Thanks G! I hope I can learn more about perfecting focus too because my typical method of focus-recompose causes lots of problems when trying to use a shallow DOF for portraits :/ I have not yet learned BBF for my camera but I NEED to do that!!!!!! Toggling takes me too much time when trying to keep up with kids on the move all the time....
Well, it's Friday already so I'll post some of what I have right now for CC. These are all from within the last month. I will have more new stuff soon though ;)
The Eva ones were from a late afternoon campus session where we ended up with WAY less daylight than I'd hoped for! :/
1. there was almost NO light left at this point, at the end of our session.
1/250, f/3.5, ISO3200, 50mm
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2. I know her facial expression isn't ideal here but I'd like to know if the comp etc. works:
1/1600, f/3.5, ISO3200, 50mm
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3. does this look ok for a city landscape shot or should I have let in even more light?
1/40, f/4, ISO3200, 24mm
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4. How did I do here in less than ideal conditions--she wanted some shots in her small bedroom of her and her baby together.....no window light available so I was using bounced flash but I think there was an overhead room light on that I had to compensate for.....
1/80 (yikes), f/4.5, ISO3200, 36mm
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5. I had issues with this session--I really need to try out BBF.....also this one was underexposed sooc.....
1/100, f/3.2, ISO800, 50mm
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I have really been feeling lately that I want to STEP IT UP and master focus and light with people photography with what equipment I do have.
Tracy- I love #1. Great bokeh and great focus!
#2- I like the color better here. I just don't 'feel like the lighting is right for a B&W.
#3- I really kind of like it especially knowing that you like to get photos like that. However, I do like the only one better. Great shots!
Amy- I have been having the same issue. This daylight savings time is kicking my rear!
1- between 1 & 2, I like this one best. I think it's cute. Maybe try for a diff crop though. She's a bit centered.
2- I think this might have worked better had you put her further down the wall and them grabbed the shot with the back of the wall behind you. Does that make sense?
3. I like this one. However, after your question, I am curious to see it with more light. I always love city shots. I live about 2 hours away from a place like that, so I never have tried this type of photography, but I love it!
4. I think you did a great job bouncing the light here! I wouldn't have noticed! I wish Mom and baby weren't wearing white, but you can't help that. :)
5. I think with baby's expression and hands, it's difficult. Trust me, I know how hard it is to capture them awake trying for newborn like poses. It's TOUGH!
Amy, #1 is really cute. I love the grasses in the foreground, really adds some dimension. She looks very cute. Wow on that ISO, that looks great for 3200! Amazing what the newer cameras can do, isn't it?
#2 - I like the idea of the shot, but it isn't totally working for me. I think doing this kind of diagonal shot against a wall works better when you don't see the front corner of the wall in the shot? And the line pulls my eye to the back where there's a blue/gray thing which distracts me by making me wonder what it is.
#3 - Gorgeous! I wouldn't have let more light in, I like it that way. Just one thought, not sure if it'd work here or not, but sometimes setting your white balance to tungsten in night shots will give the sky a nice bluish tone. But it depends on how dark it was at the time of the shot, too. Regardless, I really like the lights. Nice work! One other tip, while I'm thinking of it: if you can do a tripod shot like this and shoot at f22, you'll get some nice starbursts with the lights as well. Here, your lights are all pretty small so it wouldn't make much difference, but it's a pretty effect with larger city lights.
#4 - I think the light looks pretty good here, especially under the circumstances. I think I saw this shot on FB, and the only thing about it is that the mom looks a bit unnatural somehow. Her expression seems a bit off. It's sweet, though. I wonder if adding a bit more contrast to the conversion would be good. Not too sure, I suck at conversions usually!
#5 - Really sweet! The startled look isn't quite as "sweet newborn" as some newborn shots, but it's cute! Nice light in the eyes, and good exposure.
#1 - Cute! Check her shirt. I'm thinking it might be blown some. I like the way her outfit makes her pop out against the beige colors of the bushes. I may have been inclined to rotate her just a tiny bit more so even more of the light was hitting her back. It would have given her more of a glow. Not sure if it was possible though due to the background.
#2 - I was going to say the same thing as the others. I would have liked to seen her further down the wall to avoid getting the corner in the shot. It just makes the viewer wonder what's on the other side, instead of focusing on your adorable little girl. As far as posing, I think this one looks a little too stiff. Maybe you could have sat her down with her back against the wall, turning her head to the side to look at you. People are a lot more relaxed when they're sitting.
