Which Photo is Better: A or B?

Alrighty. Regardless of the fact that this A or B series (here, here, and here) has been really interesting for us, helpful, and popular with you (the last such post received over 1000 comments in 24 hours)…

This time it is of even greater interest for us. You see, we’re doing some image editing around here and we’ve stumbled into a little internal debate about which one of these two images is actually better, A or B. [You might remember these shots from the Nikon D7000 campaign…]

Hearing from you will help really help us. No qualifiers, don’t worry about our objectives, or the “assignment”. We want to know which one of these shots you like better. And please tell us in the comments below, not via twitter. Raw preference. Period. If you can add some “why”, that would be nice too. Full 600 pixel wide images after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below [and btw, I’ve got a $1 gentlemen’s bet riding with Erik about which one will win, so don’t let me down!]…

After you all weigh in, I’ll tell you which one I like, which one I thought you’d like, and why.

This is image A, below:

This is image B, below:

So which photo is better? A or B?

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Soumen Nath says:

A : Its has got a drama in the lights and shadow. B is like a point and shoot.

Deffinatly B .. she looks more comfty in that position .. A lighting looks a little harsh.

Kelly Jane says:

B for sure! I don’t like the harsh shadows in picture A and too much of the image is lost. In B I love how the color of the van pops out, the poses of the people have attitude and everything about the picture tells a story. Absolutely love B !

w scott says:

to be honest, neither of them quite “hit it” for me; however, i vote for B — the composition is more intriguing — needs more detail in the sky tho.

Lise says:

I’m not sure what the purpose of the question is to answer it? Are you making a windmill turbine statement? Is it about lighting or the woman ?

Andy Beck says:

Definitely B. A is too central and posed.

don says:

B. My eyes are just drawn to it more and it draws the focus right to the woman. Even though you see let of her, it draws me in more.

I’m going w/B but it’s entirely subjective. A appears better as a thumbnail. As you view them both there is more emotion coming from the female model in B and the au natural light makes it appear to be a more candid moment plus the look is more contemporary which I like. Nice work Chase.

Cécile says:

A for its punch and the surounding informations. I went straight into it like in a movie, B is a nice portrait but for me no statement, nearly no life like a fake natural wanting to look too natural,

David says:

B, seems more natural

John says:

A. I find the depth of background and voluminous side-lighting more engaging than the subject matter and flatness in B.

Shannon says:

B. more natural lighting and it tells a story.

Anonymous says:

b. b because i wan’t the picture to talk me about sharing moments with friends. I read this as an introduction of the lady in the foreground; something like ‘Hi me and my friends we are so cool… we even go in the desert with a vintage vagon to enjoy the sunset far away from city chaos’ .
picture ‘a’ gives me bad feelings; the lady is alone botween people, I don’t like it.

Monty says:

Definitely (B). It appears to be much more natural and conveys a stronger story. (A) looks a bit “fake” or forced.

I like the artificial light on the model, I think it makes for a stronger image. It highlights the model herself while you can still make out details in the background. B feels soft and washed out, and the van is too prominent.

Marcel Cloo says:

A is just a photo, B is a story, so B for me.

laurie wakefield says:

A has me wondering where she bought her shorts. B, she is gone outta there. So B.

Clint Faile says:

B. It has a more natural feel to me.

Ryan Watkins says:

I’m gona go with A. I like the color and atmostphere better.

Josh Chapel says:

I like B better. The windmill blades are like visual vacuums to me in A. My eye movies around the frame and stops at them taking emphasis away from the subject. In B, I feel more free to explore the frame and the underlying story.

Juliane Jacobs says:

I prefer B.

B. Speaks to the viewer more.

Anonymous says:

B. I like her facial expression better.

Dave Vickers says:

Personally I think B is the better photo, it seems to have a story to it. Where as A is well lit image but not as engaging.

Dave Vickers

Daf says:


Even though the burnt out sky bugs the crap out of me.
MUCH prefer the composition on B – girl on the 3rd, van perspective leading to the sun – etc.

Ellis says:

Jeez. Over 1000 comments? A helluva lot of scrolling to even get here.

I choose B. Linds’ position is more dynamic within the frame. Her pose seems to have more “attitude” as well.

Shot A, while more dramatic in colors, lighting, and exposure; feels like there’s wasted space on the right, and my eye wanders….confused. She also seems pretty static in the frame. BUT, if you were advertising something she was wearing, this shot would work better as my eyes do come back to center and stay there….whereas I’m absorbing the “big picture” in shot B.

milan drobny says:

100% – B

Jon says:

B gets my vote more emphasis on the model with background being partially blown away bring focus to model.

Jerrett says:

B. Better expression, better composition.. B has a very cluttered and confused composition,

Daniel Cuba says:

B looks much better to me.

Adam Haworth says:

It looks so much more natural

Nick Girard says:

b. more photo-j-ish

Heidi says:

B is way more interesting – it has the feel of action to it, as well as a story being told.

Brolin says:

I like B

Igor Furnas says:

B is better!

I think her pose in A ruins it. It’s not natural.

JoeJ says:

“B” is better… In “A” I feel like my eyes gets caught up in the sun on the right sun and i never come back. Comp of “B” is great. Nice post!!

MattD says:

A… hands down!

Martha Hughes says:

Definitely “B” .

Clavel says:

I would have to say raw feeling go towards B


Halidar says:

IMO B is much more “communicative”. A is just more fancy, but less natural

Christian (australia) says:

B for sure, just has a more natural feel to it, and i prefer the composition. =]

Jon says:

I like B. Seems to be more balanced of a shot. Set a mood for the picture. My eyes went right to shot B first and stayed there.

Rolo says:

A script can be written with B. A it’s just a portrait shot of someone with a cool background…

dan says:


I like the look of A, but I am not a fan of the deep shadow on the left side of her face. That ruins it for me.

Also, not a fan of the Stroeb type photography. B is more natural and realistic.

Samantha says:

I vote B. There are contrasting eye lines in B with the men looking back into the landscape and the model looking and moving opposite to lower right. This adds a subtle layer of tension. Also, the merging of the model and men in photo A, and her static, ‘stopped’ pose is unsettling.

Rob says:

A. It’s way more like BLAM! The lighting grabs me, it’s unnatural in a good way. The detail in the background doesn’t distract but adds a kind of weight to the subject and location. You could say it’s the shot is little OTT but then I like images that jump and shout.

Greg says:

I’m drawn much more to B than A. There are bits of the composition I like about both (the more direct / central positioning of the model in A with the van and windmills flanking her is nice but B has more of a sense of movement… feels like she’s walking out of the frame). The strobing on A creates a look that I’m less drawn to though. Strobed images can definitely have a big impact, but in this case it makes me feel less connected to the photo. B feels much more “real” and I’m drawn to that personally.

Both the lighting and composition of each create images with distinctly different emotions… both good, but I prefer B.

Perry says:

I like ‘B’. ‘A’ feels like it is too much of pose. ‘B’ feels like it has more energy.

Kevin says:


The ambient color is nice in A but the posing feels very forced along with the much more obvious use of the strobe.

I’d like to see B a little more blown out out in the background. (Just to see how it looks). But I definitely like B better.

Dario says:

Different way but “B” is better.

SpionKopRed says:

B by a whisker.

Although I do prefer the more visible wind farm in A, the almost visible right eye, and I actually like the studio style lighting I don’t like the subject overlapping the guys behind her. Also prefer the brighter vehicle on B too.

Leon says:

B is more interesting and tells a story – model looks a little uncomfortable in A so B is my vote

WestonC says:

B. B is both beautiful, and more importantly, tells a story. A is just another beautiful image.

Juan says:

Neither A or B. Both lack of a decent composition and there’s no feeling involved for me.

Definitely B. Better composition, lighting and visual depth.

Image B is more appealing because the lighter background’s contrast separates Lindsey from her surroundings. At the same time, it also presents a clearer image of where she is, which eases some of our curiosity. Image B also seems more natural (for two reasons: lighting and subject’s posture) which isn’t always required, but the staged nature of Image A distracts from Lindsey and makes her look more awkward.

Brian Wilson says:

B for me, tells a story (“why is she leaving the guys behind?”). A has nice colors, I’m put off by the shadows of the spotlight, looks staged. My 2 cents~

Rodman says:

I definitely like B better. There’s clear intent in the girl with her apparent motion, which creates a story and some intrigue as to her motives. Instead A looks staged; especially with the sun in the foreground and that unnatural juxtaposed light with opposing shadow and all. Plus, with her face is partly cut in half by the shadows and that stance, I’m reminded of cliche 80s advertising. I have to say though (and please take this with a grain of salt as I am an amateur and a D7000 owner—in part due Benevolent Mischief), I think both images have exposure problems.

Daniel David says:


Erry Prasetyo says:

B, there are 2 subjects: a beautiful girl & guys that are staring on the sun

Al says:


Both photos look good. But I don’t get A. Why is the model almost ritght smack in the middle of the frame? Why is she in the spotlight? I also don’t like that half her face is in shadows. Also her feet is partially cut-off.

B just looks right in everyway.

Walter Rowand says:

Chase, I pick image A. I believe the eyes are organs of asking. When I look over this image it asks so much Reason for men and van, power turbins, houses on right? poor composition&lighting etc. Best Regards Walt Rowand.

A – there’s a cinematic mystery to it. Where are they, is she leaving, etc. The guys in the van look more mysterious when you can’t see them as well. Both are great but A is my pick.

Jim Josef says:

B Tells a much better story, A’s lighting looks too un-natural with the sun obviously in the background…

amlbuton says:

Prefer the A shot… the colour more rich :)

Sunil says:

A. I liked A more than B.

Mike says:

Photo A makes me lust after wind turbines and photo B makes me lust after the girl. I like girls better so B gets my vote.

Kimm says:

I’m with most of the people that B is the image that offers more engagement, and I love your work but I think they’re both somewhat flawed. I like the light and the post-processed, post-apocalyptic feel of A while I don’t like her static body position. The guys shouldn’t break the plane of her body. In B, her body has energy but I don’t like her arms cropped off and with the high-key look, the cool visual element of the wind towers gets lost.

Bob Womack says:

B quite blown out but better than A on all counts

tony vincent says:

while i’m a major high-contrast and deep colour lover/shooter, B has my vote hands down mate.

mr wesley says:

B for me. the composition, the light, the colour, and the story the image tells.

Nick H. says:

B. I love the lighting and mood in image A, but the composition of image B really stands out to me.

brosef says:

Another for B… appears more dynamic as she seems to be moving away from the van. Makes me wonder why she’s leaving where’s she going etc. ie provides a more open ended storyline. A – just feels they’re being busted out in the desert.

dario says:

for composition and contrast – works better overall

All of the other “which photo is better” posts you have done are fair but I don’t believe this one is. The two images above aren’t even comparable. The reason I say this is because image “A” looks like a digital polaroid that your assistant took to check the light. For example, there’s no content (story) or depth to the image. The model’s posture and expression look like she was not expecting the image to be taken. The model looks completely out of place and the lighting, windmills and her cloths all add up to a distracting mess.

Image “B” on the other hand has many strong editorial qualities and tells a great story. The image is alive and it leaves me wanting more and I start to ask it questions. I find myself engaging with and investing myself in this image.

I become engaged by allowing my mind to ask questions about what is happening… I can’t help but to wonder why this beautiful woman would allow herself to be in the middle of nowhere with these sketchy men in this even sketchier van. Is this a drug deal? Is she paying them off for something? How did the bring her here? What are the men looking at now, they are obviously no longer interested in the woman. It looks like it’s starting to get dark… now what? Where is she going?

I invest myself in the image by developing my own story to answer the questions that my mind has asked.

So my favorite is definitely B.

Matt Hunt says:

B: Feels more natural and dynamic. The subject is also feels easier to engage with.

Ben says:

I prefer B, but would prefer it more if the van was a little less dominant as per A.

Kaeyla McGee says:

B is the stronger image.The people in the background looking backwards provide tension – what are they looking at? In A they hardly feature. The lighting in B is harsh but adds to the effect, and the composition is stronger.

David O'Connor says:

I like photo B the best. The over exposure effect reminds me of the way the morning feels when you have been awake all night at a party, club, or whatever you were doing. Even though light tends to give the impression of warmth this photo seems to have a cooling effect. I do remember this photo from the D7000 ad.

Anonymous says:

I like photo B the best. The over exposure effect reminds me of the way the morning feels when you have been awake all night at a party, club, or whatever you were doing. Even though light tends to give the impression of warmth this photo seems to have a cooling effect. I do remember this photo from the D7000 ad.

A looks really boring, B isn’t that much better but just a bit, sooo
–> B or shoot again

Paul Henman says:

I prefer the composition and lighting in B.

Russ Rowland says:

I’d like pose from b in the lighting/contrast of A,

If forced to choose between two imperfect photos, I’ll take A. The dramatic lighting and weird setting really grab my eye and make it stand out.

The pose and balance are may be more acceptable in B, but is so washed out…no tension.

I like B better. I think it’s more interesting, although I’d actually prefer a combination of the two. ;-) I’d prefer that the backgrond was not quite so bright.

Holly says:

I prefer B. The model looks sexier and more natural. The blue van and the other people add more visual interest for me that the wind turbines.

A, it has greater dynamics in color temperature, luminance and appeal. it appeals to me because it’s different, most ‘tech heads’ would disapprove of the noticeable off camera light source but comparatively it’s more expressive and vibrant than b.

B. Better pose. Light color in a better harmony. Better composition and angle than A.
Beautiful tone. Nice.

Mahesh says:

B for its natural skin tones looks and warm feeling.

Dov says:


Rafael says:

A: Nice creative try, lighting and pose look forced, I like the color / hue , But I prefer B (looks more chase jarvis style)

Ted L. says:

B. The pose seems more natural, the secondary subjects next to the van are more visible and the windmills are less apparent, thus not distracting the viewer. In A the lighting and color looks cool, however the background seems way too distracting to me.

Drew Rice says:

B for sure, it created more emotion

Nelson says:

Being from Palm Springs, I really like Image A. I am familiar with that kind of light coming from the setting sun in the pass between the mountains and it reminds me of home. The context that is provided by the lack of an over exposed background is nice. I will say that I am not a big fan of the unnatural light shining on the model though.

Mike says:


In B I feel like there is something between the guys in the van and the girl.
In A I wonder why I’m looking at wind turbines and why those dudes and that girl are hanging out with them too.

Brian says:

I prefer B. A looks too posed and I’m not crazy about the lighting.

David says:

I like B better. The woman is situated off center slightly and in motion. This photo appears more dynamic than photo A.

Ben Pettit says:

Neither? I don’t like the crops at all. [A] has feet cut off and [B] has hand cut off. That’s like a photo 101 no no. Not the best photos from Chase.

Pamela says:

Definitely B. She’s more engaging.
A is too static; however, the lighting is pretty cool.

Tim Norman says:

B.. It is a cleaner photo background , the lighting is more subtle, and it evokes more of a story and emotion.

RRP says:

A, it’s more mysterious.

Trey says:

Most definitely B. A contains alot of stuff that in my honest opinion just distracts from the image… B gives you something to focus on

I prefer the impact of a higher contrast..

Wieger says:

A for color, environment, B for naturalness, model position / dynamism, more natural lighting. And neither because they’re both clearly fake. I mean, a girl like that walks by and NONE of the guys in the van looks after her? That’s not really likely, is it?

Christopher says:


The Shot is more colplete with “A” due to the lighting, everything seems to mesh better and it looks like the subject is part of the picture unlike “B” where it looks like the shot was an after thought. Also the lighting and shadows are far better with “A”. But that is just my 2 cents…


Joel Bedford says:

B is the better photo, imo. Here’s why:

First of all, as you mentioned that this is a promotional campaign for Nikon, the goal (presumably, and amongst other things) is to show that the camera can handle a high dynamic range. B displays this a lot better than A does.

Second, the color, lighting, and contrast in B is more ‘sell-able” than A. As a consumer and photographer, I would want to see that a camera is capable of reproducing color and contrast effectively. B does this more effectively than A. Her face in B is also less contrasty, making her look more inviting. Also, the color juxtaposition is more favorable in B than in A.

Third, pose & composition. There is too much crammed into the left side of the frame in A. I don’t really get an understanding that it is indeed a van to her left. Despite trying to create effective leading lines with the road and the slope of the van’s roof (framing her between them), the hard shadow she’s casting negates the intended effectiveness of the pre-mentioned framing. My eye gets dragged out to the right of frame into a ‘dead-zone’ of the image. Also in A, her straight-on pose makes me a bit uncomfortable (sorry!). With B, my eye stays locked on the subject, framed by both the van and the windmill. The darkness of her jacket prevents my eye from getting pulled out of the frame. Her head sits nicely just above the horizon too. The composition is tight, without being rigid and I can still wander around the photo without losing the subject.

That’s pretty much it…:)

Eric Ferrar says:

I like them both but B is my pick. In the words of Mr. Maisel “Light gesture and color” .
Also if you were tryining to sell sunglass’s a close up shot of Lidsay would be better.

I prefer B.

It fills more of the frame, whereas frame right of A is just dead space. The girl seems to be moving, or have some kind of intention instead of standing stock still. Also I find the light halo on the ground around the model really distracting in A — When I see a picture I don’t want to be aware of the lighting, I want to be wowed by the photo. The presence of the halo takes me out of the picture and into my own head.

David Walker says:

I like it better because the lighting is better, and the background makes the photo a lot more interesting. In photo B, the background highlights are completely blown out which bothers me

Macnuts says:

B… More natural composition

Eric Ferrar says:

I like them both but B is my pick. In the words of Mr. Maisel “Light gesture and color” .
Also if you were tryining to sell sunglass’s a close up shot of Lidsay would be better.

B is better. The model does not look like she knows what to do with her hands in A. I also don’t like that she partially obscures the folks in the van.

kyle brasier says:

A- I love the fact that the subject is unatualy lit and the whole scene is a bit under exposed


I prefer the natural colour and tone. The fact that you can see all of the models face and also the guys in the van. Seeing more of the surroundings puts the model into better context and perhaps helps tell the story more.

