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Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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So bummed

I feel like I always make about 2 steps forward and then 1 step back with my photography. I really thought I was getting somewhere, and pretty proud of what I had accomplished, but then yesterday happened. I took some photos of my friend's family for some practice, and totally bombed it. I was really not pleased with them at all exposure/color wise. I'm not sure what went wrong. It was really overcast, and because of that, darker than I am used to. I normally love cloudy days, but it was on the verge of raining, so I'm wondering if that's why I was off? Who knows. All I know is that I'm not happy with them. I would love some feedback on these, and what I can do the next time to do better.

These are 3 of the best that I took:

#1 - This looks better on Flickr than it does when I look at it on the hardrive, but still not good. I can't tell if the focus fell on something else, or what was going on.
ISO 400

#2 - Again, it looks softer when it's not on Flickr. This one is probably due to the low SS. It was super dark with all the trees around. I probably shouldn't have even attempted to go on the trail, but there were some shots I really wanted to get that I only could on the trail.
ISO 1600

#3 - The best, exposure wise, that I got out of the entire set. Mom doesn't like how dad put the bow back on her head though Sad
ISO 400

TracyF's picture
Joined: 08/14/06
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Oh Stephanie!!!!!!! You did NOT bomb this! You're making huge progress -- I'm totally amazed at how great your work is looking, and how brave you are about doing sessions with friends and strangers alike. You rock!

These shots look great to me, and if it were ME, I would seriously be so happy to hang these family photos in my home! I know I'm no pro, and there are probably things for you to improve on, but just speaking as your average joe, I would honestly be so excited if someone had taken shots like this of my family.

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
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Ok, I know that my cc may not seem like much, but here it goes:

1. I think it's a great pic. I don't think they are soft, but there is something off. I don't know exactly how to explain it, but it seems as though the are in front of a background rather than actually in the setting...does that make sense?

2. does look soft to me. I really like this one!

3. I think the bow is just fine. I might clean up the slobber and I really wish she was just barefoot rather than in her socks, but I know you can't help that.

Muddee's picture
Joined: 03/13/08
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I think you did a wonderful job with all the pictures, #1 and #3 seem perfect to me I'd be happy to have pictures like those.

#2 The shot itself is great, the colour seems off a bit (too yellow/green maybe?), but I am sure a little PP work can fix it up.

Joined: 04/23/06
Posts: 485

Don't be so hard on yourself! These are great. I think there's something funky going color wise, and the pose is a smidge awkward in #1, but overall these are fantastic! I'd mess with the color balance. I totally know what you mean by 2 forward, 1 back. I seem to get confident that I DO know what I am doing, then I am quickly humbled by horrible results! LOL!

Jeffininer's picture
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I don't think you should be so hard on yourself either. You got some nice images!

I think #1 could be brightened up a bit more. Also, looks like you either added slightly too much contrast or clarity. Maybe it's the radial shaprening that looks a little off.

I like the composition of #2. Wish mom and dad were standing a little bit closer together and older boy was facing the camera a bit more. But, nice eye contact from everyone.

I think #3 is just adorable!! Poo on mom for not liking the bow, I LOVE it!!! I might try cloning out he string of drool that reaches her shirt, though.

JDBabyHopes's picture
Joined: 02/16/09
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I agree you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! You're doing a GREAT job on everything you shoot! Smile

#1. Something is off in the color here. I'm thinking you might need to bump back your yellow slider a bit. I always have to do that when I shoot in a ton of green, but maybe that's just me. Wink No calibration, so take that with a grain of salt, as always. ETA: I agree with Sadie on them looking like they're part of the background. Actually, it looks like it's a paper backdrop or something! I think you could have maybe tried out an 11 or 16 f/stop? Or the 5.6 like in #2. I don't know. Could have been worth it to take a few a different DOFs.

#2. Love this one!

#3. So sweet! I think the bow looks just fine!!! I agree about getting rid of the slobber (and the top of her shirt looks almost TOO contrasty?), but otherwise so cute!

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

Thanks for the pick-me-up. I wonder if the noiseware that I ran did something funky to the first one. I definitely see what you guys are talking about though.

These were a huge struggle for me in PP. I feel like I had some good ideas, but they just didn't come through for me exposure wise. There were lots of problems with them. I shot in RAW, and I kinda didn't know where to begin with editing since they were so off SOOC. It really has discouraged me from shooting in RAW. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of it, I'm thrown back to the beginning.

Thanks so much to those who gave some feedback!