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    Default Shots of DD - CC please

    Now that it's nice weather I've been picking up my camera more for practice.


    For this one, I had been shooting in a shadier area of the park right before so my ISO was up too high. This was very late sun, you can probably tell that it was low in the sky on the left of the shot. Does anyone with GIMP know how I can save the overexposure? I do like the composition though.... interesting angle. I like how he is looking at her and she is looking off camera. Wish the pole from the swings wasn't there, but I feel like I'd be losing something if I cropped.

    SS 1/160, F5.3, ISO 400
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    What can I say - I guess moms just always think that the pictures of their kids are cute... even when they're making a funny face. Does anyone know in GIMP how to get rid of the little rectangular sign on the fence?

    SS 1/400, F5.6, ISO400
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    Good for you for shooting more! It makes it so much easier when the weather is nice.

    1 - You gave yourself some good CC already. Analyze your photo even more though. Look at how most of their faces are in shadow, and just a bit of their faces are lit from the sun. I know that it's most likely not possible to move your angle because they're on a swing set, but be aware of this type of lighting when you're shooting next time.

    2 - Cute! She is just too adorable! There are some blown spots on her shoulders and on her bow.. Was this mid-day? Mid-day is hard. I find it hard to get light in the eyes, even in the shade. Try to get at the very edge of the shade, and shoot down slightly. That should help get some more light in the eyes.
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    Popping in briefly with some GIMP info. In #1, GIMP can't save overexposure. It has some things like the "Hot..." option that can highlight and "try" to fix it, but it really doesn't work. I have done some odd things to try to save overexposed spots, some successfully, some not, but it's just a matter of experimenting. Google "fixing blown spots GIMP" or something like that, and you will get a few tips.

    GIMP does have a clone tool to clone out the sign on the fence in #2. If you haven't used it before, just google "clone tool in GIMP" and you'll get some good info.

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    They are both cute shots of your daughter.

    1) I find the brush/trees in the background a bit distracting, when taking a picture try to blur those out but lowering your aperture. As for fixing it in Gimp, it can be done it's just a matter of finding what works best for the picture.

    2) Tracy is right play around with the clone tool to try to remove the sign. This would work better with a different crop.

    Good to hear you got out and started shooting some more. I've already seen some improvement.


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    Cute for swinging photos, I agree that widening your aperture makes for better background....and if you had shot from the other side of her (to the right, looking at this shot), you might have gotten better lighting because it'd all be more behind her, to backlight her....which is pretty much what my shot of my DD swinging was like since it was early afternoon:

    50mm 1/400 f/3.5 iso 200


    For the second photo, the light appears to be behind her and to the camera left...there is no light in her eyes. The small sign can be cloned out pretty easily; I would probably crop the more spaced-out fence boards out of the photo, or next time have her over where only the closely-fitting boards are. And turn her more toward the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    Was this mid-day? Mid-day is hard. I find it hard to get light in the eyes, even in the shade. Try to get at the very edge of the shade, and shoot down slightly. That should help get some more light in the eyes.
    Thanks for the tip - I was noticing how dark her eyes were - I'll do this next time. And you're right. This one was mid-day sun.

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    1) I find the brush/trees in the background a bit distracting, when taking a picture try to blur those out but lowering your aperture.
    5.6 appears to be my lowest F-Stop.... unless I'm missing something so basic about how to use this camera. ???
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    I'm sure it's a limitation of the lens you're using. A lens that can open up more would be helpful, but if you're wanting to go cheaper, you could get a lens with a longer focal length. That can also help to give you more bokeh. I actually love the way my 55-250mm lens compresses the background when I'm zoomed to 250mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    I'm sure it's a limitation of the lens you're using. A lens that can open up more would be helpful, but if you're wanting to go cheaper, you could get a lens with a longer focal length. That can also help to give you more bokeh. I actually love the way my 55-250mm lens compresses the background when I'm zoomed to 250mm.
    That makes me sad. This fancy camera with all those gagets and it doesn't do what I want. I do have a 55-300 so I could try popping that on and seeing what kind of pictures it takes.
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    Definitely try that one out. Here's a shot that I took with my 55-250mm lens.

    1/400 f/5.6 ISO400 250mm


    Pretty much the same AP as your photo, just a different focal length. Big difference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    Definitely try that one out. Here's a shot that I took with my 55-250mm lens.

    1/400 f/5.6 ISO400 250mm


    Pretty much the same AP as your photo, just a different focal length. Big difference!
    Wow. Amazing. I played around a little with it yesterday. All I can say is that I thought I had a steady hand until I popped that lense on!
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