I also like the blown out skyline, just allowing the turbines to creep into the exposure.

mattbeaty says:

Add the turbine and sky color from A to B and you’ve got yourself a winner. As is, I’m gonna have to say A

Randal C. Jaffe says:

I prefer B. I found my eye moved around more on its own while in a it just stuck to the woman.

My pick: A
why: I see a primary subject (model) with two secondary subjects (her companions, the location). The primary subject is obvious, model up front and lit up, BOOM! There she is.
The secondary subjects are smaller and complimentary to the primary. Who she’s with and where she is.
You can also see more detail in the blacks in photo A.
Photo B seems to have two subjects, the model and the back of the van. Plus her (camera right) shoulder seems to be huge and you can’t see much of the gritty outfit’s detail which I’m sure was picked for a reason.

Just my thoughts.

Raji Barbir says:


The intended target pops from the background thanks to off-camera light and that makes the image appear less busy than B (on that one I’m as likely to look at the van as I am at the girl). The artificial light makes for a better overall exposure, which gives me the option to let my eyes wander into the background without them drawing attention away from what I’m supposed to look at.

Michael says:

While I find both images intriguing for both style and substance, I think image A is better. And for a lot of reasons. The models attitude and style seem to radiate through more in image A. The fact that the background or “ambient light” shed more on the overall scene sells something more to me than B. Although image B hints at something interesting may be going on behind the scenes more that A, A definitely gives me enough information, a flow even if you will. The main reason I like image A better, is because I think of it in a more lead quality. B seems to be more of a filler or support image to A.

Budd Riker says:

B grabbed me, A didn’t.

B – composition, sense of motion, balanced blocks of colour, natural…

In the best way B feels like it’s not trying as hard to be art.

ernie says:

Good Morning…………..B – all the way

Ari says:

B is better.. It has more attitude and tells more of a story.

Mel says:

Definitely B! It may be my monitor but the dark side of her face in A looks caved in. The composition is balanced in B and gives a sense of action/motion. Great image!

B definitely has the most punch. Best framed, best look from the model, tells more of the “story” by showing the guys at the van better. Overall, just intrigues and leads the viewer through.

A has the best colour, and would be punchy even down to smaller sizes than B could go to, but it just looks like a test shot to check lighting. It’d be interesting to see a version framed like B with the lighting of A. I don’t think that it’d have the impact of B though, simply because the bright sky contrasts well with the model’s hair/outfit etc.

Debbie F says:

I like A better because there is more of a story being told.

Andy says:

Gut, B, but depends on use.

For me, A is very “this is a photoshoot for my new album” and her hands look funny. B is a bit more “fly on the wall” and makes me think there is a story here so I go looking for it and find the photo interesting.

A is intentionally very posed and very lit so I see it as just that, a posed photo of a girl with some guys in the background.

Bryan Lynch says:


Everytime i look at A, my eye runs from the left side of her face down to that obnoxious shadow and back again. I can tell there is some interesting stuff happening in the background, but its kinda like trying to watch TV with someone standing in front of you.

I would LOVE to see a version of A where the light source was basically shot over the top of the model’s head, -eliminating the secondary focal point on the ground- so her face is subtly lit by the falloff of the light source. Then i believe the eye would travel to her face, then through the background story… anyhow, that’s my .02.


Dawn says:

B – the lack of light n the sun side of her face in A is disturbing and I love the positive feeling of sunlight coming thru the windmills on B – the van and passengers is complimentary as well and can be a blurred out negative space if needed w/minimal post processing, also the model’s body language is more open and inviting


A, too me, just looks over-produced and posed. The first thing I notice when looking a A is the color and lighting. “Why is everything so green?” “Why is she standing in a spotlight?” “Why is she standing like that at all?”

B is all about the girl and the story (the composition flows naturally to the guys behind). The pose doesn’t look as forced, and the bright (non-colored) background emphasizes the fact they’re in the desert.

So B tells me a story, while A tells me someone was experimenting his lighting and mood-enhancing in Photoshop.

RGK says:

B, hands down–attitude, composition, lighting

Dan Kaufman says:


The A image has false sense to it. With the sun clearly in the background coming at us…where is limelight producing shadow light coming from? Clearly it’s artificial. Therefore B is a more honest image. It invites me in. I can visualize, imagine, being there. Where as with A I’m on the outside looking at the scene with a big flashlight in my hand.

Paul Conrad says:

I prefer B, I think it is a cleaner image and I don’t like the shadow from the strobe in A.

Brett says:

B with A light.

Paul Smith says:

Both are great shots and first impressions are that they are both solid shots. I find it’s not good to over examine pics but if I must ….

A is my pick

B has an awkwardness to it .. Her body is off a little and her arm looks weird ie: touching her crotch :)
hmmm .. and maybe a little to much black.



dak says:

Definitely B. More engaging. Lots of attitude and the blue from the van gives depth and texture.

Scott LePage says:

B – I know that the girl is the subject. Not a fan of the cyan tint in A

Photo B
I like how the composition flows naturally in this one. There’s a strong point of interest in her, being in the foreground, which naturally invites you in. Then comes the guys in the van in the background, and at the far end is the blownout landscape which is just great!

I honestly don’t like the illumination in Photo A. Photo B is by far superior. I preffer the illumination from the 3 subjects (girl, guys + van, lanscape background) in PHOTO B. It’s a more natural illumination.
Congratulations, awesome work!!!! I enjoy your blog and photos very much.

Jeremy says:

I like B because it is a little more clean, shows the sunset in the same way, and the overall lighting feels more natural.

Charlie says:

Picture B. I prefer the composition better.

I like the lighting in both. I am leaning more towards picture A for lighting……. except for the spot light look on the ground.

Matthew May says:

A and a wonderful photo too!

Terry Clark says:

B, it has a feeling you can’t escape. You connect with the model on a personal level. Like a little love note, it renders a sigh straight from the heart.

geb says:

A – scene has attitude created by lighting and environment. Everything, event the girl, is secondary to the light and the mood.

Ron Warren says:

Well, I like B better, but with a number of caveats.

In “A”, I like the wind turbines and I like the color treatment, although maybe a bit subtler would be better. The model’s pose doesn’t do much for me, her feet cut off awkwardly and the boots seem like clod-hoppers.

“B” is cleaner but I’d love to see it with a hint of the color treatment from A.

And if there is another in the serries that was “B”-like but included a hint of wind-turnbines, you’d really have something therre.

These are fun. Thanks Chase. It feels weird to critique someone of your caliber, but since you asked……

Billy says:

I like the story told by “B” better. You can see, almost anticipate, the motion of her leaving frustrated from the adventure with her former ‘road trippers’. “A” has a more high fashion/trendy feel. Had her shoes not been clipped, I think this would have worked in showing of the statement of her clothes.

Billy bets on B.

Maggie Wilson says:

B is best. B, you’re talking. A, you’re lighting.

soul aka Alma says:

as a novice(but very creative individual), I can tell you that I like B much better than A.
I think the harsh shadow in A messed it up for me..

Luis Seco says:

Definetely B. It has more movement and the model really pops out from the sun shine in the back. There is also more light on the van and the guys there are clear. I love the overexposure.

Mark says:

B for me. The shadow in A gives it a more ‘fake’ feel. I like the peanut gallery in the back ( ;) ) and think that they are more noticeable in B. They give the picture more atmosphere. Also the ‘previews’ of the pictures are in Square crops, and B definately looks better in square than A.

I would however also pick B given the uncropped versions.

Ivett says:

B is better. The pose of the girl in A looks so uncomfortable that it’s distracting. I also prefer the lighting in B, brighter, more alive and positive.

Don Carter says:

Image “B”. It has more emotional impact, it has some attitude and tells more of a story. “A” is more static and looks a bit posed even thought there is an interesting “mis en scene”, but in “B” the image has a more “focused” subject. (Not “in focus”)

Paul Roupas says:

I like B more. The model looks better in B, the lighting looks more natural, and the van looks good too. In A the only thing that is being shown is a model with lots of contrast and windmills. Unless its for a alternative engery advertisement I say go with B.

Josua Fischer says:

B. it looks more natural. In A the lighting seems artificial and the colors look over-edited

MG says:

B is more striking, more natural, more compelling (/simpler) a story.

Holly says:

B. It is simple, clean, the focus is on the model and the background tells the story. In A. the background distracts from the model.

Sean says:

B all the way. A looks like it was taken when she wasnt ready for it.

Dwayne says:

In terms of visual hierarchy I would go with B. It also seems to be less of a posed shot. Sorta tells a story I guess. Plus black lit photos with the sun behind the subject are some of the best photos ever.

Kevin Alano says:

“A” has a cool look but I think “B” is the better picture


Jeff Shaffer says:

I really don’t find either image particularly compelling-they look like student photos- but if I have to make a choice, B seems to be the stronger composition of the two, and the model’s body gesture is slightly more interesting. She’s not just standing there in obviously artificial light with her arms just hanging at her sides, like a bored PA waiting by the camera truck for the craft services van to arrive.

Ethan says:


There is movement in B, A is static.
The focus is clearly on the woman, in A there are (too) many areas of interest.
I like the blue bus.

MonikaM says:

B and B the blue color of the car!!! WOW………. and also the balance in the picture car verso the girl!!!
Hugs Monika

Jim Neville says:

B – more engaging, seems more natural, the motion throughout the image is smooth and fluid. A seems more rigid and unnatural. Especially with the lighting.

Simon H - UK says:

I’ve go to say B….I am drawn more to the emotion of the picture. It seems to tell a story….

Wayne Hatfield says:

B gets the vote.

A is a portrait – B is a cover for a band. I like B best :-)

Victory says:

I like the implied edge.

Harold says:

Photo B, I don’t like how she is standing in A

I don’t like either of them.
Picture B: 1st, the hand in the second image does not look good. Looks like someone is a rubber woman. The retouching needs work there. This background is better with the blue from the other image. It looks too washed out.
Picture A: The other picture does need to move the woman. I like the idea of moving the girl to the right like in Picture B to balance the image more. It’s too crowded on the left side.
These are only my impression from viewing the two photos.
Thanks for allowing me to post my thoughts here.

Orsi Vilusz says:

Like the colours in A but not the pose. Probably would have opted for including her upper body with more of the turbines and sky at the back. B looks more natural so my vote is B too.


I picked A my computer is moving really slow and acting weird — sorry

Peter M says:

I choose B.

To me photo A feels too tense and looks kinda like the model is just standing there for you to check the lighting/exposure. I like that the colors are more saturated but don’t like the harsh shadow from the model going into the sun.

I find that the composition of B is more balanced and feels more relaxed despite the expression on the model’s face.


Hi Chase,
both images are great but you mentioned that the end use was not important that being said I prefer B. I love dark and contrasty and I get a sense of space, time and some sort of story to be told. It just has more layers.

B :)

Simplicity rules. Not to mention the clear but subtle juxtaposition of the guys in the background in regards to the female makes her pop-out more in the photo.

A for colours & saturation, B for composition. Overall: B.

kto says:

Definitely B. – it has more life to it. And the colors are better/ it looks more less and less “posed”

Johan Alp says:

B! Like the composition better.

Joshua says:

B if I can help it! The composition seems somewhat more daring to me, and I like the overall brightness.

Nic says:

The colour background in A in is better, except the shadow is a bit of putting. I like the feeling of B and the colour of the van shows nicely. Close one, but I would go for B.

Decasteljau says:

B. Composition is more natural.

Lou goodman says:

a is simply static, the eye goes nowhere. b is engaging and keeps the eye moving in and around the image.

Brian C says:

I prefer image A – I think the light is better and the windmills are an interesting element that lead me to your model.

B!!! more dynamic composition and inviting vibe. I like the color palette and DOF on this one better too, creates less distraction

Mitch says:

B, she stands out as independent. A, she is part of the group and is less natural vibe

Lori says:

B – I like the composition, the candidness, and the emotion that it provokes.

Christian H says:


Steven Jackson says:

A grabs my attention in a way that B does not.

David Stevens says:

B. Although I don’t like the tonal range as much I think the composition tells more of a story. Image A is a bit cluttered and seems to lack focus on a particular subject.

Bill Rogers says:

B, definitely – better lighting, better composition. But, when it comes down to it, I really don’t like either image. So, even thought B is better than A, I would reshoot and try to do better than B.

B, more attention to the model and you have a pleasant view of the people at the back that supports the identity of the subject. where A somewhat goes totally the other way around.

Brian Davis says:

B is the best.

That cross processed look on A is too over the top and doesn’t even look good in my opinion. Plus, the pose and composition in A is pretty lame. B has a better exposure, pose, composition, and it provokes thought. I find myself wondering what she’s thinking and doing.

Marc Altman says:

B is much more interesting all around

B all the way, so much more engaging.

B; in A, the lighting is too “invented”. Lighting in B is more natural and visually pleasing. A’s lighting attitude is angry. B’s is friendly :-)

Massimo says:

They’re both good. To different scenarios, two different feelings. A is cool in an advertising / rock’n’roll kind of way – here the main theme is ‘tough atmosphere’, B is more warm, storylike and inviting. I can’t decide. It would all depend of the image’s intended use.

B – like it WAY more.

Brandon says:

B- No contest. Its Jarvis style too.

Howard says:

Wow. Lots of comments! I like B more. “A” looks more produced, which I normally like, and my eye would be drawn to A over B initially, but upon further comparison I have to say B wins.

Reasons (nothing techical):

I like how it seems to have more contrast, I like the posing of the model more than in A, I can see the guys hanging out at the van watching the sunset. “A” would be a cool photo for an ad or something, but B could tell a story, if you have an imagination. I find myself wanting to look at B for a longer time.

rpmech says:

B wins.
I wish that we could see the turbines better in B.
Lighting in A is distracting

marco sweden says:

I like the picture B. It’s more “natural”, more into the scene, without (visible) lights added.

chris says:

B for me. Composition is more interesting, not as busy.

Vince says:

B. Its a story telling photo. A looked artificial with the shadow being cast from the lighting which I felt was inconsistent with the overall scene.

LhotseHawk says:

B. No Contest.
A-my criticisms- her face is mellllllting, everything is still, the styling on her pants is wrong, it feels cold.
B-my props- she is moving towards us which attracts attention, the warm lighting, the angles of the van and her face “feel” better to look at, the cropping of the back of the van allows the photo framing to feel more balanced, lindsey’s profile and skin look beautiful.

Max Kaar says:

I would love to see the B with the processing of A. Love the colors and the contrast in A, but B feels more captivating. So yes, B. Final answer. ;)

Mário Pires says:

I like A the better. Although i would brighten her up just a bit.

Scott says:

B wins

B tells a story for me, as I can sense all the others in this capture and prefer the separation between them and the girl. Would love to see this even more washed out…

Brad says:

B. There’s a story. I’m not a fan of the hyper-stylized look in A. And I wonder, if a random Joe posted these on Flickr, what would the comments look like?

-petew says:

That’s a real toughy….

Two very different pictures, shot A look more like a photography shoot, whilst shot B looks more candid, I feel there’s more story in B, more to make you stop and wonder…

shot A gives a greater sense of location though and the lighting is more complete, although now I’ve said that, the shadow conflicts with the direction of the sun…. so I don’t know…

Jeez, I’m going to have to go with B as it’s the one that engages me the most.

Janis says:

B – cus just feels right with the weight balance on left and right (car and Lindsey). Yeah lights are popping more on A but just doesn’t feel good with all those turbines growing out from Lindseys body etc ..

Brad says:


The girl shows more attitude in B AND I just plain like looking at photo B more than photo A

Charls Uytanlet says:

I like A.

I just found it with more interesting elements and how the model pops out with help from the flash. Led me straight to her.

Naala says:

B 100%

John Motzi says:

B; There’s a story here; It makes me wonder what the story is. I don’t get that feeling from A.

i don’t like the hard light in picture A, so definitly B.

manne says:

i love A!
great colours

Chris says:

wow, tons of responses… hope you have time to go and shoot some pictures after reading them all…

I’m gonna say B for the same reasons as others have already said. It seems more candid, natural, nicer lighting, it puts a story in my head about what might be going on, whereas A does none of that for me. It seems a little Jarring.

BUT you said which is better? I don’t think there IS an answer to that, only to which you prefer.

Hanuman says:

I like both but B edges A as it tells a better story

Joe B says:

I prefer B. It tells a story.

In A the girl just looks like she’s posing for a picture at a cheesy photo shoot.for a clothing store.

Michal says:

B – I don’t know what to look at first in A. The wind turbines don’t add anything to the picture.

TW says:

B…like her stance and like the fact the people in the van become part of the scene….

dhani says:

B, I find that the windmills in the background of A don´t help tell the story…..

Saneesh says:

Photo B. Warm.Blue of van stands out. Sunlight looks more natural. The People in the Van is more part of the photo. no doubt,Photo B.

Mike says:

I prefer B

Lighting looks too un-natural in A

Marcus says:


Also because of the pose in A, which looks a bit “just waiting for the photo to happen”. I also find the flash shadow a bit irritating in A. More subtle us of flash might have changed they way I look at A.

B seems to tell more of a story. But both are good photos of course. ;-)

I vote B.
A is great, as long as it’s a fashion shoot you’re doing.
B just catches me, I actually want to know what the hell those guys are looking at that could be more interesting than the honey walking by.

Hans says:

B, easy choice! It has more dynamic tension with the girl walking out of the frame and A has too many competing subjects.

Diego says:

I’m all over B – the light is gorgeous and her position in the frame is much more engaging – the frame has more depth

Elaine says:


Leaving aside the definition of “better” as requested and going purely on what I find most aesthetically pleasing, then B, no question.

The story in B is stronger IMO, and evokes feelings of nostalgia, the buzz of a road trip, chilling as the sun comes up/goes down. I find the composition much more dynamic, the lighting more pleasant and the girl’s pose is more compelling – it looks like she’s walking, making me wonder “where’s she going?”

By contrast I find the composition of A more static, I find her posture a bit “limp”, the harsh light and shadows are in conflict with the sunshine, the background though better exposed seems a bit irrelevant to me. Overall it looks “overdone” to me. That said, it’s probably a bit more “rock ‘n’ roll”! Would agree the story is more closely focused on “the girl”.

