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    Sorry I've been MIA recently. So much going on recently, plus taking care of a newborn.. well now three month old! So we just renovated the master bedroom in our townhouse, and it is now my new home studio. So far its just laminate floor, base boards, and white paint. A white desk and chair... nothing fancy. I had my first practice shoot with a little sweetie who just turned one on the weekend. She was the first newborn I ever photographed, so I have a real soft spot for her. When I was setting up I flicked a switch on the side of my camera without noticing, and the lens stopped focusing... OMG, total panic. Lets just say my camera and I are really still getting to know each other! Anyways, I finally got it working after tampering with every setting I could, and they arrived minutes after. I was in a total fluster the whole shoot. I faced the baby away from the light for some reason. It was my first time in a studio environment, and I was soo out of it. After I transferred the images, I realized I had reset the camera, so all medium quality jpegs, no RAW files. Also, my custom white balance was lost. whoops. I guess this is why I'm still not charging a penny!

    Some from the shoot. CC is always welcome.
    1. I wanted to see how this style of lighting looked with a LO. Not too crazy about it, but also not disappointed. Focus can be a struggle though.

    Ella 01 by laurenm123, on Flickr

    2.baby turned away from light...

    DSC_0949 BW by laurenm123, on Flickr

    3.Sibling shot (we did one just like this when she was a newborn) this one was ok lighting wise, except I blew the blanket on one side, and couldn't recover it.. probably because it was a standard size jpeg. I tried some painting, and adjusting... but it still looks a bit funky.

    DSC_0956 by laurenm123, on Flickr

    4.again, baby turned away from the light.

    DSC_1021 by laurenm123, on Flickr

    5. big bro - He was just along for the ride, but he was asking when it was his turn, so we snapped a few. Not crazy about the angel here, but still like this shot.

    DSC_0969 BW by laurenm123, on Flickr

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    I saw #1 on facebook and wanted to say there how beautiful it is. I totally think it works!

    #2...looks like part of the background might be blown? I'm just seeing some unevenness.

    #3. lovely. Do you have CS5? If so, you should be able to fix that blanket no problem with the clone tool. If you don't have CS5....get it, the new clone tool and the content aware it's totally worth it!

    #4. Who cares if she turned away from the light!?! It's a great shot! I like the dimensional light in this one...definitely works.

    #5. So glad you took a few of him. I love the angle and think it's great.
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    I think the pictures are adorable and the comp is good on most, I do agree the colour is off a bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddee View Post
    I think the pictures are adorable and the comp is good on most, I do agree the colour is off a bit.
    Really? Color looks spot on to me. Nice and peachy.
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    Thanks for the CC ladies, I really appreciate it.

    I totally missed the big blown spot in #2. Funny, because I worked on that for at least 20 minutes, just making sure her skin was just right, and trying to fix blown spots on her skin and hair, and totally didn't notice the background. I do have CS5, I guess I should go at it with the clone tool. I'm so terrible at cloning, I always make it a last resort. Especially when there is not a lot of background that looks good enough to copy.

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    No cc here. I think they are all great. I LOVE the bright lighting!
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    Awe these are really very nice.
    I am not seeing the colour as being off either. Looks smooth and creamy on my screen,

    Very well done!
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    I think they're all beautiful! I agree the color is perfectly peachy! and that last conversion is so great!

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    i think they are gorgeous! so jealous of the peachy skin, i cannot do that for the life of me
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    Thank you everyone. I am finally starting to see color, and be able to fix it. Starting being the key word here. I have been trying and trying, and I think it just takes loads of practice. Well maybe not for everyone... but for me.

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