Banging my head on a wall!

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ChubbieOwl's picture
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Banging my head on a wall!

I was so excited to be getting out and getting some pics yesterday and I am just so disappointed with them! I really need to get out and use my camera more if I am ever going to improve at all. Okay, I love this picture of my daughter, but I just can't get it right!
Gah, shooting babies is so hard! I was trying so hard to keep my ss over 1/125 that I had to bump my ISO up to 800 and on a D60, that is not good.

Do the eyes look over worked? Be honest, because to me they do! And I can't get the colors to look right, so I just converted it. Does the conversion look okay? How can I fix this? Feel free to play with it if you think you can fix it.
SOOC:
DSC_0046sooc

Trying to do that cool "vintage beach" type of thing that I love:
DSC_0046web2

And conversion:
DSC_0046bwweb

Jeffininer's picture
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Keep at it!! I haven't had much time for getting out and taking photos. Heck, I missed amazing opportunities in Miami Sad

I'm really not digging the beachy processing. Something about the color just doesn't look right. It almost just looks like you did the brighten slider. Also, compared to the rest of the picture, I do think the eyes are slightly over done. You've got a soft processing on the picutre, but the eyes are bright and crisp. Just my 2 cents, though!

I do love the b+w of this one Smile The only real change I would make of this shot is the cropping. Make it more towards the rule of thirds than centered.

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what a cute little girl you have! Smile kids are VERY hard to photograph...well at least our own are Lol I haven't tried photographing other people's kids yet. I'm looking forward to it though.

here is my play. your picture is pretty much underexposed but your focus is spot on so great job on that! Smile Do you shoot in raw or jpeg? You could easily fix it in ACR which is what I did. I opened up your picture in ACR and increased the exposer a bit up until the hightlights were starting to get blown but then brought it down so they aren't. I also use the recover slide a lot but usually not past 10 for jpegs. I added a bit of contrast to the picture and fixed the white balance. Brought it into photoshop did a selective color layer to fix just a bit of the yellow still left in her skin. Then I cropped rule of thirds (sort of but you get the idea) which in a picture this small the quality goes way down so it would work a lot better with the original. Smile And there ya go! It is private in my flickr and I'll take it down later once this thread gets kicked back a couple pages.

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your b&w is nice but just needs to be brightened a bit since she is underexposed Smile

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OH! I love Loida's play. Like pp said, your original is just a bit underexposed. You can get some of that back in ACR.

I don't think the vintage beach thing works well with this shot. Adds too much yellow and makes her look over processed.

However, the b&w is a great start. Make it a bit brighter and maybe bump up the contrast and you've got a real winner on your hands!

TFS!
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"Jeffininer" wrote:

I'm really not digging the beachy processing. Something about the color just doesn't look right. It almost just looks like you did the brighten slider. Also, compared to the rest of the picture, I do think the eyes are slightly over done.

"acarbo99" wrote:

I don't think the vintage beach thing works well with this shot. Adds too much yellow and makes her look over processed.

Yup, that's pretty much what I was thinking too.

"sweetalienchick" wrote:

here is my play. your picture is pretty much underexposed but your focus is spot on so great job on that! Smile Do you shoot in raw or jpeg? You could easily fix it in ACR which is what I did. I opened up your picture in ACR and increased the exposer a bit up until the hightlights were starting to get blown but then brought it down so they aren't. I also use the recover slide a lot but usually not past 10 for jpegs. I added a bit of contrast to the picture and fixed the white balance. Brought it into photoshop did a selective color layer to fix just a bit of the yellow still left in her skin. Then I cropped rule of thirds (sort of but you get the idea) which in a picture this small the quality goes way down so it would work a lot better with the original. Smile And there ya go! It is private in my flickr and I'll take it down later once this thread gets kicked back a couple pages.

your b&w is nice but just needs to be brightened a bit since she is underexposed Smile

Thanks a lot for the help ladies! I do shoot in RAW, so I'm going to go back in and see what I can do to make it look more like yours. The only thing that was really getting me is the fact that the color of her eyes in this picture is off to start with. Her eyes are a really lovely gray-blue and this pic makes them look sort of dull and greenish. but I guess that's what happens without proper lighting! And all the photoshop in the world can't make them as nice as a good sooc image with catch lights would.

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You've gotten great CCs. Just wanted to add that the post processing, looks weird. The background is distracting. I would watch out for those when you are taking pictures of your daughter.

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So I decided that there was no hope for the color LOL! I brightened the B & W and put it in my sig cause it's just one of those silly mommy things :rolleyes:. Still looks like alien eyes to me though, but I just love the expression on her face LOL!

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if you love it then its already a great picture Wink the b&w looks very nice btw.