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I'll take a look on my home monitor too, later. But this work monitor is MUCH MUCH better than my current home one.

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I agree with Amy's CC on #1 & 2. I was wondering if the hotspots are a result of your processing? Can we see a SOOC on #1. Did you use a flash? This picture seems very flashy.

I like her dress, she is really sweet.

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I didn't notice it too badly until I tilted my screen, Tracy. I think those are lovely shots of Nora. Getting nitpicky, I'd like to see her entire dress in the frame.

Love the berries shots!! I think I like #4 slightly more because of the green and how it makes the purple stand out. Is there a hard edge that you missed with cloning on the bottom?

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I missed my day yesterday. I was running around all morning and totally forgot by the time I got back home. Does anyone mind if I go ahead and post a couple?

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Steph, I had such a tight space on the shots of Nora that I accidentally clipped her dress and there's only one or two shots I got with the full dress... I tried to mesh the full-dress shots with the good ones, but it didn't work too well. My processing skills aren't that good. Sad

Ah yes, re: #4, Steph... I did miss that. The photo was a bit tilted and I straightened but didn't want to crop much, so I cloned in a bit of the background and missed that edge. Thanks for the catch.

I swear I'm nuts, but you have no idea how bummed out I am about the monitor issue and the thought that the photos look too flashy. I feel like I am never going to be good at portraits, or processing them. Sad

El, I didn't use flash. It's window light, and on a very cloudy day too. Here's a SOOC:
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Steph, I had such a tight space on the shots of Nora that I accidentally clipped her dress and there's only one or two shots I got with the full dress... I tried to mesh the full-dress shots with the good ones, but it didn't work too well. My processing skills aren't that good. Sad

Ah yes, re: #4, Steph... I did miss that. The photo was a bit tilted and I straightened but didn't want to crop much, so I cloned in a bit of the background and missed that edge. Thanks for the catch.

I swear I'm nuts, but you have no idea how bummed out I am about the monitor issue and the thought that the photos look too flashy. I feel like I am never going to be good at portraits, or processing them. Sad

El, I didn't use flash. It's window light, and on a very cloudy day too. Here's a SOOC:

(As you will see from the SOOC of #1, there were more dress issues after she moved around... I lost some ruffle and added it back in. I didn't have to do that for #2, mind you, just for this one.)

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I don't think they look too flashy. I see a bit of shadowing the left side of her face. Can you bring down the highlights some? That may help tone down the brightness some. Portraits are hard! Don't be so down on yourself. I think these are very nice! I think that processing is a whole other category to photography. There is SO much that has to be learned. I feel like I've only got it down recently. ILP has some fantastic resources. I'm not sure what all you can access now since I haven't really been back over there since they went the way of charging for access to some boards, but I believe all the tutorials are still free/public. I learned SO much over there, it's unreal.

And, it's not a dealbreaker about the whole dress not being in the frame. You could crop it in closer to make it look more intentional Smile

Here's a super sloppy play, but what I did was brought down the highlights and whites in LR. Then I took the adjustment brush, and overexposed the background only to make it all white and uniform (though it looks sloppy by her body cause I did it quickly).

Then I brought it in PSE, played with levels a bit, added a white color layer at 5% opacity to matte it a bit, then cropped it to 5x7 and cloned a bit of dress in on the left corner that was white.

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your sooc is super bright. I think it could be your ISO is so high. Did your fstop up (above the zero)?
Steph's edit toned down the hotspots on her arms and face - much more settle.

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

I missed my day yesterday. I was running around all morning and totally forgot by the time I got back home. Does anyone mind if I go ahead and post a couple?

Just wanted to say, definitely go ahead and post, Steph!

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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 Smile I normally CC a couple of people at a time anyway

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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.

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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.

#1
I reworked this one, so it looks slightly different from the share in the other thread.

IMG_7969-4web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

#2
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 Wink 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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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.

1. 64mm, ISO250, SS1/1000, F5.6,

2. 64mm, ISO250, SS1/640, F5.6,

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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 Smile

#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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G -

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 Wink 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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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.

Shadow -

#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!

Amy -

I like the new picture you posted!

