Not picked up my camera for ages (3 images of my son)

BakedBeans

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I've been so busy lately, what with the business, the redesign of my site and other bits and pieces that I've just not have chance/time/inclination to pick up the camera and shoot.

However, I got a spare few minutes and picked the camera up, took a couple of shots and here is what I took.







Excuse the cheesy spot colour..... just couldn't help myself.
 

mkrishnan

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LOL I'm no selective coloring fan, but when it's your own baby, then it's quite understandable. :D I love the first one too, in particular. :) The eyelashes are just gorgeous! :D
 

BakedBeans

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mkrishnan said:
LOL I'm no selective coloring fan, but when it's your own baby, then it's quite understandable.
Yeah, I'm not really a fan of selective colour, some people use it as a blanket statement though, which comes from its over use and bad use by starter photographers... I think used well, it can be pretty decent. It is almost as though some people don't like selective colour and can't look passed it so dislike the photograph... I find it a little naive occasionally (not here of course, i'm talking in general)

Just as I thought I was above selective colour ;)
 

Abstract

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I think the 2nd photo woud have come out better if you didn't use selective colouring. There aren't too many instances where it enhances the photo, and personally, I only like selective colouring of the eyes (like in your photos), but usually only if the colour is very light and mild, like a very light green or something.
 

BakedBeans

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Abstract said:
There aren't too many instances where it enhances the photo
I disagree. Don't get me wrong - I don't use it often (well, not black and white to colour anyway) but it is often used to dull down the colours of things you need to hide in a photo and to slightly and subtly accentuate things.

I don't use it in any of my clients work, but occasional use it for private stuff like this. I just don't like the way it is almost used to demean a photographer, especially on the main photographic boards (unless used completely inappropriately of course). It is a bit to much of a generalization now in my opinion.

This is just a bit of fun and I think it works, especially in a tight crop like number 3.
 

Jay42

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Number 1 is definitely my favorite. It has more physical depth and expression to me that the others. More interesting shadows also.
 

Clix Pix

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That first one is lovely..... however I would remove the watermark or put it in a less noticeable place, as it's detracting from the child's soft, delicate cheek.... I also would forget about the selective coloring bit: to me that detracts terribly!

Ooh, those eyelashes....!!!!
 

taytho

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oh man, feel free to get after me for this, but is there an article you could direct me too or a quick rundown you could give me on how to do selective color.

i am shooting some portraits this weekend and they have already expressed interest in some of this. I didnt really want to and in my brain that kinda led me not to figure out how to do it. whoops.

anyway, thanks in advance.