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Advice with auto photography

 
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Aug 24, 2006 13:53 |  #1

Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make my auto photo's better. This is my 2nd attempt with my new Rebel XT.

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Aug 24, 2006 15:54 |  #2

The firt of the two shots was taken with manual exposure and you got it wrong.
The second was taken in auto mode and is not too bad but at iso1600 you can't expect top quality.
Adjusted it a little, but not much improvement.

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Aug 24, 2006 15:59 |  #3

Though composition is the biggest factor in auto photogrpahy a good location plays a big part. You want a simple, yet interesting backdrop, not just a random parking lot.

Try getting a little lower and work with the composition.


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Aug 25, 2006 07:04 as a reply to  @ MitsuJDM's post |  #4

I think the background in #2 is OK. The lines on the wall are simple yet interesting. I like the composition of #2 generally.

One thing I'd suggest you can do is shoot in decent light. The EXIF data says:
#1 1/40th, f/5.6, ISO 800
#2 1/125th, f/5, ISO 1600

That means the Exposure value (EV) (external link) is around 7.5 for both shots. That's about 7 or 8 stops darker than I'd expect in normal daylight. If you had more light, you could lower your ISO (= less noise in image), increase the shutter speed (= no chance of hand-held blur) and decrease the aperture (= more depth of field), all at the same time.


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Aug 25, 2006 21:15 |  #5

how did ya'll get the specs on the pics?




  
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Aug 27, 2006 03:39 as a reply to  @ dann22's post |  #6

dann22 wrote:
how did ya'll get the specs on the pics?

I use a browser plug-in called Opanda IExif (external link). You just right-click on a picture, and one of the menu options is to pop up a list of the settings stored in the picture's Exif data. I posted a screen-shot of it in this thread: EXIF.


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Aug 27, 2006 19:52 |  #7

I agree with MitsuJDM on the background comments. Maybe the edge of a field with the sky above. I like different perspectives as was mentioned as well.

Also, a good circular polarizer does wonders for this type of shot. Removes reflections/glare and increases saturation. Best $40 I have spent on my RebelXT.


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Aug 28, 2006 16:47 |  #8
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Find an enviroment more appealing. Shoot earlier in the day or later at night, your lighting is in need of some work. Get a tripod and shoot closer and lower. Buy some auto mags and try to emulate exactly what they have done. They just look like snaps to me.
Its good you are interested so now EXPLORE THE TECHNIQUES!!! you will have fun and a massive feeling of reward.


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