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    Default Confessions of chronic underexposer (NEED HELP with these)

    I took my little guy's 2 year pictures (which most of you know is a nearly impossible task, expecially with your own kids) I was in the garage, and in-camera thought these were exposed pretty well... then I got them on my computer.

    I will do a share later with the tattoo pics (same probem) i posted on ILP.

    Here are my SOOC and 2 edits. I didn't shoot is RAW because my attempts to download ACR and LR both failed and overloaded my computer) Which looks better? Is there a different edit that may work instead? And the real question, how do I expose this better without blowing anything (like his white-white skin)???

    ETA: sorry these are huge, I am working on resizing, but photobucket is not my friend...

    All taken at ISO 125, SS 1/200, f/2.5

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    SOOC

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    EDIT 2


    SOOC

    EDIT 1

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    And a black and white... how does the conversion look?
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    I haven't found my spot yet. I still either under or over expose most pictures.

    I'm not calibrated, but it still looks like your edits are a bit blue in the chest. I'm not thrilled with the bw image. The comp just doesn't work too well for me. Can't really comment on the actaul conversion as I'm not sure what is 'correct'

    I think that the underexposure would have been fixable in RAW. I could never get my edits right when shooting JPEG, that's why RAW has been my savior. Hope you find a program that works for you!

    Cute shots, though. Love the hat and silly glasses idea!
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    Exposure isn't really that bad. You've got different levels of brightness for his chest and his face...probably because of the hat. That can be fixed in photoshop.

    Your biggest problems here are that the images are soft, and that the whitebalance is off. These images are MUCH too cool which can also make them look underexposed. Add some yellow and red in a color balance layer and warm it right up.

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    Nice play Amber.

    I think part of your problem is that your ap is wide open and your focus fell directly on the nose - making the background soft. If you want him be be in focus or not so soft you need to either step back or close up the ap some. Maybe to f/4 then maybe slow your shutterspeed to 1/100.

    Getting your exposure on will help with the color some but your white balance may have been off slightly as Amber mentioned.

    Do you shoot in RAW? If so when you go to edit you can change the tone and wb easy enough in ACR. If that does not do it for you when you open in photoshop you can fine tune in Selective Color. Play with the yellow and red channels.

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    I'm sorry you're having trouble downloading ACR. Shooting in RAW helps SO MUCH with learning about and correcting WB issues.

    Let me tell ya ... I *love* the idea for this shoot!!! WHAT FUN!!! I think Amber's play looks awesome and think similar adjustments on the rest of the set would really make it a winner.

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    What a GREAT idea! I really like the idea of the B&W with the old time glasses, but I don't see much definition between the neck and chest. I'm not much help with editing, as I have TONS to learn. I would take everyones comments and maybe try again to see what you can adjust from there. But these are such great fun!
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