I have been trying to get used to my new camera. Since it was nice today and not to cold I took my LO out to the park and took a few pictures. Please let me know. Any suggestions on how I can improve will be greatly appreciated!! I took probably 100 pictures and these were the best ones b/c I am trying to learn how to use manual and I don't get the 2 different settings to change, So I just changed them alot and tried out some different ones. I used photoshop to edit them.
f10 160 ISO 200 28mm
f5.6 1/60 ISO 200 18mm
f5.6 1/100 ISO 400 18mm
f6.3 1/80 ISO 200 37mm
#1 appears underexposed or there just wasn't enough light there to light him up. Love his cute smile though.
#2 is my fave of the bunch, eye contact would have been good but hey they move so fast sometimes it can be hard to get that. Love his eyes
#3, is again underexposed, photoshop might help brighten it up some, next time try to get down on the same level as him
#4 is better comp wise, but the brigh sun is your enemy here.... especially his face, which is near blown in parts.
Its great to see you getting out there with your camera... Keep at it.
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#1 not enough light on his face and if I were you I would have lowered the aperture to like 4.0 or something at least and increased shutter speed intead. Or if you can go a bit lower than that like to 3.2 or something that would be better that way the background can be a bit blurry
#2 I really like that little bench! So cute! eye contact is hard with little ones but I would have gotten to his level and stood in front of the bench instead of to the side. that way you'd get the entire bench in the picture and maybe just maybe some eye contact. Also, increase your shutter speed to at least 125. its a bit underexposed as well and a bit cool. thats easily fixable in photoshop though.
#3 really cute a bit underexposed too though. not by much though. A bit cool so you could warm him up a bit in PS. And I'd crop out as much as you can of the top right corner. Looks blown and a bit distracting. to me at least.
#4 I agree with PP ... better composition and I would increase SS to at leat 125. I hardly ever shoot below 125. I just don't want to risk making my pictures look soft. I have major focus issues too though so cute pic though. A bit bright in his face because of the sun.
You did great! Keep posting for CC and soon you will get it!
and I must say...#2 is my favorite! I hope you get to take more pictures there later on!
WAY TO GO for attempting manual!! You have a great start!
1. I would suggest opening up your ap here (lowering it from f10) to get a little more light on him which will also help to soften the background a little and let your adorable subject pop
2. Cute expression and love the bench. The limb chop stands out in this one to me.
3. This one seems dark and underexposed to me. Love his smile! As with all of these, eye contact would have been great, but I KNOW how hard it is to get that!!
4. Agree with others here, comp is better b/c he is not so centered. But his face is bright which is a tad distracting. Bump up that ss here and that will help get it sharper.
One thing I did notice is that they all look a tad soft to me. Are you sharpening for web when you edit?
All in all, great job and keep 'em coming!!
Are you using Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop to edit these? Underexposed means not enough light basically. If they aren't terribly under or over exposed then it is easy to fix it in Photoshop but it's nice to get as close as you can in camera. I'm still trying to get the hang of that.
hooray for more practice! you got a lot of feedback already, so I will let you digest that. for the underexposed one, it looks like your camera was taking in the light of the sky, and not the light on his face - his face is too dark in comparison to the rest of the photo.
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