new roof shot with the Jazz and the moon

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new roof shot with the Jazz and the moon

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disclaimer... The zebra is shorts

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Great shot.

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I think the focus has missed her face but I do like what you are going for.

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Is this one better as far as the focus on her face? (my eyes are tired from looking at pictures too long)I don't like that her legs are over the other side. I was so focused on getting the lighting right that I never thought to change my afpoints :bangheaddesk:

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What was your lighting?

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

What was your lighting?

Let me check, I tried everything even auto:( so I have to see what settings are on these shots. I bumped my iso way up but it still wa not working. I never use flash so this was new to me using it. Now that I look at the picture even the 2nd one looks out of focus on her face. These aresooc but still when I look at them after importing they look fine and then I see them on here and they look a little blurry. I think it is the small size I am looking at in lightroom. Is there a way to make pictures larger in lighroom?
With my last camera all the buttons were on the back and now they are all on top. I think I am trying to get used to the buttons and because of that I am missing shots. I know I will get the hang of it but my old camera was like a tv remote where I did not even have to look. I should practice on things that are a little easier I think. brb w settings

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First and second shot ss1/60 f2.8 iso not sure? How do I check my iso from camera? I can always see the settings but not the iso I used? (sorry I would add settings on top but once I post I can't get back in to edit post. )

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Are these with on-board flash? The first one is pretty but shows too much; I like the second shot better even though her face is centered, because there's less skin and more skirt. Smile

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The softness you see is from the low shutter speed. What type of light did you have on her? It's looking a little washed out. Were you using any lights? If so, you'll want to position them differently to get some more shadowing on her. Proper lighting is what makes a photo really "pop".

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I just looked at your photo settings on Photobucket, and it says that your ISO was 400. You could most definitely have raised that to get your SS up. And it does say that you used your flash. For a night shot like this, you'll want some sort of bounced flash, or studio light to make her not look washed out. So because you used your flash, I'm not sure why it's looking soft. Did you diffuse it maybe?

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I agree with everyone. I do like the second setup better. I bet your daughter likes them! Smile

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I don't have any lighting yet but to get on the roof we went out her bedroom window. (to the left of her) The roof was very dark so I turned on the lights in her bedroom and had her sit where the light was hitting the roof. The flash was just on camera which I hate so that is why I never use flash but even when I tried an iso of 1600 and higher I found that I still had to use flash? I have so much to learn about flash still. Oh and I did not diffuse it.

awhile ago my 50mm1.8 broke. I took the whole lens apart and fixed it. It takes photos but I am starting to wonder if something is messed up inside of it or if it is just me. I don't have my other lens cause I sent it in with my old camera. Could this maybe be the cause?

Amy I agree, when I looked at it, it kinda looked like underwear when really she has on her dance shorts. (I miss seeing your photos, have not seen you on here in awhile. The cat ones were great!)

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

The softness you see is from the low shutter speed. What type of light did you have on her? It's looking a little washed out. Were you using any lights? If so, you'll want to position them differently to get some more shadowing on her. Proper lighting is what makes a photo really "pop".

So would this work much better with the speedlite I want to get? Oh and before I thought you asked my settings. Just looked and saw that it said lighting lol

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Thanks!! Smile I haven't used my camera much since December because I've been dealing with a ton of stressful life stuff.....but I hope to remedy the camera neglect soon. I cannot wait for spring for my garden to come alive again!

I noticed you've asked about Speedlites in a few threads and I wanted to mention that if you need something less expensive until you can afford one (like I do), I highly recommend the Lightscoop! I bought one about a year ago and it works AWESOMELY to soften/bounce flash when you're in a too-dark area!

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I hope everything works out for you,I really do enjoy seeing your shots!
I have heard of that before, going to go look it up thanks:)

Do you have the standard or the warming?

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Well, I'm not sure if it would work right, unless you were able to get it off camera or have something to bounce it off of. I could be wrong though. I find artificial lighting hard, but I don't have much to work with. I find that my subject gets very washed out whenever I have the flash directly on them. When I bounce it, I get much more flattering, directional light.

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Well, I'm not sure if it would work right, unless you were able to get it off camera or have something to bounce it off of. I could be wrong though. I find artificial lighting hard, but I don't have much to work with. I find that my subject gets very washed out whenever I have the flash directly on them. When I bounce it, I get much more flattering, directional light.

I was thinking having it off camera to the side.
Just had a meltdown! all of a sudden my camera was not focusing well. I freaked out thinking it was the camera and almost read the whole manual! Found out it was my lens. I fixed it about 6months ago and it always worked okay but then I took it off and I can hear something loose inside of it. Just happy it was not the camera.
The bad thing is my kit lens(which I don't like anyways) is at canon with my old camera being fixed and I borrowed my zoom to my girlfriend. I guess if my lens was going, maybe it could be part of the reason I was not getting the focus right. Atleast I will tell myself that so I feel a little better lol.

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I really don't have any advice b/c I never work with night shots, unless I am doing a slowwwww shutter speed. But, I can say that I am NEVER please with my onboard flash, so if you are going to use it, I suggest learning ways to use it to make your photos better.