lbs of dead weight.

That being said, both are really solid.

Todd says:

My initial reaction was B, but after further consideration I have to go with A. The lighting and attention on the artists is better in A. The woman in the foreground of B is a powerful draw, overpowering the artists, particularly as the artists are not as well lit in the photo. The women in A also seem more “there” than in B. I have to agree with Steve who commented earlier, the flaccid state of the woman being held in photo B crosses the line for me personally into the troubling, not a message I as an artist would want to send unless done so consciously.

B. This one jumps! The long girl in the forground is lit well. Side light on half her face is great. The highlighting on her opposing shoulder/leg add to the drama. Her pose is provocative but not ‘in your face’. Then, the eye travels around the room to all the other interesting characters.

Alex says:

Prefer B. Composition in A is a bit boring, and I find the boobs in the foreground quite disconcerting.My eye keeps getting drawn to them (could just be me)Also the glass in the foreground doesn’t look natural.

Suzie says:

B, definately.

douwe says:

I like A a lot more. The picture has a lot more depth. And i like the composition of the people. It’s kind of a circle which draws your eyes to the woman in the middle.

And I think the idea of five guys hanging out and lightning a cigarette while two girl past out is more dramatic in picture A.

Steve says:

Neither. In photo B the lighting is better on the band, and after I notice the woman in the foreground, I’m concerned for the woman in the back. In photo A, I’m worried that both women are in trouble.

In both cases, the woman in the front is distracting and in both cases I’m worried that the band has slipped them something. Maybe it fits with the album title, but as a father of two girls, both images are misogynistic.

Nathan says:

I like A better… the levels bring my eyes into the photo – whereas with B my eyes stopped – and felt blocked my the standing woman… whom shouldn’t be the focus…

Second – The man standing with the woman in his arms is way more dramatic and interesting than when he is sitting there.

Third – Each member of the band has their own unique look and space in A – in B they seem squished together.

I think Nathan said exactly what I was thinking. I also like how the band members themselves give photo A a symmetry that feels like it frames the composition nicely.

Chris says:

I like photo A better. I think the standing girl distracts from the band too much.

deke says:

B!!! More women, more sex, more sex appeal. F**kin’ “A” I’m an “A” maker! It’s a much more solid concept for a testosterone laden Alt/Puck Country band. The guy in the back lighting a cigarette says it all … “We piss anywhere and with whoever we’re with.”

ken says:

I like A (less distracted by the giant girl on the right in B)…I know Brent chose B though.

Rick Lewis says:

Photo “B” I think works better. For one thing the faces of the band can all be seen. In photo “A” the one member on the far left is almost blacked out. But the vertical aspect of the model helps to break the overall horizontal feel of the shot. Shot “A” is just too linear for me.

Chris says:

I like A better. B feels cluttered to me.

Ram Lee says:

definitely B….better compo. give more sense of depth and there’s centre of attraction…the lady in the foreground…

André says:

I like photo A better. Looks less cluttered and more open.

steve says:

I like B!

Mark says:

A.

It’s more about the band. The girl is B is too much of a distraction.

Paul Pratt says:

How do you choose? I like them both. Equally? I don’t know. Initially I liked A the best but then I looked at B and I just love the way the girl is leaning on the guy on the left of the frame. I could pick B just for that. I guess I”l go with my initial reaction and say A though but I have no clear explanation why I like one over the other.

Bob says:

A most definitely

Matt says:

B.

The white space in the upper left corner is a good spot for text placement. The woman in the foreground will also help to lead the viewers eyes clockwise throughout the entire photograph. Good job.

Hi. I vote ‘B’. The image makes me feel atomspheres in them, the location and reason of photo works.

And…heels line is so cool…

Michael says:

My vote is B because I think the composition is stronger and more visually interesting. I’m not diggin’ A so much because the way the men are arranged it is too symmetrical for my own personal tastes. Then the woman laying in the foreground seems to divide the shot in half. Just my two cents. :D

Love the symmetry in the image A , and it has less games in composition. Maybe B would be best for added graphical elements, who knows. But in image A, the focus is on the band, while still showcasing the foxy lady. The other one is more about her.

Blake says:

A.

She’s in the way in B.

Jonathan says:

B for sure, i think in A, it looks to R&Bish for me, I think B conveys more of an alternate vibe and given that they are alt/country, I think this works better. Oh and they sure have nice hats.

Mich says:

A.
The composition is much better, and I like the girl upfront not taking so much attention from the band in the background.
B seems more like the inside or backside of the same record.
A on the front for sure.

