Here's one for CC please

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Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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Here's one for CC please

Sometimes I feel like I'm just getting nowhere. This one that I'm sharing is pretty consistant with what I've been getting lately. I feel like the colors are washed out, and it's just not very sharp. His eyes also don't "pop" either.

This is SOOC. I'd like CC on pretty much whatever you can come up with.

Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 100

Joined: 07/26/07
Posts: 132

you're being too hard on your Stephanie!!

It seems like you've backlit this photo somewhat so his face is shadowed. He could have used a bit more turning to get that "pop" you were hoping for. A little tweak in photoshop and you've got yourself a winner! Smile And although it doesn't look "soft", a small increase in shutter speed would probably give you a little crisper photo.

I can't wait to see more! Carson was born around the same time as Raegan and love watching him grow!! Thanks for sharing!!

Joined: 03/18/06
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I agree, give yourself some credit! Some of the "pop" you're talking about comes from editing the picture in PS. I think with some curves/level layers and a little sharpening, this would look great--composition could be a little stronger--eyes are very close to the center, but otherwise, I think this is a great photo!

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Joined: 08/14/06
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This looks better than most of my SOOC images by far! You ARE being hard on yourself. Looks to me like the exposure is great on this shot and it's got fantastic eye contact (which your photos ALWAYS have!). Some PP work will make it pop the way you want it, I'm sure.

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No CC to add, I have to agree with the others you are being a bit hard on yourself, great shot.

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I'll chime in w/ the rest - you are really being too hard on yourself! I know your frustration though. I think we all go through periods like this. Hang in there, because you are doing a lot of things right!

Due to the back lighting, you could probably benefit from fill flash or a reflector here. Or you can expose for his face and blow out the background. In this case, the face is what is important, so I wouldn't worry about blowing the background.

HTH.

GiGi

sadieruth's picture
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I agree with the others, you did a great job SOOC. I am embarrased to post my sooc! The main comment I have is how centered he is.

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

Thanks for the boost guys Smile I guess my frustration is that I've kinda been stuck here for a while, and not sure where to go from here. I'm having a hard time with positioning right now. We have a wicked awesome back yard for portraits, but I'm just not sure where the best place/time of day to take pictures is. It's also hard, right now, because there are no leaves on the trees. There's usually an abundance of shade for me to take advantage of. Maybe that's where most of my frustration comes?

At any rate, I appreciate the feedback! I'm not sure how much I would actually use a reflector, because I'm usually on my own, and just chasing the kids down in the back yard to get the pictures. I suppose I could try a fill flash. That would be my speedlite, right? Would that mess with the catchlights? Or because it's outside, it wouldn't matter?