#3 - I think that it could stand to be brightened up a tad. You'll just have to watch the whites in the clothing though. I see a chop in the hand and on the very tip of her head, but it's not a dealbreaker for me, since I'm sure it was a pretty tight space.
#4 - I think the light you have falling on her is very nice. It's just that her skin tones are off. Usually good lighting will help a lot with skin tones, but I would imagine the fact that it was underexposed is throwing it off. Older newborns are pretty tough. I think that I may have been inclined to shoot from a different angle. We're looking up her nose quite a bit here. I may have tried shooting from her head instead of her feet. Not sure if she could have looked up at you or not (development wise), though.
Steph, I rarely have my SS below 250 and bump it up as high as I can as a matter of course.
Amy, I have only skim read the other CC so sorry if I repeat.
#1. I really like the idea. I think maybe you could have either turned her more towards the light to get a bit more light in the eyes OR gone for a backlit look. It might pop a little more if she wasn't as centred. I think you have great exposure in this.
#2. I think it would have worked better if she was further back along the wall and we couldn't see the front of the wall. That way, the line of the bricks would lead to her. She look nicely exposed and the colour looks good on my uncalibrated monitor, which of course means nothing.
#3. I do think this could do with a bit more light, however, Tracy is our resident 'expert' on this type of shot. I don't have much experience with it at all (could count on one hand the attempts at night shots).
#4. I think you did a great job of this, especially considering the conditions. She has some great light in her eyes. I agree that maybe a touch more contrast might help, however, I'd be careful as the whites of their clothes look pretty close to being blown.
#5. I think the angle on this isn't optimum. I don't really have anything else to add that the others haven't said though.
I tried to get my darlings out for a shoot both twice today and they were stubbornly refusing to cooperate. I'm about to see if I have anything worth sharing for my day.
Well, these are the best of a bad lot...........
All taken with 50mm lens
ISO 400, SS1/400, F3.2
ISO100, SS1/250, F3.2
She wouldn't put her knees down and, because she had a skirt on, if I didn't crop it wasn't appropriate for online posting
ISO100, SS 1/200. F3.2
Sometimes, they're just not cooperative, are they? Are these typical of what you get with your focus? They look pretty good to me.
#1 - The lighting in this is making getting correct exposure difficult. You have some shadowing on her face in not the right places, yet her legs and shirt are really bright. Maybe try this location at a different time of day.
#2 - This location is MUCH better :) No, the comp/pose isn't the best, BUT you can see in this one compared to the other one how much lighting can make a difference. And I have to say...I love that pout!
#3 - I think that in this one, and in #2, I would next time try to angle them toward the wall a bit. You could create some nice shadowing on the side of their face caused by the brick, and create some depth.
Shadow... #1 is a sweet smile (and I love her hair!), but Steph mentioned the light and I would also add that the tilt of the camera makes it look like she's going to slide off the log. I would say that there's a nice sort of natural framing going on with the tree branches behind and over her head, which, combined with the soft background, works for me. But like Steph said, perhaps try this location at a different time of day?
#2 and #3 have such lovely light! Beautiful light in their eyes! I'm not too crazy about shooting right up against a brick will like that, but either try it angled (like Amy's shot we've been discussing), or pull them away from the wall and still have it as the backdrop, just a little softer with a nice wide open ap on your 50mm.
Here is my CC for Amy:
#1 - This is nice! The plants near her face is a bit distracting for me. I might clone that out. Lighting is good.
#2 - She is looking a bit yellow here. And I agree about putting her a bit more back to get that line going.
#3 - I like this landscape picture. I would crop it so that the fence is not showing at the bottom.
#4 - This is a nice picture and conversion is good. Watch the hand chop and background.
#5 - This is ok. You are shooting up at her. I would have adjusted so that you are shooting her at a different angle or above.
Overall, great job!
Here is my CC for Shadow:
#1 - I agree about the lighting. It looks like the sun is directly above her. I would try and find shade. It is a great venue for photos. Posing is nice - I would probably suggest you remove her cute socks next time :)
#2 - Lighting is a bit flat. You can tell from where the light in her eyes fall. With the 50 mm you'd want to step back. I get the same face from my kids. So don't sweat it :)
#3 - I agree with Stephanie's CC. Lighting on here is flat. Watch out for shirts. The writing on the shirt makes this look more like a snap.
Your clarity and focus is great on these pictures!