Ugh - I hate screwing up... 6 month old shoot

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Ugh - I hate screwing up... 6 month old shoot

(copied from ILP as I SHOULD be working...lol)
I'm beginning to think that I've bumped my 50 1.8 somewhere along the way (Disney maybe...?) and didn't know it. I took it to a freebie shoot for a friend of her 6 month old little boy. Unfortunately, almost EVERY shoot is OOF! I can understand screwing up a few here and there - but about 350 images!?!? Probably time for some new glass! Too bad it's just soft enough to suck, but "sharp" enough to fool me on the camera screen or else I would have stopped.

Also, anyone want to have some plays on these two images? I am dying to figure out how to achieve the creamy skin tones and deep colors!!! Will the new glass (thinking 85 or 105) help or is there a secret to processing that I just don't know yet? I'm using CS4 (but have Lightroom too - just haven't braved the "learn a new software" phase yet)

Thanks for your input!!! Any and all HHCC is welcomed! I'm here to improve Smile Oh yeah, they were shot in RAW

1. SOOC 3.2, 640, ISO 500 (should have CHECKED that!!!!)
sooc1

2. My edit of 1
tyler_001web

3. Another edit from the session - it is just lacking and I can't pinpoint why...
tyler_002web

Thanks for looking and any suggestions you have! I really appreciate it!

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I have no idea why you think these images are soft. They look perfectly focused and crisp to me (espically the edited versions). Maybe you're expecting too much from your lens? While the 50 1.8 is an amazing lens for the price!! It IS a $100.00 lens. Of coure upgrading glass will produce better quality. But, I think these are nice.

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Thanks Jennifer...maybe I am expecting too much. It used to be fairly sharp @ 100% but any more - they are oof. Not to mention - the D300, although it's a great camera...is terrible with ISO! Can you see the grain? And it's only @ 500!! I am disappointed in the noise reduction of the camera itself - thank heavens for noiseware!!!

Here is an example of a 100% crop. This is about what all the images look like. USM works wonders...I am just worried about the print quality of these.

**Edited** Geez! I didn't do any sharpening, but Flickr sure did! They aren't really even that sharp! haha I love flickr when I am hiding the OOF, but darn! Now I can't show off the OOF!

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Well, do you shoot RAW? If so, you will need to add sharpening to your images. It's just part of workflow when processing RAW images. That could be the difference your seeing....? Just a thought!

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About the noise, I'm frustrated too with the amount of noise I see in my photos. I have found that slightly overexposing your images to begin with will help to eleviate some of that problem. But, otherwise good noise removal software is a must!

PS - we need to have some sort of gear list in our sigs or something, I can never rememeber what everyone has!! I thought you shot canon Blum 3

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what was your SS for this set? seeing as the little guy is 6m old maybe your was too low? my 50 has never failed me with good light, esp outdoors. what you've posted looks great though. #1 seems a touch bright but otherwise, very nice shot!

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Yes, Noiseware is a MUST! Anything over ISO 200 has grain to it - a shame compared to the Mark II in the Canon, but I think I'm comparing apples to oranges there. And yes, these are shot in RAW, so I do use the noise reduction in ACR and then noiseware if necessary. Just hoping they look ok in print. I'm going to send for a test print today and check results before the parents get prints.

Gehana - thanks Smile My SS was never below 200 and my AP was rarely any more closed than 2.5. That is typically the sweet spot on the lens, but it is getting old (almost 2 years now) so I'm guessing that it's just time to either get another 50 1.8 or UPGRADE!! (YAY!!!) I have a 35 1.8, but I use that in studio since there just isn't that beautiful bokeh with the shorter lenses.

I'll let you guys know how the test prints turn out. Cross your fingers for me! Smile

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Sorry - I'm annoying everyone Smile

Took the 35 outside to test a second ago and there were much better results! Excuse to upgrade - here I come!! lol

Taken with D300, 35mm, 2.8, 250, 200iso
35mmtest2.8

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I definitely see the blur in the eyes of #1 when I enlarge it, but still those look pretty great and I love your edits! I also love your newest-added shot! Smile

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I think these are amazing! I guess they could be a tad more crisp, so I see what you mean there...but you should still be proud of these. Sorry I'm not much help! Wink

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I think they look great. But I can see what you mean in the 100%'s that you posted.

I'd still be super happy with them if I were mom Smile

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These look quite sharp to me. I would be happy with these results for sure. Stop beating yourself up! The shot of your daughter is gorgeous btw Smile