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SOOC first time posting

Hi I am very new to this.....(very GREEN) I am looking for helpful hints to take better pics. I figured if I posted one I might get some feed back. I am looking at taking better shots of my kids I have 4, not go pro. or anything. But I would love to hear suggestions I am having a hard time getting my 2 youngest ones in the same photo (both looking good), figuring out settings to use, I tend to get blurry parts....and I have NO IDEA how to edit! I dont have any extra money right now to buy any software, does anyone know of a good, EZ free one? I use a NIKON d40 with standard lens it came with, and try to keep it off Auto. I dont know what I shot this in... THANKS! OHH AND PTE to show me how you would change the pic... since I cant.

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You have some nice catchlights in her eyes Smile You'll have to post the settings that you used in order to get some feedback from the ladies here. They've helped me out so much on how to adjust my settings in manual mode to get my pictures better exposed. I'm not that great at the technical stuff, but I just have to say that she's a cutie!

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gimp.org has a free editing program Smile

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There is a good tutorial here on the forum, its stickied. I would start with that, then suggest reading your cameras manual.

As far as CC, she looks very cool, by adjusting your WB you should be able to take care of that. Also, the picture is a bit underexposed, you can brightened her up. Focus looks good.

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OK. I did a *very* quick edit since you gave PTE.

I bumped up the exposure to bright it a bit. Did a levels adjustment. And then warmed it up a little (it seemed cool after upping the exposure).

You got great light in those lovely eyes! You were just a little under exposed. That can be fixed in camera.

But even a simple editing program can help for these occasions where you need a small tweak. I know that GIMP is free. It might not be as easy as some to learn, but you can't beat the cost. Wink I think you can do simple editing with Picassa too. I've never used it, so I can't say how good or how easy it is to use. Maybe someone on here can help out in that area.

Good on you for jumping in! This group has helped me learn SO MUCH!

Take care,
GiGi

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Here is my quick play of your picture.

I warmed her up, played with levels, brightened her, applied portraiture, defog.

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YAY for posting! I agree, great catchlights. I know that it's a challenge to go to manual, but I totally suggest it. It's worth it. Read up on it, study, and practice, practice, practice. You will see improvement quickly! Biggrin