1) I think this may be my favourite of the set, you've done a great job at gaging your brightness. You knew where correction was needed. I do agree with Katie, I would have loved to see the Lego in focus.
2) For me the sun is almost too much in this one, love that you captured his personality so well.
3) I do find the green prickly bits a bit of a distraction, I do love that you captured the flower beautifully, you can really make out how delecate it is.
4) I think Katie did some excellent CC on this one, beautiful flower.
5) Again I agree with Katie.
You always take such great pictures of your boys, I really liking seeing something different from you this week the flowers were a wonderful treat.
I should get out myself and take some shots of my flowers this week, hopefully I can find the time between the dog we are fostering (in hopes of adopting) and taking care of the girls, I am BUSY!
* Amanda *
I truly adore #1! The perspective on this shot is just PERFECT! I love the slanted light behind him and the deep shadow on his face. I love seeing Popeye on his shirt and his little feet just shining in the sun. B&W is a great choice here. Makes it such a timeless childhood moment. I just don't think I wouldn't change a SINGLE THING about this photo!
The blown spots on #2 take away something from this one. I love his serious expression, but I sure wish I could see his eyes just a little bit better. The bright spots behind his yead, shoulder, and in the top left corner keep drawing my attention away from him. Love this conversion though! And he is, as always, just too cute for words!
Sorry I missed my turn on Tuesday, was really busy , it's a bit of a shame since I had some soccer pictures I took in our yard that I wanted input on, oh well next week.
* Amanda *
It's Monday again, so here are my shots for this week ....
OK. So I had hoped to have some pics of my guys and I for review this week, but work got in the way yet again. *sigh*
Oh well ... I did have an unexpected surprise when a cousin came to town and we did an impromptu dinner. After dinner, just minutes before the sun went down we went to the backyard for some last minute photos. My cousin doesn't get to see her son very often so I know she will appreciate these photos no matter what, but I'd love to get these to a point where they don't look just like more snapshots, so your feedback is greatly appreciated.
All photos were taken w/ my trusty 50mm lens with an iso of 1000 - my camera really struggles above 400 and I have not yet run these through any noise reduction. I will likely do at least a light pass before preparing them for her CD.
1. f/3.5 ss=1/80
2. f/2.8 ss=1/50
this does not look so "flashy" on my monitor at home though I can see here where it really does. Any suggestions for PP to make that better would be MOST appreciated.
3. f/5 ss=1/80
as you can see, I really struggled w/ posing w/ the 3 of them together. I haven't done many family shoots and those that I have done have been with small children where they were often being carried, etc. These guys were really stiff and I struggled to get them to relax (despite being family and just hanging out in my back yard).
We may try to do some more pics in the fall when we can go outside w/out melting, so again, I'll take any suggestions to heart!
Take care everyone.
1. I really like the pose and comp. He seems more relaxed in this one than in the last! The blown spots on his shirt really distract me though. He almost seems to be glowing. Did you take these in raw? Anyway you can recover it?
2. I'm not sure what you could do to make this less flashy in pp.... I only use lightroom. Her face seems overexposed, so maybe just lowering the exposure some would help. Maybe someone with better pp skills will have some ideas.
3. I don't think the pose is terrible, they just all look a little uncomfortable. Stiff, like you said Again, the guys shirt and moms are blown in spots and very glowy. I bet Steph would have some good ideas for posing, since I don't take photos for anyone but myself. Posing 3 adults seems like it could be difficult, especially if they're not relaxed.
I'm jumping in with some CC, if you guys don't mind.
GiGi, these are far from snapshots I think that your biggest challenge was his white shirt. It looks pretty bright, and agree that it looks kind of "glow-y" in the first one. Remind me, do you have Lightroom? I find that LR4 makes it pretty easy to fix bright highlights.
#1 - Like the pose here! I think I would have liked to see a more open AP. I think that would make the fence not feel so overpowering.
#2 - Yes, she does look flashy here Again, I'd bring down the highlights and see what that does to help. She looks pretty bright.
#3 - I think that maybe having them sitting on the ground could have made them a little more relaxed. Probably in some sort of "triangle" pose. Here's an example.
The one I really want to share, I can't because she made me take them down (It was my FAVORITE family picture I took this spring ), but basically mom and guy like the mom and dad are here, and maybe you could have had girl behind them in the middle wrapping her arms around the two of them, with mom and guy's arms holding girl's arms for a sense of connection?
Now, for this particular pose, I would have had the girl connecting with them with her arms. She looks like she had no clue what to do with them, so she got stiff with them. This would have also got rid of the "dead space" between her and the guy. I'd also see about straightening this one out slightly. Looks a bit crooked to me.
I think these are really nice, and she's going to LOVE having them! So awesome of you to take these for her!
I think Katie and Stephanie have given you some really great CC, I think that these are definitely better than just snaps.
* Amanda *
Sorry not much to add this week and it's a bit late. Dealing with dog stuff a lot lately.
Here is a snap I took of Dana at the park one of the few pictures I did some PP on. I know the ISO could have gone up so I didn't blur the dog, but is there some PP I could do to further improve this?
Last edited by Muddee; 08-16-2012 at 10:12 AM. Reason: Added photo information.
* Amanda *
Looks like she's having fun at the park! I'm honestly not sure if there's much more you could do pp. Maybe try it in b&w? That's what I always do if I'm fed up with pping in color. For me, I don't care for the comp of the photo and the dog is distracting. I wish I could see more of her face too. What were your settings?