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made the switch to RAW..... (large share for cc)

and I won't ever look back! I was emailed Gwen yesterday and asking her some questions. I have never made the jump to RAW b/c I was nervous and very uneducated about it. She educated me, and I bribed Ruthie into being my subject last night. I can say, I think I captured my fav pic of her of all time. She's growing up!

Thanks Gwen!

Some of these, I do feel like they might be a bit too yellow? What do you think?

I am wondering on crops too, and processing. Let me know. I know a lot of these are the same pic.

1. 1/800, f/2.8, ISO- 200

2. different processing & crop-

3. which b&w do you like better IF you even like it! Lol

4. I know there is a lot wrong with this pic, but I had to share b/c of her eyes. I finally captured them close to what I wanted! I was so excited!
1/250, f/3.5, ISO- 200

5. I did a bit of a softer processing here b/c my ss wasn't correct for her to be twirling and some of it was oof. Does it work?
1/800, f/2.8, ISO- 200

6. 1/400, f/2.8, ISO-200
Too yellow?

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Sadie I love these!!! Hooray for going RAW! Smile here's my cc for what it's worth:

#1-could use a bit of a boost to brighten it up a tad
#2-seems a bit too contrasty , but like the closer crop on this one, lovely bokeh too!
#3-i prefer the one on the right only because the left one seems soft. but i think you could brighten up the one the right just a bit more so it doesn't look too muddy. Does it have a brown tint to it?
#5-i would try a twirling one again cuz she's so cute doing it Smile up your shutter speed even more to avoid the blur
#6-maybe a smidge yellow, but i like the warmth of it

good work...i'm jealous that you had a willing model to practice on Smile

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Your little girl is going to break some hearts when she grows up. She is beautiful girl! I don't think you can take a bad picture of her!

I like the color and the original crop the best. You might want to stretch the canvas on the right to give her a little room over there and that way you can get the aspect ratio to 5xtoo 7 without losing the space above and below her. The color processing though looks like it was too much for her skin and the grass is a little to saturated. I would back off on the processing a bit.

5. I am not a fan of soft processing for some reason I have no real basis for other than personal preference. It is a cute pic!

6. Very cute. And maybe just a tad too yellow but I do like this one a little on the warm side!

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these look great! i'll CC later tonight when my kids are in bed Smile

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Ruthie is ADORABLE!!! She takes such great pictures. You are one lucky mama Smile

#1 I love! But I agree with the pp who suggested adding a bit more to the right of the picture (if you are able to). I think it's cropped a bit too close. I usually always crop at a 5x7 size. But, I guess if you're not printing, then you can do a free form crop.

#2 I like this crop too. It seems a bit too saturated? And my eyes are drawn to the bright background to the right of Ruthie.

#3 I can't choose!! I honestly think they both look good.

#4 Love the spot you found and I think it's a great capture!

#5 Cute shot, but I'm not a fan of smooth/soft shots either.

#6 Great pic. Maybe a bit too yellow, but it's still nice.

ETA: I just switched to RAW 3 weeks ago and I'm trying to figure out why I was so scared before!! It is so much easier to correct incorrect exposure with a RAW file. So glad I made the switch!!

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I think I'll switch soon too...I used RAW + JPEG for a shoot recently but didn't do much with the files since the basic software that came with my T1i isn't too great.
Sadie do you have ACR or are you editing your RAWs in PSP? I don't think I can edit RAWs in my version of PSP since it's a relatively old version.

I love love LOVE the 1st photo! I think with a little more space on the right edge it'll be perfect. I prefer that processing the most on it too.

For the B&Ws, I think I'd like #2 better than #1, if you boost the lights a touch more.

Super cute pics Sadie!

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Thanks for all the replies ladies.

