I'm back....with a few for CC please! added on post #7

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I'm back....with a few for CC please! added on post #7

I used to post here a little last year and maybe the beginning of the year. I had borrowed a DSLR from a friend last November/December and practiced a little and loved it. I finally bought my own this June, then found out I was pregnant and was so incredibly sick for weeks and did nothing but lie around. So I finally got a lens last week and started practicing again.

I seriously don't even know where to begin, so I started with DS and that is so tough to learn while trying to chase a 2 year old! I asked my much older cousin if she'd mind being my model and tonight we went to a park to practice. I am bummed b/c we got there way too late and it got dark very quickly!

Here are a few from tonight:

My favorite

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
IMG_4005

Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
IMG_3999

Exposure 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 1600
IMG_4036

Now this next one I need a lot of help. I love the trees and the sidewalk, but I suck at posing and don't know what I could have her do to make it interesting. Also the sky is so blown...how do I prevent that?

Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 1600

IMG_4070

Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 1600
IMG_4076

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I've been replying like crazy and didn't mean to bury your new thread. I'm tapped out on replies right now but will revisit tomorrow. the first one is a lot cooler than the others though. the last two are really yellow - is that the processing you used, or is it a WB issue?

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i agree with Gwen. the first two are a bit cool and the last two a bit too warm. But your focus is great and composition is not that bad either. I am not so good with poses. Still practicing that actually Blum 3 I basically just let them be themselves until I see a good pose and tell them to freeze Lol

first one I'd brighten it up a bit and warm it up just a tad. second one brighten it a bit as well. b&w could use a bit more brigtening and contrast. it just looks a bit flat. last two look a bit yellow on my monitor.

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The last two were just a vintage choice on the iphoto software. I have absolutely no clue when it comes to editing. I have PS, but I am clueless on where to begin. I'm trying to get it close to right SOOC and not have to rely heavily on processing (although I know I have to learn that!!!).

Would it help if I posted SOOC?

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1) I agree, a bit cool, but you did a great job with your ap and getting it crisp! I still can't!

2) I like, but I like the first one better.

3) Not too fond of the b&w. A good b&w is something I still struggle with.

4 & 5) I don't mind the posing at all. The vintage processing doesn't work here though imo. I feel like it's just way too yellow. I like vintage processing, but I don't think it's working here. I think a beach-y edit would work great.

I am so glad you are back and posting pics! Keep posting!

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I agree that #1 is a bit cool, but I wouldn't warm it up too, too much. The coolness works well with the muted colors.

Your subject gets lost a bit in #4, but I like the composition. You did a great job with the crop in #5! I also like the sparkle in her eyes in #2.

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Here are the two yellow ones SOOC:

IMG_4076

IMG_4070

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SOOC is much better! Biggrin Brighten up a tad.

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Uncalibrated monitor here but. I am seeing your photos either in two extreme, either they are really cool or really yellow. But again I am at work and my monitor is not calibrated. Will comment more when I get home Smile

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Ok, so on the first two, how do I make it warmer? Without processing, I mean. I know I can always process to fix some things, but how can I make those first two warmer SOOC?

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I meant to get back to this thread earlier ...

well, white balance is the key to keeping things the right color temp. if you want it right in the camera, you have to do a custom white balance (with a gray card or target, and it's something you have to keep changing depending on your environment). I have a card I carry around and when I remember, I get a photo with the card in it, and then the rest without it. I use the card in post processing to set my gray point for WB.

as far as the photos, the first is by far my favorite. your SS is on the low side for most of these. to keep everything sharp, you should use a higher SS.