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So I took pictures of my boys and my DH on Father's day. It was in full manual mode, which I'm still trying to get used to. Well, DH basically told me my pictures look like crap Sad He said they all look fuzzy and the color is weird. Now I'll admit that the focus fell wrong on a a few of them because I was trying to snap fast when DS1 was looking at the camera, but I didn't think all of them were that bad. He told me I should go back to taking pictures in auto mode Sad

Here's the best one that I got that day. I'll post it in a larger size so you can see it a little better. Now I did go in and removed color cast. It was a little blue before. Is it really as bad as he's saying?

ETA: I forgot to post the settings:

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 22 mm
ISO Speed: 200

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It's not that bad being you shot it on manual mode. I don't see that much of a color cast on my screen. Maybe a bit or warming up would do. Focus doesn't look bad. Since, you had more room on your ISO, I would have upped my exposure to above 1/125 to get a crisper/focused picture.

Just keep practicing shooting in manual. You are doing well. Don't mind him.

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don't you love supportive husbands? (sarcasm)

I think it's a nice photo. your DH's teeth look yellow to me though. otherwise, I think the color is fine.

keep practicing, I think manual is worth it (but I'm also a control freak Wink )

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I don't think the picture is bad, and sometimes our husbands aren't always thinking when they open their mouths. Think about how he would react if you told him he did something sub-parr! In any case, here is something I did (and still do once in a while) to figure out manual settings. I switch to auto, take a picture, then look at the settings the camera chose, go to M mode and set the same settings, then tweak from there.

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I use the same trick Beth does when I have a hard time figuring out settings

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I agree, forget what he said. You are doing fine, and your picture doesn't look bad at all. I would suggest upping the ISO like El said, and also, closing up your ap a tad more, since there are three people you are trying to get in focus. I would say at least f5 especially when you are just learning M. There were plenty of times where I felt like giving up on manual mode, and it took me a really long time to get the hang of it, but if you keep practicing, one day you will look back and notice a huge improvement. Smile

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I think it's a great start! Just needs some color adjusting and maybe some crop....maybe take out some of the right-hand 1/3 of the pic (our right) for a horizontal pic that still has some of the pretty BG, or do a portrait crop maybe...I love the light you got in baby's eyes Smile

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Oh, sometimes hubby's should learn that if they can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. You are still learning, I doubt very much he would shoot one of your boys down in flames while they were learning to read, write or ride a bike for instance.

I think you did well for manual. I agree if I am am stuggling a bit with chosing settings, I will see what settings the camera choses in auto and then tweak. I can't add anything that hasn't been said maybe some creative cropping and a bit of colour adjusting will really make this shot.

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ITA w/ pp ... forget what he said! First off ... it's a really nice photo of your guys! Second, manual is just plain HARD. I've been shooting in manual for several YEARS and still struggle with it. It's all part of the journey. And in the end, you WILL be happier with the results you can get in manual.

I'd love to see a portrait crop of this photo. Colors look just a touch cool to me (probably due to the shade), I would warm it up just a tad and I'll bet you'll be really happy w/ the results!

Best,
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I think it's a really nice photo! Is your DH reffering to the background when he says it looks fuzzy? If so, then I think that was the look you were going for, and it makes the 3 of them stand out more, so I think you did great!

You got some great advice from the others. Maybe you can get them all to coorporate again and try some of the tips.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Is your DH reffering to the background when he says it looks fuzzy?

You know, I need to ask him if that is what he's talking about, because I thought of that too. And of course, that's what I'm going for.

Thanks for the support ladies! I know I'm not the best, but I didn't think it was as bad as he was saying that it was. I think he was in a bad mood that night too. Yesterday, I was playing around with it, and took most in manual and for the heck of it (and to show hubby what the difference was) I took one on auto. The auto came out really dark and didn't look good at all. I'll have to show him the difference between the two.

So since my pictures tend to come out blue when I'm in the shade, what can I do to help prevent that so I don't have to go in and try to fix the color afterwards?

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It is NOT as bad as he's making it!

You just need a little bit more pp on it. I second El's suggestion of raising that shutter speed to get a crisper picture.

Your WB is probably off hence the blue appearance to your photos. You are probably in AUTO WB. Try a difference WB and see how it works. Are you shooting in RAW or JPG?

KEEP IT UP and stay in manual!

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I'm shooting in JPG. I may be stupid, but what is the main benifit from shooting in RAW? lol

I mainly keep my WB setting on "cloudy". Maybe I'll have to change it to "shade" and see what happends. The pictures are even more blue when I have it on "auto", so I haven't tried it on that in quite some time.

I'm always afraid to up my ISO, because I don't want grainy pictures. Maybe I'm thinking too much about it, and just have to experiment a little more.

I just hope that one day I can take as good of pictures as you all do!