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Amy- I think after noiseware these will be great. I really like the last one you posted. Great merging!
Steph- I don't have anything else to add. I am late. I really like #2 & 3. I can feel the Christmas spirit in that last one!
G- I wish you would have stepped back a bit in #1, but this one is good on color. Great improvement! I LOVE #2. Have you tried this in a landscape crop?

Here are a few quick ones from me. Randall's niece came over this weekend and I threw a shirt on her and tried to match the kids for some pics for their Grandma. The lighting was not for me in these, but I did the best I could. Hit me the best you can. I can't redo these- no time, but if there is any editing I can fix, hit me up!

1. f/3.2, ISO1000-, 1/160

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2. f/3.2, ISO-1000, 1/400

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3. f/3.2, ISO-1000, 1/400

nana1_edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

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Sadie, sorry I didn't CC yesterday... just not feeling well enough. A little better today, though, so here I am!

1. Ruthie is just so darn cute! Love her smile here. Nice shot of the three of them. It does seem the light isn't optimal, and the picture looks just a bit bright, but I do like it. I'm not sure the pose is the best for the niece, that's the only thing.

2. Sweet and really nice and sharp. I wonder if angling them a little more to camera left would've been good... hard to tell about the light, but there seems to be a bit too much shadow on the niece's face.

3. This is my favourite pose for the three of them. Their heights are perfect for this and it's flattering and cute. Being really nitpicky, I'd have liked them to be completed 'backed' by the trees and not have the niece's head going into the blown part of the sky, but that's just a tiny detail.

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Sadie.

1. I like this, though I wish there was a little bit more room at the bottom of the frame as losing a tiny bit of her foot here. The light might not have been optimal, but I think you have done well with it. The only thing is, it seems quite golden and warm which is in contrast to the blanket which makes you think it should be cool and wintery. That is just something I noted, not something to change. If you had time to redo this (which you don't) I might have either removed the blanket altogether or made it wrap around them properly.

2. Again, I really like this. I like how you had them stand, it is very sweet. I think it is great colour and beautiful focus.

3. I agree with Tracy on this one and don't have anything to add.

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Darn it! I always check on my phone and forget to come back! Ill do this as soon as the kids go to bed!

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Sadie - here is my CC - great job on these you have grown soo much!

1. This pose is not very flattering for your niece. Lighting feels a bit flat. I wish you could have moved maybe 45 degrees from them so you could have caught them on an angle instead of you parallel to them. I would want to fill in the background with more of the weed. My eyes go to that empty space in the back.

2. I agree with angling them so that your niece is not parallel from you. This is a nice photo overall.

3. This is cute. I am not sure how I am liking the pose though, makes it feel like totem poles... lol. Was it an overcast day? I am not sure if the light is behind them or behind you?

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Double post...

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Back for CC! Again, I'm sorry I didn't get to it sooner. Guess that's the bad part about having the internet on my phone...lol!

#1 - This is cute, and I like the idea. I just wish the blanket was a little bit larger so it could cover them all like it does with the one of Ruthie and Randy. I also agree that the pose isn't very flattering for your niece. I would have liked to see her with her legs off to the side, instead of cross-legged like she is. She's just kind of slumping because of the way she's sitting. If her legs were off to the side, she'd have to elongate her body causing her posture to be a little better.

#2 - I would have liked to see Randy holding hands with your niece, and also Ruthie holding on to her other hand. I like how you have Ruthie connecting to Randy, but maybe she could have put her arm around his shoulders?

#3 - I agree with the other CC on this one. On this one, and #2, it probably would have helped to shoot down on them a little more. Your niece looks like she's looking down on you. This is a problem that I have as well, and why I don't do many standing poses. I'm short, and most people are a lot taller than I am, making it difficult to shoot slightly down on them without me being on a hill or a step stool.

I know you had no control over the way your niece dressed (this was probably one of those really warm days we had this past week?), but maybe you could have dressed Randy and Ruthie to match her a little better. I think you got the colors well, but your niece is wearing shorts and flip flops, while Randy is in a sweater and Ruthie is wearing cold-weather boots. Does that make sense? I think that even short sleeves could have tied it together a bit.

