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First time pictures.

Until quite recently I was the point and shoot kind of photographer.

Anyway since I git my Oly450, I have been exploring other avenues. I am still experimenting with settings etc.

The following 3 (poor) shots were taken at the weekend.

Please take a look, and being new to this treat me gently and tell my exactly how bad they are and where I may be going wrong.

Image 1 Flower.
Has been cropped to remove 1" approx all way round the border.



Image 2 Sunset.
Photoshoped to remove a stray bird from the midle of the image.



Image 3 Red Tree
Not touched.

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Re: First time pictures.

I'm in the same place as you but for what it's worth I think the first 2 are the better ones, though I'd have left the bird in...

Remember, they're your photos and if you're pleased with them then that's what it's all about
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Re: First time pictures.

The bird was more a speck than a recognisable object..

The third one is my problem. The sky is just completly wrong. I could photoshop it but I really need to learn how to use my camera.
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Re: First time pictures.

I agree it's a problem so much we could do if only we knew how to do it lol
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The first shot could do with being closer to the flower, to get less background.
The second shot you could have used an ND Grad Filter to hold back the exposure in the sky, thus making the light in the foreground & sky more even.
The third picture is a great Autumn shot.

I hope these are the type of comments you were after, please do remember this is only my personal opinion!
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Re: First time pictures.

I agree with Edward's comments entirely. In terms of pic 3 I would add that I always advocate that you get in as close as possible ( see the whites of their eyes - as I like to call it! ) BUT there are times when a few steps backwards can result in a better picture,unless of course there was another reason you couldn't step back.
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Re: First time pictures.

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I hope these are the type of comments you were after, please do remember this is only my personal opinion!
Those are exactly the kind of comments I was after.

The flower can always be croped in photoshop.

As yet I do not have any filters but understand the concept.

I was very critical of the third shot. I felt that the sky was "washed out".
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Re: First time pictures.

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I agree with Edward's comments entirely. In terms of pic 3 I would add that I always advocate that you get in as close as possible ( see the whites of their eyes - as I like to call it! ) BUT there are times when a few steps backwards can result in a better picture,unless of course there was another reason you couldn't step back.


There was indeed a good reason. There was a great big gazebo thing in the way as can be seen in this shot from a slightly different angle. The gazebo is in the bottom left.

Might add that it was quite a windy day.

To my eye the sky was much better on this.

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Re: First time pictures.

Picture 3 - I see what you mean,I thought as much. But you seem hooked up on tthe sky for some reason.

You need to find out which camp you are in :

Pureist - Wiil say leave everything alone. You must ensure that you get it right in camera first time.

Realist - Nothing is quite as it appears,so they are prepared to make any adjustment(s) after the event so much the better.

As a pureist,turned realist I hope that you will end up the latter camp.

Enjoy and learn taking the actual shots. As you move forward you will in all probability get into Photoshop or one of its other offshoots - then you can start making the adjustments you seem so keen on trying to achieve now.

When you skill level increases you can go back and 'enhance' those shots later.
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Re: First time pictures.

I hope you don't mind but I cheated and took a screenshot of your sunset, cropped off some of the foreground and loaded it to my gallery.

Trouble is I think I've broken my gallery now so I can't put the picture in this thread.

You've already had good advice, the only think I could suggest is to take care where you're focusing with the little cyclamen. You'll need to use either the single centre spot or choose one of the other two, because you need at least one part of the flower in sharp focus. The flowers move a lot in the slightest breeze too, which is surprising for something that looks so sturdy.

Also, try to make sure you keep the EXIF data with your pictures, it'll help other people see what you're doing and they'll be able to give you more specific advice.
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Re: First time pictures.

I do not mind at all. Please feel free.

I am here to learn so anything done will help.

I attached the sunset picture as aZIP file should you wish to be creative with it. (please remember to run a virus check)

I thought the EXIF data was intact. I used "save as" as I thought that preserved the data..
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Re: First time pictures.

I quite like the sunset (though I have a personal thing about electricty lines - and I try to remove them if I get them in my shot, but its a tricky task)

I like the third one but in my opinion its a bit overexposed, so that is why it may look slightly washed out. You can learn to "think like the camera" with practice and predict how it will react.

In this case I would have asked it for exposure compensation of -0.7 or -1 when I took the picture. This would make the everything darker and make the sky bluer. If you want a fuller explanation I could expand :-)

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