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Here's our schedule for our CC group! Let me know if any of you would like a different day. We'll just keep posting our new images and CC in this thread and keep it going. Let's try to keep the images brand new, but if you have to go back a week or so, it's not a big deal. We just want to make sure that we're taking the CC and applying it to new images. When it's your day, post 1-3 images you would like CC on. Please remember to include your settings, including focal length. If you're still struggling with exposure, it would be helpful to also see the SOOC. Always feel free to provide the SOOC! You will always get helpful feedback when there's a "before" image.

It's important to give honest critique. At the same time, it's also important not to be harsh. Giving CC is just as important as receiving it. Analyzing others photos make you have a more critical eye on your own work. So please try to give CC every day.

Monday - Sadie
Tuesday - Stephanie
Wednesday - Tracy
Thursday - Candace
Friday - Rebecca
Saturday - shadow_grey (I don't think you want your name on the public board, right?)
Sunday - Jennifer

I know I had said that we would start on Sunday, but since we're full now, let's start on Monday (7/23). I'm really looking forward to this!

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I'm so lost! I guess thats what happens when you don't check the board for a few days. Going back to find out more about this:)

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I am excited! I have a photo shoot tonight, so this will be PERFECT! Smile

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Yay, excited! Hope to learn a lot!

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So, I am all ready! Smile I have my photos ready to be posted, so whenever you are ready, I will post. I wasn't sure if we were gonna use this thread or another...

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Let's just use this thread. Post away!!

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Yay. Yes, thanks Steph for not using my real name Smile

It's 10pm here and it is my daughter's birthday tomorrow but I will be back tomorrow night once she is in bed to see what has been posted.

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Ok, here it goes. I see so much wrong with them already, but I would love to see what everyone else has to say. I shot in RAW and I don't know how to get the SOOC shot without sharing my RAW edits....any ideas? All shot with my 85mm, 1.8.

1. f/3.2, ISO-500, 1/1250
DSC_0128_filtered3_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

2. f/2.8, ISO- 800, 1/500

DSC_0170_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

3. f/2.8, ISO-500, 1/1250

DSC_0144_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

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Is there anyone who wants to alternate weeks with me for posting pictures? I would love to be apart of this, but I'm not sure I'll have time to post pictures every week- I would make sure to CC on everyone's though Smile I'm super busy because I work nights/weekends now.

ETA: Or could we have 2 people on a day?

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Thanks for starting us off, Sadie!! Your kiddos are too adorable. As far as the SOOC from RAW, I usually just open the RAW file from ACR/Lightroom with the default settings in PSE and save the jpeg.

#1 - I love where this one is going. I like the pose. There are a couple of little things that I think you could change to make this shot a little stronger. First, I would have Randy lean his head in a little closer to Ruthie. Maybe you also could have had Ruthie put her hands on his arms, but I'm sure she was balancing herself on the ladder. I can imagine he was leaning on her Wink One thing that I'm noticing is that Ruthie is standing out more than Randy is. And if you look at it closely, you can see that she is against the trees, and he's against the sky. With the white shirt that he's wearing, he blends into the background. To avoid that, you could have also brought a step ladder along to get a little higher and get the trees behind him as well.

I wish I could comment on color confidently, but I can only tell you what I personally see on my screen. I feel like they're a little red or magenta. It's definitely more saturated than the other two images.

#2 - I quite like the angle here! Just be aware of chopping the head. I'm a chronic head chopper, so I understand! It just kind of stops the flow of your eye when you're taking it in. Try to be aware, in camera, of if you have the whole head in there. Or you could go the other way, and make sure the head chop is intentional, cutting more of it off than just a bit. In this case, I wouldn't want to see it any closer, so just back up slightly next time, and that could do the trick Smile Focus looks really good here, and love the light you caught in her eyes. I just think it's a little cool. Add a little warmth in there, and print it out and frame it Smile

#3 - Great light in his eyes! Awesome eye contact. Again, I think this looks a little cool. I think I would have liked to see you're angle a little higher to get his entire head inside the tree line.

