So I guess I'll just jump in..
So yesterday we went to a park and took some pictures of my daughter since she turned 3 on Saturday. I'd like to share (what I think are) the best ones for some basic CC. It is SO HARD to get her to look at the camera, so I think most of the best ones are profile or something else. I know NOTHING about lighting/etc. and even composition. I've only been taking pictures since October too.
All are SOOC, any editing advice welcomed as well. They're the best ones I've ever taken so I'm not sure if/what I should edit.
This one was slightly cropped. I also didn't think to turn my ISO down until after I'd taken a few of these since we weren't in the shade anymore.
SS 1/4000 f 2.8 ISO 800 55mm
SS 1/1000 f2.8 ISO 100 55mm
Best one of her straight on/with her looking.
1/2656 f2.8 ISO 800 55mm
(another I didn't realize my ISO was so high. I always forget to check)
And one of my baby
1/640 f2.8 ISO 100 55mm
Great job in getting out there and practicing!
1. I like this one! I don't mind photos where the person isn't looking at the camera. It might be a bit underexposed though- not the background, but her.
2. The white balance is off on this one. She looks blue.
3. harsh lighting...sun too bright.
4. cute! Maybe try a different crop?
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Hi Ann-marie!! Good to see you posting over here!
#1 - I like the comp. I think the color is a little off though. To me it looks a little blue.
#2 - Fi looks a little dark (underexposed maybe?). She's a little too centered for me. I'd probably crop it with the negative space to the left and her to the right.
#3 - So so jealous of that bridge setting! May I come with you next time? I think this one is sooooo cute. The shadows on her face are a bit distracting, but I love her cute smile!
#4 - What an adorable smile you caught on her! Her face is a little dark, and she's a little centered.
You're off to a great start! I thought all of them that you posted on FB were so adorable! I wanted to 'like' all of them
Oh happy birthday to your adorable DD!!!!
Here are my thoughts ...
First off ... these are REALLY WONDERFUL, especially since you didn't edit them in any way. You seem to have a strong sense of composition and that will take you far.
#1. this is a great composition! It seems to be that it's a tad under exposed. I suspect that is because most of her is in the shadow, but not all of her. You can probably bump it up a little bit without blowing the background. I truly love the reflection on the water. This is a great moment you caught. In the future, you could lower both your shutter speed and your ISO.
#2. again, this one is under exposed. Even more than the last one. If you were going for more of a sillouette look, then you need to expose for the sky and she will be just a dark shape on the horizon. I love the angle here and the great use of negative space (I so struggle with that). Be careful in centering your subject. This might have an even more powerful effect if she was in the right third of the frame.
#3. LOVE THIS! this is a GREAT use of leading/trailing lines. the fence draws you right to your adorable, sun kissed subject.
#4. Oh, my! I love that toothy smile! One side of her face is blown. That's one of the draw backs to direct sun light. The rest of her face is under exposed. It might have worked better to turn her away from the sun and then expose for her face (it would be in shadow then). but I know how sometimes you have to just grab the shot you're given and this one is still perfectly adorable!
I hope the comments help. You are off to a WONDERFUL start!
Thanks everyone! A lot of it was just watching her run and trying to snap something that I thought looked "good".
Can someone explain the whole white balance thing and how to get it right please? I've googled it and can't find a good explanation. I have it set to auto on my camera. I saw some tutorial about taking a picture of a blank piece of paper to set your white balance...but how does that work if you are changing locations, etc? Or do you just edit it afterwards? Thanks!
White balance is something that I tend to struggle with personally. I'm always having to change it, based on where I am, and what time of day I'm taking pictures. I was using Auto for a while, but all of my pictures were coming out blue. I've found that for my backyard, the 'cloudy' setting works the best, even if it's not cloudy.
#1 I really like this one the way it is, it has a bit of a vintage feel to me.
#2 Cute shot, good portrit. A little underexposed.
#3 Love the angles with the bridge. I have to agree the sun is a bit harsh in this one.
#4 Love the eye contact and focus. A vertical crop might work better, or try cloning out the hand.
Your kids are absolutely adorable and you did a wonderful job.
* Amanda *
I'm really digging #3 even though the sun is in her face.
#4 She has a very cute expression. I'd probably crop out the empty space behind her so it isn't so centered.
Fiona's skirt is adorable!
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Glad you jumped right in.
1. You could have a lot of fun editing this one. I wish she was more vibrant, just so she stands out more from the the pavement she's standing on and the shore of the water she's facing. Focus looks good here, which is good with your very open aperture.
2. definitely underexposed
3. her face is a mixture of bright light and shadows. you want to try to find more even lighting. but yeah that she's looking! and I agree with GiGi on the leading lines.
4. what a cutie!!!!
as far as white balance, I always edit afterward. I shoot in auto WB. but I also shoot RAW so that it's easy to adjust in ACR. what are you using to edit?
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