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Feb 20, 2011 03:04 |  #1

Hello seniors
Purchased an SX20. This is my first experience with a digital one.
I have studied the Manual. Clicked first 100+ with Auto. Not disappointing (at least for me). Then checked some other modes. Not bad either. Now I can even retouch a bit in PS-4! I try to restrict myself in subjects who don’t move while I focus or click – I do not use Tripod … lazy.
Everything was ok until I started surfing the photo albums. Good Heavens! How you guys capture such gorgeous photos (even with compacts)? How do you make them so clean and lively?
Let me start afresh more methodically. Please help…
Attaching some of my activities for your analysis and advice.
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Feb 20, 2011 19:08 |  #2

The first one was shot into the sun with reflections in the water this caused all the subjects to be back lit and black, the 2nd one looks ok, what is your issue with it


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Feb 20, 2011 20:56 as a reply to  @ hnikesch's post |  #3

I'm gonna enjoy following this thread.
I'm in the same boat, with the same camera and a 430EXII.

Some stuff I shoot is great and most not.
(I know it's supposed to be that way. Nobody got
to look in Ansel Adams trash cans did they?!?)

Did a ton of 35 stuff for fun in the past but
that was a LONG time ago and now am making the
transition from film ref.# (which I sorta understood) to digi.

Looking forward to any help.

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Feb 21, 2011 09:48 |  #4

You must also take into consideration that the shots you are seeing people post are 1 out of a hundred at best. Please tell what you think is bad about some of your shots with the example and I am sure people here will help and explain how it could have been improved.

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Feb 23, 2011 08:32 as a reply to  @ hnikesch's post |  #5

Thanks Hans for your analysis. The issue with the second picture is - mood.
Let me explain. When the shot was taken, I was almost alone in the park. And so was the chair. My instrument captured the subject but I could not capture the loneliness… unfortunately.
On the contrary, look at the attached one. This was taken when there were at least 50 people around. The structure in the picture is of a thousand year old tomb of a Turkish Ruler. It was difficult to have a snap without any living thing in the frame. But in this case, with a little touch of saturation, the somber feel of a burial place is closer to my expectation … luckily.
In both cases, ambiance aspect of the picture was not in my control.
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Feb 23, 2011 08:39 as a reply to  @ alk bandy's post |  #6

Yes Rob
We are in the same boat. I think I need more practice. Do you?
Why not show us the best of your first hundred.
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Feb 23, 2011 12:44 |  #7

Well, loneliness might have shown better if you'd shown more of the (empty) surroundings. Composition and technical skills are two different things; you can be taught all technical matters, but even though there are classes and references available in composition (for artists and for photographers) the best way to learn that is to study work you admire and try to analyze why it makes you feel the way it does.


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Feb 23, 2011 18:25 |  #8

http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/ (external link)

Digital Photography School is a non camera specific site the has several learning and forum areas. Lots of people with P&S cameras as well as DSLR's. I have lurked there for quite some time for ideas and how-to's

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Feb 24, 2011 02:11 as a reply to  @ hnikesch's post |  #9

Thanks, I'll check it.

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