Large beach share for CC please

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Large beach share for CC please

Sorry I've been absent....I was in Italy Smile Just got back last week and promptly got a cold. I'm sure it was from the plane ride.

Anyways, this is the shoot I did for a friend and her twin boys a couple days before I left for Italy. Do NOT want to attempt beach shots for a while again....at least with 3 month old twins. It was rough.

First b/c the mom wanted the beach in the pictures, the sun was glaring directly at their faces. And because we got there an hour late (twins take longer to get ready, I guess!), the sun was harsh. The buckets she wanted them in did not please the boys! So we only got some funny ones there.

Then I backed her up to the sand dunes to have the sun behind her, but couldn't get my settings right. Plus the sand gnats were eating us all and the boys were losing it.

Soooo, with all of that said, here are my photos for your critique Smile Thanks in advance!!!

1)
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
Buckets were such a cute idea....

2)
poor boys!
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
by dustilynnsmith, on Flickr">until they weren't   :)

3)
Had no idea how to crop this....I have it where you can see the horizon in the back too. Would that be better?
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
Chairs are much more comfy!

4)
The boys would NOT look up....the sun was too bright!
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

5)
I know the posing on this is horrible and the boys aren't looking and she's grabbing their crotch, but can you pretty please CC on exposure? Smile
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
IMG_5203

6)
Here's where I had the backlighting, but what did I do wrong? I could not get focus even close.
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

7)
One of the only ones they are both looking!
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
sweet boys

Dirol
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

9)
I don't know if b&w does it here and I don't know how to PP, so this is a rough go at it in the iphoto.
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

10)
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
IMG_5427

11)
My favorite b/c of mom's smile Smile
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

12)
and a bonus shot of the worn out models. Why in the world is the color, focus, everything better here when it's in full direct sun and it was the quickest I'd picked up my camera and set it and shot. Ugh.
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
by dustilynnsmith, on Flickr">D.O.N.E.   :)

yorkshirebird's picture
Joined: 05/16/07
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I don't feel qualified enough to give proper CC but I have to say that I just love that second one!!! How funny! I think you did well, I have a hard time taking pictures of ONE baby that little, never mind 2!!!

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I totally understand the difficulty of working with twins! We did a family photo shot with a friend last weekend and I don't think he got a single picture where all 4 of us were looking at him! And he took over 50 of just one pose! Either the girls were looking away, or DH or I were trying to get there attention... ugh, maybe some software can help me get a good one of them! But it did make me feel better that it's not just me who can't get the girls to look at a camear at the same time!

But anyway, great job! Working in harsh sun is HARD. I think most of these are a little underexposed. Since you are at the beach, I think the pictures should be a little on the bright side. #10 and 11 are my favoriate! And #3 is just adorable with them in there little beach chairs lounging!

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You are brave. I would be scared to death to do twins- especially at 3 months- that's a hard age! I think you did good for your conditions, sun, beach, and grumpy twins! Lol I had to giggle when I saw number 2.

1. doesn't do much for me. they aren't looking, and it seems underexposed.
3. this is a cute shot. it looks gloomy though, maybe brighten the colors some?
4. probably my fav of all of them!
5. exposure looks good to me.
6. no clue on the backlighting- sorry.
7. yay for both of them looking! Too bad mom's not in the pic though!
8. watch your chops.
9. b&w is a bit flat, but I think it's okay.
10 & 11- love these! Cute ones!

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Posts: 621

thank you, thank you for the feedback!!! I just met with the mom again yesterday and she wants to try to do them again soon but told me that between 11-3 was the best time. Not at the beach though Smile I told her once the time changes in a few weeks, we could do early evening.

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Great job overall!! Here's a real quick CC just by looking at them quickly.

1-3 seem underexposed and need to be lightened/brightened. But, oh my gosh, those bucket ones are HILARIOUS!! Cute!

I also feel like the rest of them could be warmed up some as well.

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Joined: 10/01/07
Posts: 850

Im not qualified to CC
but i think #2 is Hilarious
They weren't having that.
I would understand how difficult it was to take pic's of 2babies,
I have a rough time with mt 1 year old.

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Posts: 621

Thanks ladies! So the ones that are underexposed...what's the best way to combat that in camera? Is it my shutter speed? Or should it be a change in ISO? i'm still not getting the whole triangle thing and how things relate. I get it when I'm reading and seeing a picture, but when I'm out there, my brain is mush Smile

And I have to get a grey card apparently! I've noticed too, that most of my pictures are on the cool side. Would the grey card help that?

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Joined: 11/29/02
Posts: 1160

What a brave, brave person you are! Kids that aren't my own, never mind babies, scare me!

I can't even begin to cc these but I LOVE #2, it cracked me up!
My other faves are 3, 10 & 11.

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Joined: 02/04/09
Posts: 191

"newtomom" wrote:

Thanks ladies! So the ones that are underexposed...what's the best way to combat that in camera? Is it my shutter speed? Or should it be a change in ISO? i'm still not getting the whole triangle thing and how things relate. I get it when I'm reading and seeing a picture, but when I'm out there, my brain is mush Smile

And I have to get a grey card apparently! I've noticed too, that most of my pictures are on the cool side. Would the grey card help that?

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that on the first two you could have actually opened you ap a little more to help with the exposure. You see on the third, everything is the same except the ap, but the pic is better exposed? I am learning too, and sometimes have a hard time figuring out the best settings to use. I generally go with the lowest ISO possible, while still able to maintain a s/s of at least 1/125 or better and then the most open ap I can get with those settings. I pretty much just test shoot, adjust, then test again until I feel like I have decent exposure. It's hard to say for sure what setting to use, because it varies based on what you are shooting.

I honestly don't know if a gray card would have helped in this situation. generally, a gray card is for white balance and I have never used one, so I don't know if it would help, sorry :shrug:.

These are pretty cute though. The buckets are just too funny.

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Joined: 11/02/07
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"newtomom" wrote:

thank you, thank you for the feedback!!! I just met with the mom again yesterday and she wants to try to do them again soon but told me that between 11-3 was the best time. Not at the beach though Smile I told her once the time changes in a few weeks, we could do early evening.

The hard part when practicing is learning to say no. I've had friends try to push me around, and since they don't have any money invested, they don't care as much when/where/how they look, etc. I would really try to say no. I'm working on this as well Smile

For the underexposed ones, I would have actually opened your ap more because they're not sitting in the sun. You did a good placement of them and don't have to have your ap totally closed for full sun. Mostly I think the crops are a little too tight for my taste. Like in #8 one of the boys bodies is chopped. Grey card would have helped in pp since they all seem a bit cool. I think it's a great start and try to tell her that sunrise/set would be your best bet! And I wouldn't worry about them not looking in the camera, it just doesn't happen that often with one, let alone two!

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Posts: 427

I agree with Kristen. You gotta take charge since you're the one doing the shooting. If you the light is going to be too harsh at a certain time then you can just mention that the lighting isn't ideal and it'd be better to shoot in the evenign or early monring. I find even for me that at 11am the sun is pretty high and bright.
I see some limb chops and random fingers (#8) as well.
#2 is the BEST outtake i've ever seen Smile
I hope you're second go is a better one Smile