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    Default Thanks and here come the questions and pics (CC please)

    I have been a point and shoot camera user for about 7 years. I have had an interest in photography for about that long as well. I find it very interesting and beautiful. I know I was jumping the boat about being in business lol I got so excited that I failed to mention I realized it could be a few years! I tend to want to know everything, but I promise to give myself time and patience. Thanks for the previous comments!!

    Here are some of the pictures so I could just see how the camera differs from a point and shoot. I did not use auto on these, as I was told to stay away from that setting. I am having trouble understanding things tho and I have read my manual twice lol I also have a photography book that came with my manual that I am halfway through. I did use the portrait setting and child setting on a couple then I switched to manual. My lens is a G series so you can not adjust the aperture. It does give the option for manual or auto focus, though I keep the lens on auto. I also noticed that if I use a high shutter speed like 1/1000 and above, the picture is just black even outside. I am trying to learn what shutter speed goes with what aperture and what settings are better for what types of pictures..it gets confusing, to me anyway. I also didn't know what to save them in...jpeg, jpeg fine, raw, raw with jpeg (I think that is what it said) and there was another jpeg one....I guess I need to know what the difference means, please

    Here are the pics....they are snapshots, but I also need help with creativity.....I know, patience

    They are not edited as I don't have software yet. I tried to get as much catchlighting in the eyes, but all of their eyes are too dark too...they all have clear blue eyes. The pics just look so blah and dark to me....and the one of my son outside with the blur of Cheeto, my dog, in the background I like but too much shadowing is going on with his face.....I was trying to get my oldest daughter, not pictured, to hold an object outstretched and have the camera focus on it and softly blur her, but I could not get it to work at all....I guess I am not setting my camera up right. So all comments and criticism is needed!



















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    Welcome

    I'm not familiar with the camera you're using, so I can't help there. Sorry!

    You will find that the lighting of the situation will dictate what shutter speed, ap, and ISO you will use. They can all be different in all different situations. Right now I'm just trying to learn proper exposure. I either get my pics under or over exposed. Haven't found that happy median yet. It will come, though.

    Your pics are cute. What I learned from one of my very first post for CC is that the light in the eyes in the pics isn't really catch lights. They're pin lights from the flash. If you use the on board flash for lighting, you will more than likely see the dot light in the eyes. Try to use as much natural light as possible. Take the kids by a window and see the light in their eyes.

    Another thing I notice (and again I am still working on myself) is the rule of thirds. You don't want to center your subject too much in your photos. In the tutorial and info thread on here has some good info about rule of thirds.

    Keep working at it, we all are just starting out at some point (believe me, I'm WAY fresh. Only been taking pics with a DSLR for 4 months).

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    Pointer #1, turn off the flash!!! Catchlights are very different from pin lights which is what the flash will give you. Find some good natural light and work with the settings there. It's not a bad idea to use something like a stuffed animal or other inatimate object when learning about settings.

    I don't understand your lens (I shoot Canon), what controls the aperture? It is highly important to have control over your aperture, otherwise you're never going to fully have control over your images. I'd look into a lens that allows you to use your aperture feature.
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    you can adjust the ap, I went back to your first post (welcome btw )
    You wrote that the lens was f/3.5-5.6 that means that the wides you can open at the 18 and 55mm focal length. Depending on the lens you can either change the ap on the lens but most likely it's in the camera controls

    Generally speaking keep you ss above 1/125 when you're shooting kids (for still you can go lower but unless you're using tripod you'll want to stay about 1/60 or 1/80 or you'll get shake).
    That lens does not allow you to open up too wide so you'll have a bit of harder time inside without much natural light. When you're outside it will be much easier. The wider you're open (smaller ap #) the less depth you'll get....so you can have your subject in focus and the background blurry

    also you should use auto focus esp for kids
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    just had a quick look online b/c I wasn't 100% sure but G just means that you can't manually adjust the ap using a ring on the lens so it's all done in camera
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    Thanks everyone!!!! And thanks LJ! That is exactly right....it said with the G series there is no ap ring to adjust so you have to do it on the camera which is my problem...I can't figure out how to change it. When I change the shutter speed, it automatically adjusts the ap, but it won't let me change it independently..is that what it's suppose to do? It is very over casted outside today....there is no sunshine. That stinks!!! I haven't gone above an ISO of 200 or 400....usually stay at 200 because it says it will get grainy the higher you go...I am also using the DLight feature on my camera and it states if you go high, like 1200-1600, the picture will be grainy. I am seriously trying to find a photography class around here! They didn't offer one at my community college. Thanks for clearing up the catchlight with me...how do I obtain good catch lighting indoors? Maybe jumping the gun, but was curious. Thanks again everyone!!
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    you have to shoot in manual mode (this means manually controlling all the camera settings not manual focus) in order to control ss and ap

    shooting in one of the other modes can be a good way to learn how as you adjust ss the ap changes according and vice versa how changing ap will affect ss and how you should be using it.
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    Hmmmm...I'm in manual control. I guess I need to research it more. I can change ss but it automatically changes the ap....won't let me change ap tho.
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    In order to get good catchlights indoors, you want to find a pocket of light--so, in front of a window or door, and angle your subject until you see the light in their eyes so that it is NOT over the pupil. In most cases, you'll have to raise your ISO so that you can get your SS high enough to account for motion blur.
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    Your getting some really good advise so far. I recommend going on the tutorials sticky at the top of the bulletin board and reading... I'll look for the one I'm thinking of...
    Tutorial Challenge - Basics of Exposure
    and here is one on catchlights, while were on the subject.
    http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa...light=Tutorial
    OK, some pics are down in that last thread, but it should still be helpful.
    Another thing I wanted to add, was that when you take a picture of someone wearing a hat, you have to be careful that the hat is not blocking the light from the eyes. Although that is the purpose of the hat... lol

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