Clayton Borah says:

B

the symmetry of A makes the photo a little boring. There is more depth and visual movement in B. The female in the foreground actually helps frame the guys in the background. Good stuff.

B, 100%. From a design perspective, there’s room for the band logo. The poses are a bit more natural, like the band is actually hanging out. A’s a good photo, but B’s a great album cover.

A. Looks like a cover.
B. looks like a portrait.

Mead Norton says:

In A, it is more about the band

In B, the woman standing is too dominant and the images is more about her than the band.

Since it is a cover shot for the band, then I would go for A and also in B the model’s foot is cropped off which bothers me

Howard Haby says:

B – The three girls as opposed to two give it a better story for me, like there is more going on in the room. The guy sitting down with the sun glasses looks like he has a little more attitude as well. Also, the guys in the back are posed better, and the guy lighting his cigarette looks more realistic. The guy on the far right is lit really well in B too. Over all, B is lit better, and makes me feel like I walked in on something, while A looks like everyone is just …. it feels posed to me. I know it is, but it feels like they’re waiting for their photo to be taken.

The only real problem I have with B is the girl that is passed out looks better (more dramatic/realistic) in A. If in B her head was dropped to the side, facing the camera more perhaps, she’d look like she really did pass out.

I like these though, freakin’ cool.

lacey says:

definitely A! Because brent is holding the woman in the background and there is another woman in a somewhat same position in the foreground there’s great repeition and it seems like it flows together better. B seems more awkward and crowded too….GO WITH A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie says:

I vote A. I like the balance of it better.

And the chick’s foot is cut off in B & that bugs the hell out of me.

Matt Dryden says:

A. There is more of a story. Something is going down, and I can’t help but wonder what it’s all about. Why is the guy holding the girl, and where is he taking her? She is out/dead, and the girl in the foreground is quite possibly on the same path because she is laying down in almost the same position. She is still there though because she is holding her drink.

What could be happening that involves uncouncious/dead girls, yet these guys are so familiar with it they are casual and comfrtable. What is the strange green light on the edge, and how does it relate to this story?

image A has a lot of elements that draw me in and make me want to know more. They make me part of the image. B has less of that. It’s more of just a party with a girl passed out and a pretty girl in the foreground.

Curtis Baker says:

I vote for A,
I think the model standing up in B is too much of a distraction, and the model’s legs in A really help the composition, and the glass of champagne is a nice touch.

Jamie Carl says:

I definitely have to go with B.

I have a few reasons. Firstly, the light falling across the guy seated on the very left of frame is better in B and you can make out more of his features. Secondly, the overall light across the guys is a tad brighter, allowing more of their features to show through, without it impacting the overall feel of the photo. And lastly, I like that the girl standing in front sort of feels like she should be getting the attention, but you can’t help but look past her.

But that’s just me. :)

Both are great, by the way.

bryon says:

i prefer A.

Matthias says:

I prefer B, the the lady in the front makes it more eye catching due to her contrast to the horizontal lady in the back.

Helen says:

Definately B. Faces better lit in B and I prefer the strong stance of the model in B as opposed to the submissive pose in A.

Selena Whitaker-Paquiet says:

I personally like A.

A.

Simply because I remember Brent bustin’ his ass holding that girl up.

Don Bogie says:

B

Elle says:

I choose A. I find it more interesting of the two and I like that you are the focus in that picture.

Cheers! Happy deciding~

Stas says:

1st one for sure A it is just more candid and in your face the girl’s foot is cut off on the second one too

Robin Smink says:

B, compositional WAY better imo. Composition is something you feel, and I feel good about B, not so much about A. I feel cluttered and chaos in A, and peace and harmony in B.

Because this relates to music, which is very intuitive, a balanced composition is especially important.

Interesting use of output levels by the way :)

Oh and what I would give to be the gentleman holding the girl..

Jeff Sampson says:

They both tell a very interesting story, (A) makes the women feel more submissive and I think (B) tells a more complex story, so I like (B)

A

Not going to say why, but we will tell you this: A.

B for me.

In A the model in the foreground dominates and I cannot get past wondering is she dead, passed out, etc. No matter how much I try to look around the photo I end back there. Seeing as the focus is promoting the band, I would think it missed the mark. Also the faces of the people in the background are obscured beyond edgy into complete obscurity.

In B while the model up front dominates somehow it draws me back to those watching her, my eye keeps moving around the photo. Also the guys in the far back are depicting more recognizable poses. For instance the guy smoking, it’s clear he is lighting up, where in A it is not so defined. Same with the guy next to him in B it definitely a drink, in A it’s unclear what that hand it doing.

