Candace some nice shots here.
#1 - yes, this horizon is definitely crooked....very crooked. See the building in the background, make sure that the roof is parallel with the bottom of the photo. The color will likely be a problem in this shot because there are two different temperatures going on. Your subject is in the shade which will make him very cool, but the background is in full sun which will be much more yellow...so, if you fix the shady part the background is going to appear unnaturally yellow. Make sense?
#2. YIKES! You got lucky with that shutter speed. In the future, when shooting people make sure you keep that shutter speed at least at 1/125 to prevent motion blur. This one is a bit bright. I'd bring the exposure down and then I'd add a slight vignette or something to darken the background to bring more focus to your subjects.
#3. My favorite of these three. She's so cute! Good color on this one. I wish she were turned ever so slightly more towards the light so that the shadows were a little more pleasing. You've got nice light and almost nailed the directional part of it. A slight turn to the right would have also created some awesome catchlights in those eyes. As it is, the eyes are a bit dark. Her shirt is not blown....the exposure on this is just about spot on.
So that this can be more of a learning experience, I hope it is okay if I post my sooc's here...
When I did this comparison, I was amazed that I was able to salvage this image at all.
Stephanie, here is a picture taken where I was in his position and Ella is standing in my position...skin looks better to me in this direction although this is maybe a little too saturated:
The one of my parents and the grandkids is the same location as above, just pulled out from under the tree and at a different time of day. This picture was a spur of the moment idea because all of the grandkids happened to be together, taken JUST before dark. No idea how I got such good focus at 1/50:
The exposure of their skin looks way better in the SOOC - I will be reattempting this shot sometime, but earlier in the evening.
And lastly, the "portrait" of Cadence was in our carport. I was experimenting with turning her and getting my camera back into Manual. Next time I will try to turn her a little more towards the light source!
Are my settings way off? I would love for my SOOC shots to not be so bad!
Her shirt really does look kind of blown in the edit, but the hottest reading I get is in the 240s and I use 255 as my blown measure...is that right?
1/400 f2.2 ISO100
Alright ladies here are my images...it's from a senior shoot that i did last week...at 33 weeks pregnant that's the most recent i've got :)
these are all SOOC so i've made the adjustments that i thought were neccessary (straighten/brighten/crop) but i wanted to see what you all thought from SOOC...is that what we are supposed to do or should i include edits too?
50mm lens for all
f/3.5 1/500 ISO 500
f/3.5 1/1600 ISO800 (oops way too high!) (there was SO much light here with the water but i wanted a subdued color look so i went for nearly overexposing)
f/3.5 1/320 ISO500
Nice shots, Rebecca! I'd love to see your edits as well as the SOOC, though. I think most people have been posting edits, it's just that Steph has been encouraging sharing the SOOCs too (perhaps to help with any editing issues and see the comparisons). I'm sure your edits would make these shots pop more! Can you post them for us?
1. Looks good. With that lens, I assume you could've gone more wide open? I'd suggest that, I think. Some of the background elements are a bit distracting and so going more wide open would help with that. Nice comp with the lines of the boardwalk.
2. Horizon is really crooked. If you fix that, I think it'd be a nice shot. She has a nice expression and I like the boots by her side. I wonder if it'd have been a bit stronger if you were a touch lower down and her head wasn't right in the line of the trees. Her hair seems to get lost in the darker trees.
3. A touch crooked too, and she seems a little too centered. But again, a nice expression!
Seems like you had some tricky exposure issues with her white dress and the nearby water in the first two. Did you use spot metering? Her face is nicely exposed in all of them!
Candace, trying to come up with some different CC than you've already gotten, but some of it is repeat...
1) Crooked horizon should be straightened a bit and the dappled light is a bit distracting to me. It's really hard to edit a photo that your subject is in shade and your background is in full sun because you want to brighten your subject enough but then your background gets really blown and distracting
2) Very awesome shot!!! I love it just for the sheer fact of generations together. The kids will surely cherish this photo in years to come. As far as the edit, I feel it's too bright and yellow...kind of the complete opposit from the SOOC. I would suggest bringing down the exposure and brightness just a tad. That might help with the feeling that it's too yellow.
3) So sweet :) I agree with those that said turn her just slightly more. The lighting would be a bit more even.
1) I'm kind of distracted with the background. The plants, railing, and wood just seem to draw away from the girl. But great leading lines! I'm not fond of the composition here either. Can't quite put my finger on it though...
2) Cute shot, but majorly crooked. This looks a lot cooler to me. Try adding some warmth and I think that would make it feel a lot better.
3) Again this one could use some straightening, the wall is leaning. I probably would have had her cross her ankles, I think that would have been a bit more polished for the pose. The green grass and yellow blown areas are a bit distracting. I'm really just drawn to the bright grass and not to the girl.
I don't know why i'm incapable of holding a camera straight...sometimes when i look at my pics after a shoot i think...what am i smoking that things are so crooked!? LOL anyways...here are my edits....
this is another pose from the dock shots...it was totally blown but sometimes i like the blown shots in b/w and i really liked this more than any other pose in color in this spot.
Finally a minute without kids in my lap to type!
Wow, your SOOCs look pretty good to me! And honestly, I really prefer the SOOC color better than the edits.
I think she has a lot of redness in her face in all three of these, but the edits all look way too cool to me (on my uncalibrated screen).
Maybe some different cc:
1. I don't think this is the most flattering pose for her. Dress and a spot on her bottom hand look blown - dress doesn't bother me as much as the spot on her hand.
2. This is my favorite of her! I do love the boots beside her and her feet in the water! I'd like to see a little more color in this one somehow. Or contrast maybe? But great posing!
3. Totally agree the crossing her ankles would have worked better here, but this is nice.
On all three of these she does have a pleasant expression, but would have loved to have seen more big smiles. But then again, maybe she isn't that type of person! lol
Oh, and I prefer number 2 over number 4. Not overly fond of all the highlights and blown spots. It might work a little better cropped tighter (removing some of the blown sky) and with a little more contrast to draw the eye to her instead of water/sky.
I am sooooo behind! FORGIVE ME LADIES!
Tracy- Do not think it's a bad shot. I love it. I think it's your girl being herself. I think it's more of a lifestyle shot. The lighting doesn't bother me at all.
Candace- I too think these are great. I don't have much CC to add b/c you got some great CC, but that last one is sooo darn cute. I love the coloring here. I think it's best here. #2- great focus for a slow SS. I do think your SOOC tones are better. I think that one can be easily fixed though!
Rebecca- On #1 the thing above her head distracts me some. I wish it was more blurred out or moved to the side. I do like this one though. Your SOOC are much better. Your edits are very green.
#2- It looks better with the horizon fixed
#3- her dress is blown on the front and the blown stuff in the back is distracting. I love the pose and the barn just wish the lighting was different.
I'll do what cc I can while on my phone. Sorry if there are weird typos or if I'm blunt/short. I agree with a lot that has been given so far, so I'll see what else I can come up with, to not repeat too much.
#1 I kinda feel like she's slanting too forward, even in the edit. I won't comment on color at all, since I'm really not reliable on my phone.
#2 I would have loved to see her splashing the water to give it some movement.
#3 I think your edit is still ever so slightly tilted. I would have loved to see her legs crossed, and maybe her arm up near her head or something to make the pose a little more interesting. My favorite of the set though!