These are so technically wrong, I know. I wasn't even trying to get a good shot, but rather just starting to practice with learning how to shoot the tree this year.
I'm going tomorrow to buy DS some Christmas pj's and hopefully try to recreate this again. I do not have a tripod, so I am at the mercy of putting it on a table and pushing the shutter. Any suggestions on settings to improve on these would be greatly appreciated.
BUT, my real question is...how would I process these? These are SOOC. I am bummed because my floor vent is in one picture along with DS's play rug (which of course I didn't notice until I downloaded the photos) and the floor vent will be in the shot again if I recreate it to get a better crop. Any suggestions on how to hide it? Now I want to reposition my Christmas tree in the room If I can't get DS to cooperate again, I may just use one of these to send out in our Christmas cards this year and I need to "pretty" them up a bit. Any plays are welcome, but please, please give me an idea of what you did. I still probably won't understand, but at least I'll have something to youtube and learn on a tutorial
Both were the following settings and I was holding the camera (really would like a tripod for Christmas please!)
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 1600
i like them! I like #1 I think. He's a bit soft it looks like but that's because it was hand held and low shutter speed but I think it's alright! But I went ahead and played with #2. I like your wall. It has some nice texture I think so I went ahead and added just a tiny bit more. I brightened him up a bit as well with a screen layer, layer mask, inverting and using the eraser to brighten him. Would make a cute christmas card! I still need to work on mine lol
IMG_0410 by loidaeg, on Flickr
THANK YOU! And thanks so much for telling me what you did I haven't even attempted to PP because I don't know anything. I really, really want to try again with some Christmas pj's. He had on his outdoor play clothes and while it's fine, I'd really like something striped all over I think. We'll see....
I love how my wall turned out in the photo. We live in a little older house and the wall is plaster. I guess the texture helps!
I really like them too, although a bit too green but I'm not sure if it would look weird if you altered the color? I'm assuming your wall is really green? (which I love, BTW )
I think #2 would make an awesome card. I'd probably crop it so he's a tad more to the left.
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I did a quick edit
I took it into camera raw and brought the temperature way down, and bumped up the exposure +0.45. The biggest problem I had trying to balance the exposure it the whole back side of your DS has no pixel detail (at least in the jpeg version from flickr, maybe in the RAW file there's something to salvage). it's not a bad shot though.
I think if you played with other off camera continuous light you'd still be able to achieve the "glow" from the tree, but be able to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion and stop the blur/OOF. When there is motion blur manipulating the exposure to make the image brighter only makes it more obvious.
I love Lauren's edit. Your composition on these is wonderful and that plaster wall really adds a nice texture (the kind I struggle to add artifically to so many shots).
Are you going to try a reshoot in the pajamas or just go with these? Either way around, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I'm just going with this one....I haven't had a chance to get out and get the pj's!!! I will definitely practice some more later once I do have his christmas pj's but i need to get my christmas cards out so I'm just doing this one!