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Apr 26, 2015 09:46 as a reply to  @ post 17533004 |  #16

All of this advise is amazing and I really needed this,, thanks again to all,,
Now all I wanna do is go back at it again and just keep getting better,, luckily it's my nephew who is easy to work with and makes for a great subject




  
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Apr 26, 2015 10:17 |  #17

I did a search on 'finding good light' here is an article to read, but the main thing is to keep looking for articles to learn from, until you find things that work for you....


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Personally, I like directional light.. like in front of a north window or overhang on a porch.. local parks sometimes have gazebos and other overhead structures, explore the light on the edge of those.


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marlexop wrote in post #17532984 (external link)
Very little adjusted shadows and contrast, didn't touch saturation

What software are you using for post? Note that some RAW processors automatically apply a medium contrast curve that boosts the contrast, yes, but also the saturation. LR does this by default, unless you instruct it to use a 'Linear' curve: then you can do the contrast adjustments yourself with more finesse.

Also, check your camera's Picture Styles: you might be using one that boost contrast and saturation as well. I have the camera set to Neutral. With Canon's own RAW processor and Lightroom, you can select a different Picture Style in post. Might be worth a try.

Oh, and something I forgot to say earlier regarding the Rule of Thirds: when you have your subject centred, as in the second photo you posted, the eye line should coincide with the upper RoT line. If the subject isn't facing you head on and/or has his head leaning so that his eyes are not level, the RoT power point coincides with the eye that is closer to the camera, which should be the one in perfect focus as well.


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May 03, 2015 23:26 |  #19

Lots of great advice here about composition, exposure & light which is important but these are both really OOF. IMHO, you can adjust so much in pp but you can't fix an out of focus pic.

I would start with nailing focus. I.E. - Is it technique, settings, equipment? Then worry about exposure, etc.


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May 04, 2015 00:44 |  #20

Del Boy wrote in post #17542434 (external link)
Lots of great advice here about composition, exposure & light which is important but these are both really OOF. IMHO, you can adjust so much in pp but you can't fix an out of focus pic.

I would start with nailing focus. I.E. - Is it technique, settings, equipment? Then worry about exposure, etc.

I agree with this along with all of the framing and lighting advice. OP, you are taking a very good first step posting your work out here for critique! I have been shooting for a few years and still have trouble doing that. I hope you take the time to read everything that was posted and improve!




  
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