When there is a nb on the street...

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When there is a nb on the street...

you gotta jump in for practice!

I haven't done a newborn since back in April!:shock: And it is definately a skill I wanted to use instead of loose. So I was honored to get a chance to meet baby T yesterday morning for a quick practice shoot. It was in no way a pb'ing shoot...which was actually GOOD cause the stress was off. Wink

Like Tasha said, he has a horrible case of baby achne. Sad Poor guy had it literally all over his entire body. So I need some major help on skin tones here. This is just the first that Ive pulled out, but I would like to better my technique for the rest of them.

I did a levels layer, curves layer on his face, used the clone tool on the blemishes and then a color balance layer. Finished off with a multiply layer and a screen layer. That was it. He isn't really jaundiced at all which was nice, but the red tones from the achne are driving me buggy. Any help is appreciated!

ISO:640, SS:1/125, f/2.8, 50mm

You can see some of the trouble spots on his hand and in the corner of his eye. Even around his lips.:( Poor thing!

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Kelly- love this shot- I think the skin looks a bit cool though (I'm not calibrated, though). I can see some red on his forehead and face, and his right arm by his hand and his ear. I don't know how to tell you to fix it, though, so I'll let others chime in on that. Smile

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Thanks Jenny! I am having a hard time with his skin. He is such a cutie, but yeah...new borns are a challenge.

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okay, you are right Jenny, his skin definately benefited from a sat layer and a warming filter. I know his skin is still messed up and I need to fix it, but I think it looks warmer overall which I like personally...

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just wanted to say the edit on his skin looks much better Smile He looks so peaceful

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i so love his expression! so precious!
also i really like your last edit! i am not calibrated nor am i good at skin tones, but it looks good to me Biggrin

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I can't comment on color at work, b/c this monitor makes things look kinda pink. His expression is adorable, and I love the mutlicolored blanket. It adds so much texture and dimension! You have a great pose here too.

In terms of other CC, what were you using for lighting? The light is pretty bright on his back, but his face is shadowed, save for a patch of lighting on his nose. I think I would have turned him to have the lighting hit his face, maybe with a touch of directional lighting. I think it would draw more attention to his adorable little expression--right now my eye went straight to his back.

(giving it to you straight b/c I know you like it that way! You're a quick learner! Lol

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All good points. I HAD been working perpendicular to the light source untill this set of pictures. There is a big window to his back and I was shooting infront of him. If I had him the other way, I was shooting the couch and his siblings. Dang it!!! See, THIS is why I need practice. I loose sight of crap when I don't exercise the muscles.

Thanks on the blanket. I made it. Wink

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Oooooo you made it!? That's awesome!

Can I buy one from you? Pretty please? I'm shooting my BIL's newborn baby girl at the end of this month. Though I suppose that is too short of notice, LOL!

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I'll call you later. I'll have it done in like a week, okay?

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OMG I love you so much. :love1:

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First off ... dang cool blankie! WOW!

I love the 2nd edit. And the "blemishes" don't bother me at all ... I mean, they're what he is RIGHT NOW. As a mom ... having them preserved wouldn't bother me. But that's just me.

He looks BEYOND precious. I really love your comp on this shot. Color and focus are great too (as usual!).

TFS,
GiGi

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that's the same baby Tasha shot? WOW! great editing on the acne! love the second edit. and I hear ya on the "muscles". Smile that blanket is terrific, how did you do it?

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Okay....great job removing baby acne...I can only see the subtlest of reminants. The skin color is a challenge here. Your 2nd edit has better color, but it needs more yellow. More importantly he's just too bright and needs more contrast. The lighting is a problem because his back is brighter than his face. SO, what I'd do is...well, first fix the color...add a touch of yellow to the midtones and the highlights. THEN, do a levels layer, pull the middle point down. You'll see the photo get a more dramatic lighting that looks pretty nice. Then mask out baby's face, arms, and the front of the blanket. NEXT, use the burn tool at about 5% opacity on shadows and run it quickly over the photo (a quick contrast layer boost would probably work as well).

The top eye has a little yellowing going on underneath the eye...a chinch to fix with the brush tool in the hue mode. Just select a nice color from another spot on the skin and paint over the yellow with the brush on a low opacity.

Okay...you know me...I can never wait for permission to have my hand at it...so here is what happens when you do the above.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Okay....great job removing baby acne...I can only see the subtlest of reminants. The skin color is a challenge here. Your 2nd edit has better color, but it needs more yellow. More importantly he's just too bright and needs more contrast. The lighting is a problem because his back is brighter than his face. SO, what I'd do is...well, first fix the color...add a touch of yellow to the midtones and the highlights. THEN, do a levels layer, pull the middle point down. You'll see the photo get a more dramatic lighting that looks pretty nice. Then mask out baby's face, arms, and the front of the blanket. NEXT, use the burn tool at about 5% opacity on shadows and run it quickly over the photo (a quick contrast layer boost would probably work as well).

The top eye has a little yellowing going on underneath the eye...a chinch to fix with the brush tool in the hue mode. Just select a nice color from another spot on the skin and paint over the yellow with the brush on a low opacity.

Okay...you know me...I can never wait for permission to have my hand at it...so here is what happens when you do the above.

I. Love. You. Wink

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Nice shot Kelly, Amber's edit is awesome, as usual.