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Dec 22, 2014 10:21 |  #1

I'm a new photographer. I'm still trying to learn would like some advice.
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Dec 22, 2014 10:24 |  #2

ashleyvborn wrote in post #17345878 (external link)
I'm a new photographer. I'm still trying to learn would like some advice.
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My advice would be to ask a question.


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Dec 22, 2014 10:28 |  #3

Okay. I think the far valley and the sky hurt rather than help the picture. Need to be cropped out. And you probably should have gone with a shallower DOF and a little more (just a little) exposure on the shadow on the subject. It was a decent idea.

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Dec 22, 2014 12:03 |  #4

Thanks. I will crop out the far valley and sky.




  
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Dec 22, 2014 12:09 |  #5

What did you want to show when you took this picture? Is there a story you want to tell?

This is what I see...

Looks like you use the center autofocus point focusing near the front corner of the bird house, somewhat zoomed in on a kit lens. You have some isolation of the subject (bird house and big pole) with progressive blurring the further out you go. This looks more of a documentary like photo or possibly you are playing around with the idea of shallow depth of field (DOF from above) and subject isolation coming from a cell phone camera or point&shoot.

There really isn't much interesting going on here. I could see that the bird house might have some special meaning for you, i.e. you and your kids build this years ago and hence you have a reason to take it, or it just might have been the best subject around.

Now if you had waited for a bird to perch on it with a worm in its mouth or caught it at an interesting moment, then it becomes much more moving photo.

Cropping and lighting are things that can be learned with experience, practice, and from others like this forum.

Good luck, ask a lot of questions, and be receptive to the responses. If you have questions about the answers, ask about those as well, it can be a little overwhelming with the abbreviations and physics/concepts involved, but all of us started where you are now.


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Dec 22, 2014 12:32 |  #6

Thank you, lilkngster, for your advice. I was on a walk down a dirt road in West Virginia when I shot this. I really thought it was nice sitting in the middle of nowhere. You gave me a lot of usefully information and next time I know to wait for a more moving photo. :)




  
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Dec 22, 2014 13:59 |  #7

ashleyvborn wrote in post #17346110 (external link)
You gave me a lot of usefully information and next time I know to wait for a more moving photo. :)

you won't get better if you wait for something better. Assuming you are using a digital camera there is no reason not to take more pictures.

take different angles, rotate the camera in both landscape and portrait, focus on different things, change the settings then take them home and see which ones are your favorites. Then most importantly, figure out why they are your favorites so you can understand what to look for next time you go out shooting. You should be spending more time editing and "developing" your pics as you do actually shooting.

as for this shot, i think if you had moved a bit to the left to get more of the front of the bird house and less (or maybe none) of the human's house you would have had a better shot.


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Dec 23, 2014 09:46 |  #8

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17346232 (external link)
... take different angles, rotate the camera in both landscape and portrait, focus on different things, change the settings then take them home and see which ones are your favorites. Then most importantly, figure out why they are your favorites so you can understand what to look for next time you go out shooting. You should be spending more time editing and "developing" your pics as you do actually shooting. ...

This is good advice, something I need to think about more often too, thanks! I didn't even have to start the thread or ask a question to get it either. :-P

As to the OP - sorry, I don't really have anything additional to add, but you've already received some good feedback. I guess it's time to post another shot for critique, huh? ;-)a


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Dec 25, 2014 23:04 |  #9

I think you are asking about technical views. You have a nice crisp well focused pole and bird house with some decent DOF. That works. The overall image sort of takes away from the subject. I agree, a little cropping off the horizon would do it better. I would experiment with the third or forth wave of trees from the poll and see how it turns out. I think I would personally start with the fourth up..

Beyond that not much for a moving shot and moving I mean feeling. However, that said this can be a great stock image to use somewhere down the line.


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Dec 29, 2014 07:46 |  #10

Thank you for all your advice. I have went back and looked at the image and cropped out between the third and fourth waves of trees. The images looks a lot better with less sky and valley for sure.




  
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