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July 11th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Is it hopeless? For whatever reason, I can take great pics for clients, but crappy photo's of my own children. I think the background is horribly busy, but the boys needed a new spot and I was desparate. What would you do with the background, anything? Should I just start over from scratch just thinking about locating their red/white/blue shirts is enough to make me crazy.

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Here is the only other one that even semi turned out, and the more I look at both of them, the more I dislike them (the photos, not the boys, lol). sigh...

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July 11th, 2006, 12:51 PM
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Between those two I definately like the 2nd one better...the colors pop more, the boys all have great smiles and the baby seems more connected. Whereas in the first shot, the baby seems a little disconnected to me.

It's SO tough getting a good shot with 3 kiddos, I feel your pain.

ETA: Forgot to say...I'd probably convert the first one to b&w...that would help with the distracting background a bit, maybe.
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July 11th, 2006, 04:47 PM
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I really like the 2nd one better, I think I wouldnt have your oldest son sit in a chair maybe have them all stand(besides the baby of course) Just a thought.
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July 11th, 2006, 05:06 PM
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I also agree that the second one is much nicer. And its a nice shot! Remember you are usually you're worst critic!
I don't think the background is too terribly distracting in the first one; given that this is an outdoor pic. I think its just that the boys aren't as connected. Doesn't show the relationship between the boys as well.
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July 11th, 2006, 06:43 PM
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i really like the 2nd one - just lightened up in and put some contrast in it from photoshop and it would be perfect!
the first one i don't think is bad - maybe do it in sepia or an aged photograph, that would help it
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July 12th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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Thanks everyone! I might try to work with the second one, it is so rainy and dreary here, I wouldn't be able to take more pics for a few days anyhow.
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July 18th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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try playing with the colour and maybe depth of field-(for the second)

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