So I had my first actual newborn shoot (my new niece, Emery). Here are some of my favorites. I would love some CC on these. Thank you!
All were 50 mm
ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/125
ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/30
ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/125
ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/60
ISO 1600, f/2.5, 1/125
ISO 1600, f/2.5, 1/200
ISO 1600, f/2.5, 1/125
What a cute baby! This is a great start. Here are a couple CC.
1 - I love the concept on this. The bright reflection on the floor is distracting. I wish the baby made eye contact, but I know how hard that is. I would pull back so you can see the entire bucket.
2 - Now that is great eye contact. I think it is looking a bit yellow - but great focus.
3 - This is tightly cropped. Such a sweet moment - however the baby seems to be sinking/lost in the blankie.
4 - Least of my favorite. Baby looks angry.
5 - Very nice. There is some skin tone issue - a bit yellow and red - but my favorite of the set.
6 - Watch out for chopped limbs in your pictures. Are most of these camera cropped? Baby is looking a tinged yellow.
7 - Very cute - again tightly cropped. Make sure when you are cropping that is purposeful.
Not bad for your first try at a newborn.
1. Like the bucket, but wish baby were either sleeping or looking at camera. I know it's easier said than done...but it can be done...it just takes persistence. Agree that the bright spot on the floor is very distracting.
2. Like that baby is looking at camera, but the comp is seriously lacking here. There is no flow to this image and it feels tight and awkward to look at. You've got dead space on the right where nothing is happening and the baby's mouth is cramped by both the blanket and the bottom of the frame.
3. Cute moment, but very underexposed. Also, the blanket is getting in the way again.
4. Not a fan of this shot. The light isn't good here...shadows aren't pleasing and light is very uneven. The blanket appears to be blown in spots. The conversion is muddy. Also, again, an awake baby should ideally be looking at someone or something in the frame or at the camera.
5. Hooray...baby is asleep! I wish you had used more of a zoom so that the busy background would be less distracting. As it is, the tree is competing with the baby. Baby's skin could use some work...brightened and smoothed a bit and less saturated overall.
6. I really don't like the tutu. Tutus are cute once kids can stand, but until then they don't make much sense to me. Comp is also a bit strange. Due to the crop we only have one leg and the toe on that leg is chopped off. Image is a bit underexposed and yellow.
7. You need to watch your comps. Chopping off a cheek is a big no no. We've got more hat here than face. In the future, take your time and think through your compositions carefully. It's so much easier to do this with babies than toddlers....especially sleeping ones. They're not going anywhere. It's always better to leave too much room around your subject and crop it in than to try to work with crops that are too close.
You've got some awesome CC already! I'll just kind of touch on the things that stick out to me.
#1 - The bright spot is the biggest distraction for me in this one. Seeing the edge of the blanket would help with the comp so the flow wouldn't be interrupted.
#2 - My favorite of the bunch! Good exposure on this one! Way to go! I think this one could have benefited from backing up a little bit. We need to see a bit more of the blanket on the bottom.
#3 - Cute! This one needs brightened, and I wish I could see the baby's entire face. I like the concept here
#4 - Not digging the conversion. Is there a particular reason you converted this one? I try to make sure I only convert the images that I know will look nice in b&w. There usually needs to be a lot of contrasting lights and darks. When the image doesn't have that, it looks grey and flat. So, I look for nice directional light typically. Or I make sure there's the contrast there between light and dark, or I leave it in color.
#5 - This one is so sweet! Another of my favorites from this set! Just a couple of things that would have made the comp a little better would be if you had the other side of the basket in the frame, and you had pulled the basket away from the tree just slightly more so you could get a bit more bokeh from the tree.
#6 - Again, I wish you had backed up slightly to avoid the chops.
#7 - Missing her cheek Close ups are hard. You have to really pay attention to what is in the frame, or else the comp can suffer.
So, I guess my biggest themes here are for you to back up, and like Amber said, take your time to look through your camera and make sure your comp is pleasing. I know it's hard to slow down, but its something that comes to you once you are really comfortable with changing your settings and being more confident. I think you're to that point now. So take your time and shoot with purpose
Thank you all for the great cc! Most of the tight crops I really was too close but here is number 1 backed up a bit, better?
Here is sooc for 2, I knew I blew the front part of the blanket so I guess that was why I went with the tight crop. . Is there a way to salvage this one. I love her eyes in this one.
And here is the family shot brightened a little?
Baby in bucket is much better that way.
Blanket doesn't look blown in my photoshop. Clone out that bit of blanket that is sticking up in the baby's chin and I think this one works.
Image looks really yellow to me now. Color of the first version was much much better. All that needs to be done is for the middles to be brightened in curves. Do it twice though. Once for the foreground, and then once again for the background that is darker than the foreground and mask out the kids and the blanket in front. That is truly all that needs to be done. The image doesn't need any more color or contrast.