Which is “best” is determined by the story you’re trying to tell. ;)

Jim says:

Without knowing exactly what the objective is, I prefer “B”. It’s far more dynamic and natural than “A”. I guess if it was for a campaign about green technologies and the wind turbines were important, “A” would be the way to go, but as it is, when I look at it I hear this conversation in my head, “Okay, stand there a second and let me get the exposure locked in before we start shooting…”.

Aputure says:

I’m not a huge fan of either one, but I’d have to choose B over A. The pose looks more natural, the band members (?) in the back are more clear, and it draws my eye in more.

Chris says:

Definitely B. Better exposed background, don’t really like the spotlighting effect on A.

Blown out highlights in the background of B work really well to wrap around the subject.

JMLeon says:

B Works way better. The eye goes straight to the girl (which is supposed to be the main subject) and the lighting looks more natural. I also think the vintage looks works so nice with it.

Off the technical, B says “adventure and wild” and A says “Want to sell you jeans, by H&M” or something alike.

Andy Goh says:

I like the blown out background in B, it makes the subject stands out more.

dewmx says:


better motion.

Foges says:

Visually the hard light and shadows in A is more interesting. The lighting in B is bland and far less interesting by comparison. The sideways glance and implied movement in B tells more of a story than A, where the model looks to have been taken by surprise. It depends on how the image is to be used, but purely for visuals I would go with A.

Hi chase!
For me, it’s B
Thank you for your beautiful pictures!

Thochris says:

In ‘A’ there’s no obvious reason for the main light source on the girl, it gives a dramatic look, no doubt, but it seems a bit unnatural. In B the lighting is much more subtle and natural looking, to me it’s saying ‘cool sunrise, huh?, now lets hit the road, we’ve got places to go’

Sam says:

B – the pose in a looks awkward…whereas B looks as if the model is unaware of the camera..more of an insight into whats happening in my view.

Mathias says:

B – It gives you the feeling that she is moving out of the picture in a natural way. And I find the guys in the background more interesting.

“A” looks like she is posing and arranged. And the van in the background feel more like a mistake that adds clutter.

Amy says:

I like the bluish green coloured background in Image A, but B is less crowded and there’s not much conflict, so I’ll have to go with the latter. B!

Mike says:


I actually like the colors/light on the models face better in A, but B is far better and more raw and “honest” as a photo if you look at the big picture.

The girl herself also comes of far better looking in B. Not to mention the different poses.

mjgholland says:


A looks looks set up and manipulated so I am detached from the photo and the women. I am not in A. thats my preference

ediheld says:

I like B better, because it looks more natural.

A is nice, too, but I don’t really like how you see the cut off shadow on the ground. Also, I don’t like the composition as much. It looks a bit like a light test.

vejadu.dre says:


Jim says:


A is static with an awkward pose. B has dynamic tension and better color.

andrea says:

I don’t know exactly why but in my opinion the B is absolutly better.

James says:

B is better. Great point of view and nice lighting.

Nick T says:

B for me. Tells a story and I prefer the compositional balance. Some nice colours in A but otherwise it doesn’t do much for me.

regina says:

I like A. I like the blue green hue and the contrast on the models face.

regina says:

I like A

Kavya says:

Its ‘B’ for me
Because there is a story to tell in that

B. Image A looks too “lit” for the casual context, in my opinion. Her pose is very comfortable and casual, and the light looks really natural. I’m not even 100% sure it’s lit, but I *think* it is. In A, I don’t prefer the artificially hard shadow on the ground or the way the cameral right side of her face goes full black (make no mistake here, I like dramatic lighting, but this is an example where the light is harsh to my eye). I also don’t like the way her toes are cut off at the bottom of the frame.

Puneet says:

B because of cleanliness

Faz says:

B – there’s a story there to be told. A is too stand up for me.

Adam Coss says:

I like “B” mostly because it seems less hostile and its well balanced.

Peter Simonsson says:

B – I think all that can be said has been said :)

TC says:

First choice when I saw the images was A because it took my attention right on. Think because the lighting and the colors. But when I saw B it raised a lot of questions: where are they, who is she, where are they going to. Are they friends, a band with a van to the next gig. Did the car broke down… and on and on and on…. So at the end, I choose B, because it makes me think and wonder….

Gregory says:

B tells a story but visually, A is just much more appealing.

Hilarious that there are this many comments and they are all so varied!

There was no hard decision for mee:
It looks appealing, finished and makes mee look again,
where as in A it looks as if the photographer snuck a snapshot and realized it wasn’t exactly what they were looking for; almost as if the model is too disheveled.

I’m curious to hear from non-photographers though, people who don’t sit and look at photos all day-I seem to get the purest answers and feedback from people who don’t exactly see through an “edited eye”

-Melissa E Earle

Daniel says:

B. Compositionally it feels more balanced to me. But the greeny hue on the shadows in A make it interesting. ps. that chick is hot. Call me.

Jason says:

B. The rawness just drags you into the scene.

Bryn says:

B based on gut feel. compostion of a feels unbalanced

marcus grip says:

Oh god, I barely can’t decide since both images has it’s goods and charm. Biut I choose B, since she does not seem so stiff and I get the feeling that she is walking out of the frame which adds more movement and drama to it and it has more feeling in it.

But both of them are great!

My choice is: B

Tim Streland says:

I like B

Tracey Hedge says:

I like
It is part of an established story with great color and feeling.

A -has all of the elements of a story..but does not know what it wants to tell yet.

John Busch says:

Photo A: although you see more of the envirement, you stay foccused at the lady. That might come because of the great light. (a tough lady somewere out there)

Photo B: Although the lady is more in the foreground, the van is taking your eyes of the subject (if the woman is the subject). Probably of the light as well, the lady is a bit underexposured compared with the background.

For me, Photo A.

Bruce Weber says:

A…partly because B seems to be the popular choice and partly because it’s edgier and that make me happy.

The two things I don’t like about A are the models hands. They look like she’s thinking, “what should I do with my hands?” Also, I wish the pool of light was toned down on the ground a bit.

Tim says:

I love them both, however B appeals to me more.
B seems to show her with some sort of emotion/attitude – as if she’s angry with the guys.

Eddie Lau says:

B, Color of A is great, but too many distractions.

Finbar says:

Oh an by the way, is it an idea to add voting buttons, or some sort of poll system to the page. Saves a lot of tallying. ;) just sayin’

Athena says:

B has an emotional presence AND a better composition.

Finbar says:

B because it is all about the girl.

B’s lighting is better but it’s kinda weird to have the girl looking one way, the boys another. A is more engaging but the turbines are a bit distracting. In the end, it boils down to the purpose of the shoot.

einfachderjan says:

A: I like the whole atmosphere much more than the atmosphere in B. I Also don’t like the look of the model in B. Although it’s more natural for me she looks like: “oh these stupid guys in the car. I have to get some distance”. And I personaly don’t like that. While A is for me like: “There’s something gonna happen”…

benji says:


Definitely B, for the lighting and the model.


Scott says:

I’m with the B squad. It’s all about the story.

adeldegan says:

B. The color on A is nice, and you can see the windmills better but a picture needs to tell a story and A doesn’t speak to me at all. If you could process B as an HDR tonemapped then you could probably pull the windmills in just a bit more and it would be perfect!

Alex Wong says:

B, by a country mile. B tells a story. B has movement.

A feels stiff. The lighting on the ground is odd.

A is the more compelling image. Not sure what it says though. As well. A chops the feet, B chops the hands.


Emmet says:

Photo B for all the same reasons others have noted. A seems too awkward a pose and poorly lighted.

Tommy says:

I prefer b but its really subjective. The emotion and sense of movement makes it more believable as a “story” and that wins it over for me whereas the “a” shot has better exposure it feels contrived and the flash and shadow adds to that but its cool to see the wind mills clearly. The position of the flash also makes an oddly cut-off shadow. A tad too much intent in that shot. Both are beautifully composed. Might want to give her back her hand if “b” is cropped. All in all both are great but B wins as the better picture simply because of the story it tells.

Kevin says:

B has the more natural look.

Stuart Guy says:

At first, I was drawn to B, but I choose A because it disturbed me that the people were looking away in photo B. In photo A, the model is the center of attention.

Benjamin Bautista says:

B! The overall composition of the photo is better compared A.

Geoff says:

I don’t like the colour cast in A
The composition is stronger in B
Cutting off her feet in A looks bad
B has nicer lighting

B is dynamic and has attitude. A is static and less interesting. B is better.

fatasian says:


The colors seem to pop more, I also seem to be into blown out sky exposures lately too.

Daria Riley says:

B… I dunno why… but I do like it considerably better.

Steve ferro says:

A. Looks like she stoped in her tracks to ask a question. And the left side of her face is gone
B. this is the shot, love the color,lighting and of course the girl.


Chris says:

B is better. Looks more natural.

Mark Y says:

B. “A” looks too staged..lighting is strange.. and the pose is just odd.


Because it focuses my attention on the model. The colour of the van pops as a nice background element and the model has a great pose. I wish her hand wasn’t cut off though.

It’s “B” for me. Something about the position of Lindsey in contrast to the car and other subject works for me. It doesn’t even distract me but seems to tell a story. And above al, I just it best. She looks edgy and I feel a vibe and a story coming from the image.

RobyFabro says:

B. – I find A too artificial, I don’t quite like the light on her!

nicaguerrero says:

Se supone que debo hablar en inglés?..
Prefiero la B porque a pesar de que en la foto A el contexto esta más explícito, en la B los sujetos de la camioneta (mucho más presentes en la foto B que en la A) me obligan a buscar qué es lo que miran e inmediatamente veo las turbinas, están allí. la modelo me transmite una sensación de rebeldia y me dice que aunque esta en el desierto prefiere ir a buscar algo más, en lugar de contemplar el paisaje junto a sus compañeros de viaje, aunque tal vez solo se aleje por un momento despues de una discusión… bueno la cosa es que a mi manera de ver la foto B te involucra mucho más en el discurso y te obliga a indagar en la situación en lugar de pensar en la tensión de la pose de la modelo, la cantidad de turbinas de viento o cosas asi.

Sarah says:


A reminds me of being challenged by obstinate teenagers. B makes me feel like I’ve found where the cool kids hang out.

Jordan Thistlewood says:

B: it is clean and the photo unfolds a story by itself. The other photo has no clear message because it gets tied up in the lighting, color treatment, busier background. B is just simple and makes you explore the frame after first seeing the subject.


b wins. Model’s Attitude, composition, color palette, It makes the picture wholesome.

Sun in A is nice, but the head is cut off in the shadow which is not to my taste. Also there is something odd about the white balance in A. Its got a mix of all sorts of lights!! A bit off key is what i can describe best about A.

Andy says:

It’s hard… but I think B, mostly because the pose in A looks awkward and unnatural. I do like the lighting in A and the fact that you can actually see the turbines, but B still takes it.

While reluctant to offer the 867th comment and without reading any one of those posted, I recommend “B”. It’s more balanced in terms of composition, while providing a stronger focus on the woman and her companions in the background. I am also drawn in to a point where I discover the windmills in the background. “A” doesn’t draw me in nor does it prompt me to look closer at the details.

Warren Berlin says:

B. It is a more engaging and multi-dimentional image in that the contrast between the model and the background and lack of background detail provides model focus, but at the same time the lighting on the men in the background allows one to see that they are clearly focused on something which provides us some thought process as to what the scenario truly is.

Dominic says:

Love the lighting of A, but the girl’s pose in B. Can we combine the best of both into option C?


I like the dramatic lighting of A, and that you can see the windmills more clearly, but I like the composition of B much better. If the feet weren’t cut off in A I would probably go with it.

Ana says:

Which photo is better for what?
For showing the blue car?
For showing the girl?
For impact?
Other people in scene?
Advertising, editorial, storytelling?
Adding sugar may be right for a coffee cup, wrong for a soup.
It all depends on what you need it for.

Danté Bell says:

Oh well, I might as well buck the trend, but I really, really, really like A more than B. I feel ‘power’ from A and don’t get much of a feeling at all of B even though it’s a nice composition!

B, mostly just because it looks more real. I look at A and think “Why is there a spotlight in the middle of the desert?”

Ricky says:

B. It has all the right elements of a storytelling photo

steve says:

B. The interest of story is more developed…more questions of why and what is happening. This makes you study it more and therefore it captures more thought and concentration. The result is that you spend more time looking at this photo.

R.J. says:

Both have merit…and as always it depends on the use/AD/story/editor/general overall purpose, but B is definitely my Fave. Flows, simple my eye doesn’t have to wonder where to wander…

laura lok says:

my eye gravitates toward B each time I look at it.

Thatcher says:

Dang. That was a lot of scrolling.
Anyways, I think B is better. More natural. Has a story. More interesting. Photo A just as cool colors. That’s it.

Peter de Rooij says:

B, definitely. There’s a story here; I like the weary look and how she leans and looks out of the frame; the lighting, tone, and background fit for me. If there’s a story in A, I am not getting it; the lighting is distracting to me (not sure what is cause and what is effect – I am wondering how the lighting was done, not what the story is).

jim says:

B. it has energy – she’s got energy; A seems static

I like the color of A as well, but B is cleaner; the subjects are in their own space in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

Sara says:

I prefer B because of the composition and the more relaxed posture of the model. But I love the lighting, color balance and background detail of A. But composition and the model win over lighting in this case.

Keat says:

definitely B.

A is just a camouflage trying deceive the noobs with Photoshop in believing it is art.

coop says:

100% B!!

Canada FTW says:

B because the composition feels less jarring than A, as well as the colour palette is softer and less PAINFULBLAM!

Wayne says:

B all the way

ZachWagner says:

For me it’s _B_
Natural and laid back in the strongest manner. It has a “from the hip” feel to it with a well thought out look. _B_

Yannick says:

B. Lighting looks more natural!

antonios says:

In (a) i stared at her shorts, couldnt get past them got bores…
In (b) i stared at her face struck an emotion of how cool does she look… then i saw the dudes and thought what are they looking at… saw the windmills and thought hey nice renewable energy and finished off with the van wanting it….

What im saying is (b) has a story for me (a) has shorts… :)

Tim says:

Photo B. I love the feel of it. Looks like a story behind it! Just a cool shot!

Jessica says:

I say B. I think it’s just more interesting because the windmills are a little less obvious and I like that the guys in the van are more visible and it’s easier to see they are all looking away.

Mary Phillips says:

By far, B is the one I like. Feels like it could easily be a still from a movie as the woman walks off screen.

robert says:

B – there’s more of a story in it.

Jared Cullison says:

B wins in my opinion. It is cleaner, more graphic, nicer light. I also feel like it exists in the real world: Photo A feels too forced, lit, out of reality.

B, absolutely. Less posed, less snapshotty.

FraFroe says:

B! As a portrait of the girl.

A is very artificial, so if…

Jeremy says:

I like B better.
It looks more natural and has a more “grittier” feel that seems to fit the location better. A looks more staged and “processed” with the flash and the color treatment. Plus the her pose in A is kind of awkward.

John (aka Wish I Were Riding) says:

Clearly (looking at the comments) it’s B, which is what I thought.

I really like the grunginess and warmer color scheme of photo “A”. I think it fits the subjects personality and appearance. However I do think the positioning of photo “B” is the more desirable one of the two. Over all I am gonna go with “A”.

Boon says:

I like the mood of A but love the pose of the model on B.

My take will be B.

stephen says:

ummm….B. yep, B .

Randall says:

My pick is B. I like the composition better. A has her more centered and her toes are cut off. I also keep looking at the light on the ground behind her, which seems weird to me.

Josh says:

B for me. It draws me in more.

Paul S says:

While I was initially drawn to photo B but my eye kept drifting back to A. Photo A is composed of opposites creating a visually deep multi-layered environment. Photo B is focused on the girl and seems fairly one dimensional.

I vote for A.

Vijay says:

B Wins. B looks clean and makes me look for light sources but A has it on the face.

B without a doubt. Composition, story. A is not even close.

caitbee says:

i like B, more natural looking lighting.

C Russell says:

B, just a full frame of the subject and more powerful!!

B = :)

Aaron says:

B all the way.
For the saucy, saucy look.
More balanced too.

Remi Boucher says:

Colors in A looks better, but B is more sexy. B wins

Wolf says:

B, tells a story, makes my eyes go back and wonder…

B – I like the composition, lighting and mood of that image more than A.

Nitin says:

B – is cleaner
A is paradoxial – sun vs flash, too much gravel and other distractions

Salil says:

A, without a doubt, love the colours!

Bryan Nelson says:

Photo B is my pick. I has movement and the lighting make sense.

Photo A seems more static and I don’t get the motivation for the light as is doesn’t make sense to have a spot light in the middle of nowhere which is accentuated by the brighter area of ground.

Mei says:

A is better. The colors in A suggest mystery and draw you in much better than B. Colors in B are flat and lifeless.

Owen Schebella says:

B is the better one IMO. The girl has a relaxed/bad girl look going on. Sexy/dangerous. A hint of the wind generators in the background and the crew in the van looking off to the horizon. It just works.

A is way too try-hard. It’s saying “ooh look im all grunge and ‘out there’, im so postmodern”. Also the girl looks like she’s robotic. Dont like at all.

Diana says:

A. I just love the light. Makes it much more interesting.

PG says:

I’m not crazy about either actually, which is probably why I’m not Chase Jarvis.

In A, I had an immediate and negative reaction when I saw the pool of light and shadow on the ground, which is where my attention was first drawn. I simply didn’t like it.

In B, my eyes wander back and forth between the model and the group at the van. In fact, I find my eyes searching for details in the rest of the image, because there are few with the model.

Is there a 3rd choice? No? Then B, because it takes me throughout the image.

Ronno says:


Less visual clutter.

Hans says:

I vote for B. I prefer the picture because it has bright and vivid colors compared to A.

Nic says:

G’day Chase and everyone reading,

For me, B is the better image, there is a story in the image and the girl, whilst important, is part of the story. In image A, she’s static and the that lighting would be awesome to capture and reveal something in motion. Love the location!

Andrew says:

I think A. The stance of the model and the colour tones of the image, give the picture a really dramatic and isolated mood.

