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    So I'm new to digital and know nothing about post. I tried to nail the exposure in the camera, so all I did was tweak them a bit in the nikon software. I know they are inconsistent as far as having the same brightness. I was just playing around trying to figure the software out. I shot these with a dark blanket behind the boys and a reading light from the side. The big guy was a bit more cooperative than the little guy.:D Any input is appreciated!
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    Cute kid...

    A little more light (and / or a faster lens), off camera strobe, and a little better white balance. Too many deep shadows on the face.

    Maybe a different color backdrop.

    Soft focus works okay for me, but too many head parts are cut off.

    Last pic makes him look like he needs to wipe his nose.
     
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    I am trying to figure out how white balance works. I used a greycard when I shot b&w film. I think there is a white card type deal you can get. I'll try that. So an off cam strobe would just be used to fill the shadows from one side? As far as the focus goes, I was using AF in single servo mode and I don't know how to tighten it up yet. The little guy always needs to wipe his nose.:mrgreen: Thank you for your input!
     
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    Others will know a lot more than I do about this, maybe I oughta "keep my mouth shut" about it.

    Off camera to the side used to fill shadows on one side might create shadows on the other side of nose, and in recesses in face where shadows are now.

    One flash pretty much directly in front of subject (behind camera) bounced off ceiling, or use 2 strobes. I guess that shadows can work in some cases, but takes some practice to know how to make them work for you.

    You can keep it simple, or you can also start getting into triggers, multiple strobes, umbrellas, reflectors...
     
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    I broke the bank getting the camera, so maybe I'll try outdoors or window lit next time. Thanks again!
     
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    understood...

    That makes a faster lens like a 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 even more useful.
     
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    Yeah, but I don't think I'd be able to get tight enough with a 50. That being said, a fast 50 is on the list.
     
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    What did you shoot these photos with?
     
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    D300. This is my very first effort with digital. I'll come up to speed soon enough. I'm just not used to the camera doing anything for me. All my experience is with manual cameras and a handheld meter.
     
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    I mean what mm was the lens at when pics were taken?
     
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    Oh. yeah. Sorry. The tight ones were in the 60-70mm range.
     
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    Difference between that and faster 50mm is only 10mm, bet you could make it owrk by you moving a litle closer, and faster lens would make a ton of difference.

    Or, increase the ISO and try the shoot again with same lens, essentially increasing lighting in the shot.
     

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