One thing that I think would help you, is if you would back up a little bit more, and get some more of the scene in it. It's something that I've been trying to keep in mind for myself as well. On the ones with the ladder, I'm left wanting to see the ladder. So backing up just a little more could have helped my eye, and stopped me from wondering what they're sitting on. I hope that makes sense.

You did a great job starting us off! I think you have some really nice shots here. I'm being kind of nitpicky, but that's what this is all about. Getting down to the tiny details that can really help you take it to the next level. Smile

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"KatieWillis" wrote:

Is there anyone who wants to alternate weeks with me for posting pictures? I would love to be apart of this, but I'm not sure I'll have time to post pictures every week- I would make sure to CC on everyone's though Smile I'm super busy because I work nights/weekends now.

ETA: Or could we have 2 people on a day?

I think that Tia was also interested. Maybe you two could start another group? If a couple of people wanted to move from this group to yours to even things out, that would be okay with me.

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I think the images are really sweet so anything that i could pick out is more of a nit pick thing too...but i guess that's why we are here. I would say that #1 has a LOT of red in the skin tones...more than i would prefer even if it was probably crazy hot. I've had my share of shoots in this heat and to combat it i have switched to editting with less saturation and more muted tones, which i think would really improve the image. #2 I really like actually. I think the head chop works on this type of image since it is so close up. Great light in her eyes and not much i could think of to do to improve here! Great job! #3 seems too 'zoomed in' to me. Both 1 and 3 i could could have been better served with backing up a little more or maybe using a 50mm lens or something like that if you even have one. I keep goign back and forth on getting an 85mm too because with general portrait photography i prefer to be closer to my subject but that also means that an 85 is a little much on the zoom. Overall i think they are great and strong images with just little things to keep in mind....which I also have to tell all of these things to myself! Smile

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Steph gave such good CC, I don't have much to add. I hadn't thought of the idea of seeing more of the ladder, but I think that'd be great too - I didn't really realize it was a ladder they were on at all until Steph pointed it out, but the ladder is a great idea, so showing it off a little more, and therefore including more of the scene too, would be a good idea.

I do agree on the colour comments too. I'm not calibrated, but the first one looks pretty saturated to me (says me, of the neon grass last week!). A little magenta. The others look pretty good, just a tiny bit cool to me.

Really nice shots. Your kids have the most beautifully DEEP brown eyes and Ruthie's smile always makes ME smile.

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1. I like the warmth of this. I don't know how to do it with my program, but if you could pull some red out of the skin tones I think that would be good. I don't necessarily think it is over-saturated though. I like it. Good cc already from Steph on comp.

2. I don't mind the head chop. Add some warmth and this is a keeper for sure! Looks like you nailed focus!

3. Looks like maybe the sun had set a little more in this picture and it is definitely cooler and maybe a little underexposed? Wouldn't mind seeing a little wider crop here with maybe a little more room above his hair.

Nice job!

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Thanks so much ladies. I sooo needed this. I do have an issue with backing up. I always feel like I can't nail the focus unless I am closer. I am so mad at myself for not paying attention to the room above his hair. The 2nd and 3rd was cropped, so I can't do anything about that. I have a different pic with a bit more room. I really appreciate the detailed CC. This is gonna be so helpful!

Here's my SOOC and edit of #1. Still struggling with coloring on #1.


DSC_0128_filtered4_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

DSC_0128_sooc by sadieruth, on Flickr

Here's my edit on #2. I warmed it up a teeny tiny bit. I am wondering if my computer doesn't show the coolness.

DSC_0170_edit_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

Here's #3 edited. I am also throwing in a different one to show more of the background. Guess I need to learn to step back....

DSC_0144_web2 by sadieruth, on Flickr


DSC_0145_edit_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

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Oh, I know exactly what you mean about the focus on shots further away. I feel like it's so hard to get a full body shot in focus. I have noticed that with myself, if I'm too open with my AP, I have an even harder time. So, what I've been doing is using my 55-250mm lens which I'm not able to open up past 4. I'll pick a long focal length to get the bokeh/compression that I want, but have a more closed AP. That way, my subject stands out from the background, and I'm able to nail my focus better. Only problem is that sometimes I can't let enough light in with being so closed, so I have a pretty high ISO and introduce more grain. Darn it, I need a new camera Wink I digress...