Also i think A, brings out a bit more depth in the image

Mayela says:


Better use of lines, composition and gesture.

Arpil says:

I like A better. It depicts a mood which currently, I’m CRAZY about it. The kinda rustic vintage feel.

Ari Litton says:

Although really I want the colors and mood of A with the composition of B.

Andrea says:

B definitely. A is too dark and everything is pushed to the left side making it feel off balance. B has lovely light, better balance, great blue.

B is the better. From a fashion point of view

Patricia T says:

B… but it might depend on what you’re trying to say?

Brant says:


Much sexier posture.
No long shadow.
More favourable composition.
Colour treatment in A is a bit, dare I say, “hipstamatic”.

My vote is for B

Love the color in A but the composition and pose in B wins it for me.

Gerhard says:

I prefer B. The overall brightness and contrast appeals to me. I used to shoot a lot of cross processed images. I also like the grils position in the frame. It feels like this gives the image more depth. It also feels more balanced. Nice work. Love it.

Tom Wear says:

It’s more natural and “real” looking but still dramatic.
More sense of motion rather than everything still and vertical.
The turbines are still there but not fighting with the main model for attention.
The van and models in the background have more value and relate more to the main model, helping to tell a story rather than seeming incidental.

Scott says:


more depth, more interest, the girl is stronger, but supported by the secondary elements (guys in the back ground, the windmills).

David Brewer says:

B. Model pose and lighting feels more natural.

Iwan says:

B is better for the compositing, but for eye catching A is more cacther for a girls

sergio says:

A – this pretty girl looks really nice and sexy
B – there’s more composition and story in it

Anonymous says:

B, it has emotion

Will says:

B all the way. Its because in A, you lose the people in the back as they look cluttered and not very defined or do they appear to be part of the photo.

Jared Burns says:

Formatted as they are: ‘B’. The girl is the strength and attitude within the shot. She becomes the foreground element here. That said, I would really love to see some experimentation with the cropping in ‘A’. Lets hone in on her from the waist up, still incorporating the background elements. That would be dramatic for sure.

Nik says:

B. In every aspect…light, composition and gesture. great job Chase. Where is this location?

A. It is more interesting than B. The lighting to create the unnatural shadow draws the eye to all of the lines in the photo that are pointing to the subject, from the lines in the dirt road beside her to the windmills pointing at her. Though the lines come from all angles they converge on her. I think the composition of A draws the eye into the photo and slowly reveals more. The sun acts to slowly show the way out of the scene.

mitchell smith says:


andrew says:

I prefer A because it’s unapologetically a photograph.

Bo says:

I gotta go with B. Just feels more personal to me.

Bob Best says:

Definitely like photo A better. It’s got more grit, it’s more raw and in your face, and that seems more suiting to the model and her surroundings.

Shannon says:

B – its more of a captured moment instead of a created one like A

Sean Young says:

B. She seems to have an implied movement going on and that captures my attention.

MrJimmy says:

B is better as its more about her and one can almost read her attitude. There’s to much going on in A. or maybe A if you loose the boots, Or maybe I am just to old to get that look. Is that the Life after the bomb look. Love your work.

Mike says:

A — B looks too much like a snapshot, even though the pose is better.

David says:

B is much stronger.

Paul says:

I like B because:

1. My eye keeps returning to the girl. In A it stays stuck on the turbines.
2. I feel like there might be a “story” in B, I don’t get that feeling in A.


Will says:

B all the way.

Alex says:


Chase – you will have to have some poor sod add all this up! will be interesting…..


Anne-Marie says:


there’s more mystery and drama because of the light on her.


but prefer the look on “a”.

Demond says:

I like image B

Conor Ronan says:

A is my choice, turbines are much clearer and a good association for the campaign


I like B. A feels a bit busy with too many subjects (van, girl, mills). B narrows down the subjects and seems a bit more natural / believable. The spotlight on A is also distracting and simply makes me think about the lighting the photographer was using, rather than the subject.

Rick says:

B. It looks more real. A looks too posed.

jesse says:

B, but only because I prefer working strictly with natural light. Both images are fantastic.

-bwg says:


I like the shadow on the girl’s face better and the men leaning on the van are less distracting and the windmills are more attractive

Ariel says:

It seems to tell more of a story… more inviting you to add your own interpretation/narrative.

Gary says:

B — it invokes more emotion than A…A says “you want me to move my van??” B says Im done with these guys

Sjoerd van der Hucht says:

B -more dynamic, story telling

David Dunton says:

“B” is better. It is visually balanced and enjoyable for me to look at and feels like a snapshot of friends hanging out. “A” looks like a test photo for the first light in a lighting setup. It’s harsh, inappropriately greenish, too dark, and lacks a discernible context.

Anthony I says:

Without a doubt it is B for me. B tells a story but leaves me wanting to know the ending.

A is dark and guides the eye through the image less effectively than B. Also, I am struggling with the shadow (from artificial lighting) – it seems very hard/sharp and feels unnatural in terms of where the sun is shining from.

Finally, and this has already been taken up by quite a few posters, the model looks far more natural in B – a more natural gait; while in A she is fixed in time and position.

Love these A or B posts, Chase – they really get me thinking.

Andrew Snook says:

B….background is not as distracting

Tommi says:

I vote for B. There’s more connection with the model.

My vote goes to B. It tells more of a story. Who is she walking away from and why? Where are they anyway. It has movement and interest in it. A is more about the posing and the lighting.

Greg says:

B, most definitely!

jabari says:

Both look good. It bugs me that her feet are cut off in A. Her hands are cut off in B but it’s not as bad, so I have to say B is the best.

Butch McCartney says:

B. Love the natural backlight and the comp. A is cool, but a bit harsh, I wish I could see the guys by the van like I can in B, and she looks like she was “flashy thinged” like in Men in Black.

Hutchphoto says:

I like B, the focus is on the girl, A is too busy. the blown out areas also leaves space for text etc if it was for an ad.

Travis F says:

B. The lighting in A is unnatural… where is the spotlight coming from?

B without a question. A is a total throwaway.

“B” but with a bit less contrast and different edit. She is too dark, everything else is too bright.

Also, not “A” because:
– There is a windmill growing up from her shoulder.
– Due to the shape and position of light (i guess) her head looks somehow deformed.

BtW: looking at “A” for some time, it would be a nice to see the same shot without her (and that light) in front.

Kat says:

B…for sure. It captures a more raw and gritty emotion with the pose of the model and contrast of the photo.

Norbert says:

I vote for B because I prefer the composition (it seems more balanced to me) and the girl’s pose and facial expression.

pixelmixture says:


jetgreen1 says:


She looks unsatisfied…HOT

Mike Fitton says:

B, and I agree with Dov Harrington for the exact same reasons

Matthew says:

B-like the pose and the lighting better. It is about her.

Nick Rainey says:

Definitely B.

Jeff Mesnil says:


A looks too much staged: the girl’s shadow conflicts with the sun on the horizon and her standing is not natural.
I prefer the composition of B between the girl and the band and the overexposure make me feel the heat.

steve says:

B is all about the girl, but I like the light and shadows in A better, so A.

Svava Freyr says:

I will chose picture B without any doubt specialy because that light on the ground in the foreground bugs the hell out of me in picture A so I will vote for Bicture B

Hristo says:

Definitely B.

B, but with reservations. I don’t like the way she is standing in A. It looks awkward. But I prefer the color at atmosphere much more in A. I would love the composition in B to be combined in some way with the color and background exposure of A.

Nelson says:

Definitely B
A looks too made up.

Of course it is all about what you are trying to say with the picture. What is your target viewer? But if I forget about commercial selling point and just look at the pictures I like
best. Because it is a soft and pleasnt picture that raises a lot of questions to the viewer. Where are they? Who is the girl? where is she heading? Very urban, pale feeling.

A is on the other hand very straight forward and “edgey”. As a commercial for urban jewelry och clothing for the city people it will work great.

Sho S says:

I like B because of its beautiful colors/composition, the model’s expression (or lack of it) and because it definitely suggests an intriguing story, in my opinion.

B probably because the light is more naturally justified. A looks like there are two suns.

Anonymous says:

B – more natural, more interesting, less clutter. The subject is clearly the girl in B, I don’t know what to look at in A.

A.) if you like good use of depth and interesting shadows. kinda lifeless model looking though

B.) because it has soul and style. And presumably that is what you are connecting with whatever you are selling.

Ira Casel says:

B is more dynamic, more interesting. I like the way the model’s on the move in B.

Rameez-k says:

Ah Chase gotta say I’ve never liked these particular posts.

In pure biased opinion I can’t really say because there is no such thing as a better photograph.

There is a context in which one photograph suits the other more but since I don’t know what that context is again its unknown to me.

Just a critique maybe include a scenario in which what photo might fit best?

Anyways man loving the recent blog updates

Neilson says:


Initially I was drawn to A, but a few more looks and the spot lighting the model and ground looked a bit out of place / forced given the setting. I also liked how the model’s eyes drew me into the shot in A, rather than off to the side in B.

However, the model’s movement out of the frame in B tells a story that is stronger than A. The overexposed sky draws the eye to the model’s face and into her story and then out of the frame. That ride through the picture is more fun than A. B has a cinematic feeling that I like, whereas A feels like a pose for a photo, which isn’t all bad, I just like cinematic looking photos and find them more interesting.

J says:

I prefer photo B. The shadow cast from the strobe camera left looks unnatural especially when the sun is also in the frame.

Mark says:

Both have merit. A is good, but the shadow on the side of her face is terrible. She looks like the Terminator or something. B is ok but a bit conventional.

Bo Johnsson says:

“B” is far better. More dynamic composition, more depth and more movement in the picture. Cool shot.

Miro says:

B is better.
It’s not static. Also dont like the shadow from her in A as it goes towards the sun and not away. Looks unnatural

Mark Millar says:

B. A is too green. Sunrise, or sunset is not green.

Yann says:

I would choose B by far for the pose, natural light and feeling of the picture.

Michael says:

B, which seems to be telling a story and I like the composition much better.

Tim says:

I prefer the more natural light of B.

B is much more complete from a storytelling standpoint. Cool shot.

JF Machado says:

pros: wide, detail, color, depth
cons: bad lighting (no detail; no attention given to group), bad shadow (unnatural half shadow)

pros: overall balance, natural pose
cons: no scene detail, unimpressive color palette.

My choice: B
I’m not too fond of the photo, but it’s a better moment than A. If they were mine, I’d tried to get the B composition done with the A tech.


Ben says:

I like B
The colour of the van stands out more, and the girls stance isn’t artificial.

Jon says:


Just too much obvious lighting in A, and her face looks blown out.

Yair says:

I like B ;-)

Ariel V says:

Hey Chase!

I am naturally drawn to B.

Both photographs have elements that I like but B feels more complete to me. I like that the sky is blown out and I’m feeling her swag.

I love the cool tones Photo A but my eyes are pulled from too many directions off the bat. The blown out sky is just fine but I’m finding the spotlight and sharp shadow on the ground too distracting. I think I would have enjoyed it if it was lessened or if she were lit from a lower angle. Her shadow friend also makes it look like he is coming out of her arm. Some space between the subject and the group in the background would have been best imho.

Blake says:


I like the color of the woman’s face better here; I like the fact that I can see the other people at the van; I don’t care that the sky is blown out; B has movement whereas A’s pose is static and confrontational.

Dallas says:

I prefer B because of the composition and the lovely washed-out tones. I also like the depth of story that the people in the van add. A does have gorgeous colours, but I’m not as crazy about the composition.

Rob says:

A but the crop across the toes bothers me a little (not much). I like the detail of the wind mills and that is mostly lose in B.

Jenika says:

I’m surprised so many people are saying B…… I like A better. I like the colors better, and how she confronts the camera. The wind turbines, the contrast on her face – it is slightly eerie and very cool. It makes me want to know what the story is behind it.

I see what people mean about the pose being “better” in B, but I also think the pose is what makes it a tad more forgettable. How many photos do you see of girls posed like that? And because the wind turbines are blown out, they kind of clutter the background rather than adding to it.

Of course, they’re both great images. I just like A.

Larry says:

B if it’s a fashion shot. Everything going on behind the model (Lindsey) serves only as a backdrop for the model in the foreground.

Phil Balsdon says:

They’re both good images but I don’t think the decision is about which photo is technically better, I think its about the story. These images both tell a totally different story.

A is something about the character or fashion of the girl, B is about the whole situation.

alex says:

B fo shizzle

A. It seems to pull you into the photo more. A lot more vibrant

EBPitcher says:

I like B better. It’s more compositionally interesting. The girl stands out more. It’s more casual/natural. I don’t like the lighting in A or the unnatural “pose” or the fact that she’s almost in the middle. Oh and I don’t like that half of her face is so in the shadow that it appears missing.

Anton Tarasov says:

A all the way.

Alan Nielsen says:

to B or not to B…that is the question….

I say B.

Anonymous says:


The color and contrast are more striking. I get more of a story within the photo from this image.

I like the rawness of A but do not enjoy the spotlight effect on the women.

Raymond Vestal says:

i definitely like B the best

Chris says:

B. Hands down. My eye goes straight to the subject in B where in A it wanders a bit, distracted by the color and density of the environment. But in B, I go straight to the subject and then later on I pick up on the guys in the van and the wind farm.

Dan says:

My gut reaction is B, hands down. ‘A’ comes across as static, and though design principles say the road drawing your eye toward her face should work, it just doesn’t. First principles also say that the lass walking out of the edge of the frame in ‘B’ draws your eye out of the image, and that’s not desireable, but in this case it creates fantastic tension, and has “story”.

Anonymous says:

My gut reaction is B, hands down. ‘A’ comes across as static, and though design principles say the road drawing your eye toward her face should work, it just doesn’t. First principles also say that the lass walking out of the edge of the frame in ‘B’ draws your eye out of the image, and that’s not desireable, but in this case it creates fantastic tension, and has “story”.

felipe carlos says:


I like B much better for composition (other than I don’t like that her hands are cut off.) It looks like something from a Steven Soderbergh film, with the blown out sky — it works though. I love the attitude. Any chance this is cropped, and you could recrop to get the hands back?
A is more unbalanced, which can work at times, but not here. I do like the bit of blue sky in the shot, and that there is more detail in the jacket (likely because of the lighting) but… the shadow on the face is too hard, the girl’s shadow looks really strange –overly strobified, wrong direction — considering the natural backlighting and it is an odd pose, far less interesting than the sassiness of B.

ramin says:

My gut reaction was B just because the primary model is lit more evenly and it fits your blog a bit better. But personally I really like a moodier shot and A just has more questions to it. And the fact that in A the girl has a strong Lisbeth Salander vibe to her doesn’t hurt at all.

I prefer A more, but I can certainly understand why most seem to prefer B more.

Gabe says:

I like B. The model in the picture seems to have more “tude” than the photo in A. I also think that picture B is less clutterd, but at the same time, it makes the eye flow around the picture easily, especially with the blue van in the background.

Seifier says:

A. There is more light contrast which draws me in, and the sky isn’t blown out like B.

Loving B. Love the blown out background. Really makes her pop. The blue van makes her stand out as well.

Alex B says:

B. Model is in a cleaner space, her look is working better for me than it does in A, and the increased detail on the truck and guys hanging out at it are hinting at more of a story. That said the wind farm is mostly lost, which I was digging from A.

T says:

B. Definitely B. Love the attitude, the stance, the fact that I can see the guys in the background (didn’t even notice them in A)… Also, the harsh spotlight and shadow in A isn’t working I feel.

Morris,The Netherlands says:

B ;-)

B because of the harsh light and strong shadows from the opposite direction of the sun in A and the toes are cropped off.

B for me. I like the tone and content of A, but it just looks, well, kinda forced.

Zak says:

B. More dynamic and looks more like natural light.

Jeff Sampson says:

I am really liking B. It seems to tell more of a story to me

B is better. The subject matter is clearly the girl, and B gives enough of an image of this girl, while A paints the whole picture. It’s always better to leave some up to the imagination. I definitely appreciate B more.

Jon says:

I like B better. Whether the model is moving or not, she appears to be, which lends a sense of motion to the photo. Also, I agree with others that are somewhat distracted by the artificial light shadow working in conflict with the sun.

Scott says:

B stands out – the exposure on her face is more even, she is positioned so as to be the focus, not the windmills, and I like the balance of the van to the woman.

Nadia says:

B- I like the fact that Lindsey is in the forefront. She is what I see first, and there is no question on what the subject is. From there my eye travels to the background where the wind turbines are and the few guys leaning on the truck. Everything is well framed, but it also has me wondering on what the guys are looking at, so the photo is keeping my attention, and making me wonder which I think is essential in a good photograph.

Sajid says:

As a picture i’ll go with A
only thing i dnt like abt it is her posture.

Steve says:

I “like” a better because there is more detail in the shadow and the environment, but I really don’t like the shadows conflicting with the sunlight.

If I were the girl and I hired you for a portrait shoot, I’d prefer B.

If you’re trying to tell a story, something tells me that story is better represented in A.

Rob E says:

B. because it has more of a sense of tension between foreground/background, sense of motion (as in something is happening and I want to know what it is), and emotion as a result of the first two things. A. is much more static and the lighting puts the focus very squarely on the foreground (girl).

Mike Wilson says:

Hands down for me it’s B. HOWEVER! Since you said that this was about post-processing yadda yadda yadda I would add a caveat, which is context. True, you said “don’t worry about the context”, but the 2 photos communicate 2 very different ideas that it’s very difficult to judge which is better WITHOUT context. I could see instances where A would be a better shot if it were, say, about environmentalism or something like that. But just as-is, side-by-side art-for-arts-sake, it’s B for me.

tripleman says:

Honestly, neither one does a lot for me. If I had to chose, I would say B.

It tells more of a story.

Ryan says:

B, no contest. A just looks unnatural

Luke Arms says:

B, mostly because the guys sitting in the van are better exposed and thus add more meaning to the image.

