I did a free little mini session with a friend a couple of houses down the street on Sunday. I'd love your feedback on them! I'm surprised I got the older boy to participate, since he's not into getting his picture taken, and had put up a fight with mom about his shirt right before they walked out the door. Guess that candy cane was tempting him
Anyway, this is a bit of undeveloped land in our neighborhood. The sun was shining bright without a cloud in the sky, and there were all these little bugs flying around, making it looks a bit like pixie dust in the air with the backlighting I was kinda wishing I had MY boys down there lol!
They didn't turn out like I thought they did after reviewing them on the camera screen. I'm pretty sure it was my lens. I LOVE a long lens, and pulled out my 55-250mm for the first time in a long time, and I just didn't get the clarity that I can with my 50mm. I CANNOT wait for my upgrade. Not long now!
Anyway, I'll stop babbling. I had to do swaps in 2 of them. Pretty hard getting all three of them (6, 4, and 1) to look my way! No settings, but I can dig them up if you want/need them.
IMG_0534fb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
IMG_0552-3fb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
IMG_0590fb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
#1 on this pic I tend to look at the backround first rather than the kids. With the shadows on the kids they look underexposed to me.
#2 beautiful. This one works for me cause the shadows are behind them. The little bugs in the air make it look magical and I love the tree line in the backround.
#3 better with shadows but still looks underexposed. might just be my monitor. Again beautiful backround
I will have to come back when I am on calibrated monitor - but it seems your processing here is darker than your usual processing.
They do look darker than "usual" but I think they're all adorable and sweet, and the lighting is beautiful. I would be interested in your settings for #1.
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Sometimes those little bugs can come in handy!
1. I am not particularly fond of this one. I hate to say it, but I just feel like the background is too much. It could also be just that it's so different from your normal photos.
2. I like the shadows here. I love the position of the kids and the hands. I do wish the sand was smoother and you couldn't see the tracks, but hey, you can't fix everything!
3. Such a sweet shot! This is my fave. Their faces could use a bit brightening. I think you got a great capture here. Their expressions are real and I love the location!
I agree that they seem a little dark. I think #3 turned out the best comp wise. In #1, it seems like the two older kids are straining their necks a little to see you, so maybe if you would have moved to your left a little it would have helped. I actually really like the bugs in #2 and #3!
Thank you for all the feedback! I brightened them. Does this look better now?
IMG_0534-5web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
IMG_0552-5web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
IMG_0590-5web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
Here is the SOOC of #1 for you, Amy. As you can see, there was a swap
1/640 f/4.5 ISO 200 74mm
The second set is my preference and here is my CC.
1. The yellow shirt is giving some bad color cast on the baby and some on the girl's face, but more on the baby face, hand and ears. I am not particular fond of their posing. I would have had them pose facing (criss-cross applesauce type). I am ok with the background - those bugs gross me out... lol
2. I would probably change the orientation of the crop to landscape. I just feel the crop is too tight. Lighting is nice.
3. My favorite. I would straighten them out - looks like they are sliding to the left of the frame.
Steph, I like the second set too. My fave is #2, it's just really beautiful.
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