First Newborn :eek!:

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First Newborn :eek!:

I had my first maternity AND newborn shoots today. I was slightly more excited for the newborn than the maternity, so those are finished first. Question....is it BAD that I got them edited in one day? I just don't do a whole lot of editing, so I am able to do them fairly quickly. I guess I see other photogs taking a long time to edit...maybe I'm not there yet.

Any who, I'll share some maternity later (which I've edited some and am not thrilled about my results). Here are a few of the newborn.

This little guy did NOT want to sleep. It was another product shoot for Bethany's 5. She's really wanted to get into the photography prop biz. She had made a hanging cacoon, but it was too big for this peanut. These are my favs of the shoot.

PS: I do NOT like shooting on black. Yes, it's easy to get clean and black, but it's just so dark Sad (ick, skin on the black is so wrong!! now I need to figure out how to fix it)

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Button Hat 01 W

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Multi Cacoon W

My new Blue Mist savage paper. This color is BEAUTIFUL!! I can't wait to get DD in some pink on this backdrop. I think it's going to be so cute Smile
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Button HAt 02 W

This one has a matching diaper cover, but mom and little baby in a huge cloth diaper that just wasn't working with the cover
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Sock Monkey 01 W

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Duck W

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Great job with your new born shoot. I would brighten all the photos up and baby looks red and a bit underexposed.

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I would agree with El here.
# 1 is my least fav, babe looks dark, red and uncomfortable.
#2 baby seems a bit orange and appears to be "floating" although it's still sweet
#3 Looks GREAT! LOVE the background and eye contact Smile
#4 cute, but wish we had some eye contact or sleeping eyes... skin looks a bit funky
#5 my fav of the bunch. super cute

Nice job on these! Newborns are TOUGH!!! How many did you get all together to show mom? Can't wait to see you maternity.

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I can't imagine how hard newborns can be.

1. not liking this one. I think the baby looks too uncomfortable.
2. cute shot.
3. great eye contact and coloring. I wish there was a different comp though. I feel like he's having to look up at us.
4. skin does look a bit funky here. love the hat though.
5. my fav as well. Looks a bit noisy though.

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Still new to giving CC but I will give it a try!

1. I don't like this pose. Can't really see the babys face to good.
2. I like this shot.
3. My favorite out of all of them. love the blue paper and the eye contact and the catchlights!
4. & 5 are great also!

Great job!

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your skin tones are all over the place ... that's why I take so long to edit newborns. I try really hard to get the skintones consistent across the set. so I batch edit in ACR (my computer hates it when I open 80 20MB RAW files at once though). Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know that the first thing I noticed where the difference in tones.

1. this is an uncomfortable shot. baby's face is all smushed. I get that you're trying to show off the hat, but the angle isn't working. do you have more with this hat?

2. love the eyes here! exposure looks good but WB looks off. baby is yellow, so I think your WB temp is too warm.

3. oh, there's that hat again! I love the blue background too. but again, this angle isn't a great one of the baby (but we can really see the hat Wink ). I think you just needed to be more towards the baby's feet and moved her head so it was up a little bit (so you'd move the beanbag to elevate her head). she seems more yellow here too. oh, just realized the baby is a boy! yeah, that hat doesn't say boy to me. you might want to mention that to your store friend. Wink

4. love this one! the hat is adorable! I'm seeing yellow on his cheek though and part of his torso. you can do some skin smoothing to get rid of some of the dry skin that I can see on his belly.

5. my favorite, this is great! I think it needs a slight brighten, but it looks good. great eye contact and focus!!

I'm wondering if he's a bit jaundiced? just seeing so much yellow. was he yellowish?

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Thanks everyone for the great feedback!! I know #1 looks awkward Sad I didn't position baby at all....I was too scared!!! I need more newborn cuddle time to get comfortable with positioning them...I'm too timid with little little babies.

I've really got to work on my skin tone consistancy. I lack the ability to see it until they are strung together on here or somewhere else. I guess I should open up each file and check for skin tone problems before I finish my edits. Goodness!!

Gwen, Mom didn't mention jaundice. To be honest, I don't think he was that yellow in person...maybe just my edits. :fist in air: UGH!! DARN YOU SKIN TONES!!!

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you're shooting in RAW, right? you can use the organizer in Elements to select multiple images and then open them all together at once. that way you can scroll through them in ACR to get them pretty close. but yeah, skin tones are a b*tch!!!! newborns are the hardest when it comes to editing, IMO. makes me want to buy one of the target WB things (like Amber uses) because when you're shooting newborns, your light should be consistent. actually, you mentioned using something similar, didn't you? I'm guessing you didn't use custom WB for this set though.

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Gwen, I did!!! I used my new gray card. But, I changed my settings around. The photos with the black came out underexposed (my error!) so I had to make those exposure adjustments in ACR. The blue background pictures were pretty well exposed. I did make some warming adjustments after I took them into PS, so that might be my problem.

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yeah, when you warm it tends to add yellow tones ...

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You've gotten LOTS of good feedback, so I just want to say how much I enjoyed this set. I hope you get lots more practice w/ newborns so you won't be so nervous. I'm CERTAIN mom is going to be thrilled. And isn't that what it's all about?!

I'm itching to see the maternity session too. I have my first maternity shoot this weekend and I'm nervous as all get out.

Take care,
GiGi