My choice is B and why? Cos there is a connection and a story can be built between the subject and the characters in the background…it looks like a capture from something you may see in everyday life. The main character has a certain emotion in her face, that of someone who has just encountered a possibly unpleasant situation (maybe the guys she just walked past). I also like the fact that the characters in the background are not watching her walk away, instead they are looking in the opposite direction.

its definitely B for me

Prostophotos says:


Dominik says:

Definitely ‘B’. The lighting on the gil’s face is awkward in ‘A’. What would be best of 2 worlds is to expose for the sky as in A, and then light the girl with a bit less weird light than in A.

Josh says:

B – More interesting, A is to posed.

Lori says:

B – hands down. Too many distractions in A – especially the spotlight and shadow on the model. B is more focused.

Zan says:

I like B better. I tried to like A better but could not.

honestly… not crazy about either one. But since i have to choose i would say A. Mainly for the contrasting tones. They draw you in.

Laurie says:

I like B best because it looks natural; I don’t like the “blue grunge” of A.

Jeremy T. says:


Although I can see the appeal in A, there are several things which detract from its overall impact:
– Aesthetics. Colours (particularly the juxtaposition of the blue and flash, either from editing or gels) are not so effectively well-conveyed
– Posing. Not sure what the theme was, but the model is awkwardly positioned. Even if it was an attempted blank look, she looks very stilted.
– Complication. Too much vying for attention in the frame, such as the blue cast/light, the van and people in the background. The blue is particularly off-throwing, and I don’t see its use or appeal in this context

B, on the other hand, is effective in its simplicity. The eye passes over the people in the background – which complement the photo instead of detracting from it, in this case as opposed to A. Essentially, the attention remains on the woman; however, her face is rather dark, so some added fill light or a brush adjustment might help. But the photo wins in its simplicity, as said before, and the overblown yet restrained sky paints an effective backdrop.

Candy Kempsey says:

I pick B !!! It is way more interesting to look at!!!!

Justin says:

B is the one for me, and not because it rhymes.

1) Seems silly, but I don’t like the slightly cropped foot.

2) I am more interested in the group of guys in the van then I am in the windmills.

3) Finally, I don’t know where she is headed in B, but I want to go!

Steve S says:

B speaks much louder than A. It has much more “draw factor.”

Jeff Sipper says:

B is better… it has better tension and is more balanced than A.

Michael says:

A. I like having her more clearly against the windmills, and with less of the sky blown out.

Jared says:

B. Looks more candid.

Chris says:


There’s something about overly-obvious flash shadows in opposition to natural light shadows that erk me. The flash is the first thing I notice about photo A, which automatically directs my attention more towards the person/camera taking the photo, as opposed to its subject(s)…

Photo B is more my style, and more pleasant to my sense of camera-capturing-moments.

(That and I love the sky being blown out – if I was the designer being asked to use the final photograph in a layout of some sort, I’d create something on white and have the photo bleed onto the surrounding elements. Sweet.)

At first I liked the A picture best, for the colours in it, but after a closer look, I prefer the B picture for the better composition. In the A picture the girl is more centered :)

Jeremy says:

B. More about the model in this one. Looks great!

Fabian says:

Definitely B, tells a better story, though I prefer the lighting in A.

Denny Wells says:

629 responses in barely 4 hours – wow!

B gets my vote.

For me it boils down to two factors: the guys in the van, and the flash on the ground. The flash on the ground in A calls to much attention to itself – the ambient (or more subtle flash) in B is more natural looking. And the guys in the van are an un-balanced, indistinguishable blob in image A, but in image B they provide a distinct part of the image, and are a perfect balance to the off-center subject.

Leigh says:

Better contrast, better expression, better composition, and it looks less canned… overall a more dynamic shot.

geoff says:


B is a nice flat travel snapshot. A has interesting lighting and character.

Felipe Zavala says:



I like both the light temp and levels of B better, I much more prefer the blown out background. The spot light and shadow created in A just isnt working for me. In both image though you cut the models hands or feet in weird ways which always bugs me. B also has more emotion to it, she is in that I’m getting outta here moment. Over all a stronger image

redvoid says:

B is the winner for me.

Though I like the dramatic snooted light on the girl in A, the green tinted shadows, and the look of the sky, there are too many harsh shadows, the ravine on right is not drawing my eye into the composition and takes up too much space in the frame, the model looks uncomfortable, isn’t close enough to make for a dramatic foreground, and the van seems out of place compositionally, and is also under lit.

In B the girl is more in the right third, more dramatically in the foreground, the wide angle barrel distortion on the van leads the eye into the shot better, is better lit, and fills the frame better. The model’s pose has more attitude, has better edge lighting around her hair, including some light peeking through her hair, and the worst part, the blown out sky functions to imply the wind farm rather than overtly stating it, so it works better from a storytelling perspective from the added mystery. Also just on a purely intuitive level without any analysis, B sticks our faster and engages my expectations more directly.

Nathan Smith says:

My vote is for B!

Love the processing in A, but the composition in B stands out WAY better!

The model in A feels to statuesque.. really no presence.
In B she has nice form and attitude.

The two subjects in the photo that tell the story, the Model and the Bus, stand out a LOT more in B while they tend to blend in photo A.

s1we says:

B- more story.

B. No doubt. Better framing. Great post nuclear “Mad Max” feel to it. There is movement in it. It tells a story whereas the A looks fake as in magazine “fake”. Plus the framing doesn’t work for me at all – cut feet of the model and the van seems to hesitate to be part or not of the picture. Nice colours though.
As much as I love the use of strobes outdoors I’d definitely go for B for today. ;)

Rob says:


A looks like a bad pose. B looks like a story.

Brian says:

I lean toward B. Like the composition better and the models stance is more natural. However, I do like how the light calls attention to the models face in A and the background seems a bit more interesting.

P. says:

B as the image is better balanced and light is more subtle.

Jennifer D says:


At first I was going to ay B, just because I like the model’s expression better — B is the more comfortable,pleasing photo. B is boring, run-of-the-mill.

A is better because it is more dynamic. The model looks unsure, frightened maybe. the whole thing has a dawn-after-the-appocalypse feeling to me. Hopeful despite being apocalyptic.

Jake says:

I like B better. It seems to focus more on the subject (the girl). Both are great, but the windmills in A are little distracting, even though they look cool.

Teurth says:

My creative eye(s) views that image “B” will receive the majority of the votes, I can understand why. It’s more of a natural image/pose and isn’t forced. It says “I’m still a (beautiful) girl in this world full of boys”. It tells a story, however in image “A” I love the juxtapose of natural light and wind turbine energy against the non-natural evident flash/strobe and how it’s just so mechanic. The color is stunning also. My pick would be “A”.

Robert Mout says:

B, something just happened… what?

Ana GR says:

Definitely B
For all the above mentioned reasons

Claire says:


I prefer its light, her size and motion.

How she’s cropped off in both pictures drives me a bit nuts. Cutting her toes off in A is more bothersome to my eye though.

I personally love the editing done to shot A but I feel that the posing and cropping of shot B to be much more satisfying. The angle and the lighting on the subject really push it ahead in my books. Shot A is just too stiff looking for me (but the processing is much better for the mood of the shots).


Vitto says:

I’d say B, even if A’s colors are far better!
both great pics, by the way!

B. I prefer the more natural lighting. It feels raw and I like seeing the guys in the van.

Joe Fontenot says:

B. I’d bet a gentleman’s dollar on it.

Kristina says:

B. It feels more dynamic than A.

ronen says:

B for me.
A looks over thought, an image intended to look like a fashion shot
though with some dedicated artistic message in the shadow cast of model’s
face, and her body stance. the image does not engage or flatter the model.

B on the other hand, has a much more natural feel, it feels more spontaneous
(even if it is the product of the same careful positioning an lighting as A) and draws you in.

it is partially the composition, but possibly more the facial expression and body stance that works better for me in B.

The lighting and colour intially seemd to me slightly better in B than in A, though after closer look i actually prefer B in this respect too. in A the face is half blow out and half shadowed, while in B face is fairly well lit, while the burning out of the background adds to the atmosphere (this is paritally me trying to explain to myself why it works better for me)

B without a doubt… great POV, great comp, subject in the foreground leads the viewer into the shot much better than A. A cuts her feet off, and her stance looks awkward…

I really like A because of the color and it makes me want to probe more. B is just a little too blown out for me in the background.

Angie says:

100% B!

B There is lot more going on, more interesting photo.

dagomatic says:

she B-linded me with science!

Matt says:

A for me, is to static. I like B because it seems to tell a story and the Lightning is more natural. The guys looking the opposite way. The group get´s divided in the desert location. She appears stronger and the scene is more dynamic. I also like the crop of the image, looks more like a real situation.


Larry says:

B definitely. Why?
1. Prefer crop
2. Prefer stance of model
3. Naturally lit looks right here

Jens says:

For me B is better. I Love the contrast from the background and her. The composition with the Blue Car and her is Great.

Nelook says:

A – looks much more dramatic, in both pictures the girl is the subject but picture A has more depth to the pic, i.e. you can tell where she is vs in pic B where you cannot make out the windmills.

also even though A has an artificial harsh light, the off camera (looks like from the left) creates a much more dramatic and moody feel to the overall image, suits well with the background

A ftw!

Ryan Meyers says:

I’ll have to vote for B. I like the fact that you can see the wind turbines going on and on in A (adds depth for me), but like many others have said, her position is just unnatural. Plus the late afternoon, washed out look in the desert really works for me.

justin says:

A! it’s much stronger than B

stellan says:

I think the A picture is the better. More smooth color to it in some strange way, the contrast isnt as harsh as the B picture.

derek kneblewski says:

B all the way!

A looks dramatic and such, but feels busy and conflicted especially where the girl intersects the van leaners. It just feels awkward to me.

B just looks pro and I am automatically drawn to look at it.

J Crafford says:

Absolutely [B]!

[A] would be better if it gave the viewer a clue as to the source of the odd lighting – e.g. a UFO, headlights from a car.. but in this case its just not working for me.

[B] ‘feels’ great, nice atmosphere…

Benjamin Lea says:

Chase these images are amazing you are a true master

B has my vote!

jgp says:

placement of the model from B + lightning & post from A = great

jgp says:

composition / placement from B + lightning & post from A = great

Alex Finlay says:


Rebecca says:

B – but I dont like how her hand in her pocket looks amputated

James says:

B – there is attitude and a story going on. She is ignored by the van-dwellers.

Peeter Koll says:

B is better, I like the colors on A, but the shadow is not natural, there are like two suns:D

Erik says:

They’re both pretty poor, but B is slightly better. It’s more dynamic, mostly because of the model’s pose.

sweetandcoolval says:

B. high contrast drama.

Luke B says:


The lighting is too harsh for my tastes in A. However, I do like the dramatic look and feel of it, just not the harsh lighting on the model.

Kevin says:

B…to me it looks like the she’s walking which I find visually interesting, and with the brighter background it’s nice to clearly see the guys in the van, and I also like the turbines barely visible through the blown out sun – they’re still a great background, but draw less attention to themselves than when they were silhouetted. that’s my $.02.

André says:

I like booth pictures.

In A i like the colors and the information on background. I think it tells the story a little bit better. On the other hand, B has a prettier model and the composition is also better.

So my favorite pic is B.

Michael says:

B, but I don´t like the overexposed sky. The pose in A is unnatural, but it has much better colors

tonya says:

I like B best. Like the contrast, the blown out background separating her from the windmills and the separation between her and the van.

gkalmbach says:

B without a doubt. It tells a story..
In the A photo it looks like the just posing.

Rich Park says:

if i had to simply choose it’s B. but i wish the turbines could come out a little more like they do in picture A.

RayPG says:

B!!! It has a better composition and storytelling

Gregory says:

B has more narrative qualities and suggests movement and action, thus bringing forth questions making it stronger.

LMonkey says:

B – much better dimensionality.

Brad says:

It is very subjective but B is what appeals to me more. I really like the contrast in this shot as compared to A. It definitely puts the focus on the subject and doesn’t make your eyes wander. Plus the van pops much more giving it character. Nice work.

michael says:

B for me. I like the immediacy of the woman in the front of the picture and the guys with the van are more apparent, adding to the interest. I also think the evident flash source from camera left in A is distracting and unnatural given the position of the sun in the image.

Chucko says:

depends on your purpose.

Jason says:

I like B much more than A.

Chucko says:


Jonathan says:


Photo A looks too obviously lit with strobes, whereas B has a much more natural feel.

Wilf Feder says:

the 2 images just have different characters. there’s no better/worse. oh well. composition in B is “better” (diagonal), and it feels more natural without the strobe.

Joe says:

I’m going to have to go with B.

I love the windmills in A so much though, I wish that they were more visible in B. But I’ll take my preference in composition over my preference in background most every day of the week.

B seems to tell a story to me. You’ve got the guys hanging out on a ragged old van in the desert, and this really pretty woman walking away from them with this devil-may-care attitude all over her face. Where is she going? Why? It makes me interested in her situation and it makes me care more about the image.

The first one seems like the back of an album cover for a band. Not that that’s a bad thing. If you know who all these people are and that they’re in a band then they should probably be striking poses with green light covering the ground, it’s fine because you’ve got context there. But in this situation, where there is no context, I prefer B.


Chad says:

B, but you cut off her toes in one, and fingers in the other.

Eric Rudd says:

I much prefer “B.” That image is much more flattering to the model, and has much more “vibe” than image “A.” In my opinion, the model in image “A” looks like she just dragged herself out of the back of the fan after an all night binge. Shoulders hunched, stance is awkward. The composition of “A” is weaker as well. Model is more to the center than “B.” Finally, I don’t care much for the use of flash in “A.” In that respect it looks like the test shot.

The things “B” has going for it:
Better composition.
Better pose.
Better vibe from the girl.
You can see the guys and includes separation from the girl.
The natural light suits the image better.
The horizon lead the viewer the girl’s face!

There ya go!

Johan says:

Definately B with the more natural lighting.

Hannah says:

I like A but B is better in my opinion.. they are both great shots but something about B pulls me in more. :)

fred says:

la B signe de mouvement…

Andrew Petersen says:


Garen Johnson says:

Even though the comp on B breaks some “rules” (she’s walking out of the frame) It looks like a captured image, not so staged, and as much as I can appreciate the tones in A, the High Key choice in B is too sweet to pass up…Winner=B

Sean says:

A – because the focus is on the girl, and I think the wind turbines add interest

Jack Hoying says:

For me, it’d be a combination of the two. The the girl in B and put her in the background of A.

Yvonne Zemke says:

A is a pose – B tells a story

S. Allman says:

‘B’, simply because there’s cinematic drama in the relationship between the girl and the group. However there’s nothing cinematic about the saturation in the van color! ‘A’ doesn’t really establish a relationship between the principle and the background.

Brian says:

Nice exposure and balanced better with subject composition.

Aaron says:


If the model wasn’t wearing date-specific clothes (sunglasses), then I’d have chosen B, but she is.

BP says:

I prefer image B. Image A, although it has good contrast and color saturation, seems posed both with the model, as well as the lighting. The model appears to be standing on spot X turned toward direction Y. With the sun setting in the back, the flash/strobe makes it feel un-natural in image A. B on the other hand feels more natural, less posed, more off the cuff and makes you feel as if you are there in the scene

Andrey says:

Chase likes A but thinks most people will prefer B.
So he put his $1 on B and we have to help him win it :-)

Now here are why’s:

– A is unbalanced, has a non-standard composition and hard light. Actually the light makes it almost a b/w image — and Chase likes b/w!

– B has a more classic composition and is likely to receive a positive reaction from an average viewer. It is also boring.

Let’s see if I am right…

Tim Nealon says:

Photo B is the winner in my eyes. I don’t care for the model’s pose in photo A, she looks very static, like she is posing. In photo B, her pose is much more natural. As a matter of personal taste I don’t care for the color cast in A either..

I prefer B. The colors and moodiness in A are more immediately eye-catching, but I think the composition in B is cleaner and more balanced. I also prefer how you can see more detail in the van and the men in B, and how the blue in the van pops more.

Picture A… like more, becuase of the spot on her, with a Warm colour!

Simon Fuller says:

I like Picture B becasie the light backgound compliments the dark foreground.

Trevor Dean Photography says:

A loses my attention. There is nothing that causes my eye to naturally stay in the frame and explore.
In B I love the dynamic composition, color, and story.


Joost says:

A could be a fashiony picture while B would be more editorial…

I much prefer B, A looks like a lighting test. B looks like a spread in Vogue.
I like the colours in B better, but much more important, the composition and “pose” of the model is much more interesting, as if telling a story.

Interesting and frustrating at the same time that there’s so much difference in which picture people like best…
frustrating because you can never really satisfy everyone and be sure you’ve got the job done to satisfy most people in advance…

Thanks for this blog Chase, looking forward to some more BTS video’s again :)

Shayne says:

B. Hands down. No contest.
Just curious, why didn’t you just put a poll up on this page?

hobb3 says:

B hands down. Better pose, movement. I do not like the lighting and pose in the first shot.

Michael Croan says:

I’m going with B… lots of good arguments for A, but to me B is the stronger, clearer narrative.

Steven B says:

Conceptually speaking, I feel more in it.
However, it kills me to look at her shadow.

Chris says:

A – I think it has more interest than B – it forces you to consider it, while I can just glance at B.

Sonia W. says:

Definitely B – much clearer, no background distractions, better composition of the pics. In “B” there is more of the story behind it, girl leaving the wan, it’s her posing which is better than in “A”. In “A” she just stands there, “here I am”, like a piece of wood….


B. Although I don’t like the burned sky (and thus missing the windmills), I think the lighting is more natural (the spotlight on the model on A is too obvious for me)

Ernie Pena says:

While neither would be good enough to put into my portfolio, I’d go with A.

In B, emphasis is split between Van and girl. What is the point of making the Van visually the same size as the girl?!? Poor composition means I can’t use it in stock or advertising.

Either photo would have to be cropped, and after that, A would still be a more interesting, useful shot…

Devin Schiro says:

If there’s any way to make Picture B resemble the vibrant colors in picture A, you’d had the best of both worlds. The composition in B is better, but the colors in A are better. Combine the two and you’ve got a damn fine picture.

Brett Crawford says:


Tori says:

LOVE the composition of B. Great perspective too.

thom crown says:

B. It looks less artificial. A looks stiff and too highly and obviously staged.

B is better.

