Upload & Sell: Off
Please take a look through my gallery of "Photos with Santa" and let me know what you think. Any suggestions towards tweaking these photos is welcome.
Background: I shot these last weekend then had to go out of town for a few days. I have 2 days to process them before I'll be sending them out so the quicker I get suggestions the more time I'll have to try and improve them. Shot indoors with what I first thought was poor ambient lighting, but turns out I might have been able to get away without fill flash. One 430 EXII Speedlite was used 45° camera left and about 5 feet closer. Shot with 70-200 f/2.8L IS on a tripod at 2.8, ISO 320, 1/160. I honestly didn't notice the hard shadows until after the entire set was shot.
This is my first experience doing this kind of shoot and I know I probably made a lot of mistakes, but that's fine because I'll learn from them. Don't hold back on the C&C please. So far, the only PP I've done is apply a touch of luminance noise reduction in LR3 and some spot removal on a few of the subjects. Other than that, I don't remember doing anything else. The only software I have access to make edits is LR3 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 so please keep that in mind.
Thanks in advance! Kevin
EDIT: Additionally, I am a little curious as to if it is okay to post these photos of other people's children on here for C&C? These are strictly for the families for personal use, but may be later used in a gallery for self-promotion. When I first posted this I included my smugmug link with password to the entire gallery so you guys could see them all to better give suggestions, but (1) if you've seen one then you've seen them all because the only changes are whether it is a close-up shot or not and (2) the number of people in the frame. I thought maybe it wasn't necessary to give access to the entire gallery, plus I really don't want to get myself in trouble. The whole model release thing gets me nervous even though this was a free, public event. But how else can I get C&C without posting the images?