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Aug 16, 2018 22:30 |  #1

As stated in the title, I am not happy with those. I don't know if it's the shot itself or minimal post processing -? ???


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Aug 16, 2018 22:36 |  #2

Well, two things right off: the range of colors in both shots is very small, just pink and neutrals; and the shallow DoF doesn't show off the furnishings. But I have no idea whether these are reasons for your unhappiness.


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Aug 16, 2018 22:40 |  #3

hmmm... maybe you're right. I just don't like the skin tones -? ...and maybe it wasn't a good idea to shoot almost wide open -?




  
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Aug 17, 2018 00:51 |  #4

The angle maybe, if you want to shoot with a shallow DoF


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Aug 17, 2018 00:56 |  #5

Soften the skin a little. Most people expect angelic skin rather than the splotchy on babies.


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Aug 17, 2018 03:05 |  #6

Agree with the others.

Compare the shadows on the face in the first and second shots. Notice that there aren't really any in the second.

In the first the baby's hand is in front of its face and eye.


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Aug 17, 2018 04:45 |  #7

To me, the light looks quite cold - would it look better with the white balance a bit warmer?

more to the point, what does the parents think?


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Aug 17, 2018 05:01 |  #8

In both shots baby looks too squished. I agree with hoblos that you need to shoot straight down if you shoot wide open.


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Aug 17, 2018 22:43 |  #9

Thanks for the input. Good point on shooting wide open, didn't really think of it. I definitely need to invest in post processing software, because with Canon's software I am unable to even out the skin. Also, I tried to adjust the white balance, but the picture looked way too yellow in my opinion.

FYI, it's my baby and it was impossible to position her... crying non-stop. If anyone wants to do me a favor and fix the skin for me, then have at it :lol: . Thanks in advance.




  
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Aug 17, 2018 22:46 as a reply to  @ copmagnet82's post |  #10

You might benefit from shooting a custom white balance, it will eliminate one of your issues right out of the gate. Then work on picture styles /settings to get results closer right out of camera.


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Aug 18, 2018 00:52 |  #11


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Here's a quick Lightroom edit where I softened the skin and adjusted the white balance just a little.

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Aug 18, 2018 17:35 |  #12

Cropped, warmed, softened and increased saturation.


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Aug 19, 2018 19:03 |  #13

wunhang wrote in post #18685740 (external link)
Soften the skin a little. Most people expect angelic skin rather than the splotchy on babies.

I think it's important to read the "a bit" part of this advice. It's way too easy and common for folks to go overboard and create plastic replicas.


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Sep 12, 2018 13:49 |  #14

AZGeorge wrote in post #18687767 (external link)
I think it's important to read the "a bit" part of this advice. It's way too easy and common for folks to go overboard and create plastic replicas.

This! Sorry, but that softening above is WAY too much.




  
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Sep 12, 2018 13:52 |  #15

Part of it I think is that prop seems to have either pushed up the stomach or squeezed the baby together and pushed up the stomach such that it looks kinda big. As others have said, warmer light, some slight skin softening if you want. Wide open at 1.8 is a bit much, but it can be done if you nail the focus on the eyes. But you might stop down even to f/4 with a shot like this. But I think focus is just missed too - in the first shot you can see a section of pearls in focus, but these are in front of the face it appears. Shoot from more above so your prop doesn't block the face.




  
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