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    I am so discouraged right now! I feel like I totally suck at taking pictures of my kids. I know I don't practice that nearly as much as other stuff because it stresses me out, and because I hate my kids to feel like they constantly have a camera in their faces... but gee, it is upsetting to want so badly to get a great photo and then be disappointed!

    Yesterday I had the rare chance to dress my daughter up for church (usually we don't dress up because we go to a house church), so I decided to try to do an ultra-quick "studio" set-up before we headed out in the morning. Problem #1, her light dress was too bright and shiny. Bigger problem #2, it was very bright and I did not realize that even with the kids right in front of the window, I would get such a colour cast from our annoying yellow and orange walls (painted before we moved in). Problem #3, my son would not look at the camera directly at all. So I did my best and got some so-so images, but I can't get all the colour cast out, and I can't seem to process them right to deal with some of the lighting issues. Does anyone have advice on the colour cast issue in particular, and any other problems that spring to mind when you look at them?

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    (This next one is the only one I really love, even though he's not looking at the camera!)
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    Nora 1

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    Nora 2

    And while I'm doing a CC thread, I took these two shots today, lying on the ground underneath the swing. Do either of them work, or is the sun flare just too overpowering?

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    #6 (with his head thrown back - don't know if you can tell that or does he just look headless?!)
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    Thank you in advance sincerely, from the bottom of my frustrated heart!

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    Hi Tracy I can definitely see the color cast. It can be edited on PS. But what I would do the next time is to try and cover up your wall with a white fabric of some sort to avoid the color cast.

    Don't worry about feeling disappointed - I think everyone has that moment. I know I still struggle. It just takes time. Hope this helps!
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    Hey Tracy - I am totally with you at feeling discouraged right now! I guess all we can really do is just try and keep at it!

    I do see the color cast....I had the same issue in one of my past homes and I honestly never figured out how to get around it. But, Els idea to try and cover the walls is worth a try. Thats a tough one.
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    I've seen that kind of cast come from lamps that were left on too; but it is fixable. In my program I use a Hue Brush to "reverse" a color cast like that. I've used it to reverse the green color casts from being in grass/fields outside too.

    For the swing pics, I did think #2 was "headless" at first. But I like the first one!

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    I like the first swing picture, too, Tracy!

    re: the color cast - same issue in my house, but no editing tips as I'm still learning, myself!

    And I think he's pretty darn close to looking at the camera in #2...cute expression. I also have an eye contact issue with my kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy_&_Eva View Post
    I've seen that kind of cast come from lamps that were left on too; but it is fixable. In my program I use a Hue Brush to "reverse" a color cast like that. I've used it to reverse the green color casts from being in grass/fields outside too.
    I can't really see a Hue Brush in GIMP. I googled it and just got suggestions on using the airbrush tool.

    I also tried a GIMP tutorial on correcting colour cast, involving using thresholds to set sample points and then using the levels dialog. But it didn't seem to change the image at all that I could tell!

    Quote Originally Posted by EL2 View Post
    Hi Tracy I can definitely see the color cast. It can be edited on PS.
    What would you use to fix it, El?

    Good to know I'm not the only one discouraged at times, or who struggles with this kind of issue! Sigh!

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    I played a bit more and got some of the colour cast out of his skin (though one spot on his forehead is still pretty yellow), but now his hair looks blue! Boy, do I have a lot to learn about editing.

    Micah colour cast fix attempt #1

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    Editing is tough, Tracy! And I have heard that fixing an orange cast is the worst.

    The room in my home with the most amazing natural light is 'burn-your-retina-orange' (as DH calls it). You can click here if you want to see what I'm talking about. I love the room, but it is TERRIBLE to use for photographs. I have hung fabric (usually black or brown since that is what I have on hand) on the walls to help diminish it. But mostly, I just don't take photos in there. And when I do, I will often have to resort to converting to b&w b/c I am terrible at editing out the cast.

    I doubt that is much help to you, but I'm hoping misery loves company.

    As for your photos ..

    I love #2 and your last edit looks pretty darn good. My favorite of your girl is #4. Brighten that one up a bit and I think you'll be real happy with what you see.

    I *love* the sunburst photos, especially the first one! Your conversion is great! And I don't find the sunbursts overwhelming at all.

    And finally, I want you to know that you are far from alone when it comes to getting good pics of your own kids! Our families all suffer from 'photographer's kids syndrome'. It's not fun for either side of the camera, but we all struggle with it.

    Take care and keep on sharing!

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    You've got some cute shots!! I would just suggest watching for limb chops with #1. How close/far are you from the light source? If you can move closer, I would probably suggest that. Also, angle them more towards the light. It looks like in #1 and 3 they're faces are not towards the light....does that make since?

    Don't be discouraged! I feel that way ALL THE TIME! It's hard when you see so much pretty stuff and then you go and try to get something and it turns into the opposite of what you wanted (sorry, I'm speaking for myself, not everyone I suppose )

    Color casts are the worst. I'm horrible with correcting them in processing. BUT, I have learned (in photoshop) how to 'paint' on new skin color to get rid of the cast. I'm sorry I don't know how to do that in GIMP

    Going foward, I'm afraid that if you want to avoid this you can A) hang up some fabric over the offending wall or B) find nice neutral tone and redecorate Those bright colors are just hard to handle without getting a cast.

    Just keep at it. There are days where my DD won't sit for anything, but when she does, you better believe I'm on her so quick she doesn't have time to change her mind!!!
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