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Keep Shooting! Photography Assignments (04 Feb 2013)
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Images from my horrible shoot
Another point is to photograph young children when they are just waking up from a nap so they are more docile and are not moving around as much. Food also helps and slows them down.
As for the two photos they are both fine with good exposures for the scene. I don't see the actual tree in the first so that could be part of it. The second image is not showing the child's face which I'm sure Mom doesn't like, plus it is quite askew and needs to be straightened.
So, I say just go with the flow if kids are that mobile. Here are 2 shots I took, comps aint the greatest, but i have enough to learn yet.
You have to be well rested, fed, and ready to be active. they move you move..as Greg said, tripod stays at home will just get in your way/slow you down.
I hate saying this but one of few times I don't mind "spray and pray" if you got the angle you want, you have them somewhat where you want to get your shot, just whip out 6shots at once and hope you got that shot you wanted in one of those frames. I am no pro myself but this is what I do the few shots of kids I have done.
No, this child does not have a sibling. When my kids were this age (not that long ago) - I was able to get them to sit still when I needed it - I think I am trying to learn my boundaries with other peoples kids. Someone told me to give the child one object to hold and explore - like a pine cone or flower or toy car, etc. So I need to remember that. I'm anxious to photograph a baby again. But overall - I still sort of liked both of those shots. Not a 10, but not bad enough to refer me to someone elses website
1. First photo would had been an immediate throw out by be and unusable. It's not sharp at all. For printing it's unusable from what is desired from a photographer.
Here is what to fix: You shot this at 225mm with shutter speed of 1/100. I would had done an 85 and I bet the photos would had turned out a lot better because you would had had soooo much less camera shake and child blur. If you absolutely must use a 225mm (but that is just wrong for this shot imo) then you have to increase the shutter speed and increase the iso....at least than it wouldn't be a throw out photograph.
2. Second photo the focus is even worse, the photo is crooked, it's overexposed, the photo should be of the child (not of the landscape with a child in it), etc. Again here is wrong lens at 55mm. You probably didn't want to get that close so you compensated by taking more of a landscape picture rather than the child and that's what you got. However, the focus and blur is soooooo bad, you must be shaking a lot. This is not an issue with the child but how you are holding your camera. Watch some youtube videos on how to properly hold your camera: put in your elbows, use your left to support the lens, slide the finger to trigger the shutter, press the viewfinder on your head, feet spread apart.....or if you are having a lot of difficulty with camera shake, maybe invest in IS lens or try to find spots like leaning against a tree or something. You need to practice without a tripod....you won't make it if you can't be without a tripod.
I hope these hints are helpful. I looked at more of your photos and they are blurry. Gotta work on proper holding of the camera and using the right lens.
I have only been photographing for 2 weeks, but I think the advice will help:
look at the eyes:
look at the eyes of the photo I took yesterday of my daughter:
child moving is no excuse. Look at this picture that I took over the weekend she was moving like crazy flopping her hands around and look at the picture of her eye (the other one is not in focus because I purposely kept that out of the Depth of view). You will get this type of shot when the eyes are not in the same plane:
I'm no professional by any means but not a focused image is trash imho. You could always try using a monopod too if that helps...and make sure you are using a single focus point and not recomposing unless absolutely necessary.
2) People keep mentioning the "crooked" shot - it was crooked for a reason. And the landscape view for a reason. People in this area do like to have a tilt on certain photos for a certain affect - to each their own I guess. In that shot - it was about both the landscape - the area where the parents were married and a little product of that marriage just sitting under the trees. Thank you for your feedback - I've had enough and don't think I'll be checking in on this thread anymore these were just 2 samples of thousands of photos I've taken over the years - and I already said it was a bad photoshoot....maybe next time I'll post ones that are sharper and better eyes - I have many of those as well - just wanted share these for a reason.....
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