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Cherub Cake smash!

By amsywamsy
My beautiful little man during our cake smash session. I have seen so many people doing the cake smash photoshoots lately, i fancied giving it ago. He loved it and made a big mess. It was a great experience for both of us Smile. I used continous lighting with my home studio set-up

Tags: Fun Studio Cute Cake Baby Chocolate Mess Portraits and people Flash and lighting Humour and fun Cake smash

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2013 9:11AM
A first class family record that is a little more than that. It has a general appeal because it is amusing. Nice image.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2013 9:16AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery.
This is unmistakably the sort of look that children keep for parents. Conspiratorial mischief. Love it. You've timed it perfectly, I sense that you didn't rush the shot. He looks relaxed and settled.
You've caught a lovely bright spark in the eyes. I wish there was slightly greater depth of field (ie smaller aperture, higher f number), to have the mouth and chin a bit better in focus, but no matter, the eyes are what matter.
My first reaction was that I wanted to clone out the coloured spots at the top as they are a distraction - then I realised it was a hat, and just getting rid of it would scalp the lad. But I still find that the top of the frame drags my eye away from the area that matters. The bottom of the frame, below the fingers-to-mouth gesture, the rest of the hand and wrist - that's also a bit surplus to requirements. So I want a tighter crop, which I think will really concentrate attention on the eyes and finger.
It's overexposed on an area of the forehead, the lighting was a bit harsh - I'm not at all convinced that you needed a + exposure compensation! Not sure if that's recoverable.
What you can do yourself will depend on the editing software that you have available.
A Modification will appear in a little while - when it's up you'll find it under the Modifications button under your upload, click on the thumbnail.
Moira
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2013 6:03PM
I don't think this is over exposed. Just that everything has bright tones. For me, baby shots look better on the brighter side.

Paul
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
24 Sep 2013 6:24PM
Its a very cute shot! Ive been to a couple of these cake smash birthday parties, and the adults seems to have most of the fun!

Im going to guess here, - you tried different exposure, and +1 1/3 made the background white, so you used it?

Its very bright, but the boy, (is it his first birthday?) is well exposed, apart from a minor burn on his hair, to right, - easily solved, a a touch too bright on the forehead which Moira has dealt with nicely, - I used the same approach.

What I would do though is lift the shadows on the eyes, - theyre so blue and playful, brighter looks great.

The crop depends on whether you want to keep the party hat in the shot or not. I suspect you might like to, so Mod is an A4 crop so its the full printable area, and has some of the hat in.

The 10 X 8 crop gives a better composed shot if you follow the idea of placing eyes on a third, but you lose the hat. I have uploaded two 10 X 8 mods, both have brightness INCREASED, with mod3 having a diffuse glow to soften.

I personally like the brighter closer crops, - but youre the final judge!

Its well done.


Regards


Willie
28 Sep 2013 12:30AM
Thank you all for your help and the mods all look great!

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