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Nov 04, 2010 12:08 as a reply to  @ post 11218852 |  #136

has been some great questions, followed by superb answers.

Been very helpfull.


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Nov 04, 2010 21:11 |  #137

mercersmoments wrote in post #10727681 (external link)
my secret weapon for making kids look at me !

DUH! Why didnt I think of that??




  
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Nov 06, 2010 11:30 |  #138

Thank you for being such a wonderful source of information!


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Nov 06, 2010 15:54 |  #139

Thank you for being such a wonderful source of information!

Pleasure ! I'm so pleased this thread has been worth while !


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Nov 07, 2010 08:00 |  #140

May I ask one more? The lambs wool you mentioned...is it really lamb's wool or another type of material? Do you find (if it is lamb's wool) any babies are allergic to it? And is is white-white, or cream, or off-white?

The material I'd like to use is more creamy than white, and I wonder how that might photograph. I don't think it would affect black and white photos, but I'm unsure about full color.

Do you ever use a colored blanket/material under the baby? Pink or baby blue, for instance? Do you like the results if you have?

Many thanks, again!


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Nov 07, 2010 13:35 |  #141

May I ask one more? The lambs wool you mentioned...is it really lamb's wool or another type of material? Do you find (if it is lamb's wool) any babies are allergic to it? And is is white-white, or cream, or off-white?

The material I'd like to use is more creamy than white, and I wonder how that might photograph. I don't think it would affect black and white photos, but I'm unsure about full color.

Do you ever use a colored blanket/material under the baby? Pink or baby blue, for instance? Do you like the results if you have?

Many thanks, again!


Yep it's real lambs wool, it's actually a single bed underlay.I have 2 of them. I have never had any problems with babies being allergic to it, and I always tell the parents that it's real lambswool.

I chose real wool as it washes better, and I have it washed at my dry cleaners after each session, having 2 is handy so I can do 2 sessions in one day - because I have nude babies on it I have to wash after each use, same with my throw rugs - and my hats get hand washed by me.

It's a cream colour - yes it's excellent for black and white, and great for colour, though in PP I always need to do a slight colour adjustment - usually taking a bit of yellow out.

I'm not a fan of coloured blankets, I like neutral - I have tried it, with good results, but again there's more PPing involved to get the baby's skin correct.

This photo was taken using the cream lambswool :

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Nov 09, 2010 13:16 |  #142

This is a great thread and very informative!!! Thanks so much for sharing your secrets and techniques.
I have read through every post and still have a question. You talk about toggling the focus on the bridge of the nose and I think I understand what that means but what other focusing method do you use. Settings on camera? Manual or auto focus? One shot, al servo, al focus?? I apologize if you have already answered this. I couldn't find anything in the thread already unless I overlooked.


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Nov 09, 2010 13:53 |  #143

This is a great thread and very informative!!! Thanks so much for sharing your secrets and techniques.
I have read through every post and still have a question. You talk about toggling the focus on the bridge of the nose and I think I understand what that means but what other focusing method do you use. Settings on camera? Manual or auto focus? One shot, al servo, al focus?? I apologize if you have already answered this. I couldn't find anything in the thread already unless I overlooked.


Nope - this hasn't been asked yet :)

I use auto focus for kids - they move all the time & having USM lenses means that the focus is nice and fast.

On my camera - I have it set to AI FOCUS

AI Focus switches from one shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the still subjects start moving.
Perfect for kids !!

Hope this helps :)


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Nov 09, 2010 15:02 |  #144

I have taken your advice on the settings and keeping my shutter at 1/160 or above keeping the focus between the eyes. Heres a few of my attempts while my son was licking the cake batter from his birthday cake using only the light from window this afternoon. I am impressed!!!
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Nov 09, 2010 15:39 |  #145

Oh and one more question about focus. What about the focusing points? do you use them all or just the center one?


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Nov 09, 2010 17:02 |  #146

ok so wait a minute do you focus on the eye or the bridge of the nose?


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Nov 09, 2010 21:00 |  #147

I have taken your advice on the settings and keeping my shutter at 1/160 or above keeping the focus between the eyes. Heres a few of my attempts while my son was licking the cake batter from his birthday cake using only the light from window this afternoon. I am impressed!!!

Excellent! I love these shots !!

Oh and one more question about focus. What about the focusing points? do you use them all or just the center one?

I usually use the one closest to they eyes, sometimes if I know I can't nail focus with an outer focus point (the 24-70 2.8L is known for this) I'll use the centre one and focus and recompose.

ok so wait a minute do you focus on the eye or the bridge of the nose?

Either, If the person is front on to me I try for the middle, if they are more side on I try for the eye closest to the camera

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Nov 09, 2010 21:19 |  #148

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Excellent! I love these shots !!


I usually use the one closest to they eyes, sometimes if I know I can't nail focus with an outer focus point (the 24-70 2.8L is known for this) I'll use the centre one and focus and recompose.

Either, If the person is front on to me I try for the middle, if they are more side on I try for the eye closest to the camera

:)

Thank you! Its all because of your wonderful wealth of information.


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Nov 09, 2010 21:58 |  #149

Thank you! Its all because of your wonderful wealth of information.

:) :) :) :)


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Nov 09, 2010 22:19 |  #150

mercersmoments: Your photos are soooooo beautiful. I'm too trying to take better pictures of my sons and thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.


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