I'm sorry I introduced myself then split. I've been really busy with work and haven't been able to practice much with my camera, nor have I had much time to post (enough excuses).
Any who, my DD was in a pretty good mood before bed and I wanted to work on getting better composition. I wasn't expecting much because the lighting in my house stinks, but I kind of liked this one. I played with it a bit in PhotoScape (mainly to darken the background since it is my living room).
All CC would be greatly appricated. Thanks
f/3.5, SS 1/100, ISO 100
Jennifer, I'm heading up to bed ... but wanted to reply on this first. There's way too much contrast here - not sure what you did in terms of editing, but you want to bring that down. It's a super cute shot, and I love her sweet smile.
definitely a difference. don't sweat the background just yet ... and you can always mask backgrounds in later. so I'm guessing you used the onboard flash?
well, as far as composition, her eyes are pretty centered. but like I've said before, the centering doesn't bother me at all. I just think you have a sweet capture there.
I definitely like the second edit better- more natural looking! Such a cutie- great eye contact!
Was your on board flash on? I can see pin lights in her eyes.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
I prefer the second edit too, adding too much contrast does awful things to the skin, so if you like the contrasty look, at least mask the skin back in.
It's a cute shot. Yes, you can tell you used your onboard flash, but sometimes you have to to capture the moment.
Yes I used the onboard flash. Not enough light in my house at night to get much of anything and I don't have any additional photography lighting.
Gwen, when you say her eyes are centered, does that mean that she is facing the camera? Would a 'better' shot have been if her head was slightly turned?
El, I'm guessing the pin light in the eyes is a bad thing? Or is it just a tell tell sign of flash use?
Would I have been able to take a pic in my house with poor lighting? Or is more lighting the key?
Thanks so much for the help
I think Gwen means her eyes are on the line running horizontally through the center of the frame. I think it is generally accepted that you should try for rules of 3rds, but that is easier said than done sometimes. I often get my subject on a 3rd but still find the eyes are too centred, so I'm not really much help, lol!
I like the 2nd edit better. To be honest with you, I still use my camera on auto inside when taking snaps b/c I can't get enough natural light in most rooms, so I HAVE to use the flash. I don't have extra light either.
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy