Critique

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Aperture, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks to my other thread on close up filters (diopters?) I was able to partially break into the world of macro photography. I shot some pics in my backyard and was hoping for some critique on my first attempt at anything like this.

    Here is the link (notice: 2 pages)

    One thing I noticed was that lighting the subject was quite hard. Many of my attempts came out way overexposed while some came out really dark. I decided I would have to use my flash and came up with a simple diffuser out of some materials laying around: (crappy iPhone pic)

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    Anyway, it was definitely a rewarding experience and I will absolutely do more of it. (By the way, they were all shot on my D50 with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, Quantaray diopter, and my Nikon SB-400)

    Thanks!
     
  2. jimothyGator macrumors regular

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    Interesting diffuser, interesting pictures

    That's a prett clever approach, and I like the pictures that resulted. Was the circular vignetting added post-processing?

    My favorite is the spider (daddy long legs?), though I'd like to see the result of shooting it at f/11 or f/16, instead of f/5, for great depth-of-field:

    http://KevinSchaefer.smugmug.com/gallery/5273370_CZm3H#321110801_f7Dpp
     
  3. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    My jealous fiancee says you suck @$$, jokingly of course. Those are some great shots, and you should be proud of yourself. Those images are great shots especially given the gear that you are using.

    I haven't seen many D300 or D3 owners produce images that good and post on this site. The only thing I can say is to turn down the vignetting and that's just my personal opinion.
     
  4. Martin C macrumors 6502a

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    I'm actually a fan of the vignetting--draws the eye to the subject. Nice gallery all around Aperture, great lighting and bokeh.
     
  5. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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  6. Aperture thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks a lot for the complements, guys! I really appreciate it.

    The vignetting was added in post. I suppose it may be a little too much on some of them but I do like like it, mostly. I'll have to go back and make some tweaks.

    Anyway, I'm really happy considering this is my first attempt and I can't wait to try it again. I guess it just goes to show you that top of the line equipment isn't necessarily needed to get some cool shots! :)

    Thanks Again!

    Edit: Oh, & the diffuser doesn't look pretty and is kind of dorky but it works! I just wrapped some foam-y paper stuff around in a cone and hot glued the paper towel to the front, haha.
     
  7. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I really like the photos, especially no. 13: beauty and the beast!
     
  8. hector macrumors regular

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    These shots are excellent!
    Having seen these I am definitely going to invest in some diopters, although I have found it quite hard to locate Canon or Nikon ones which people seem to recommend as being better than Hoya etc for some reason
     
  9. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Great stuff! Macrophotography is a little hobby of mine, so I know the patience required to take shots like that! :)

    Just a suggestion: When photographing bugs, clear focus on the eyes is crucial for the pic that can either make or break a picture. Just keep practicing! You're doing great! ;)
     

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