I know, it's always my kids. I did a photo shoot last night with 8 kids, 2 different familes. Yeah, not really prepared, and it was STRESSFUL. That's how they wanted to do it though. I will post those as soon as I get them edited.
Thursday, I took the kids outside and I wanted to see if I had any neat spots nestled in my yard. Here's what I came up with. Please hit me with your best shot. I want to improve more than anything. Don't hold back! I can take it! Oh- excuse their outfits- we were just playing around!
ISO on all is 320, f- is 2.0 on all, and SS is anywhere between 1/1600-1/2500
bubbycolor-web by sadieruth, on Flickr
Looking at this one, I am wondering why in the world I cropped it like this. I am sharing the SOOC b/c I would like some opinions and some plays if you are feeling up to it!
bubbychair2-web by sadieruth, on Flickr
DSC_8065 by sadieruth, on Flickr
3) Please tell me this is not mommy goggles. I am in love with this photo. The old lady that lived in our house before us had weird things. This was a bed frame that was used as a gate in part of the yard that we don't use. I thought, "this might be neat looking." I think it is! Is her arm being OOF bothering you?
sisframeweb by sadieruth, on Flickr
4) A little vintage play on this one-
sisbarnvin-web by sadieruth, on Flickr
Cute cute cute! Your children as just so adorable.
1. He is so cute!!! Might just be my eyes but it looks a little soft.
2. I like your crop but I might straighten the horizon a bit.
3. The arm being oof is not a problem but the angle of that arm is a bit off for me. Love the bed frame as a gate idea though.
4. Such a sweet picture. I like the PP here.
I always love seeing your kiddos!!!! They're both getting SO BIG though.
Here's my $0.02 worth ...
1. He looks soft. Looks as though focus fell on his nose or mouth because his eyes look soft. This is probably due to shooting so wide open. If you can close it up to 2.4 or so, more would be in focus. And since your shutter speed is so high, you can afford to close up your aperture some and still avoid motion blur.
2. I'm not a huge fan of the crop (though he is really cute regardless of how you crop him). And he looks pretty warm in the edited version.
I would probably do something more like this:
3. This is not mommy goggles ... she looks ADORABLE here! I like your conversion quite a lot here, but you might back off on the contrast around her eyes. You're losing detail in her eyes, especially her right eye (on our left).
4. LOVE the vintage processing here!!! And it's just a sweet shot all around!!! What an adorable sweetie pie!
TFS, Sadie! You are growing by leaps and bounds with every set you post. I can't wait to see what you got from the big family shoot.
Thanks GiGi. I really appreciate your time in cc'ing each photo and the play! I thought #1 was soft, but I was hoping it wasn't b/c you all know how hard it is to get a good one of a 1.5 year old! Thanks for the play on #2. Your play looks much better- mine was too warm. I tend to edit warmer. On #3- do you mean by it being so bright around her eyes? I am a bit confused. Randall says my b&ws are always too bright, and I am thinking this is what you are meaning as well. Thanks for all the compliments on my babies!
Again, I appreciate all cc!
Hi there! Glad you are posting more often again.
#1 the skin tone looks off to me (greenish?) and I wish he was looking into the camera instead of off to the side, but that age is TOUGH!
#2 I don't mind your crop, but would straighten out the tilt on the chair a bit and do some extra sharpening and dodging to bring out the light in his eyes
#3 LOVE this. The arm being OOF is no prob to me, it adds depth and i really like your conversion
#4 the processing is a little too orangy-brown to me. I am more of a clean or soft PP person though... so JMO
Awesome work and gorgeous kids as always
Beth... mom to Andrea 7-26-97, Gavin 10-16-01, Kade 5-25-08 and Bentli Grace 09-09-09.
Your shoot last night sounds INSANE!! Can't wait to see them.
1. Randy looks yellow here ... so I'm thinking your WB is off. You need to get more light in his eyes. What I do with my kids is hold their hands, have them look at me, and we walk in a circle until I find the best spot for the catchlights. Then I tell them to stay there until I fire the camera a couple of times.
2. Can't help you on WHY you cropped it like that. I think a fun tilted crop would be good here. WB again seems off. I WANT to play, but it's telling me that downloading is disabled per your flickr instructions.
3. No mommy googles, I love this one! The dark patch above her is distracting but not enough to take away from her. Sadie is the very first thing I noticed. Next was the vine and then it was the distracting patch.
4. Love the play, looks like a photo from the 70s. So sweet too! Love the lights in her eyes.
Great CC so far!!
1. Looks like your focus fell on his shirt sleeve because his face and eyes are really soft.
2. Yeah, not digging your crop here. I'm at work so I can't play
3. IN LOVE!! Your focus is so spot on and the heavy contrast because it works.
4. This one is too sweet! Not digging the yellow, though. But, I know it's part of the processing you used.
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