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    Here are some from me! I've been having a rough time with actually getting out and photographing lately. It's like I REALLY want to, but I am just so unfamiliar with my new surroundings, and need to do location scouting, which DH is never on board with. I have a few locations that I've been meaning to try out in the golden hour, but I can never get out there that time of day.

    So, for now, you're going to see my back yard again.

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    1/320 f/3.5 ISO 200 50mm

    IMG_5775-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    #2
    I inverted this one in PP to go with the top one. They were sitting in the exact same spot, and I should have thought about them as a series. Just wondering if you can tell or not.
    Same settings as above.

    IMG_5765-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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    I adjusted the camera's settings and DH snapped the photo. In most of them, our feet are cut off I'm not too happy with how I was sitting. I wish I would have closed my legs....
    1/250 f/3.5 ISO 200 50mm

    IMG_5795-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    Scouting locations can take a while! I'd give a lot to have a back yard like yours to shoot in, though... so I think that's an awesome location.

    #1 is really nice, great colour and composition, great expression. #2 as well, and no, I can't tell it's flipped... but people who know him might be able to tell? Not sure.

    #3 is really cute, but I think I would've preferred it landscape orientation. There just seems a bit too much dead space above your heads for a portrait. My mom would LOL about the open legs. She's so fussy about those things, and I forget stuff like that when I'm sitting in jeans or something too!

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    Yeah, there weren't any use-able horizontal images LOL! They all had a ton of space at the top, and zero space at the bottom. I'm glad I told him to turn it vertical. That's the only way I didn't get our feet chopped. hahaha! I'll have to play around with the crop a bit and see if I can come up with something. TBH, all I did was straighten it and didn't even think about the space above our heads until after I had it all uploaded.
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    Okay, here's a reedit of the one of the boys and me. I kind of went with an edit like the one in the other thread, though I don't think it's quite as warm.


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    Great edit, Steph, I like the processing and the crop a lot!

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    Here's mine this week.

    #1. This was just a snap, as my dad does not really pose for pictures (HIS dad used to put a bag over his head when a camera appeared!!!), but he was reading to Micah and the light on his face was so nice from the window, I managed to get a cooperative smile from him. Wondering if it's OK and how I did with the conversion, etc.


    #2. An attempt at directional light. Not so much a snap, I did pose Micah by our window. Did I do OK with the light? Also I'm curious if people find the background distracting. I was watching something recently where a famous wedding/portrait photographer did a lot where he'd purposely use slightly 'cluttered' backgrounds (and foregrounds) to make the image seem less posed and more natural, and I sort of liked his style. I thought for a change I wouldn't try to 'clean up' the background too much, but not sure how it plays out here.


    #3. This was a quick snap as my brother was getting ready to fly back to Hong Kong that morning. I love it as it's a sweet shot of him with my kids. But perhaps the background is just too bright to make it work? We basically walked out our door on a very bright sunny morning, looked for a shaded spot with some space behind it, spot-metered, and took the shot.


    #4. This one is one of my only city shots I'm not sure about. It was taken for a perspective challenge. Perspective can have a lot of different meanings, but the one I was going for here was just to convey scale/size. I set up the shot but DH took it, and that's me in the pinky jacket on the stairs. But I would like some CC to know whether you can actually "see" me well enough to give a sense of scale, or if I'm lost... and whether the image itself is any good.

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    #1 - I think this one is very nice! I probably would have preferred you shooting from straight on, as I've heard that it's more "masculine" to shoot straight on, and more "feminine" to shoot from the side, but it's really not a dealbreaker for me. The lighting and conversion are beautiful

    #2 - Lighting looks pretty good. I may have tilted him just a tad bit more towards the light, but I think it's fine as it is (just getting nitpicky I guess). As far as discussing the "cluttered" background. I haven't seen this person's work, but I would imagine that the background would have items that "go" with the theme of the photo, if that makes sense. So, at a wedding reception, having tables in the foreground and background would most likely be acceptable. A fire hydrant? Probably not. I would say that as long as the background images play into the picture instead of distracting you from it, it would enhance the image, making it look natural.

    I took this one of Jackson the other day, and thought it kind of worked even though it had the toys and stuff in the background since he was playing with toys.


    IMG_5804-2fb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    #3 - What a sweet photo! I love it! Yes, the background is bright, and probably wouldn't print out well if you did it huge, but I think it's nice That's the way I try to view my photos. No, it may not be one to print out big, but as a 4x6, it'd be great!

    #4 - I really like this one, but I think that for the perspective challenge, it's hard to get. You're so small that you're completely lost in it. I wouldn't have even known you were there had you not pointed it out. I think that if you were a little bit larger, it would work.
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    Steph- I wish my backyard looked that good! Mine is all pasture! LOL!I can't tell that you inverted this one. I think it was actually a pretty smart idea! I think your new edit and crop is perfect on the last one! GREAT job! And the one with Jackson playing is perfect. Seriously, I adore it. I love how you captured him just being him!

    Tracy- love the conversion and the shot of your dad. I think you did a great job. My dad NEVER lets me get anything good. I even begged him last time and he didn't compromise.
    I agree with Steph on #2. I think if it wasn't a chair it would have been better, or even if it was a chair that didn't have the rails.
    #3- I would try to burn the back ground or edit it with the background darker, place it under the original and do a layer mask. That might help with that one.
    #4. I agree, you are a bit lost. I didn't see you. But, I do love the photo!

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    You know, I was thinking about the last one a little more. I'm wondering if it would have worked for your perspective challenge if you were closer to the camera? Maybe on the last landing before the last set of stairs? Maybe it would have had you standing out more, making us notice you better?
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    Steph, that's probably true. I don't know, I can't try again anytime soon, but it's one of those cases where I liked the idea but it didn't really work.

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