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We took A&A back to Bellingrath Gardens today. As always it's such a challenge to get them to be still in a new place long enough for me to take their picture. And there's just something about seeing me behind a camera... They either run up to me trying to get it, or they turn their heads so I can't get a good picture of their faces. I am forever changing positions so that I can have a good angle on their faces, only to have them turn again at the last second.... grrr. Once they are older and will listen a little better, it will hopefully be easier... hopefully Smile But there were so many places that would have made for GREAT pictures if they would have stood/sat still and looked at me. As always, CC is always welcome. I had problems with the color on most of these.

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That age is a hard age to photograph. I'll admit that I don't have many portraits of my kids at that age, because it's so difficult. It takes a ton of patience. Sometimes you just have to stand/sit there and wait...and wait...and wait. What I like to do is just let them do their own thing, and then randomly call their name to get them to look for a split second with the camera ready. But really, all of your shots are typical shots of children that age. You'll see a lot of shots like that, even from the pros.

I'll just pick a couple to CC that stand out to me.

#1 - Watch your reds. They look like they're blown or at least close to it. Also, it looks a bit magenta.

#3 - Did you spot meter? She's underexposed because she's backlit. Make sure you're exposing for her, and not the entire scene.

#7 - My favorite of the bunch Smile I like how they're just being them.

#8 - Love the light bokeh!

TracyF's picture
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These are so cute! It must be extra hard photographing twins at that age. One is hard enough to get sitting still!!! Smile

I swear my daughter had almost exactly the same dress at that age. #4 is my fave of the kids overall, I think, just like the light in his eyes and the expression that kids at that age so often have as they look around, taking it all in.

#9 is so pretty!

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Joined: 09/06/09
Posts: 895

"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

#1 - Watch your reds. They look like they're blown or at least close to it. Also, it looks a bit magenta.

#3 - Did you spot meter? She's underexposed because she's backlit. Make sure you're exposing for her, and not the entire scene.

#7 - My favorite of the bunch Smile I like how they're just being them.

#8 - Love the light bokeh!

1. I did have difficulty with the red. I even dropped down the red saturation a bit. I guess I should have done it some more. That location didn't have the best lighting. It was inside of a green house with incandescent lighting, but also had a huge open door letting in lots of natural light. I'm still trying to work on the spot color adjusting. In order for her not to look green, the overall picture does feel magenta.

3. I looked at the meter when I took it, but wasn't thinking about the bright background at the time. This is after I adjusted it some.

7. Aren't they just adorable?

8. Thank you!

"TracyF" wrote:

#4 is my fave of the kids overall, I think, just like the light in his eyes and the expression that kids at that age so often have as they look around, taking it all in.

#9 is so pretty!

4. It's one of my favorites too. I tend to love any picture that I can get beautiful catch-lights in their brown eyes.

9. Thank you! I made it my cover picture on FB. Wink

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For comparison, here are 1 and 3 SOOC. Tips on better editing?

1. f/4.5 1/320 ISO 1600 Last night she looked blue to me... Today this one isn't looking so bad.
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3. f/1.8 1/500 ISO 400 I removed/covered up the blue lights on the left, and just at her shoulder... Thought they were too distracting. Oh, and the star that was above her head.
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Just played around with the editing on #1 again. I didn't think to try adjusting the luminosity down on just the reds.... I did a few other small color adjustments. Does it look better? (1a-original, 1b-1st edit, 1c-new edit)

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