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More for CC - issues with focus JMK pic heavy

Thank you so much for your help! I know I'm bombarding the board asking for help!

These are all SOOC. Taken with my p&s. Any and all CC is welcome. PTE, but I'm really wanting more CC on how to get the pics closer to not needing a lot of PP, if you know what I mean.

Any idea on why her face is so white? Is "blown" the word you use for this type of case? How do I correct this?
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25) Aperture:f/2.8 Focal Length: 6.3 mm ISO Speed: 320
I despise this piece of playground equipment!  It has made me a nervous wreck ever since I began taking Bridger to the park years ago!

Again, his face is so white. I'm trying to play around with my camera with it's limited options, so hopefully soon I'll find a middle ground!
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture:f/2.8 Focal Length:6.3 mm ISO Speed:160
My sweet, sweet boy!

Okay, here I'm not sure how to even shoot something like this. I really wanted to get a close up of him with the huge leaf, but with him running like a 17 month old, I'm not getting my way Smile
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture: f/2.8 Focal Length:6.3 mm ISO Speed: 200

Again, his hair is so white...and this is the best close up shot of him and the huge leaf. Of course OOF.

Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture: f/2.8 Focal Length:6.3 mm ISO Speed: 125
Big leaf, little boy!

Now here, it's so dark...I'm assuming b/c we're around more trees. And I tried my hardest to get her to hold a big beautiful leaf with amazing color, but nope...she wanted one that will blend in! Smile No idea why the ISO is so high...

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100) Aperture:f/2.8 Focal Length:6.3 mm ISO Speed:1000
She loved all the different leaves we found in the park.

I want to try this one again...perhaps against a clear background??? I want the leaves to pop, if that makes sense. And again...focus...ugh.

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80) Aperture:f/2.8 Focal Length:6.3 mm ISO Speed:1000

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Sadly, your experiencing the limitations of your point and shoot. If you're not shooting in manual, then your camera is making all the decisions and it's doing so poorly.

The first image is really overexposed. I don't know how to tell you to fix it, as it's best to use your camera's histogram to see how exposure is after shooting and I don't know if your camera has that option. You'll just have to learn your camera really well and know how it performs in certain situations.

The situation in the first image is really tough. You've got your daughter in full sun and it looks like your camera metered to keep the majority of the scene (the background) well exposed...which means that your daughter who is quite a bit lighter has to be blown. The fix in this situation is a MUCH faster shutter speed. You've indicated a speed of 1/25 which is totally inappropriate for shooting children. You should try to keep that shutter speed around 1/125 as much as possible when shooting children. What you are calling a focusing issue isn't a focusing issue at's a motion blur issue. To eliminate it, get your shutter speed up.

For number 2, there are two problems making your son's face so white. One is a color balance problem. Unless you can manually adjust your color settings on the camera, there's not much you can do about it. The other problem is that this photo is also over exposed. Again, a shutter speed of 1/40 is much too low. A faster shutter speed in this instance would have improved the exposure of the image.

I don't understand why you say #5 is "so dark". It is the best photo of the bunch with the closest to a proper exposure. It's also the closest to having the proper shutter speed with 1/100 which means that the ISO is right where it needs to be. You must have been in the shade, which is why there are no blown spots in this image. Open shade is the best lighting to practice in when you're starting out. Seek it out....practice late in the day when the sun is low and there are more shadows available to use.

It's sad to say, but with a point and shoot you are very limited in what you can do. The camera isn't sophisticated enough to know what to do, so you're going to have to know more! You're going to have to learn how your camera performs in every situation and be able to manually adjust the settings to get it working properly. Point and shoots are very automatic...they try to guess what the proper settings are, but they don't have any idea about your artistic intent...they're just there to help you capture the moment....a snapshot in time.

I feel like I'm rambling on...but I was once in your shoes...I started out with a lousy point and shoot and I couldn't even adjust my AP settings. It was horribly limiting. What I ended up doing was picking one aspect of photography and work on that. The first thing I decided to work on was "composition". It might have been even wiser to work on finding the best light. In any event...find something to work on...just one thing, and it will serve you well no matter what type of camera you're shooting with.

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I just want to speak as one STILL dealing with a point and shoot (Grrrrr...) and second the suggestion to find "open shade" I didn't really understand the concept at first, but after a bit of googling and research I have finally figured out how to ge exposure to work for me most of the time... Now of course when I finally get a DSLR I will have to learn THAT camera... but I can't wait!

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Thanks AmberBella for taking the time to write this out for me! I really appreciate it. I do feel so stuck with this camera and see things I want to capture, but can't make it work the way I want it to.

That's a great idea about sticking to one thing at a time and learning it in and out. I feel there is so much to learn that I am bouncing from topic to topic trying to learn a little about a lot Smile

The shutter speed is something I'm definitely frustrated with. I realize it's not accurate for photographing my son and I cannot figure out for the life of me how to change it! I'm doing some research this weekend to see if I can't get it straight!!!

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I struggled with a p&s for a long time.....seemed like forever. DH finally gave in, saved up money without me knowing, and took me to purchase our DSLR. It's so worth it. It took us forever, but it was worth it. Keep working with your P&S. Your time will come. I got to know mine the best that I could, and I was really happy I did.

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Looks like youve already gotten some good cc. Just wanted to say that I really like the tree in #1 Im from the midwest, and have never seen anything like that other than in movies! lol I also like your last picture very much!