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(Longtime) lurker! Pics added OP. CC Welcome

I'm embarrassed to say how long I've been lurking here (possibly since before my oldest dd was born Wink )!

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!

Candace

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. Smile

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. Smile 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. Smile

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! Smile

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I'm loving all the ladies coming out of lurkdom! Welcome, and I can't wait to see your photos!!

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Hi Candace!! I'm a big ol' lurker here too!! It's nice to see a familiar face.

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:wavehello:, Jordan!

Jordan should also come out of lurkdom and post her photographs because they are lovely and she needs to help me learn!

Trying to find some "good" photos to post, but I can't find any. Haha. But I do have some questions, so will post pics in a bit...

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Welcome Biggrin i was a lurker for about as long as you lol YAY for coming out of lurkdom-city Biggrin

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Welcome, can't wait to see your shots.

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Hey there, Candice! Nice to see you over here and posting. Now instead of getting together to have me take some photos, we can get together and practice!!! Maybe after the heat tones down a bit, though Smile

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WOW your pictures are wonderful! The composition on them are wonderful, the colour and exposure are off but it appears you are learning quick. Can't wait to watch you grow and learn.

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Hi there! Nice to see you here. Smile It is a great place to grow!

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YAY for more newbies! Love seeing all of you! Can't wait to see more!

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Hi there! Welcome aboard!

Great pics! Your kids are adorable!

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Welcome! I love the sunburst/silhouette photo, awesome! Really cute pics.