Another share - CC please? (JMK)

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Another share - CC please? (JMK)

I've been trying to think about my composition as I take my pics. I have so much more reading to do about it!

The only things I did to these were run them through Noiseware and sharpen.

1. SS: 1/250; ISO 800; f/5.3

2. SS 1/250; ISO 640; f/6.3

ARGH - the hand chop is extreme! I'm posting this one to ask about the blown grass and sky in the background. How do you compensate for that, while not darkening the subject too much?

3. SS 1/250; ISO 800; f/6.3

Thanks for the help ladies!

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1. I don't feel like the focus is falling on his face as it should. The lines in the corn leaves are well defined, making me think that there's more focus on the leaves than him. It's also underexposed.

2. yikes on the handchop! for me, I just blow the sky and meter for the face (but if it's being printed, then you have to be careful not to blow too much). I just bought myself a reflector a couple of weeks ago and it makes a HUGE difference in shots like this.

3. my favorite of this set. nice focus and catchlights.

keep practicing! Smile

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Great job for starting out!!

1. I wish you had chosen a wider ap on this one. I feel like the leaves are too much in focus and would love to see your son pop a bit more from a shallower DOF.

2. Yeah, not digging the comp here. Maybe crop so that you can get just her sholders and face in the frame. She has a great expression.

3. Lovely shot!

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OK. I'm goign to be different... I *like* #1 at f/5.3! I love that the lines of the corn stalks are so well defined. I do wish his eyes were a bit more sharp, but I still love this shot. I love the rich color of the corn. I love the light in those big brown eyes. I love that he looks so tiny in there.

#2 ... I'm not digging the landscape crop. with the sky blown so much, I would crop down a lot closer on her. This will minimize the arm chop some as well as the tree growing out of her head. I would still expose for her face in a situation like this and then maybe back it off just a bit (under expose JUST a little). She has such pretty eyes and they deserve to be the focus.

#3 is a true winner! love the color, the focus, the exposure ... WOW! print this!

TFS!

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks so much for the CC from all of you - it's all extremely helpful!

Cropping makes me nervous (silly, isn't it?). How do you do a proper crop and still get the pic to print out so that it looks correct at 8 x 10 or 5 x 7?

And, Gwen, regarding your suggestion of a reflector, would it go above the camera? Would a lens hood work in a situation like this? One came with each lens (I got a 70 - 300 zoom lens too), but I must confess, I'm not sure what to do with them. LOL!

Again - thanks all. You're angels!

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I like the DOF On the 3rd but I Like the comp on the 1st.

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I totally love #3 Smile I don't have much advice as far as technical stuff, but I know what I like Wink

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"ButtonsMama" wrote:

Thanks so much for the CC from all of you - it's all extremely helpful!

Cropping makes me nervous (silly, isn't it?). How do you do a proper crop and still get the pic to print out so that it looks correct at 8 x 10 or 5 x 7?

And, Gwen, regarding your suggestion of a reflector, would it go above the camera? Would a lens hood work in a situation like this? One came with each lens (I got a 70 - 300 zoom lens too), but I must confess, I'm not sure what to do with them. LOL!

Again - thanks all. You're angels!

well, a reflector is pretty big and you'd either need a stand for it or a second person to hold it. right now I have a 30" reflector and I try to get someone else to hold it or I do a crazy balancing act. but it's really nice to have when I'm shooting in a backlit situation.