I'm embarrassed to say how long I've been lurking here (possibly since before my oldest dd was born )!
Hopefully I will start posting for CC soon. I have seen so many of you post and grow here!
I am a typical "momtographer" with chronically underexposed/out of focus photos with poor composition. And my pp leaves lots to be desired - I have PSE7, but only know how to use it for digital scrapbooking.
Trying to learn more about everything so I can have decent pictures of my kids!
Ooh, and I just shot in RAW for the first time this week. I had a p&s forever, but the ILs gave us a rebel xs (with kit lens) for Christmas, so that's what I'm working with right now!
Okay, editing OP to add some pics. These are just copy/pastes from web albums and were def not sharpened for web or anything.
Got the DSLR for Christmas and it snowed the day after - pretty sure all of these were in automatic mode with no flash ...I tend towards collages because I take a zillion pics and none of them are really worthy to stand on their own. Anyway, these look pretty blue:
For the rest of January and February I still mostly stayed in automatic. I was afraid to mess up the camera, I think.
By March I had read through most of the manual, but I still struggled with all indoor pictures, presumably because I didn't have enough light, but also because I don't think I understood all of my settings yet (and still don't). So I took lots of indoor pics where I had the most light and outside pictures in the evening. I used various modes. I kept it on automatic focus while I tried to figure out shutter speed/iso/aperature/exposure/etc... annnnnnnd, I still use automatic focus most of the time, because I still haven't figured it out.
She already hates the camera. Large window to her left with sheers.
I took some pics of my nephew for his bday invite in late March - if I knew how to pp I would have removed the power line and hand holding him. I guess his skin is blown too?:
And some of my favorite pics of dd even though they are really noisy. There's not much light in her bedroom so I had my ISO way up (1600)...my ap was at 4.3, was that okay for these? I think I mostly just added fill light to these as they were pretty dark, can't remember:
finger/toe chop city!
wish her eyes had been in focus here instead of the blanket/her hands
So then she had her bday party and I barely picked up the camera, but did take a few pictures before things got started (another collage, yay! :rolleyes:). Oh, and the picture framed on the table is a crop from a picture above:
From May...trying to practice more...edited these two in pse following a tutorial:
She RAAAARELY gives me eye contact, but I love this picture.
Okay, so at the beginning I over exposed everything. Then I was underexposing. Here I think some of them were okay, but others were overexposed, so I tried b&w because his expressions were too cute...if I had shot these in RAW could I have recovered them at all? I actually was metered (if that is the right word) at +1 1/3 because I had shot some in the shade earlier and thought they needed it...?:
And a couple of my other little girl, Ella:
She has beautiful blue eyes, but she rarely sits still long enough for me to photograph her and get it in focus.
We went to the beach a few weeks ago - a couple more of my sister's family - I had just read about silouhettes, and I think this turned out okay for my first try. The walking one is crooked and I think the focus is on the boardwalk instead of them. These are pretty much SOOC...I may have added a little saturation to the first one. Around 6 or 6:30pm here:
I know I don't have all the settings uploaded here. From this point forward I'm gonna try to use FLickr and post my settings, but help me learn, ladies!! I need to figure out how to quit having 300 bad images and 3 OKAY ones thrown in. Give me any observations you have! And I might give ELements another shot with my most recent shots for CC.
Sorry it is so many pictures! Thanks for looking. And just to clarify, I am TOTALLY just doing this for me so I can try to have pictures of my kids and nieces and nephews!