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    Tracy,

    I second Amy with the hotspots. I love the feel of these. They don't need eye contact as it seems fitting for her to be looking down (the ladylike pose, dress, a little coy, etc). I prefer the composition of #2 to #1, but I'd rather the dress hadn't been cropped. It is cropped at a point that seems accidental rather than intentional. Your focus and the colour are beautiful.

    With 3 and 4 I think the colour is better in 4, but the composition of #3 is far more appealing. That said, the depth of field seems more appropriate in #4 to #3. I think I would like a slightly deeper depth of field in #3 so that more than those few berries are in focus. The reason being, that branch of berries is the key element in the image. Though it would work if the focus faded, I think this is just a little too shallow. That is just my personal opinion though.

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    Steph, go ahead and post I normally CC a couple of people at a time anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by EL2 View Post
    your sooc is super bright. I think it could be your ISO is so high. Did your fstop up (above the zero)?
    There is no exposure bias. Though I spot-metered off her face and she was a bit wiggly, which doesn't help.
    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_grey View Post
    I think I would like a slightly deeper depth of field in #3 so that more than those few berries are in focus. The reason being, that branch of berries is the key element in the image. Though it would work if the focus faded, I think this is just a little too shallow. That is just my personal opinion though.
    Interesting you would mention that, as no one else did, and it's my biggest issue with #4. So thanks for affirming that for me. I just was too shallow there. I like #3's comp and colour tone better, but some people love the purple 'popping' against the green... however, the comp and the slightly too shallow DOF ruin that one for me a little bit.

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    Okay, even though I'm not happy with them, I'm going to share the Christmas pics from the other day for CC. I know that quite a bit is wrong with them, but I'm wondering if there's more than what I've caught. I had a really hard time with these, since they were all underexposed SOOC. So color and exposure are probably different on every one of them.

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    I reworked this one, so it looks slightly different from the share in the other thread.

    IMG_7969-4web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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    Reds are TERRIBLE in this one...

    IMG_7943-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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    I don't want to upload this one again, so you're getting the one with the date on it for my blog And yes, I see the thing sticking out from the wall by the far stocking that needs cloned out. Hate when I notice things after I already uploaded it...lol

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    Steph, I'm going to be a bit nitpicky.

    1. I really like the concept of the shot and it would make a great card. It looks a little dark and maybe a little flat. It might just be my monitor but the boys skin tones seem a little off. I'd like to see the boys moved slightly more to Jackson's side. In the shot, they are fairly centred in the image, however, they are slightly to one side of the fireplace. I'd prefer them to be more between the C and J flags rather than under the C flag. I'd possibly clone out the mark just inside the right of the fireplace too. I have to say, I love your fireplace. It is amazing!

    2. I really like this. I'm trying to decide if I like it how it is, or if maybe it would have been better if you had come across slightly to your left so that don't have so much window (which we can see out of) in the shot and more of the tree was seen. I think your blanket around the tree needs to be straightened or removed for the image. With what we can see of it it looks rumpled. I can't really comment on colour, maybe if you had been turned the light might have helped with this?? I just don't know.

    3. I like this. I like the composition. It looks like it was maybe a touch underexposed? Or maybe it is just the colouring. I really don't know. The only thing I can really say is I would have liked to be able to see the initials on the stockings, however, I don't know how you could have managed that and still had the same composition with the tree, etc (short of rearranging the stockings).

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    Just posting quickly, we're about to decorate the tree and house guests are coming...

    Steph, I agree with most of what shadow said. Primarily with the exception of #3, where I don't care about the initials as the composition works beautifully and is a great Christmas image. The initials would personalize it for your family, true; but as a general Christmas image it works very well.

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    #1 - as said before this looks underexposed/dark and flat lit. What was your light source? I also think you could have cropped it in a bit more. I don't care for the card and the stocking holder to the top and I would tighten the sides because you are using the fireplace to frame them in. But this was a great concept and I agree about it being a good xmas card photo. They look like they are having fun!!

    #2 - very cute picture, but your older son's expression looks like he is trying to squeeze his little bro... (we get that a lot at home). Your little boy's right cheek looks a bit flash. I would brush over that bright spot.

    #3 - something funky going on with the shadowing on the fire place frame. I wish you would have gotten the xmas tree in full shot.
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    Thanks everyone! I'm thinking about trying some more this afternoon sometime in their official Christmas PJs that I have for them, so all of the feedback is much appreciated!
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    #1 I agree the lighting is very flat. Otherwise I like everything else.

    #2 I love the lighting and clarity, comp, and festive-ness of this. I am just not sure about the pose though. Their expressions are cute but I personally am just not digging the intertwined legs/position they're in. Also I can see a pale line along where you cloned out the cord and plug.

    #3 I love this one. I love the glow, the bokeh of the tree and lights, and the composition of the stockings etc.

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    OK my Christmas shoot didn't turn out nearly the way I'd hoped, due to time day (almost dark out) and almost no indoor light....and Eva not really into it.....and feeling rushed UGH. but I got a couple I like. So I'll use these for CC.

    1. 1/100, f/1.8, iso3200, 50mm


    2. this one is noisy but I haven't actually used Noiseware on it yet so I can do that...
    1/100, f/4.5, iso3200, 37mm


    3. this one still seems too pink or something....
    1/100, f/1.8, iso3200, 50mm


    4. one from my friends' family session....again with a very dark area to work with....I am not happy with the color.....
    1/60 (yikes), f/5, iso3200, 39mm


    I also have one of me that Eva took, that I love except that it's extremely noisy...going to try to run it through Noiseware when I get home....before I contemplate posting that pic.....
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