Some pics / Where I'm at

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Some pics / Where I'm at

Ok, here are some of the recent pics. They are far from great, I know. Worse, these were the best I had from these trips out.

Don't feel like you have to CC them all.

All shot with Canon EOS 60D

66mm
ISO 400
SS 1/250
F 5.6
Flash on, force fire exp comp -3 / Auto WB / Spot meter)

09-07-2011 Tilba and Mystery Bay (50)editwm by Gem_D, on Flickr

66mm
ISO 400
SS 1/250
F 5.6
Flash on, force fire exp comp -3 / Auto WB / Spot meter)

09-07-2011 Tilba and Mystery Bay (44)editwm by Gem_D, on Flickr

85mm
ISO 400
SS 1/250
F 5.6
Flash on, force fire exp comp -3 / Auto WB / Spot meter)
I can't seem to get his skin right in any photos lately. They all have this blotchy, blue-ish look to them. Why is that? What am I doing?

09-07-2011 Tilba and Mystery Bay (80)editwm by Gem_D, on Flickr

47mm
85mm
ISO 400
SS 1/2o0
F 5.6
Flash on, force fire exp comp -3 / Auto WB / Spot meter)

09-07-2011 Tilba and Mystery Bay (71)editw by Gem_D, on Flickr

85mm
ISO 400
SS 1/250
F 5.6
Flash on, force fire exp comp -3 / Auto WB / Spot meter)

09-07-2011 Tilba and Mystery Bay (61)editwm by Gem_D, on Flickr

44mm
ISO 400
1/640
F5.0
Flash off / Manual WB (metered) / Eval metering)

11-07-2011 mogo zoo (18)editwm by Gem_D, on Flickr

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In the first two, you need to watch for dappled light. You have some spots on her shirt that are blown because of the pockets of light shining through the trees. But, boy, you got some super cute smiles from her! And that outfit is too adorable!

I think the problem with the blotchy skin could be your flash. It says that it's on in most of these photos. A flash creates pretty harsh light.

Another great smile in the next one! You're on the right track with finding shade, but you're still getting pockets of light that is blowing the rest of the picture. Just watch out for that. Part of her shirt sleeve and her arm are blown.

Much better lighting in this one, but you have someone's legs in the background Smile Just watch for that.

This is cute. I love the moment that you captured. Did you take the picture in this orientation? Landscape might be better so you can see what dad's looking at a little more to the left of the frame. Also dad's undies are showing. lol

Keep it up! Keep getting out there and practicing and posting. You're really on the right track!

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You are being WAY hard on yourself, Gemma. and while there is always room to grow and learn, you still have some really nice things about the pics in this set.

For 1 and 2 it's the dappled light that killed you. I struggle with this so much myself and not even fill flash can really help out. *sigh* It seems I only have full sun or dappled light like this available to me at this time of year and I find it SO frustrating. However, with that said, you subject is OH SO CUTE and your composition is really pleasing here in both of these. What great, natural smiles you captured! And the dappled light falls mostly off of her face which is much less of a problem to me.

3. looks like it might have been underexposed to start off with and getting skin tones right after that is always a struggle. The flash won't help either. You might want to bump up your ISO a bit more. Also, it looks like the light was more behind him. If it won't cause too much squinting, you might try turning him in that direction and you getting between him and the light. That will bring more light to his face and his eyes in specific. I bet that helps with your skin tones too. LOVE LOVE LOVE the composition here! with the skin tone issues, you might try and b&w conversion. I think the textures (in his hair and the tree behind him) would really lend themselves to a b&w treatment (but I happen to be a big fan of b&w so take that w/ a grain of salt).

4. you were fighting the dappled light again here, but as it is so far from the face, I don't mind a bit really. LOVE her expression. Skin tones look much better here. her face is slightly under exposed, so I would try to bump that up a bit in post. Great composition. I'm am drawn right to her sweet face!

5. GREAT EXPOSURE here! her eyes look bright and beautiful. I like the composition and using the tree as a frame for her, but the legs on the rock back there are slightly distracting. I would probably try to clone them out and then this would be a pretty magical shot! You might even try a nice vertical crop (portrait) in nice and tight on her.

6. This is a great moment. a landscape orientation might have worked, but I like that the frame is nice and tight on them as it is here - it adds to the intimacy of the moment. Dad's undies are a little distracting. Wink this is another I'd love to see in b&w.

I'm so glad you posted. I don't think you are as far off as you currently feel. Confidence is hard to come by and jumping in and posting is even harder (imho), but you have some really great stuff to work with here. You have a great eye for composition. Your focus looks nice and crisp throughout this set. just a few tweaks in lighting and exposure and you'll be having trouble deciding which one deserves a huge canvas print. Smile

Best,
GiGi

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Are these post processed? My guess is that the splotchy skin is from the processing. Fixing exposure and increasing contrast would both cause this kind of splotchyness.

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I totally agree with Gigi. I don't think these are as bad as you described it to be. Keep practicing.

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Thanks ladies. Keep in mind these were the better ones out of A LOT of pics.

Amberbella, they have had some pp. I'm not experienced with it so I just adjusted curves slightly on most of them (one I didn't). The one of my son I did up brightness +2 and contrast +4 but his skin looks bad straight out of the camera.

I have been using the flash a bit lately. And i only have the built in one. Because of the weather we've been inside a lot. These were taken outside on a rare nice day. I was shooting towards the sun. It never occurred to me to walk around them. Ugh. No common sense here.

The pic looking at man and girl from back is my BIL with my daughter. She adores him.