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My first photo up for critique
ISO 200, F/6.3, 1/125
I have been taking pictures for years but am just now trying so hard to learn the proper settings. I feel when I get a decent shot then it's out of "luck." I'm the "friend with a camera" that everyone calls to take pictures. I don't think they are good enough and I want to learn the right settings. I have played and played with my settings and watched video after video but something is not clicking with me
Not sure best way to post photos - tried the attachments below where it says to add file but that didn't work. Trying another way...
Sure thing, a nice photograph.
You want a first critique, well i can give you that. Do not be mad on my words, because they are only ment to help you.
Even though, i like the light, its a little too much. Maybe if you set yout shutter speed a little faster, it would be a little better.
It looks like you recomposed your image after locking your autofocus in. Its a little out of focus. Try for the next time to get a steady position, place the camera firmly in your hands. Aim for you target, lock the focus on the eyes (The red dots in the viewfinder) if its locked in on the eyes, then click the shutter.
I like the bokeh in your image and i really think, that when you locked your focus better, the image would really pop!, the sun is giving a nice seperation of the subject in the background so you did that all well!
What program dit u use for post processing? There is some vignetting in it which is ok, but i am curious with what you editted this, because i cannot see any EXIF info on your image
I have faced another problem by studying myself. When i picked up my camera, i was full of own ideas. Then i found a guy with a lot of hair on Youtube and followed and watched all the videos..
Really, my inspiration was really high because i wanted, but i was trying so hard to get a perfect shot, that i couldnt manage to get it...
When i relaxed... and let the videos beside me for a while, i was able to do it my own way with back in my mind the information that people had given me..
So.. Too much studying can be not good too...
Lets talk about this... You know, how about this one.
Look for what you are photographing. Don't think a while about the ISO and the noise.
If you are shooting sports, decide what kind of shutter speed you need to use to get you your image. If you want to freeze the action, stay above the 1/500. If your light meter is not in the middle, try to adjust your aperture and iso setting to it.
If you want depth of field, first set your aperture and then set your shutter speed and iso.
Maybe this is a way to photograph for you. This is the way i do my photographing
Good luck and keep shooting!
Yes, when you are shooting certain objects or people where you need a certain depth of field in (seperation of the background) you have to decide which apperture you are using. Because when you set your shutterspeed, you have to compensate with your apperture. And thats something you dont want because when you want a certain depth of field, you need to first set your apperture, and then compensate with your shutted speed and ISO
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