Either way they are both great and had me intrigued.

Alex says:

Whilst both outstanding shots, I find B works a little bit more for me. I find the guy holding the girl a little awkward in shot A and looks more natural in shot B.

Fantastic work as per usual :)

Joe Wilcox says:

I prefer A. The composition of the two women draws the eye forward and back. I find something avant-garde about the woman lying so innocently in front. Then there are the questions — the untold story — of the guy standing up carrying the woman. Is she sleeping? Is she dead? What’s going on here? I don’t get that same sense of story from B, when he is sitting down with her laid on his lap. Also, in the standing photo, the guy’s face is quite interesting. It communicates to me that he is bringing the woman to the viewer.

B – It is more of a voyeuristic type of a composition. I feel it is visually stronger, more engaging and intriguing. I can also feel a strong connection to the women in the foreground almost as she is looking directly towards you for something (buy the cd.)

~mike

Dave Poon says:

A.

A strikes me as less cluttered and more balanced than B. The look and feel of the Five Guys comes across in A whereas in B I’m drawn to the foreground lady but with distractions in the background.

Jason Gamblen says:

Photo A is less cluttered and places more presence on the cowboys in a dramatic kind of way. The symmetry with the 2 men on either side of the cowboy holding the girl and the nice legs stretched across the bottom is a nice effect. What happened to the 3rd girl from shot B?

Cheers,
Jason

Mike K says:

I like image A, but wish the faces of the band members were lit like they are in image B.

Since it’s a cover, how the band ‘looks’ in the shot is very important to me. For any other type of shoot, it wouldn’t be as critical.

By the way – I purchased their CD on iTunes during the live shoot – it’s pretty good stuff.

Jen Lapuz says:

B.

The ladies make the men look like pimps, in a good way.

Michael Evans says:

B

My vote is for A. The space between the people and the perspective give it a less cluttered feel. Nice shot.

Tom LG says:

The vinyl DJ votes for “B” the long legs really tie the room together

Gary Marlowe says:

Of the two, B is best because the girl in the foreground makes the shot so much more immediately interesting than A.

To be honest, neither are anywhere near as good as they could have been given the subject matter. My biggest problem is they both look too posed and too busy. In fact, just the girl on her own would have made a much better picture!

Philip Kuryloski says:

A

I would say A is more exciting, with the central “cowboy” standing and holding the woman, rather than sitting. With A, I have the impression that something will happen, in B, I have the impression that something has already happened and I have missed it.

Scott MacKenzie says:

I like A for two reasons: One, because it is for vinyl, A seems to be more traditional. And two, B seems to feature the woman. Although perhaps it might draw you to it, she definitely takes away from the band–Which might actually tell a bit of a story, come to think of it–Unless a story featuring the woman is Not what the band wants.

So I vote A.

William S says:

B. The lady provides a striking entrance to the image that draws the interest while the shadowy face and tight crop prevents her from completely stealing the show. The rest of the image provides some weirdness that encourages and rewards further study.

I look more directly to the band members in A, but the image feels a lot more posed and everybody, but especially the lady in front that almost looks like a mannequin, look too tense for me to really immerse myself in the world of the image.

Marko says:

Definitely A.

I think some might be forgetting the purpose of the pictures. This is for a vinyl album cover, and I can’t see any way how B would fit in that context. Sure she’s great eye candy, but she has absolutely nothing to do with the band. A simply puts the band members in front while still maintaining a great feel to it.

B might be a better picture, but A is the better picture for the album cover.

Scott says:

Hi,

I prefer option A from a visual perspective, However given that this is an album cover, the fianl choice would be down to how it looks once you add the copy to the cover such as the album and band name etc. If yout can make it work on photo A, that would be my prefernce, but i think you will end up covering up parts of you image. Option b has some empty spaces that you could fill with the copy.

good luck

scott

Shawn Lynch says:

I’d have to go with image B.

COMPOSITION: B wins on this one. I like the couch being lower in the frame.

I also like the way the woman pops out more in image B. In image A, she seems more muted and muddy, but here her shadows are dark and make her pop out more.

POSES: I think you did a better job with them in image B. Also the arrangement of the band is much more circular and evenly spaced in image A, but in image B, the band members are heavily weighted to the left side of the image giving it a sense of edginess and imbalance.

Julian says:

I’m putting my vote in for B. I think it works better for a lot of reasons, particularly that you can see the band members faces a little better.

