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Sep 28, 2015 23:30 |  #1

Shot with my new Art sigma 50mm lens. I only have Lr for editing. How does it look?


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Sep 29, 2015 11:46 |  #2

IMO the background seems overly bright compared to your subjects and is therefore distracting. I'd play around with a local adjustment brush to bring up the exposure on the people and darken the background a bit. With that being said, I really like the setting.




  
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Sep 29, 2015 17:48 |  #3

I'd pull the highlights down a bit and see if there's any detail there, and bring the shadows up a little.




  
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Sep 29, 2015 17:56 |  #4

Before I work on these a little more which pose is the most appealing?


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Sep 29, 2015 19:42 |  #5

Go with #2...it could use more work...take a screen shot of your settings as they are now.


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Sep 29, 2015 19:46 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #6

I forgot I also have this one.


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Sep 29, 2015 20:01 |  #7

Amderk,
If you don't mind a few suggestions that may improve your photos.
1) Try a much tighter crop to remove that triangular blown out highlight at the top of the pic and the highlights on the right grass. You will not get rid of them all but what you don't get can be brushed out in LR. You can also remove some of the foreground as it detracts from the family group.
2) Reduce the red tint, this can be done in the W.B tint slider. It is way too much as can be seen in the blow out on the shirts of the children.
3) You may be able to slightly increase your exposure but be careful as you don't have a lot of room to play with
4) Tone down the background.
5) Sharpen your picture and remove some of the shadows. That will give some definition to where the baby's pants and your wife's shirt meet. At the moment there is none.

Have fun by just playing around in LR. Remember that LR is non destructive and you can always recall the original
I hope I have helped you in some way.
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P.S. I personally would have reduced my DOF to blur the background more. That way attention is on the subject



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Sep 30, 2015 09:09 |  #8

Ease off the Clarity slider, shoot closer to the subjects, use a little less output sharpening for screen images. The Art lens is pretty awesome from what I have seen and read, open the aperture more, as suggested, to blur the background. Also, set up your camera lower to the ground so you are not shooting down on your subjects. The subjects are almost a stop underexposed.

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Sep 30, 2015 09:36 |  #9

I would do a lot with these (at least for my style), especially bringing light to their faces, only in LR.

Radial Filters, Inverted Radial Filters, etc.

If you want, post a Dropbox link to a Raw File of image #1 and I will give it a go.


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Sep 30, 2015 11:06 |  #10

Here is a mock up of some of the suggestions that you might consider.

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Sep 30, 2015 11:26 |  #11

Also - consider checking the brightness of your display. If the display luminance is set too high, your images will appear ok on your display, but dark on calibrated displays and prints.

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Sep 30, 2015 22:05 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #12


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Sep 30, 2015 22:06 as a reply to  @ groundloop's post |  #13

Thank you! I will try that.


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Sep 30, 2015 22:21 as a reply to  @ kirkt's post |  #14

The display on my camera? What should it be at?


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Sep 30, 2015 22:23 |  #15

Your computer's display. Most people have their's set way too bright.

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