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Mar 25, 2011 17:38 |  #1

I just got my camera on Tuesday. I am so very happy to have a camera that actually takes a decent picture! I am already drooling over a few lenses that I "need". I will probably start out with the 50mm 1.8, although I really want the 1.4. ;)
One step at a time. I have a budget. ;)

Here are a few of my favorites that I took while messing around with it. I am ready to learn, so critique is welcome.

I edited the first ones in picassa.

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Mar 25, 2011 18:41 |  #2

Laura, congrats on your dslr and welcome to the forum.
There are a lot of knowledgeable folks who would pitch in with some awesome advice.
In the mean time, please keep shooting. You have wonderful subjects and will create great memories. Don't underestimate the capability of the 18-55 - its a good starter lens.

Based on your pics, I am not sure if you did in full auto but there are some focusing things that you can get better at by practicing in other modes. And the closeness to subjects are creating DOF effects that might not be needed.

I am not a pro so take my advice with a few pinches of salt. Happy shooting in the mean time.




  
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Mar 25, 2011 19:31 |  #3

Thank you!

I think I was using manual in all of those. I was messing around, so some might have been on AP.

I am working on focus. I set it so focus is in the center, and try to focus on an eye or between the eyes. I would like them to be clearer, but like you said, I will keep shooting and get it figured out. :) I think on some of them I might have had the shutter speed a bit too long.


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Mar 26, 2011 00:16 |  #4

try having faster shutter, higher f number and dont forget to use flash.
will get u more comfy w/ M mode...




  
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Mar 26, 2011 17:07 |  #5

You will love the 1.8, I'm new too and it's well worth the $119! Keep it up :)


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Mar 26, 2011 21:30 |  #6

The pics you posted are great... However, I suggest the following:

1. keep the shutter speeds about 2x the focal length of the lens to help capture sharp pics. You can go slower with a IS lens, but with higher megapixels any camera shake is magnified.
2. Did you shoot raw or jpg? You should take the time to learn to shoot raw as it allows you more creativity in post processing. Lightroom is a great RAW editor.
3. Sharpen those pics to make the eyes pop (see attachment)
4. For the pics you shared, I would not use a higher "f number" or in other worlds a smaller aperture. It increases the depth of field and you have enough as your images are sharp.


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Mar 26, 2011 21:34 |  #7

Thanks! I am looking forward to getting one! I think I should save and just get teh 1.4, but knowing me, I will get to impatient and get the 1.8 when I can. lol


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Mar 26, 2011 21:41 |  #8

Here is another with a quick 2 minute edit.

Let me know if you would prefer me to take down the edits I did.


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Mar 26, 2011 21:45 |  #9

Thanks Jason! I missed your post when I was posting. :)

I didn't shoot in RAW, as I am just learning, and I only have one 4gb card right now. I figure once I get a decent pp program, and another card or two, then I will switch to RAW. (I only get like 70 pics on the 4gb card when shooting RAW.)

I was trying to have the biggest apeture, as I like the bit of blurred background I get, even with the kit lens. That and I much prefer not having to use a flash when inside. (I only have the camera flash right now.) So I go to 3.6f, and crank up my iso and wow, a picture of my kid inside that looks decent! lol Once I get over that, I will start messing with my flash more, and lower ISO, ect. I am just coming off a pns where every indoor picture had to have flash... so I am enjoying getting pictures without it. :)

I will stop rambling now. Thanks for the sharpen. She has eyes that pop, that is for sure. :)


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Mar 26, 2011 21:47 |  #10

jase1125 wrote in post #12099742 (external link)
Here is another with a quick 2 minute edit.

Let me know if you would prefer me to take down the edits I did.

Thank you! No, I appreciate any tips and opinions, and edits! ;)


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Mar 26, 2011 21:50 |  #11

Ok, I saved it to see what you did. :) Lightened her eyes and teeth, and erased some spots. I did do that in the last B&W I did, but I didn't sharpen. Do you always sharpen?


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Mar 26, 2011 21:54 |  #12

Did you increase the saturation a bit? I need a quick editor like that! ;)


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Mar 26, 2011 22:54 |  #13

You almost always need to sharpen to counter the anti aliasing filter in the camera. There are several methods with unsharp mask and high pass in photoshop being probably the most popular.

A free alternative to photoshop is GIMP. I hear it is really good although I have very limited experience with it.


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Mar 26, 2011 22:57 |  #14

I just downloaded the trial version of Lightroom. I need to do a tutorial, as I can't figure out how to crop. lol I can see already that I will like it, once I figure it out. Now to save up more money. lol


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Mar 26, 2011 23:09 |  #15

Give GIMP a try. It could do all the post processing shown and suggested and costs nothing.




  
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