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Sorry I haven't been around much.. I was completely consumed with my son's first birthday party, so stressed in fact that I got mastitis! Speaking of which, I actually had to reschedule with this family the first time because of mastitis, and then finally the day gets here to shoot and I FORGOT MY CAMERA CARD! Doh. I'm such an airhead (the full crazy story is in my blog).
But anyway, after we finally were able to start shooting the baby was SO over it. He didn't want mommy to hold him anymore, wouldn't look at me, was getting tired and cranky because it was so late in the day. I wasn't sure we got any good shots so was pleasantly surprised that there were a few. I was even more happy that a) almost all of them were in focus! and b) almost all of them were correctly exposed (at least for the faces, the sky got blown).
Which brings me to my request for cc.. I exposed for the faces but then the sky got way too light, almost invisible. In my favorite shots (like the first one) with the river as the backdrop I opened two raw files in PS, one I brought the exposure down and the recovery up and then masked the people in etc. It's pretty time consuming, but does it look natural? Should I have exposed differently?
Also, please critique the skintones, I always struggle and according to the #s I think they are right, but my home calibrated monitor always looks too yellow and my work calibrated monitor looks too red so I never know or trust anything.
PS, if you can recommend your calibration software that ISN'T the spider2 express, please do!