newborn for cc (my brand-new niece)

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Amy_&_Eva's picture
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newborn for cc (my brand-new niece)

OK, I have never done anything like this before (never done a newborn shoot), but my SIL just had her first baby last Wed., and she had asked me to take pics this past Sunday.

So my beautiful niece was 5 days old when I took these. But she was awake the whole time Smile I did get a couple shots of her with her eyes closed though.

This was a very tight space, next to her small bedroom window, and she is super-tiny....these are all with the 50mm. I got as high as I could get for the whole-basket shots but it wasn't quite high enough...

Please tell me how I did and what I should be paying more attention to. I see that I need to work on #5-6-7 again because the colors are off:

1. 1/640, f/2.2, ISO 1600 (the camera actually was telling me to use an even faster SS than that, but I reduced it because the pics were still too dark)
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2. same settings as above
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3.same settings as above
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4. same settings as above
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5. same settings as above
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6. same settings as above
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7. SS 1/1000, f/2.2, ISO 1600
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8. SS 1/500, f/2.2, ISO 1600
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For my processing, I didn't have to do a whole lot.....I just adjusted color balance (reduced reds, added a touch of blue if needed), very slight levels adjustment in a few, spot-healed a few tiny white spots and red marks, and the biggest thing was color-correcting her left arm because it was very purple.

TracyF's picture
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Oh Amy, this was your first newborn? You did fantastic!

I've only done one newborn and am not that great at CC on this, but I think the skin tones and exposure look wonderful, you've gotten some really nice angles, and the props are so cute!

My favourite is #1, just really precious, but I love the basket shots. My main CC comment would be that, yes, they do look tight. But in that respect, #2 is the best. The basket is cut off, but nothing around her head is, which makes it feel more open. And #2 is very cute too.

#4 feels just a tiny bit soft? And the colour in it is not quite as nice as the rest of the set.

Too bad for the tight spot -- I wish you would've been able to pull back a bit in #7. That one is sweet. Seems a touch darker than the others.

But man, these are GREAT! I'm so impressed!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Newborns are so hard! Especially when they don't fall asleep and they're so wiggly. I think that focus looks great on all of them. Bummer about the tight space. I think that the biggest thing for me with them is that the editing isn't consistent through all of them. Lighting looks great in these!

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Thank you so much!! I worked on re-doing the color all side by side so they are a lot more consistent now. And she wants me to come again next week to do some more outfits, & I am hoping for more sleeping ones, so I told her I'll bring something to allow me to get higher up to get the whole basket in the shot Smile if we do the basket again, I mean.

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Just replaced the last 3 in the original post with updated edits....and here are two other "sleeping" shots....

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Amy,

Your niece is so beautiful! And she's so bright eyed and alert for a 5 day old!

I think you did a brilliant job and I know your family will love them!

#1 and #5 are my favorites, but I also really love the expression you caught in #8.

I really like the conversion in #1. In #5, it's the close crop that I love so much. I'm drawn right to those bright shining eyes. The focus looks super crisp too.

What a sweetie, Amy! I hope you get a chance for many more photo shoots!

OOH! I just saw that you are going back soon! I can't wait to see what you get this time!

TFS,
GiGi

momof5sweeties's picture
Joined: 02/08/06
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These are awesome! I love sleeping newborn shots, but those wide open eyes, with all that light in them... gorgeous!!
I'm not a huge fan of the hat and diaper cover (?), they distract me a little.
#1 is def. my favorite. I love the conversion, and the focus is perfect.
I totally understand your struggles with the color. Newborn skin is so tricky!