First Newborn cc please (pic heavy)

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First Newborn cc please (pic heavy)

First off, you guys that do newborn pics are my heros! Takes ALOT of patience!

This is my good friends little girl that I had asked to go over and take some pics of. She was a challenge for my first "newborn" pics. She was 5.5 weeks old. She was wide awake the entire time and just wanted to be held! Smile She was not a fan of curling, her hands and arms wanted to be out and moving all the time! I spent 4 hrs over there and was so dissapointed when I got home and loaded them. So, I let them be and then came back a few days later and found a few that are just okay that I wanted to at least use to get some cc from.

I'd love any and all cc, I really want to improve for the next time!! I know my shutter speeds are too low and ISO too high in alot of them...I should have opened up my ap huh? Boo. Live and learn, right? :confused:

1.
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 24 mm
ISO Speed: 1600 (eek, I know...yucky grain...but it was late afternoon and a darker house and my flash bouncing was not working as I wanted it to so tried to rely on natural light)

Zoe Cooper Basket WEB wm

2.
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 1600

Zoe 3 web wm

3.
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 1600

Zoe 2 web wm

4.
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Zoe web wm

5. B&W Attempt
I really struggle with conversions...sigh...

Zoe Cooper B&W wm

and for fun an outtake....parents had seen the "towels pic" online before and wanted one. I think she was a tad too old, and not to mention too long for this shot...haha!
Zoe Cooper 5.5wks 024

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LOL @ towel outtake. That's probably my favorite, I also like #1

An actual newborn shoot should be done within the first 2 weeks of life- preferably as SOON as possible... I like to keep them under 10 days old. They will be sleepy, curly and much more cooperative! 5 weeks is a HARD age, because they're more alert and also tend to be more likely to complain Lol

Like you said, it really is all about living and learning. You gotta start somewhere!! The mom will love these.

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Yeah...my first newborn was like that too..but yours looks even bigger than mine did. For my last set...I practacally had to beat the mom and dad over the head after the baby came that it was important that I go as soon as possible. They were understandably exhausted...so they kept wanting to push it back. I insisted and said that they would really be happy if I came earlier.

Technically these look pretty good. The shutter speed isn't so bad on some of these...newborns don't move that much, so really you just have to compensate for camera shake by keeping the shutter speed twice the focal length. So your first shutter speed is pretty much spot on. It's the ones at 50mm that are too slow. Definitely open up that aperture. You can get away with a lot more with newborns than you can with toddlers. Indoors, I use the widest aperture I can when shooting newborns...unless of course I need a wider depth of field for the effect I'm trying to create.

#1 is my favorite....do you have any room to re-crop this and rotate it slightly counterclockwise? Looks like the basket is leaning to the right.

Looks like baby had some acne...this can be fixed in post if you want to take the time...but it's a lot of work. Though I'd say it might be worth it for #4. Lovely shot...I'd love to see it brightened up a bit and with a slightly different crop...taking out the dead space above and to the left so that baby's eyes are closer to the top left third of the frame.

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I just wanted to say that my baby is the same age and yeah, I know LOL!!
There is a huge difference between 2 weeks and 5 weeks that is for sure!!
Nice pictures...#1 is my fav.

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Thanks for the cc ladies! I've taken Ambers suggestions for straightening and recropping. Are these any better? Is the second one too bright now? I think I will give the acne healing a try, but have to dig out my elements book to figure that one out! Smile

zoe 7 web

Zoe Cooper 6 web

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I love them. The first is my fave but that outtake is pretty good too lol I think you did great for first newborn

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2nd crop is much better. The 2nd edit of the other picture looks better to my eyes.

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Oooh. how exciting on the newborn shots! Great start. I really like the basket shot and the 3rd picture. I agree with the CC. Your second edit is great. How do you do healing?

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I like the new edits, too. And I agree, babies at this age do take a lot of patience and creativity, but you did well for your first time! What a cute baby, too.

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