My first photo shoot

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  1. maverickphoto

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    Well Saturday I did my first family photo shoot, granted it was my cousion with her hubby and 2 year old son and there 1 month old baby boy. It was alot of FUN, I learned ALOT!!!! After 2 hours of shooting indoors on back drops we had plans to take some outside ones but it was rainy and wet out to do it that day, So we are saving the outside pics for another Saturday. What I did learn was if im going to be doing indoor shots I need some decient lighting equipment. The wife agrees :) :) but we did manage to get 10 really good ones out of 100 taken. Oh and did I mention I did it for free since we agreed they would be my test family. :) :) I'll post a couple pics as soon as I can.

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    Congrats.....can't wait to see them.
     
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    Awww how cute... look at the hair, a little mohawk. I like the black on black and your lighting. Love the mother and child shot.
     
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    The first thing you need to learn is to take the flash off of the camera. The second thing you need to learn is to soften the light. The third thing you need to learn is not to put people in dark clothes against a dark background. The fourth thing you need to learn is how to focus.
     
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    ouch that was a little harsh...

    however.. I wouldnt have put dark clothes on a dark background.. its not so great to do.. ALSO with your background.. it needs to be tighter... the wrinkles on the background dont look good.. you do need to get the flash off the camera... as it will make the lighting look much better and it will get rid of the shadows you see, if positioned properly... great start though, keep it up... and work on your focusing
     
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    This is the "beyond the basics" forum and as such, the shooters skill level should be advanced beyond the basics. The shots are not much better than snapshots. Sorry to be honest. But since you basically said the same things I commented on we'll just let it go at that.
     
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    I'd have to agree with Chris. Regardless of what forum it was posted in, that was still unnecessarily harsh. Especially since the word "basic" is fairly relative and pretty much undefined.

    For future reference though, it may be better to post in "Photography Beginners' Forum & Photo Gallery" until you've gotten the hang of working in a studio situation, then, if necessary, use this forum to help refine that skill.

    However, the points of criticism are generally correct and should be noted for the sake of improving yourself. There's a time for dark clothing on a dark background, but this might not have been it. The light doesn't have to be softened, if you'd prefer it to be crisp, but moving the light away from the camera is 99% of the time an absolute must. Even if the light were only two or three feet to the left or right of the camera, you'd see massive improvements.

    One thing I'd add to the other guys' thoughts. You might consider getting in closer on your subjects. There are times when loose cropping is perfect, but here where you subject matter is so delicate that it causes the images to suffer. Next time, try getting closer.

    Cute kid. :) Good start, keep going.
     
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    I see what you guys are saying about the black on black. But for some reason it works for me with the first image. The darkness pulls my eyes right to their faces. It’s like there’s no distraction, a mother and child moment.
     
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    harsh in what sense? That he was correct in all of his points... Where would the OP (original poster) be without constructive criticism harsh or not? The problem here is the disagreement with the way jcolman constructed his post...

    You don't learn anything by getting praised on something that could have been better.

    that would be like praising a child when they write on the walls :lol:


    What would you rather have "oh my god that is amazing except liek omg its out of focuth pleath fix it. pretty please"

    or, the blatant acknowledgment that the OP himself states "I learned a lot" and someone tells you what you could learn more, in as few words as possible?

    Sometimes harsh criticism is the best criticism
     
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    No, his criticisms were rightly noted. But, they were delivered in a ridiculing manner. Ridicule does no one good and certainly isn't in any way helpful, especially when someone's trying out something new.

    Criticism is necessary and it's good. It would be foolish to praise someone for a fault. When it comes to photography, we should share our criticisms where the work seems weak. But, there's no good reason it shouldn't come along with encouragement of some kind as well.

    In fact, I think I'd go as far as to say that criticism should only come when some kind of encouragement is also delivered.
     
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    I disagree. If I had meant to ridicule the OP, I would have said that these pics suck, put down the camera and never pick it up again. That's ridicule. All I pointed out were the four things that needed improvement. No wasted words. The OP already received encouragement from others.

    Again let me point out that this section of the forum is for the more advanced discussion of photography. The OP's skills are not yet up to the point I would call "advanced". I would "encourage" him or her, to take what I said to heart and learn from it.
     

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