Feel free to CC these. I haven't been out and about using my camera lately. I've just been shooting snaps. I tried to get some good ones of our tree. I would really like some advice on these. Thanks! Please ignore my ugly walls, my tilted clock, and my one curtain rod.
1) I think the ss was maybe too slow here. She seems to be a little oof. Was the ISO too low?
3) This one was just for fun. I had to play around...the kids were asleep and Randall was called out to a fire! What do you think?
I think they're cute and fun. I much prefer a higher ISO to a slow SS, so I think #1 would have been a little better if you had upped your ISO. But the mood is there, and it's a cute pic.
#2 I'd play around a little bit with trying to crop it and make it a little more interesting.
#3 What a cool effect! I like it.
I think I will try to up the iso tonight if I have time!
Originally Posted by acarbo99
GREAT PICS!!! They just SCREAM Christmas to me. In fact, they'd make a GREAT Christmas card.
I like #1 as is. It's a sweet moment and the soft focus actually works for me. I'd probably work on the tilt, but otherwise, i don't think I'd mess with it.
#2 ... I wish the star was lit. It's a little dark for my taste, but I swear I can hear "Silent Night" in my head when I look at it.
#3 ... what a cool effect! How'd you do it?
For #2, our star doesn't light up. It's just a country-looking star.
#3- I zoomed out while pressing the shutter button. I remember reading it when I read Understanding Exposure, wondering when I would ever use it, but I gave it a try, and I thought it was kind of neat!
Kansas (no, I don't have ruby red slippers or a dog named Toto!)
I love these! I'm actually BIG on the Christmas tree pictures. I HATE setting the tree up, but once it's up, I can't help myself from taking pics!
In pic #1, I love how there's a bit of a glow around her. In #2, I actually think a lower ISO and slower shutter speed would give this shot a more dramatic effect. I'd like the area behind the tree to be a bit darker, while maintaining the same light level on the tree. LOVE #3...I've actually been thinking about an opportunity to use this trick, too!
I sort of obsess over keeping my ISO as LOW as possible, and esp. with shots like this where there will be a lot of dark space. I tend to look around a shot and see if there's a spot I want to crop or zoom, and too much noise can ruin an otherwise sweet spot in a pic for me. But I'm a lil OCD like that. To compensate for my constantly low ISO, I'm not above setting up my tripod for a slowed down shutter speed. I've found this helpful ESP. with the Christmas tree pics, as I often shoot with the tree being the only light in the room! It gives me the opportunity to get a shot with the tree at the exposure level I want, while maintaining the most crisp image possible.