Shadow here are my CC -
1. Her face looks a bit dark. The light looks like it is behind her (?). Nice smile and connection.
2 - 3. Lighting is better - faces have good lighting. Watch out for your background.
4. So cute!
5. I think his face is red maybe color cast from her sweater.
Set up my backdrop today to take some pictures of the kids. Here is my nephew posing for me.
f3.5, ISO6400, SS1/160
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
El, I'm seeing a lot of problems in the lower left hand side of the frame. Looks like you did some cloning or something there. It looks messy.
Thanks Amber - I got to better my cloning skills! Doh! lol
Is this better?
Last edited by EL2; 02-10-2013 at 04:54 AM.
Much better. There is a bit of a banding halo around his head, but it may not show in print.
Thanks Amber. Any tips in better cloning? Basically I selected him and then feather to 20 and then used my dropper to get the backdrop color and created a solid layer. Not sure how else to clone to get even backdrop.
No, not really...it's pretty good. What version of Photoshop are you running? If you can do a better, tighter selection on the boy then you can avoid the banding. Banding can also be improved by introducing noise to the image. I have banding issues all the time, so not sure I'm the right one to help. I usually fix it with painting or adding a texture if it's appropriate to the image, but clearly that's not the right solution for you in this situation.
Just a note that I won't be posting in the CC group for a while. If anyone wants my day (Wed.), they're welcome to it. I know we haven't been having as strong participation lately, so it probably doesn't matter, but if anyone does want it, feel free!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Love that chalkboard!! I would say that overall, I feel like you're shooting up at the kids a little too much. You don't want to shoot down on them and get the dramatic "mommy angle", but just shoot down on them slightly. You're going to get some more light in their eyes that way, and they won't look so dark. The first one is probably the one where you're shooting up at them the most, as the others look like there's a bit more light in the eyes. The lighting is nice and even, with no dappling, but it's still a bit flat. I know these are just first day of school photos, and not meant to be entered into a contest, so it's not a big deal. To create that directional lighting, try getting a little close to a bush/tree, but not leaning ON it, and have an open space to the other side. Get the bush/tree outside of the frame, so it can create the shadow, but not be IN the picture. Does that make sense? Sometimes I feel like I'm not great at explaining things LOL!
El, great job with the fix! Looks much more even now. I still notice a bit of a soft edge around his back/bottom. I'm sure it will print fine though. You got the cutest expression out of him!! He is adorable!
Thanks for helping out, Amber!