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I'd appreciate any feedback. I want to improve my shots and any advice is appreciated.
















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The shots are good, but they seem to be a little out of focus. Are you using a DSLR or a Point & Shoot?




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The shots are good, but they seem to be a little out of focus. Are you using a DSLR or a Point & Shoot?


DSLR. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I know exactly what you're talking about.




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Try using a tripod and stopping down the aperture some. The tripod will eliminate motion blur, which could be the source of the out of focus look, and the smaller aperture will keep a wider range of the scene in focus and make everything somewhat sharper as well.
Also, 1 and 5 are somewhat underexposed, and 2 doesn't look great because on camera flash pictures almost never look great. 3 is nice, though I can't tell what if anything is in focus, and it could do with some sharpening. I love the composition of 4, though it could also use sharpening. 5 is a great shot besides the exposure, and 6 is a decent shot, though it could use some contrast and sharpening.




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Try using a tripod and stopping down the aperture some. The tripod will eliminate motion blur, which could be the source of the out of focus look, and the smaller aperture will keep a wider range of the scene in focus and make everything somewhat sharper as well.
Also, 1 and 5 are somewhat underexposed, and 2 doesn't look great because on camera flash pictures almost never look great. 3 is nice, though I can't tell what if anything is in focus, and it could do with some sharpening. I love the composition of 4, though it could also use sharpening. 5 is a great shot besides the exposure, and 6 is a decent shot, though it could use some contrast and sharpening.


Thanks. I need to order a tripod because I used to borrow one from my school and to this point I've just neglected to buy one of my own. I'll try changing the aperture too. I have to say since the flash photo was taken I've gotten a lot better at night shots because I've gotten better at not needing a flash. But I'm still not great at them and that's something I really want to improve




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Thanks. I need to order a tripod because I used to borrow one from my school and to this point I've just neglected to buy one of my own. I'll try changing the aperture too. I have to say since the flash photo was taken I've gotten a lot better at night shots because I've gotten better at not needing a flash. But I'm still not great at them and that's something I really want to improve


You don't need a tripod for shoots 1/30th or greater but technique is everything. Bracing the cam on solid object be it a wall, chair, whatever and having a smooth shutter release is all you need. Using a towel between the cam and surface helps.
Reshoot anytime you suspect shake.

You can also handhold and brace your body to something solid. The heavier the cam and lense are, the easier it is to control shake; inertia.
Pro cams are easier to shoot with because of not just better handholds but the extra weight of the cam.




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1/30 handheld is not easy. With a tripod, you can close up your aperture, get more in focus, and eliminate camera shake.
As long as you have a tripod and the time, you'll get a sharp shot, no matter the amount of light.




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1/30 handheld is not easy. With a tripod, you can close up your aperture, get more in focus, and eliminate camera shake.
As long as you have a tripod and the time, you'll get a sharp shot, no matter the amount of light.


Lower limit is 1/10th of a second but that's hard.
At 1/60th it's quite easy if you're bracing it as described. Longer lense barrels are easier to use like this. 1/30th is doable.

This method works better than a monopod but obviously not as well as a tripod with a shutter release. The trade off is mobility, speed, and many times a greater range of shooting heights/angles. It gets enough keepers to offset the time wasted with a tripod.

Critical low light shots; tripod. Things can and do go wrong with tripods. Heavier or weighted tripods are better. Heavy wood ones are ideal for dampening vibration. Shutter release or use to timer to avoid release shake.
Your limited to the height range of the tripod.
Tripods are great for smashing up equipment... one tip over is all it takes.



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Lower limit is 1/10th of a second but that's hard.
At 1/60th it's quite easy if you're bracing it as described. Longer lense barrels are easier to use like this. 1/30th is doable....


Actually, shorter focal lengths are easier to use at slower speeds. You can go really slow with a very wide angle or fisheye, telephoto is a different situation.

The general rule of thumb is 1/"lens focal length", so a 200mm is doable handheld by most at about 1/200. With VR, proper bracing and/or breathing techniques, you could probably go down to 1/100 handheld but I wouldn't go any lower.



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Actually, shorter focal lengths are easier to use at slower speeds. You can go really slow with a very wide angle or fisheye, telephoto is a different situation.

The general rule of thumb is 1/"lens focal length", so a 200mm is doable handheld by most at about 1/200. With VR, proper bracing and/or breathing techniques, you could probably go down to 1/100 handheld but I wouldn't go any lower.


With my 70-200 IS lense I could do 1/100 of a second shots hand held. 3rd generation is even better. That was mostly street shooting and what limits that is more subject movement rather than cam shake. You can also bump up the ISO setting.
Don't be a native ISO nazi...

What is a common problem with low light shots is getting an AF lock. Use a red laser pointer; the cam's AF will lock on like it was daylight. 535nm is best if you can find one.

Don't jack up the aperture setting higher than you need. Try shooting at your lens sweet spot when possible. Most often is about f/5.6 but some are sharpest wide open. Knowing how aperture setting effects lense blur is needed to get the most out of a lense.
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Does anyone have recommendations for a cheap decent tripod? I appreciate the other tips for stabilizing the camera as well.




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Does anyone have recommendations for a cheap decent tripod? I appreciate the other tips for stabilizing the camera as well.


It really depends on your budget. What you're looking for is something with decent sized legs, diameter wise, for stability. Ball head is really nice but low end ones are caca so you might be better off with a pan head instead. Cool features are legs with variable angles and reversible column. I recommend not getting twist lock legs because they get gunked up easily while exploring, flip locks are the best IMO.

My first tripod was an older version of this one, had it a LONG time:
http://www.bhphoto..._Tripod_Black.html

This is what I have now:
http://www.bhphoto...n_tripod_with.html



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This is the one I have:
https://www.amazon...60TR/dp/B000BKOFLY

The reviews aren't great, but it's dirt cheap, sturdy, and not very heavy. I've been using it for years with no problems.




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I recommend not getting twist lock legs because they get gunked up easily while exploring, flip locks are the best IMO.



Nothing wrong with a quality tripod with twist locks. They are easy to clean; jamming them wasn't an issue on mine even in mud.
The twist locks don't catch on objects...

The better tripods should come with a parts manifest. It's important to save that if you need to replace damaged or lost pieces.

Wood is heavy but well damp to vibration; a heavy but stable and durable tripod.
Carbon fiber is light but dampens vibrations well. Many provide a hook to add weight at the base to increase the inertia it's dampening qualities.
Aluminum/metal ones is light but transmit vibrations readily.
Composites are yet another choice. Better dampening than metal but heavier than carbon fiber.

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Ask one of their reps for help, find one there you like and stick with them when you call.
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Fed Ex is better than UPS for shipping cam gear especially cams and optics...




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First one was beautiful just because I love dark stained wood and darker photos




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