WWYD?

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Ladybugsteph's picture
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WWYD?

I have these two photos that I took today that I love, but I'm not sure what to do editing wise. I'm just horrible with PP. Both of these are SOOC.

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 31 mm
ISO Speed 200

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 200

Also, how should I have positioned him in the second one? His face is really dark.

sweetalienchick's picture
Joined: 10/25/05
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Did you shoot in RAW? If you did it would be easier to fix in Photoshop by using some fill light. I think for these photos you could have turned him a little bit more to the left, his right to get more light on his face. But if the setting wasn't so nice on that side you could also use fill flash. Do you have a speed light? Really cute btw. Biggrin setting is nice.

Joined: 08/22/06
Posts: 621

I am so in love with this location!!!! And I'm jealous of your long sleeves right now Smile I'm no help in processing b/c I have no clue how to even begin, but with the second, if you would turn him just a quarter turn perhaps, it would help to lighten his face.

Go back and practice some more so I can see more of this setting Smile

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6178

I too love the location!

The only thing I can say is, get it when it's in the shade and not direct sun. The sun is creating shadows that are hard to fix. He's so cute and I LOVE his sweater!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Thanks guys! I haven't been shooting in RAW. Maybe I should? What are the benifits/disadvantages? I'm not really pro or anything, just loving taking pictures of my kids Wink

Now I see. So I should have put his feet more facing to the left of the photo? It's so hard to see for me sometimes which way to face them! And then I get them on the computer and realize there's not much light in the face and get upset with myself!

I'll have to go back. This was in the "Children's Garden" at the pumpkin patch. (Ever hear of The Great Pumpkin Patch? They were on Martha Stewart on Tuesday.) We got a season pass, so we've been going there a lot. This was our third trip hahaha! I like going, because there's so many photo opportunites there. I plan on going back at least one more time before they close on Halloween. I'll have to try this one out again Smile

sweetalienchick's picture
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I hope you don't mind that I played with one of your pictures. I'll take it down if you want. it's private on my flickr. Smile Just wanted to show you what you can do with it. I use photoshop. What I did was open up the picture in ACR (adobe camera raw) and adjusted a few things there, mostly fill light. Then opened it up in photoshop and duplicated layer and made it into a screen layer and added a mask, inverted it, selected erase and erased him to get him a bit brighter. Adjusted the layer opacity after that. Smile But the thing of doing it this way all the time is that the quality goes down a bit. Depending on how much you are actually brightening up. That's why its best to shoot in RAW. love it! Biggrin btw, added a slight vignette too.

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Awesome location!!!

On the first photo, I'd probably have gotten closer to him. I'm guessing the lowest aperture you have on that lens is 5.6? If you were to have gotten closer, you would have narrowed your depth of field and, in turn, your background would have blurred more. That would have made for more focus on your DS.

The second I would have turned him more towards the light (left side of the frame) and then moved myself over to your left so that he wasn't having to turn all the way to his left to look at you.

With a season pass, get back there all the time!! Looks like you can get in lots of practice!!