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Old Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM   #11
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You could switch background and use a few effects
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 2:39 PM   #12
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I could, except my photoshop skills just aren't there yet, lol. I'm taking a class tho, so who knows...

But that is a good idea, and thanks for the try

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Old Nov 12, 2010, 3:53 PM   #13
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Purple this is the best I could do on a short notice.

Edit now that I have the time: Basically I fixed the white balance, added some contrast to make burgandy/ crimson brighter, and cropped the image so the shade would apply evenly as a background while filling out the frame as a portrait. However I could not make it work with my favorite 3:2 format and had to go with 4:3. Hopefully its decent enough.
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 5:14 PM   #14
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I could, except my photoshop skills just aren't there yet, lol. I'm taking a class tho, so who knows...

But that is a good idea, and thanks for the try
When others try different things it often gives ideas

here's another, wider background this time
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 5:16 PM   #15
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Lilacfire, it looks really good, thanks
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 5:17 PM   #16
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Musket, I really like that second one with the wider background.
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Old Nov 14, 2010, 5:56 PM   #17
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I think it is a really good pose, but the only thing I don't really like about it is the color. Personally I go for more brightness; this seems a bit grey for my tastes. Personally I would worry more about that than exposure to create a picture that really pops.

I am pretty new (only doing it for a year) as you are, so take it what I say a grain of salt.
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 5:26 PM   #18
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Thanks mrpete,

I was also unhappy with the initial greyness to the image. I shot in the shade and I think my WB was off. It did seem to brighten up and take to editing pretty well.

There's just so much to remember since I haven't found a groove yet. Between the camera and the restless girl, I always forget something...

I did get a couple of shots that may go on the short list for printing, just haven't made up my mind!

Thanks for the tip.
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 5:46 PM   #19
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Trust me, I did some photos (for free) of a one year old (daughter of a friend) and it was no easy task. I've been doing nature stuff for ages and switching to that was crazy. I have to say, besides the color you nailed it. Good job!

I like what the glow effect (and a bit of saturation) look like using Picasa (click on thumbnail):

Not a perfect edit.
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I generally go for the fun scenario when shooting children unless they really love the camera and want to pose for you. If they are not happy then the photo will look nearly as good as it could.

It pretty much doesn't matter what age, you can get some great shots by just letting them play. I love working outdoors if the weather is on your side but also you can do lots indoors/in the studio etc.

If you are going to pose then you've had some good advice about not being straight on (not always the case, but quite often), also shooting the profile isn't the best either so avoid them. When posing, make it relaxed, if they won't sit up comfortably then go for something like a beanbag that will allow them to lounge more.

Here are a few photos (I don't have everything to hand so just grabbed them from different locations) to hopefully give you some ideas/inspiration.
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