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4 for cc please

So I have been trying to practice more lately with my photography. I really want a new lens but I have to settle for the one I have. Hopefully Santa will bring me a new one! Let me know please what ya'll think of these photos. I have edited them a little in photoshop. I think I am getting better at getting the catch lights in his eyes.

f 5.6 1/200sec ISO 400 48mm
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these next ones I know the sheet i used doesn't look very good for the background but it was all I had to work with. So if anyone knows how I can fix it and make it look smooth if there even is a way let me know. I used my aunts photographt lights, she just didn't have a white background.

f5.6 1/30sec ISO-400 29mm
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f4.5 1/40sec ISO-400 30mm
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I love this one, but the dumb sheet is wrinkled and you can see where the one starts and the other ends...

f5.6 1/40sec ISO-400 18mm
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the 3rd is my favorite. I think it's a great shot...great catchlights. I really like the angle.
They all look a bit yellow - underexposed? (i'm very new at this, so don't take my CC to heart!)

I'm wondering if you went with a lower ISO setting if it would help.

the wrinkled sheet definitely catches my eye in a negative way! I'm sure there is a way to smooth it but i have no idea!

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what is your lighting? ss is a tad low (try to keep around 125) but I see your iso is high so I'm guessing it was kind of dark.

changing his angle a bit (or yours) would prob get rid of the double lights in the third pic,

he looks so happy with his horse Smile cutie

Depending on which camera you have you can probably ask for a 50 1.8 its around $100-150 I believe that will help with getting more light without bumping the iso (although bewarned that it is harder to work with indoors do to the distance so that may not be ideal for you)

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He's a handsome little guy! I adore the first one. Love the little drool hanging on his chin! Wink I think for the studio ones, your ss is too low. I like the 2nd one best though. The wrinkled sheet is distracting, but I understand that it's all you had to work with.

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Okay, first off, your son is adorable. Seriously. This board is horrible for my baby fever...

1. I like, but I don't like that he is centered AND looking out of the frame. I don't mind pictures where the subject isn't looking at me, but I'd like him to be further to the right so that you see more towards where he's looking, if that makes sense. Also seems a bit dark, and has a greenish sort of tint to it (but I'm not calibrated.)

2. Not a big fan. He's look away and centered-ish again and it seems a little oof.

3. I like this one. I played a little, hope that's ok. I'm supposed to be getting ready for work so this was super fast, but I think you'll get the idea. Tried to smooth the background, brighten the baby, and repair the color (looks off to me). This was my 90 second play so it's just sort of a starter...

And I need to go! Hehe Smile

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How did you smooth the background? I don't mind yall working with them. I try not to center him all the time but its so hard to get shots of him bc he is always moving!!

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"LJB07" wrote:

what is your lighting? ss is a tad low (try to keep around 125) but I see your iso is high so I'm guessing it was kind of dark.

changing his angle a bit (or yours) would prob get rid of the double lights in the third pic,

he looks so happy with his horse Smile cutie

Depending on which camera you have you can probably ask for a 50 1.8 its around $100-150 I believe that will help with getting more light without bumping the iso (although bewarned that it is harder to work with indoors do to the distance so that may not be ideal for you)

I used my aunts photography lights. I don't have good natural lights in my house. She has the kind with the umbrellas.

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If you can, try moving him a little further away from the backdrop. this will help to give it more of that blurry look you're going for.

How high are your studio lights? Are they pointed at him or bounced off of the umbrellas?

you're off to a good start here. Just need to tweak things a bit. Are the "photo lights" strobes (do they go off like a flash) or are they always on? The strobe will help you in that you CAN use a lower shutter speed like you have here and they will still freeze motion.

Your lo is SO cute! He'll be the perfect model for you as you learn your camera and the lights. Smile

TFS,
GiGi

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"acarbo99" wrote:

If you can, try moving him a little further away from the backdrop. this will help to give it more of that blurry look you're going for.

How high are your studio lights? Are they pointed at him or bounced off of the umbrellas?

you're off to a good start here. Just need to tweak things a bit. Are the "photo lights" strobes (do they go off like a flash) or are they always on? The strobe will help you in that you CAN use a lower shutter speed like you have here and they will still freeze motion.

Your lo is SO cute! He'll be the perfect model for you as you learn your camera and the lights. Smile

TFS,
GiGi

The lights stay on all the time. I had the lights probably about 4 feet off the floor. I had the lights pointing towards the umbrellas so thr light would bounce off the umbrella towards him. Isn't that how your suppose to do it?

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I just did a quick selection on his body, feathered, inversed, and created new layer from copy and made that an overlay. Then just blurred wrinkled spots a bit.

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Very cute! In the first one the wb is off. It is too cool. In the next three, if your lights are continuous, you want a higher ss (above 1/125 is ideal).

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I just wanted to say that it is so much fun watching you practice. I see improvement in all of your pictures! It motivates me to want to practice more.