Holiday Light Set up!

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stargalaxys23's picture
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Holiday Light Set up!

Danielle found this great blog for a xmas light backdrop so I set it up and got to work! My son wasn't very cooperative this morning but I did manage to get a few shots. Tell me what you think! I am in love with them. Low res and I don't sharpen for web or anything. Smile

*I played with them a lil more, I keep messing with them and I think I got a lil over zealous last night. I also did two more shots of him today that came out okay. I'll take your hint for the focus and try that out next time. I do sometimes have a hard time with that. I used a 50 mm with a 1.8 ap. Not sure what the shutter speed set at.

mrs.doolittle's picture
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This is my first time on this board. Had to check out your pic.s because when we ran into our photographer at the grocery store the other day she mentioned doing some Christmas light shots. I love the fuzzy lights in the background! Of the three you posted I think I prefer the full color ones. The background really complements his skin tone. Nice job!

Amy_&_Eva's picture
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They are hard to observe since they are so big and extending past the screen, but overall they're adorable but I do see a few things--

The lighting looks good but for some reason his catchlights look more like pinlights.

They could use a bump in contrast I think....and the whites look off a little.

His face looks soft in the first two.

I do love the background (it was brought up in another thread too) and I am going to do my own version of it for Eva's Christmas pics!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Your background is pretty bright. It's hard to see the twinkle lights. I think #2 is my favorite, but it's very crooked. You need to straighten that one up. It looks like he's going to tip backwards. Smile #3 is very cute. It would be stronger if you cloned out the white and green ball in the lower corner. It's a bit distracting. I don't like the selective color in #1. I love the eye contact that you got in it though.

What are your settings? These all look a little soft. I'm thinking that focus caught in different places in all of these than his face. What I do for focus, is select only the center focal point, focus on the face, recompose and shoot. Sometimes when all of the focal points are selected, it'll select the place with the most contrast, and a lot of times, that's not the face. Try the one focal point and see what happens Smile

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He's a cutie! Love the pajamas and candy cane.

I agree with Steph's CC, though. A little too bright to get the effect of the lights, and a little soft.

Ladybugsteph's picture
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And BTW, I'm totally stealing the idea of the candy cane! I think my younger one will actually stay put if I do that! Wink

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I think you're on the right track, these are really cute and I like the candy cane idea too.

The last pic of the newest 2 just needs some brightness/contrast I think....the blanket looks very dark & yellowish and his skin could be brighter. The background & jammies look greyish/dingy.

I think in the first three I would try to get the blanket back to white, because the pinkish-yellowness/peachiness of the blanket is bothering me. Not too bad though.

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The new ones and the reedits are a little small. Could you post them a little larger?

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(it wasn't me that found it, but another from this board--- I just had to pass along the idea). They turned out great IMO. Smile

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I think the first one has the most potential. It seems to be the only one in focus (but they are small so I am not 100% sure). Your bg is quite bright, but I think it looks pretty good! Maybe pull him forward more to get more of a twinkle.