JJ says:

This is hilarious…it’s going back and forth. And you’re taking some hits by the critics on this one Chase…”both are bad” comes up a couple times. But this is fun to read.

Marisa says:

A for sure. love the composition. The foreground lady in B is distracting to me.

Tim says:

I was initially going to say B. I liked the girl as the focus originally. As I look closer I think I will say A – final answer. It tells more of a story with the girl draped over the central character’s arms, it puts the band as more of the focus, and the girl in the foreground adds the necessary sensuality – Smell the Glove.

Anton Rehrl says:

I vote A.
It looks like something sinister has happened and you have just walked in on it.

Randy says:

Photo B has my vote, as the foreground girl acts as a frame to the band. I look past her and find myself wondering more in the frame that has the band. In Photo A my eyes stay more with the foreground girl that is lying down, as she is more suggestive and distracting from the band.

If your goal, and I assume it is an album, is to highlight the band and get them know then Photo B is definitely the best way to go

Shane says:

B – without question. Technically, A is the better photo in terms of composition, making the subject the focus, etc. But that’s why I don’t like it. The composition uses a very typical ‘pyramid’ technique that is almost cliche’ and the photo as a whole looks far more unnatural than B.

Plus, at first glance, B just does it. It’s an album cover, you do NOT need the band to be the main focus. You need the cover to be instantly recognizable. How many thousands of album covers throughout time have never had a single photo of a band member on them, yet they’re extremely recognizable?

k says:

B. As in just Because.

Elliot says:

Hey Chase,

At first, I thought B, hands down, but the more I looked and studied, I have to admit that A is 1000% the better choice.

A leads to a little bit of symmetry with the band with the pyramidal shape, and the girls serve as accents, which I’m assuming is what they are. B makes the girl the focus, like she is the lead of the band. Also in B, I absolutely hate the guy in the middle, sitting and holding the girl. In A while he is standing and holding, it makes him seem strong and heroic. Sitting he just looks confused.

Go with A!!!

jacob says:

i vote picture A because the girl in picture B cuts out the furthest to the right person in the background

Marshall says:

A. For me it’s not the woman in the front that is the deciding factor, but the man holding the woman in the back. When he’s sitting down holding her it seems awkward to me. I do also like the way the woman lying down frames the bottom of the image. I love the way you’ve let most of their faces go into shadow. Nice stuff.

Mike Young says:

I lean toward first responder, teko.. B – woman standing catches your attention and then her pose with the hand on the hips draws your eye into the band…if you want a picture to make someone take a closer look when seeing the picture on a magazine, advertisement, or walking by, B does it and as the viewer does the the double take, the way the model is posing in the foreground draws the viewers eyes into the band elements….what do I know.

larry S says:

A. With the lady standing up, you automatically focus on her and not the whole pic.

William Beem says:

Looking at the small images labeled A & B, I chose B. Looking at the larger images, I chose A. The reason was the same in each case – legs. It seemed better in the small B image, but her pose in the enlarged A image seemed much better to me.

Why were those dudes in the background? They didn’t factor into my vote.

Stephen says:

I like B, because A seems a little too much like a rape scene. Sorry if anyone finds it offensive, but that was the first thing I thought of.

Rudolf says:

I’d say it depends on what you’re wanting to be the attention… B if you’re going with the lady as a key part of the image, A if you want the focus on the guys… Given that it’s related to a band and I’m assuming the lady is just a model (big assumption) then I would say A is more suited.

I vote for B.

The composition in A feels more balanced, but photo B feels more interesting and engaging as a whole.

Raj Lalwani says:

A – any day… besides composition and all those things, A has more life, a more quirky mood and makes me want to make a large print of it and put it up on the wall.

werdan says:

Definitely B.

‘A’ looks like the girls have been roofied.

Keegan Sparks says:

b

Lou says:

I want to say “A,” really… I think its a better image to be printed big, like an LP cover. But I think it falls short if you can’t see the guy’s faces. I think you shot this with the Hassy so the info is there… its just not looking good on the jpg. If the guy’s faces show when its proofed then I’d run with A because its a better photo of the band and you can put text across the bottom over the girl. plus for an LP, since all the interest is at the top of the frame, its more likely to get noticed when flipping through a stack… in other words, it looks more like a vinyl cover than B, as long as you can see the guy’s faces…

B stands out more if arranged next to a bunch of other small images, like for iTunes thumbnails and CD/DVD covers, mainly because that girl is distracting, but that’s good IMO. Plus you’ve got a lot of negative space near the top for text/graphics. I think this one looks lore like a modern CD cover than A.