Anyway, I do notice that your AP is pretty open in these, making it hard to grab the focus exactly where you want. One slight little movement forward or backward from YOU at an open AP can cause the focus to move to a hand or nose or shirt instead of the face. What is your focus method? And, do you back button focus, or press the shutter halfway?

As far as the edits, I think that the color is better, but still needs to be a bit warmer on the last two. #1 is pretty good here. The first, it's unfortunate where Ruthie's legs got cut off. No matter what you do, you're going to chop in a weird spot, unless you go in close like you did in your edit.

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I focus on my subject, and press the shutter half way and shoot. I have tried BBF, but wasn't too fond. I can't remember how to do it either b/c it was odd getting my camera to be set that way.

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You might want to try it again. The first time I tried it, I hated it. Now, I prefer it. I know it's not for everyone though. Are you toggling or recomposing? If you're recomposing and at that AP, it's really possible that you're moving out of the focal plane of the face. I'm not one to talk, though. I focus and recompose all the time. I should really start toggling now that Carson is a little more cooperative.

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Oh yes, I toggle. I couldn't live without that. That is one thing I LOVE! I might have to go back and look into BBF. I will do that after tonight's photo shoot in this HORRIBLE heat!

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I'm going to post a little early since I'm going to be busy most of the day tomorrow with company. I have my own CC on these, but I'd love to know if it's the same as what you're seeing, so I won't say Wink

All shot at 1/250 f/3.5 ISO 400 50mm

#1

#2

#3

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I'll do Sadie's first then a second post for Steph. I don't think I am very good at CC but I am trying to improve in that regards also. I'll do my best.

1. I think this is a little too saturated. The background is a little fluorescent to me. I like the composition of the two of them but I do wish we could see more of the ladder and her legs. It isn't a dealbreaker though.

2. I love this. I love her eyes and her smile and she just seems to pop out of the photo.

3. I prefer the first to the second, though it appears to be a little soft. I think the first is composed better within the frame.

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Steph,

1. I can't put my finger on it but I feel like there is something off with his colouring. Maybe his face is slightly underexposed. There is almost a grey look to his face (but I'm not calibrated so that could just be me). You have great clarity in his eyes and I can see you have been working on your directional lighting. I would like to see him more towards the right of frame so he was facing in to the picture.

2. I like what you were going for but I wish I could see more of what he was doing. As it is it is almost like he has just looked down and you have missed the shot (does that make sense?) Again, is this slightly underexposed? I'm still struggling myself with this.

3. I love his eyes. I like the composition, though don't love it. His skin looks a little off though. Maybe a slight colour cast there, maybe slightly bright.

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Great pics, Steph!

1. I love this -- such a genuine, sweet smile and a really precious moment. There's something about kids on their tummies in the grass that is always precious, and you've captured it so well. I can see what shadow_grey is saying, a tiny bit. It does feel just the "weensiest bit" off, as my 5-yo would say. But that is ever so nitpicky... as are my comments about composition. I'm a bit torn: I like his arm placement, just at the bottom of the frame, but I feel like his eyes are a bit too centered, and I'm not sure what to say about that. A tighter crop wouldn't be good. Too far back and I think you'd need the open space more to his left than his right then... but I'm not really sure!

2. I really like this. I agree in some ways that it'd be nice to see what he's doing... but I like the mood of this, like a little peek into a private moment in a kid's mind, where they're just focused and engaged in the little world right in front of them. Love the comp and leg placement of that one stretched-out leg.

3. His blue eyes really pop! I'm not too crazy about this one, though, probably because the grass seems a bit dull here, as a backdrop (perhaps because of the shade); and the comp seems off. I would envision this one more like a photo I did of Nora last year in the snow. My photo is not high enough to get her head-on, and has other problems! but compositionally, I think just the idea of the arm thrown out to the one side with her head more in the intersecting third lines in one corner would work better for this image too.

