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Looking for some C&C Senior Pics of my daughter

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by HockeyDad2324, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. HockeyDad2324

    HockeyDad2324

    88
    May 6, 2009
    Maryland
    I have only attempted portraits one other time. My daughter wanted me to take some Senior portraits for her....So off to the basement we went, threw up a black sheet we purchased at Walmart, and here they are.

    I am looking for any suggestions anyone has to offer.

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    Thanks folks,
    Sean

    Edited to add:
    Nikon D300 Nikon 35-70 2.8, two SB-800's, two umbrellas and Nikon CLS
     
  2. rbellphoto

    rbellphoto

    633
    Jun 8, 2006
    SoCal
    #1 - The dark pants against the black background look a little strange. I'd crop in a little tighter.

    #2 - Fun pose, but I probably would've had her go barefoot so that her feet were visible against the black background.

    #3 & #4 - I like both the poses, (especially #4) but the PP needs a little work. Try less diffusion and more contrast. What software are you using?

    #5 - I like the pose, but her eyes seem out of focus.
     
  3. HockeyDad2324

    HockeyDad2324

    88
    May 6, 2009
    Maryland
    Thanks Bob,
    I usually shoot sports. With that being said I don't feel that I need to process my sports images very much, a little tweak here and there. This is a whole new ball game, and my limited experience and pp abilities show! I use LR2, and used some presets that I had made to process these images. I thank you for the information and taking the time to comment.
    Sean
     
  4. In #3, her skin is grey. Typically, in B&W conversions, caucasian skin is close to white (with the soft lighting that you used). You need to bring up lights/highlights sliders (in Tone Curve) and possibly pull back the Darks a bit to get more contrast.
     
  5. HockeyDad2324

    HockeyDad2324

    88
    May 6, 2009
    Maryland
    Thanks Boston Rott,
    Noted. I am getting ready to hit the hay, but I am going to rework some of these images tomorrow.
    Thanks again for the info folks,
    Sean
     
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  6. Zee71

    Zee71

    Apr 1, 2007
    Queens, NY
    I like numbers 3 and 4.......definitely need to bring up the contrast on the b/w image and maybe brighten image 4 a tad. My eyes keep leading me back to image number 4.....well done!
     
  7. 2 thru 5 are all fine, other then the B-W which has been mentioned. On 1 the arms placement sticking out like wings is not flattering. But 1 may make a great cropped photo, tight crop of her face only. On 5 clone out the bright spot on her nose.
    You have a very pretty daughter, very photogenic-
     
  8. HockeyDad2324

    HockeyDad2324

    88
    May 6, 2009
    Maryland
    I just wanted to mention here a public thank you to Bob "rbellphoto" who PM and E-mailed me with some great suggestions and future PP help. The people here at the cafe are a great group!
    Thank you very much!
    Sean
     
  9. Seneca

    Seneca

    Dec 4, 2006
    Texas!
    First of all you should be excited that your daughter wants YOU to take her picture...my son runs in the opposite direction when I have a camera.

    The first thing I see that you need is some sort of overhead light for a hair light.
    What her brow (frown)...not sure what it is really called...it's in the first image (forehead). In number 5 watch that the eyes don't go to far into her head.

    I think these are good.
     
  10. rbellphoto

    rbellphoto

    633
    Jun 8, 2006
    SoCal
    Aw shucks. It weren't nothing. :smile:
     
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