I changed my mind half way through writing this, so pardon the mess. Go with A.

Shar says:

A

I like the balance and eyeflow better. Also, it’s the best one to tell a story/concept.

Technex says:

As an addendum, I’d like to say thanks to all the commenters so far. It’s fascinating to see the myriad different ways we all approach thinking about the two images.

I’m thinking now that the decision will ultimately depend on whether or not there will be text involved. Image A would need some inspired typography not to be ruined as it’s an excellent photo and visually complete. Image B would be substantially easier to add type to as it’s an unbalanced photograph.

So which is it Chase, are you looking for the best photograph? or the best album cover?

Either way I’m still hoping you’ll choose A ;)

Scott says:

i agree, image B looks like it will be easier to add copy too, but a is the better image.

good luck

Technex says:

I’d vote for A.

There are several reasons which I will try to explain. First the negatives for B:

In B it is unclear whether or not the model in the foreground is part of the band and she is very prominent, both because of her relative size and the fact that she covers the whole height of the frame and interrupts the visual flow, leaving the band member to the right squeezed into a strange little space between her and the edge of the frame.

The crop bothers me. It’s not quite hard enough to seem to be a deliberate device to create visual tension, but it does impinge somewhat inelegantly on several band members at the sides. The height feels wrong too, this is partly due to loosing the top of the foreground models head and partly the positioning of other elements in the frame. Shot from a lower angle to move the band lower in the image and clear the models head it would become almost architectural, a sort of skyline in people, which would benefit from the prominent skyscraper of a model as an interesting element, but as it is I don’t like the choice of composition.

Positives for A:

By providing a natural path for the eye to follow A is easier to look at and feels more exciting and engaging. The viewer naturally starts at either of the two bright foci on the white chair frame left or the couch and chest of the model reclining in the lead singers arms, the eye is then lead around the arc in an intuitive manner which provides equal weighting and visual prominence to each band member, while their relative heights in the image still denote a form of hierarchy. Sweeping left to right the eye then moves clockwise and takes in the attractive and evocative pose of the foreground model and it is easy to mentally complete the story the image is telling.

In sum (for me at least) A wins hands down.

I’d love to hear the thoughts of you, your team and the band on the two images.

Sterling says:

A is Better in my opinion
‘A’ makes me wonder what is going on with the seemingly passed out woman. What is he doing with her?

The second photo, however, doesn’t really imply anything going on or tweak my curiosity. Instead, it just looks like a set-up shot.

Following those lines of thought, photo A looks like it could actually be happening when you walked into the room. Photo B does not because there’s no reason for a guy to just hang out on a couch with a conveniently graceful, passed out woman in his lap.

Richard says:

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 says:

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 :(

einar says:

Let me stutter this :) BBBBBBBBB

Me says:

A – I like the girl who is at the front

Chris says:

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.

Jason Chapman says:

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

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.

Silas Middleton says:

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…

Oliver says:

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 …

Kurtis Kronk says:

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.

jb says:

B because the girl has a great figure

Joao Novaes says:

undoubtedly I choose B

aperian says:

As much as I love the woman laying down, B looks more pleasing to my eye as a whole.

Tim McBroome says:

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.

Brian Davis says:

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?

M Holloway says:

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.

teko says:

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 says:

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.

B – because I like to see faces!

Rince says:

B,
just looked at the thumbnails and B popped out

Marshall says:

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.

Armando says:

B

J. Miqueleiz says:

I say go for B. Both great but I think B feels more powerful.

dan says:

A this the better picture. It has a sinister element and evokes an interesting story.

B looks like a lame party winding down.

Hiram says:

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).

chris.h. says:

B for me.I just think the balance looks better.
Both really cool shots though!

Dan says:

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.

Alesha says:

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.

Slate says:

I want to say B but, the layout is better in A
So “A”

barbra allen says:

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.

David says:

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.

Carl says:

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.

CJ Foeckler says:

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.

Y-E says:

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.

Matt Arlet says:

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.

Zak says:

B! More dimension!

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.

Ryan Bracci says:

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.

Marcel says:

B – no question about that

Colleen says:

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.

Ian Harding says:

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.

Adam Zeke says:

In my opinion B is much better!

Andrew says:

Both are bad but A is slightly less worse…

John Gibney says:

B does it for me – I prefer the composition and the lighting.

Guillermo Hdez De La Fuente says:

Definitely B

It looks more clean up and understandable, every single face on it has their own character and personality.

Anonymous says:

a

I would go with A.

