Diving right in (again) CC Please

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Diving right in (again) CC Please

I say "again" because I posted a couple of photos for CC back in August but then I disappeared. I've had a Nikon D90 for 2.5 years now but I've only just started shooting in Manual about 6 months ago. I've been lurking the last couple of months and I'm finally working up the nerve to post some more photos for CC. I've been reading a lot lately and feel like I'm learning more but I know the best way to really learn will just be to jump in here and ask for help. So here goes!

1) 1/160 f/5.6 ISO 400 105mm Looking at this again, I realize that his eyes are right in middle and not adhering to the ROT.
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2) 1/320 f/4.0 ISO 200 50mm
How do I fix the blown side of his face? Or is it too blown to even fix in PP?
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3) 1/200 f/1.8 ISO 200 50mm
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4) 1/200 f/2.8 ISO 200 50mm
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Oh, he is adorable!

I love the light in his eyes in the 4th pic.

#1 is a little dark for me, I like the look of his skin though if that makes sense.

I have no idea how to fix the blown section in #2. Very cute nonetheless

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1. This one is a bit underexposed. I like the mood of the shot and the composition doesn't bother me too much. I wouldn't change the crop because You'd lose his ear. Just try to remember the ROT when actually shooting. Sometimes selecting a focal point in the third you want to place the subject in can help preserve the ROT for you.

2. You might be able to fix the blown spot a little if you shot in RAW...but if it's a JPG you're out of luck.

3. Again a bit underexposed.

4. Look at those eyes! Wish you had pulled back just a touch. I would have liked to see more hands and less forehead.

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Numbers 1 and 3 are underexposed. Although you have the benefit of an aperture that can open pretty wide (I assume you're using a 50mm 1.8?), if you're shooting indoors, you will still probably need to push your ISO higher than 400 to get a properly exposed shot. On the first one, if you brought your SS down to around 1/125 and your ISO up to 640 or 800, it would probably be better exposed. Use your meter - you'll see it in your view finder and on your LCD screen when you're fixing your settings (I have a D90 too).

The blown spot on #2 doesn't bother me so much - I really love the light in his eyes!

I really like your B&W - he's adorable!

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In the first one, it says she shot at 105mm (focal length) so in order for it to be better exposed, she'd have to increase ISO, because lowering SS would not work out very well (causing blur), correct?

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Good catch, Amy! I didn't even notice the focal length! It's a nice close-up shot, so I would suggest taking your focal length down to something around 35 or 50mm so that you can lower your SS a bit.

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#1 - I agree. Underexposed, but the mood is nice!

#4 - Nice focus!! Good conversion!

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Good job for getting out here and posting!!

I agree, #1 and 3 are underexposed. Try lightening them up a tad in processing (if you have software to do that in). If not, next time raise your ISO so that you can get a better exposed photo. And as Amber said, if shot in RAW, #2 could have probably been saved. But as it stanted, I'd still like to see some more light in her face. Her eyes are jus to pretty! #4 is a great shot. I'd probably still brighten it up a tad. Also, did you sharpen/process the eyes at all? They look like they're slightly over done.

I hope you stick around this time!!

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Thanks everyone! It's funny because I thought 1 and 3 were great but now that you guys mention it, I can totally see how underexposed they are. I do shoot in RAW now, it was kind of scary to make the leap so for a while I did RAW + jPEG but now it's just all RAW.
I always try to keep my ISO low so that I don't have to clean up the noise later in PP but I guess sometimes I just have to bite the bullet and up it.
Amber - I get what you mean on #4, more hands would have made for an even nicer shot.
Krista - I really need to learn how to use the meter. I see it there and I know it would help me but I just can't seem to "get it". And yes, I have the 50mm.
Jennifer - I sharpened the photo overall a bit but I don't know how to do just the eyes. Just checked the copy on my hard drive and it doesn't look as sharp as it does here. Does Flickr add sharpening? Oh and #2 is my son Wink He does have very pretty eyes though and beautiful blonde curls that are a bit long so you're not the first person to mistake him for a girl.
I am gonna try and stick around for sure!