My first real photo shoot...non paid of course :)

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  1. linpelk

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    My kids absolutely will not let me practice on them ANYMORE!!! A friend of mine asked if I would take pictures of her girls so I jumped at the opportunity. I'd like to know what you think. I really would like to get to the point someday where I'm able to make a little money off of this...just enough to buy a new camera :D thanks for any feedback.
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    a reflector or fill flash will go a long way. the composition looks good though
     
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    I agree, they look pretty good. Nicely done.
     
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    You'll definitely be helped by a reflector. For #2, I would have set-up a reflector to fill from the right. White would do fine for that. Same goes for #3, some fill from the right with a white reflector would not go amiss.

    In #3 the flash needs to be higher and farther away from the camera; the catchlights are in the wrong place on the eyes. Where they are, it looks as if she's being lit from below and in front. Similarly, in #4 the flash could be moved-up a smidge, and in #5, there are two catchlights in the left eye; clone or brush out the one in the centre/pupil for improvement.

    Given the above, you might want to consider using a lightstand for your flash.

    That said, the quality of light you're getting is quite soft, which is great. However, you may wish to consider using short lighting on rounder faces such as these.
     
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    nice shots but all i can focus on is the childs hair.
     
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    4 is GREAT! I would just crop some off the top.
     
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    You are way over critical man. Seriously if you're gonna c&c do it with the intent on helping Some one, not just for an excuse to look for inconspicuous things to make people second guess their shots. You do it way to often. I'm not trying to be an ass or anything I'm just saying. Try and be a little less critical on people.
     
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    I really like the last two pictures. Nice enviorment!

    It just finishes the picture.

    Well done!

    You might have to edit them a bid. Maybe a bit more shadows for the first few pictures?

    Greetings!
     
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    I love all the shots, they really bring out the innocence of a child :)
    Especially #3 and #5
     
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    Consider using a reflector or a fill in flash, focus should be on the eyes. Composition is good! like the pics!.
     
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    Wow! I went to bed and woke up with 9 comments. Thanks so much! I'm so sorry that I didn't explain better the equipment that I used for this. I didn't use any flash actually. Only a reflector. I was thinking that if I had another reflector on the opposite side to fill in the shadows most pictures would have been improved, but alas, no second reflector. I do have a 580 EX II, but no way to trigger it off camera yet (I've ordered the cactus v4's and an umbrella, stand, etc) so soon, hopefully I'll have better use of light. Although, I don't know how it would have worked out with most pictures from this session because I was mostly just following the girls around as they played in the yard and the mom was just finding light where ever she could to help. The older girl would have cooperated with staying where I set up the light, but I'm pretty sure the little one wouldn't. How do other photographers deal with this when shooting toddlers, etc.??

    Scotty: I appreciate you sticking up for me:hug::, but really I don't mind the harsh criticisms. I've always felt like I can only learn if people tell me exactly what they think, good or bad, in as much detail as possible. It is only a bummer when someone says your pictures suck and don't tell you how to actually change that ;).

    Thanks again for all the comments.
     
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