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Been Practicing CC please

So, these have not been edited...I wish I could edit them. Smooth the backgrounds, soften, balance, color, and adjust the lighting. I downloaded a trial of PS CS4, and could not understand how to do anything...once I got to the merging of my layers, it didn't work right.....I spent a good 5 hours and got no where, so here are the pictures untouched. It snowed 5 inches here in central Mississippi! Big deal for us. I put Caydee near a window to catch natural light. All done in Manual, ISO 400 and I set my ap and ss according to my light meter. I did not use a flash either. I tried very hard to capture catch lights from the sun reflected on the snow and into my window. I think the last one got some. CC welcomed! I am only about a week into this camera Smile

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Here are a few more...I have about 50 and can't choose what to show lol I like the eyes in some but body positioning looks weird....

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Watch the positioning (easier said than done I know haha). The third/fourth (first post) and the last one (second post) has some great catchlights. The rest although you're not using flash are catching light in a similar way to flash and creating more pinlights. It makes the eyes look more alive.
my fav is the last one, lighting looks really nice there

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Thank you! The ones that look like pin lights is actually from a bedside lamp...I was hoping it would catch her eyes but then I faced her more to the window and got so much better catchlights but awkward positioning lol I also didn't have any type of background....I need some kind of backdrop to use when indoors since it's been so cold out. I also really want that 50mm lens and an easier editing program lol I have Gimp too, but can't figure it out too much either

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for indoors you might also want to consider the 35mm
I had a 50mm for just a week (returned b/c for my camera it was manual focus only and I just couldn't do it with a toddler). It was hard to back up enough (what focal length were you using?) The crop on these is a bit tight.

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It is a 18-55mm lens. It came as a kit lens. I was up pretty close because it focused better. I guess I need to learn how to focus in on an object or person better. I see in the viewfinder my light meter, what my ss and ap is, and then I have the grid in place to help with the rule of thirds (which I hope I am doing this right...am I?), and then there are little boxes and when I press to take the picture they light up red...is this what it is focusing on? I have so much to learn but thanks for everything...I'd seriously be lost and totally frustrated without ya'll!

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The reflection in her eyes that looks like a dot, is that from the over head light? If it is, turn it off and try to only use the window light.

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Hi there,

First off your baby is just adorable..love the face in the last one!

The pin lights in her eyes are really throwing me off, it looks like a flash was used, so if you didnt use flash and its from the lamp i would turn off the lamp and solely use the natural light coming in.

Also, are all these photos with the same settings? If they are not, and you changed the settings for each picture, it would be really helpful to post the settings, its easier to see what your doing wrong or right on each shot.

As for the catchlights, i would position the baby near a window and look into her eyes...you'll be able to see where the lights falls...once you can see where the light is falling in her eyes then photograph her, you may have to move her around a little.

If you can get your hands on a book of some sort that will help you exposure (understanding exposure is a good one) i would def. pick one up...b/c these photos seem very underexposed as well. Also, there are great tutorials on this board ...i think the links up top that can help you as well.