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Could i have your thoughts on this image i took during a lifestyle photo session please Smile

Tags: Portraits and people Newborn baby photography


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2017 8:27PM
What a lovely idea, Nicola, kisses despite the crying.
Certainly not an easy one to get right, and I admire your effort.

My very first thought was that it's a shame the lady's face is less visible than the man's, also that it's out-of-focus, and there is too much of the back of her head. We can see the man's face clearly, and would recognise him if we knew him, not so the lady.
Some of the lady's hair has fallen across the baby's face in large unfocused whisps.

There are some bits behind the baby's head, maybe parts of the parents' hands, and something dark by the man's forehead.

I have done a modification where I cropped the top and both sides, then cloned out the background bits mentioned above, apart from the hair whisps.


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Thank you for the comments, the image was taken during a lifestyle session and initially mum was not in shot only dad. she came in for a kiss and i caught it, it wasn't set up to be a posed shot. This is the real deal, they love the image because they of course know who is in it Smile
Ive actually removed the chair from the upper right of this image as i found it distracting but ive put the wrong photo on here lol.
I shall however remove the strands of hair, well spotted Smile
I have posted the image i was supposed to add in mod
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
27 Jun 2017 12:04AM
Perhaps better as a mono? There are some areas of random colour patches, though very light, can distract.

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2017 9:09AM
It's gorgeous, very well done - not an easy job! A totally natural, identifiable moment.

Like Willie I am seeing curious hints of colour when I look closely at the image. It may be an optical illusion. Was this in-camera b&w? If not how did you convert it?

I have uploaded a modification. (It's actually uploaded four times, which is a problem I have found recently - I shall try to get that sorted).

It's a number of suggestions really. First of all, don't feel obliged to stick to 3x 2 landscape format. Do the mother's blurred hair and the father's ear add anything? For me they simply dilute the real story of the three faces. So I cropped to square. Then I added a frame and a slight vignette, which combine with square to create a more intimate, enclosed, private world I think.

I also got rid of all traces of colour and then added a hint of sepia, which is gentle to skin. Adding toning reduces tonal range slightly, so I make a slight tweak to boost lighter tones in Levels.

As I said, just suggestions to consider.

Another time it's worth checking for stray hairs, keep a very soft hairbrush handy.
dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
27 Jun 2017 11:04AM
A grab shot: always worth being ready.

Part of that might be as uncluttered a studio as possible - if the chair wasn't there, there's no need to clone it out. And I know that's not always possible.

On CSI, they say 'work the scene' - I hoep yo uwent on to try, at least, a more set-up version, with two vertical faces in profile kissing a fully-frontal baby's cheeks. Maybe even a standard set-up in the future?

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