I'm being pretty nitpicky, because I know you're ready for it. I think your processing is consistent, and you're exposure looks great. I think your next step is styling your shots. Meaning getting creative with your posing/clothing/etc... And that can be the hardest part sometimes!

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Wow, I'm looking back on this week and realize that I've got nothing! Wish my kids were cooperating with me! I'm gonna have to see if I can get Jackson to pose for me for something tomorrow while Carson is at school. They both get jealous when I'm focusing on the other, but they just goof around when I try to get something of them together.

Here's one measly photo I wouldn't mind some CC on.

1/60 (with flash bounced) f/5 ISO 1600 41mm

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ETA: Got one more this evening!

SS 30 sec. f/20 ISO 400 50mm


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I like it, Steph, nice light -- you must've bounced the flash a little to one side? There's some nice directional light going on. His skin looks a tad off to me, maybe just a slight bit on the yellow side. Perhaps it's just from the floor.

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Yes, bounced off the wall to the left side of the frame. I thought that too about the color on him. I wasn't going to mention it, so I could see if it was just me Wink

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Sorry I haven't CC'd yet, thanks for all the CC on mine.

Shadow:
#1 I would have liked her whole head and forearm in the pic.

#2 yes a uniform background would make this one all the better. But I think the focus is on her hand rather than the seedhead?

Sadie:
#1 I think the grouping of them is too close to the bottom edge (and sides a tiny bit). I agree that her outfit is the total opposite of what your kids are wearing, lol. I think it's a cute pose, overall. Personally I am wanting a bit more color & contrast.

#2 better color here, and I love the comp, focus, pose, and connection. I keep noticing that your niece's legs are hidden, but it's not a huge deal.

#3 cute pose idea, I notice they are slightly tipped and centered. I like the color best here.

Stephanie:

I love both of them. I agree his skin is slightly yellow. That is the only CC I have because these are both great.

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Steph- I too see a bit off on his color. I think the lighting is really good though. I wish he was looking at you, but I totally understand this issue! Wink #2 amazes me! I LOVE it! This would make a great Christmas card, like for the ones Tracy does!

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Steph, you added the second one after I CC:-ed, but I really like it too!

Here's a few from me, mostly taking advantage of my brother's 50mm prime lens...

#1. f/2.2, SS 1/250, ISO 400

#2. f/1.8, SS 1/1250, ISO 200

#3. f/2.0, SS 1/125, ISO 1000 - Just a snap really, but I really like it for some reason.
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#4. f/1.8, SS 1/60, ISO 800

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Aren't you just loving that lens, Tracy?? I felt like a whole new world was opened up to me when I got my 50mm. But, I also felt like I had a lot of learning to do lol!

#1 - I feel like shots with the Christmas tree are so difficult. We usually put them near a window so it can be seen outside, but the window is in the wrong place for photos. I'm struggling with tree pictures right now. I should just put it in the center of the room and be done with it Wink Anyway, I notice that the light is coming from the back and to the side of her. That light could have been used better if she were facing it, but I know that was probably impossible.

#2 - Wow! What great DOF! Those top leaves really stand out beautifully. Did you have a hard time with focus on the 60D? I have such a hard time with getting focus where I want it when wide open on my XTi. I have to overshoot to make sure I get what I want.

#3 - Classic! I think it's cute Smile

#4 - Okay, I'm going to mention something on this one, only because I'm having the same issues and I'm not sure why or how to fix it. The snowman looks a little too bluish, while the rest of it looks nice and warm. I'm assuming it's because the snowman was close to the window? I notice with my photos, when I'm in my living room, they're pretty warm, but when I go into the dining room near the big window, they're blue. I tried switching my WB to auto, cloudy, and shade and none of them warmed them up like I needed. I think I even tried daylight with no luck. I had the background really warm, but the kids were still blue. That's even with the lights off in the living room (which was the background with the fairly open floor plan of this house). Sorry to go on the tangent. Maybe someone has some advice...

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Aren't you just loving that lens, Tracy?? I felt like a whole new world was opened up to me when I got my 50mm. But, I also felt like I had a lot of learning to do lol!

Well, thankfully I did have a 50mm 1.8 loaner for a few weeks last year, so it helped a bit. But I know I have a lot more to learn yet! But YES, I really, really love it.

