I did a practice shoot with my SIL and her 4 month old daughter. She wanted some pictures done of them but couldn't afford professional shots and I needed some practice so it worked out for everyone. We went to a local park and set up in several areas. Unfortunately for me and my amateur skills nothing worked in my favor; it kept fluctuating from really sunny to super cloudy, the wind was blowing like crazy, Jessica's hair kept going everywhere and made a lot of shots look bad, Harper would not smile and cried a lot. Needless to say I took 110 pictures and am still deciding if I like them or not. She absolutely loves the pictures and thinks I have skill (little does she know), I guess all that matters is that she loves them and has good memories to look back on. These were all taken in manual mode, no flash, they are SOOC.
Photo 12 f4.5, 1/125sec, ISO 80 I think this could have been a good picture except her hair blow into her face. Is there any way to Photoshop it out? I have Photoshop Elements 9 but I'm a newbie at it so I have no clue if I can and what I should use? FYI that was my ?.
Photo 45 f5.8, 1/500sec, ISO 200 I cropped this one because the wind was blowing and my hands moved making me cut some of the baby's back off so I cropped it into a head cuddle shot thought that might look better.
Photo 47 f5.8, 1/500sec, ISO 200
Photo 71 f4.5, 1/500sec, ISO 200
Steph!!! You did so great for your very first shoot and I'm proud of you for trying it out!!
I do like #1, it just needs a little brightening in the shadowed area (tree & Mom's body) and I wish Mom's feet were there LOL! But it is still a cute shot! Yes you could probably clone out the hair.
#2 sweet moment; this would have been a good one done with a landscape orientation, with more of them in the photo and you'd also get more light coming into the photo too.
#3 has great bokeh and color! The crop is a little tight but it still works...also Mom's eyes are squinted so much we can't really see them, but maybe that's just how they look when she laughs?
I like the color & background of #4, and they look cute just wish baby was looking at the camera for #3 and 4.
Keep at it, you're doing great!
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Steph ... Amy is right.... you are certainly on the right track!!!
I did a very quick edit of your first shot where I cloned out the hair. I just used the small image you had here, so a better job could certainly be done, but I wanted to show you where it could go:
I also duplicated the layer (after fixing the hair) and bumped up the exposure, then I masked back in the background so that it wasn't blown.
I love this shot. The interaction between mom and babe is just precious!
I'll bbl w/ more replies, but I wanted to at least show you this.
BTW ... it's in a private, password-protected gallery on my site. I can remove it if you like.
Wow, good for you doing a shoot like that! You did a great job! I would be so nervous, but you got some really nice moments!
Some of them seem a bit dark, though if the sun was in and out and what not, that's understandable. I think #1 is a really awesome moment. I'd probably like it better if she wasn't standing so close to the tree, just another foot forward (but keeping the tree in the shot?) so her hair doesn't blend in to the tree and makes her and baby stand out more. But it is super sweet, a great catch!
The rest are really cute and fun. Awesome job!
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Thank you Amy. Yes when Jessica laughs she squints up really bad. I could not get Harper to do anything. Here is the original of the crop, I was worried because like I said my hand moved and I cut off some of the shoulder and back. Would you recommend a different crop?
GiGi thank you so very much for editing that. I really need to work on my photoshopping.
Thanks Tracy. The sun going in and out was killing me especially since I only have a p&s and natural light is a necessity. I had a lot of fun with it and hope to do some more practice shoots so I can get even more practice in.
You did a good job! I know how tough it is when it's windy/cloudy and you have to keep changing your settings...so with that in mind, I applaud you! Practice makes perfect.
I like the original pic you later posted better than the tightly cropped edit, too...I think it's the way she's holding Harper's feet...so precious!
What a good job!
The thing about practice shoots is I know how well you want to do, how many idea's you'd like to try but it never ends up being as good as you thought it would. I still get petrified at the thought of uploading my photos and seeing everything is not as good as I thought it would be.
The other thing is...... with practice you get better and better and when you start to notice it, its a great feeling.
And the great thing about photographing family is that they are always there and ready for more practice whenever you want them
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