A is so obviously strobe-lit. And sometimes that works, but here…..not so much.

heath says:

B) longer focal length puts less distracting objects in background, compresses the foreground/background, and higher key simplifies the back ground. The subject is isolated from the background more.

Jason says:

B – the tension between where she’s looking and walking and the guys looking the other way makes it much more dynamic and engaging.

laura says:

I want to like A better – love the color, but the light source conflicts with the sun rising behind her

B also has more connection with the viewer

so… B

Dejan Hren says:

A has very interesting colors, and I’ve used something like that on one of my pictures also but B has a strong point on the girl which is in a more natural position and because of that my verdict is B. Cheers

calvato says:

…B! the composition is much stronger, though i love the colours of A ;-)

yockoe says:


Much better balance between subject and background. In A, the eye is lead across the photo with nothing to stop it on the main subject.

Daniel says:

I like B. A is a neat picture but B is a cool story. Plus it looks sorta like something out of The Book of Eli… which makes it rock even more.

B. I think it has better composition and lighting. The eye is not left wandering on the picture. B for sure for me. :c)

BaLadiNe says:

More interesting colors, less emphasis on the van

I prefer A. Due to the nice green/blue colors and B is just too much bright parts for my tase.

Albert L says:

Totally B

B pulls me in with the girl, the composition leads my eye around to see the narrative, which is muddled in A. The color cast in A is yet another distracting element…. all getting muddled.

Mark Taylor says:

B – Better composition, better exposure, better look… better everything. And I love images that are usually considered “wrong”, but this one’s easy

Dave says:

I’ll go with B. The emotion expressed in her face is priceless. It feels like raw contempt for being out of gas and having to walk out of the desert.

I like “B”…it’s just more compositionally pleasing to my eye. It leads me into the frame and I notice all the background elements more. “A” confuses me and I’m not sure where to look.

Tammy says:

B because:
1) it tells a better story
2) I like the composition better
3) the light/shadows in A look somewhat unnatural and obvious (although I really like the shadow on her face in A)
4) she has MUCH more attitude in B
5) I like the contrasts in B; A looks kind of flat on my monitor
6) the blue in B is vibrant and adds a lot to the shot

cody says:

B absolutely. I really like the color in A though.

I like them both. I like the cross processed look of A, I like the flash to fill the subject and darken the setting sky but it looks a little boring in compostiion and subject pose. But I absolutley LOVE the second shot. Natural lighting and there was great care taken in composition and getting the eye to run around the image and include the guys in the van. There’s just something amazing with a well placed shot.

B is the solid winner in my opinion. I know this may seem a little 101, but the lack of seperation between foreground,mid,and background (her and the guys in the van, the wind turbine coming out of her shoulder), and the lighting would make this an instant out for me. B just feels more organic, natural and technically solid.


Love natural light.

Interesting color effect in A but face and posture unappealing.

Best regards


doug says:

B has more complete composition. I really dislike the half face lighting of A.

illogical42 says:

After commenting Im reading the other comments & I agree with puckles: option C :)

Dave says:


Composition trumps all else when evaluating an image and B has a vastly more powerful composition. Image A is pretty flat, but B gives some depth b/c the model is much closer to the camera.

I like the stark lighting on the model from A but I dislike the post processing.

For sure its B. Its got attitude….

Abel J. says:

Photo A is more appealing because there is more drama and emotion which is given by the lighting.

Certainly B ! (for me)

Daryl says:

BBB, way more emotion and just ‘motion’.

Toni S. says:

I LOVE the coloring in A but B seems to stand out better to me.

…yep. I go with B.

illogical42 says:

Mmmh, better is a relative concept. After reading Zen & the art of I try to break down WHY I prefer something. First response after seeing the images: B

Nextup the breakdown

Pro image A:
Location: due to highlights in B the location is almost hidden in plain light
Postprocessing: more popping and interesting colors, where B looks more “natural”

Pro image B:
Composition: the model is closer/more cropped, and more “there”
Model pose: has a stronger, more cocky pose, attracting me more
Lighting: the shadow of the female model distracts me, in the rising/setting sun

Commercial: A is more interesting where green energy is involved, B has more generic look

So there’s the reason behind me preference for B: 3B vs 2A vs 1 undetermined

Both… it all depends on one’s aesthetic preference.
A. has a moody, eerie, sci-fi-ish look to it.
B. is more straightforward

Ryan says:

B tells more of a story

Nick Smarto says:

A is more indicative of photographic eye for composition and lighting, and the use of the flash and underexposed surrounding is a cool element.

B is boring.

Rich Harrington says:

I would rather meet the people in A

tonygreyjr says:

B. The guys in the back are still part of the image, but the girl in front catches your eye. She is also more engaging in B than in A. The over exposure in the background, the people are definitely the objects of attention. Great shot.

Sojian says:

B for the rule of thirds
A if you are trying to convey isolation/post-apocolyptic themes


For me shot B is too focused on the girl, plus I like the light on A. Adds more drama.

Pete says:

B – Like most others. More separation of the model from the environment, more engaging/closer to the model, more prominence to the guys in the background/better relationship to our main model, there’s a stronger sense of motion, also in A the flash is calling attention to itself and that doesn’t do it for me.

Jon-Mark says:

I prefer B. Better subject separation, prefer the composition, better storytelling with the clearly defined background subjects (guys in the van ) though I do prefer the wind turbines in photo A.

A. has a Sci-Fi / Terminator type movie feel. B. has a Summer movie feel.
A. lacks emotion B. has lots of emotion, kindof looks pissed (walking out of frame away from gents)
A. is kindof badass B. is bad mood
A. is focused on the girl B. has a more broad focus on the entire scene

Initially I thought B but i’ll go with A cause it makes me wonder, what is going to happen next. :)

Steffen Zahn says:

B is better. Subject moves instead of standing, subject is off-center, subject appears to be illuminated naturally instead of articially.

Imafe A has that very hard shadow on the face of model that makes a impression of missing part….

The image B is better on my oppinion!

Optic Bard says:

B is a better photo in my mind. There are a few reasons for this. I like the use of negative space in B. I like the placement of the girl better. There is more color in B so it doesn’t feel as drab, and the final reason is because it feels like a more natural shot. A seems to be trendy, but I don’t see trendy as timeless, you can also tell that it is lighted and that becomes to much of the focus of the photo. Where as B I can tell that there was additional lighting added to the photo as a photographer, it feels more natural.

puckles says:

Tough one actually.

I like the tone and lighting of A, but your model looks stiff – like really uncomfortable, it feels like a test shot “just stand there a sec” and not a photo. Her toes are chopped off and you loose the guys with the van to the shadows (course, my right monitor is dark, my left is brighter)… barely see them at all. But the windmills, sky and setting sun look great..

B the model looks way more relaxed, the posing is more natural, but I don’t like that we cropped her right hand, and it makes the left hand look cropped off too instead of just in a pocket. If someone from my team showed me this photo for critique, I’d say “how come we have all that headroom, and we have to loose her fingers?” We see the guys in the van, the poses are great it’s a real “striking out on her own” thing. the blown out look works, it brings everything in the forground out, but I kinda miss the sky and windmills.

Personally, I like C – Lighting from A, with a kiss of light on the guys in the van and posing from B, but let us see her right hand.

remember: croputations and amputations are two different things.

Jared Polin says:

Honestly neither, If the top one didnt cut of the persons feet it could be that one and if the second didnt cut off the persons hands at their wrists it may have been that one. But cutting off those important features kind of ruins them for me.

Camille says:

B for reasons that have all been stated. Compositionally, more depth – interest in the foreground is stronger but there’s something secondary going on in the background. I also prefer the color of the background in A which has also already been noted. I do think the deep shadow on the model’s left side is interesting in A, but don’t like the way she’s standing (same as many others).

picture B is way more better than A in my opinion. i really love the colours in B. i always prefer natural light shots more. In the first pic there’s no doubt that you used flash(es). B seems more natural for me even if i know, that there’s lot’s of postprocessing and maybe even some additional lights.

anyway, i guess that people will prefer picture A…

Doug says:

B. I like natural light better than strobes and the composition is more interesting.

Kristy O says:

I think B is a stronger image. The composition is more interesting and the image has more emotion. The placement of the model demands viewer engagement.

Nick Nieto says:

I don’t know – I guess I lean toward A. There are things I like and dislike about both but i tend to spend more time looking at A then B.

Dave says:

i think B…

Sam Figueroa says:

Short answer: I’d go with B.

Longer answer:
I find the wind power generators in the background more distracting in A than the people in B.
Also I find A looks to artificial with that harsh strobe emitted shadow of her legs. And the perspective makes her legs look like toothpick skinny. Just my two cents because you asked Chase.

I like the light better in photo B (lighting on face more even, and people in background more obvious) but the crop is just… odd. Who thought cropping through both her hands was a good idea? So – really heard one to make a decision…

Sara Huntley says:

B – A is too posed/staged

awag says:

B – better composition and more visually intriguing.

Matt J says:

B, it feels more natural. I like the blown out background.

Mike W says:

A seems somehow lacking in dynamism. B looks like it’s going somewhere.

Chris says:

B, I like the washed out background and the girl seems more natural to me.

veruschka says:

B – for the composition, the story and the more accurate lighting.
personally, i’d darken the van a little to give more importance to the girl !

A – what ? the sun is setting in the back, but the light is also coming from the front !

Jack Pope says:

A looks too artificially lit, I like B because its cleaner and more natural

Mike Kelly says:


A story starts forming in my mind immediately about why this woman is out in the middle of nowhere with the van and men. I didn’t even notice the men or contemplate a story on A until I looked at B, saw the men, then looked at A to see if they were there.

Bruce says:

B wins for me. Its the desert, its stark, and I think B shows that better. A is too blue for me and if others are saying its about the girl, well then it is.

I like B better.

I don’t like the lighting at all in A. it’s a really weird shadow on her face and i don’t like the shadow she makes on the ground. i can’t really imagine a light being there on the side of the road that would look like that.

i also like the composition of B better. The placement and exposure of the van make it more of the photograph.

Scott says:

A – windmills are rad

Luke says:

B, because the lighting and pose are more realistic and also the van and other people stand out more.

Lulu says:

B because I found it more engaging.

Andrew says:

A could’a been a contender, had you a much larger softer key light coming from camera right that also hit the boys at the van. the shadow on the ground in A just looks bad. and the light on the model has no relation to the scene. I suppose in another (assignment) context this could work. but B is more classic beauty/adventure feel.

christian says:

B. cant get past the ackward postion in A.

Steve Perks says:

It depends on what message you are wanting to convey, but I prefer B.
I like the sense of motion of her walking briskly past you, briefly glancing you in the eye as she passes, the blown background which pulls my eye to the opposite contrast woman as the focal point of the image.

She doesn’t look at all posed in B, there’s a more candid feel.
I’m not keen on the ‘cut off’ feet in A or the overall exposure of the background, or her shadow on the ground and left side of her face.

I can see the merits of both, they both break some rules, but rules are there to be broken (if it is a concious decision), and hell there’s no such thing…only guidelines!

B it is for me!

Angue says:

Love lighting in A, but overall image feels forced to me…

B wins

Jess says:

B is my preference.

John says:

Feel way more natural.

Chris says:

B for me too. Feels more organic and less staged. I think the shadow and spotlight feel in A contradict the fact that the sun is setting/rising behind her.

Andrew says:

I mean B is the winner hands down. (typo in last comment)

Kate says:

I don’t like the cut off toes in A.

Ken says:


A’s pose is unnatural, and the windturbines in the background are distracting.

B’s more engaging, and better color.

Luke Copping says:

Ill put my money on B

Andrew says:

B. not even close. A

Lord Orgl says:

A because of the mood

B is ordinary, it’s déjà vu

Marcos says:

Lindsey looks good in both! I like B, just has more attitude and i like the more natural skin tone and the blown out highlights in the background.

Antoine says:

B for me. Question of composition…

Wow, I can see why you guys are having a hard time with these two photos. I really like both but, I’ll try to be a little bit more objective here.
A) I love the colors, and also love the BG, I love the shots with the sun’s flare in the lens, but the model kind of blends in with the BG, unless this is what you are going for, she does not pop from the image. Unlike some other comments, I do like the pose, it’s very “fashion like” kind of pose.
B) The BG is definitely less cluttered and therefore the model stands out. Really great color contrast between the model and the BG. It follows the rule of thirds, so I think that’s why more people find it more pleasant to the eye.
Conclusion: I think that there is not a definite “better” shot. They are both good shots, and should be chosen according to the project and/or goal to be accomplished.

Are all these followers fuckin’ kidding me?! Why is B so great? Tonally across her face is better, A needs just a hint of fill on her left side. But B is missing the boat on composition. All of the negative space is behind here and she is looking out of the frame. It’s like she’s looking into a wall.

I would take B, turn her to camera left and light her like A with more fill on her left.

A – it is…

Dave says:

I like B a lot more as it feels more raw and not so staged. It also shows movement and tells a story that intrigues me.

B-It’s got it. Also, it’s the one an art director/designer could get more creative with, layout wise…I think.

Mark says:

B. Plus if text is being added later, there are two great areas just itchin’ for some.

Seer Hor says:

My money is on B

Fredrik Pilo says:

B – Even though I love the colors in a, B tells more of a story and that wins it for me.

Becky says:

B: The composition is balanced better and I prefer the even lighting on the subject’s face.

Alvin Toro says:

“B”. Hands down. It just makes me want to look at the girl. “A” makes me want to get’er out of the way.

Keri says:

A for me, something about the colours in it that make me prefer it.

Chito says:

Definitely “B”. The dominance of the woman in the frame augments her swagger. the composition also has some edge into it due to the tone and framing of the elements. “A” is just awkward. The woman seem loopy and lousy and placement does not help the entire composition either.

Daniel Yee says:


For A – The lighting seems contrived. With the sun behind her, the spotlight looks well…like a spotlight in the middle of nowhere. The colors are more intense and I like that edginess. It has this apocalyptic-Sarah O’Conner-type feel. Maybe if the light was at a shallower angle to give it the appearance that she’s standing in headlights of some SUV/Jeep…

For B – The lighting is more natural. But it also has a different feel from A – it still retains some edginess, but more subtly.

Mattesh says:

B because of light and composition.

Griffin Lotz says:

B and this is why I think so…
– Lighting is super diffuse, doesn’t look as artificial
-pose is more natural
-van pops more, and adds interest as opposed to distracting from the primary model
-the guys in the van are not covered
-composition leads the eye back into the image, but constantly back and forth between the main model
– blown out sky provides good backdrop

dean says:

neither, there is stuff coming out of her head and it just has no purpose as an image. I would have liked to se move of the van and the wind field. The van from this view point is just one of too many things drawing you eye away. Maybe put the van more in the wind field and more sideways, get the sun through the van window? I don’t know. I just think the shot was missed, good or bad that’s my feedback.

Mark says:

“B” Less is more.

Justin Sperry says:

B – I think there is more emotion conveyed than in A. She’s basically saying, “F You” to the guys in the van and striking out on her own.

Ryan says:

B. It looks more natural, has a cleaner feel and is focused better on the model.

Fletcher says:

A it has a bit of mystery to it

Dustin Van Wyck says:

for me it depends on the intention of the image. if i take and play where’s waldo, i pick b. if i am glancing at the image my eyes like a. it is a toss up. like a salad.

Brycye says:

I like A better…I think the windmills are great and you lose their effect in B. I do like the woman’s pose and facial expression in B better though….wish they could be combined…

nikky says:


it has more depth

B is flat


dave says:


I feel awkward about the lady striding away from the dudes but they are looking away from her

B, for composition and light

Nonie Brown-John says:

B the lighting looks better! A the sunlight source is coming into her face from the wrong direction looks funny!!

Merrian Lucando says:

I like the background lighting in A but prefer B only b/c of model’s natural pose and position in frame. I would like to combine the background in A photoshop with B’s model.

Sam says:

I’m going with B – just has a better ‘feel’ to it. Can’t put it any clearer than that – sorry.

Ange says:

B -balance, attitude, impact, story

Paul C says:

B, mostly because the extremely dark left side of the subjects face in A makes me think of the Terminator movies for some reason. Also, that van is rad.

tobiah tayo says:

B without a doubt. sometimes natural light is just best

Ami says:

Prefer B for me, A has a cool-looking color cast but the tip of the feet being cut off just distracts me. B, though safer, feels nicer and warmer.

Sharon says:

A. I like the background, the shadow from the model and the colour more. I don’t love the model’s position, but it doesn’t ruin it for me. I’m just a sucker for the one light source in A. The lighting in B is uninteresting.

Kerry says:

B, because it has more of a story and movement. A has more dynamic lighting, but it’s too static. The girl feels like an accessory in the photo. With B, you get a sense of moment, a hint of dialogue about what’s going on. There’s a little more tension with the addition of people in the background and the fact she’s walking away from them. B sucks me in longer because I want to know the rest of the story.

Sudi says:


Because of the mood and the windmills.

B. While the colors in A are cool, I’m not a big fan of the artificial lighting and big shadow cast behind her. Plus the composition and posing is better in B. A looks like it was a “hey, stand there while I test this lighting” shot. Still, they both rock.

I prefer B since I don’t like the light on A’s legs (way too bright)

Jason Law says:

I find it really interesting the concept of selecting what image one preferrs WITHOUT A CONTEXT!!!.. Personally give me 100 images and i’ll prob find 100 images with things I like about them.. but to select the BEST i need to know more information.

I think it kinda outlines the world of photography at the moment, where a story and an image arent related. People make snap judgements these days, within a split second our decisions are made for us based on their perspective without considering other angles to truly achieve the purpose of their work.

Sooooo Chase.. can you give us a little insight into what you are using this image for? whose the client? What is the purpose of the shoot? etc..


Thomas Frank says:

My wife and I like “A” for the dramatic effect, we are opposite of most and like the windmills and the van being visible, but not the a focal point. Not stoked on her body position I wish it was more like B, but none the less still going with A

Tim says:

While I usually like darker and more colorful images, I have to go with B for this one. B seems to tell more of a story than than A. A just seems to be a model posing for a picture, more so than B.

