Maternity shoot - A couple more for CC (B&W conversion)

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Maternity shoot - A couple more for CC (B&W conversion)

What do you think of this crop?

This is really my first attempt at converting to B&W and I'd be really interested in knowing how I did, does it look alright?

You of course can give an overall CC but I'm at work and don't have my EXIF settings. I'll post the when I get home tonight for proper CC.

This is the maternity shoot that I did a few weeks ago, I'm just finishing up the editing and I'm hoping to have a CD of images to give the clients in the next couple of days. I explained in the past that the lighting wasn't great (read my original post for all the details).

I have since done 1 more photo shoot, and have another one book for this weekend. I've been getting a lot of contact from people asking me how much I charge!! That's crazy, I certianly don't think I'm worthy yet of charging people and EVERYONE is super surprised when I tell them I'm still working on it and don't charge. My DH thinks if people are expecting to pay then I should be charging but I just really don't feel comfortable with that yet. Anyway, that's my long winded post asking for CC! LOL

Thanks everyone, I'd really appreciate it! Smile

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I like the idea of the first one, it just looks like its missing something. cant put my finger on it. the black and whites look really warm to me. Not that I mind it, just thinking of it going with the client's other pics on the wall. I am in love with the second one! nice work!

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Only one post all day long....I really don't know why I even bother sometimes! Sad

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Kandice, I'm sorry you havent gotten many replies. I'm in the bottom hemisphere so I am on at odd times plus I started my new job on monday and we are without a house at the moment too so we are living in one room. What I mean to say is that everyone gets busy, more so if you have kiddo's so I can only imagine. Being october too business gets busier in the lead up to the holiday season.
Some posts are just read and responded to more than others due to luck or being up the top of the pile.

Now for my CC

# 1 is a great concept. I would have had dad's hand on her belly on the other side instead of them both in his lap.

# 2 for me is much better, I wish the bright side was a touch darker and the dark side just a touch brighter but other than that its great.

Your conversions are good.

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argh lost my post,

I agree with pp, first is missing something, either dad's hand or maybe more of him in the shot too,
2nd I think the pose is really cute, wish the dad was a tad brighter
can't comment on b/w conversions technically, I always like the choc b/w too

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I like your conversion. I feel like dad should be touch brighter in #2.
I hear you on the lack of replies sometimes...it can be frustrating. Congrats on all the bookings Smile Hope it continues to build your confidence. Keep posting, i enjoy your photos Smile

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I agree on brightening 2. It may have been more because of the lighting, but I feel like I should be able to see a little bit more of their faces. She's also losing some of her right shoulder up there in the window highlights. I love the crop and idea of the first one, that's a cute pose. But on the conversion, again, it seems a bit too "high key," making the shadows a bit too dark and the highlights a bit too bright.

I think these are a great start for your first conversions, though! If I could dig out some of my first "conversions"..... lol.. let's just say I relied on desaturate and thought that was the way to do it. Haha!

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"cazzoom" wrote:

Now for my CC

# 1 is a great concept. I would have had dad's hand on her belly on the other side instead of them both in his lap.

# 2 for me is much better, I wish the bright side was a touch darker and the dark side just a touch brighter but other than that its great.

I second this. As for the conversions- I think they are okay. I can't say anything about conversions b/c I don't mess with them. I give up looking at all these wonderful b&w's! Wink

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I really like the concepts of both compositions! In the first one, I wish their entertwined hands were on her lap instead of his ... kinda creating a connection between them and the baby in the belly.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the composition in the second! I love the stark contrast in the lighting and I think the b&w works well here. Sepia might work too. The plant growing out of his shoulder is a little distracting, but only just a bit.

In both, your conversion seems to lack a little pop. I figure in the 2nd shot this is due to the one side almost being blown ... if you upped the contrast, it would get a lot more blown and I personally don't think it's worth it. On the first shot, I think a slight bump in contrast would be nice. but take that w/ a grain of salt as I tend to always prefer high contrast b&w.

TFS!
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Thanks for the CC everyone! Smile I figured I'd get a couple responses after posting a "why does no one respond" post! Smile Thanks!

So I agree with everyone! I find both pictures are missing that umph! Sad

I love the first one but couldn't get a good 4x6 crop that included more (and if anyone remembers my first post, the father was a TOTAL drag and didn't co-operate at all! I actually asked him to put his hand on her tummy in this photo but he said it was "too uncomfortable") Grrr..

I was pretty impress with my PP of the second photo because in the original you can hardly see his face at all, I had to do a lot of editing to get it to pop out as much as I could.

Thanks again, I'll probably do a bit more to them tonight to see if I can get that pop! I'll let ya'll know!

Thanks

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As far as conversions go these aren't bad. The comp on the first is off though. It kind of looks like she just ate a big meal to me. It just isn't a flattering angle. For the most part it is a good rule to not shot women straight on square with the camera. In the second one the lighting is very dramatic. I think that I would have had them facing toward the light rather than away from it. I might have taken the picture in such a way that you couldn't directly see the window but could see the light coming from it. That way you could have metered off their faces and hopefully, some of the distracting background either would have been too dark to be distracting or would not have been in the shot.