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Jun 18, 2015 10:16 |  #1

I am fairly new to photography, I just decided to buy a camera and start taking pictures. Now I'm hooked. I have found many helpful places on the net that has given me a basic understanding of my camera settings but I'm still not at that point where I feel comfortable going out and knowing what settings are needed for certain situations. (work in progress, I try to shoo in Manual mode as often as I can)

My equipment: Nikon d3200, nikkor 18-55mm / nikkor 55-200mm / nikkor 50mm. I just purchased a timer remote and i'm playing around with time lapse a little.

So far I've been just taking pictures of my friends kids and my nephew, was looking for some feedback from people who are more skilled than I as to whether I should continue on or find another hobby.


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Jun 18, 2015 10:24 |  #2

Very few people just pick up a camera and are great at taking pictures. Getting better at anything just requires effort; whether or not to continue is just really a function of whether you want to put in the effort and be open to learning new ideas. If you do you'll get better, if you don't you wont.

Some feeback for you;

shot number two, I think has real potential - i would crop it so that you get rid of some dead space at the left side and above her head (which includes distracting power lines); the girl in the foreground is too central and too low. With a better crop this will be a nice image. (look up rule of thirds on google)

happy to post an example crop for this image

Shot number 1 is just a bit too busy in the background - he has people and things growing out of his head, and the shallow DoF makes him look like he is not really part of it. He could almost be photoshopped on. You're also shooting down on him somewhat rather than bending / kneeling down and taking a photo at his level, which would be better. I'm less keen on #1.



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Jun 18, 2015 12:06 |  #3

SimonCoder wrote in post #17601890 (external link)
I am fairly new to photography, I just decided to buy a camera and start taking pictures. Now I'm hooked. I have found many helpful places on the net that has given me a basic understanding of my camera settings but I'm still not at that point where I feel comfortable going out and knowing what settings are needed for certain situations. (work in progress, I try to shoo in Manual mode as often as I can)

My equipment: Nikon d3200, nikkor 18-55mm / nikkor 55-200mm / nikkor 50mm. I just purchased a timer remote and i'm playing around with time lapse a little.

So far I've been just taking pictures of my friends kids and my nephew, was looking for some feedback from people who are more skilled than I as to whether I should continue on or find another hobby.

This is priceless! Find another hobby?? Didn't you just get into this one?

RMH has given you some good advice here. The first one is actually pretty good of the boy, but RMH is right, the background is....well, not that great. And that's just a composition correction. As is the second one.

You should absolutely not find another hobby. Keep practicing, reading, practicing. Then come back here and get some opinions on your work. But, bear in mind what you will get here is just that: an opinion. There may be a lot of 'rules' with regard to photography but none of them are hard and fast.


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Jun 18, 2015 22:42 |  #4

Off to a good enough start, I'd say. ;)

I actually prefer the first image to the second...has a nice candid feel to it. Maybe just take it from a lower angle?


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Jun 19, 2015 06:06 |  #5

If your background options are limited fill the frame with your subject :-)


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Jun 19, 2015 07:57 |  #6

Not to suggest #1 is wrong or bad, but research the effect of focal length on portraits. It will make you look at #1 differently.




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Jun 19, 2015 10:10 |  #7

You said you own:

- Nikkor 18-55mm
- Nikkor 55-200mm
- Nikkor 50mm

Your first image was shot with the 18-55 and the second image was shot with the 55-200. When shooting portraits, I want separation between my subject and background. I do this by using shallow DOF (depth of field) to my advantage. You're not going to get that with the 2 lenses you used (perhaps at 200mm @ f/5.6) but you certainly can with the Nikkor 50mm. So first things first... when shooting portraits, bolt that 50mm on your D3200 and leave it on! You're going to have to move around since you can't zoom, but trust me, it'll be worth it when you see what that lens can do at f/1.8 (assuming that's it's maximum aperture - you didn't specify). With kids, I find it's best to get down at their level, rather than towering above them, pointing the lens down toward them and getting no dead space "behind them". You want to be as close to your subject as possible, and position them in a way where there's a lot of dead space behind them. Shooting at wide apertures will blur the background right out. Hope that helps.


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By The Lake in Big D
Jun 20, 2015 03:11 |  #8

... and here's why I prefer 200mm for much of my portrait work.

http://nateperkes.com ...and-tricks/50mm-vs-200mm/ (external link)




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Jun 21, 2015 07:16 |  #9

Remember that what you include in your photo is just as important as what you choose NOT to include. And the success of that composition also depends on the intent.

If you had told us #1 was "street photography" we'd say good for getting up close to your subject and using that wide angle to capture a gritty surrounding. The lighting here is pretty good. He is relatively bright compared to the bg, so he pops a bit.

As a portrait, all the background distracts from the subject. For number one, move hime to a cleaner background,, use a longer focal length. Similar on #2 - youd want to cut out the oower line and the girl in the bg.

I remember some of the first shots I put up on potn. They were of my daughter. The exposure and white balance were wonky and there was a pole that appeared to grow out of her head. I didn't use a wide aperture, so the bg was too in focus and distracted. Frankly very similar issues yours have, but mine were worse.

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