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    Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Hello all

    I would apprecaite some comments on a photo I have taken of my Son. Bit of background, this was taken shortly after I got my Nikon D3100, I was playing around trying to take shots of him which isn't easy as he is active and quick (unlike me!).

    I was pleased with the original below but now that I understand post processing a little more I thought that I would make some changes before converting to a JPEG for my mother.

    Okay so here is the original image taken in RAW and simply converted to JPEG:

    Attempted portrait of active toddler

    And here is my processed image:

    Attempted portrait of active toddler

    I cropped the image to get rid of the TV, I then sharpened the image slightly and added a subtle vignette. I also removed some food particles that were around his mouth using the clone tool. I processed this using http://www.darktable.org/

    I would appreciate any constructive critique that might help me learn.

    Many thanks

    Darren

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    I like the relaxed spontaneity of this shot - it doesn't look posed. I think the cropped version is quite good.

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Hi Doug

    Thanks for your comments. At this age it's almost impossible to, get him to pose

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    I like it too, he's a cute looking little chap. I think you could still take some more off the right hand side. The curtain gets a bit dark and featurless, maybe crop in until the next fold (if that makes sense).

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    Very nice, natural, portrait. I agree with Andy's suggestion on the crop. Then I think you will have a picture that you and your mother will cherish. If I was being really, really picky I might try cloning out the food splash on his collar!

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Hi Darren,

    I also agree with the revised crop idea, but it is already a much better image than the capture, well done.

    Quote Originally Posted by CougarFool View Post
    If I was being really, really picky I might try cloning out the food splash on his collar!
    and this

    While you are at it, you might want to 'clean the windows' too - Mothers tend notice that kind of thing

    Cheers,

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Hi all thank you for your helpful comments.

    Andy, I shall crop the image some more when I have the time next.

    Nigel, I did think about cloning the stain on his shirt. At the time I wasn't comfortable of using the clone tool using Darktable. Now I am more comfortable I hsall give it a go.

    Dave, you are right about the windows. There is always house work that needs doing

    Thank you all again for your comments, much appreciated.

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Quote Originally Posted by gredawarha View Post
    Dave, you are right about the windows. There is always house work that needs doing
    Nah, housework is over-rated, cloning is easier

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    A great shot a far as a natural pose goes. A good habit with children is to sit down or squat so that the camera is at their eye level. This is a keeper and well worth a spot on your wall. Cute kid.

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    Re: Attempted portrait of active toddler

    Quote Originally Posted by WJT View Post
    A great shot a far as a natural pose goes. A good habit with children is to sit down or squat so that the camera is at their eye level. This is a keeper and well worth a spot on your wall. Cute kid.
    Thanks for your comments Wayne.

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