I think the images are really sweet so anything that i could pick out is more of a nit pick thing too...but i guess that's why we are here. I would say that #1 has a LOT of red in the skin tones...more than i would prefer even if it was probably crazy hot. I've had my share of shoots in this heat and to combat it i have switched to editting with less saturation and more muted tones, which i think would really improve the image. #2 I really like actually. I think the head chop works on this type of image since it is so close up. Great light in her eyes and not much i could think of to do to improve here! Great job! #3 seems too 'zoomed in' to me. Both 1 and 3 i could could have been better served with backing up a little more or maybe using a 50mm lens or something like that if you even have one. I keep goign back and forth on getting an 85mm too because with general portrait photography i prefer to be closer to my subject but that also means that an 85 is a little much on the zoom. Overall i think they are great and strong images with just little things to keep in mind....which I also have to tell all of these things to myself!
Steph gave such good CC, I don't have much to add. I hadn't thought of the idea of seeing more of the ladder, but I think that'd be great too - I didn't really realize it was a ladder they were on at all until Steph pointed it out, but the ladder is a great idea, so showing it off a little more, and therefore including more of the scene too, would be a good idea.
I do agree on the colour comments too. I'm not calibrated, but the first one looks pretty saturated to me (says me, of the neon grass last week!). A little magenta. The others look pretty good, just a tiny bit cool to me.
Really nice shots. Your kids have the most beautifully DEEP brown eyes and Ruthie's smile always makes ME smile.
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1. I like the warmth of this. I don't know how to do it with my program, but if you could pull some red out of the skin tones I think that would be good. I don't necessarily think it is over-saturated though. I like it. Good cc already from Steph on comp.
2. I don't mind the head chop. Add some warmth and this is a keeper for sure! Looks like you nailed focus!
3. Looks like maybe the sun had set a little more in this picture and it is definitely cooler and maybe a little underexposed? Wouldn't mind seeing a little wider crop here with maybe a little more room above his hair.
Thanks so much ladies. I sooo needed this. I do have an issue with backing up. I always feel like I can't nail the focus unless I am closer. I am so mad at myself for not paying attention to the room above his hair. The 2nd and 3rd was cropped, so I can't do anything about that. I have a different pic with a bit more room. I really appreciate the detailed CC. This is gonna be so helpful!
Here's my SOOC and edit of #1. Still struggling with coloring on #1.
DSC_0128_filtered4_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
DSC_0128_sooc by sadieruth, on Flickr
Here's my edit on #2. I warmed it up a teeny tiny bit. I am wondering if my computer doesn't show the coolness.
DSC_0170_edit_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
Here's #3 edited. I am also throwing in a different one to show more of the background. Guess I need to learn to step back....
DSC_0144_web2 by sadieruth, on Flickr
DSC_0145_edit_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
Oh, I know exactly what you mean about the focus on shots further away. I feel like it's so hard to get a full body shot in focus. I have noticed that with myself, if I'm too open with my AP, I have an even harder time. So, what I've been doing is using my 55-250mm lens which I'm not able to open up past 4. I'll pick a long focal length to get the bokeh/compression that I want, but have a more closed AP. That way, my subject stands out from the background, and I'm able to nail my focus better. Only problem is that sometimes I can't let enough light in with being so closed, so I have a pretty high ISO and introduce more grain. Darn it, I need a new camera I digress...
Anyway, I do notice that your AP is pretty open in these, making it hard to grab the focus exactly where you want. One slight little movement forward or backward from YOU at an open AP can cause the focus to move to a hand or nose or shirt instead of the face. What is your focus method? And, do you back button focus, or press the shutter halfway?
As far as the edits, I think that the color is better, but still needs to be a bit warmer on the last two. #1 is pretty good here. The first, it's unfortunate where Ruthie's legs got cut off. No matter what you do, you're going to chop in a weird spot, unless you go in close like you did in your edit.
I focus on my subject, and press the shutter half way and shoot. I have tried BBF, but wasn't too fond. I can't remember how to do it either b/c it was odd getting my camera to be set that way.
You might want to try it again. The first time I tried it, I hated it. Now, I prefer it. I know it's not for everyone though. Are you toggling or recomposing? If you're recomposing and at that AP, it's really possible that you're moving out of the focal plane of the face. I'm not one to talk, though. I focus and recompose all the time. I should really start toggling now that Carson is a little more cooperative.
Oh yes, I toggle. I couldn't live without that. That is one thing I LOVE! I might have to go back and look into BBF. I will do that after tonight's photo shoot in this HORRIBLE heat!