Eric Uyttebroeck says:

A: I get more drawn into picture A
The viewer is distanciated in picture B

Jason Meaux says:

B without a doubt! Red chair and lamp in A seem to throw it off for some reason.

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

Aaron says:

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.

Gust says:

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.

Randy says:

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.

HenrySpencer says:

Definite B, because …. ’cause it’s pretty cool. :D

Bartek says:

A – it’s more dramatic

Mike says:

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.

Matt says:

A – I like it the most. B – the girl is distracting me from what is going on in the back.

Mr. T. says:

I prefer A. It is more visually apealing than B. To me B is messy.

Lisa Peardon says:

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.

Dean says:

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…

Anonymous says:

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.

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 :-)

JJ says:

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.

B
I like the composition from the people better in B.

B. At first blush she looks 8 months pregnant in A

Joshtacular says:

I would say A looks a lot more interesting.

Josh says:

B – I greatly prefer the vertical element of the model standing. A doesn’t have anything quite like it that draws my eye.

Danielle says:

(A) for an album cover as the band stands out more

(B) as a stand alone image- it has more impact

Charles says:

B – hands down. With A, I looked at the couch and didn’t even notice the woman in the foreground.

Al Graham says:

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.

Greg says:

definitely A; for me B is a too chaotic (but maybe its supposed to be chaotic)

Austin says:

b, for story and type

Marco says:

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!

AJR says:

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.

Tanzeel says:

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.

Flannol says:

B is much easier on the eye.

Daniel S. says:

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.

Tommy says:

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.

Les says:

B definetely. Foreground is too dark in A. Gives too sinister a feel IMHO.

Josh says:

If the lead singer is the woman, then I pick B

If the lead singer is the man in the middle, I pick A

Bernyk says:

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

Daven says:

“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).

Scott M Eide says:

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.

Stevens says:

B is better

singh says:

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.

Petter says:

I prefer A, because that has a theme with vertical men and horizontal men, and the composition creates a nice circle.

Howard J says:

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!

enotsm says:

…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.

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.

Michelle H says:

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.

Chris R says:

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.

Scott says:

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!!!

Jeremy says:

A is much more visually appealing to me.

Mike A says:

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.

Scott says:

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.

Gerry says:

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.

Andy Pennebaker says:

A 100%.

Von R Buzard says:

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)

Elessar says:

“A” in all aspects

CSR says:

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

Willis says:

“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

Jason says:

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 !

Andrew G says:

B, It’s less confusing

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.

Brian M says:

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.

Ken says:

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.

Farrell says:

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.

christy says:

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.

S.M says:

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.

Gino says:

A… a lot more Story!

Chris Baron says:

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)

Paul Jacobs says:

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.

Chris says:

B gives the designer more room to play with typography on the concrete wall.

mattbeaty says:

A – all the way.

Parkylondon says:

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.

Andy says:

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.

Julie says:

B. It adds more interest when the woman is standing in the front since the woman is already laying in the background.

Freddy.O says:

A for me. B feels like is about the model in the front and the band just syncs into the background.

Cory says:

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.

tom says:

A: draws you eye around the frame, room for text and women in front is less dominating

David says:

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.

Brian says:

B. Leads my eye into and back out of the frame. Band members more visible.

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.

Jeff says:

B – Can see the band member faces better.

Veronica Salazar says:

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.

Adrien says:

I’d pick B, cropping the lady just below her shoulders

Pedro says:

Compositionally A is far more interesting. The foreground model in B brings imbalance to the shot.

Todd says:

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.

Jay says:

(A) gets my vote. I think it’s a stronger piece.

Steven cook says:

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.

Josh Haygood says:

Definitely A. has more personality. Great composition and raw stopping power.

Derik says:

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.

Decasteljau says:

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.

Bryn says:

B. Instantly and totally B

Miguel says:

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.

Robert says:

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.

Dimi says:

B for sure, much more visual impact. Plus it leaves a nice spot on the left for text. Very nice.

Richard says:

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.

Josie says:

‘A’ for me!

Dan Morales says:

(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).

Kurt Schmeer says:

B

Kristi says:

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.

Alex says:

B here

Marshall says:

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.

CMurph says:

I think A is balanced better and pretty much agree with Andrew above.

Javier says:

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.

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.

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

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.

jm says:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Kris Arruda says:

B.

Andrew says:

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”.

Prashant says:

B- is a much stronger image. pulls you to it.

mark owen says:

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

Alex Penny says:

A if you want to sell the music or B if you want to sell records.

