I only looked back on this page today so I wouldn't get overwhelmed and not know what to reply to! I'm just gonna try to jump in slowly on the last couple of posts and then make an effort to come over here every day moving forward if yall will have me back in here!
Tracy, I think the photo of your dad is very nice and I wouldn't do anything else to it. It is very natural looking to me and yes, I think the light was great! The older I get the more I realize I want pictures of my parents.
I also think the photo of Micah looks very good! The cluttered background doesn't bother me at all in your picture or in Stephanie's picture. But then again, 99% of my photos are just everyday life pictures where I try to get my kids to look at me and smile.
Stephanie, I ADORE the picture of you and your little men. That is precious. I kwym re: your pose, but hey, you'll know for next time! I am really liking your processing with this edit and the one on the main board. Are you increasing blacks? Contrast? Saturation? Overall I think whatever you are doing is adding a more finished/clean look to your photos. Great job!
I played around with the levels, and masked us back in. I've been really lazy with my PP lately, and after playing around with these, I realize that I need to start stepping it up. My PP skills are lacking, and I need to work on that.... lol
And don't worry! Just jump back in whenever. Don't feel like you have to go back to the others and CC.
Ladies I'm so sorry. I'll try and cc later tonight or in the morning.
Last edited by shadow_grey; 10-14-2012 at 04:05 AM.
Steph, I hope you find some good spots at the new place soon. I had a couple of places at our old house but the new place is much harder. We've been there two years now and I still can't find a spot I love.
1. Very nice. His eyes don't have as much light in them as I'm used to seeing from you but still good. His pair seems a little awkward, as if he is not quite comfortable. I'd like to see him turned just a fraction, not much.
2. I can't tell it's been inverted (I am on my phone though). This is very sweet. I love how their clothing ties in with the colour around them in both if these.
3. The comp isn't great but you said you had just set it up so comp not in your area on this one . Colour is good. I love the edit. It's still centre-orientated but would look great on a square canvas.
1. I love the conversion. There is a real feel to this and I'm sure it will be a treasured photo in years to come. Clarity is good, especially great with those glasses. No glare or reflection at all.
2. The light in his eyes makes me think he was facing almost towards the window. Turning him could have added more impact to the image, however, I like this as is too. I think "clutter" works if it is appropriate to the image and not overdone.
3. They look great but the background is a bit distracting. I'd also like to see this much tighter as they are getting lost in the image. Things like your daughter holding your brothers shirt are sweet, but lost in this image.
4. I looked at the image first then read your description. I honestly didn't notice you until it was pointed out. My eye was drawn to the blue light which in turn makes the picture feel split in half.
Last edited by shadow_grey; 10-14-2012 at 06:16 PM.
Thanks for the CC, Shadow!
Your second one is BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful light and look at those eyes - huge catchlights and so, so blue and so sharp! Love it! Great little expression too.
Your first one is really fun and captured well. Is there any way you could've stood higher up, though? I think if he were only seen against the fence, without the stuff above the fence, it would be a stronger image. You could try cropping it a bit tighter to center him vertically more and lose a bit at the top. Not too much, though; you want some of the chains come down. I might try dodging his face a little too, seems a bit dark.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Aww, I see lots of improvement in your photos since the last time I checked out the thread Shadow Gray!
I LOVE the moment you captured of your guy on the trapeze! I agree with Tracy that the face is a little dark. Tracy, do you know if the dodge tool is available in Elements? I've never used it before. I'll have to google!
#2 is just adorable! I think settings look just about right here! Plus great eye contact and cute little smile! Love the baby blues, but it might look cute in b&w too!
Thanks ladies. I'll give it a try dodging his face when I get home - you're right, it is too dark.
Tracy, I looked at cropping tighter but could figure out how to do it without making it look strange.
You've got great CC on these! The main thing I was going to mention was your boy's face on the 1st one.
Candace, you do have the doge tool in PSE It's hidden in with a couple of other tools (burn and blur, I think?), so do a little right clicking and you should find it.