6 month old shoot today - CC needed please!

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ButtonsMama's picture
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6 month old shoot today - CC needed please!

Today I shot my friend's 6.5 month old daughter. I used the 50mm 1.4 that I rented just for this shoot. I was so unhappy with the newborn shots I took of her, I knew I wanted to make a concerted effort to do better. Here are the first of the images that I've edited. I need your CC please, as I really want to knock mom out this time.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased. I did better with focus than I did the first two days I had the lens. My WB was all over the place, but I did shoot in RAW, so I tried to fix it as best I could. I'm not calibrated, so any thoughts on color would be appreciated. They look a bit cool to me, but I can't tell if they're too blue or what. Thanks!

1. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm

2. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm

3. SS 1/500; f/3.5; ISO 400; 50mm

4. SS 1/500; f/3.5; ISO 400; 50mm

5. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm

Beau82's picture
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I'm bad at CC but I'm going to try. Practice makes perfect right?

What an adorable smile in #1! The white background kind of bothers me with the wrinkles and uneven colour. The colour looks slightly different in all of them to me. And yes, they look like they need some warming up.
#2 is a little too bright to me, maybe overexposed? I really like #3 but the hand chop kind of bugs me. Was that an in-camera crop? Beautiful catchlights though. Love #5 but she seems a little too bright there too.

Great job!

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"ButtonsMama" wrote:

Today I shot my friend's 6.5 month old daughter. I used the 50mm 1.4 that I rented just for this shoot. I was so unhappy with the newborn shots I took of her, I knew I wanted to make a concerted effort to do better. Here are the first of the images that I've edited. I need your CC please, as I really want to knock mom out this time.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased. I did better with focus than I did the first two days I had the lens. My WB was all over the place, but I did shoot in RAW, so I tried to fix it as best I could. I'm not calibrated, so any thoughts on color would be appreciated. They look a bit cool to me, but I can't tell if they're too blue or what. Thanks!

1. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm I would either get something to weigh down the fabric in back + iron it OR iron it and then plexi glass on bottom to straiten it out.
Another thing I would recommend is you pull back more so the box is not cut off and you have a little more room around entire subject.

2. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm These are all cute but I would try to be consistent in colors. This looks much more blue than the previous (whites). You also blew the whites in the bow.

3. SS 1/500; f/3.5; ISO 400; 50mm So cute. Try to watch clipping the hands. Have them in or out - no inbetweens.

4. SS 1/500; f/3.5; ISO 400; 50mm This shot may have worked better vertically - It is hard with babies and trying to follow the rule of thirds.

5. SS 1/500; f/2.8; ISO 400; 50mm Very cute too. You are slightly over exposed and blowing your whites. (mainly bow) Play with curves to give it a bit of contrast and add a small amount of warmth.

Overall - very adorable subject and a pretty good job! Smile

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I think your friends daughter is pretty you did a great job capturing images of her. Cindy's CC I think points everything out perfectly.

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What a cutie! I agree that every pic is a different color/white balance.

Also, #1 background is pretty wrinkly and/or she could be moved away from it more to get the BG OOF, and I think the focus is on the jewelry box. There is something about the angle or crop that I would do differently too.

#2 I like this pose, but the focus definitely seems to be in the lower half of the pic somewhere.

#3 I think it's my fave! But hand is chopped Sad also maybe boost the curves/contrast just a touch? I love her face there.

#4 I agree on the composition CC.

#5 I agree on the previous CC.

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I agree with the other cc.

1&2 don't seem like they are in focus.
3- my fav, but I would crop out the hands.
4- think the focus is on the bow, but I too would crop vertically.
5- needs warmth- 2nd fav.

TracyF's picture
Joined: 08/14/06
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I'm a bit late here, but you've already gotten great CC. I think you did a great job, and she's an adorable kid! I sure do wonder how you got that tiara to stay on though! I can barely even get anything to stay in my four-year-old's hair, let alone a baby with very little hair!!

(That just reminds me of a story I heard about Johnny Depp, I think, having had his Jack Sparrow hat glued to his head for a photo once!)

My favourite shot is #3. Love the expression, I feel it shows off her eyes best too.