So nitpicky, though! Funny to give CC like that on images I would've LOVED to have taken! Biggrin

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G - You did fantastic with your CC Smile No need to be worried about giving it! It's definitely possible that these are a little dark. They were slightly underexposed SOOC, and I tried not to brighten them too much, as I have a tendency to do that. They might benefit from a little more brightening though.

Tracy - You're so right about the comp on the second one being better than the first. Looking at the grid when I was cropping in LR, it was spot on for the ROT with #2, but not with #1. And the way his leg is in the second makes it flow better.

I wish I could have got a better shot of #3. This is more of what I was going for: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7094986297_90c6173d4c_c.jpg We were under the trees for #3 and it made for some strange catchlights in his eyes.

Color looked off to me too. I don't know about anyone else, but I feel like I really struggle with color when my photos are taken midday. These were probably around 11am or so in the shade in the yard. When I shoot in the evening, I have a much easier time. I'm wondering if I need to change my WB setting based on time of day? Or maybe I just need a grey card Wink

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Color looked off to me too. I don't know about anyone else, but I feel like I really struggle with color when my photos are taken midday. These were probably around 11am or so in the shade in the yard. When I shoot in the evening, I have a much easier time. I'm wondering if I need to change my WB setting based on time of day? Or maybe I just need a grey card Wink

I'd love a grey card. I've discovered that getting WB right makes editing soooooo much easier! Having said that, without a grey card, I'm finding that I am starting to use the "shade" WB setting more often and getting better results. I used to stick to "cloudy" outdoors most of the time, but there are times that "shade" works much better.

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First Sadie...

1. I see too much magenta in this one. I also would like to see Ruthie's face brigtened up a bit. Try dodging it to give a bit more brightness to it. I also might have moved Randy's left hand to Ruthie's shoulder if not, I would have had Randy lean forward just a tad more.

2. Love this shot!! But then again, it's the type of shots I take all the time Smile Love the light in Ruthie's eyes and her smile is darling. Could use some brightening, IMO

3. Looks like focus was missed on this one. Maybe on his shirt sleeve? I'm at work, where I'm not calibrated, but the color just seems a bit too cool.

Thanks for starting us out on a great note!

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Now Stephanie...

1. Love this Smile His smile is adorable. I think my only complaint is he's missing a leg. But, getting a young'n to cooperate and get his legs just right with a smile is darn near impossible, so I say love it and run with it Wink

2. This one is cute but not doing too much for me. I can't see hwat he's so interested in (though I'm sure the grass) and his face is almost hidden from view. I also think the blurred grass in the foreground is a bit distracting.

3. Such a wonderful face! My only bother is his chopped arm. Not sure how I would deal with it, maybe TRY to get him to put his hand under his head (elbow out?) But with this age it's a shoot and fingers crossed

I will ask as a general, do you purposly edit your images on the warm yellow side? It seems like they all come out that way. Nothing wrong with it if you do!!! Just wondering if it's intentional or calibration (or lack of?).

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Thanks for all the CC ladies! Working on them still!

1. This one is my fave. I do see a lot of yellow in these, but it's odd b/c you see blue in all mine, so I am wondering if our computers need to give each other a bit of color to even us out! LOL! The missing leg is a bit of a bother, but it's not a deal breaker.

2. This one, I wish he was maybe sitting cross legged b/c I feel like his face is too down here and it doesn't feel right. Does that make sense? I know how boys are, in their own world, so I like what you captured here.

3. His eyes are amazing here! I so wish the ground was more appealing, but I totally understand that issue. It's dead and boring here. Struggling with nice places. I also am not fond of the arm chop here. I really wish his arm was down with his other one.

Great job Steph! Your editing is really consistent and that says a lot! Smile

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I do usually edit on the warm side, though I'm trying to correct that. I was really kind of struggling with the color on these, and I'm not sure why. I think I should just bite the bullet and buy that grey card.

I like you're idea, Sadie. Let's get our computers together and let them work themselves out Wink ...One more week!! Ahh!

