Trying manual mode again pics for CC

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Trying manual mode again pics for CC

Just a few pics of my friends daughter that I took while the kids were playing yesterday. I am still just learning manual mode but wanted advice on the lighting. These are sooc except for the b&w I was playing around in paint shop. Even if you think they are horrible plese tell me so I know what to do next time. THANKS Smile

ISO 100 ss1/250 f/3.5
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I THINK THIS ONE MIGHT BE TOO BLURRY? ISO 100 SS1/250 f/ 2.8
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ISO 100 SS 1/250 f/3.5
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And a few of my son. I hate how it is darker on his face in the second one but with a 22 month old I can't really keep him still. Smile
ISO 200 I THINK SS 1/640 f/ 5.0
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ISO 100 SS 1/500 f/ 2.8
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good job for using manual mode. the first one looks about right. might be a blown spot on her sunglasses but it is so teeny tiny it doesn't matter Smile it's a bit warm but then again the sun is shining on her face and those kinds of pics are usually warmer. BTW what are your settings? It would help if you posted them. Smile The second one is blown on her face. I think part of the face is in focus though. I'm guessing her sunglasses? I can't be too sure. Settings would be nice. Smile the B&W one is nice, the coloring is nice, could use a bit more contrast though. Selective color is something else. I think it works for some pictures and maybe not so much others. But its nice to play with. I think maybe having that object more in the picture would work better. Like have it be the main focus of the picture. Your son is totally cute! Love that mohawk! Biggrin the first one of him the sun is a bit harsh on his face but you know what, my son doesn't sit still for pictures either and I take what I can get! Lol which is about anything right now! haha! That last one is really nice actually and you actually backlit there. The sun is behind him and his face is actually not that dark. I'm sure you could brighten his face up a bit. I'm not sure what program you use to edit your pictures though. His arm has that blown spot on it but it's no big deal. I hope you can get a picture of his face sometime and those beautiful eyes of his! OMG! Biggrin

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good job for using manual mode. the first one looks about right. might be a blown spot on her sunglasses but it is so teeny tiny it doesn't matter Smile it's a bit warm but then again the sun is shining on her face and those kinds of pics are usually warmer. BTW what are your settings? It would help if you posted them. Smile The second one is blown on her face. I think part of the face is in focus though. I'm guessing her sunglasses? I can't be too sure. Settings would be nice. Smile the B&W one is nice, the coloring is nice, could use a bit more contrast though. Selective color is something else. I think it works for some pictures and maybe not so much others. But its nice to play with. I think maybe having that object more in the picture would work better. Like have it be the main focus of the picture. Your son is totally cute! Love that mohawk! Biggrin the first one of him the sun is a bit harsh on his face but you know what, my son doesn't sit still for pictures either and I take what I can get! Lol which is about anything right now! haha! That last one is really nice actually and you actually backlit there. The sun is behind him and his face is actually not that dark. I'm sure you could brighten his face up a bit. I'm not sure what program you use to edit your pictures though. His arm has that blown spot on it but it's no big deal. I hope you can get a picture of his face sometime and those beautiful eyes of his! OMG! Biggrin

THANKYOU! Now that I look I see how blown and white the 2nd pic is and I also see the blown spot on Damien's arm. I am going to get a close up of his eyes but right now he has a small mark under his right eye so I am waiting for it to go away. I think I am always worried about photos coming out to dark so I tend to overexpose. I will have to work on that.
The only progam I have is corel paint shop pro and I really don't know anything yet on editing. Any advice on a good book that teaches you editing?

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you know, the only books I know of are Scott Kelby books. If you ever get your hands on Photoshop Elements he has a book on how to edit with it. I'm sure it would help. Smilehttp://www.kelbytraining.com/books/

I'd love to buy one of his books someday. Maybe this summer.

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For a direct sun shot, I think #1 is pretty good. There is a bright spot on the glasses. It looks like the focus fell on the girl's glasses on #2. With a 2.8 f stop, I think it just wasn't enough to get her fully in focus and because with a sutter speed of 1/250 there really should be no motion blur. I like #3, it's cute! I also think it's cute with the selective color you did. Good focus too. The first of your son is cute, but just a snap. I LOVE his expression in the next picture! That mohawk is adorable Biggrin But, the focus is a little soft. Maybe still the low f stop? Might have someone else confirm that...

Great job with switching to manual, you pictures look so much better than my first in manual!!!!!!!!

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Tia, shooting in full sun is really hard. My advice, practice manual in the shade. Not dark shade (and definitely not spotted shade, the patches of light can really ruin a photo), but just out of the sun shade. Nail your focus there before trying full sun.

your focus is soft in the second two (the first looks good to me).

with Damien, the first looks good for a snapshot, but the second has a blown spot on his arm and he's soft (focus).

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I use PSP and I can help with any questions you have. I'm currently "coaching" Sadie in PSP a lot! Smile

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Tia, I'm curious... in #1 on that bright spot on her glasses.....is that Ariel? Lol I swear it looks like Ariel the mermaid.. haha Blum 3

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"sweetalienchick" wrote:

Tia, I'm curious... in #1 on that bright spot on her glasses.....is that Ariel? Lol I swear it looks like Ariel the mermaid.. haha Blum 3

Yes, that is Ariel Smile

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

I use PSP and I can help with any questions you have. I'm currently "coaching" Sadie in PSP a lot! Smile

Thanks! I am going to try to download a free trial first if they have one and then I am sure I will be pming you like crazy. I do a bunch of scrapbooking so if you like I could make you some pages for the coaching Smile
Here are some ex. just scroll down Smile
http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/media/g/tialee/default.aspx

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Those are great!!! That's not necessary but I may take you up on one sometime Smile Thanks! I would be glad to help you if I can with any PSP questions! Smile

I recognized Ariel right away---that's my fave Disney Classic and now Eva's fave too Smile

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Those are great!!! That's not necessary but I may take you up on one sometime Smile Thanks! I would be glad to help you if I can with any PSP questions! Smile

I recognized Ariel right away---that's my fave Disney Classic and now Eva's fave too Smile

With photoshop, do you have CS4? I have a program kinda like it so I know a little about layers and stuff but nothing about correcting skin tones and fixing blown spots ect. I know what I needed to know for scrapbooking like how to add text to my pics and the easy stuff.
Just wanted to make sure you had the same program before I downloaded cs4:)

As for the scrapbooking I really do not mind. I will get stuck on pages of my kids but when I scrap for others I just whip them out??? So really, if you could think of a subject you would like a page on for Eva I would love to do it Smile

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Oh you mentioned you had Paintshop Pro and that's what I use. You can do all the same corrections & layers & masks in it too. I've been using it for over 6 years...I started out using it to make graphics, siggies, animations, pixel dolls, wallpapers, etc. for myself and other people...and also used it for tweaking pics even before I got into "real" editing....and now I use it for all my photography.

Cool thanks, I will try to think of a good page for Eva! Smile

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YAY for getting out there Tia. I agree, try to get in the shade. Full sun SUCKS! You did good on the first one. A few look oof. I saw your more recent post, and it looks like you have already improved! Biggrin