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Nov 01, 2011 19:15 |  #1

This is my very first newborn session, she was 12 days on and wide awake most the time haha, much harder than I thought, I have another newborn coming up soon and hoping it will go a little better :) feel free to give me CC

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Nov 01, 2011 19:47 |  #2

Honest feedback is please take some images without the stuff on her head. I'm just starting to really hate the giant flower thing. Love her chubby cheeks, your bw conversions are nice! Not quite sure how I feel about the colour ones, the temps look a bit inconsistent. Just a bit though. Can you take the pink blotchiness down on her skin?


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Nov 01, 2011 20:33 |  #3

thanks for the feedback, the flowers were the mothers request, honestly I'm awful at PS lol still trying to figure out what conversion i want with newborn, hence the multiple looks, if you know any tutorials as of how to unblotch their skin i'd love to know how!


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Nov 01, 2011 21:03 |  #4

Like them all but the first one. I know the overexposed thing is the "way to go" nowadays, but when I see these, I always think it is more of a way to cover a mistake. I think the other B&W is much better and less blown out looking across the face. I agree with the flower comment above, but mom's word rules when it comes to this.

Very nice set.


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Nov 02, 2011 07:19 |  #5

thanks, here is the colored version of the 1st one

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Nov 02, 2011 08:42 as a reply to  @ kellen85040's post |  #6

Color is better againist the current B&W version. I like the B&W version, but do some recovery on the face. Shouldn't take much and I think it will be a winner.


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Nov 02, 2011 15:59 |  #7

These are a good start for a first newborn session. I'm definitely no expert, but here are a few general thoughts:
- Try to get more of a straight shot on the face. Sometimes that means getting lower and sometimes it means repositioning the baby. This is often the hardest part.
- The colors on some of these don't look natural and the last one in the first post just does not look good.
- Try to remove or reduce the blotchiness of the skin. Playing with the HSL of some key colors is a great start. I usually increase the H&L and reduce the S of the Red channel and play with the Orange channel, as well. Then do some spot touch-ups as necessary with Local Adjustment brushes in LR3.

Hope this helps and keep on shooting and posting.


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Nov 02, 2011 18:40 |  #8

thanks, I attempted to reposition her head to be straight up but she wasn't having it, it would always wake her up and put her in a fussy mood :p, I don't use LR I just PSCS5 i attempted to reduce some redness but it ended up taking out the color in her lips too.. once again I'm not good at PS AT ALL, if anyone have any tutorial videos I'd love to see and learn more

I have 2 more newborns coming up and hoping for more practice


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Nov 02, 2011 22:42 |  #9

you can use a mask to just get the color change effect on her skin but not her lips. also, try this color correction method to tone down reds and oranges: make a duplicate layer above the original, and run the Blur: Average filter. Invert the color (command-I). Then change the mode of that layer to Color and reduce the opacity to around 10%. There are more complex ways that will get you more precise results, but I think this will fix a lot of the orange color in her skin that you don't like.

Oh, and I have been trying to learn newborn photography too. I have done about 5 sessions so far and man is it hard! I think it will take years to really learn to do it right. Just gotta keep trying and practicing.




  
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Nov 03, 2011 09:08 |  #10

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Oh, and I have been trying to learn newborn photography too. I have done about 5 sessions so far and man is it hard! I think it will take years to really learn to do it right. Just gotta keep trying and practicing.

OCF from a distance, preferably, IMHO, through a softbox.

Once I figured this out with my daughter, things changed greatly.


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Nov 05, 2011 16:20 |  #11

i have a lot of natural light in my house, i just use windows i like the look better than flash also.


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Dec 05, 2011 09:11 |  #12

Lovely :D x




  
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