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Nov 25, 2012 23:10 |  #1

Decided to bring my camera back out. Now I remember the frustrations UGHH!! I seem to have trouble getting crisp shots. I wish I could just hire a tutor :)


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Nov 25, 2012 23:13 |  #2

My info for the above photo:
7D, f/3.5, 1/400, ISO 100, 50mm, spot metering, no flash, natural light




  
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Nov 25, 2012 23:20 |  #3

What AF mode are you in (One shot, AI Focus, AI Servo) and what focus point are you using (single point, zone, etc.)?


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Nov 25, 2012 23:58 |  #4

Did you sharpen it in post processing? If not, give it a try.


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Nov 26, 2012 09:28 |  #5

I would have shot at f/8 to increase the focus area. It looks like the subject in the back is in focus but the subject in front is not. f/8 will give you a pretty good workable focus area and both would have been in focus.


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Nov 26, 2012 10:22 |  #6

Your eye will teach you everything that a person cannot; it takes a lot of trial and error to get it right and once you find it, you'll know it. Try shooting at a wider fstop so you'll REALLY be able to tell what's out of focus and what's not.

I can't really see what's out of focus here, might be easier to tell with some better lighting instead of hiding in the shadows.


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Nov 26, 2012 10:29 |  #7

your 7d can handle high iso's, which you will need if you are going to shoot in natural light in the shade. if you were in auto mode, it picked a wide aperture and you didn't have much wiggle room on the depth of field. 3.5 is too wide on this shot and since they are not on the same plane, it become obvious. this image needed more light and better focus, but you did capture a nice moment between the two of them, technical difficulties aside. Don't put your camera away, just use it more until you've figured it out. that's too nice a machine to sit on a shelf.


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Nov 26, 2012 10:31 |  #8

Lots of tutors here. where are you located?




  
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Nov 26, 2012 10:38 as a reply to  @ suecassidy's post |  #9

Thanks everybody.

The focus setting was (I believe) one shot auto, single point.
Good to know about using a higher Fstop. I will try that.




  
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Nov 26, 2012 10:41 |  #10

DaphneGale wrote in post #15290997 (external link)
Thanks everybody.

The focus setting was (I believe) one shot auto, single point.
Good to know about using a higher Fstop. I will try that.

Next question is, where did you focus?


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Nov 26, 2012 10:44 |  #11

using a flash would help this image out a ton




  
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Nov 26, 2012 20:39 |  #12

As for tutors, I live in the Sacramento area.
I was trying to focus on a face then recompose and shoot. Apparently that didn't work.
I do not have a flash yet. What would you suggest for outdoor shots?




  
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Nov 27, 2012 09:13 |  #13

Looks like you focused on the rear person and with spot metering go the exposure right on the face.

3.5 is not enough depth of field.

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You need to work on this. Think triangles. I do not photo 2 ears if possible.

Crop the top a bit

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Nov 27, 2012 21:28 |  #14

chrnat wrote in post #15295041 (external link)
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You need to work on this. Think triangles. I do not photo 2 ears if possible.

I'm going to add this to my bag of tricks. Thanks for the tip!


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Nov 28, 2012 16:09 |  #15

Standard recommendation for shutter speed is 1/focal length - in your case 1/50. Drop your shutter speed in favor of higher f-stop to cover more DOF.

The image is also under exposed. Where did you put the spot?


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