Shots of my kids: CC welcome

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Shots of my kids: CC welcome

I have actually been avoiding doing shots of my kids lately because I've been really discouraged about getting good people shots. But over the weekend and today, I managed to get a few shots of my kids that seemed to be a bit better -- not really planning to, but we were at the zoo and at a blue heron reserve and stuff, and it just seemed that they were willing and a good chance to practice. I know they are not "great" per se, but I would like to share a few and get some feedback that might help me. All are shot in manual.

My favourite is a bit soft of them both, but I've described here before my difficulties getting sharp full-body shots, just don't really seem to be able to no matter what. Still I think it turned out well in spite of that?

#1 - ISO 200, f/3.2, SS 1/250
Best buddies

#2 - ISO 200, f/3.5, SS 1/640. This and the next one were a bit dark on their faces so I tried a little bit of dodging (that's the lightening tool right?) among other things. I know her arm is chopped, is that really distracting?
Nora at the Blue Heron Reserve

#3 - ISO 200, f/3.5, SS 1/640. Is the bright spot on the side of his face too distracting too?
Micah at the Blue Heron Reserve

#4 - ISO 200, f/3.5, SS 1/400. This is totally silly but I like how sharp it turned out compared to my usual.
Rabbit Wannabe

TFL, kind of anxious about posting these!

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Hey Tracy, Good job getting 2 squirrley kids to smile at the camera! Color looks pretty off in all of them to me, but still sweets snaps!

The graphic T-shirts do detract quite a bit... if you know you are taking your camera along and you are going to want some cute shots, maybe throw some cute coordinating shirts in the bag or dress them ahead of time with photos in mind.

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Don't be anxious. This is how we learn. Its how I am learning Biggrin

Love the last one Biggrin

They all look green to me, except for the last one which I think is great.

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Nice photos! I like the composition in #1. My favorite is #4--cute expression and nice catchlights.

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So cute, Tracy!! It's SO HARD shooting your own kids! My 14 month old refuses to even LOOK at my camera, so good for you getting lots of smiles out of yours! Smile

Really like your comp in #1! I won't comment on color as I'm not calibrated.

I don't think the arm chop is terribly distracting, just wish it was there! And her hands are chopped, too. I am notorious of that, myself. But cute smile!

I agree with a PP about the shirt in this one. My eye went RIGHT to the words on his shirt! But when it comes to snaps of your kids, I don't think that matters. Wink

Love this last one! Smile

Great job, Tracy!

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"maricopamom3" wrote:

The graphic T-shirts do detract quite a bit... if you know you are taking your camera along and you are going to want some cute shots, maybe throw some cute coordinating shirts in the bag or dress them ahead of time with photos in mind.

I normally would try to dress them a bit differently, but this was 100% unexpected. We were running an errand in a neighbouring town, I had the camera with me to stop by a tulip field on the way out of town and snap a couple of shots before the tulips were all harvested, but was expecting rain. By the time we returned to our area from errands, I was amazed to find it was a perfect spring day and the rain hadn't come. So we stopped and the setting seemed ideal for practicing a few shots.

"cazzoom" wrote:

Don't be anxious. This is how we learn. Its how I am learning Biggrin

Yes, Cazz, but your work is great already! Smile It is really intimidating being here sometimes!

"cazzoom" wrote:

They all look green to me, except for the last one which I think is great.

I don't know what to make of the colour stuff, because when I was editing them yesterday I zoomed in on their skin and it didn't look off to me; and just now I tried to take some green out, the kids just looked really red instead. So I'm not sure what to think. I'm lousy at PP, but I'm just not seeing the green in the actual skin. Any editing thoughts to try to fix what everyone else is obviously seeing?

ETA: Just have to share that the tip I read here a while ago (can't remember who it was, maybe Lauren?) about saying "poop!" to make your kids smile REALLY WORKS. That's what worked for the one of them together, and the one of my DS alone!

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Tracy,

You got some really great shots here!!!! You must be so happy with these (*I* would be)!

1. LOVE your use of the trailing lines here - GREAT composition and the kids look GREAT. I don't see any soft focus here - looks nice and crisp which is pretty hard at f/3.2 imho. Color looks a bit yellow/green, but I'm at work, so take that w/ a HUGE grain of salt. Wink

2. the arm chop is a LITTLE distracting. I think maybe if you cropped in tighter on the other side as well, it woudldn't be so noticable. I can see your reflection in her beautiful eyes!

3. the bright spot on his face doens't bother me ONE BIT. if it bothers you, you could try burning it just a little to tone it down. I love the light on his hair.

4. WHAT FUN!!! she looks so cute here, I can see why you love it. And it is VERY sharp! Nice job!

Don't beat yourself up. I know we all do it, but you have grown so much and your photos just get better and better!

TFS!

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks for the comments, really helpful, and the encouragement, which is desperately needed.

GiGi, you said yellow or green, so I tried changing the colour balance to eliminate some yellow rather than trying to eliminate green (which didn't seem to work) and I *think* that helped, but I don't know. Any thoughts from anyone on attempt #2 on the first shot? Is it any better? Or too far to the blue side? Or???

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I'm still at work (on this lousy monitor), but it does look better to me!

Best,
GiGi

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I think you did very well on all of them getting good focus on them, shooting kids is tough so don't be so hard on yourself.
The colour is a bit green to me in the originals, you did well with the edit.

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Can't comment on color or pp b/c I suck at both Smile

#1 - super cute. LOVE his hand on her leg! They look like they were having so much fun

#2 - Arm chop doesn't bother me horribly, but do wish all of her were in the shot

#3 - bright spot on face doesn't bother me. But I notice the tree coming out of the side of his face there. You captured a GREAT expression!

#4 - LOVE! These are my favorite shots!