Here are a few more from my recent 2 yr old session. I'm going to have the hardest time narrowing down the photos from this session! I always seem to worry that I'm not going to get anything good and then overshoot and get myself into heaps of trouble in the culling process. I swear, 70% of my time in post processing is in selecting the images to retouch. I've narrowed it down to around 85 images that I love. GRRRR!
Here are a few of the ones that were easy to pick.
ETA: I shot pretty much the entire session in aperture priority. I almost always do this when shooting small children because they are so unpredictable. On this particular day I had plenty of light, so I set the ISO at a very flexible and relatively noiseless level and forgot it. Then I set to aperture priority and at times adjusted exposure compensation....for example, when the image was back lit. I find that this technique works best when I'm shooting a subject that is constantly moving about causing constantly varying lighting situations.
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6. Trying to decide what to do about the crop on this one. This is actually straight...the chair was on a sort of slope down towards the left. Here he's upright, but the chair is obviously crooked. I can't decide if making it more crooked would improve it...or if it's okay the way it is.
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7. One of the proud parents. I could kill myself cause moments after this, the little boy started hugging his mom's leg and I just missed it! It would have been such a great shot!
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A delightful set to look at!
The crookedness is a little bothersome, but I don't know that a different crop will look better than it is - I think part of the problem is he is kind of close to the edge of the chair the way it is leaning anyway, if that makes sense.
Love the last one of the parents...
When my brain is not so fried I have some questions re: AP mode!
I think I need to take some time to wrap my head around exposure compensation. I sort of get it, but I don't ever use it, cause I guess I don't fully understand. I love the color in these. Very vibrant. Your stuff reminds me a bit of Lisa Holloway. I think I like #1 best here. And I'm an over shooter too. I like having four very similar frames to choose from. There is always one that is just that much better than the other ones, which makes it worth while for me.
I was going to say the same thing, Lauren. I get a Lisa feel from them too
These are just amazing! My advice about the chair pic, is to just scrap it. I only say that because you said you have so many other from this session. That way you're not spending a ton of time thinking about it and working on it. I have no CC on these, but did want to say that my favorite is #5.
I love #1. You've got great eye contact, rich colors, and that red background really accentuates the photo well! My second favorite is #5. I like #4, but I prefer the shot with eye contact, and I wish the pole weren't right behind his head (hard to get kiddos to pose where you want them...). In #3, I wish mom had been looking at son. #2 is nice as well--beautiful, rich textures! It looks like he was a pretty cooperative, fun little boy!
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These are seriously fabulous Amber.
Hmm, have you tried the chair and him somewhat in the middle? With the chair not quite straight and him not quite straight? I don't mind the chair the way it is, just curious to how that would look.
So, did you use your 70-200 the whole session or switch at all? I've been using my 50 at most sessions, but really need to break out my 105mm for some good bokeh, I'm just scared it's too slow.
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Yeah...this is the 70-200 for the entire session. I only switch if I can't back up enough to get what I want. That lens and I are best buds and we seem to understand each other pretty well.
For exposure compensation, I just know when I need it. For example, if I'm doing something that is back lit...I know that the camera is going to think that the scene is too bright, so I tell the camera that it's not too bright and it should go ahead and over expose the image so that my subject isn't too dark. You end up with a nice middle ground and can darken the background and brighten the subject a touch in post if you want. It's just faster to have only one button to change when I know everything else is set where I want it. I could work in Manual...and with adults I always do....but I just find that in this type of situation it's easier to just quickly turn that exposure compensation dial as the child moves in and out of back lit lighting.
Great advice when it comes to small kids, Amber! Thanks for sharing YOUR way of doing things. I had a family shoot back in ... what? April? and, looking back, I wish I had done the same. Might have gotten a few more usable shots that way.
LOVE this set! The colors are amazing and I know mom and dad are going to go NUTS for these!