Easter Photos: CC Requested

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Easter Photos: CC Requested

I shot these at a little Easter egg hunt held in our neighborhood. It was a very sunny day, but we were in an area with lots of trees, which shadowed the ground. Finding the right settings for the varied lighting conditions--while keeping up with four kiddos--was challenging. I'm still frustrated that I'm not getting the beautiful catchlights I want.

I want to give these pics to the parents (in hopes that they'll let me do a practice session with their kids someday soon). Any tips you could give for improving the photos are welcome. Note: I didn't have time to finish some of the background cloning/editing. The fence in particular in the little girl's shot is rough right now. I'll work on that later.

Also, I forgot to check my settings before I transferred these pics to Photobucket. They are all shot with the aperature open to about 5.3/5.6, and I played with the shutter speed to try to get the right amount of light; I believe these pics are in the 200-500 range. Also, I believe ISO was 200.

Thank you for any and all feedback!!!!

1. This little boy was very fair-complected. His right ear came out glowing red because of the amount of sun that passed through it! I'd like to make this photo "pop" more if possible. Also, does it bother anyone that the subject is right smack in the middle? I could play with offcentering the photo a bit if so.

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3. Uggh! I wish her dress weren't in the shadows. I adjusted the color in her face because it appeared too red. Any feedback?

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#2 look under exposed. not sure what you use to process your images, but you should be able to adjust the exposure for that one. I love his outfit

#3 she is a cutie! Smile looks like focus fell on her hands and the egg, her eyes look soft. The bit of mom peaking out distracts me a bit. I think if you moved more to the right it would've been better

good job Smile looked like a great day!

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#3 she is a cutie! Smile looks like focus fell on her hands and the egg, her eyes look soft. The bit of mom peaking out distracts me a bit. I think if you moved more to the right it would've been better
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Thanks! Yes, I plan to crop mom out of the picture. I already cropped out dad, who was to the right shooting his own picture. You're right about the photo looking soft. I'm working hard on developing a steadier, faster hand for children's pics.

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I just wanted to say that I can't see photobucket pics, so I am not able to comment, but good for you for getting out there and practicing!

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"sadieruth" wrote:

I just wanted to say that I can't see photobucket pics, so I am not able to comment, but good for you for getting out there and practicing!

You bring up another question I've been meaning to ask. Is Photobucket okay for storing photos, or would resolution be better if I tried Flickr(?) or another site?

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I am not positive on that question. I have heard that pb sometimes makes the pic not look as sharp, or as colorful. It doesn't make the photo look like it did on the computer screen. I just can't see pb here at work, so I use flickr. I like flickr better anyways. Biggrin

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You got some cute shots here. I would crop the second one so the part above the fence isn't showing, and maybe brighten up his face a little. I know how hard it can be to chase little ones around while they hunt for easter eggs, cause I just did it too Smile but, next time, I would suggest trying to get out of the dappled sunlight.

"Quetzal1" wrote:

You bring up another question I've been meaning to ask. Is Photobucket okay for storing photos, or would resolution be better if I tried Flickr(?) or another site?

I don't really have an answer to this. I use both, but I prefer flickr. It seems faster and easier to use.

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"sadieruth" wrote:

I just can't see pb here at work, so I use flickr. I like flickr better anyways. Biggrin

ha...and i can't see flickr at work but can see pb...so weird Smile

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the dappled light is really hard to work with. *sigh* but you did a nice job here!

1. I don't mind the center crop. i might like it cropped just a little tighter around him though ... a bit less of the green on top and to the left. As for making the colors pop, I would probably focus on the easter basket for that ... bring out the colors there. But remember .... I'm at work and can't truly comment on color from here. Blum 3

2. WHAT A CUTIE!!! Again, I would tighten up the crop quite a bit here ... probably so that he pretty much fills the frame. You probably won't have to worry about cloning stuff away from the fence line if you do that. Also, his jacket looks ... off ... to me. Noisy. But none of the other drak colors look that way ... not sure what is going on, but you might need to run some kind of noise reduction. It ends up looking splotchy to me, as-is.

3. Once you crop/clone out mom, this is gonna be a GREAT shot. Focus seems to have fallen on her hands/neckline of her dress instead of her face, leaving her face a little soft. I don't think mom & dad will care though ... it's a very sweet catch!

TFS!
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"acarbo99" wrote:

the dappled light is really hard to work with. *sigh* but you did a nice job here!

1. I don't mind the center crop. i might like it cropped just a little tighter around him though ... a bit less of the green on top and to the left. As for making the colors pop, I would probably focus on the easter basket for that ... bring out the colors there. But remember .... I'm at work and can't truly comment on color from here. Blum 3

2. WHAT A CUTIE!!! Again, I would tighten up the crop quite a bit here ... probably so that he pretty much fills the frame. You probably won't have to worry about cloning stuff away from the fence line if you do that. Also, his jacket looks ... off ... to me. Noisy. But none of the other drak colors look that way ... not sure what is going on, but you might need to run some kind of noise reduction. It ends up looking splotchy to me, as-is.

Thanks for the feedback! I was thinking the same thing as you and a PP about cropping off the top of the fence in #2. I already cropped it a bit and cloned out a pole in the background, but I agree that the edge is distracting.

I hadn't noticed noise in the suit, but I'll take a look at the original image at home and check. By coincidence, I was just editing another photo I took last weekend and found a lot of noise. Could changing the saturation and contrast levels create noise?

I REALLY appreciate everyone's feedback. It is helping me a lot as I attempt to get better at photography.

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I recropped #2 and have pasted it below. I also lightened the highlights on the little boy's face. I ended up cloning the background because I didn't like the way the photo looked by simply chopping the top; I thought it needed more height. I'm going to try a Gimp noise reduction plug-in to see what I can find in this and other pics. I loved my subject's suit--he was a cute kid--but it was challenging to shoot in dappled sunlight.

--I just uploaded, and for some reason, the photo looks darker here than on my desktop or in Photobucket.

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1. definitely a tighter crop ... and it seems underexposed to me. I like it though, and I think being centered is fine in this case. to make it pop a little more, do a slight S-curve adjustment layer.

2. recrop is much better, but it seems underexposed. I wish the focus was better. the camera definitely focused on the egg, and that's fine, but I wish his face was either more OR less crisp (so more blurred or more sharp).

3. well, she is in dappled light, I wouldn't stress over the dress. it's a very cute shot! I feel like the focus is more on where her dress meets her arm and not on her face. good luck cloning mom out, that's a lot of work!

I use Flickr and I sharpen for web first because I have noticed that uploading makes the photos without doing that does make them softer. and the nice thing about Flickr is that it's easy to find the camera settings, not sure how that works with Photobucket.