My First Newborn Shoot

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    So this little guy is only 12 days old today, 11 days in the photos, and born on Christmas Eve. This was my first shot at a newborn shoot. Constructive criticism is welcome.

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    The big brother, 2.5 years old, wanted to sit in the basket his brother was in.

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    And there are more on my flickr. And if you have a flickr, add me I love making new friends. :D
     
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    I love the brother in the basket! I think #2 would have been better if you didn't cut off his head so much. I also looked at your set and I know cutting the head is a popular technique, but it seems most of your shots were cropped like that or the head was just going off the edge and if that was done for me personally, I would have liked to have seen more variety, head chop and no head chop. But they are beautiful picutes!

    For what my beginner opinion is worth...
     
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    I like #1. I would like the ones of the older child more if there was some eye contact going on. But I like they are a little outside the box pose wise

    I dislike 2 and I don't know why.
     
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    Thank you for your thoughts.
    The second one I posted here was not cropped like that purposely, but from how I had the positioned and then he lifted his head so I moved quickly to capture it. But overall, I liked how it came out.

    The older brother definitely did not want his brother in the spotlight, he was being a ham!
     
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    I looked at your flickr and had a few thoughts. But I wonder if you are editing eyes? They look overdone.

    Can you share what your set up was?
     
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    overall, they look great and i'm sure mom was very happy with them.
     
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    I do edit eyes in Photoshop, but mostly I just do a little editing, in some I did more just for fun not for the actual prints if necessary.

    In the newborn shoot, my setup was fairly simple. I had natural lighting streaming in, but I used my two clamp lights each with 60-watt bulbs in soft-white. And I am just learning more about lighting so I know I have a long way to go. My photography teacher this last semester actually told me that in some of my portraits, and other peoples', to lighten the eyes some. Sometimes I just go "farther" like in this one because she naturally has beautiful eyes, and I wanted to really bring them out. Also in the newborn shots, I tried using my reflector.
     
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    Thank you. :mrgreen: Yes, she was very happy with them. She likes the second one, a lot, and many of the others.
     
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    The trick is getting enough light in the eyes when shooting it. They will really pop out and not look fake. I think the very very most you should do is some slight sharpening, slightest lightening and editing carefully the catch lights. It should take under a minute per eye. I know it is very popular right now to give children scary pop out eyes. Some of them are well done too. But I think they will end up dating the picture like selective coloring.

    Just my opinion. :)
     
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    I think the second one is a classic. I'm just glad to see the pic without the volume turned up!
     
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    Thanks for your opinion! Right now, my lighting still needs work, but I'm pretty much just starting out with actual lights instead of available light or natural light. But I will learn in time.
     
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    Thank you. Surprisingly, the baby didn't have a loud scream. Or at least not yet. :lol:
     

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