"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

I notice that the light is coming from the back and to the side of her. That light could have been used better if she were facing it, but I know that was probably impossible.

I mentioned that very problem in the "Holidays" thread, where I also posted this photo. Our tree is in a terrible spot this year -- somewhere we don't normally put it, but this year it was more practical. But it's against a yellow wall and between two windows, and shots taken at any other angle contain a lot of background 'junk'. So the light sucks no matter how I do photos of the kids in front of the tree... unless I use the speedlite, but I did not want to this time.[/QUOTE]

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Did you have a hard time with focus on the 60D? I have such a hard time with getting focus where I want it when wide open on my XTi.

No, I don't really find it hard. But I think I have a really steady hand and so once I lock in my focus, I'm usually pretty good at keeping it still, or at least on the same focal plane. Which helps immensely -- and the camera is very good, of course. Having said all that, f it's windy outside, all bets are off with a DOF that shallow!!

"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Okay, I'm going to mention something on this one, only because I'm having the same issues and I'm not sure why or how to fix it. The snowman looks a little too bluish, while the rest of it looks nice and warm.

I've noticed the same issues. The tree looks great, or the ornaments look great... but not usually both. I hope someone does have some advice on that. Though in the one I'll post just below, I didn't have that problem -- but the finish of the ornament is different and it's warmer in tone anyway, so maybe that's why:
Christmas Tree Ornaments

(BTW, that is my favourite ornament, the one we got the year we were married. Lol

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1. I totally understand the yellow walls and being between two windows! LOL! It stinks! It might be a tough spot, but I would say you captured it well. Maybe try a diff set up without the chair?

2. I like this one. I think your focus is amazing here. Maybe a tad bit brighter?

3. Hey, snap or not, this is great. I think it's a perfect lifestyle shot!

4. I too have struggled with getting the tree the right color with everything else the right color. I don't have much advice for that other than playing with levels and masking it back in. Love the newer one you have posted. This totally made me want to take some of ornaments!

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I'll be back to CC (I'm supposed to be working). Just adding this quickly while I had it open. I took this for a friend and would love some feedback.

FL22mm, ISO 800, SS 1/200, F5.0

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Changed my mind, going to try CC before I start back working.

Steph,

1 - I'd like him more to the side as it seems like the tree is growing from him. The colour in his clothes, the tree etc look good but his face looks a little yellow and / or underexposed. Not sure which. He is also not looking at you but rather beside you I think (not that this can be helped most of the time with this age).

2. I love this. Even better than the last attempt. Love that you can see the tree now and the letters on the stocking really make it for me.

Tracy (sorry, haven't read previous CC)
1. I'd like a tiny bit more room to the right of frame so we don't lose the edge of Nora. The light appears to be coming from the right and you have Nora facing away from it, but not so much that you get backlighting. If possible, I'd try it with her moved around the tree so that you can catch some of that light on her face / eyes.

2. I like the concept but the focused section is a little lost to me. That said, the focus looks like it is spot on. Maybe a tighter crop would help (says me who always crops too tight).

3. This is a very cute snap. I like the denim on denim. I like the look on his face. I like how it shows the difference in size between child and adult. Nice.

4. To me, the tree looks ok but the ornament looks a little dark. Love the lights shining through. Love the concept. Maybe a slightly different angle would work better.

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Sorry I didn't get on to post some new ones Friday & CC but I will get on asap today!

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Shadow, the colour and clarity are great. I can't view it large but it seems pretty sharp and well-exposed. It looks a little crooked to me; I'd straighten just a bit, but that's all.

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Tracy:

#1 I love the color and light and depth. I know the window light is behind her but she still looks good and I see light in her eyes.
(I wish my living room/room where the tree is was open and light the way everyone else's is! LOL someday, when I can repaint and recarpet.....)

#2 great depth and the bokeh is beautifully abstract. Overall it is bit dark.

#3 a little dark but super-cute!!!

#4 ornament looks fine to me; only the bottom edge may be a little cool compared to rest of photo. But hardly worth worrying about. I love macro ornament shots. I did a bunch last year and the year before. Have to do that again Smile

Shadow:

I agree with Tracy's CC. Also that vertical line on the camera right side is distracting. Can it be cloned out?

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