Tracy, I've kind of noticed that as well with the cloudy vs. shade. I always used to leave it on cloudy, but lately, I've been trying out shade and felt the color was better. I should really get calibrated. Too bad money doesn't grow on trees, huh? Ha!

Thanks for all the amazing feedback!

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Oops, looked at these late last night and forgot I hadn't cc'd!!!

1. Love his cute little grin, but I think just underexposed. Maybe bring exposure up a little more? Posing - I think it would be a stronger image if you we could either see the full length of his body and his head was turned looking at us OR if we could see both feet in the air.

2. Not feeling this image, primarily because of the lack of connection. Nice bokeh on this and the first image though. How far away is he from the tree line? Just wanting to file away for personal reference!

3. I think this one is SO sweet. Love the eye contact and I think the color and exposure are much better on this one than the first two. Honestly, I didn't really notice the arm chop until I read the other cc because the eyes drew me in. I know you were hoping to achieve this shot similar to the one you have of Carson, but how would a tighter crop look?

Great photos and I really wish I had some of my girls that were this strong!

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Hmm...I'm a terrible judge of distance, but I'd say he was about 8-10 feet from the background? Our yard is set up wonderfully for getting some great bokeh. We have trees in the yard creating shade, and then the very back drops down a steep slope with more trees down in the ravine.

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Since Tracy hasn't posted yet, I hope it's okay that I post this other one that I took on the same day. Is the color better? I didn't touch the color temp from right out of the camera.

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I am really wondering if I shouldn't comment on color - I saw this on my iPad a minute ago and thought the color looked REALLY good - it still does look good on my laptop, but not as good as it looked on the iPad...?

At any rate, I do think the temp/exposure look better here! This picture lacks a little of that golden light that the first ones have, but skin tones look truer to life.

How do you get your kids to look at you?!

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I think it looks better. Not as warm.

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Great! Oh, and I think that for this one, I told him there was a bug on the camera Wink lol

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I really like the colour in that last one, Steph! (And yeah, wow, I do NOT know how you get so many shots of your kids looking at you!!)

I really have not taken much this past week, a little busy and extra tired. But here's one from last week that I'd sure love feedback on. It's a little different and I'm wondering how other people 'see' it. (White in background is intentionally blown; I checked and it appears that nothing else is blown, even though some of her skin looks pretty hot.)

ISO 1600 (should've lowered it), f5.0, SS 1/320, FL 55mm

TIA!

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This is really cute, Tracy! I wonder if she had been facing the light if that would have worked better (regarding that she seems to be shadowed), but I obviously have no idea what your background would have been then...and looks like you took this as she was playing/climbing, which I can never seem to duplicate if I try...so all that said, good job capturing the moment! Blown background doesn't bother me. Looks like some nice light in her eyes. It does look a little grainy due to the ISO, I'm sure, but still a cute photo!

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I see what you're going for with the blown background, but I think it would have worked better if the blue part wasn't there. Does that make any sense? I think that her face is a bit too shadowed. It looks like more of a "spur of the moment" shot, but if you were going to try this again, maybe some sort of reflector positioned toward her face would help that. You maybe could try dodging, but I don't know if GIMP has that or not.

BUT! I think this is an adorable shot! I love your comp, the way she's holding on to the pole, and the look on her face. She looks so proud of herself!

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Tracy, it's a cute shot. I'm having a problem with the lighting. Looks like your shooting from inside and she's halfway inside. You can see the light on her face is hitting both sides and leaving the middle in shadow. I would either try dodging more light evenly on her face or next time shooting from a slightly different angle. Maybe angle more to the left or right, so the light isn't being hit fully on both sides of her face? The blown background is nice and soft, so no problems there. And I actually kind of like the blue of the background.

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Thanks for the CC, ladies.

I am eliminating contractions from this post due a keyboard problem... no time to sort it out at the moment, but hopefully it will be fixed by my next post!!! Sorry if I sound weird!

