Intheswamp wrote in post #16483509
co, I like the shot, and as others have said...I'd probably buy a copy if I was the parent and a non-photographer.
...Looking at these shots of your baby (they're good, the first one's my favorite) I say "Go for it!". Keep the fun in it.
Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by and weighing in. I certainly understand the cat herding reference. I guess time will tell if I have the patience!
sticknpuck wrote in post #16484270
Well done, I like everything about these. I prefer the lower contrast style for babies as it gives them a more angelic appearance that I think many parents would find appealing. Wonderful textures in the props that really work well with the tones here. I think if you got a variety of props in other colors and textures you could certainly create a variety of color palettes to create images that could suit about anyone.
Maybe one slight nitpick - the one piece of blanket in the second image is almost laying on the baby's side. It doesn't seem to have the same golden shine of the rest of the blanket and I probably would have removed it. Again, just splitting hairs at this point and completely up to the artist.
I think the one thing i've found here is to take everyone's advise or critique with a grain (large) of salt. You clearly have an excellent handle on the basics of exposure, DOF and composition. Unless it's someone who's work you really admire and feel is at a very high standard, trust in your own judgement and do what you think looks right. This work is much better than many I see posted by "professional" photogs on Facebook or other sites i've come across. I'm sure you'll only continue to get better and better.
Like many others have said here - I wouldn't pay cause I would likely take my own, but - priced accordingly (different topic about which I know nothing) - many would pay for these.
All the best,
Thank you! Really amazing to hear something like that. I have spent hours and hours reading over the last several months, and these last couple weeks it has really started to come together it seems. I had (and often still have) my share of throwaways. Shots that make you think, jeez, what was I even thinking. The ones that come out though, keep me anticipating the next shoot. I'm very much addicted to this photography thing.
dovate wrote in post #16484650
I think they both look great.
I teach a photoshop basics class where I explain all about reading a histogram, then at the end show the histogram of my most widely published image. It's a mess, but the image works.
The photo is properly exposed and lit for what I was trying to do.
What I'm saying is understand the basics, then you're free to ignore them when necessary. But you have to understand them first. If low contrast was what you wanted, then great. If it was accidental, then learn and experiment.
Thanks! I am completely self-taught, so while I have poured over the threads here, I still just go off of what my eye tells me for the most part. It's kind of a slow process, which I'm sure would be expedited if I better understood the basics!
chauncey wrote in post #16488622
I think that I'm seeing a little distortion due to a wide lens...yeah, I realize that baby's heads are normally oversize at birth. Perhaps a longer lens would have cured that if I'm correct.
Had to nitpick a little, else you wind up with a big head, because they are good images.
Well, I do have a rather robust melon, so like father like daughter. I do agree though, I would prefer to have shot these with an 85, but I can't decide whether to get the 24-70 ii or a 35 - 85 - 135 trinity. So while I ponder, I sit with only the 50. (And a borrowed 24-70 mark one that isn't sharp enough for my liking)
Your right. It's easy to swallow up all the praise and feel empowered. My wife has kept me grounded, but is extremely supportive! She wasn't as on board with my Reef tanks, road bicycles, fat-tire bicycles, or audiophile phases. Haha
S.Horton wrote in post #16488628
So, the question is really whether or not you should take people on FB up on offers to get paid to shoot?
Sure, why not?
But, beware, paying customers expect things, and it means the photography isn't fun anymore.
Yep that is more or less the question. And I do fear the latter point. Any incite on how to have my cake and eat it too? I mean, I suppose the easy answer is to consistently deliver wonderful images to everyone; but, I know that there must be more to it than that.