Diving in (Pic Heavy)

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Coconut2's picture
Joined: 01/10/07
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Diving in (Pic Heavy)

I figured it was time I shared some of my work with you ladies so you can see where I am and what I still need to work on. I would love some feed back so I know what I am actually doing right and where I am going wrong. I am still getting the hang of aperture and shutter speed I am not sure when I need to change it and to what yet, ISO I think I have down on when I need to change it and which direction I need to go with it. All of these photos are SOOC the only editing I did on all of them was to watermark them, except for photo 1. Sorry so picture heavy I think I got carried away but I figured this is the only way to learn.

1. F5.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100 This is my attempt of photo art, I edited out the mail box and street signs on the far right and left of the picture.
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2. F5.8, 1/60sec, ISO 1600 My attempt at bokeh.
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3. F2.8, 1/60sec, ISO 200 I did a bw shot with the camera.
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4. F2.7, 1/15sec, ISO 200
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5. F2.7, 1/60sec, ISO 800
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6. F2.7, 1/60sec, ISO 800
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7. F2.7, 1/125sec, ISO 100
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8. F2.7, 1/125sec, ISO 80
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9. F3.5, 1/250sec, ISO 80
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10. F3.5, 1/250sec, ISO 80
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11. F4.5, 1/250sec, ISO 100
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12. F5.8, 1/250sec, ISO 80
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13. F3.5, 1/250sec, ISO 80
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14. F5.8, 1/200sec, ISO 125
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15. F5.8, 1/400sec, ISO400, no flash, manual
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Now be gentle on me I have only been taking pictures in manual mode for less than 3 weeks now.

Joined: 10/20/07
Posts: 480

Hey Stephanie,
Good job for jumping in! Were all of these in manual mode or just the last one? My CC: #4, 11 and 15 have the most potential. Some things that might help... watch your backgrounds for distracting elements, learn a little about open shade (http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2008/08/open-shade-is-your-best-friend/) to avoid harsh light, turn OFF your flash, choose flattering angles (get to the child's level instead of shooting down on them or up the nose). I am glad you are here to grow with us!

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Joined: 08/23/07
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Hi Stephanie, glad to see your first set posted! Beth had excellent advice already. I noticed with several of these they appear to have some kind of distortion going on; I'm not sure why though or if it's just me? #6, 7, and 9 stick out to me in that regard.

I agree that #4, 11, and 15 are great! Just keep aware of your background elements to keep the distractions minimal and make the background more attractive. Once you get to learn aperture you'll be able to do more with your backgrounds too (by blurring it for better portraits).

#9 would be neat if you got down at their level and opened the aperture up to blur the background; also the truck in the background should be avoided.

I can't wait to see more! Smile

Coconut2's picture
Joined: 01/10/07
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"maricopamom3" wrote:

Were all of these in manual mode or just the last one?

All of them were in manual mode. I don't know why I only wrote that on one and not all of them. I guess I just forgot or I thought of doing it and then figured it was easier to just say they are all taken in manual mode.

Joined: 04/23/06
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Thanks for sharing! You've got some good ones mixed in there, I think my faves are 4 and 8, and the moon shots are nice too!
4 is good to me because the play structure gives color and frame to the photo, and your daughter looks so cute!
8 is appealing because of the railing on the right...it draws my eye into the photo, which is what you want. BUT there's still too much going on to either side, so it might benefit from a tighter crop, like maybe try going vertical instead of horizontal.
Keep experimenting/posting!

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Joined: 06/21/06
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I think you have some great advice from the other ladies so far! So glad that you're jumping in and are ready to learn Smile

I like the moon shots, and #11 the best.

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Joined: 06/09/05
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You have gotten some great advice. I agree about not using the flash. I struggle with the same thing. When I am taking indoor photos, I used auto b/c I didn't have a speedlight, but I always TRIED to use manual and up the ISO.

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Joined: 03/13/08
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1. You did a great job of editing out the signs and mailbox.

3. Adorable picture, I would have liked to see this in colour, I don't shot in B&W, the camera doesn't always convert well, sadly I think this is a case where that happened. My camera will do conversions on colour images after the fact if I want to, many camera do.

4. Beautiful shot, great eye contact with the camera.

6. Love this picture, I do find the middle child a little OOF and the colour could be a bit cooler, I think the yellow walls are what makes it a bit warm.

I think you are doing absolutely great, can't wait to see your work as you learn more about photography.

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Joined: 11/23/05
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I really like your crop in 14. It's very intimate. The tight crop makes you really pay attention to the craters and shadows.

I am also seeing the distortion in #9. Did you take it with a zoom lens? I know I get distortion like that when I use my 18 - 55 mm lens at 18 mm.

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Joined: 03/01/08
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Sorry i missed this before. I really like the pictures Steptanie!! You got some great feedback. I learned a bit myself. I wish I had my camera to play with right now.

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Joined: 11/07/07
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Great job for switching to manual!!!! You're doing great so far. Try to keep composition in mind. A lot of these are centered. It's always a good idea to keep things off center.

Keep on at it!