Will try to lurk less and post more. pic heavy for CC

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m3773a's picture
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Will try to lurk less and post more. pic heavy for CC

Hi again, I'm Erika, I have been mostly lurking for the past 2 years, posted only a few times. Finally I'm starting to understand how things work a bit more so I'm taking more photos. Not a great timing since my daughter is 19 months now and she won't stop moving, she is too young to bribe her. I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant with my second one and I'm very excited because I will be able to take some photos of a baby that stays in one spot for longer than 2 seconds.
I met this wonderful lady at one of my daughter's gym classes, she has a 22 month old and she is a pro photographer, she just started a few years ago herself. She has been giving me tips and explaining me how things work, I picked up most of my knowlege from you ladies on this forum but it is nice to have someone explain it and show it in person too.

She told me I should get a different lens, I had a great lens before but the F went only to min. 3.5, so I got 50mm 1.8. It takes some getting used to because my old one had a zoom, but since I can take better photos I'm very happy.

I have a Nikon D100 camera.

I will try to post a lot more on here now, not sure how much I will be able to CC because I still have a lot to learn, but I will do my best.

Here are some photos for CC that I took in the past few days, I didnt have great light in the house because it has been raining outdoors so I was using F1.8 a lot. I adjusted contrast, some color because her hair looked reddish from the ceiling lights and i had a green tint from the walls and her outfit, adjusted curves and levels too in some, I'm not very good at fixing the photos yet either, I use PS7.
Sorry I'm posting so many pics for CC, not sure what size I should post them, dont want them to be too big.

1, f2.2, 1/30, iso400
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2, f1.8, 1/40, iso400
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3, f1.8, 1/40, iso400
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4, f1.8, 1/50, iso400
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5, f1.8, 1/15, iso400
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6, f1.8, 1/60, iso400, a friend with her 18 month old DD at an indoor playground, not sure how I was able to get a decen focus at 1.8 and the lights were horrible in that room too.
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7, f2.5, 1/100, iso400 Last 2 are from today
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8, f2.5, 1/250, iso640
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Hi! WOW is she a cutiepie! #2 is beautiful, I love it!! her expression, her eyes, the angle, the bokeh...love it. It does look like it might have some noise though--? not sure. and that slight bit of color cast is there from the room light.

It looks like you are doing great! Just watch out for those "tungsten" lights, like you said--the ceiling lights--they cast that unwanted color onto your subjects, rather than just having the natural light that you do want. The last 2 pics look better in that way.

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Hi! WOW is she a cutiepie! #2 is beautiful, I love it!! her expression, her eyes, the angle, the bokeh...love it. It does look like it might have some noise though--? not sure. and that slight bit of color cast is there from the room light.

It looks like you are doing great! Just watch out for those "tungsten" lights, like you said--the ceiling lights--they cast that unwanted color onto your subjects, rather than just having the natural light that you do want. The last 2 pics look better in that way.

Thanks so much, #2 was the last pic I took that day and I was so happy to get 1 pic she didnt look mad or bored.

In the last 2 pic I didn't have the lights on, it was a bit brighter that day.

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Joined: 10/25/05
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first off I gotta say what a cutie your daughter is! Smile thanks for posting! for the first few I am surprised your pictures aren't really soft because of the low shutter speed and not to mention the low aperture Blum 3 so you did great! I always try to keep my SS at the lowest 1/125 when it comes to my kids (age 2 and 4). If the light is way too low I just don't bother with no flash and use my speed light or if they are just snaps of whatever and I just want to capture the moment then the flash on the camera Smile It's hard to get enough light in my house on really gloomy days. The last two are great though! With the lighting. Hope to see more from you!

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Joined: 11/07/07
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Welcome, glad you posted!

You've got some great light in the eyes for being indoors. The first set is a little soft, but that is due to your low shutter speed. You could have really got some nice, crisp shots if you had bumped up your ISO just a tad more. You can always fix noise in PP.

