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Sep 16, 2012 15:16 |  #1

I've had my eye on this location for a while. It's actually the parking lot at my local Home Depot. Anyways, where did I miss the boat? Camera elevation, WB, posing, PP etc.? The wardrobe should not be a consideration!! :D
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Sep 16, 2012 15:17 |  #2

I'm gonna answer my own thread (after looking at it a little more). lol

I like the symmetry in the first two. But maybe I should've went to my left or right to fill the BG with the pillars.?


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Sep 16, 2012 15:24 |  #3

I don't really think that there's anything technically wrong with them; exposure looks good, focus looks correct. What does bother me a little about them, and this is really more of a personal, subjective thing, is the kids themselves. There's nothing natural and spontaneous about them - in fact, I'd go so far as to say that their smiles look a little forced. Again this is more of a subjective thing but personally I think the best child photography tends to be more candid shots, showing kids in their element - ie wistfully unaware of what's going on around them, which is, in many ways, what makes childhood so enchanting.

One small technical note that I would mention, though you have no control over it at the actual location though, is that the stone of the pillars is somewhat tonally similar to their skin. You could fix this with some PP, I guess.


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Sep 16, 2012 15:32 |  #4

onona wrote in post #14999470 (external link)
I don't really think that there's anything technically wrong with them; exposure looks good, focus looks correct. What does bother me a little about them, and this is really more of a personal, subjective thing, is the kids themselves. There's nothing natural and spontaneous about them - in fact, I'd go so far as to say that their smiles look a little forced. Again this is more of a subjective thing but personally I think the best child photography tends to be more candid shots, showing kids in their element - ie wistfully unaware of what's going on around them, which is, in many ways, what makes childhood so enchanting.

One small technical note that I would mention, though you have no control over it at the actual location though, is that the stone of the pillars is somewhat tonally similar to their skin. You could fix this with some PP, I guess.

The smiles WERE forced! My kids are so tired of my picture taking. I have to bribe them nowadays! Whenever they ask for something, if I tell them yes, I say, 'Yes, but you owe me some pictures!" lol


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Sep 16, 2012 15:34 |  #5

Ha! Well there you have it. Next time, give them something to play with and try to sneakily capture the ensuing activity. I grew up with an uncle who was a photographer and now I have so many stunning photos that he took of me as a kid that I was totally unaware of at the time of taking them. He had a way of photographing us so unobtrusively and the results really paid off.


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Sep 16, 2012 16:10 |  #6

In #2, the top kid is pulling one of the bottom kids ears back and pushing the other one forward. lol.


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Sep 16, 2012 16:35 |  #7

I think the first shot works just fine. Too much clutter in the 3rd and 4th shot. Good eye though seeing this for what it could be.


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Sep 16, 2012 17:05 |  #8

don't ask people to smile... that is probably the worst thing to do. Very few people has the ability to smile natural when commanded.

Do rather something that makes them smile. F.ex... ask them to make the most ugly face. Right afther they have done that, they would probably laugh in a natural way. Thats the picture you want. You could also ask them to whisper something in the ear of eachother, they would then have some great expressions in their face while doing it... and most probably that will create a natural smile on their faces in the end.

When taking pictures of kids, make sure that you have found the right exposure etc before you start shooting them. With most kids you have only less than a minute before their patience is gone.

To let the kids do something is a good advice.


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Sep 18, 2012 00:18 |  #9

It is so hard to shoot your own kids! My boys always look like their in pain or angry lol

That being said, I really like the composition and exposure and tones in the first photo.

Sometimes, letting the kids come up with their own poses relaxes them enough to get a spontaneous smile ;) Yeah, they might not have the best composition, but at least they look like they want to be in front of the camera ;)


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Sep 18, 2012 10:35 |  #10

Depth of field is good. It is hard to shoot kids. Some of their smiles look un-natural to me. I think some fill flash would have helped with the shadows on their faces.


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