DH and DS went fishing tonight so DD and I went out for a photo shoot. Well after about ten thousand pictures of the back of her head and/or her squinting her eyes with this horrible "cheese" face, we ended up with one that makes my heart melt...mommy goggles I am sure, but considering the point that I am at in my photography journey I am so happy with this!
I've only done a handful of conversions and I feel like I am just guessing at what I am supposed to be doing, so that is primarily what I am wondering about here. However, I am open to any and all cc if there is anything else that you would like to comment on. Thanks for looking!
P.S. Any tips on avoiding blowouts on her blondie-blond summer highlights? UGH! (There was a really bad spot on top of her head that I cropped out)
I too think it's a great capture. I can't help too much on the blown spots. I know shooting in RAW has helped me a lot when it comes to fixing my blown spots. (I suck at whites!) I am not too fond of the conversion, but I can't help you there b/c I suck at those too. She's a doll.
I don't have to deal much w/ blonde worries w/ my dark haired crew (my grey doesn't count since I rarely come out from behind the camera), so I'm not much help in not blowing it in the sun. Hopefully someone here can help out.
I love this shot though! The crop works really well for you here, keeping her eyes at the top 3rd of the frame.
What method did you use for your conversion? You did a nice job (imho)!
Great shot! I love the comp and focus and sweetly serious expression. The conversion might be a little dark? but I still like it. Maybe add a touch more contrast?
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Thanks, ladies! Sadie, I did shoot RAW but this shot was waaay overexposed to begin with so there was no hope for that spot in her hair. She was running all over the place as you can imagine so the settings that were okay two feet away from here were not okay anymore. I'm thinking about maybe trying shooting in AP with her? Good idea or bad?
Is this edit any better? I was wondering about the first one being too dark as well, but last night I couldn't figure out how to brighten it up without the blown spots getting worse. I tried a brightness layer and a levels layer and erased them back off her hair. Don't know if that is the correct way to go about it, but figured I would give it a try! LOL
I really like this photo--great eye contact! You've got some nice, rich tones in her face. I did an old art school trick of squinting my eyes to look at the range of shading. The only thing that stands out is that her nose is about the same color as the lightest part of her hair. You could always do some slight dodging and burning if you wanted lighten/darken up any areas, but I wouldn't change the photo too much. Actually, the blown areas don't really bother me in this photo. Although they might have distracted me in the color version, they don't look bad in the B/W.
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Nope, not Mommy goggles! She is CUTE and that's a great shot! You have some great CC already, so nothing much to add to that. Just wanted to say it's a great capture and she's CUTE!
Such a cute photo!! I wouldnt be of any help on the edit (Im on a broken screen anyway) but adorable!!!! (And my gosh about the cheesy face.. My little girl has the funniest cheese face.. Its cute but nearly everytime I get the camera out she does it)
can't give real CC right now, as the kids are maniacs, but wanted to reply and say that I LOVE this shot!!
I want to see it in color.
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You have great clarity here and the comp is good. But the conversion looks a bit dark and muddy, was the picture underexposed a bit before the conversion? It would help to see the sooc or colour version.