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Postby tanderson » Fri May 07, 2010 9:20 am

My editing sucks....at least I feel it does and I am not the best at adjusting my setting yet. but I think I am getting better. Please be honest. Here are some of my recent photos.

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f/3.5 1/60 iso 800

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f/5 1/160 iso 200


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f/4 1/100 iso 800

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f2.8 1/60 iso 800

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f2.8 1/50 iso 800

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f/4 1/100 iso 800

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f/8 1/400 iso 600

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f/5.6 1/640 iso 3200
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Postby victoria_1024 » Fri May 07, 2010 11:05 am

Lovely shots!

You've definitely got some focus issues. Could you post your settings?

#1 is way out of focus.

#2 is nice!

#3 is out of focus (focus fell on the Ryder puzzle)

#4 looks pretty good!

#5 you'll hear different thoughts on selective coloring, I personally am not a fan but some people like it.

#6 looks like some motion blue? Out of focus.

#7 good focus but his blue shirt is WAY blown

#8 very sweet

Hope that helps! It would be helpful to see your settings to know WHY certain images are out of focus.
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Postby tanderson » Fri May 07, 2010 11:33 am

Thank you so much! I updated it with all the settings beneath it. Hope you can help some. I got hired to take some pictures in a month and I NEED work.
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Postby tanderson » Fri May 07, 2010 11:34 am

fyi...these are all taken with the 50mm 1.8 lens.
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Postby victoria_1024 » Fri May 07, 2010 11:40 am

Ok I think I see a big part of your problem. Your shutter speed is 1/60 or 1/50 in a lot of these shots, and that is way too slow for moving subjects. I would open up your aperture and your shutter speed should really be closer to 1/125 at the LOWEST (1/250 would be preferable).

Were you shooting on auto or manual?
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Postby tanderson » Fri May 07, 2010 12:50 pm

I was shooting on manual. It is nice to see myself all of the settings in front of me to play with it. Thank you for your advice. I will play around this weekend.
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Postby tanderson » Fri May 07, 2010 2:32 pm

if you meant focus I am using the auto. I can't figure out how to manual focus with my 50mm It is driving me nuts. Everything is super blurry on that setting :(

edit!!! I just figured it out! I was so dumb before. OMG I can't wait to take some pics this weekend and see how they turn out!
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Postby blue-eden » Fri May 07, 2010 9:50 pm

tanderson wrote:if you meant focus I am using the auto. I can't figure out how to manual focus with my 50mm It is driving me nuts. Everything is super blurry on that setting :(

edit!!! I just figured it out! I was so dumb before. OMG I can't wait to take some pics this weekend and see how they turn out!


No, for fast moving kids, use the autofocus! Manually focusing on small children is something very very very few PROs even do.

Just use manual settings, like iso, fstop and ss, and meter using your in camera meter.
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Postby puddingpop » Fri May 07, 2010 10:46 pm

Please don't take this the wrong way. On your post processing you want to start out with slight adjustments. Just enough to barely tell you did anything if at all. Now I not sure if you did any post processing on the first one but I'm assuming because you did some selective coloring on few others. The eyes on this looked changed to a point were he looks a little on the alien side. If this is not the case I'm sorry. Just remember to go easy. A little goes a long way.
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Postby blessedmommy » Sat May 08, 2010 12:28 am

take some time to read about manual settings and how they work. Try to keep your ISO on the lowest setting possible. Chances are you won't need an ISO of 800 outside. I try not to ever go above 400 unless its a last resort.


puddingpop wrote: The eyes on this looked changed to a point were he looks a little on the alien side.


ITA. Looks very unnatural.




victoria_1024 wrote:Lovely shots!


#5 you'll hear different thoughts on selective coloring, I personally am not a fan but some people like it.

Also not a fan of selective coloring. I thinks its a pretty common stage for newbies to go through though:D I agree with the CC Victoria gave.
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Postby blue-eden » Sat May 08, 2010 3:03 am

blessedmommy wrote:take some time to read about manual settings and how they work. Try to keep your ISO on the lowest setting possible. Chances are you won't need an ISO of 800 outside. I try not to ever go above 400 unless its a last resort.


puddingpop wrote: The eyes on this looked changed to a point were he looks a little on the alien side.


ITA. Looks very unnatural.




victoria_1024 wrote:Lovely shots!


#5 you'll hear different thoughts on selective coloring, I personally am not a fan but some people like it.

Also not a fan of selective coloring. I thinks its a pretty common stage for newbies to go through though:D I agree with the CC Victoria gave.


I agree with these points.

I notice that when a shot is clearly out of focus, efforts are made to make the eyes look sharp, to try to "save" the photo, which just makes for alien looking people.

I'm not a fan of selective colouring or that desaturated look either, but I agree it's a stage that many go through.
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