Newbie with pictures of children

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  1. ashjamesgav

    ashjamesgav TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,

    I'm not only a newbie to this forum, but also a newbie to owning a DSLR. I upgraded from a little Sony Cybershot, so there's a whole world of opportunity in front of me now. I bought a Canon 40D a little over a week ago, and am venturing onto the world of Manual Exposure, although I still have a long, long way to go. I am currently using... *GASP*... The kit lens. It's a 28-135, and I'm fine with it for now, until I can afford an upgrade. I'm using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 to edit the pictures, and I'm a newbie when it comes to that, too. I look up tutorials almost every single time I have to perform a new technique, and am learning that the possibilities with Photoshop are seemingly endless, so how to learn them all? Well, practice, I suppose!

    Oh, also... I designed the logo last night, what do you think? It looks a little distorted because it's small (these are not originals of the photos, I'm on my laptop, these are from a website)... I just can't figure out how to add the logo in photoshop and make it so that there aren't those little specs around it once I save.

    Anyways, with all of that in mind, I give you a couple of shots...

    Any tips/advice welcome!

    01. Gavyn (My son, he will be 2 in January)[​IMG]

    02. Rachel[​IMG]

    03. Tyler[​IMG]
     
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  2. El2

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    Cute kids. Only c/c is I think they are a bit dark. You can up the exposure to make them brighter.
     
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    Cute lookin kids, and pictures do appear on the darker side. Better exposure, and maybe a better backgound than that wall.
     
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    Hi Ashley, welcome!

    Here we go...

    (don't forget, you asked for it :mrgreen:)


    • None of the photos are in focus; in portraits, the eyes should be sharp as a tack.
    • Work on your framing/composition. In each of the photos you cut off the top of your kids' heads, not to mention their hands and feet.
    • Seeing the wall as the background just screams 'snapshot'. Nothing wrong with snapshots, but it sounds like you want to take it to the next level.
    • The flash is really harsh - see the shadow on the wall behind Tyler? The only way to fix this is either use an off-camera flash or, even better, learn to use natural lighting.
    • Looks like you've got at least three willing and cute subjects to work with. Keep practicing and show us more.
    Best of luck,

    Jon
     
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    The flash is casting shadows behind the children =(
    Like Jon said, I also prefer natural lighting but if it's necessary using the flash, then try to bounce it on the ceiling.

    Fabio
     
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    You need to have a BETTER lighting much b4 KLIKING
     

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