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Mar 02, 2013 14:53 |  #1

Got to play with both my new babies this morning :)

I am new to a FF camera but have learned a bunch in the 3 days I've had it.

Only way to learn is to learn from failing over and over until you do it right. So am I getting close?

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Mar 02, 2013 15:08 |  #2

Cute.
Pay attention to focusing on eyes of the dominant subject, then use narrower (Higher number) F stop.


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Mar 03, 2013 07:39 |  #3

samsen wrote in post #15669023 (external link)
Cute.
Pay attention to focusing on eyes of the dominant subject, then use narrower (Higher number) F stop.


I do put the focus between the eyes of the kid or the subject I'm trying to isolate. Most of these shots were at F2.8. Should I start higher? Say F4?




  
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Mar 03, 2013 07:48 |  #4

You are so close that even focusing between the eyes can put the eyes out of focus...with the 5DMKIII you should have enough like to raise your f stop a couple of stops...


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Mar 05, 2013 23:51 |  #5

For #2, you should fix your white balance. You can do this in post.

For #3, it's underexposed. I see that you're using window light, which is a beautiful quality of light. Light hitting your subject with a dark background is a great way to create a dramatic picture with your subject being dominant. You could've easily brightened your picture up through the camera (ISO or shutter speed), or in post as well.


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Mar 16, 2013 08:14 |  #6

I dunno, I still aint getting it I think.

Here are a few more. I'm starting to get the hang of it...but I still feel like I'm not getting the focus right.

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Mar 16, 2013 09:37 as a reply to  @ jason2713's post |  #7

you might want to try to use the center focus point only when shooting for tac sharp eyes. the 5d3 also has the expansion option, so the focus points immediately surrounding the selected focus point also assist. it would definitely be a more precise way of shooting a relatively small area of focus (an eyeball, compared to the size of the frame). good luck.

also are you doing any post processing? i can't recommend lightroom 4 enough if you havent already started using it. do a google search once you have the program for julieanne kost, and click on the link for her lightroom video's. she offers very informative, in-depth, and accurate tutorials for using the program. my photography really started to make me happy once i started using lightroom. good luck.




  
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Mar 17, 2013 13:13 |  #8

I'm finding with the 50mm 1.8 lens I'm using, I'm using too large of a aperture, with high-ish ISO (any where from 400 in good light to 8000-16000 in bad light) and fast shutter speed.

Sounds like I need to lower my aperture, use a slower shutter speed and lower ISO. My aperture is making it fuzzy because of such a shallow depth of field. I need to physically back up a bit, though that's not the pictures I'm going for. I'll need to get a zoom lens or a 35mm lens to get the looks I'm trying to get (close up with shallow depth of field)

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you might want to try to use the center focus point only when shooting for tac sharp eyes. the 5d3 also has the expansion option, so the focus points immediately surrounding the selected focus point also assist. it would definitely be a more precise way of shooting a relatively small area of focus (an eyeball, compared to the size of the frame). good luck.

also are you doing any post processing? i can't recommend lightroom 4 enough if you havent already started using it. do a google search once you have the program for julieanne kost, and click on the link for her lightroom video's. she offers very informative, in-depth, and accurate tutorials for using the program. my photography really started to make me happy once i started using lightroom. good luck.




  
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Mar 17, 2013 13:20 as a reply to  @ jason2713's post |  #9

i would set your max iso to between 4000 and 6000. thats plenty adequite indoors and the 5d3 will still look great at that iso. then turn iso to auto. place your camera in Av mode and set your aperture to 2.2 down to 4. the camera will automatically choose shutter speed. get a feel for shooting like this before you move to full manual mode. center focus point and focus on the eyes. underexposure will also bring noise or grainyness into your photos. i try to overexpose everything by 1/2-1 stop, especially shooting in snow or white clothes...etc.




  
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Mar 18, 2013 06:57 |  #10

I was thinking of putting it full auto just to meter the environment to get an idea of what the camera would do.

I've been starting at aperture 4.0 in Av mode to get the white balance and shutter speed set automatically as well just to see what the camera does. Then I tweek from there. I just started doing that this weekend.

When you say "over expose" would you be adjusting your aperture or shutter speed?




  
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Mar 18, 2013 07:45 as a reply to  @ jason2713's post |  #11

in Av mode you can set your cameras exposure compensation in fractional stop increments. i have a t3i so its different on a 5d3. its basically a bar that looks like a ruler. starts at zero in the middle and goes 1-2-3 on either side. scroll to that bar on the menu and use your scroll wheel to set the compensation. again not sure how it works on a 5d3 but you might have to click on that bar to set it to compensation, rather than bracket mode.

if you're shooting full manual, bracket mode could also help you. it takes 3 shots in rapid succession. one under exposed, one exposed with your settings, and one over exposed.

f4 is ok but slow indoors without good light. id start around f2.2 and shoot from there. to get a deeper DOF you can back up with the same apeture, and crop in post. good luck, i hope this is helpful.




  
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Mar 18, 2013 09:07 |  #12

I definitely agree with whoever suggested using center focus point. I used to struggle with slightly soft focus until I started doing that. BTW Being a parent = coolest thing ever. Congratulations, may you enjoy every moment of parenting!




  
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Mar 19, 2013 07:32 |  #13

t3ichef wrote in post #15727463 (external link)
in Av mode you can set your cameras exposure compensation in fractional stop increments. i have a t3i so its different on a 5d3. its basically a bar that looks like a ruler. starts at zero in the middle and goes 1-2-3 on either side. scroll to that bar on the menu and use your scroll wheel to set the compensation. again not sure how it works on a 5d3 but you might have to click on that bar to set it to compensation, rather than bracket mode.

if you're shooting full manual, bracket mode could also help you. it takes 3 shots in rapid succession. one under exposed, one exposed with your settings, and one over exposed.

f4 is ok but slow indoors without good light. id start around f2.2 and shoot from there. to get a deeper DOF you can back up with the same apeture, and crop in post. good luck, i hope this is helpful.

Thanks I'll try this, and post some results. I know how to slide the exposure up and down, I just always left it at the 0 point.




  
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Mar 19, 2013 07:32 |  #14

Pshaun wrote in post #15727677 (external link)
I definitely agree with whoever suggested using center focus point. I used to struggle with slightly soft focus until I started doing that. BTW Being a parent = coolest thing ever. Congratulations, may you enjoy every moment of parenting!



I've been using the center focus, I think it has to do more with how far/close I am and the aperture I'm at.




  
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