MJ says:

B:) When comparing the 2, in A my curiosity goes to the background of what is going on with the van,who’s in it?! A does not give me what my curiosity is wanting. B I LOVE because I can see what A was not giving me and the color of the van pops which I love, and guys are now in my view and it just pulls the shot together for me, giving me that fab summer feel..HOT!

Johanna B says:

B. It’s all warm & fuzzy feeling. A is kinda cold.

Nik says:

I don’t like how A has the feet a bit cut off (for some reason it feels to me to be an “in-between” look, always has), and also that there is an obvious strong flash being used opposite the sun. While the flash allows for more detail and colour in the sky, I like how B is just more natural looking as far as pictures go. I also like the composition of B more.

Uschi says:

B – it focuses more on the girl, A has too many distracting items in the image.

Dave D says:

A – makes it look more dimensional

I Like “b”, I find the windmills are distracting and divide my intention from the “subject”.

aseel says:

B – it tells a story.

Jonathan says:

B all the way, I love how the hair is completely in contrast with the background and the focus on the girl is more explicit.
From A what I really liked were the windmills, they give an amazing mood to the picture in my opinion.

Ian Hamilton says:

B – there’s a story in it.

Greg Beams says:

A is better (for me) because the picture has more visual interest. Her pose is a little awkward and combined with the dramatic lighting it is more engaging. It draws me into the picture and makes me wonder what she is doing, why she is there, etc. B looks more like a fashion shot (to me) and it doesn’t hold my interest.

Stefan says:

B…as an image, I find more complete whereas A isn’t complete, like the final image hasn’t been captured yet.

Drew says:

A. I enjoy the intensity and the lower light detail captured.
B. Yes, B is all about the girl but we loose so many great lower end details…

Over all I’m conflicted but my knee jerk reaction was A.
So A. it is.

ken says:

B…more of a lifestyle shot w/ more focus on the girl.

A seems like a confused mess…girl’s pose is blah, lighting is a spotlight that doesn’t seem to belong, you end up looking at the guys in the van, then at the windfarm. There’s just no cohesive message…what was the image for? what is it supposed to make the reader think? guy who’s messing w/ lights and took a photo of his girl in front of dumpy minivan and wind turbines after Skynet nukes the planet? :-)


“A” has decent coloring, but the pose and composition do nothing for me. I tend to lose the people, and immediately focus on the girl, and fans.

In “B”, I like the composition Much better, and off-center photos often seem to have a certain Impact….at least for me.

Although the attention is on the girl in “A”, it’s on her, as well as the rest of the photo in “B”.

Andy says:

If it was video, I’d like the look of A more.

For the photo, however, I’m going with B.

iwan suminar says:

b, looks more natural, better emosion.

Violet says:


It’s not because everyone is saying B… it’s not because in B the subject is the first thing you look to, it’s because of the composition.
Sure, in B, the background is less distracting and you get more of the subject…
but with the depth of the color, the spot lighting, the background, you get an overall “feeling” with A. There is definitely more to A than there is to B…

Anonymous says:

B. Looks less awkward.

Kaare says:

I like the colours and exposure values in A and it caught my eye faster than the other as a result…but I feel that B’s composition has better story-telling value and therefore more longevity as an image.

S***, this is a hard call. I think that I like A better because the colours are what drew me in so much in the first place. Yep…A.

Andrew says:

B. Its a very clean image, but still had depth and enough interesting things going on in the background :)

B, She is the subject rather then just the foreground. You can still get the sense of the wind farm and the other people but A is too distracting.

Max says:

B for me as well. It just feels more natural.

IMHO A is unappealingly distorted. Legs are short, torso’s elongated, and she got the 5 head going on. ¿Caused by a wide from a eye level vantage point? It has that lens edge stretch thing. forgot what they call it. IMHO B is much better. I might be OC but I wish the right hand wasn’t cropped though. Left hand is funky too. I’m sure you got the shot you needed though.

B is stronger, clean, nice subject placement, a little DOF, natural feel, elements better support key subject.

In ‘A’ There is too much going on don’t know what to look at, everything is in focus and the densities are all nearly the same, my eyes are all over the place, the talent is nearly smack dab in the middle of the frame, all the supporting elements are merging with her (Van, Windmill), with no feeling of separation, the road ends at her taking away depth into the frame, and not a fan of the hard light camera left. Looks cheap, no thought went into placement, unless it was intensional to make a bad photo…. was the plan?

Kevin says:

I love the detail in A. You can see the sun, the van, the windmill and everything has a dusky feeling to it. Im not a fan of the lighting in A. If it weren’t so harsh, it would be an amazing image. B is too washed out. It does have a more glamorous feeling to it, but you cant make anything out in the background. Both have good and bad qualities, but Ill go with


Lance says:

B – Much stronger composition and really like the contrast between the blown out sky vs. the brunette hair and the blue of the van.

B – 100%

A is merely a picture with hardly even 50 words, where B still owns up to a picture is a 1000 words. B has a story and A doesn’t. B evokes an emotion in the viewer, where A just causes you to glimpse and move on. B is dynamic from foreground to background. You can see the whole story. The lighting in A causes a disconnect in the foreground to background.

And the skin tone in A just doesn’t make the main subject look nearly as flattering as the lighting in B.

Mike Folden says:

Personally I like B better because it looks more natural but the better photo depends on the message you need it to say. Without knowing the message or direction of the campaign it’s hard to know which is better.

Ken says:

I love the color and environment in A, but the longer I look at them B just keeps looking better in my eyes.

David Horton says:

The whole picture feels more balanced, lighting, foreground, background ect.

Armando says:


a = clutter

But you are amputating in both images.

AleksD says:


Lighting/Shadows are bothering me a bit in A and while highlights are blown out in B, I still like it. More importantly the image B seems to flow like a captured moment in real time.

J__ says:

B, has more of a story to it, and more pleasing to the eyes… too much production into A, and looks “done” up

Jon Rendell says:

B is the better photo. A will get old and go out of fashion, especially in a world of the ubiquitous Hipstamatics.

Geoff says:

My vote is for A. I like how the model is lit, plus you can still make out the lads in the background looking into the sunset behind those wonderful windmills, good stuff… B’s background is blown out – no point in shooting at a windmill farm if you’re after that look… Cheers

Richard Stern says:

B – the shadow on her face in A distorts the shape, and makes her look lopsided. Very unflattering. The blowout in B also brings the van into the picture, in A you might as well remove it, it does nothing.

Klaus says:


Why: Because it seems more natural than A, especially the light. The light on the ground around her in A, plus her position, doesn’t really do it for me.

Tomasz says:

Definately B.

Niklas W says:


Don’t like A att all :)

Kris says:

A -> but less shade, on the face

scott lloyd says:

B Better comp, colors POP more, more engaged with the entire picture instead of just the girl.

Corrie says:

B, It makes me want to know the story

Juan carlos silva says:

Well I would choose A. the composition, though equally the fans making a photograph horizon and reaching back makes it look a lot more depth, the sun flashing gently on the mountains make a point of focus on them. The shadow of the model emphasizes a more and gives you a space on the photograph belongs only to her … of the rest .. Just a great photo .. PD .. Juan Carlos Silva .. VENEZUELA ..

Image A hit me straight away i love the texture, colours and composition the turbines are very clear and add a very unusual almost clinical and modern feel to the photograph i also believe that the lighting used on the subject has created a stronger narrrative as half it is rather harsh on the left of her face creating the notion of a split personality almost. photograph b in my opinion is slightly lack luster and has an overexposed feeling to it although this leaves more focus on the subject there is less texture and i think is nothing in comparison to photograph A. really love this photograph reminds me of the ones you did for the 2007 hasselblad masters slightly and i think that adding a red tint to her hair could make it an even more interesting piece!

I like B because the model seems to have more focus. In A, the background seems to have equal emphasis with the model.

Len says:

B. While the model is the center of attention in both, there seems too much going on in A for the viewer to get any sort of message, intended or otherwise. More nitpicky, but I don’t know it the wide angle is used to its best effect in A.

Liam says:

B – Composition much stronger, The contrast between the shadows of the model and the brightness of the sky enhances the colour of the van. B is ls more dynamic and poses more questions – seems to capture a moment

B… A is too distracting and doesn’t tell as much of a story to me. B talks.

Nick Mazur says:

I’d say B is better. The lighting is much more natural, the background isn’t a subject all it’s own as in A, I like being able to see what’s going on with the people and the van rather than them being a sort of distraction that looks like it should be cropped out, and the woman’s body position as well as her position in the photo looks better to my eyes.

Jeremy Knop says:

Chase, I love photo A the best for sure! B is good but I am in love with A. It has a nice retro feel to it and the sky is not so blown out like in B. Whatever you did to get the lighting effect whether it is placement of lights or gels whatever, it just works really well in the communication of this image. I would say image A speaks the language of light eloquently while image B is using slang…

Thanks for the eye candy!

Matthew says:


A feels unnatural. The spotlight and shadow cast on the girl is very off putting. She’s also unpleasantly lit and seems to have tiny legs as a result of the angle it was shot at.

B feels a lot more like a snapshot from a road trip, but it really gives the feeling of a genuine adventure. I identify far more with B, and it really grabs my imagination in a way that the static pose and seemingly unnatural lighting of A never will.

So I say B, because it comes across as a genuine capture of a real moment, rather than a faked memory like in A.

Randy Rogers says:

Def B
Lighting is more balanced in the foreground and you get a sense of what’s
In the background without it being overpowering. IMO

Cristian says:


it could be the B with the colors of the A

Janet Taylor says:

A for color.
B for everything else: better body position, more dynamic, better lighting, more story-telling….

If I hav to choose outright– B.

Pete says:

B is the winner. I think the pose in A is awkward.

Eimear says:

I like photo A the best.

Firstly the colder colour of the background helps the warmth of the model stand out and capture your attention, your eye is then drawn to the sun setting to the right and the windmills in the background. then the eye comes back to the guys chilling by the van taking in the beautiful scene in front of them. A well balanced and beautiful photo.

B focus’ on the van, it stands out more than the model, neither being the main focus of the photo and leaving the observer (me in this case!) uninspired. The beauty of the background landscape to me is also lost in B.


Jaime says:

B, more natural and not as distracting as A for some reason.

Henrik says:

B, the shadow she casts on the ground is so very unnatural since the sun is behind her…..

It has to be B….. I like the sense of movement.

Bryan says:

B, i think it is the composition

Nick G says:

B… The bleached look with the sun coming in from behind her in both photo’s really sets her apart from the “infinite” background behind her.

Jenny says:

B. Lighting looks way better in B.

Sheryl says:

B, hands down.

Ant says:

A. I like that you can see more of the location, it also has more of a dusk-like feel to it. Her shadow pointing towards the sun created a little cognitive dissonance though. B is the better portrait though.

Ben says:

Strongly B – the green of A is a distraction, the model is confrontationally posed. B shows a story, the whites and oranges contrast nicely, and the guys in the background create visual interest.

I’m not sure why I’m bothering – no one will read this!

I love the framing and pose on B, but I would love to see the light on A with maybe an additional light on the van. I love dramatic light, but the pose is bland.

Mark says:

None. I hate amputations. And she has toes amputated on A and fingers on B.

Andrew H says:

B all the way, hands down.

Diarmuid Greene says:

B is better

Anonymous says:

B – feet cut in A

I gotta go with B
A looks a little awkward… the colours are nice and sorta 70’s film but the model looks pushed in there.
B has a nice story going on… the models relaxed and it has a certain youthful mood i like. I would maybe like the background a little warmer tho… but maybe thats just me :)

Nice shots

pam says:

B. more dynamic. more presence. A is a bit deer in the headlights.

Cortney says:

I like image B better. It’s more visually appealing. I don’t like the lighting in image A – it makes the image too busy and chaotic and hard to read.

.b. the movement. the energy that pushes from within it out to the viewer. the color. composition. light.



David Johnson says:

Everyones gonna like A better; color contrast perspective. I think your gonna like B, more story from the subject.
I like B for the exposure

Paula Thomas says:

B no question. I just like composition better, facial expression, pose, contrast. I know a lot of people like the color in A but I personally don’t.

tucker joenz says:

I choose A…I like the lighting on the girl with the sun setting in the background. Also as mentioned above better feeling of space. B is a great shot though.

B, without a doubt .. There’s definitively something more in the pics B. The atmosphere is better. The composition too … so for me B !

Jesse Bone says:

B, better composition :)

Mel says:


More natural lighting, better balance, background has more interest and less clutter.

Jess says:


A has too much tension although I like the color. B feels more natural and you still wonder about the story behind it.

Matthew Marquez says:

I vote B because there is some movement and the pose looks better. A has great color, though!

Angel A says:

B I like the lighting better and her position.

Lori says:

B – I like the comp better, I like her pose

Although I agree with others about the colors in A, the lighting doesn’t look right to me, the comp is boring and I keep looking at that windmill blade that is about to poke her in the neck!

Nicky Jacobs says:

I like the colors and the background better than in B

I would say unfair comparison. B is by far the best in terms of editing, compostion, pose, lighting etc. With a different pp A could be good as well.

DeAnn says:

I vote A. Something about the colors of the teal background and the warm color of her skin works really well visually with the DOF into the distances.

Lindsay says:

The light is killer and her face is beautiful and natural. All around a better photo.

JeniB says:

B. hands down…..because it makes me feel connected, like I’m there…..

Jim Denham says:

I like B a lot! Love the blown out background and the edge it has. The shadows in A are not to my liking.

John P. Dunnigan says:

B – like the composition. Female fills the frame, closer to camera position, more dramatic in my eyes.

Gene says:

B for sure
I always want to see your C (the best parts of A + B)

Neil says:

I like B.
A looks too artificial. B has a more natural look and composition.

Rashawn says:

It seeks to go well with the enviornment. A Is a little grungy and would appear better in am urban area.

Mikael says:

B: Because it has more of a story to it

B – More depth to the image. You can manage to see the wind turbines but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it. I also feel like it’s more narrative.

Laura says:

Posing on both has no bearing on my decision. I think B because the lighting is a bit too strong on A for my taste. Less subtle for this type of photo….fashion….different story.

Tara Jones says:

Definitely B. The lighting is better, the composition is more interesting and the turbines are less distracting. It really makes the photo more about the subject than the surroundings :)

Doug says:

B. There’s a story here… The gesture of her moving out of the frame, the DOF and composition that leads us to the figures in the van. What’s the relationship? Much more engaging than A…

Meik says:

That’s hard, A has the most atmosphere, but it is a mess, it has a snapshot feeling about it, picture B is clean, nice and has a great composition. I pick B – if picture A had been even more dirty and alive, that would be my winner, but it’s stil to clean…

aradilon says:

A Color and lighting are alot cooler, the lighting in B are used so much and are a bit boring.


“A” feels too static and staged. “B” is more natural and relaxed to me.

Amy Jean says:

I like B

bea says:

I like “B” better.
The color is nicer in “A”. I like the blue background with the warm yellow light on her, but the harsh shadow on her face is really distracting. It is actually even a little off putting.

Rory says:

it looks more candid

Smen says:

B, definitely!

– Because Lindsey is better aligned in the picture;
– Because the background of B is more supplementary than distracting as it is in A;
– Because artificial light objects combined with dark backgrounds is soooo 2009;
– Because there’s movement in B making it natural, instead of the ‘posed’ A;
– Since there’s no visible distortion in B (instead of the scewed car in A);
– Because the colours in B work…
– And also B because Lindsey is a little bit closer to me, ehhr, the viewer!

A by a long shot – WHY? More dramatic – love the highlight on her face – like the dudes in the van being more silhouetted than how they are in B. B seems more contrived and her body posture looks too typical to me.

Red DeLaRosa says:

B, I like the composition better and I think it tells a better story.

Definitely A.
The green hue in the background makes for a really interesting contrast with the warmth of the light on the girl. Definitely grabs your eye!

Capturesque says:

B hands down, unless you’re trying to sell the wind farm.

Dawn says:

A interesting light and shadows

tom baker says:

B – no contest. It draws the eye and side by side I kept going back to it. A is OK, but it’s not as strong as B.

Arlingga says:

not A. because shadow of the girl is opposing the light source (sun) in the background.

I prefer B. I love A but the background seems too beautifully busy and takes me away from the subject. B is my choice! :)

Tammy says:

I prefer A because of the color and the background. I can still see the model, but when I am finished with her story, I can still see even more in the background!

Scott Nelson says:

B is much more dynamic. Although you lose some context with background details, there’s just enough to make a story without distracting from the main subject.

Will says:

A. I love it. Looks like a one light shot too with great controls on ambient light. B is too obvious, burn out, exposure issues and mainstream but what do I know? I reckon the dollar is on B too which says a a lot unfortunately

Sherry Fagan says:

A is better in this instance. It’s got more initial Punch b/c of Lighting and shapes in the back upper right :)!!! Movement & Lighting feels more present here.

-Sher :)

Kathleen J. Smith says:

B…I dislike the muddiness of the color in photo A & I prefer the borders of photo B.

carlos says:

B – I only wish the wind turbines were a bit more visible, but overall the image is less muddy, the crop on the model is better and is more about the scene and less about “being lit”.

camcorp says:

B, better composition

Briuflash says:

B for sure…love it

Brianne says:

I like the photo-journalistic nature of ‘A’, but ‘B’ seems more of a fashion shot where you focus on the model first. Personally I like ‘A’ but I guess it depends on how you use the image.

Linda says:

B. More emphasis on the model and I like that I can see the characters behind her giving more interest to the image, love the “hint” of the wind turbines in the background, but they aren’t competing with the model. I seem to lean towards high-key stuff too, so that may be a factor for me.

Icepick says:

B – Although I love the color and context in A, the pose (or lack thereof) is too .. (un-natural?)

Toby says:


Perfect off center pose just grabs me!

Simon Fuller says:

I like B because the light background is offset by her dark complexion.

B. I don’t like A because the two light sources are fighting each other and there is no light source “origin” for the light on the woman.

I like picture B better, it feels more relaxed and balanced. Like if the photographer wasn’t there.

