First stranger shoot

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First stranger shoot

I'm very disappointed with myself. Today was extremely cold and windy, and the poor kids were freezing, so I was trying to rush through and get the shoot over with so they could warm up. I was so distracted by that, and also making sure everyone is in focus (I am horrible at group shots!), that I didn't really notice my distracting backgrounds. I've tried to do what I can in elements (please tell me if it is obvious), but even then, I'm not happy with these at ALL.

Is there anything I could do to enhance these? I feel horrible handing these over to this family that I don't even know.

1. ISO 320 SS1/30 f/8 Yikes! I know the SS was too slow, and I closed my ap too much, but I was terrified of not getting them all in focus!

2. ISO 400 SS1/100 f/5

3. ISO 200 SS1/50 f/5.6

4. ISO 400 SS1/200 f/2.5

5. ISO 400 SS1/320 f/2.5

6. ISO 400 SS1/400 f/2.5

7. ISO 400 SS1/400 f/2.5

8. ISO400 SS1/500 f2.5

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can you post your settings for each photo? that helps with specific CC ...

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I think these are very nice! I think you did a good job posing a big group! The thing that sticks out to me the most is the gap between the kids in #3 and the dads arm in front of the mom. But these are picky things! If these were my family photos I'd be very happy!

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Here is my CC.

1. There seems to be some type of halo on all of them. Did you do some type of vignette? Maybe tone the vignette down a bit. I also do not like the gap between the kids.

2. Some funky color is going on with mom's face. Maybe too much Cyan? Better composition.

3. Again Mom looks very Cyan. There is that gap between the kids also. Not liking the background.

#6 looks the best individual shot. Focus, composition and skin tone looks good.

Great job on your stranger shoot!

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I gotta get to bed, but will come back tomorrow for more comments. I just want to say that I really like how you did the individuals of the kids. I really like that angle.

What lens did you use?

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I used my 50mm for all.

El, when you talk about the halo, are you saying in all of the family pics, or on all the people in the pic?

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"Laberglund" wrote:

I used my 50mm for all.

El, when you talk about the halo, are you saying in all of the family pics, or on all the people in the pic?

Just the first picture. Around their heads looks haloish.

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I see a halo on the 1st and am uindecided if there is one on the 3rd. I think you did well all things considered. I know I would struggle on my 1st stranger shot.

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I don't know enough to give a proper CC, but I like #2 the best of the family.
And I know there's nothing you can do now, but I agree about the spacing in #3.

I really like the individual shots of the kids.