12.12.2007

Photo Critique!!!

I just posted some photos for my photo group to comment on!!!

1) I really struggle with indoor shots. Our house doesn't have the best lighting. Any suggestions on how to light up her eyes?

2) A bunch of photos of our ice storm this week. ANY feedback is appreciated!!!!







3) This is more for my family! Kennedy eating ice cream in front of our tree!!! :)

4) And Kennedy with Santa! This was taken in an elementary school gymnasium so you can imagine the lighting was LESS than ideal. I did what I could!!!!

Thanks gals! I will be back with more soon!

12 comments:

Lori Kelso said...

Dani, on the first photo and the one of Kennedy with santa, if you could email me the original size files, I'd be happy to work on them in PS, and tell you what I did. Are you fairly familiar with layers?

Love the shots, I just see easy ways to make them look more like what you're looking for. The ice storm... YUCK, I hate cold like that, but wow what wonderful photo's they made! PM jusascrappin at sb.com for me email addy, if you want me to work on them.

Lori Kelso said...

PS just critique, but on the pictures of the ice, maybe try a shallower depth of field to help isolate one limb at a time. Just my suggestion...

Sandie Dunn said...

Hi! Yip, I think Lori is right about a shallower depth of field to isolate the focus. Your subject is blending into the background a little. Other than that though, I think they are great.

About Kennedy's indoor shot... I can tell already that she is used to being photographed by the way she is looking at the camera. Nice! And, you've already accomplished "catch lights" in her eyes using the flash. All the books/magazines praise catch lights, so keep aiming for that. Next time though try using a natural light source to get it such as getting her to stand in front of a window with some light coming through or use a reflector. You can buy photograhy grade reflectors or come up with your own... anything can reflect light - even bristol board if you have enough light shining on it. This should help to eliminate the flash look. It's just kind of trying a little of this and a little of that to see what you like best... And, you've got one heck of a great little subject to shoot!
Oh, one last thought... if you love your flash - bounce flash photography. Google that and I think you will be a very happy girl. ;o)

Krissy said...

I wish I could advise on the indoor photos, but I struggle with them too. Your ice storm photos though are OUTSTANDING!!!!!! Great work!

tonya said...

The only thing I would do is for the ice storm photos. I would use a flash light and point it at an angle at the ice. To make is sparkle, just something I'd play with. Or you could have your daughter do it. Just for fun.

Pam said...

Hi Danielle, the best way to brown (right?) eyes to pop is to turn off the flash and have Kennedy angled almost straight ahead at the window, make sure you have a ton of light, but not straight on to window. Then turn your camera to Av mode (aperature mode) and turn it to the lowest setting (to let the most light in), if you have a portrait lens (you can get one for about 90 bucks if you want to know what kind) go to around 2-3. If a normal lens go to the lowest. Practice taking photos angling her differently to the light.
You can also turn you camera to Tv (shutter speed) and go for a low number to let more light in. go to anwhere from 100-200. This will give you a lighter image but you have to keep your hands pretty steady.
Once you get the photos taken upload them to your computer and open up the levels. Move the arrow right or left to get the best look for the iris of the eye. I have this problem cuz Sean has such dark eyes :)

You ice storm photos really ROCK!!

cherie said...

welll you got some great advie here. can't help much with the indoor shots, flash is not my friend...lol!Our house has terrible lighting too.I would have used a shaollwer DOF on the others to make them stand out more. but I do like those shots. very cool.

Jenney said...

These photos look great. I would recommend trying to get her picture in natural light (next to a window) instead of using the flash. It's so much more flattering. Great photos, though!

Jane said...

wow...you got great advice here!!
Use it girl!! Kennedy is such a cutie...I understand the light problem..except mine is the opposits!! I have lots of windows! and I pretty much stink at indoor photos!!lol!!
But I agree with using a shallower depth of field on the ice storm pics...however, they are some great shots regardless!!

Daniela said...

I think the photos are stunnig, no suggestions from me:)

kristy.lynn said...

OMG. the ice storm... pictures are awesome.. but i'm so glad not me :) this little fla patootie could not handle it! :)

gilmoregirl75 said...

The ice photos are stunning!