Ok I'm on my way to getting my xmas card.
All we need is to give Evan a candy cane haha, please cc, offer suggestions to make it better and even offer suggestions for pp
both ss1/15 (yes tripod+remote) f/1.8 35mm and iso800 (ouch did run the neat image but not perfect)
I think I'll need a smaller ap for sure, I don't care if the tree is in focus so I might as well
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Hmmmmm, no speedlight yet? It sure would help.
If you're planning to re-shoot, I'd try to get him to sit to the side of the tree, so that the trunk of the tree isn't going through him. It would be great if he were sitting right where your watermark was.
If you're planning on using these images....PP is tough. I'd try to brighten him up and take out some of the red. I do worry though that lightening him up will introduce a lot of noise to the image.
Here's a quick PP example. Just a touch of red taken out by lowering the midtones of the red chanel in levels. Lightened the mid tones of the main slider in levels to brighten. Masked out everything but the skin in the red adjustment layer and masked out everything but Evan in the brightening layer. And clearly, I cropped.
ooh pretty tree. I love the PJ's too, very cute!
I can't offer any suggestions but I hope you get some
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I doubt I'll get the speedlight before I need to get these sorted
But 100% will be trying again. Tonight probably so keep the suggestions coming.
Does the window bother you? The only place for the tree in my house is the sunroom which means no place without a window or door. I will put him on the other side, for the life of him he kept turning to face the other way.
I was originally going to use the tree as bokeh light (took a cute pic of my cat) and I forgot to chance the ap. Should I try somewhere around 3.2 - 5.6? I doubt I can go smaller to get the star lights b/c my ss would be super slow.
I will also remember to take a pic of my grey card to get the wb correct.
I just did the auto thing for the Neat Image....does it look ok or do I need to do more adjustments?
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I don't think you want the white balance spot on here...part of the charm of the shot is the glow from the tree....with the grey card you will lose that. You'll just have to do some work in post to reduce the red from Evan...a touch. (or contact a photoshop fairy you might know)
I like the window...I was only trying to crop to get him in a more pleasing portion of the frame for the existing shot. It doesn't matter which way he faces...as long as you've got him facing the majority of the empty space in the frame. For this image it should be him sitting on one side of the tree and facing the other side of the tree.
Yeah, no way you're going to get the stars you want without a flash. wish I were close enough to loan you mine!
It might work to get a lamp on the floor closer to Evan or something...just to get that shutter speed up a little higher and perhaps reduce the red on his face...Dunno...just thinking. If he isn't already...make DH help!!!!!!!! He can hold a lamp to give some extra light to Evan if Evan will allow it.
Neat image appears to have done a great job.
Hope all that makes sense.
I like the setting
have you tried just using a regular piece of white cardstock and using your on board flash? put the cardstock right under the flash at a 45 degree angle and bounce it from the ceiling or even another piece of cardstock right above if your DH helps or something white at least. I don't know. I've played around with that on my small P&S to get somewhat decent pictures without harsh flash. Just a suggestion.
The pics look dark. I also agree that if he were sat a little to the left it would be better. Love the tree and his jammies are adorable. I actually like AmberBella's edit of the pic. I don't think you need the whole tree, but it certainly is pretty!
I'm going to have to try the cardstock flash thing. I'm choosing lenses over speedlite for Christmas, so I need another option until I can get the funds for the flash
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