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    I'll go ahead and start this, though I will have to find something to share later! We will be headed out to the park soon. I will be scarce the next few days, as these are the last few days before Carson starts Kindergarten on Thursday *CRY*, and I want to make them count.
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    Wow! Your school district starts early! Logan starts back on the 26th, but we are doing the same - trying to pack in as much fun as possible in the time that is left.

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    Christopher starts K4 Monday! He is so excited but Cooper (my 3 year old) isn't. He wants to go to school to. Going to try to take his 3rd birthday pictures. I am running a week late!
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    He is going to the charter school in town. The other two grade schools start on the 19th I believe. So he is a little earlier than the others. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not...oh the mommy dilemma!
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    Ok, I have a few to share for CC!

    I'm really new to studio setup, so I want you to be hard on me. This was done with a backdrop stand and white Savage paper borrowed from my good friend. I set it up in my garage, so it's natural light. The background was uneven and not very white in most of them, so I went and added a solid color layer in white and masked him back out, and tried to make it look natural on the background. I uploaded one of them to FB and it looked like crap! I didn't think it looked bad on Flickr though.

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    1/400 f/6.3 ISO 500 50mm

    866A5977-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    #2
    1/320 f/6.3 ISO 500 50mm
    *I replaced the original of this one with this new edit*

    866A5953-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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    (Someone now has a missing tooth!!)
    1/400 f/6.3 ISO 500 50mm
    I don't think I touched the background on this one.

    866A5960-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    Steph ... let me start by saying that Carson looks just TOO BIG!!! Looks like he has really sprouted up over the summer.

    I think you did a great job of making the background look natural. I would NOT have known you changed it in any of these.

    I really like #2 and #3. Both show his personality so well. The squinty eyes distract a bit in #1.

    I'm not sure what to say about these technically. They are pretty strong as-is.

    To get a white background truly white, you might need to light it separately. I have only tried a white b/g once and I had to do so much post work to get it looking even close to correct that I have never pulled it back out.

    Skin color, focus, and exposure look really nice in these! I see a touch of magenta in #3, more so than in the other two, but honestly, even that just looks like a nice summer glow.

    Love the missing tooth, btw. Goodness your boys are cute!

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    Logan actually let me take a couple of shots of him the last week.

    I was hoping to find some full shade to work in, but at first could only find dappled light like in this one:

    50mm f/2.8 ss=1/160 iso=400


    eventually, I did find some full shade and really loved the directional light:

    50mm f/2.2 ss=1/250 iso=400


    50mm f/2.2 ss=1/320 iso=400


    and here's one more. Logan's other "sport of choice" right now is called "Free Running" or "Parkour." Basically, they run around and turn anything they can find into an obstacle course. These little pillars are in a spill way at a pond near our house.

    50mm f/2.8 ss=1/1000 iso=100


    I struggled with these - I think I need more practice. In both judo and soccer I can better anticipate where he is going to be and that helps me to get the shot. I struggled BIG TIME with focus in this set. The full sun doesn't help either.

    Anyway ... that's it for me this week. Let me know what you think.

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    Yes, I'm thinking I should have backed it up towards the house in the garage a little bit more so that he wasn't so squinty. That kid has some serious issues with the sun! lol!

    I'm glad that the background looks natural. I wonder if backing the setup into the garage more would make it a little more even? I tried another method of using the paint bucket to make it whiter in a Background Copy, and that worked out even better than the Solid Color Layer.

    Here's one that I did of Jackson with that method (No need to CC it):

    866A5985-2web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    Love the lighting you got in #2, GiGi! Great light in his eyes. I'd be inclined to warm this one up slightly, but that's personal preference in this case, cause it doesn't look bad color wise. I'd print this one out and display it! It's a great one!

    I get what you're going for in the b&w, but I think the angle needed to be a little better. I'd shoot from slightly above him, and back up a little instead. I think it would have been a little more flattering in the chin/neck area. The lighting is, again, fantastic! Makes for a really good b&w. Personal preference, but I would add a little more contrast to it.

    The last one is a difficult image. Focus and exposure look good on him, but the concrete is overexposed. Not sure if you can bring it down much in PP. I'm wondering if you were straight on, the comp would be stronger. That way the pillars lead you to him. But I'm not sure what the background was like in that direction. Looks like there may have been some distractions that way.
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    Steph ... the photo w/ Jackson looks GREAT! I'd sure love to see a tutorial on how you did that w/ the background. I would never know you had touched it at all!

    I *am* printing that 2nd shot. Sending it to all the grandparents. Now I just have to bribe him into letting me take some back to school pics to send to them all as well.

    I see what you mean about his neck in the b&w. I tried some other poses, but none were really working.

    The worst thing about those free running shots is the one I totally missed:



    I probably should have closed the ap up more (f/2.2, ss=1/1000) so that I could get more in focus.

    I clearly need a lot more practice for these types of photos.

    As always, thanks for the feedback!

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