Tough session! Please cc.

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Tough session! Please cc.

I had a really tough session last weekend and I have been avoiding looking at the pics! It was a favor for a friend but the kids were REALLY active and they weren't really dressed for portraits. I felt like I had run a few miles by the time I left. Here are the first few that I processed. I know they aren't great but I would love cc. Feel free to rip them apart.

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Well I like em, but I always like candid shots. It is a pity that they weren't dressed better. I'd point that out if you do it again. Suggest colours that might be better etc

Only CC from me is the blue jumper is blown in spots!

I hope this wont offend you.... or anyone.... but is the older child a boy? only the blue jumper again comes out a gorgeous colour but more girly to me.

My faves are 2 and 3

I'd love to get action shots like this Biggrin

Cazz

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I think you are being too hard on yourself. These are nice! The jumper doesn't look blown to me. Numbers are reading in the 240s.

I think you did great! I like the fall colors, the candid moments. I would be happy with these.

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great eyes for active kids Smile what were your settings, dont care for the b/w, eyes seem too dark.
love the fall colours though

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Way to go grabbing captures of kids on the move!!

1. My fav of the bunch. I like the eye contact and the focus looks great to me.

2. Cute moment between the boys, but I wish they were both a little more in focus and that there was a little more space above the older boys head. Was this in camera crop?

3. Like the DOF here, but the pic itself doesn't do a whole lot to me. I don't feel a connection with him. Great smile on him though!

4. Like this one as well! Full body, action, and eye contact! Wow! On my screen it looks a tad grainy to me. What were your settings here?

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I like that they're active shots, I'm sure the mom will love them too, it probably shows their personalities more. Bummer they weren't dressed better, the older boy's outfit especially just looks like a day stroll in the park. #4 is my fav, great eye contact.

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Thanks Stacey! It is hard not to feel disappointed though it was a great learning experience. Now I know a few things to cover with parents before taking pics of their kids.

His jumper isn't blown. It is rather bright and a little girly though. This family is really not concerned with gender stereotypes. Smile

My settings were iso 200, 1/320, f/3.5 for all of them, I believe.

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I like them all and think you did a great job! Especially for such active kids- it's hard! My fav or the bunch is #2. My only comment on it is his right side of both their faces is a little dark/shadowy and to maybe lighten it up a bit.

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yeah, I think you're being too hard on yourself. Smile I'd like to see a closer crop on the first one. his hands are missing anyway, so you might as well go closer on him. I don't really care for the second, because the child making eye contact isn't in focus (does that make sense? I'd rather have had eye contact with the girl since she's in the front - but you can't control that one so much. Wink ) the skin tones are looking good to me, and I like the action of the last. hope you'll show us more. Smile

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"coolmama72" wrote:

yeah, I think you're being too hard on yourself. Smile I'd like to see a closer crop on the first one. his hands are missing anyway, so you might as well go closer on him. I don't really care for the second, because the child making eye contact isn't in focus (does that make sense? I'd rather have had eye contact with the girl since she's in the front - but you can't control that one so much. Wink ) the skin tones are looking good to me, and I like the action of the last. hope you'll show us more. Smile

ditto what gwen said, I was going to suggest a tighter crop on the first one too!

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I'll try a tighter crop. The in camera crop is actually a full body shot. I was going to process both crops. Referring to the other thread, I guess that is the advantage of having 21 mp. I can get rid of 2 thirds of the pic and still have a 7 mp image.

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Omygosh that raincoat is awesome, I love it!! I wonder where they got it. I know this thread is old but I had to say that and my favorite pic is #1. I love his eyes.

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Yeah, looks like you were playing tag in this session. Tough! #1 is my favorite of the bunch. Hopefully you were able to get a few more of them cooperating. To be honest, most of them of them look like snaps to me and aren't compelling enough to feel like lifestyle shots. I'm not getting much personality really, action yes, but not so much emotion. I dunno....

It may be good to have something to occupy the children to try and keep them in one spot. Cars, blocks, toys of some sort...and then grab some great close up portraits or more actual interaction between the children. This is something I'm really trying to learn how to do....it's SO hard!

What happened the first 15 minutes? Were they cooperative at all? Usually I take that first 15 min and get all my essential shots and then let the children play and capture as much authentic play as artistically as possible.

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Wow This is old! It is from the beginning of November! In the end that session turned out fine. First of all I did it for free and Mom finally realized that she didn't dress the kids properly for portraits. I got the impression that she didn't expect even what I did get so why bother dressing them nice. In the end she was very happy with what I got and disappointed in herself for not expecting more out of her kids. And I didn't have to say anything! She came to that conclusion herself. I have to say I have never run so much while taking pics.

ETA: Just so you know...It is a bad sign when the kids laugh and run the opposite direction when either of the parents ask them to do anything.

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I like the first and fourth very much. Fourth is excellent.

What's with people not dressing their kids when they go to the effort to take portraits?!

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"stampasaurus" wrote:

ETA: Just so you know...It is a bad sign when the kids laugh and run the opposite direction when either of the parents ask them to do anything.

HAHAHA!!!! I weep for their teachers.