New to Digital Photo's: Please help me figure out why this pic looks so bad :(

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tonywalker23, May 12, 2007.

  1. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2003
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    They both look OK to me, as a non expert :eek:. The second could have the red-eye removed though.
  3. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    All Photo's Look Like that at there full resolution, when looking in iphoto they look great because there only half the full resolution, unless you plan on printing them on A2 size paper i shouldn't worry, also i always found pictures look a hell of a lot better when took outside
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    One thing to try

    The backgrounds in both photos are excessivley busy. If the camera has a zoom, try backing up a bit, and zooming in on your subject to frame them, then focus. This will have the effect of bringing the subject into focus and the background out of focus slightly. Depth of Field Link1 Link2 Link 3. (Those should get you started). If you can use manual controls on the camera, you can also make the aperture to be larger (larger F value) to manipulate the depth of field

    After the fact, you can simulate this in Photoshop by creating a Selection or a mask tightly around your subject, selecting the inverse, adding a tiny amount of feathering, then applying a small amount of a blur filter to the backround areas.
  5. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    For the indoors pic it looks like the camera chose a much higher ISO setting due to the lack of available light by the looks of it. Bit strange as a flash was used. It would explain the excessive grain/colour noise. It also looks as if the in-camera noise reduction software kicked in rather heavily and blurred a lot of details out in an attempt to suppress the noise. Grain like this will also exacerbate jpeg artifacting and increase your file sizes.
    Try setting the camera manually to use lower ISO settings when there is plenty of daylight and choose to store the photos as RAW files rather than jpegs.

    I would suggest reading up a little bit about the basics of photography in order to understand the relationship of f-stops, depth of field, shutterspeeds, ISO settings and how they all influence the outcome of your photographs.
    Letting the camera choose the settings for you is good enough for most people in most circumstances. If you want to elevate your shots to a higher standard a bit of camera 101 will go a long way. :)
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I take it someone walked yesterday? Congrats to whoever it was!

    Go tigers! :D

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