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    Amy, the soft lights in these look so lovely!

    #1 is really sweet, and I love the soft lights -- and Eva's dress is beautiful. (And can I say, I always love her softly curling hair!!) Her expression does look a bit forced -- but you did say she wasn't into it too much. My biggest thought about this one is that I wish she was leaning back in the chair more, or that the chair was moved to the right of the frame more, to get more of the tree in the side and make a bit more pleasing composition. Her skin looks a touch off to me, maybe a bit green? Not really sure.

    #2 - I'm sure noiseware would help, but it's a sweet shot of the two of you! Nice light in your eyes, nice expressions. It's a little tight on Eva's side, that's all.

    #3 - Love this! Beautiful against the lights of the tree, and love the light in her eyes. She looks very sweet. It does seem a touch pink.

    #4 - Love the light in their eyes and they have a very natural expression. The only thing that isn't working for me is the wall/curtain or whatever the tree is set against. The lines of it just distract me as they're not very soft. Could you have shot this more wide open?

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    Amy,

    1. I'd like to see you further away from the chair and/or the chair moved closer to the tree. I think I get what you were going for, however, the composition makes it seem like a shot that just happens to be in front of a christmas tree rather than a christmas themed photo. I might also angle the chair more out towards you.

    2. I don't have anything to add to what Tracy has already said. Very sweet shot.

    3. I think we need to be able to see her hands in this shot or, alternatively, less of her lower arms. It is a touch tight but I like the idea and the light. I think you are right about the colour.

    4. I like this. It is a sweet shot. The side of his face has some hot / yellow spots.

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    My two are pretty much refusing all requests for photos at the moment. What does everyone else to do to encourage their children? i tried bribery but they just kept asking for the reward and any smiles looked forced. Plus, they would let me try one location only so when that didn't work at all I was left with nothing.


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    Amy -

    I agree that the lighting is very nice on these! Great job!

    #1 - I like what you were going for with the comp of this. I think that you needed to pull the chair further away from the background to get a little more of the scene in there, though that may not have been possible. Was there a rug on the ground? I agree with everything else Tracy said.

    #2 - I would have liked a different pose here. Maybe with her legs over your lap in the other direction (going towards the right of the frame instead of the left). It would have felt like you two were a little closer, and eliminated the gap between the two of you.

    #3 - I think the pink lights in the back are throwing you off. Comp is a bit tight on this one. Love the bokeh

    #4 - This one isn't really doing it for me, unfortunately. I think it's a combo between the pose and how close they are to the tree. When I pose, I like to make everyone "connected". You know, like holding hands, or arms around each other. Just some sort of touch to connect them together. I do like how her head is tilted on his shoulder. I'm just left with wanting some sort of touch from the arms. But maybe you (or they) were going for the brother/sister rivalry? The lighting on the boy looks a bit harsh. Looks much better on the girl, though, probably because she's in his shadow.
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    I'm going through the same thing with my 2 right now. They're being really uncooperative for the camera. I have so many ideas in my head for Christmas-y photos, but they just won't do what I want! So disappointing. What normally works is breaking up the session with some sort of non-messy reward, like fruit/gummy snacks or something small and easy to eat. Then a big reward at the end like a cookie.

    #1 - Very sweet shot! I would have liked to see you zoomed out just slightly so we could see more of her head. And also would have liked to see a more uniform background.

    #2 - Awesome focus!! I think you're doing better with focus than you think Again, I'd have liked to see a uniform background.
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    Thanks Steph. I actually took your advice and have been shooting at super fast shutter speeds. It still seems like I am having trouble getting focus where I want it but it is definitely better than it was.

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    Shadow, I love #2! And yeah, nice sharp focus.

    I agree with Steph about #1, but I have a very similar one of Micah that I just love anyway. It's really sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_grey View Post
    Thanks Steph. I actually took your advice and have been shooting at super fast shutter speeds. It still seems like I am having trouble getting focus where I want it but it is definitely better than it was.
    I'm glad that it seems to be helping with the crispness of it. I, too, struggle getting focus exactly where I want it. I still sometimes overshoot, but only for the focus issues. Especially when I'm taking a close-up. There's nothing more frustrating than loading the photo on to the computer only to realize not a single one focused in the right spot. If I hadn't heard amazing things about the Mark III, I'd be considering switching over to Nikon right now since I'm not incredibly invested in Canon after my 2 kit lenses will be obsolete after going to FF.
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    Thanks everyone! I agree on all your CC. This was not my best Christmas session by far. Eva was not into it at all and the lighting was horrible.

    Anyway yes I had an ivory fleece blanket down below my tree because the carpeting in there is a super-dark ugly color. For the shots of the two of us, I kept asking her to put her legs over mine toward the camera but apparently she never did, lol. The timer only gave us 10 seconds to get situated lol.

    I actually merged two shots to get the one I posted for CC. Because I preferred my posture in that one over the other ones. Here is another one. Again, not yet run thru Noiseware:


    I wanted to have some full shots of her dress, but again the awful lighting did not allow for good ones (they were too noisy and/or soft). So in a few of these I left in a bit of her gold bows/skirt just to show it off a little instead of only seeing the black top.

    Yes the curtain in my friends' living room was not the best backdrop; and the space was too tight for using my lens with bigger ap; and the lighting was poor there as well.

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    Sorry - I am late on the CC.

    Amy - these looks really good!!! Were these ran thru noiseware? I am seeing a lot of noise it is probably due to the high ISO.

    #1 - I like this. It looks like she was looking up at something? I would have love to get a full body shot of her. I would have changed the chair since it is a bit distracting in my opinion. I would suggest maybe having her sit next to the tree or covering up the chair.

    #2 - I agree about the gap Stephanie mentioned. But I like how you have covered the back of the chair so that it doesn't look distracting. Is there room to back-up the camera? I feel the picture is too tight. Again great smiles!

    #3 - Bokeh looks yummy, lol. I would love to warm her up a bit more. Watch out for chopped limbs.

    #4 - This one feels more like a snap. I think because of the background - curtain and their clothing. Lighting looks a bit harsh and seeing some yellow.

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    #1 - She is such a cutie pie. I love this, love the concept. I would have backed up a bit more so I can see more of her face/head and her hand. Warm it up a tad. I think you could have lowered your ISO more since you have lots of room on your SS.

    #2 - Very nice - I like how you captured those two things flying. It would have been cooler if the entire background is black!

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    I like the new picture you posted!

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