New to photography and new D50. Here are a few shots from today (1st time out).

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cutsman, May 26, 2007.

  1. cutsman macrumors regular

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    Here are a few pics from today... basically my first time shooting with my new D50 + 18-55mm kit lens.

    I can definitely use some pointers and advice on what I may be doing wrong or how I can improve. For instance, the sky (it was overcast) in the last photo is completely overexposed... any way I can avoid that without metering the sky, which would cause everything else to be underexposed? Thanks in advance!

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Usually in terms of your last photo that is a tough one. I usually bracket myself. Over, under, mid. You can also invest in a graduated ND filter which will allow you to basically block some light in the sky and then the other side of the filter is clear.

    Digitally you can expose for the sky and then expose for the building and combine the two in photoshop or a like program.
     
  3. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Advice?? Just keep on shooting, and develop your 'eye' for a picture. Enjoy learning something new, have fun. There's no sure-fire short-cut to photographic excellence, though I reckon the learning curve is a lot quicker with digital than it was with film... if only because you can compare, immediately, what you see 'out there' with what's been recorded by your camera. Bridging that gap is a big part of what photography's about.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think you did everything you coud with that last photo. :)
     
  5. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Overall, they're pretty good. On the car though, getting lower and shooting it straight on instead of pointing down would result in a better picture. In the last picture, you can take two exposures and combine them later, but I don't think the sky is all that bad.
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    The compositions seem a bit awkward in a few shots... But maybe that's just me.
     
  7. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I know it would help me if you elaborated more... Which shots? What part of the composition does not work for you? Why?

    I like this shot in particular. I think the selective focus was just right. I think for my own interpretation of the shot and own aesthetic taste, I'd like to see maybe an inch or so from the left hand margin cropped off (as in, not all of the whole walkway, but a part of it). Otherwise, this image speaks to me moreso than the others. I feel it tells a story of sorts.

    Plus, my eye is drawn to the lower right handish area (since the flowers are sharper) as well as back through the frame towards the upper left hand corner (noticing the purse as it's light, the woman, the action, then following the walkway up). I think that that's effective. To keep a viewer's eyes moving.
     
  8. discodave macrumors member

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    I completely agree with devilot. That is the best picture of them all. Great capture and lovely subtle post processing.
     
  9. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

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    First of all, thanks for the feedback guys. keep em coming :)

    Plymouthbreezer: Could you maybe elaborate on how you would improve the compositions. Still trying to get the hang of things and can use all the help I can get.

    devilot: I agree... this photo is definitely my favourite of the bunch (i also like the first one). I also agree with your comments about the cropping. In fact, I had already cropped a fair bit from the lefthand side prior to posting it. I actually wanted to crop more, as you had suggested, but I was concerned about making the photo too square (are people generally concerned about the aspect ratio/shape of the photos when cropping?). I'll play around more with this one and see what I can do to improve it.
     
  10. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Sorry for the ambiguous criticism... I wanted to reply with more, but I got sidetracked. :p

    I guess in the car shot (which overall, I like a lot!), I think showing some lines of the hood might help. I guess it's the cutoff which seemed odd to me.
     
  11. The Past macrumors 6502

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    I tend to seek the help of a polarizing filter to work with skies I am not happy with. I think it will be a very good investment if you choose to do more landscapes, sky, water at certain times of the day.
     
  12. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip. Could you elaborate on what the polarizing filter would do or how it would help with overexposed skies such as the one in my photo? How would the effects differ from those of a graduated ND filter?
     
  13. cutsman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the comments. Now that you mention it, I can definitely see how the car photo can look oddly cropped. I think had i gotten down lower to shoot more parallel to the ground, as compuwar had suggested, I could've avoided this issue as well. I will remember that for next time. :D
     
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    I'm with both of them too. Absolutely awesome shot. It's got a bit of nostalgia to it I feel.

    Anyway, I have the exact same camera as you, same lens and all. You will LOVE that thing, as I have. The one thing I feel is limiting is the zoom of the lens. It's a perfect body/kit lens because of its relative flexibility though. You likely won't notice it's a problem though, since cropping is your friend.

    I have an old Nikon telephoto lens (and I do mean old, like 15 years old) that works on my D50, mind you without aperture control or any exposure control at all for that matter, which is a bit of a pain when shooting stuff you want to keep. Anyway I just thought I'd brag about using an old full-manual lens.

    You'll love the D50. It has totally changed my perception on photography since I was used to using a 35mm Nikon SLR from the late 80's. I can't say enough good things about the D50, except for the cost of Nikon lenses :)
     
  15. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    /signed

    Id have loved to seen the woman into the doorway more.

    A pan to the right.

    A title like: "See you later"

    Lol!
     

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