I did not set up this shot at all, and could not have taken it from another angle. And yet I like the way it turned out. I do not know, perhaps it is just me, but I sometimes like these types of shots that are a little unusual in their lighting, etc. As long as the face is well-enough lit, that is. But I know that this shot is not good, per se, and yet I was curious what others would think.

The blue in the background is kind of interesting to me too... I feel like it adds an unusual symmetry. So it is nice to hear Jennifer likes it too, and it is not just me! But I think the others I have showed this shot to also have not liked it much, soooooo... definitely one of those things that everyone sees differently! And that is always helpful for me to know, too... what others see and like in things... or see and do NOT like!

Hopefully I will have a better shot or two to share for CC next time!

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Don't think that it's a bad shot, Tracy! I think that it really showcases HER and who she is, and that, in itself, is a huge success and makes a good photo.

I think what maybe is throwing people off is the lighting. It kind of has that odd lighting that Jennifer described. If the light source was coming from just one side, and lighting up her face, I think it would be "easier" (and I use that really loosely because I can't think of another way to describe it after my loooong day Wink ) to the eye to look at. I don't know if that makes any sense at all to you, but it does in my head lol!

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Tracy, totally agree with Stephanie!! It is an adorable picture and I like the blue in the background too - it makes it really "urban" looking!

On that note, can I just say how weird I feel trying to nitpick everybody's photos when I know mine are so bad?!!

I have so many pictures that I know I need heavy CC on that I'm having trouble deciding what to post!!! Thanks for creating this group, Stephanie.

I put my camera back in manual (from Aperture mode) for the first time in months and I am going to figure this out!

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are we allowed to cc even if we aren't in the group?

I'll just go ahead since I have a minute.

Sadie:

#1....nice edit. Their skin is a bit too saturated for my taste. The background looks great! I like the composition but as you mentioned you could step back a bit to give just a little more room for the subjects to breathe. It will also make cropping more flexible.

#2. I love the color in this one...she's so pretty here. The composition is off. Pull back so you can get her eyes in the upper left third. I have no problem with the head chop....just that the eyes are in the wrong place.

#3. Again, very nice edit....skin color looks better here than in #1. Still could use more room around your subject.

Steph:

#1. He looks totally cute here. I love the composition of this. This is a touch underexposed. Also, your greens have a lot of red/yellow in them. There'd be a better contrast with his skin if they were greener. The shadows are a bit greyish yellow. His lips could use more rosiness in them...cheeks too.

#2. This just doesn't grab me. It's a cute snap, but since I can't see what he's looking it there is a lack of connection. Also, I don't like the grass in front of his face in this instance.

#3. I don't love this chop....or the background really...it looks uncomfortable with the sticks and coarse looking grass. The light is good, exposure is a bit better. The shadows are far too yellow in this one. Also, the ground is too yellow and too red.

#4...the image in post #32...So cute. I love the light in this one. The color isn't bad...really it mostly needs a boost in saturation.

Tracy:

As you mentioned, the settings are a bit off. I really don't like the brightness of the background, I find it extremely distracting. My eye is simply pulled away from your subject by the bright background and that is never what you want. Your composition should be causing my eye to go to the subject. It is very uncomfortable to look at this photo because it is a constant battle for my eyes. The brightness of the ground actually causes physical discomfort for me to look at as I strain to ignore it and look at your little girl's face.

I like the blue...but I wish that it were not crossing her where it does...it would be much better if it were crossing here at knee level.

It's a cute moment captured and a great memory for you, but it really can't be considered as more than a snap.

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i think it's a very cute pic of your daughter and the blown background doesn't necessarily bother me that much, but to make it a little less distracting i'd try maybe lightening the exposure on her to more closely match the background so it isn't such a stark difference. I tried playing with it in lightroom and it's definitely a difficult edit....if i brighten her, the background is totally lost and the grain becomes very prominent. I'd probably rule it a really cute snapshot just because there isn't really a way to brighten her up without losing other important factors. If you lose the background then she is just sorta floating on a pole lol Wink I know it wasn't a particularly thought out or posed shot but maybe lighting coming from one direction would have been better? Still a very cute pic though and one that you'll love looking back on Smile

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Amber, I for one, LOVE that you posted CC! I hope you'll pop in again as you have a chance!