Dade Freeman says:

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

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

Ben says:

“B” for me!

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

oops should read “although I think A is strong too”

Korey says:

Im digging A.

Rebecca says:

A if you crop out the annoying woman in front.

David Bridle says:

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.

Colin Thomas says:

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.

Alexis says:

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.

Jose de Orta says:

At first I liked image B but the more I looked at the I changes my opinion and I like image A more.

Carolyne says:

I like “B”: more story telling to it.

“A” just looks like everyone is positionned there, not really playing a role.

kyle says:

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

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’.

Michael says:

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.

El says:

A is the best. B has got something that could be better than A, but there’s too much clutter. A is cleaner.

Matthew says:

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.

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.

deni kosasih says:

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…

Ramona Lynne says:

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.

Chris says:

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…

AnMarie says:

A. Love the dark dramatic atmosphere of the picture.

Matthias says:

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.

Ghislain says:

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

Drew says:

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.

Pete says:

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

Jeff says:

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.

Rod McPhail says:

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

Kris says:

A is the best composition !!!

Chris says:

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.

Matthew B says:

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.

ana.gr says:

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!

Bill says:

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

Douglas says:

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.

Dov says:

B all the way… much stronger image then A.

Stuart Nafey says:

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.

Vilhelm says:

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

Mychal Shannon says:

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

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

Aric says:

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

Pierre says:

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

Terry Clark says:

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.

Ken Bassett says:

B. Definitely B.

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

Cesar Gallo says:

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.

Bimal Nair says:

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.

Nicole Raine says:

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

lou h says:

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.

Joe Gaetani says:

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.

Chad Wright says:

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.

Leo says:

I like image B!

Jacob says:

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.

Wayne says:

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…

Jim Powell says:

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.

Mark says:

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.

Matt says:

“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.

J Wilson Araujo says:

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!

phil says:

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.

Gregg says:

I vote for A.

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

Overall they are both great!

P says:

“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?

Briony says:

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!

Abi Rayyan says:

“A” is much better

Bryan says:

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.

Matt Brennan says:

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.

Mohit says:

‘A’ for sure !!

Chris hansard says:

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

Jim says:

A — As it tells a better story visually.

Jeff says:

Trick question.

Small images: B
Large images: A

Andy Horak says:

100% B

Kirk says:

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.

David W says:

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

Gon says:

definitely B!!

Caitlyn says:

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.

Rupert Stubbs says:

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… :)

Bruko says:

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

Steve Hebert says:

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.

see jay says:

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).

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.

Leo Horta says:

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

Jeff May says:

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

Jean-Marie says:

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.

Sandra says:

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.

Damian Serrano Thode says:

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

Ray Vestal says:

I vote for B

Jay Favis says:

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.

Scott Harder says:

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

Simon says:

A for me!

motzo says:

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

Alex Ödman says:

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. =)

Kir says:

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

Zoe says:

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.

A. B is distracting.

B.

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

LT

Shawn says:

B, the image just draws you in.

Saxon says:

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.

Anonymous says:

B +1

Torben says:

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.

B!

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

ABC says:

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

Davidoff says:

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

Tony says:

A is much less distracting from the band.

MichalKrempa says:

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 :)…

TonyJ says:

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

chris says:

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

Julius says:

Dear Chase,

B .

Tuffer says:

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.

Erika Newhouse says:

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.

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

Dennis Pike says:

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

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

Axel Drenth says:

B looks very good

Jesse Doerr says:

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.

Brian S says:

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!

Nick Lopez says:

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

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

Edward Carlos says:

I like B.

Dirk says:

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.

Dave says:

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.

Stacey says:

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

Staefe says:

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.

Bogdan Radu says:

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

davina says:

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!

BDPhoto says:

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.

B Works best for me

Alex Rubin says:

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

Nitin says:

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

John says:

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.

Tim says:

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

Alex says:

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.

JuanCarlosH says:

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.

Eric says:

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

Michael P. Majewski says:

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.

Emese Gaal says:

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

Stacey says:

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.

osfili says:

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

Tony says:

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!!

LeObserver says:

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….

AndieGraphie says:

I like B

Tombo says:

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.

Ken Worley says:

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.

Frisby says:

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

Tom Varden says:

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

Lorenzo says:

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!

Kelsey says:

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. ;-)

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…

Neil Fraser says:

Got to be B for me.

Shutterman says:

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.

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.

Sweep says:

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.

Mark D. says:

Chase,

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

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 says:

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

Sheldon says:

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.

