Rocker Kids! (Edited)

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Rocker Kids! (Edited)

I had been wanting to do a "rock star" photo shoot with my kids ever since they both got toy guitars, but in honesty I was a little nervous because I usually just do snaps or quick poses when we're out, as somehow I worry about failing if I really "try" to do it. Does that make sense?! But then Steph's choice of "Props" for the next challenge finally spurred me into action, and I did the shoot today. I had a bit of a challenge with the backdrop, and I've had to do some editing to try to smooth it out and stuff. Not sure how well it worked. I am totally LOVING the photos of my son and had to work hard to narrow it down to just two to edit for now... but DD is a different story. She wasn't as into it, and also editing her photos, something about the colouring is giving me trouble. But anyway, I'll share them and would love some comments and also suggestions on editing.

*** EDITED: I feel like crying right now. I thought I had done something really fun and special, but the more I edit them, the more I realize they are just not good. The black background can't be replaced well without making the hair look lousy (at 100% for sure, and even at 50%), and the yellow colour cast in our stupid house can't seem to be fixed. But I will suck it up and re-post my edits from today and hope to figure something out. ***

#1 is my favourite!

#2

#3

#4

#5 - I really didn't have room to put them together, but snapped this and liked Micah's smile and a softer Nora peeking over his shoulder.

#6 A close-up of their rocker hairdos, styled for this occasion!

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Great clarity! They skin tone is off - they look yellow, also check I think you blew magenta/red. I would have like to see you take some horizontal picture to include the end of the guitar. Watch out for limb chops! My favorite is #4.

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Thanks, El! How do I check if I blew magenta/red?

We have yellow walls and no matter what I do, there's always a yellow colour cast. Sad I was hoping these wouldn't be so bad, but I don't know...

As far as horizontal, I would've loved to do that, but my backdrop wasn't big enough. I was thinking while doing this that good photography sure is a heckuva lot easier with a proper setup!!! Narrow area to work in... too tricky!

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Edited some backgrounds and a bit of the yellow problem, and reposted in the original post (just saving some space on my over-full Flickr account).

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How fun is this?! I love these, and can really tell that Micah was having a great time. Isn't it amazing how much more cooperative they are when they're doing something that they like?

I also see the yellow cast. It's in their skin and hair. I'm not exactly sure how to fix it. What have you tried so far? I'd also work on her shirt too. Looks a little blown.

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Steph, I am not very good at editing, but I have altered the colour balance to add more blue; and I tried reducing the yellow saturation, but that doesn't work.

When I first thought of this shoot, I wanted to go outdoors to do it, in front of an old brick wall or something a little "edgy". But it's winter here and that would never work, especially with t-shirts (and let's face it, sweaters don't seem very rock-n-roll). So I tried inside, but I think I have to give up on shooting inside our house if I want good results. The yellow walls are just so strong and unless I drape two-thirds of our common area in white sheeting, I'm pretty much hooped.

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Have you tried changing the hue of the yellow? I'm not sure if it will work or not.

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[HTML][/HTML]Tracy, I think these poses look great. Shooting my sons makes my head spin, so the fact that you got such great expressions out of your son is wonderful.
I edit with GIMP so I thought I would see if you've tried this. Go back to the original and adjust only the highlight hue instead of middle or anything else. I had the same issue shooting pics of my new nephew against my grandmother's yellow walls. If that doesn't work, what about B&W?
As for your back drop, what do you use? I constructed the easiest thing out of light weight wood (I could take a pic for you) and it can be adjusted as wide (up to 7ft) as you like. I bet it cost me 15 bucks to make. You could always build two and hang a white sheet on one to get rid of the yellow in your home.
I know I'm no pro, but HTH!

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Tracy! You always look like you have such fun with your kids! This is just the kind of thing that they will carry with them in their memories always!

I got to thinking about it and wondered if maybe trying to get 'true color' was a mistake here. I started thinking that maybe an 'urban' feel might work better and might make those yellow casts work for you instead of against you.

So I ran the following 2 pictures through an action called 'Urban Acid' that I sometimes use when I process my MMA photos. (These are in a private, password protected gallery, but I can take it down if you like - no worries.)

I didn't take the time to tweak any of the adjustment layers, but I thought you might be interested to see them anyway. Here is a link to the action that I used: http://www.teachtutorials.com/download/2719

TFS!
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Marie, that's a good idea! I think it did help with one edit I did. I haven't tried all of them because I was trying out GiGi's idea as well, but that's a really good thought. I always forget to check whether I'm modifying shadows, midtones, or highlights. Sad

Steph, I don't really know how to do that... I'll have to read up on it and give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestion!

GiGi, I like what you've done. I can't find a GIMP script ("action") that is similar, but I tried something a little different, but perhaps along the same lines. Not so bold, but a different feel and not so concerned about the true colours. I desaturated quite a bit and ran another GIMP script to increase contrast and stuff. Then on one of Nora's I took it a step further and added a hard light layer, but I think it's too much. I don't know, anyway, I'll post the few I did and you can tell me if it's an improvement or not??!!

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Nora with the same processing:
Test Edit

and then with the hard light layer (40% opacity, I believe):
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I LIKE THEM, TRACY! Gives them that 'edgy feel' that you associate w/ Rock 'n Roll! I especially like the one w/ the hard light layer of Nora.

SWEET!

GiGi

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"acarbo99" wrote:

I LIKE THEM, TRACY! Gives them that 'edgy feel' that you associate w/ Rock 'n Roll! I especially like the one w/ the hard light layer of Nora.

SWEET!

GiGi

Agreed! Super cute. Smile

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Love the newest edits! Great job with some more "creative" processing Smile

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Tracy, the color looks great! Good job. I did a shoot with horrible color cast (high noon) and edited half the pics before I remembered to adjust ONLY highlights. D'oh! I had to start the editing all over again.