I took pictures for my friend. Her LO is 6 weeks old. It was a cloudy day. But, overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out and so is the mom, which makes me feel good. Please CC if you like or comment. I'm doing this as a learning experience mainly for when the time comes for me to have my own someday (hopefully sooner rather than later )
If I was to give myself my own critique, it would be that the lighting wasn't great and so some are a little soft. Some others I upped the ISO and are a little grainy because of that. And thirdly, and what I feel I need to work on most, is where my focus is landing. It was really stressful for me to get the picture situated with an infant and try to take it fast enough while at the same time trying to figure out the best focal area for the pic.
There's a lot more that I liked, but this gives you a good idea.
I love these! Can I ask what lens you used? Did you use a Macro for those feet? My only CC is that some areas seem distractingly bright, like the left foot on the foot shot, I'd love to see just that foot brought down in levels so you can see the detail a bit more..
what a little cutie! he's so bright-eyed, and that's great that you captured that. I love the little feet, I wish I had thought to do that one yesterday. I totally know what you're saying about the focus - I had to "force" my focus points a couple of times, and then almost forgot to set them back to toggle (so I have a handful of OOF ones before I realized that I needed to change back). Anyhow, mentioning that because that's always an option - to isolate a focus point and use that for a few shots and then go back to auto.
I guess my only CC would be a suggestion to somehow smooth his skin in the second two so he's not so spotty looking. If some are noisy, run them through the free noiseware first.
Thanks ladies! That means a lot to me coming from other photographers like yourselves. I get so nervous posting on here and haven't been for a long while now. As for skin softening and selectively making an area not so bright- I have NO clue how to do that! My PS skills aren't too great as of right now. Hopefully, I will learn how to do things like that soon. Anyone know any good tutorials for the 2 mentioned?
Becoming-mom- I used a 50mm 1.8 lens for all the pictures.
And yes, Gwen, picking one focal point and doing a couple shots with that one focal point works well. But, like you, I forgot sometimes too. I learned how on the ball I have to be with it all. A lot going on in my mind. lol It was a great experience and I actually get to take another newborn shot next week hopefully as well for another friend of mine. Her LO will only be 2 1/2 weeks old! I'm so excited but so nervous too!