ok here goes...very first "shoot" with T1i

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ok here goes...very first "shoot" with T1i

I'm a newbie to portraits.....here are a couple shots from my first-ever real "session" with my T1i and kit lens.

I used the natural daylight from the windows, no flash at all, with manual setting. 2 windows on her right and one smaller one on her left.

The backdrop is just a white sheet because I don't have any fancy setup yet for hanging backdrops. I had some issues with the sunshine coming in and out which threw some yellow light on the top half of the sheet sometimes.

I have a bunch more but these are the ones I think are closest to good. LOL Let me know what you think. I post-processed in PSP 8.1 to fix any needed color, b/c, and crop, used noise reduction on most, and I resized for posting.

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SS 1/256, F/4.5, ISO 1600
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2.
SS 1/197, F/5.6, ISO 1600
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3. This one is cropped a lot because she had the doll on top of her head Sad
SS 1/197, F/5, ISO 1600
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SS 1/256, F/5.7, ISO 1600
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SS 1/395, F/4.5, ISO 1600
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Ill be the first to cc I guess!
#1- best of the bunch imo. nice lighting and nice comp+a cute girl doesnt hurt either Smile
#2 -cute capture, but the sub is awfully centered and the uneven lighting is distracting
#3- what a cute grin! I would like to see the doll, maybe that would help the comp here?
#4 -cracks me up! what a silly girl! The uneven lighting makes it look more like a snapshot imo
#5 -is pretty darn cute as is! no chopped limbs which is amazing cause Im sure she was moving around like wild! She looks like a wiggler! lol

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I think you did great for your first photo shoot! Eva is such a cutie in all of these. Great captures!

What is bothering me in each of these is the lighting- mainly 2, 3, and 4.

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Thanks! I know the lighting kept changing on me so it was tough to fix that. Out of those, #4 seems like the least affected I think, but maybe the bottom is too dark too?

For #5 I was able to get her all in because the photo was actually taken at a wider angle and I cropped. Yes Eva is VERY wiggly and she really overall was not cooperating very well that day! LOL

I have a question about eyes---do any of you sharpen the eyes (and teeth) back in after you soften/de-noise the face? I did that on a couple and found it to be a nice tool but I didn't want to overdo it....but also I know I need to work on fine-tuning the settings as I shoot so I wouldn't need to do that.

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These are cute, your little girl is adorable...she loves to smile i can see Smile

What lighting were you using? I know you said natural light...but where was the light in conjunction to your subject? to the left, right, behind?

Is there a reason why your ISO is up so high? was the room very dark?

I see you have your SS in some at 225 and so on..its perfectly acceptable to get your SS down to 125 when shooting little one's so that you can more light in .....and in turn you can lower ISO and even your AP a little.

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Hi, thanks. I did mention there were 2 windows on her right and 1 smaller one on her left, but they are about 4-5 feet away so when I had my SS lower it was too dark sometimes....but I definitely need to get more practice adjusting the 3 settings to work together better. There were times when I wanted to open the AP more but it was as open as it could go already. So I guess I would have had to adjust the other settings instead. Lots to think about when your subject is trying to squirm away and you just want to get a good shot in! LOL

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Sorry, i had a wiggly one year old on my lap when i was writting that out, so i probably missed that part!! lol

I don't shoot with natural light, i use strobes...so i could be wrong, but i was once told by someone from here a while back that when shooting in natural light, its best to have the window behind you so your subject should be in front of the window......the times that i've used natural light this method did work very well for me.

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I agree, you're right, the other morning when Eva was right in front of our bedroom window, facing it, and I got great lighting and catchlights that way. When trying to do the backdrop setup the windows weren't as close so I'm sure I would technically need bounced flash at least, right? I think that's why #5 looks good on her face, because she was crawling toward the front windows at the time LOL! thanks for all the replies so far, I'm loving it!

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Here's one more that I had originally left out as a "reject" because it was dark and something was blocking her foot/leg....but I lightened it up and did some mask effects to possibly improve it...what do you think? except for the blocked foot of course....

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I don't really like it Amy, sorry- mainly the pink glow around her. My fav is still #1.

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OK thanks Jaxie.

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I'm a newbie, so I don't really have any good CC that would be helpful, and since you have already received some great CC, I'll skip giving you some!

She is ADORABLE and it looks like you are on the right track! Where did you get the Owl stuffed animal? Too cute! Brooke LOVES owls!

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Ok, she is adorable and so is that owl and rug! I LOVE owls! Biggrin

To cc some of these- I am not a pro like the others, so you can just ignore me if you want!

1) Probably my fav of the bunch. The white is too bright though.
2) the lighting throws this one off
3) again, bit too bright- two different lights on her face
4) CUTE capture. Her face is adorable here. The lighting again is off.
5) this one is good too. I just wish there weren't any wrinkles.

You are doing great! Keep it up! Biggrin

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Thanks Tara and Sadie! I know now that lighting was the biggest issue--the windows were slightly too far away AND at the same time I should not have shot during those moments when the sun poured in. But it's all good for learning! She was all over the place that day too lol.

The owl and rug were from Target. Last year I had picked up one of the brown polka-dot towels there because I love love loved it, and at the time I couldn't get the rug etc. But this time the rug was still there so I grabbed one Smile Eva loved it and wanted to sit on it for her pics. And the owl, well, how could I NOT buy it? I love birds/owls and it was tooooo cute! The owl was in the toy/stuffed animal aisles BTW. They also had an awesome pink frilly hedgehog I almost brought home Smile

I want to take a moment to say thank you to those of you who are so friendly and helpful and understanding about new people that come here and are brave enough to post! I appreciate the fact that some of the pros here will still give friendly and gentle cc and make us feel it's ok to be newbies. Not everyone is that willing or down to earth.
So to those who've posted here, thanks!!!! I love learning to take better portraits! Smile