Christian says:

B Better contrast

Steve says:

B – tells a better story

Ramit Batra says:

B for sure.
Its got a lot going in it!
*Loved it :)

Pictorious says:

B, nicer composition. The colors in A are more interesting though.

Philipp Ulrich says:

B, because of better lightning.

definitely ‘B’. though the sky is washed out, I don’t think it matters. Also the composition is much nicer. ‘A’ seems to cluttered visually.

Allen says:

B – less visually cluttered.

Gary Simmons says:


I find B puts the focus on the model, with lots of context. A puts the focus on everything, with the model being just one of the elements.

Lots of feedback on this… Seems that people like the idea!

Jeremy says:

B! Her pose in A makes her look unsure of what she is suppose to be doing.

Jon says:

B. (A seems too contrasty to me)

Danielle m says:

I like b better. The dramatic lighting and way she is holding her hands in a isn’t as nice to me. Although I would’ve liked her a couple feet back to get the van framed a little closer to her while not cutting off her hands


Looks more natural, A looks Awkward.

Martin Mestre says:

A. Iike the color better

JoyceDZ says:

B… It is more intriguing seeing the guys not looking at her…

Easily B. The body language in A seems uncomfortable, B is more natural. And with the background blown in B, she pops more.

B, by far. Love the warm tones better separation from van/kids & the crop of torso is more natural.


Mark says:

B – it brings more attention to the main subject.

Simon says:


It has better composition and overall look.

A would look better if the van had a lick of flash and same composition as B.

Dave says:

I prefer B – although A is more dramatic to me, I like the composition of B and I find the shadow on the ground in A distracting. Also, B adds the people in the van as part of the composition, whereas in A I feel like they’re just in the way since they’re partially blocked.

Quin says:

Definitely B! if i were driving down the road i’d prob pass by for image A. but for image B i’d definitely stop and ask here if their van was ok and if she needed a ride!!!!

“A” has my vote; more depth, feels warmer, tells more of a story in the background. Only thing I dislike is her harsh shadow.

Henrik says:

Picture B! But picture A is great if crop it around the model.

A, tells more of story in the details surrounding the subject. but like the pose better in B. overall A wins.

Tim Colston says:

I am gonna go with. The sky isn’t blown out. Attention is brought to what would appear to be the main focus of the shot. She (the largest model) seems to be the only thing lit. My eye searches her for more information first.

Tim Colston says:

As you can tell from my description, I meant A.

Chris Bowers says:


The thought process behind A is nice, crank the F stop & blast the strobe. However that image does not work. The guys have no detail, there is no real composition, her feet are cut off, her shadow is nasty, and she is staring directly into the camera almost dazed.

In B she is framed gorgeously, the colors and tone all match the theme. She is walking away sort of angry, but it is clear she is leaving the guys. If this was a multi shot picture I would expect to see the van explode next. She is obviously over the guys for what ever reason. B speaks to me, A is blah.

Nice work & great model Lindsey.

Lee says:

Photo B

The colourings of the van look cool plus the chick looks well hot ;0)

John says:

B. It feels more coherent.
A. Lighting and pose make it feel disjoint and more of a pictures for the sake of a picture.

Gobi says:

Most definetly B. The lighting in the background, the composition with the model to the right, the pose and the interesting van and subjects are what make this image more exciting. The lighting appears to be natural lighting which helps the bg light bleed in where the other seems a tad lifeless in comparison. :)

Greg says:

I like A better, the sky is a bit over-exposed in B. The model stands out better in A

Alex B says:

Colors are best in pic A, but everything else is best in B….

Ivan C. says:

Image B. Overexposure has its merits too.

Lesley Persyn says:


MC says:

B. I prefer the composition in that one

Alex says:

I like the color of


but the composition of


Nomed says:


I like the mood of A, but the shadow on the ground spoils the artificial nature of the lighting.

Russell Hay says:

B though I like the color aesthetic of A better than B.

I like B more for a number of reasons:

1) B has a story. She is leaving the group in the background, this is more intriguing.
2) A feels awkward wrt to the woman. She’s just standing, in a fairly unflattering pose.
3) B provides more details as less is lost in shadow (i.e. the group in the background is more identifiable.
4) The lighting in A doesn’t really “flow” to me. It’s too artificial, making me wonder why because it doesn’t look like it’s coming from a street light or any “normal” light source.

Leo says:

I like the composition better in B but A is much more dramatic and holds more detail in the highlights. If it were up to me, I’d crop A down to similar a composition as B (maybe cut the models legs out), and that would have my vote.

Ian Rook says:

I have no doubt that it is image A.
Whilst I am struggling to quantify exactly what it was I felt, image A gave me an immediate emotional response that I just don’t get with image B.
The contrast, lighting and crop and definitely a key part of A’s raw power.

Lars says:

A!!! It tells a story and it catches me.

i don´t like the blown out parts of B

Jeff Harper says:

I like A better, better separation via better front and back lighting of the subject, shadow on face creates mystery and mood, and B has too many well lit artifacts (van and inattentive guys) that draw away from subject.

Misa Garcia says:

Definitely B = Composition works even though it’s overexposed.

You color corrected A to try and trick us!

Adrian says:

B… is the one that I prefer, is more dynamic and has more story to tell, seems like the girl is going for some reason and guys behind are ignoring this. I don’t prefer A because seems too artificial something like guys are looking somewhere and the girl has coming there in fron a stopped for taking a photo :)


Alison White says:

Personally overall I prefer B.
A makes the woman look sort of lonely and outcast and her expression is abit ‘huh, where am I’ whilest in B she looks strong and independant.

Inés says:

I wouldn’t choose any of them, but if I have to, then its
because in B the guys are too distracting, even though I prefer the light and colour in B. Some people say there’s more “story” in B. Story, you say??

Robin Flume says:

I personally like Image A better.
I like the atmosphere of it, the sky in image B is too overexposed in my opinion ;-)

Ken Todd says:

B, I feel that in A the model doesn’t have a natural stance, she looks stunned and very static.

Kristal says:

A – its more interesting to me

Luke V says:

A.. way more edgy.. but it makes sense that 95% of the responders like B better cause the model has a ‘sexier’ pose. i’m curious how much time there was between shots.

Julien says:

I prefer A. Something more strange, more magical inside.
B is a little bit more casual to me.

By the way, both are well done.

tim says:

B – composition feels better

Seems like an overabundance of natural light lovers. I am going with “A”, due to the added drama provided by the artificial light, and the increased background presence.

Jeff O says:

Photo “B”, I don’t like the cropped toes in “a” so by default “B” wins.

DanielKphoto says:

Really hard to choose, I like both a lot. I think I’m gonna go for B though :) Very nice shot. I like her pose and the overexposure on the background.

B is better…. I miss the windmills though, but the over all light and composition is better in B in my opinion.

Gregor Schwarzacher says:

A because it has this really nice background, where one is really able to see what she is surrounded with… in B you can barely see the background, i dont like that so much

Cheers Greg

Mateo says:

B. Just because. More balance

B. It’s less distracting – It feels like its focusing more on the people in the photo than the background. Love the blown out background.

Lori says:

B, but I guess you already know that by now. Leaves a lot more to the imagination. She is walking away with some attitude and what is she walking away from? Great thought provoking picture.

barbara says:

the lighting and colour is better than in B. The atmosphere is dark and menacing

Oscar Murray says:

A, why is everyone saying B? confuses me..

iamedy says:

Picture B

Better kind of motion and action then in Picture A, in my opinion :)

johny says:

B is my pick, although I like the processing of shot A I like the lighting better for shot B it seems more natural on the girls face, the blown out sky also lends to isolating the the girl giving here more of the focus. The girls position in the frame also implies motion to me and seems to set up more of a possible story for this image.

Lorraine says:

I like A for ‘interestingness’ ….B is probably more ‘technically’ (maybe)correct but I still like A!

I like the moody lighting in A but I like the overall capture better in B
Have to say B

george says:

B is better. It has emotion.
A. has more initial grab, but the pose and lighting are “off”

Sara Mac says:

B, because it is more storytelling. I am a bigger fan of strobe though, so it’s a tough call :)

B I see much more of a story in B!
A…not so much…i see…just……an image

Rob King says:

I have to vote A.
A just pulls you in more, with the Key shifting in the light and the bold use of colour(i am Canadian that is the real way of spelling color). I also like the fact that you don’t loose any of the wind turbines in the background due to the highlights being blown out as in picture b. Seeing that background so clearly allows you to set up some context for the image instead of trying to figure out if it is really a wind turbine she is standing in front of.
They are both great shots but b seems a bit to plain for my liking.

Mark says:

B, Because in A the toes are cut off almost “accidentally” and in B the cut must have been on purpose.

The big black blotch in her face in A is not all that flattering.

B because composition and framing is evident even though she is looking out of the frame instead of in (Rules need to be broken right?)

B is also more balanced; the fulcrum is intuitively there and more aesthetically pleasing.

Last and not least: it’s more your style ;-)

Shane Srogi says:

B. Because it tells a story.

Andy says:


B tells me a story… or at least leaves my mind to make one up. It looks intentional and has purpose.

A just looks to much like a light check. She is just kinda standing there all slouchy and the shot does not look intentional, just accidental.

Lindsi says:

I live B better. I love the lighting and the overall feel of it.

Tmconn says:

Both shots look great, but I am favoring “B”. When looking at the photo, I see a story, not to sure what that story may be, but it draws me in… I want to know more about what’s going on.

swinghammer says:

my pick is B.

yasser says:

I LIKE ( B )

Lewis says:

B, it’s more balanced and the tones aren’t as harsh.

Colin Mason says:

Photo B, definitely. Since there’s not as much background detail, the subject jumps out of the frame more. Plus the colors are much sharper, more distinct.

natalia says:

B… it leaves me wondering why she looks cheezed off as she walks away.

Jason says:

Cropped: A
Full: B

Mark Gregory says:

I like the pose better and it seems to tell more of a story. It makes me want to know more about the subjects in the photo.

Tom says:

they both suck…what is this crap Jarvis? :-) B… if A had more fill I’d pick it.

Andy says:

B fo sho. Mainly for me it’s the lighting. The sun is clearly visible on the left in A, yet she is lit hard from the opposite side. It just isn’t working for me. I also like the windmills better in B. They’re there, but in A their pattern is distracting me from the girl. Her toes have also been amputated in A :)

Chris Mast says:


I think A feels very combative. Like the overall feel of B better.

Brent H says:

B. Why? More interesting. I think the contrast between the blown out sky and the model in the foreground sets her off a bit more and creates more balance than A; my eye goes right to her then to guys hanging out in the van – much more detail there too – more detail overall in B, except the sky, but I can live with a blown out sky because I don’t think it’s that important to this photo. In A I’m drawn right to the highlight on her pants and there doesn’t seem to be a feeling of balance and I’m not liking that long shadow and lack of detail, especially in her face. Hope you win….

Orbie Pullen says:

B- The subject is closer so your more engaged with her also how her body is positioned is more appealing than strait towards the camera(image A). Also the subject is not in the middle of the frame making it a more interesting composition. Also you can see the people in the background more making the image more interesting. All these factors make it a more interesting composition to the viewer than image A.

Jack says:


Absolutely no question: ‘B’, in my opinion.

In ‘A’ , I don’t feel I have an opportunity to engage with the subject and scenario. I don’t care enough to keep looking…

…it feels like just another fashion shot, too literal and documentative.

‘B’, on the other hand, I’m immediately intrigued. Why’s she walking away, why aren’t the guys even seeing her off, what’s happened here…?

More pleasing feel about the image too, less jarring composition, more audience involvement…


Chris D says:

B. Better balanced. Model and van on thirds, blue of van against model. Turbines to prominent in A.

Kimberly Myers-Pinkel says:

B- the windmills are too distracting in A.

Carolyn says:

I like B better. Obviously these are personal opinions, but I feel the background of A is more distracting.
I like the subject’s pose better in B, as it makes me wonder what’s on her mind. A feels a little awkward.
And I also like the color pop of the blue van in the background of B in comparison to the rest of the image.
Just personal opinions. :)

Alex D. says:

B. Great colors, and contrast. There is emotion in her face and disposition, that a whole story could be written about.

lukken says:


why.. for me it all come down to the models position in A also not a fan of the arms and hands.

Geekgirly says:

I actually prefer B. I think it is because the position of the model is interesting and unexpected. Also, it might just be personal preference but the contrast between the high key of the sky and the darkness of the model is visually appealing. :)

Fabricio says:

B (all the way at first instant glance)

Jamie smith says:

I prefer B. Love the color and the background people tell more of a story for me. I have the Nikon D7000 ; )


Compositionally, I think that each photo tells a different story with the same elements, and I think that neither story is better or worse than the other.

It’s the lighting that throws A out of whack for me though; the shadow that the model casts due to the flash pulls the eye away from the photo as a whole….

Tim Skipper says:


I usually like to pick opposite of everyone else, but in this case B. To me A looks like a test shot, nothing really happening, B is powerful

Carla says:

I’d also have to say B is better. I sense a forward motion…the editing in A takes away the focus from the main subject which I don’t think was intended.

Mark Legge says:

B…. first one reminds me of some kinda green energy ‘aren’t we fab and caring’ type poster for a company…. I prefer the story B starts off in my head… the attitude of her strut and the mystery caused by the details disappearing in the white-out… far more intriguing…

Qathi says:

I love this game!

after careful consideration and implementation of a formal critique process (in my head)


Simon says:


jon - philippines says:

B- natural light is the best

Amanda says:

I like the square crop for A but B overall

Mike Evers says:

B. More dynamic. Seems like something is going on.

dDavid says:

B looks lie it has a story
A looks like a lighting demonstration

Chris says:

A it has more drama, I like the lighting and the processing looks good. B is a bit washed out :)

Sir Nerdalot says:

B because it looks less staged, more like a moment in time just caught. Like that the windmills aren’t obvious but reveal themselves subtly creating a strong connection to the natural power of the sun blazing through them.

If your $1 was on A, I owe you a drink!

Drew says:

B, but not by much.

Ron says:

B, a much better pose and better separation from background elements…although I like the lighting of A better.

Terry says:

I prefer B ;)

Claudia Hung says:

I find the model’s face a bit odd in B.
B seems to fit the Chase Jarvis style more.
However my end choice is A. It looks more intentional.

Ambre says:

B. The lighting on the models face is so much nicer and there is too much distraction in A

Martin says:

B ofcourse. She’s better positioned in the photo, the colourshift feels more natural, plus you can see the people in the background better…

Abhi Inamdar says:

I already see see picture B at the top with all the comments! :D

Greg says:

A, color, and draws attention to woman

David Teran says:


A close tie between the two, but as a commercial photographer, I’m digging A more.

I like that you can see the windmills in A, I like her expression more in A, and I love her shadow on the ground.

Ryan says:


because it has more attitude

Emma Godfrey says:


Going against the tide but I think ‘A’ is more interesting, she looks ‘caught in the act’ of something, then the van and the turbines make you think about what she is doing there.

John says:

B, it just looks more natural. A would be great without that light in the front.

Kristi says:

B. It pops and comp is better

Karen says:

B – although both have hip, edgy lighting and post processing, the composition of B is more balanced and you have more of a storytelling element of the guys in the background.

Kim nehet says:

B – I feel more when I look at it! Simple as that.

Kim nehet says:

My name came through wrong – Kim Nehrt…

Randy Nicholson says:

B, because I like the composition of the van and the balance it gives to the subject. And is that Van for sale?

stuart says:

B, definitely. I like the blown-out sky, but more importantly I seriously dislike the hard obvious flash shadow in A.

Finn says:

B for me

Crystal Lee says:

Definitely B. I’m not a fan of the coloring in image A, I definitely prefer the more natural look of image B.

JSturr says:

Only GOD belongs in the center of the frame — so B it is.

Jesse Cablek says:

I like the attitude it provides as an additional dimension, and the lighting on her face and body.
I do however, like how A is less blown out in the background, but not enough to like it more.

Jack Megaw says:

“A” but mostly because of the way she is lit compared to B where the lighting on the face is more flat.

MatthewKeoni says:

B. I like natural looking photos.

I prefer B. The shadow in the womans face in A is too harsh I think.

Abhi Inamdar says:


The subject seems to connect with the photographer there.

Melissa says:

B by far. Reason? It’s cleaner…you can’t totally see the wind machines, and that might be part of why you need the photo…however, B is more pleasing to me. With photo A, it confuses my mind cuz the shadow is coming from the wrong direction if the sun is behind her. I like the more natural feel of B.

Matt Mathai says:

B by a landslide. A is too cold. B is much more involved with the subject, and the poses of the guys in the background are more visible.

Paris Carter says:

B, for sure. A’s lighting seems to deliberate, and I also think the emotion of the female jives better all together with photo B

David says:

B mostly because there is something happening in the photo.

Carol P. says:

B :)
On photo B the composition is well put in a way that photo A isn’t, but I do like the colors and lighting on A better than on B.

Elliott B says:

A is too green, hot sun takes eye away from subject and her toe is chopped off. Not to mention the black side of her face does nothing for the shot.

Manuel says:

A is more “instant-style”, but B is more professionale.

I am for B.

fdezfuentesguerra says:


Mike Conaty says:

B – I like the composition better, and there’s no artificial light or shadow. It’s a little overexposed, but the dark clothing of the model in the foreground balances that out.

Sophie says:

I prefer B. It’s brighter, more pleasing to the eye, good composition. Pic A just looks… I dunno, dark and unfinished in a way. Hard to describe. But B is better.

Ian Harding says:

B, because I like the cinematic appearance.

Lenn Long says:

I gotta go with B too.
A looks lit and with editorial / documentary style I tend to keep
the “lit look” to a minimum.

Leon says:

B it is.

Zak says:

B, it’s got tons of emotion

smittengreta says:

i agree with whoever said cropped a, full b!! :)))

Mark Petko says:

A ….because my guts don’t lie.

ajaperu says:

B fo sho. Like everything about it better, pose, colors, composition.

Clark Barron says:

Even though it’s a bit blown out for my taste, the composition alone sets B above the other by leaps and bounds.

B, for sure.

Adam Jacob says:


Lindy Leigh says:


Adam says:

A has potential. The background and everything is beautiful/intriguing. But I’d vote for B right now.

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