cmh512 wrote in post #13621602
What you did wrong is to not post the EXIF info on the shot so people can give advice.
Actually, he did nothing wrong. cmh512, I suggest you use the Firefox Exif Viewer. All you have to do is right clic on an image and select Exif Viewer and there you go : EXIF DATA.
cpam.pix wrote in post #13621640
Luckily, the EXIF data is there.
Shot at 1/60 second. Was it handheld? With a 92mm focal length on the lens, this is a bit on the slow side (if you didn't use a tripod). As a rule of thumb, use the reciprocal of the focal length as the slowest handheld shot. (for example: for a 100mm focal length, shoot at 1/100 second or faster).
Aperture: f/5.6. You can see that even with that aperture, that the depth of field is still quite shallow.
Wrong? Nothing. And, you let a sleeping dog lie. [Unless the flash woke him up.]
We'll be looking for more.
Great advice from Dave
sandpiper wrote in post #13621717
Well, it's a little soft around the eye, which is where you want to focus. I see that you were in portrait mode, does that work like full auto and insist on having all the focus points active? If so, you can't be sure where the camera is going to decide to focus as you are letting it decide where is most important and it won't recognize the subject or that it should lock onto an eye. If you use single point AF, and place it over the eye, you should get focus where it is needed.
1/60th is fine at 92mm, so long as you have the IS turned on and the subject isn't moving significantly. That old rule of thumb is just a guide and was written long before IS was invented.
Did you shoot this in color or b&w? You can generally get a better b&w image by shooting in color and then using the color channels to adjust the image (after turning down the saturation). Shooting it in b&w throws away all the color information and gives you much less options when editing.
Great advice from Sandpiper.
Basically, just keep shooting and you will learn. As mentioned above, always shoot in color and then process to B&W. You can always convert a colored image to B&W but you will have a very hard time converting a B&W image to color, it will take hours.
Try working with different apertures, you will get nice depth of field (also known on these forums as DOF). Try taking the pictures at angles not normally viewed on a daily basis, it gives a different perspective and it can be very attractive to the eye.
Welcome to the forums. And....don't ever let anyone tell you what you are doing is wrong...unless you are hurting anyone or anything or breaking a law. Imagine if someone told Picasso what he was doing was wrong...
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