Thanks for the feedback guys! I truly appreciate it!
On #1, like Gemma said, his shirt definitely looks blown now. I'm going to go back to the original and make sure I get it right. Steph ... the one I deleted DID do better on the head/hand chops. I am still KICKING myself for deleting that one. *sigh* I didn't think about the ball though. He was getting pretty tired of me at that point and I was starting to rush.
#2. Landscapes are NOT my thing. And the harsh mid-day sun didn't help any. If I can, I may try to get back out there late evening some time. I've got a just-graduated-highschool couple that wants to do a shoot. maybe we could try there. I think it would be a neat place to shoot under - the water is only about calf deep.
#3. the more I look at this one, the more I don't like it. Here's another shot with the same idea. I didn't get the other goal in this one and I didn't try the tilt. Focus is a bit softer here, but I am starting to like this one better. What do you guys think?
This week, as per suggestions in CC last week, I tried pulling back a little.
50mm, ISO400, SS1/250, F5.6
44mm, ISO400, SS1/125, F5.0
85mm, ISO800, SS1/125, F5.6
Great job on including more environment!!! I'm just looking on my phone at the moment, but these just need a little pop in post processing. Maybe a bump in the exposure and some playing around with levels (or curves if your photoshop has it). I may see if I can play around with them a bit on my computer soon to show you the potential. Processing has so much to do with photography these days. Yes, you need a good image SOOC, but a lot of the "looks" that you see these days are done in post. And man, there are so many ways to do things. And I'm still learning about them ;)
Shadow- I think you have done a great job pulling back. I like the bridge you have and it looks somewhat like the one I have here. I am sharing this photo to show you how you can use that fencing to your advantage:
DSC_0493_edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr
2) You have some dappled light. What time of day are you shooting? Her smile is genuine and her posing is cute, but maybe try instead of straight on, have her at an angle and use the rock more to your advantage.
3) This is a really cute photo. I think you could use some pop on this one to make it stand out more.
Thanks Sadie and Steph. Sadie, these were all shot between 9 and 9.30am (winter - sunrise is around 7.30am). I really like your bridge/fence shot. Steph, feel free to play. My pp is terrible. I always think I overdo it when I try
Great work this week, Gemma!
#1. this area is really cool looking. with its "grunge" look, it makes a really fun contrast to your sweet, girlie girl Dappled light is hard, but for the most part, I think you did well with it here. The one shaft of light on her hair and the light hitting her shoulder kind of gives her a nice glow. :D Playing on the contrast between her and the environment, I wish we had something else for her in here - maybe some jacks or a tea set. Something so that she is active in the environment. I also think that if she was sitting (& maybe playing with some toys) then you could get her completely in the shadows. This will help with exposure as the camera won't be fooled by the light hitting her back. Sorry to ramble ... If you can't tell ... I *love* this bridge and I think it would make a GREAT spot for more pics. :D
#2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! I love how you used the fence to frame her. I love that fun smile and the really beautiful environment. She looks so cute and sassy here. I think with the right pp this one will truly POP. There is the one bright/blown spot on her knee, but for me it's not too distracting and I would want to have prints of this.
#3. Oh my ... she looks SO SWEET here! I love the natural expression and relaxed mood. I love the winding path - great use of leading/trailing lines. The light on her head perfectly separates her from the darker background. I'm at work, so I haven't commented much on color (my monitor sucks) but she looks just a touch cool here. Hopefully someone who is calibrated can say for sure. I don't have a lot to add here b/c I think it's a pretty strong photo both with composition and processing. Maybe some kind of slight bump to make it pop and/or a white balance adjustment. VERY NICE!
Here are a few from a Maternity Session I did. They didn't turn out like I wanted.
f/4 1/40 ISO-100
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75585960@N05/9188125749/" title="IMG_8961 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/9188125749_82b8ca85dc.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="IMG_8961"></a>
f/4 1/1000 ISO-800
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75585960@N05/9190919584/" title="IMG_9012 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/9190919584_1fff6c5e4f.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_9012"></a>
f 6.3 1/100 ISO - 100
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75585960@N05/9188128723/" title="IMG_9052 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/9188128723_3244be9ea0.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_9052"></a>
I think you are being hard on yourself, Nichole! These look really sweet and I'll bet the couple really loves them.
#1. I love the way you used the environment. The trees frame them nicely and the full shade makes for nice, even light. The posing needs a little work as they look a little stiff. I think with just a few tweaks you would like this shot more. For example, if you had them move their hands lower, towards her hips we could see the belly bump more and I believe that would enhance the shot a bit more. Another thing ... I wish you had moved a bit more to your left so that you were shooting them more from the side for this pose. It may not have been possible with this location, but that is the thought that came to mind. You might want to crop in just a bit tighter on them. I love the area, but my eyes keep looking all around to see everything that is going on (the water, the sunlit trees, the little bridge, etc). If you crop in a bit more, you'll take away the distractions.
#2. I love this one! In fact, there is only one thing I would change right off the bat - I wish dad wasn't wearing shades. They make his eyes look a little odd since he's not in sharp focus. But honestly, my eyes go right to the blocks, so it's only a minor issue for me.
#3. I love the idea here. They look so very sweet together. My only suggestion here is to have them raise their hands just a bit so that we can clearly see her belly bump.
Thanks for sharing, Nichole! This looks like it was a fun shoot for you!
Sorry gang. I have been backed up here at work. I promise to CC as soon as I get a free moment.
Here is my CC:
Originally Posted by acarbo99
1. Great pose! Love how you incorporate the soccer ball into the shot. I do wish you got all his hand there, was this in camera crop? I would check your whites to see if they are blown. It is causing a color cast under his chin.
2. I am not a nature photographer so I really don't know how to CC this picture :). I like how you got in the detail of the trunk. It is very interesting.
3. The tilt is not working for me. I feel like he is going to fall over. I like the action shot - I think it is really great.
I know you tend to be on the cooler side with your photos. What is your settings on for WB? I know you can warm it up in CR.