sunshine and puppy dogs

by Marjorie Mcdonald August. 22, 2011 4665 views

In anticipation of Saturday's photo shoot, I decided to practice with Orion… he loves having his photo taken, which helps a lot… in fact, this was the easy part.

I am not convinced I have the tones right. I am open to suggestions here, skin tones are difficult, to say the least.

In part of my research I read that using a gray card is a good idea to get a reference point for white balance.. does anyone do this? I don't have one, but I would get one if it would help, provided I could find one fast and cheap.

this is what I got him to say.. .he thought it was silly :P

This shot is out of focus, I've just noticed. damn.

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Gregg Maretka 5 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Renato Martins 5 years, 9 months ago

Very nice portraits

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Leslie 5 years, 9 months ago

Well, I'm learning new stuff here. What's wrong with wearing red? Our bridemaids wore red and I thought they looked beautiful...must be I'm wrong.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jorge L Moro 5 years, 9 months ago

Photos look good. Nice and warm. forget the 18% gray card. Shoot jpeg+raw if the camera allows. Try to nail the image in camera as much as possible.
I personally like the warmness of these shots even if the white balance is a tad off.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 5 years, 9 months ago

These are absolutely adorable - no.2 especially.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Eiram 5 years, 9 months ago

I love his expression - you can tell he enjoys the shooting:) and that is important!
Maybe try another shirt next time...light blue maybe?.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lismel 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't know if the tones are wrong, but maybe a little bit. I also think that maybe the color of the shirt was not ideal, given his complexion and his hair color. It may have an impact on your picture. But I'm not sure.
Anyway, this set is lovely ! My favorite is the last one, it doesn't look like he's posing, he's just being natural !

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Art Bee 5 years, 9 months ago

What a delightful little fellow! You got yourself a great model there Marjorie. What a wonderful smile.I think these portraits are fantastic! Blonde, fair skinned and a red shirt are not an easy combination to photograph, but you did a great job!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dave 5 years, 9 months ago

You certainly don't need to worry with a co-operative model like Orion. I have no advice other than to agree that I have read the same about red although it sure worked here. Use RAW. A grey card isn't necessary but they can be found inexpensively at local shops. Orion's parents must love these shots.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marsha 5 years, 9 months ago

What a cutie....and really love the relaxed look in #2!! Only suggestion I have is definitely shoot in RAW so you can more easily "fix" things later....also, provides a higher quality image, IMO.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 9 months ago

I have no technical advice either (duh- lol) but I love 1 and 2. They look so natural and gorgeous. I think the shirt color is perfect. I think it brings out the warmth in his hair and skin tone and compliments them perfectly. Just my opinion.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lukesmom 5 years, 9 months ago

I love these! You really did a good job. I don't know anything about a grey card but I think I would have to agree with the gentleman that said to have your subject wear a lighter color. Just a gut reaction but it makes sense. Great work!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 5 years, 9 months ago

Precious portraits of a precious face! I don't know how you could want better than this! #2 is just adorable - what a great model you have handy!

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Granabby 5 years, 9 months ago

Pictures to keep for the future. If you shoot in raw, then you can correct the digital red later in Lightroom or Photoshop. The skin tones look fine on my monitor.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Natalie 5 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately I have no idea on technic but I love this portrait set on Orion. So much feel in it. #2 and the last shot is brilliant capture

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Andarta 5 years, 9 months ago

What a handsome little model you have :-) I think you did a great job with these, I added 2 and 4 to favs.

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Leahthomas 5 years, 9 months ago

I did just read in Scott Kelby's lightroom book that if you shoot in raw mode you can change the white balance in post processing. If you're worried about not getting it right you could do that..? I think the color here looks fine though, adorable model :)

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Karman 5 years, 9 months ago

I like this set, I think you did a good job. I would not even begin to give technical advice cause I ain't figured out the settings on my camera (as of yet) *insert grin* I am interested in seeing the next set. :)

5 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 5 years, 9 months ago

check it out with him in another tshirt color

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Gerd Korts 5 years, 9 months ago

I would not go soo shortlisted go for the grey card. Because you have to practice a lot with it. If you shot in RAW you have not only the possibility to choose 6 or 7 prefixed setting you can click also on 1 Kelvin exact. It is a bit more PP work but not that much. And do not aloud that your model will wear red, red makes your WB dizzy

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