Did some exploring at a children's ward the other day, but as it was an unexpected explore (as they usually are), I didn't have my tripod with me and had to go handheld. I really felt lost without the ability to take long exposures, so I'd like to know how to improve. Thing is, it did allow me to get a little more creative with the angles than I have before, so I might shoot handheld more often if I can learn how to do it well enough.
There is nothing wrong with these shots DOARope. The only thing i find a little off is #2. The framing is a little off. Love the lighting in #1 and 4 is straight and framed nicely. The textures of the wallpaper and brick are cool and well represented in the last shot/ Overall a nice Set. You did handheld well. I never have used a tripod myself. I know a lot of shooters prefer it, but, i find it something else to carry and worry about.
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All shots; stop that bitch down even if you need to bump up the ISO setting. Most lens are sharpest at f/5.6-8 The exception to this are lens like the 70-200 L which is sharpest wide open at f/2.8, a rarity.
No need for a tripod if brace the cam/lense directly on a solid object like a door frame, wall, etc. I've used ladders and rolling step carts that were at MAB for this. Stop bringing my tripod altogether. Use a small bush towel to rest the cam on and help keep it clean. After 2 or 3 shooting sessions you'll love this shooting style. You need to have good technique and a steady hand/shutter release. Reshoot shots if in doubt about shake, takes only seconds. Shoot from any height or angle needed to frame/compose it; no limitations, fast set ups.
#1 as above and the tone curve isn't optimized for the interior. Cam metering setting may not be optimized but it looks more like to tone curve. Always shoot RAW on critical images.
#2 Not squared off, get in tighter on the doorway, exposure too low and/or tone curve off.
#3 Square it off... not liking the framing or composure. