Newborn Reshoot CC (Added pics)

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Newborn Reshoot CC (Added pics)

Well, maybe not technically a newborn anymore...? 2.5 weeks old hereThis is my sister's baby and she lets me "practice" my picture taking whenever I can!I am hoping these are an improvement from the previous ones I posted, but I know there are lots of things wrong as far as my set up goes (blankets/props/etc)...this was just an unplanned/impromptu reshoot since baby was sleeping and my kids were all napping!I took these outside instead of inside and lowered my ISO to 200 to try to avoid so much noise. SS was 200-500 on these four and f stop around 5.6...shot all with my 50mm/1.6 lens1. 2. 3.4. [I think this is the same picture I originally posted ... I tried to re-edit, but I think I went the wrong direction! :eek: ]Seeing them on the screen right here, I am pretty sure that the swaddling blanket is blown in 1 & 2.Somebody help me and send me in the right direction please!!! :help1:

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I see what you were going for in #1. I do really like the props but I would like it better if you pulled back so the picture was horizontal and the basket was to the left. 2 and 4 are not working for me but I think a different conversion would maybe help in 4.
I like #3. The little mark on her head is called a stork bite. Atleast that is what my Dr. calls them and I WISH I had a pic before Cain lost his. Glad you did not get rid of it. I have only done 1 newborn and it was also for my sister so take my advice with a grain of salt.

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I agree that being a bit pulled back would help for #1, and I would've shot it more wide open, I think. The detail in the grass is distracting. But it's a really cute idea and the basket is great.

#2 isn't working for me either, but maybe only because of the orientation. It seems like it should be portrait from the way I look at it.

#3 is very sweet.

I like #4, the tight swaddle and the composition. I think just a bit of tweaking on the conversion would help - more contrast.

But as you know, I've only shot one newborn, yesterday, and wasn't too happy with the results... so take MY CC with a grain of salt too. Smile

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So glad that you're getting all of this opportunity to practice! I do agree that the storkbite should stay in, but I think I would try to smooth it out just a little bit. Or at least the rest of the skin. Choose a good face color, make a new layer, paint over the skin and lower the opacity to practically nothing (maybe 10%?) I'd at least do that on the close up.

I feel like she looks a bit uncomfortable. I'm just not digging how she's laying in the basket. Her chin is digging into her chest a little too much, and you can't see that pretty little face well.

Was #2 in a different location than the others? The lighting on that one is really good, and I'd like to see that for the others.

I can't see #4.

Great job, overall, though! I do see much improvement with these. It's amazing what getting outside can do, isn't it? Smile

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Oops, deleted #4 - I'll fix that and I have a couple more to add, maybe.

Yes, Stephanie, lighting was diff in pic 2...I have more shots in location of #2 but baby was turned. I can't "see" the light yet and I turned her both ways in attempt to see what was right. Smile The color basket shot was completely outside (open shade) and #2 and 3 were inside the carport (in diff locations in carport).

Hopefully I'll be back at nap time!

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"TracyF" wrote:

I agree that being a bit pulled back would help for #1, and I would've shot it more wide open, I think. The detail in the grass is distracting. But it's a really cute idea and the basket is great.

#2 isn't working for me either, but maybe only because of the orientation. It seems like it should be portrait from the way I look at it.

#3 is very sweet.

I like #4, the tight swaddle and the composition. I think just a bit of tweaking on the conversion would help - more contrast.

But as you know, I've only shot one newborn, yesterday, and wasn't too happy with the results... so take MY CC with a grain of salt too. Smile

You know, my apererture was all over the place because I was having such trouble focusing on her face no matter how I recomposed...so frustrating! But I agree, grass was distracting!

And I got a little wider view with the basket but not a good baby expression. I was on the top step of my step stool ladder and couldn't get any higher! Wink

Okay, so a couple more, nothing much different than the first two though - Stephanie, I think in these two the baby was positioned similarly to #2 posted above.

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6.

I didn't post #6 originally because of all the wrinkles in the blanket that I had no idea how to get rid of.

But thinking I need to turn my opacity wayyyyy down and try again...

Thanks for your input ladies!

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I really like #6. Great light. As you know, I feel your pain about the wrinkles in the blanket, but I like it anyway. #5 seems a tiny bit the wrong angle, as we're getting more forehead than straight-on face, you know?