A few more for CC, if you don't mind!

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A few more for CC, if you don't mind!

Of course the weather didn't want to coorporate for my retake of the girls 15 month pics. So I had to set up a make shift "studio" in the house. Here are a few. I had all windows open and the door to get as much sunlight as possible.

1. ISO-400, 1/160, f4.5, 30mm
Brooke and Addison

2. ISO-400, 1/125, f4.5, 33mm
Brooke. I wish her hand wasn't blury, but man 15 month olds move fast!

3. ISO-800, 1/200, f4.5, 18mm
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Original. I would really like the whole chair to be in the pic, but I'm not that good at cloning! She was so cute, shaking her tushy and rocking the chair. It was hard not to laugh at her while telling her NOT to stand on the chair. We don't need her breaking a leg too!

All I have to say is WOW, it was HARD getting them to stay on the backdrop and only in front of the backdrop. If nothing else, I have TONS of cute snapshots of them playing!

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Good shot at a re-take - your girls are adorable!!

#1 - seems soft. I'm not sure where the focus is falling, but it doesn't appear to be on their faces. It also would've been nice to get some eye contact.

#2 - if you up your SS, it will help with the blurry hand. I had my SS up to 1/400 over the weekend to capture the kids playing in their pool and it worked great.

#3 - beautiful! Love the blue eyes and the catchlights!

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Your girls are so cute, and I love their matching outfits in different colors. Smile

1. Addison is definitely soft here. And the lack of eye contact doesn't help the picture. But believe me, I know the struggle of getting the eye contact with toddlers. The wrinkles in the sheets are distracting too (sorry). But I think you got some good practice!

2. this one is a snapshot, especially since she's not looking this way.

3. very sweet! love this one! and I think that if you duplicate the layer and work slowly, you could totally clone that background to keep the entire chair. it's worth practicing that skill for sure.

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Thanks ladies for the CC! I wish they were looking at me in the first one, but that was the FIRST picture I took, and I think I kept getting less and less eye contact from there... if that's possible!

Any tips on how to nail focus and make them less soft? Also, I was pretty close to them, what would be a good f-stop to use so that I could up the shutter speed? I'm not great at getting the settings right, so I pretty much pick an f-stop and then play with shutter speed from there, since it's a quick turn of a dial that I can do while looking thru the viewfinder.

I don't have any software that lets me play with layers Sad Maybe for my birthday I can get some! Oh, and the sheet is "wrinkled" on the right side by Addison in the first one because I had to clone it. I did it REALLY quickly, and it shows!

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"coolmama72" wrote:

Your girls are so cute, and I love their matching outfits in different colors. Smile

Thanks! We have lots of matching outfits in different colors. They are twins so I like to dress them alike, but since they aren't identical I usually go with different colors.

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You already got some good CC, but just wanted to comment on how gorgeous your girls are!! Smile

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Tara,

Your girls are so precious! You don't know how I wished you lived close by ... but of course, you'd never get rid of me. Wink

1. like pp have said, I think you needed a smaller aperture here so that they would both be in focus. Either that, or step further away from them. I like that you didn't shoot them from straight on. This angle works better, imho. And those rockers are ADORABLE!

2. It's a shame about her hand, but still a great snap! I think it is perfect for her age ... pics of our kiddos at 15 months always seem to have a bit of blur to them, but that's what happens when they take off running. Smile

3. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!!! I don't know how much you had to crop, but she still looks pretty sharp! Love those beautiful eyes. You got great light in them here. Sweet expression too!

The original is cute too. I'm not good at cloning either, but for such a sweet shot, I'd have to give it a try if it were me. Seeing the whole thing is even more powerful than the cropped image. Such a playful feel!

TFS!

GiGi

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You've gotten great CCs already.

Just want to add, try increasing your SS to 1/250, see if that will help get a crisper picture. Not sure where you are placing your focus - is it on one of the girls' eye?

My favorite is #3.

Don't be afraid to get down on your knees, on their level, so that they are not looking up. Make noises, anything to have them looking at you.

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GiGi, I wish we lived close by too! I don't think I would want to get rid of you!!!

Thanks again for the input! GiGi, I did the first one at an angle ofter yours and Amy's CC on my first try at 15 month pics! Thanks, I like it at an angle too. Now only if they were looking at me LOL! DH was making faces that direction, so they were looking at him.

I will try setting my SS to a min of 250 to get some sharper pics. As far as focus goes, I usually leave it on manual focus. I need to practice with getting a focus and leaving the button half pushed and recomposing. It never seems to work that well for me. Must practice some more! Thanks for reminding me about that!

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Great shares, but I agree with the CC already given. #1 is soft. Maybe an F/5.6 would have been better for keeping both girls in focus. You would have had to bump up your ISO, but that's not a huge deal (you've got the T1i, right? that thing handles noise very well!!) I like #3! Great catchlights Smile

Girl, you've got your hands FULL! I've only got one toddler to wrangle for photos, I can't imagine 2!!!