More to Share for CC and a question about cropping

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daniellec.parker's picture
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More to Share for CC and a question about cropping

My great grandmother is in town for a while, and I was able to get her over here to take a few pictures with Collin today. She will be 90 in January! Smile Anyway, I have fallen in love with these. I hate that I chopped off the top of her head though. :/ I had noticed I was chopping off her hands to begin with, and when I adjusted myself, I adjusted too far down. I really need to invest in a zoom lens... I couldn't step back any further with my 35 mm.

These would have been more powerful if I could have gotten her to hold him differently, but this was the only way she felt comfortable. Just wondering if I my love for them is simply because of the meaning they have for me, or if others will think they are good quality.

My question is- how can I determine how large of a print will look good for a cropped picture?

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TracyF's picture
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Wow, those are WONDERFUL!!! I so, so, so, so, so wish I'd been into photography when Nora in particular was born, as she was named after two of her great-grandmothers, to have pictures like this of her with her namesakes. These are just precious and what wonderful memories!!!

I don't have any advice about the cropping, other than that I know that in the past, I've uploaded pics to a service for printing and have received a message if the resolution of a cropped image wasn't going to produce a good-quality print. I doubt all services do that, but I've had it happen a couple of times (thankfully not for a long time, due to the larger image sizes with my DSLR).

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These are wonderful, Danielle!! And they are so so special.

Lighting on grandma is fantastic, but I wish that Collin had a little bit more light on his face. I bet you could have rotated them both just slightly towards the light source, and still have both of them lit nicely. Grandma would have had a little more shadowing on her, but it would have made Collin stand out a little more. The conversion is fantastic.

I wouldn't worry about your cropping on these. For a client, it's definitely something to keep in mind, and be mindful of while you are shooting, which you said you adjusted for after you noticed the chops. But for yourself, all you're going to look at is the special moment you captured, and that's all that matters. The crops really don't bother me too much, and I would love to have an image like this with my grandmothers holding New-Son after he is born, but they live too far away now for that!

ETA: I guess I'm mostly talking about #2 with the lighting. Looks like it was corrected better in #3 Smile It's Monday...I need more sleep, and to pay attention better Wink

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Oh, and I thought of one other thing that might help you out with the crop in a tight space. I think that holding baby closer to your face would help to get a better comp/crop out of the photo when there isn't much room to step back. Also, it will create a wonderful connection between the two subjects. Check out some of Lisa Holloway's newborn shots with mom. She loves to bring baby all the way up to the neck, and it's something I will want to recreate with my baby once he's born Smile

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Oh, and I thought of one other thing that might help you out with the crop in a tight space. I think that holding baby closer to your face would help to get a better comp/crop out of the photo when there isn't much room to step back. Also, it will create a wonderful connection between the two subjects. Check out some of Lisa Holloway's newborn shots with mom. She loves to bring baby all the way up to the neck, and it's something I will want to recreate with my baby once he's born Smile

Brinley | Flickr - Photo Sharing!\

Shellie & Baby J | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

That's how I tried to get her to hold him-- closer to her face. I even demonstrated for her and positioned her hands before handing him over. But she couldn't hold him that high, or didn't feel comfortable. I decided it was better to get what I could than to frustrate her by continuing to correct her hold.

Ladybugsteph's picture
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I can imagine it felt awkward for her to hold him that way. She might just not have enough strength. But I agree about taking what you can get! These really are lovely!

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Those are wonderful pictures.