I have been thinking all week about what pictures to share because I need help/CC with so many of my images.

The first two were taken a while back and then the third one was taken this week. All with my 50/1.8 lens.

I need desperate help on color with this one. I will post the SOOC if it will help...

ss 1/250 f 5.6 ISO 200

ss 1/50 f 5.6 ISO 800

1/400 f 2.2 ISO 100

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Thanks for jumping in, Amber! Your CC is always so helpful!

I wanted to let you all know that we're getting packed up today and moved out tomorrow. We'll be in between places until they move all our stuff in on Wednesday. I'll do what CC I can when I actually get on my computer, or from my phone. Didn't want you to think I bailed on you Wink

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Candace, these are really good!

#1 - That age is hard to photograph, isn't it? On my computer (uncalibrated), he looks blue. I wish he was standing near a more uniform background, because the bright spots are a bit distracting to me. Were you standing in all shade? I'm thinking that if you would have switched places with him, you would have got more light in his eyes, and had less hot spots in the background.

#2 - Was your SS really only 1/50? It looks pretty clear for such a low SS. This one looks too bright to me (this coming from the brightness queen lol! but it's something I'm also working on). This is SUCH a sweet photo! I love the closeness of the pose, and the two chairs. I like how you connected the chairs with one of the kids, as to not have a gap.

#3 - Now just look at that smirk! Great job on not chopping the bow. Comp looks good to me, and you have some directinal lighting going on, which is great! I think, that for me personally, I would have liked to see her angled slightly more toward the light source (window?) to get a bit more light in her eyes, but it's not a deal breaker. This is really nice!

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Steph, I think that fourth photo is much better. Good luck with the move.

Tracey, you captured the moment beautifully. Personally, I find the background a little bit distracting. It is drawing my focus away from your daughter. I wish she was a little brighter, but I do think this is one of the those moments that just need to be captured.

Candace, cute shots.
#1. He is quite central in the frame and it looks a tad cool to me. The hot spots don't bother me so much as they don't cross him.

#2. This one looks a little bright to me, especially when you look at their faces. They look a little warm, but I'm not sure that that isn't my computer. Even though the composition is pretty central I really like how you have composed this shot.

#3. Very sweet. Great eye contact and clarity. Is her shirt blown slightly or just bright? Overall, I really like this one.

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Candace, those are really cute shots!

1. The background seems a bit distracting to me; I wonder if a tighter crop would help a tad. Not too sure, though. Looks like the horizon isn`t straight, though if you fix that he might look too tilted.

2. Love this! Great grouping, and really nice exposure... maybe just a shade too bright, that`s all. Love it.

3. So sweet! Really nice portrait. Nice directional light too. I just would turn her a tiny bit more to the light to get a bit more light in her eyes. It`s so precious!

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I will CC later on this evening if I have time. Sorry. We are re-modeling and it's a HUGE mess right now!

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Candace some nice shots here.

#1 - yes, this horizon is definitely crooked....very crooked. See the building in the background, make sure that the roof is parallel with the bottom of the photo. The color will likely be a problem in this shot because there are two different temperatures going on. Your subject is in the shade which will make him very cool, but the background is in full sun which will be much more yellow...so, if you fix the shady part the background is going to appear unnaturally yellow. Make sense?

#2. YIKES! You got lucky with that shutter speed. In the future, when shooting people make sure you keep that shutter speed at least at 1/125 to prevent motion blur. This one is a bit bright. I'd bring the exposure down and then I'd add a slight vignette or something to darken the background to bring more focus to your subjects.

#3. My favorite of these three. She's so cute! Good color on this one. I wish she were turned ever so slightly more towards the light so that the shadows were a little more pleasing. You've got nice light and almost nailed the directional part of it. A slight turn to the right would have also created some awesome catchlights in those eyes. As it is, the eyes are a bit dark. Her shirt is not blown....the exposure on this is just about spot on.

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