Would you do anything else to these photos?

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Would you do anything else to these photos?

So I took a bunch of great photos on Sunday, and I love so many of them. I edited them all in ACR, and the only edits I've done have been to crop them. I am happy with them, and I just wonder if I'm missing something, if I should be doing anything else to process them. I feel like I spend so much time editing that I'm surprised that I'm content with these. Anyhow, I guess I'm looking for CC in addition to PP suggestions. I'm not reshooting these, so the CC is just for future reference.

The big mistake I made during this shoot is that I overexposed almost all of these. Luckily, I was able to recover in ACR, but I'm sure you can see the bright spots, especially on my oldest in the group pictures. Believe me, I'm kicking myself for that mistake. The pictures looked fine in my LCD, but I was feeling pressure from my DH to hurry up and be done with it, so I looked at them quickly. Lesson learned, I hope.

I did sharpen for web, but for some reason these still look softer in Flickr than they do on my computer.

1. I don't know if this is mommy goggles on, or if this is a good picture.
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 60 mm
ISO Speed: 400

IMG_1240 cropped web

2. I totally blew the door behind her ... so I applied a layers mask just on the portion to the right of her (left as we're looking at it). Can you tell that I did that? I mean, does the color look like it matches that on the other side?

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 37 mm
ISO Speed: 200

IMG_1182 web

3. Major editing here actually ... Andrew and Natalie (on the left) are very well lit, but Jack and Jordan are not. So I lightened them up and masked them in. Can you tell? Do you see a halo?

Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 38 mm
ISO Speed: 400

IMG_1202 web

4. Another version of my siggy picture ... just wondering if it's fine as is

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 28 mm
ISO Speed: 400

IMG_1260 web

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I'll CC the color, but since I am uncalibrated it may not count... lol

Overall, I think the ones where the sun is, you could have lowered your ISO to 100, and play with your SS, since you have lots of room to play there.

Ok.. here is my CC -

1. The shadows are really harsh on your older son's face. I've read somewhere, probably ILP that you should either have them face their shadow when shooting, to get that halo effect or shoot them facing the sun, which will get a lot of squinting. Their face looks yellow on my screen.

2. My favorite of the bunch. The glare on the door is bothersome, I would try and crop that out. I would also do a color pop to get that orange door and add a bit more blacks/contrast to the picture. Tilt is ok.

3. This photo somehow either looked oversharpened or too much contrast. I would crop it tighter.

4. The last one is cute. Wish Jack was looking Smile

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okay, I took another version of the 3rd and used two different exposures in ACR. then I masked in the appropriate children. I did a color pop on the image but then masked out the faces (as the pop totally blew the kids on the left, despite the exposure adjustments).

any better? Forgot to sharpen for web Sad

IMG_1201 pp web copy

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Gwen- I suck at cc'ing specifics, but I'll give it a go.

1) The contrast looks a bit high on my computer, but I don't know if that's correct. I like this pic, even with the shadows, b/c it's cute.
2) Love this one of Nat. You might try to crop out the door a bit. It's not bad though, I don't mind it that much....just wish I had those doors around here. Wink
3) I don't see a halo. I think it looks fine. Biggrin