CC on several JMK (borrowed DSLR!!!)

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CC on several JMK (borrowed DSLR!!!)

Okay, so I've had this camera for a day! It's a Xti and I've hurried through the manual just to get a basic idea of the workings of the camera. I have such limited time that I just started shooting so I could see what was happening as I was changing the settings.

I'm trying to work on exposure, but I'm just not understanding it too well. I've been trying to get hold of the "Understanding Exposure" at the library but can never seem to be first in line to get it!

These are all SOOC. I want to work on getting these better before I start learning how to process.

PTE on all, but if you do, will you please let me know what you did? Thanks ladies Smile

I have no idea how to do Christmas tree pics and this was just my niece wanting her picture made, but I like it (other than the undecorated tree!) any advice on how to shoot these? Or is it even possible to get a pic like this?
Exposure: 0.3 Aperture: f/4.5 Focal Length: 33 mm ISO Speed: 1600
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Again a tree snap, but I love how she's looking at the tree. How could I make this better? And by that, I mean in-camera settings, not PP (although I'd be interested in that as well)
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
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Finally got outside even though it was so overcast and threatened to rain the whole time we were playing.
This is my son looking at an airplane. Were my settings correct? What do I need to work on here? (other than cleaning my niece's playhouse!)
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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My niece. Again, just really looking to understand exposure! I know composition is not even there and fingers are missing Smile
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 45 mm
ISO Speed: 800
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I dont' know if you can even determine on this one if exposure needs work since you can't see their faces, but how could I make something like this better?
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
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Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
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cazzoom's picture
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I'm impressed Biggrin


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Great work! I'm a newbie, so I can't give too much CC since I think they all look great. I really like the tree ones!

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Thanks ladies, you are too kind!!! But seriously I can take negative CC too Smile
I feel like I'm all over the place and am having to pull myself to focus on getting exposure first!

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Don't have time to cc all, but I will cc a few-

1) LOVE this, even though it's an undecorated tree!
2) such a sweet moment, would love to see it cropped closer. I don't know about in-camera though. Mine suck compared to yours!
3) Wish there was a little more light in the eys. I know it was cloudy though. It looks a little undersexposed maybe? :shrug:
4) maybe crop this one without her arms. I love the light in her eyes!

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WOW! for 1 day w/ a borrowed camera, you knocked these right out of the park!

#1 is BEYOND precious!!! I would probably try a slightly tighter crop so that your dd is more of a focal point, but it's a really lovely photo. It sets such a peaceful mood. WOW!

I'd love to see #2 cropped in a portrait crop w/ just dd and the tree. It's a powerful shot and would make an INCREDIBLE holiday card! I love how the tree is casting all the light on her face. Personally, I wouldn't change too much. If it were possible to get a higher shutter speed, that might be nice. Opening up your ap might help that ... especially if you had zoomed (either w/ the lens or your feet) in a bit more on DD and the tree.

I'd say your settings are pretty dead on for #3. That's a good iso for overcast outside. If your LO was moving around more and you wanted a faster shutter speed, you could bump up the iso a bit or open up your aperture more, but this looks REALLY good as-is.

In #4 your exposure looks really good to me. And look at all the light in those eyes (I can see you!) VERY NICE!

#5 looks slightly blown (on the cheek and bridge of the nose) to me, but the eyes look AWESOME (at least the one closest to us)!

#6 for me just needs a bit of cropping help. I think what is cool about this photo is how tiny they look next to that huge tree trunk. I would crop in closer so that the kids were near the edge of the bottom right of the photo and the tree trunk was the edge of the left border. I think that would show off the differences in scale of your subjects here. exposure might be slightly under exposed, but it's hard to tell since the sky is almost blown. the tighter crop would remove most of the blown sky though and I think that would make a huge difference.

#7 is a very sweet shot and exposure looks pretty good. I think I would like it even more if it were taken from a bit of an angle so that we could see at least some of his face (profile maybe) ... I think that might up the connection to the subject just a tad.

Again ... GREAT JOB for 1 day w/ the camera! You are off to a FANTASTIC start!


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Thanks ladies!!! I'm definitely going to try my hand at cropping #2 for my mom to have for Christmas! I'm so scared to even start with the after photo edits...even cropping because I'm clueless!

Is there a particular size I need to know about when cropping something like that? Seriously, I'm a beginning beginner with this stuff! Are there certain sizes or does PS have preset sizes I can use?