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Mar 01, 2017 22:14 |  #1

In brief, I am new to this forum and fairly new to photography. I am looking to get better and the only way is for people to critique some of my photos. I am currently using Canon Sl-1 with canon 50mm 1.8 and standard kit lens. Here are some of my recent pictures that I have processed with lightroom.


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Mar 02, 2017 08:30 |  #2

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Picture one the lighting is flat so there is no dimension to her face and focus is very soft. The closest I see to a focus point might be the spot just in front of the bow, which, by the way, I think is way too big. She is really cute and I really don't think she needs any adornment. As a viewer I would much rather look at her and not have my eye drawn to something proportionally huge and white. Her hard squint also makes it hard to see what I'm sure are really pretty eyes. Select a time of day and positions that enable her to relax and not need to squint at the bright sunlight and hide her eyes.

The little one in picture two....the expression is priceless and his (her) eyes are beautiful. Here again, my attention is drawn to the biggest thing in the picture....the bow. And again, completely unnecessary. That gorgeous face needs nothing added to it....except parental kisses.  :p

I hope you stick around here. There are a huge number of very talented people that can and will help you be a better shooter.


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Mar 02, 2017 08:59 |  #3

You're off to a great start.

I don't find the focus to be too soft in the first photo. Only two things I worry about are: 1) the white balance can be adjusted in LR to be a bit warmer (especially to match the squint, which I like, presumably from a sunny day) and 2) the choice of having the tree behind her as the background.

In the second photo, I do agree that the bow is too big and somewhat distracting. The photo could be half a stop brighter (increase exposure and/or curves in LR) and the whites of her eyes and the blanket whiter (another slight WB adjustment).


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Mar 02, 2017 08:59 |  #4

^ ^ What Bob said.
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Mar 02, 2017 09:11 |  #5

Here are a few more pictures. I dunno how sharp they will look because I saved them to my mobile phone and reposting on here.


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Mar 02, 2017 16:02 |  #6

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Mar 02, 2017 17:50 |  #7

Good start. I am in the learning path too, so here is my 2c worth:)

1st photo - looks a bit flat and the focusing on the eyes may make it even better. The flatness could potentially be improved through post processing. Agree with previous comment in regards to the bow.. bit big and takes away the attention from her face.

2nd photo - the baby is gorgeous and you have captrured her very well. The bow again takes attention away and it is not needed.

Keep taking photos and there are heaps of professional and talented users here that I am sure will chip in to help you learn further. There are also lots of reading materials and videos available on the net too for baby photography tips and post processing tips.


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Mar 03, 2017 19:20 |  #8

Good feedback already from others, I just wanted to point out in #3 you almost always want to stay at eye level, not shoot looking down at the subject. You're doing well for starting, keep at it while incooperating feedback and you'll see yourself improve :-)


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Mar 05, 2017 11:32 |  #9

The fur/blue shot is nice. However, you made one basic mistake that is made by virtually every parent taking pictures of their kids: a look-down shot. Get on your knees and take the shot from her level. You'll see how vastly improved this would be. I'm sorry to say that the other new one looks to me like somebody is strangling the kid. ;)


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