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Fussy newborn... but some cute images!

Postby victoria_1024 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:17 pm

Well I had a VERY tough newborn session with a friend's baby. He decided to have his 2 week growth spurt one day early, and of course that was the day I came to take pictures! He nursed the.whole.time and had been nursing all morning. Every time mom stopped nursing, baby would cry and fuss.

So I returned the next day and was a bit more successful! He still refused to go into a deep sleep so I couldn't try out some of the cute poses I was hoping to do but we tried our best! The picture are pretty simple, mom didn't really want any hats or totally naked pictures but I liked how they turned out. :)

CC appreciated of course.

Settings were 2.2, 1/160, iso 100. I think a few towards the end I dropped down to 1.8 because I lost some light.
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Postby littlebug » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:13 pm

Adorable pictures! I love his little nappy cover! #7 is my fave :)
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Postby blue-eden » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:34 pm

Vic, I was so sorry to hear the first session didn't go well...but girl, you MADE UP FOR IT with these shots!!! :yay:

LOVE them! Beautiful, all of them!!!

I think my fave is #5 too.

My only CC is that the tones seem the teeniest bit inconsistant (mostly #1 and #2 and the last one) but they're so close, it's hardly something to worry about!

I'm so proud of you! You rocked it!!!
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Postby Kylie » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:17 am

I don't have any extra CC. I love them. I had the same problem today with a newborn session. He was 3 weeks old and refused to go into a deep sleep.
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Postby charlotteb » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:34 am

These look great! You did an awesome job! I'm with you on #3 - the crop just isn't working for me, but the rest are good!!

I only do newborn session before 10 days old. I consider anything after that too old. The babies don't cooperate, don't sleep enough, etc. So considering the age, you got some great shots!
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Postby victoria_1024 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:12 am

Thank you everyone! I'm adding a couple of the re-edited images in the original post. How do they look?

charlotteb wrote:These look great! You did an awesome job! I'm with you on #3 - the crop just isn't working for me, but the rest are good!!

I only do newborn session before 10 days old. I consider anything after that too old. The babies don't cooperate, don't sleep enough, etc. So considering the age, you got some great shots!


Ughh I know!! Well I had wanted to do them when the baby was one week old, but he ended up being born one week before Easter, so I couldn't take them Easter weekend because my friend had company and we had planned to go out of town! And I have a full time job so I can't do them during the week.

Although I have to say, I did my sister's baby at 6 days old and she gave me just as many problems. I was there for 4-5 hours before she was sleeping well and even then she wasn't sleeping deeply. Crazy babies.
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Postby **Tasha** » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:46 am

I think the last one looks a little yellow!

Otherwise you did awesome! 8)
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Postby blue-eden » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:33 am

**Tasha** wrote:I think the last one looks a little yellow!

Otherwise you did awesome! 8)


I see this, and it's especially in the shadows. I would select the shadows and add some alternate colour, to reduce it.

I think you did great for the age! But I hear that mums LOVE open eye shots and I've seen a lot of great work on ILP where the babies eyes are open too. I think as a mum, I'd like to see nonsleeping shots too :)

eta - I just saw your re edits. I think the first was definitely underexposed. I think I would have not underexposed it just to save the blanket, just because of how it messes the WB up, and the colours. The second edit looks better for exposure, but now the skin looks a little more green/grey.

In #3, I think the canvas could be stretched more, if you can, to keep the little dude out of the center?
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Postby victoria_1024 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:15 am

Thanks again.

For the yellow in the shadows, I'm not really sure how to fix that on elements?? I hate trying to fix color on elements, I think that is its biggest downfall.

I do have lots of open eye shots, but the baby's arms are going every which way so they don't look fantastic to me. I could post a couple so you could see what I mean. I love the open eye ones too, but I'm not sure how people get the babies to stop moving, lol.

Yep I can stretch the canvas more.

As for the underexposed one, it wasn't underexposed in camera. But when I opened it in ACR, I noticed the basket was blown so I lowered the exposure to get rid of the blown spots. I saw a tutorial on ILP where they talked about doing something similar? They had underexposed a picture so they didn't blow some red in a shirt or something.
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Postby blue-eden » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:55 am

I would preserve the skintones first. How badly was the blanket blown?
You could always process as normal for the skintones, duplicate the layer, lower the exposure on the background, and erase him back in.
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Postby **Tasha** » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:27 pm

Does Elements have a "color balance" option?

Mine CS4 does and you can click on "shadows" and then slide the "yellow/blue" slider towards blue.

Thats what I did and I slide it towards blue 2 spaces and then I did the same in the midtones.

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Postby puddingpop » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:37 pm

So very cute and sweet. I love the womb blanket thing that he is all cozy in. No CC from me.
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:35 am

i love them! GREAT job! :D
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