Nice engagement shots!
#1. I like the SOOC better, I think, both the crop and the slightly less bright quality of it. I love the idea of it too, and the composition; I only feel the letters get a little lost as they're a bit small. But as a Scrabble nut, I'd have loved this shot if it were DH and me!!! :D
#2. The edited version is very sweet. It is a nice moment. The composition seems a bit off, heads are too centered; but the colour is nice and the moment is lovely.
#3. This one doesn't do a lot for me. The grass isn't very lush, and it draws my attention more than they do, somehow. I think compositionally, having them more diagonal (from corner-to-corner) would've worked better, or her a little bit more oriented the way that he is going down.
1. I love this. The sunflare works here for me. I love the simplicity of this!
2. This one is great. My only thing is I want to know what's behind her. It's a tight comp, but still great shot. Great light.
3. LOVE this moment. The processing here, I would like to see it off their skin. I think their skin tone is throwing me off.
4. I agree about the comp here. Great light and eye contact, my eyes just keep going to the right of the photo.
1. I like this one! I love the scrabble idea! I think your coloring is better on the edit, but I think it's a tad bit bright, but I don't mind it. :) I tend to like brighter pics.
2. I love the capture. I think you did a great job cloning. I personally don't mind the comp b/c I like the way the grass is behind them.
3. The grass here throws me off. I wish there was an easy fix here. I think Tracy's way of putting it would have worked better here. I sure they will love it though
#1. I know I'm viewing at a small size, but I kinda feel like I can't see the letters good enough. I think an image in this style would benefit from a longer focal length/lens. You want to focus on the letters while having the couple pretty blurred in the background. A longer focal length can give you the compression and bokeh that youre looking for here, making the "kiss" stand out making it a stronger image.
#2. I too like this one. I think the only thing I'd like to see different is them holding hands.
#3. This one is my favorite. I like the comp and posing. I won't comment on color on the first cause I think it's your sooc, and I'm not reliable at all with it anyway ;)
1. I like the composition / crop of the SOOC better than the edit, however, like other girls mentioned the KISS seems to get lost. I would if the letters were more obviously the focus with the couple blurred. At the moment, they are not quite blurred enough and look more like they are just OOF. I like the colours and I really do think this was a great idea.
2. I prefer the colour SOOC but the crop of the edit. The background in the SOOC is a bit distracting which you have dealt with in the crop.
3. I love the vibrancy of this, however, the grass is a little too dominant. Especially as it does not look lush - obvious brown spots, looks rough, etc. Is there anyway you can crop this to bring the focus more on to the couple? Maybe even with a bit of a rotation?
This started off way underexposed and I have tried to fix. Have I made too bright? Too neon? They were on the edge of the shade and my camera kept trying to tell me I was over-exposing (meter from face) when they were coming out underexposed. I was so confused.
1. 50mm, 1.8lens. ISO100, SS 1/400, F4.0.
SOOC (other than to add watermark)
2. 50mm, 1.8lens. ISO100, SS1/320, F4.5. Are the hot spots too distracting?
These are so sweet! With that metering problem, I get pretty wild metering in situations like that too and have found that spot metering works the best... as long as I can get my kids to stay still long enough to meter properly. ;)
I wish they were both taken from a bit lower down, so we'd see more of the pretty green bushes and dappled light in the background. I think I would've shot a bit more wide open too, but that's sometimes a personal preference; I like the really shallow depth of field look.
I would've liked a bit more room around the first one, just pulled back a couple of steps.
I think the edit on your girl is the best in terms of her skin. Not sure how much of it is blown, but it doesn't really bother me in any case. The dappled light is a bit distracting, but not much as her face and her eyes are quite even. Her head tilt and her eyes are so very sweet and you got some nice light in her eyes. She's adorable!
Try spot metering. I have my camera set to that 99% of the time. I think you already know what settings to change to make it properly exposed, so I won't get into that. Try changing the metering mode and see if that helps. Also, time of day really makes a difference. You may want to try out golden hour and see how much easier it is to meter and not get many different kinds of light in one scene. First time I tried golden hour I was hooked ;)
Great light can really make a photo amazing. Try again at the edge of the shade, but instead of having them face the light source directly, turn the into the shade slightly, making for some light shadowing on one side of the face. Basically, your back is to the shade instead of the light. Does that make sense?
#2. Is my favorite of the 2. I love the way her head is and the sweet look on her face. I think you did a pretty good job recovering. The first one is hard to get the skin even because of the lighting, but it looks better exposed in your edit.
I don't have much to add on the CC. Tracy & Steph said it well. I like Steph's way of putting it to get more light. Love the head tilt in #2. Your kids are dolls! :)
So sorry, last week was nuts! I'm playing catch-up here and I didn't have anything to post yesterday :( I had a photo meet-up on Friday, but seriously didn't get ANYTHING decent...it was light writing and I was doing most of the writing....Also, thank you for all the CC on last weeks photos!! I need to go back and re work that feet photo, I agree her dress is too bright. And I see the funky color in #4 now :/ That one stumped me!
1. Did you desaturate this photo and mask back in the cape? It almost looks like it's selective coloring. Maybe it's just the black asphalt it making it look that way?
2. I think there's just too much flare on this. I'd bring up the blacks and contrast a bit.
3. Cute. I like the way the slide frames the boy. I might just crop it a bit more from the bottom. It seems too long for some reason.
1. Great job taking out a lot of the yellow and orange tones. It looks much more natural here. I'm distracted by all the grass, though. I know what you're going for, but I think there's just a bit too much.
2. Not fond of her stance here. Looks more like a snap.
3. Love the BW conversion here, though. Looks really nice. I would probably just bump blacks a TINY bit more, though.
1. I think this is adorable! I love the barn and tractor. I'm a bit thrown by the lighting, though. I think if you could have just gone full sun it might have been better. As it is, his skin just looks too cool from being in the shade.
2. Cute girl, but no light in the eyes. Can't quite tell which way the light is, so I can't seem to give you any pointers :/
3. Neat! Nice crisp focus!
4. It seems to bright to me, but the monitors I'm looking on are overly bright and saturated...Good light in the eyes, but seems centered over her pupil.
1. Love the flare and soft look of this. I think if she were turned sideways and blowing to the right of the frame, it would have been cuter.
2. Just adorable and happy!!! Color and lighting looks nice, but the focus seems a bit off :/
3. LOVE!!! Such a sweet moment caught!! I'd probably suggest opening up your ap a bit more so that both girls are in focus. 2.2 is a bit too open for a two child shot.
4. Very sweet baby! I'd kind of like to see a bit more light on the camera right side of the face.
1. I agree, I think the scrabble letters are a bit too small here. You might have doen better to get closer or zoom in more and have them fill the frame a bit more. You would still get them kissing, just less open space.
2. Nice editing of the grass. I also like the slight haze you put on there. Not sure I like the angle, though. Seems like you could have gotten a bit lower...maybe off to the side some? I suppose it's jut that we're looking at his crotch :blush:
3. The color version looks a bit too saturated to me. but I do like the BW. Maybe just a bit more contrast? Seems a bit too bright.
1. Bring that ap down to 3.0 or lower. That 1.8 lens is lovely opened up (though don't go ALL the way open!) I think that would have brought in the light you needed. As for th edit, I htink you saved it pretty well. I do see a bit too much saturation and contrast.
2. Wonderful save here. Very nice clarity and focus. Try to avoid dappled (spotted) light. It makes distracting spots on the subject and background. If you can find full shade, it makes it a lot easier to expose and not have those hot spots.