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  1. Lucky13

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    ok like i said i just started go easy on me. these are the first pictures i did
    with my camera. they are of little boy Bill. they havent been edited of course.

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    aside from the tounge hanging out!!!!

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    this was my favorite of course

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    i didnt mean to do the shadow but it turned out to be my moms favorite so i kept it.
     
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    you can tell by the "marble skin" that the baby is cold... looks kinda miserable, too..
     
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    no i asure you hes wasnt. thats why i took his cloths off he hadnt had a nap yet, and wasnt real happy with me, because he had his shots the day before. i have alot of him smiling but they didnt turn out how i wanted them too. he was just a few months old here as well
     
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    I really hate critiquing these type of photos because I think I know what you are looking to get out of them, specifically "Those are really cute pictures, he's adorable"... And I will say... those ARE cute pictures, and he IS adorable.

    However, from a technical perspective.... they don't do much for me.

    In the first, as you point out, the tongue is distracting and they eyes seem crossed, like his left eye is wandering. The skin marbling is also distracting, but that can probably be taken out in processing.

    In the second, he just has a "I'm miserable" look on his face.

    The thrid I think is the best of what you posted, however, I would have prefered there was no diaper. You could have used some strategic positioning of the blanket to keep him covered in the same way. There is also some considerable amount pink material showing through under the blanket in the lower right

    The fourth has some pretty harsh shadows in it, is it safe to assume you used your onboard flash? It looks like you just didn't have enough light. I would have prefered to see more lighting in the background and a much shallower depth of field.

    The last one, the shadow just ruins it for me. And not so much the shadow from the right, I actually like the main shadow, but the shadows from his knee and the frogs leg on his belly. His hand covering his face is also distracting.
     
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    very cute baby.
     
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    yea the whole shadow thing was i was holding my niece while doing the last pictures and doing it one handed so my finger got in front of the flash.. i didnt even notice the pink showing LOL. i did his and my niece so i used the pink for her thanks for telling me i guess i dont pay enough attention. thank you for your thoughts ill do better next time :) i just for the most part wanted his eyes to show because they are so big and beautiful any thoughts and the ones that are worth photoshoping and what would you do to them?
     
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    thank you
     
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    I'd like to stress that they aren't bad photos, I don't want to discourage you or make you think that you need to "do better". The reason I don't like to critique photos like that is because there is a personal sentimental attachment to them, and by pointing out things I see as that I think can be improved upon, I don't want you to take it as a personal attack at you personally.

    As for what can be photoshopped.... The pink in the blanket can easily be cloned out. There also appears to be something in the top left corner that could be cloned out. Other than that, I can't really suggest anything that would make those photos more technically appeasing.

    He does have beautiful eyes, I wish there was a shot in there that had a happier expression on his face.
     
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    I've found 3 keys to baby photos, of which you already have 2 down:

    1. Focus on the eyes
    2. Get close
    3. Capture a characteristic expression

    Things like composition or lighting problems don't detract much if these 3 things are right.

    The only important thing missing in most of your pics is #3. The one you say is your favorite (mine too) best meets these 3 points, particularly the facial expression.

    I'd say you're on the right track, just keep snapping until you capture a moment when he really lights up those big blue eyes!
     
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    no its ok really. im tryin to learn and i need all the advice on how i can do better. i have some of him where he doesnt look so unhappy. they are also more recent.

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    hes teething so hes got super slobber going on. but he wasnt unhappy this go round
     
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    thank you so much that means alot to me im really trying to learn all the different setting on my camera. i havent had it real long and its all new to me
     
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    When photographing babies, it's always good practice to keep on-hand something to quickly wipe away drool slobber. With some babies, you will want a wet/dry vac. :D

    When photographing any person at any age (especially if the person is wearing black or some other dark color) and animals, keep a lint roller close by. Specks and bits are not the kind of props you want to use in most portrait photography.

    Watch harsh shadows created by odd angles, shooting up the nose, getting too close (this causes the head to look distorted in the photos), and flying arms. To avoid flying arms while the baby is on its stomach, prop the baby up on its arms. This will also encourage the baby to hold its head up a little more. Prop that baby up! Use blankets, pillows, or something soft and firm for propping babies.

    Lastly, the green blanket/fabric. I do like the texture and how comfortable and soft it looks, but it's drastic on the white and the black and is a bit harsh on the eyes. If you have something else on-hand, try that. If you have photo-editing software, bring it down a few tones.
     
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