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Aug 22, 2014 09:10 |  #1

I had too much fun during this family shoot! I am always trying to improve my photos and would like to know your thoughts on them & what should have been done differently. Thanks :)

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Aug 22, 2014 12:27 |  #2

The first one is cute, however, the first 3 look overexposed.
The last one is a little cold. I'd also like it better if the baby was in the right third of the image.


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Aug 22, 2014 13:58 |  #3

use your camera's histogram to get the right exposure at location , if you shoot raw you can fix some issues later in post production


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Aug 22, 2014 14:27 |  #4

Agree with Majid 100% - Great edits Majid!

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Aug 23, 2014 08:26 |  #5

Learn to work with the light. Your first 3 photos are over exposed because your subjects have very bright highlights in the background.




  
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Aug 24, 2014 22:42 |  #6

Lovely captures, almost looks like the shutter speed is not fast enough?? But that could just be because they're very overexposed it's hard to tell.
What were you settings? :)


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Aug 25, 2014 09:32 |  #7

chocolatekara wrote in post #17115704 (external link)
Lovely captures, almost looks like the shutter speed is not fast enough?? But that could just be because they're very overexposed it's hard to tell.
What were you settings? :)

Thanks :)

1/80 f/1.8 50mm
1/500 f/1.8 50mm
1/160 f/1.8 50mm
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Aug 25, 2014 13:21 |  #8

Well, I would say, that in these photos blown out highlights work. I do have a suspicion, that it's was not made on purpose, but nevertheless. Just remember, that blown out places are unrecoverable.

As for Majix's edits - naah. images lost their sun while still keeping those blown places as they were - high contrast between them now hurts eyes. Faces are too dark. So, for me - no no.

P.S. The fact, that you have a 1.8 lens, doesn't mean, you have to use that diafragm every time. Couple images could work better with f2-2.8.


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Aug 25, 2014 13:53 |  #9

The color balance is all over the place in these--not very consistent. This is probably due to shooting with lots of flare, which often creates issues with color balance.

I don't see any problems with having blown out areas in these photos.

What f/stop are these shot at ? Some of them seem too wide open for the subject matter.



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Aug 25, 2014 14:03 |  #10

MadyGuzzz wrote in post #17116372 (external link)
Thanks :)

1/80 f/1.8 50mm
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1/160 f/1.8 50mm
1/400 f/1.8 50mm

They're all over exposed (except the last one) and soft. If I'm understanding you correctly you shot all these at f/1.8. The 50 1.8 is notoriously soft wide open, stop it down to f/2.8. You've also got some crazyness going on in the lower half of #2. Do you have a cheap UV filter on the lens?


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Aug 25, 2014 17:05 |  #11

Along with making the technical adjustments I most strongly suggest you continue doing what you are doing to put your models into a great frame of mind.


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Aug 25, 2014 19:24 |  #12

Couple of quick thoughts...
- Love the expressions in the first, great catch!
- Agree with some of the above about them being a little overexposed, and you can still get great blur & sharper images if you stop down a little. Unless that's your style and that's why they picked you.
- In the third with full family, maybe more attention to where you place them relative to each other. The shape of the grouping is a little awkward with the faces going up and down a lot as you scan left to right. Even having the parents stand next to each other with the oldest child in front to eliminate the gap above his head would help. For a fall-back basic solution, you can always go with the "create a triangle shape with your subjects" method, that's usually visually pleasing.
- Also, for women where possible have them push the hip holding their weight away from the camera, that can make a WORLD of difference... example below. Only difference is weight on the hip facing camera/away from camera. That might have been more flattering for the mom than a relatively straight-on pose.

For the record, working with five people including two babies it's nearly impossible to get everyone doing the right thing at the same time, but I'm nit-picking since you're asking for feedback :)


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Aug 26, 2014 00:24 |  #13

MadyGuzzz wrote in post #17116372 (external link)
Thanks :)

1/80 f/1.8 50mm
1/500 f/1.8 50mm
1/160 f/1.8 50mm
1/400 f/1.8 50mm

What were your ISO settings? Are you aware that ISO is part of the exposure triangle? You might want to become familiar with the Sunny 16 rule, if you're not aware of it.


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Aug 26, 2014 00:27 |  #14

MadyGuzzz wrote in post #17116372 (external link)
Thanks :)

1/80 f/1.8 50mm
1/500 f/1.8 50mm
1/160 f/1.8 50mm
1/400 f/1.8 50mm

Hi again :)

When I was first starting out I was forever missing the focus. As previously mentioned, try a smaller aperture to sharpen things up a bit. At f1.8 you're working with a really thing line of focus, especially with the 1st shot where the kids are all sitting one behind another, it's almost impossible for them to all be in focus.
Another photographer taught me as her rule she would shoot 3 or more people go for an aperture over f3, I don't always stick to this rule, but it is a good one !

Your shutter speeds are OK with a 50mm and still subjects, but 1/80 and even 1/160 is on the slow side for moving subjects, so you might get some motion blur. (I know I likely would anyway ha)

Great expressions though, keep at it!


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Aug 26, 2014 00:32 |  #15

I like that they are a little overexposed. Over exposure gives a lightness to photos. Just learn how to harness the tool.

My least favorite is the last one. It's too saturated for my likes.



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