Baby portraits: be brutal! Any suggestions?

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  1. JaimeGibb

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    Hey all!!
    I have posted here before, but mostly I just browse all of your fantastic photos. Here are some portraits I did recently of my twin, 8 month neice and nephew. Anything I can change? My boyfriend likes them but he doesn't see a photo the way I do. As long as it's in focus, it's good to him, so I need a real opinion!! Thanks so much! :)

    Also, how do you add those nice black borders with a signiture to photos? I have PSCS...

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    An antique hue...unsure about this one.
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    In images 1, 3, and 4, the baby in pink's outfit is overexposed. My favorite is #2. Too bad you couldn't put either both in the sun or both in the shade. :)

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    Cute kids.

    The main problem that I see...is the overexposure on the girls outfit. Part of the problem is that it's the brightest thing in the scene. When shooting with a darker background, don't use such bright clothing. Also, that dappled sunlight is very hard to shoot in. If you expose for the shadows, the brights spots are too bright, if you expose for the bright spots, the shadows are too dark. Try to use/wait for a more even light. In this case, the location looks great...maybe you could use some sort of diffuser to block the direct sunlight.
     
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    Big mike's comments are always good so definately look into his adivce. Another route you can take is to expose for the bright spots leaving the background underexposed, in Photoshop you can lighten the background and blend two layers together.
    As for the border, go to image--> canvas size and increase the canvas size whatever size you want the border. For example increase the canvas size .5 inches on all sides to make a half inch border also in the canvas size dialouge box there is an option for the color of the increased canvas (which will be your border color) I believe the default is black but you can change it if you want a different color. Also if you wanted say a white line an eight of an inch into the border increase your canvas size 1/8 inch all around then increase the border size .0125 inches for a thin line (or whatever size you want the line to be) and make sure to change the color to white. Then increase the canvas size again to what ever size you want beyond the line changing the color back to the original color ou chose.
     
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    Too much depth of field in all of them. You do a good job of keeping most of the highlights in check, especially on the skin, but watch out for those other hot spots that might blow out.
     
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    Too much DOF? So you think I should blur the background a bit so it's more focused on them?

    Thanks so much for the comments. Yea, as for the sunlight, it was an unfortunate time to do those. It was kind of a random timing, and kind of a practice shoot. I definitly noticed the dapling of the sunlight and thought I could possibly work with it. And also noticed the overexposure of the jacket. Live and learn!!
     
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    Yes, you should blur the background a bit.
     
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    I am not sure that I agree. Reducing depth of field would have probably knocked the pumpkin and the feet at the front out of focus.

    Of course, some cameras allow you to see and control depth of field and you can blur out the background with software.

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    I think I kind of like the depth with the staires too...
     
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    The pumpkin between the legs seems awkward. What are your thoughts?

    Have to say I know nothing about photographing babies.

    Love & Bass
     
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    I would put the pumpkins on the baby's side, instead of between their legs.

    It looks a little...funny the way it is now.
     

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