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Old 05-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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New to photography. Lots of recent pics. Comments/opinions welcome!

well about a month ago, I picked up a Canon T2i (550D). I'm completely new to photography and have been learning as I've been going. I'd like to take some form of a photography class, or get together with someone that knows a lot about this stuff, and pick their brain/shoot w/them. So far, I've just been pestering my friends to let me take pictures of them. haha

here's some pictures I've taken. Any and all comments, constructive criticism, opinions are welcome. I'm very new to this, and eager to learn, and to hear what people think about my work.

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showing his new bottom two front teeth.



in my pops turnout pants, boots, and suspenders.



in my pops turnouts jacket. hella reminds me of little rascals :bowrofl:



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You've got some cool looking pictures there. Try picking up a couple books. Some of the highly recommended ones are Understanding Exposure and The Photographer's Eye.

A couple questions. Do you shoot in Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, or one of the programs? Also, do you ever use the manual focus, or just the auto?

Manual focus is usually a good tool when you want a dramatic focus in the shot. For instance, you could have used manual focus for that shot with the guy holding the gun and had the camera focus on the end of the muzzle, rather than halfway down the gun.
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You've got some cool looking pictures there. Try picking up a couple books. Some of the highly recommended ones are Understanding Exposure and The Photographer's Eye.

A couple questions. Do you shoot in Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, or one of the programs? Also, do you ever use the manual focus, or just the auto?

Manual focus is usually a good tool when you want a dramatic focus in the shot. For instance, you could have used manual focus for that shot with the guy holding the gun and had the camera focus on the end of the muzzle, rather than halfway down the gun.
Actually I wonder if the tip of the barrel was too close for the lens to focus on...
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Hahaha damn that pic of your arm all bloody is awesome. You is mad buff. I wouldn't mess with you.. *runs*
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You've got some cool looking pictures there. Try picking up a couple books. Some of the highly recommended ones are Understanding Exposure and The Photographer's Eye.

thanks. I'll have to check em out.

A couple questions. Do you shoot in Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, or one of the programs? Also, do you ever use the manual focus, or just the auto?

for all of these pictures taken, the two settings I've used have either been AV (aperture priority), or TV (shutter priority). The ISO setting has been between 200 and 400. Only other things I really play with is the exposure. All of the pictures above, except for the last 3 gun pictures, were auto focus. I tried the manual focus today at the gun range with those pictures. not sure how I feel about them tho.

Manual focus is usually a good tool when you want a dramatic focus in the shot. For instance, you could have used manual focus for that shot with the guy holding the gun and had the camera focus on the end of the muzzle, rather than halfway down the gun.
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Actually I wonder if the tip of the barrel was too close for the lens to focus on...
bingo. I think I was a little too close for that. I'm still using the factory lense, so I don't think I'm able to get that close and focus.

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Hahaha damn that pic of your arm all bloody is awesome. You is mad buff. I wouldn't mess with you.. *runs*
hahah that's not me. that was the guy in the purple shirt in some of those pics as well as the grey sweater. I am the guy that took a picture of himself w/the camera. lol
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Great start! You have a photojournalistic eye. Good eye on catching some peak action.

One thing you might want to try is getting other angles. Most of your shots look like they were shot at eye level. Try getting up high, or laying on the ground to get a good low angle. You also might want to just google "rules of composition". Apply those rules, and your shots will be improved quite a bit.

Again, great start though.
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Oh, and Canon = Fail Sauce lol.
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Great start! You have a photojournalistic eye. Good eye on catching some peak action.

One thing you might want to try is getting other angles. Most of your shots look like they were shot at eye level. Try getting up high, or laying on the ground to get a good low angle. You also might want to just google "rules of composition". Apply those rules, and your shots will be improved quite a bit.

Again, great start though.
thanks man. that's a good idea. didn't even think about level changes. I'll have to give that a try and see how they turn out.

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don't say that! haha
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Also, keep an eye out on your white balance

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Also, keep an eye out on your white balance

holy cow. that's crazy. and excuse the newbness, but what you mean keep an eye on it? how/what would I change? camera setting of PS setting?
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