The one of your friend and her DD is adorable, I bet she loved it! It might have been a bit better if they had turned just slightly to their right. It looks like mom's face could get a bit more light that way.

Love your DD's expression in the last one!! I get that look a lot Smile

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Joined: 03/15/08
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Thanks Ladies, I will try a higher ISO, I forgot about that when I was taking the photos.

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Hi and well done for coming out of lurkdom! You have some good cc but I have to agree with the others, she's a doll!

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Hi Erika! I'm glad that you met someone that can help show you the ropes. I've done my learning from reading online and books, and I wish I had had someone like that to show me in the beginning.

So are you using Elements 7 or Photoshop 7?

1 - 5: They're so similar I'm just going to reply to the group. First, you want to keep your shutter speed over 1/125 for a toddler. You have a lot here where your SS is super low. You do have some nice catchlights. Your WB is different across the board here. I highly recommend getting Scott Kelby's book for the software you're using, he has great tips for fixing WB.

6. again, low SS here. but you're right, you got nice focus for your settings!

7-8: she's so cute!!! I really love the catchlights you're getting.

Joined: 10/26/01
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WELCOME BACK! It's good to have you with us again!

That 50mm lens is really sweet and once you get used to it, I know you're going to LOVE IT!

I think the size on your photos is fine.

Here's my $0.02 worth ...

1. This is really nice. Focus looks really good and you got really nice catch lights. that's so hard with dark eyed kiddos. She looks a little yellow, but you can probably edit that out a bit with PS7.

2. REALLY NICE! Eye contact is so hard with toddlers. She has BEAUTIFUL eyes and you got lovely catch lights again here. The yellow cast is still there and it might be a little soft due to the slow shutter speed, but this is still a VERY NICE shot!

3. The lack of eye contact is unfortunate, but I do really love the bokeh here. You are really rocking that new lens. Focus looks like it fell on her nose instead of her eyes. You might want to close down your aperture just a bit (maybe f/2.2) so that more of her face is in focus.

4. What a sweet expression!!! Again her eyes look just a little soft, which is probably due to the wide open aperture.

5. The yellow is more distracting here, but again you did such a nice job getting light into her beautiful eyes.

6. The natural light here makes a HUGE difference. They look GREAT and focus is pretty sharp for being wide open.

7. LOVE THIS!!!! The smaller aperture and higher shutter speed really helped with focus. White balance looks really good here. Natural light makes all the difference in the world.

8. AWWWWWWW! This one so truly tugs at my heart! How do you EVER say 'no' to this face?!?!?!?! Focus and color look really good here!

Again, welcome back to the board! I hope we get to see a lot more in coming weeks/months!

Best,
GiGi

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Just wanted to say Welcome back! I don't think I can add anymore to the CC.

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"coolmama72" wrote:

Hi Erika! I'm glad that you met someone that can help show you the ropes. I've done my learning from reading online and books, and I wish I had had someone like that to show me in the beginning.

So are you using Elements 7 or Photoshop 7?

1 - 5: They're so similar I'm just going to reply to the group. First, you want to keep your shutter speed over 1/125 for a toddler. You have a lot here where your SS is super low. You do have some nice catchlights. Your WB is different across the board here. I highly recommend getting Scott Kelby's book for the software you're using, he has great tips for fixing WB.

6. again, low SS here. but you're right, you got nice focus for your settings!

7-8: she's so cute!!! I really love the catchlights you're getting.

I was using PS7 to edit those pics but I just got PS CS5 and just ordered Scott Kelby's book on it, it should get here next week, I was trying to watch some tutorials on youtube on WB but what they were doing in those videos didn't work for me.

Thank you so mych for the CC everyone!

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Joined: 06/09/05
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I agree- she is a DOLL! This age is HARD, but fun when you capture that ONE that you love! Biggrin Your WB is off, but I see that you already know that, so I dont' know what to add other than, KEEP IT UP! It's so much fun to keep going and look back! Can't wait to see more!