I'm sorry I've been so absent, I'm a total ball of stress planning for 1st birthday party this weekend! I want to get an 8x10 of one of these printed to display at the party, but #1 need help choosing which one, and #2, have been having so many skintone calibration issues I just wanted to run these by you to make sure they look ok before printing?
I checked the values of CMY and it seems right, but this is my achilles heal so I'd love a second opinion:
(I know I chopped the foot, is it HORRIBLE??)
(no eye contact, but expression is kinda cute?)
(too far away from cake? He HATED the cake!)
(again, no interaction with cake, but at least eye contact!)
You can see the whole set here..
there were so many more but this was a tough shoot. I wasn't nailing focus very well and didn't have much room to maneuver and cut off his foot in so many. It was a difficult shoot, he HATED the cake and REALLY hated the hat so I only got one with the hat and he looks miserable
I like #1. The foot chop doesn't bother me - especially if you are putting this in a frame. The eye contact and interaction w/ the cake make it the winner in my book.
The last one comes in 2nd place for me - the eye contact does it. I'm uncalibrated here at work, but skin tones look good anyway.
The ratio of colors is fine....but they're just so light. I know you have a bright style, but I really prefer to see the subject seperate from the white background and with your subject so bright, it's hard to see features properly. I'd love to share an edit and show you what I mean if that's okay.
That said...I like #1 and #2 best. Foot chop is unfortunate, but doesn't really bother me and I think the expression in #2 is just adorable.
okay, I have to laugh. I have been working on Jack's cake smash photos (yes, I took the photos about 5 weeks ago, he's 13 months tomorrow) and I totally understand everything you're saying!
you tend to go bright with your PPing. I'm calibrated, but he looks really light to me. I guess it depends on how light he is in person. my boy is really tan and a bit yellowish, and I've been working on his pictures this afternoon, so there's a HUGE difference between the babies (I'm about to start my own skin thread )
my favorite is the last one (you should number the photos in your thread to make it easier for people to choose their favorites)
Gwen, Mommy to Andrew, Jordan, Natalie & Jack
My blog - all things family, photography and crafty
I'd be honored if you'd play, just don't be too alarmed at the SOOC version :
Oops, thanks, I numbered them!
Yes, I'm getting that I must just like glowy babies, and I thought I toned that down some, seems I have a little more of a learning curve to go on that issue
I'll be reading your skin thread with interest - it's SUCH a challenging issue.. did you read damien's post here on ILP? It's a good one!
I'll try to have a play with the original if I get another minute...but already had a quick play with your edit. Just used levels to darken the midtones and the darks. I masked back the backdrop to keep it white...yes..you do want to keep that white. Here's my edit next to yours from above just so you can see what I mean. I kept it really bright still, but now his forehead and some of the lighter shadows are visible again and he's much easier to see.
I will probably even go a bit darker with him when working from the original.
These are great. I agree that it is a bit bright. You got great CCs already. just wanted to add your son is too cute.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.