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Old Nov 28, 2009, 3:14 PM   #1
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Im curious to your thoughts/comments. I am going to do a photo holiday card with my 5 month old as the subject.

Canon Xsi w/ 50 mm f1.8; 430ex II speedlight. I'm a total newbie with the dslr - this was taken in "P."

This was my favorite of the first batch.

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Old Nov 28, 2009, 4:13 PM   #2
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Cute subject...very cute! Try taking this picture with dim tungsten lighting (i.e. room lights) with a a reduced power flash. This will capture the glow of the christmas lights and the fireplace at the same time illuminating baby to give a nice warm image. If you shoot in RAW, you can adjust the white balance to suite your taste. I find that the slow curtain flash sync setting in the camera will give you a good balance between the ambient light as well as light up the subject. If you are using an on-board flash, try a difuser (such as a piece of tissue) to soften the light.
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 7:20 PM   #3
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Cute. It would make a good card!
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Thanks!

jelpee - when you say reduce power of the flash - do you just mean lower the flash exposure compensation?
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 8:55 PM   #5
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Very nice and great Christmas card. One only detail I don't like: the Santa boot behind the head of the baby. Much better if it were somewhat to the right, next to the other.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 7:37 AM   #6
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its a nice pic but myself i wouldnt have the babys head dead centre of the frame, this is the kind of picture that benefits from the rule of thirds tecnique i think.
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jelpee - when you say reduce power of the flash - do you just mean lower the flash exposure compensation?
John, You could accomplish it in several ways:

1. Adjust the flash EV to the minus side
2. If you are using a shoe mount flash that permits it, reduce the output of the flash from full ppower to down to 1/16th the power.
3. Shoot in camera manual mode and adjust the aperture down, or shutter speed up to get the right combination.

You may need to take several test shots to get the mood that you like.
The key is to get that warm golden feel without it appearing that you used a flash. Now if you can get a little catch light (twinkle) in her eyes, you'd have a real winner!



Once it is set, I would also recommend that you use a remote release. Especially with little ones, you can then stand behind the camera and entertain them to get a smile. Based on experience with my own kids, using a remote was the only way to get them to smile. Othewise they would look puzzled and scared when Dad's face had a big black camera (monster) in front of it

Good luck...and post the results!
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I agree with the comments about the socks (need to be closer together, plus one is 'creased'). The baby would probably better be placed to one side of the photo. Also I'd probably opt for a bit more contrast.

But very cute post and face!! nice!

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Old Dec 11, 2009, 3:12 AM   #9
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So cute baby, i make a christmas card with my iCollage, hope you like it.

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thats good amanda, very creative
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