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Old 10th of July 2010 (Sat)   #1
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I am new to posting images on PTN, but I have been a long time lurker around the forums. I must say I am very impressed with the pictures of peoples children and family. I usually stick to Landscape photography, not that I am any good at that.

Recently I upgraded to a 7D with kit lens. I added a 430EXII. I am reading up on its operations on Canon's Digital Learning website. My son was laying down and I plugged in the different settings from an article I had read and snapped a shot of him. I pulled it up in PSto try and edit it, but first I want absolute opinions and improvements needed on an unedited photo.

This photo is straight out of the camera, other than resizing for rules here. With the flash bounced from the left. What am I doing right (if anything) and wrong (I am sure a lot)? I am not looking to become a pro or ever shoot portraits, I just want to make the most of the pictures of my children. Thank you in advance, and sorry for being longwinded.

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Default Re: New to this, need advice

First of all Welcome! Kids are hard to shoot......trying to get them to make eye contact with the camera can be tough as they are easily distracted. Indoor photography with a flash is also tough because the flash bounces off colors in the room.

That said, get your subject in front of you with good light coming in from behind you. Make sure you have good Depth of Field and get your focus point on the eyes (I use a single center focus point).

Most of all, keep practicing.
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I tried to fiddle with the color balance and decrease the yellow tone. Good focus, BTW; the photo is very sharp.
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Thank you.
If I am not asking to much, could you give me a real quick rundown of the PP you did? Or is it just a simple slide of yellows in color adjust?
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