Family session (pic heavy) would love CC please

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Family session (pic heavy) would love CC please

Such a beautiful location but I did not do a great job at all. We got there in the afternoon and the sun was behind them....I have no reflector or speedlite to help put light in their faces. blah

Thankfully this is one of my best friends and her family so she doesn't mind being practice Smile

Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
angela WM 5

why, oh why did I not raise my shutter speed for this action shot? grrrrr

Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
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Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
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4. They are so goofy and loved doing the jumps over and over. They were fun!

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/2.5
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 100
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Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
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Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 40
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Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
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Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
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Well I think they look great. I'm so jealous of these awesomely grand trees that line roads of so many places you ladies have been taking pics at! I think all the pics are fun, and happy, and pleasing. I think the skintone in #8 though could use some help.

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I think you did a great job, #5 is my favourite.

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Location is nice but there is so much dappled light going on that its hard to get your setting correctly, but with that said these are good.

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I like these. So sweet!

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I love #3! Smile Very nice! I love that location. I think you did a great job anyway! I'm sure they will love these pictures! #5, have you tried doing a screen layer and masking to brighten them up a tad?

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I sooooo love this place. I need to find something like that around here!

1. I think you did a good job posing them, but their faces are a bit dark. Try fill flash...(I think!)
2. the low ss kind of ruins this one.
3. LOVE. Great job! This is my fav!
4. Wish your ss was a bit higher here and the boy was looking. It's still really cute!
5. Sisters face looks a bit darker. You did a good job posing them here too.
6. The dappled light here is a bit distracting, but still- good focus.
7. Her skin tones seems off to me in all pics. She's either yellow or green. Might just be me though...
8. This one seems a bit cool.

You did great! I know they will be really pleased with them!

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What a truly beautiful location! Dappled sunlight is so hard to work with, but I think you have done a GREAT job, especially without the use of a reflector or fill light. I'll bet your friend is going to truly cherish these!

1. Though the background looks a little bright, the family looks well exposed and that is what counts! I love your use of the trees as a trailing line. It's a LITTLE (very little) distracting to see the tree growing out of mom's head. It would have been nice if she could have been framed more like the daughter's head. Perhaps a more shallow DOF (smaller aperture) could have helped in that respect. I still love this and could certainly show it off if it were my family.

2. a faster ss would have helped freeze the motion, but I still like this. Only the feet look OOF and that lends a sense of motion to the photo that I love. What a fun family!

3. WOW! CANVAS WORTHY SHOT (imho)! Your conversion looks really nice. What an amazing canopy those trees are making. WOW!

4. LOVE THIS!!! And the shallow DOF really works here! It really gives the moss and trees an etherial look and sets such a great mood for the shot.

5. I'll bet mom will truly love this. Her kids look great here. It's a little underexposed except for the leg/hands of the boy who is sitting. You might try bumping up the exposure at least a bit so that the girl's eyes aren't too dark.

6. another one that I adore!!!! The shallow DOF works perfectly and they look so sweet together! Great shot!

7. Very sweet! I love the use of the gate to draw your eye toward her.

8. another great one! you might try toning down the bright spot just over his head, but otherwise, I can bet this will be another favorite of mom. Smile

These are all so wonderful in so many ways! I'm so glad you posted them!


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y'all have made me feel so much better! I guess we're just so critical of ourselves! I know I have a long way to go, but I'm really enjoying learning! And this place is super's one of the first plantations in Savannah and now is a park. The driveway is a mile long, so you've got plenty of options! It's definitely a place I'd like to shoot again.

Now I just have to learn processing to help out some of my mistakes Smile

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"sweetalienchick" wrote:

#5, have you tried doing a screen layer and masking to brighten them up a tad?

I thought I replied to this earlier, but guess not! No, I used the basic editing in the RAW editor - whatever it's called. I seriously have no clue as to how to process things, but I'm going to youtube/google what you said and try it Smile