1. I think Ruthie is adorable, but I am not loving the comp of this. I think it is what Steph said, and I need to see more of the tub she is in. I also feel like the blacks are really black here and we're losing detail in the water of the tub that might give the photo more depth if that makes sense??
2 and 3. I LOVE sleeping pictures of my kids - in this case 3 is a much stronger image to me. I strongly prefer the comp of 3 over the comp of 2 and the lighting in #2 is almost too harsh for the sweet, sleepy image, kwim? That said - I know he was asleep and you weren't going to move him and couldn't move the window. haha.
I think I have it figured out!! If you want to know settings, just click on the pictures. You should be able to view exif info since its public. I've been looking for light and angles to get rid of background clutter in the new house.
1. I have read some articles, but not sure I understand why uplighting is always unappealing? I agree the catchlights are in an odd place (because of the uplighting, I presume) - but still, I just love how mischievous he looks here and I kind of like the light on his face. I know sometimes uplighting = up the nose, but I don't think that's the case here. I guess the catchlights and the comp are a little distracting overall.
2. I have to say, this one is precious and I see why this lighting does look better as I compare them. Very sweet photo!
#1. From a concert last weekend. ISO 4000, f5.6, SS 1/100, FL 135mm
#2. At the fair. ISO 500, f5.6, SS 1/400, FL 100mm
#3. Something a bit different. ISO 500, f5.6, SS 1/200, FL 87mm
ETA one more, as I'm having a terrible time editing the colour on these face painting ones and need input! I can't tell if she looks so pink just because of the butterfly and her hat, or if the skin is actually OK or not. Settings virtually the same as #1.
#1. Very nice! Just wish the obstruction want in the bottom left hand corner, but I'm sure you couldn't avoid it.
#2. Roar!!! The comp isn't working for me. Wish his whole head was in the frame here. I'm missing his ear.
#3 I really like this one. Though, again, I wish there was a bit more room. I'd just like to see the entire openings, instead of them being chopped off. Does that make sense? I'm not thinking straight this morning lol!
#4. I'll let the others comment on color. I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction.
1. I think this is a GREAT capture for a live concert where you can control any of the external factors or framing. Looks like you had your settings spot on! For a portrait it would be nice for the bottom left to be clear, but I think it demonstrates the setting more realistically as it is.
Actually, I think color and mechanics look pretty great in all of these!
2. A different comp might make this a stronger image, but everything else looks good to me. Is this just out in the open under no shade? Exposure looks great.
3. Interesting - I don't see anything "wrong" with it, but I much prefer #4...still a cute picture of her playing.
4. I like this a lot! Great eye contact and colors (in hat/face paint) - might be a little cool. Look at it compared to #3. Something in between the two for both of them might actually be good?
It has been a crazy couple of weeks here and I don't really have much to share for cc so I went to Flickr to find something -
Here is one that I took a couple of months ago - I know the comp is pretty awful, but I liked her expression and how she was holding her baby. I was really wondering about the pp on it...? I usually just do very basic color/exposure adjustments and cropping for pp, but tried a little more on this one. Too far? Did it make the skin tones too wonky? I have ZERO confidence in pp skills.
Anyway, here it is:
And not for cc, just sharing - some of you may have read my blog, but it has been just about 1 year since my cancer diagnosis, first chemo treatment and subsequently, my hair loss! I made this collage to kind of chronicle the year although obviously it is not a great sampling. And I realized I have very few pictures of myself!
This will be short and sweet. Sorry ladies but I've just had my second stint in hospital this week and they have me a little dopey.
1. The thing in bottom left corner is distracting but probably couldn't be avoided.
2. Not really a fan of the comp. Great clarity, just the comp I don't like as much.
3. Cute. I'd like to see a pull back and maybe a different comp. Not sure that they would work any better, I'd just like to see them for comparison
4. Her skin looks ok to me and her eyes are WOW
Candace, she looks a little green to me. Beautiful eyes though. They look a similar colour to my son's and I have found they are much harder to capture well than some other colours. Congrats on the 1 year mark!
#1, Yeah, I couldn't get any better a position than that, and the bit in the bottom left is uncroppable given the rest of the image, so... But I was pretty amazed at the great quality of shots I managed to get in pretty difficult circumstances. Just kept pumping up that ISO and praying they wouldn't be too noisy!!
Thanks for the CC on the other shots. Oh, Steph, on #3, I KWYM about wishing the openings weren't cut off. One of them was cut off in-camera, so I cut the other for balance. It's a nearby park, so I may try again some other time.
Candance, I LOVE your collage! You're so beautiful in all of the pictures, and your strength and courage shines through! Congratulations on 1 year... Praying for good things! My husband is cancer-free for 15 years now... God has been good.
Your daughter has such awesomely chocolate-brown eyes. GREAT expression here! Just looks a touch bright (arms), though not blown, and the skin tone seems a bit yellow. Shadow_grey said green. Not quite sure where it's off as I'm lousy with colour, but somewhere in the yellows/greens!
I agree that she looks yellow to me. PP will come. Wish that ILP was still free. I learned a lot over there. Maybe some of the tutorials are free? Do you shoot RAW? What editing program do you use? When I started using Lightroom with elements, I really noticed a difference in my PP. I also noticed a difference when I started paying attention to great light. Good light can really make even a simple snapshot really pop.
I do shoot RAW and I use PSE7...no lightroom because my computer is a dinosaur and I don't think it can handle anything else right now.
BUT, I have recently switched to full manual. Was using Av mode a lot until the last month or so unless my lighting conditions were perfect (this was due to a lack of understanding of how everything worked together). It led to a lot of underexposure and hard-to-fix SOOCs...even in RAW!
Hoping that things will look better moving forward...
BTW, she looks really grey to me? But anyway, will continue working on camera mechanics for now and pp later.
Shadow Grey - don't know what you're dealing with, but hang in there mama!