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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.

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.
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.

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.


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

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