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

kellyhofer says:

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

Faraz says:

I vote for A

Gary Roberts says:

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.

Ron Warren says:

I prefer A. Primarily for balance issues.

RORY says:

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.

Kate Borst says:

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.

YasserAlmisfer says:

A for me is better.

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.

Kasia says:

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.

Miikka says:

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

_Beatrice_R says:

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.

Griffin Lotz says:

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.

Pavithra says:

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

Katy Haupt says:

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.

Adam says:

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

– @Adam_Doyle

knestudio says:

I really like A

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

Tyler Green says:

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.

Lucy says:

I’m liking the composition in B much better

aWebJam says:

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.

Kevin says:

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.

marcus says:

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.

Deji says:

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.

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

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.

rushh says:

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

Michael says:

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

Ellinor says:

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

alezayas says:

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

Robert Jensen says:

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.

Azi says:

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:)

Laurence says:

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

Gwen J says:

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.

Ken says:

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 ;-)

Dukester says:

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.

blunder says:

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.

John Wilson says:

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.

I like B its alittle bit more RAW

Eric says:

B is the easy choice for me.

Tom McKenzie says:

“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.

JR says:

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.

Korey says:

I’m digging A.

Blair says:

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.

Brian says:

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.

J David says:

“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)

Sam Knapp says:

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.

Casey says:

I’m digging B.

Andy says:

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

Debbie says:

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

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.

JonS says:

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

Ellie says:

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.

David Dvir says:

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

Rob says:

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).

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!

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

Peter says:

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

Jens says:

I would have to say A.

federico says:

definitely the picture A

Millie says:

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.

Rick Wenner says:

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.

Wesley Hort says:

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!

John Wilson says:

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!

John Wilson says:

Sorry, just to be clear, I pick B!

Roz says:

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.

Tony says:

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

Martin Wolf says:

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.

Daly says:

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.

TJ Harron says:

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

Drew says:

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.

Baard Hansen says:

Without doubt b.

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. :-)

Charles Roop says:

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.

Brian says:

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.

DeShelia says:

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.

kristjan says:

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

Darryl Boyd says:

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

Felipe Zavala says:

B. You can see the faces of the group.

Lance says:

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.

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.

Chris says:

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.

Brian says:

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.

vincent says:

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

Naziman Razali says:

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

Ian McKenzie says:

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.

Bx says:

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 ;)

Frixhias says:

My choise is A definetely X 100

Khashayar says:

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

Lamont says:

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 :)

aradilon says:

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

Dixon Hamby says:

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

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.

Waleed Alzuhair says:

A is much more balanced.

Hamady says:

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.

Sjoerd Booij says:

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.

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

Paul Hodgson says:

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

Anonymous says:

B

‘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.

Dave Henri says:

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.

Charles says:

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.

Sudi says:

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…

Joe Dyndale says:

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.

Jan says:

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.

Richard says:

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

Rob says:

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.

Steve Moon says:

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

I’m a fan of A.

Alex says:

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

Alan says:

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?

David F. says:

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 :)

Joe Coulas says:

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.

David says:

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.

matt shumate says:

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.

flan says:

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.

Dave wilson says:

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…

Peter says:

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!

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.

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.

HBA says:

B, definitely.

Nick Brewer says:

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.

Brian says:

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.

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.

I like picture B the most. Like the angle

PICTURE B

afanboi says:

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.

James Kar says:

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

Kevin Berne says:

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.

jayce says:

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.

John R says:

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.

Anonymous says:

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.”

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.

Jonathan says:

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…

Keith Adams says:

i prefer A and the wife prefers B

Adam says:

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

BuzzyD says:

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.

E Gower says:

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

Carl Licari says:

A – Better balance of subjects. Awesome model profile.

Nat Thompson says:

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.

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.

Jesse Bone says:

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

Val lord says:

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.

john urban says:

B, not liking the crop to much though.

Kris says:

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).

Theo Ribeiro says:

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

Ivor Evans says:

B

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

Bruce Taylor says:

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

Rob van Asch says:

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

cjb_ says:

B – the band look tighter

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.

Kelly says:

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.

Adam - OS says:

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

Kyle says:

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.

Mike Fendt says:

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.

A…it’s more mysterious and makes me think

AridAcres says:

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

Omar Morales says:

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

http://www.omoshiphoto.com/

Nelo says:

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…

weiss says:

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.

Ashley says:

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.

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!

Renae says:

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

Rocky Garza says:

go with B. I love it

eddiejkeating says:

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.

Daleon says:

Photo A is better than photo B