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Aug 12, 2012 23:59 |  #1

Hi All,
Just took some pics of my kids at the park and did a bit of PP in LR4 which im new at.
Wouldnt mind your C&C. Thank you.
P.S. why are my uploaded pics so big? :o


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Aug 13, 2012 10:11 |  #2

Cute kids. I have to ask you: were you going for a Lomo look or an aged Kodachrome look? I can't see getting images like this from a 5D unless it was intentional.

Looking at the exif data, you might want to reconsider a few of your choices:

  • Manual exposure. Let the camera do it unless you know what you're doing. These are overexposed.
  • Auto white balance: really? How did you get the magenta cast to these shots on a sunny day?
  • f/9.0: um, why? For portraits, you generally want a narrower aperture in order to separate the subject from the background. Using f/9.0 forced you to raise the ISO needlessly on a sunny day.
  • 34mm: not a good choice for portraits. Use the 70mm end of your lens. 34 mm will give you wide angle facial distortion (big noses).

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Aug 13, 2012 13:03 as a reply to  @ joedlh's post |  #3

Sorry, the processing is not helping these at all.and the focus seems soft..this is why I say less is more :( Agree with Joe.


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Aug 13, 2012 15:36 |  #4

Thanks for feedback. Yes I was going for the aged film look as I'm learning how to use LR4.
I guess I may have overdone it.

With these C@C pics, is it better to just have the SOOC shot??


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Aug 13, 2012 16:20 |  #5

GBWG wrote in post #14853425 (external link)
Thanks for feedback. Yes I was going for the aged film look as I'm learning how to use LR4.
I guess I may have overdone it.

With these C@C pics, is it better to just have the SOOC shot??

I prefer to see the PP'd images if you want C&C your post is just as important as what the camera captures. Drop down from f9.0 to get a lower ISO. Also pick your wb setting or set a custom, I have never liked letting the camera figure it out.

The pp is a little heavy for my tast but I know some people that would love it.




  
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Aug 13, 2012 19:45 |  #6

You got the aged film look. Nice job. Would like to have seen more of the girl's face in #2. Shot from the other side would have been better.


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Aug 13, 2012 21:37 |  #7

Cheers Qbx. Yep agree that #2 would have been better with more face shown. Thank you.


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Aug 13, 2012 21:40 |  #8

Thanks also Littlejon. I guess I wanted to have the tree in distance less blurred hence shot at f/9. Maybe my thinking is wrong? ie should I blur the tree a lot more?


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Aug 14, 2012 04:40 |  #9

GBWG wrote in post #14854971 (external link)
Cheers Qbx. Yep agree that #2 would have been better with more face shown. Thank you.

One other thing is that there seems to be a slight tilt in #2. And regarding your question on image size, they don't look overly big to me - they look about right.


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Aug 14, 2012 23:43 |  #10

This is one of those times where the old-time processing matches the photo, especially in #2. That coat your daughter has the look of the late 60's stuff I remember, and the PP works. Add a little yellowing ting to it, and it could look like it was taken from Grandma's photo album. In #1, the other daughter's coat puts her into the late 70's, so not as well. :)

I don't think that's a tilt in #2, I think it's vanishing point perspective.


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Aug 15, 2012 00:48 |  #11

Thank you for the feedback Kirk. Cheers


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Aug 15, 2012 02:52 |  #12

I like the processing on these. Well done. Also, it is your choice whether or not you want the background to be in focus or not. If you wanted to have the tree more in focus than not, for whatever reason, increasing your aperture to f/9 is fine. It is also around the sweet spot for many lenses prime image quality. I can't see your exit on the iPad but I don't know why you would need to increase ISO at f/9, on a sunny day i would think lowering your shutter speed would be enough.

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Aug 15, 2012 03:30 |  #13

In my mind the question is:
Has the photographer succeeded in capturing the emotion he is looking to convey?

My answer is an emphatic YES!
Well done GBWB.
I'm sure it can be done many different ways (personally I'd shoot the 24-70L wide open or close to it) but there's nothing wrong with what you chose. ;)
PS Supercute kids btw.


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Aug 16, 2012 08:47 |  #14

Hey Matt and Andrikos, Thank you for your comments.
And also to everyone. Very much appreciated.
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