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Jul 09, 2011 14:36 |  #1

Hello All,

I'm new to this site and have been trying to read and learn as much as possible. About a week ago I picked up a Canon 60D with the 18-135mm kit lens. Up until then i've only taken shots with my S90 point-n-shoot in full auto mode. Since purchasing the 60D, i've been primarily shooting in full manual mode.

Below are a few of the shots i've taken. I've done some post processing work in LR3 and Photomatix 4.

Any tips to help me move forward?

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Jul 09, 2011 14:57 |  #2

Welcome to the POTN forum.

I think you did very well for someone with limited SLR experience. The compositions are good and the images are somewhat sharp.

However products like watch are often photographed flat against a black or white background. Most watches for jewelry mags or websites are set at about 10:10.

The last shot in the backyard would be better without the distracting column/post on the right and the handle of a fork/shovel and the flower pot (?) on the left.


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Jul 09, 2011 20:53 |  #3

I agree - a great start

The bird is good but the bright background distracts a little

HDR is a fine art (which I have yet to master :p) but you have overdone it, evidenced by the halos around the tree. I wonder whether this scene really needed the HDR tretament


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Jul 09, 2011 20:56 |  #4

Damn, That watch is super clear! Cool


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Jul 10, 2011 09:28 |  #5

tonybear007 wrote in post #12730629 (external link)
Welcome to the POTN forum.

I think you did very well for someone with limited SLR experience. The compositions are good and the images are somewhat sharp.

However products like watch are often photographed flat against a black or white background. Most watches for jewelry mags or websites are set at about 10:10.

The last shot in the backyard would be better without the distracting column/post on the right and the handle of a fork/shovel and the flower pot (?) on the left.

Yup they say its called smilie time. :D
I like them for a starting point.
Last seems off some how, like there is movement.


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Jul 10, 2011 09:50 |  #6

For a newcomer you have done very well, especially with the chronograph.

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Jul 11, 2011 07:48 |  #7

Good start here, keep it up!


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Jul 11, 2011 08:02 |  #8

Not bad, not bad..


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Jul 11, 2011 11:07 |  #9

my suggestions:
pic#1 - perhaps a more uniform background. I would have like it a bit better if the background that exists for about 3/4 of the pic was used for 100% of the pic.
#2 - perhaps have the bird turn his head sideways towards you? Just kidding...looks good...exposure is nice.
#3 - the brighter blue areas between the sky and all non-sky objects really makes this pic look artificial.


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Jul 11, 2011 11:12 |  #10

#1 & #2 are great. #3 could be great. I think you over did it on the HDR a bit. HDR is good if it's not obvious. I am just now learning this as I am trying to get into Real Estate Photography. Also in #3 (something else I just learned) is try to straighten your vertical lines. That might help the post look better on the right.

Great job though!


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