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First real venture into photography
< on 10/12/2015 12:53 AM >
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Hey guys, I just got my new camera, and have started trying to get more artsy with my photos. These are all taken at the radar base I visited this weekend, and for anyone curious to see more of just the raw location my thread is in photography. Can't wait to be told how to improve! (I left the metadata in tact for anyone who wants to be more specific)















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Re: First real venture into photography
< Reply # 1 on 10/12/2015 2:12 AM >
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1 is probably my favorite of the bunch. 12 has potential to be cool if it was more sharply focused.

I went ahead and quickly edited a few.

Concentrate of focus. some of these are soft. Focus is one of the most important aspects of an image. almost everything else can be fixed but if a image is out of focus you're screwed.

Exposure keep an eye on your range. try to narrow the relationship between highlights and shadows. Your pic 13 is a good example. towers are bright but the bottom and right side of the photo is dark and murky.

Also, composition. Watch your lines. fill your frame. take your time and think about what your trying to say and where you're trying to lead the viewers eye. Honestly most of these are simply boring. They snap shots not photos.

keep at it though. I have seen a few people here over the years progress from where you're at to excellent photographers.

the quick edits are merely an example and hopefully will help you look at things differently

You're welcome to shoot me a PM if you have questions.
You can take a look through my posts to see some of my work.

1. (simply crop and exposure adjustment and sharpening)

2. (fill the frame. everything else in the photo was noise. although its still boring IMO)

3. (a little crop and exposure adjustment)

4. (straightened to exemplify watching your lines)

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Re: First real venture into photography
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I'll echo what speed said, especially in regards to your subject matter. I can take a picture of a potato and that picture can have incredibly interesting composition, be perfectly focused with spot on exposure, but at the end of the day it's still just a picture of a potato. Uninteresting subject matter makes for uninteresting photographs no matter how technically well done.


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Re: First real venture into photography
< Reply # 3 on 10/13/2015 2:45 AM >
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I agree with what Speed has said. I disagree with TD on content, but you're not at the stage where you could make a potato fascinating so try to pick compelling content. I can't stress enough the importance of composition. As speed said, a lot of these look snap shotty. Taking the time to straighten things like horizons, buildings, and doorways, correcting exposure, framing out unnecessary things, etc.. That all makes a HUGE difference in the outcome. My advice for you at this point would be to slow down. Really take a look at what's around you. Don't just shoot everything, be a little picky. Shoot only what you find compelling and know what aspects it is about the element that you find compelling so you can emphasize the subject through your lens.

Also, there is no exif data on these. I prefer to look at exif data because when I know what you're using and how you're using it I can give more specific feedback. Based on the quality of these photos, I'm guessing you're using a point and shoot. It would be nice to know at least what camera you're using.

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