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So I have a lot of catching up to do. I have been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to stop by. I have started my photography course and have thus far enjoyed it. These are either straight from the camera or cropped just a bit when I got the edge of the background in the frame. I shot them all in either P or A mode. I know that some of these pictures have a "cooler" look. They were taken in the same place, but at different times of the day. I had attempted to change the WB of the bluer ones, but I couldn't find one that still had the background looking brown. While I would have liked the warmer tones, I kind of like the bluer ones too...

1. f/3.9 1/60 ISO-400
PA026003

2. f/4.5 1/60 ISO-800 I wish I had gotten the entire pumpkin in the shot.. :/
PA026034

3. f/4 1/60 ISO-500
PA026117

4. f/4.5 1/60 ISO-640 This one might just be my favorite...
PA026181

5. f/4.1 1/60 ISO-800
PA026228

6. f/4.7 1/30 ISO-800
PA026371

7. f/3.9 1/40 ISO-800
PA026393

8. f/3.5 1/60 ISO-640
PA026447

9. f/3.5 1/60 ISO-400
PA026442-2

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Awww! What cute kiddos!!

My biggest critique is that you need to bring up your shutter speed a lot. You need a SS of at least 1/125 with kiddos. Some will say 1/250 at the slowest. These just aren't that crisp, and it's because of the super low SS.

You have nice eye contact on a couple of them, but in most of them, they're looking off the camera like they're looking at someone else. I would have your helper (hubby?) stand right behind you so you have more of a gaze toward the camera. That age is so difficult to photograph, because you can just tell them to look at you Wink

The last suggestion I have is to get down on their level a little bit more than you are. You should shoot slightly above your subject, but I think you're a little too high on some of them. Your angle looks the best in #8. In some you're either too high, or too low.

You're off to a great start though! You have some nice lighting going on there! Keep it up!

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Cute setup. Warmer is definitely better...it shouldn't be too hard to adjust the warmth for the cool set.

The main problem in the warm set is motion blur....caused by too slow a shutter speed.

Also in #1, the focus is on the hay bale and the baby is OOF. (BTW I love her headband!!!)

#3 is definitely my fave, for the composition, catchlights, and color. There might be a little focus issue in that one too though.

In the cool set, your angles are not that great, sometimes you're too low or too high; and there are a lot more shadows/uneven lighting.

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Cute setup. Warmer is definitely better...it shouldn't be too hard to adjust the warmth for the cool set.

The main problem in the warm set is motion blur....caused by too slow a shutter speed.

Also in #1, the focus is on the hay bale and the baby is OOF. (BTW I love her headband!!!)

#3 is definitely my fave, for the composition, catchlights, and color. There might be a little focus issue in that one too though.

In the cool set, your angles are not that great, sometimes you're too low or too high; and there are a lot more shadows/uneven lighting.

THIS! I don't have anything else to add. Just keep practicing!

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Thanks ladies!

So I guess I should use S instead of A mode. And I know that there are shadows in the blue set. That was the assignment-- to take a portrait in front of a window so one side of the face was shaded and the other lit. I showed him these and he actually told me he wanted to see a greater contrast. I do have other pictures that are more straight on instead of looking up or down. I just thought these were fun because they were different. And it was very much a challenge to get them to look at me. I have TONS of them looking down. Lol Smile They were so interested in the props they didn't always want to smile either-- too many new things.

I will be taking more on Sunday too. I made my DD a fall tutu. I'll be using the same background, but no props other than her outfit. I will try the higher shutter-speed.

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A mode is better you just need to watch your shutterspeed and keep it above 1/125. If you see that it's lower then bump the ISO up Smile

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"IliLexy" wrote:

A mode is better you just need to watch your shutterspeed and keep it above 1/125. If you see that it's lower then bump the ISO up Smile

Gotcha, thanks!