another one from yesterday NEW EDIT in OP

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another one from yesterday NEW EDIT in OP

Please cc on anything. I know that there are problems with the speckled light in the background. Should I try and clone it out? Also how does the color look? Please cc anything else as well.

I am feeling a bit disappointed because I am seeing mistakes that I could have avoided in all the pics! Well, live and learn I guess! I hope that mom is not too disappointed. I guess it was free so really she just lost out on time, right! But I know with just my 2, time is at a premium!

Settings iso 400, 1/125, f/5.6 (I realize that I should have closed ap more but couldn't go up in iso without ridiculous noise. Older girl and baby are soft.)
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New edit brightened and with cloning.
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I think your ap is okay, actually. then again, this is a smaller version. they don't look soft to me. try to clone out the dappled light, just to see how it looks. but I don't like how dark the older girl and baby are - you can't really do a screen layer on this because I think it would make the other girl too bright.

still, I think the mom would like it. I know I would.

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"coolmama72" wrote:

I think your ap is okay, actually. then again, this is a smaller version. they don't look soft to me. try to clone out the dappled light, just to see how it looks. but I don't like how dark the older girl and baby are - you can't really do a screen layer on this because I think it would make the other girl too bright.

still, I think the mom would like it. I know I would.

Thanks. I can easily brighten them up a bit without touching the other two. I may have not masked them well enough when I did pp anyway. I'll play around with it.

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The background looks really dark. The older girl seems to get lost in it a bit. I a not sure if their faces are soft, can you post a bigger picture?

I agree that the front two kids have good exposure.

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"EL2" wrote:

The background looks really dark. The older girl seems to get lost in it a bit. I a not sure if their faces are soft, can you post a bigger picture?

I agree that the front two kids have good exposure.

I can post it bigger if you want to see how soft but I can tell you for sure that the older girl and baby are soft. They just aren't as sharp as the front two. I'm sure it is because I didn't shot them head on but was at an angle.

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LOVE the new edit!!!!!

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Thanks Gwen! I am going to be really obnoxious and bump this up just because I would really like to get more feedback before I process all the pics and make the same mistake each time! Smile

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I love the second edit, as well. I also think a tighter crop would work well here.

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I also love the new edit! I think your ap is alright too. The dappled light really doesnt bother me now that the background is a bit lighter so it doesnt stand out as much.

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Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I had a family session yesterday that wiped me out.

I always have them bend anything they can. Knees, cross ankles (lose the shoes), etc. Think of triangles, try to create a triangle with their heads so they aren't in a line. Have one squat, have one sit and have someone else stand. YKWIM?

Post SOOC and I'll have a play.

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It looks like the blacks are clipping a little? Not sure with out seeing SOOC.
But this image is the perfect candidate for this super easy/quick method from ILP:http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=345534

I tried it by using a curves adj layer on that selection and just bringing the right slider over to where the curve/info starts and it made a really nice difference.

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"Melvin76" wrote:

Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I had a family session yesterday that wiped me out.

I always have them bend anything they can. Knees, cross ankles (lose the shoes), etc. Think of triangles, try to create a triangle with their heads so they aren't in a line. Have one squat, have one sit and have someone else stand. YKWIM?

Post SOOC and I'll have a play.

Thanks for thee tip about triangles. Makes sense. We lost the shoes about 10 shots after this one.

Here is the SOOC.

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I was going to mention the triangle thing also, as the pose looks a tad uncomfortable. Your new edit is really nice though! I can't tell that the kids in the back are soft.

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"becoming-mom" wrote:

It looks like the blacks are clipping a little? Not sure with out seeing SOOC.
But this image is the perfect candidate for this super easy/quick method from ILP:http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=345534

I tried it by using a curves adj layer on that selection and just bringing the right slider over to where the curve/info starts and it made a really nice difference.

I did clip the blacks. Dumb me checked it by opening it in ACR without realizing that I had the blacks blinkies turned off. Thanks for the link.