Boys -- would love some critique

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  1. julia4480

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    Hi guys,

    here are my 2nd and third shots posted to the forum... I haven't done anything with them with regards to editing, and would love to hear your ideas on what I could do to them and any other critiques you have! Thanks!

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    I like your idea on #1 but the sky's a little overbright. Cropping some off the top might help. This is why I like shooting on bracketing when possible (even on my current quasi-camera, it can only do +1/-1 exposure value... but it helps)

    #2 is great, I really like it. Maybe bump the contrast up a bit, maybe not. I'd print and frame this for sure.
     
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    looks like good subjects but the photography could use some work. looks like not enough lighting and not enough contrast. and color too. you could fake some in photoshop. but i think if you mess with the settings on your camera you can get it to work. Good Ideas!
     
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    really like the 2nd one, but its underexposed. as you listed your images as ok to edit, i imported it into lightroom and played with it a bit:

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    brought up the exposure/saturation just a touch and warmed up the color temperature a tad.
     
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    Thank you so much for your input. I am really trying to get the concepts of lighting, aperture, shutter speed etc etc etc, but am not yet good at the actual shooting of it. What could I have done in my camera to bring up lighting.. it was a shaded spot and I didn't want to use flash. How would I bring out more contrast in my photography?

    Thanks SO MUCH! :)
     
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    Love what you did with it. I haven't purchased any editing software, but debating using GIMP. Heard it's a little difficult. I also don't yet know what to do on what photo...LOL. Oh the learning process.... :lol:
     
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    What's bracketing?? and thank you, also for your input. :)
     
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    Very cute shots! Your boys are very charming! :) I really love #1.. awesome creativity!
     
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    These boys aren't mine! haha! But thank you. They are my job. Im a nanny :) Their mom allowed me to use them as my photography guinea pigs. Poor things. My camera has been in their faces for weeks!!
     
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    That's where you set the camera to take a rapid 3 shots, one with your manual settings, another exposed more and another exposed less.
     
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    This is a nice thread (good suggestions and interaction). I like what chammer did with the image, looks great.

    There are other editing software packages that aren't as complicated to learn as Gimp (to get started for now). Photoscape is farily easy to pick up.

    IN the second shot, wonderful capture, just a bit underexposed as was mentioned. I use my flash a lot outdoors to "lift the shadows". It might have worked great here. You would likely want to dial in some negative flash compensation though. But fill flash can work wonders. You could start at -1.3 to -2.0 flash comp to start.
     
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    #1 is soft in the boys faces, maybe try and manual focus, it looks like the camera focused on the tree. Maybe crop a little from the top, also, in post you could add a little fill light and maybe bring the exposure down a little.

    Keep shooting!
     

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