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    My perfect baby girl arrived Sept 10th. Ivy Jae was born underwater, into her daddy's hands. She was 5lbs, 13oz & 20". We are all so in love with her!

    I took these when she was 5 days old. It was my first newborn shoot in over 3 years, and the first time I've picked up my camera in months. I've been looking at them far too many hours, being so critical of myself. I started off excited about my results, but the more I look, the more I feel like I'm failing at everything from comp to pp. Her skin is so red/ yellow/ blotchy IRL. When I try to make it more appealing in pp, it just looks fake. If you'd be so kind as to give cc, on even just a couple, I'd greatly appreciate it!!

    These first 4 were all taken with my 18-55@ 18mm/ISO 400/f 3.5/varying ss
    1. ss 1/100


    2. ss 1/60


    3. ss 1/30


    4. ss 1/160


    These last 2 were taken with my 50mm 1.8 (manual focus)/ISO 400/f 3.5/varying ss
    5. ss 1/160


    6. ss 1/200

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    Congratulations, she's really beautiful!

    #2 is my favourite. Really beautiful light and pose. I might crop just a touch off the top, as there's a wrinkle in the blanket near the top that draws my eye.

    #4 is so sweet. I love how curled up she is - just like in the womb! Beautiful.

    #1 doesn't do much for me. She seems a bit dark and there are a lot of wrinkles in the blanket in the back.

    #5 and 6 are very sweet. Of the two, I like #6 best for the angle you have there. A great capture of her face.

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    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

    2, 4, 5 and 6 are my favorites. I think they are precious!

    The color of her skin doesn't really bother me personally. But I think that I'm seeing some noise in the pictures. I can't remember who on here recommended it to me, but there is a free program called Noiseware that can help with that. It's amazing what a little noise reduction can do to an image.

    Another thing that I noticed is that your SS is less than 200 in all of these. For me personally, I found out (After MONTHS of shooting at 1/160 and below) that I need to shoot at least a SS of 1/200, or I can tell I have a bit of camera shake. (Even though I have a tripod, I almost never use it....) Once I realized this and started shooting with higher SS, I was much more pleased with my work. I noticed that the pictures were much sharper.
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    Congrats, she's pretty.

    The pictures are great you had some good composition.

    With the skin if you want to fix it I would say choose a picture that is closest to her skin tone and try and make them all match, I found that in some of your pictures she was more red and others she was more yellow.

    #3 I think you did a good job on the B&W conversion.


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    Thanks so much ladies!

    Tracy- I didn't notice that wrinkle in #2, but now it has to go! haha #1 is actually the one I spent the most time on trying to "fix" her skin. Which could be part of why she looks dark. Not one of my favorites, but I do think I learned a lot from it.

    Danielle- Thanks for the tip on noiseware, I'll definitely check that out! I'm stuck in such a routine with adjusting my settings... SS is the last one I change, and honestly by that point I'm paying more attention to my light meter. I'll keep that in mind, and see if it makes a noticeable difference for me too.

    Amanda- Good idea on trying to make the skin tones match! After spending so much time on #1, I had kind of "given up" on the rest of them. Only slightly adjusted wb, and exposure, then left them alone. And since stepping away from them overnight, they look so much better to me today! except #1... lol...

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    These are cute! She is a DOLL! Oh my! Not good for me to see babies! LOL!

    1. I don't really care for the angle here. Her skin is a bit dark too.
    2. I like the angle here much better! I didn't notice the wrinkle, but if it bothers you, remove it!
    3. I wish this was taken a little more to the side so we could see her sweet face.
    4. She looks a bit scrunched up here.
    5 &6- the pose here is really good, but the lighting. That shadow distracts me.

    You did a really, really great job. What program are you working in?
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    Congrats! She's gorgeous!

    As far as the skin tones go, if you have good lighting, it's going to make skin tones much easier to work with. Also, your SS is quite low on the first few. It's really hard to get crisp photos with anything under 1/125. I find that mine has to be 1/250 or higher or else I'm going to get a fuzzy photo. The fuzziness also doesn't help with the skin tones.

    For the last few, your AP is very open, making it very hard to get focused correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadieruth View Post
    What program are you working in?
    Photoshop cs5

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    I know a LOT of people are against actions, but with newborns I use the Coffee Shop Blog newborn action and tweak ALL of it to where I like it.
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    Sadie, thanks for the link! I've never used an action (and honestly don't have the slightest clue how), but will definitely be looking into that.

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