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jacen's picture
Joined: 02/25/07
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Senior session

Here is one of my Favoright images from a recent Senior session. I will upload others from this session as soon as I finish Editing them

[TD=align: right]From Introduction to Photoshop CS5

Here is one Un edited of my youngest son

[TD=align: right]From March 27, 2012

and here are 2 of my oldest also unedited

[TD=align: right]From March 27, 2012
[TD=align: right]From March 27, 2012

Im still playing around with the best way to upload the photos and share them.

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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It's great to see some images from you! So glad you jumped right in. They're posting small here. If I click on the image, it'll bring up the larger version. I really like Flickr for uploading. Very easy to use. Smile Also, could you post your settings? It'll be helpful for suggesting any changes in your SS, ISO, or AP.

#1 - I think this one could have benefited from you backing up just slightly to get her whole right arm in the frame. Could you brighten this one some? It's looking a little bit dark.

#2 - What a cutie!!! Love that hat! This one is also looking underexposed. I think it would have helped to rotate him more toward your light source (window?). The part of his face with the light on it is looking pretty good exposure wise, but most of his face is in shadow, making it underexposed.

#3 - Love the eye contact and smile you caught here! This one is exposed much better. I'd warm it up a tad Smile

#4 - Great eye contact and love the tiny smile Smile Underexposed again. I've recently been doing a lot more backlighting, because I found that it's best for my oldest since he squints so much when it's sunny and faces the sun. What I do, is spot meter. I can't tell you how much that's helped me in getting my exposure correct. I was constantly underexposing before I switched to spot metering. Now, I meter off of the face, and expose for that specifically.

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Joined: 02/25/07
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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

What I do, is spot meter. I can't tell you how much that's helped me in getting my exposure correct. I was constantly underexposing before I switched to spot metering. Now, I meter off of the face, and expose for that specifically.

Do you use an external Light meter or the one built in your camera?

Thank you so much for your CC! #2 was taken next to a very small window. unfortunlaty the inside of my house is not light friendly Sad but the weather is beginning to warm up so we will be able to play around outside a lot more!. My oldest is such a camera hog he LOVES the camera but I think that has something to do with the fact that when he was a baby I was working in a studio and he was my guinipig! LOL

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I just use the meter in my camera. On my Canon, spot metering is called "Partial Metering". "Evaluative Metering" is what it is set to on default. It just takes an average of the scene and tells you if you're over or under exposing your image. "Partial Metering" (spot) will tell you if you're over or under exposing based on one specific spot of the image. So, if you're backlighting your subject, you will probably have blown spots in the background due to exposing for your subject. If you were exposing for the entire scene, your subject will probably be underexposed, because your camera is taking into consideration those bright spots, and telling you how to set your camera based on those bright spots. (I hope that makes sense!)

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Just want to say WELCOME! Not sure if you are looking for cc, but I do want you to know that we are glad you are here! Smile

jacen's picture
Joined: 02/25/07
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Yes!! thank you Stephanie that made perfect sense! I will look at the settings on my camera and play around with it! thank you!

jacen's picture
Joined: 02/25/07
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Thanks Sadie! I am looking for as much CC as I can get! I am excited to join a group so far I have been getting feed back from people who are just way too nice! LOL Lighting tips are always welcome! I spent most of my childhood and my early learning days in a studio with controlled lighting so working with out all the control has been a HUGE stumbling block for me!