Ok, I'm lost on the whole settings thing. I'm still going through all of the great info in the sticky up there. Right now I'm really just playing with the settings and seeing how they come out....most are not great I have to admit.
These are the three that I found remotely OK. I'm sorry I don't know the settings I used. Is there a way to see AFTER you've taken the picture? Or do you just remember what settings you used at the time?
I used PhotoScape for post editing.
Okay Jen, the first one was taken with a ss of 100 and an ap of f/5.6 I think it said. On your flickr, look to the right of the picture and where it says what kind of camera you used it says "more properties" there it will give you your settings.
This kind of an ap is what Scott Kelby refers to as a "who cares" ap. You aren't as concerned with the DoF, but rather an over all focus is desired. Now if you had R sitting with the pumpkin in like the grass or something and wanted th house blurred, you would open up your ap(make the number smaller) and up your shutter speed. When taking pics of toddlers, you mainly want to keep your shutter speed over 125 anyways so stop them form being blurry.
The re-crop of 1 is better. The only thing I may have changed is maybe moving the pumpkin right behind her cheek and moving her down a dtair so that she was completely infront of the staiirs instead of halh stairs, half porch, but that is nit-picking.
Try to remember chopping fingers. That is one thing I still work on daily.
Great job getting out here and posting right away. It takes courage. I remember how flippin' scared I was!
I like the berries. Nice overall comp. You might crop them a tad closer to the top.
Thanks Kelly...beleive me...I AM scared. But, I won't figure anything out unless I ask and get feedback.
Thanks so much for the tip on settings!! I had no clue. And WOW is that a lot of info. I've really got a lot to learn.
I think the finger thing was my mistake when taking the picture. I didn't have her well centered. That girl moves.
I remember reading about a faster SS for moving toddlers...I think I even have it written down somewhere. That is probably why most of my pics turned out really blurry
Thanks for all the tips!
ETA: Guess I cheated with these. I was messing with the different settings and these were taken in Auto mode No wonder they turned out better than the rest. I'll keep trying....
Last edited by Jeffininer; 10-22-2009 at 09:29 PM.
Great start. It would really help us give CC if you can include the settings
Your edit on the picture looks better. I would just straighten the picture out. It looks like its leaning to the right.
The second and third picture look under exposed. I would brighten them up.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
The settings are on your flickr. To the left of the photo, click on "more properties".
Try to work more on your comp. I think that's where I started before I started in manual. Manual is scary, but you have to practice. I don't think I will ever be where these ladies are.
LOVE the berry pics.
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy
Thanks El and Sadie!
El, I see now what you're saying about under exposed. I'll work on that.
Sadie, you sound like my Dad. He just said the same thing last night about the comp. Said I need to pay more attention to where I'm positioned and to where Ry is positioned. I guess I'm in the point-and-shoot mode and not photographer mode?
Great thinking on just using Auto to figure out what settings work for different situations then taking on manual.
these are great photos for starting out i love the 3rd one! very nice. you are off to a great start. I've heard to start on auto and then slowly switch to the next mode and then the next until you hit manual mode someday i tried that but it didn't work for me now I have a hard time using any other mode so when I take my snaps I just use Program mode or manual mode I also agree with Sadie on working on composition first. That is where I started. Practicing the rule of thirds was fun. can't wait to see more from you!