Gehana- She was only willing b/c I bribed her! Lol Sour gummy life savers!
Stephanie- I agree about the processing on both. Randall liked those, but I guess I can't go with his word anymore! Lol Of course, it is our daughter, and most ppl aren't too picky when it comes to their kiddos! Thanks! I will re-crop the first one.
Jennifer- on #4, it's just a teeny tiny spot right next to our drive way! Lol I had to beg her again to go back out when the sun wasn't so bright. I might try again and have her put pants on. She didn't like the tall grass.
Amy- I am editing in ACR. I had a dear friend give me Elements, so I am learning that. There are some things I miss in PSP, but there is much more out there for Elements, so I am having an easier time. I never figured out how to open them (or if I could) in PSP. Thanks for the comments!

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Sadie, I don't have time for a lengthy reply (but I will try to come back when I have some computer time). I just wanted to say that I LOVE THESE! Yes, they're warm, but I really am loving the warmth of them. Great job!

And that last one ROCKS! Love the first one too ... I can't believe how old she looks there!

Hooray for RAW!

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#1 Very cute! I would also do a slightly different crop.
#2 I think has too much contrast
#3 I like the second edit a bit better
#4 cute!
#5 I'm not loving the soft processing either, but its still an adorable picture.
#6 My favorite of the set! So cute!

I like the watermark too! Smile

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Sadie, these are great! I LOVE the first one. She is so pretty!!! Sour gummy life savers, eh? I will have to remember that. Smile I've been wanting to try RAW too...maybe I will give it a go!

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"La123" wrote:

#1 Very cute! I would also do a slightly different crop.
#2 I think has too much contrast
#3 I like the second edit a bit better
#4 cute!
#5 I'm not loving the soft processing either, but its still an adorable picture.
#6 My favorite of the set! So cute!

I like the watermark too! Smile

Pretty much the same comments I have on these.
You did a great job! I agree, once you go RAW, there's no going back. It's such a huge help!

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I promised I'd be back ... so I'm back with comments. Smile

1. love this! I'm seeing a tad too much yellow ... but if you took this near sunset, that might explain it. or you could just dial down the temp a tad in ACR

2. LOVE the crop!!!! I'm seeing more contrast here ... but I like it

3. prefer the first one Smile

4. love your excitement over her eyes. Wink her right side seems close to blown though, check the numbers

5. I like it ... but I think you should brighten it a tad (using curves, just raise it in the middle slightly) and see how that looks

6. LOVE THIS!!! yes, it's quite warm, but I think it totally works.

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Another drive by, by me lol must stop doing this! but I HAD to say you are really improving lately! that first shot is gorgeous! I love it.

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"'ren" wrote:

Another drive by, by me lol must stop doing this! but I HAD to say you are really improving lately! that first shot is gorgeous! I love it.

Thank you so much! It means a lot to me! I hope to continue improving!

Gwen- Thanks! I have no idea on how to check numbers. :oops: I am guessing it'll be in the book. I just meant that her eyes don't look so dark when it's close up. Normally, they look black.

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"sadieruth" wrote:

Thank you so much! It means a lot to me! I hope to continue improving!

Gwen- Thanks! I have no idea on how to check numbers. :oops: I am guessing it'll be in the book. I just meant that her eyes don't look so dark when it's close up. Normally, they look black.

here's the best link for the numbers ... http://www.smugmug.com/help/skin-tone

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Very cute pics Smile The 1st is my favorite of the set... maybe a little yellow, but not too bad. I also think your watermark is great... love the little owl.

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"PCOS Mama" wrote:

Very cute pics Smile The 1st is my favorite of the set... maybe a little yellow, but not too bad. I also think your watermark is great... love the little owl.

THANKS! I appreciate the comment on the watermark! I love owls. It was our school mascot in our teeny tiny town and now that our school had to consolidate, we are no longer the owls. So, it's an important part of my life!

THANKS GWEN!

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oops! i meant to come back and CC but looks like you've gotten a lot of great CC already Smile i think they look a bit yellow but you should go ahead and learn those cmyk %'s. It is a bit frustrating at first but it gets easier. Smile

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yay for the switch to raw! I have been wanting to do that as well but have not had the guts yet. I think #6 is so sweet! I like the yellow, think it goes with the whole pic Smile