JMK - frustrated - CC please

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JMK - frustrated - CC please

Sorry for my lengthy absences. This winter has been a bit brutal. Sicknesses, crappy weather, a busy job, and a nearly absent DH (he's out of town a lot for work) have not been good for my photography practice! Today was beautiful, though, so the kids and I got outside for awhile.

Notice anything? They're all in the right half of the frame. Most of my pictures are. I feel like I'm stuck in a rut. Partly because my kids are all I take pics of. I'd love an adult, a senior - anyone but my kids! Does that sound awful? Anyway, I still want to get better and learn, even if it's on more pics of my kids. So, what do you think? Is there a color cast from my DS' shirt? They seem cool, but I already warmed them up some. Thanks for the advice!

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#1 is just fantastic!

Yes, the color on these just needs more oomph. The only one I'm not really feeling is the one of your DD. I think this would have been stronger in portrait orientation. Don't be afraid to turn that camera on its side.

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Getting out of a rut is hard. Having new victims (I mean, models) helps a lot! Another idea is to do a planned shoot assignment. This is the one copied from Stacie's mentorship thread on ILP...
Design a PictureCome up with a scenario that suits a child readily available to you and design (on paper) the whole shot. For example - a child (not) going sledding might involve the child cuted up in adorable winter wear, an old sled with runners and a bare hill with the child looking up at the sky and frowning, waiting for snow to fall. A good place to look for inspiration is Zoe's blog.

Some particularly awesome shoots:
http://zberkovicphotography.com/news/2010/12/families/new-new-york-family-photographer/

Once you've designed a shot, come up with 3 or 4 variations of the same theme ON PAPER using the same props. Then go get the props and do the shoot. Then post.

The direct link is here: http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=467175

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"AmberBella" wrote:

#1 is just fantastic!

Yes, the color on these just needs more oomph. The only one I'm not really feeling is the one of your DD. I think this would have been stronger in portrait orientation. Don't be afraid to turn that camera on its side.

Care if I play?

Please do! I obviously need help - either with shaking up my comp and trying new things, or using different PP. I've only recently started shooting in RAW, so I'm still learning the best way to use Photoshop (I have CS5) without overusing Photoshop. Know what I mean?

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"maricopamom3" wrote:

Getting out of a rut is hard. Having new victims (I mean, models) helps a lot! Another idea is to do a planned shoot assignment. This is the one copied from Stacie's mentorship thread on ILP...
Design a PictureCome up with a scenario that suits a child readily available to you and design (on paper) the whole shot. For example - a child (not) going sledding might involve the child cuted up in adorable winter wear, an old sled with runners and a bare hill with the child looking up at the sky and frowning, waiting for snow to fall. A good place to look for inspiration is Zoe's blog.

Some particularly awesome shoots:
http://zberkovicphotography.com/news/2010/12/families/new-new-york-family-photographer/

Once you've designed a shot, come up with 3 or 4 variations of the same theme ON PAPER using the same props. Then go get the props and do the shoot. Then post.

The direct link is here: http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=467175

That's an intriguing idea! And, you gave me another really cool photography website/blog to add to my favorites. I read tons of them every night looking for inspiration! Thanks!