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tested my camera/new lens today

Postby acorns77 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:36 pm

what do you think? Lighting wasn't great - she took a really long nap today, by the time we were able to test out the new camera sun was already setting so I "tried" to fix a bit in photoshop but I kinda stink at photoshop!

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thoughts?

this lens is deff fun, can't wait to learn how to use it and my camera more!
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:47 pm

awww she is a doll :)

The 1st shot is cute...seems a bit dark still to me.
2nd shot..cute! The white looks grey/blue to me though, and I feel it could be brighter

VERY cute though! She has such a sweet face! :)
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Postby acorns77 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:53 pm

thank you for your thoughts! I thought it could be brighter too but was having a hard time, when I lightened it more it washed her face out too much. the second one..do you think that was a camera setting making the white look bluish or the lighting?
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:02 pm

how were you set up with the white background? the environment (natural light, artificial light, things in the room near, etc...) would all play a role in the shot. ;)

hope you don't mind..here is a quick play I did on the 1st shot. She SERIOUSLY is SO cute! :)
Such a small file but I brightened it up a bit ;)
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Postby acorns77 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:06 pm

oh my gosh thats great!!! I'll see if I can lighten my first one up like you did!

is this any better with the white?

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it was natural light, but near the end of the day so there were shadows already coming in the room. She was sitting on a white bench with a white wall about 4 feet behind her
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:18 pm

yes, your new edit doesn't look as grey/blue but it still seems pretty cool and I'm seeing a lot of grey too.

Here's my quick edit. Again, the file is small so I cannot get details. ;) Just made the white more white and the photo isn't as cool in tones ;)
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Postby acorns77 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:23 pm

okay that looks amazing! How did you do it? Are you using photoshop?
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:27 pm

yes, I use cs5. ;) Just brighten the white to look more white, I brightened her up a tad and gave her a little more contrast, also got rid of the cool tones in her skin.
play around with photoshop..there is SOOOOO much to learn and I swear I learn something new everyday! LOL!! My hubby is a graphic designer so it made learning a bit easier with his help ;)
You are doing GREAT! :)
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Postby acorns77 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:30 pm

haha yea I guess I need LOTS more practice! I keep trying to select the white with the magic wand but it doesn't pull it all "in"

Thanks for all your help and suggestions - I'll keep trying :)

btw...your kids are GORGEOUS!
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Postby Babydreamer1326 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:37 pm

THANK YOU :)

I use the dodge tool often...just select a softer brush and you can brighten the white pretty fast ;) I'm sure there are a million other ways to do it though! LOL!

The magic wand is awesome, but I have found it not to be that awesome for adjusting white backgrounds to look more crisp and white
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Postby victoria_1024 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:04 pm

Adorable girl!!

Laura's play looks good. I agree, the one you posted was underexposed and the white balance was off. Are you shooting in RAW? If not, you might want to! Then fixing the WB is pretty easy.

Have fun practicing!!
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Postby Jess641 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:19 pm

Great pictures! she is a beauty!!! :)
What camera lens did you get?

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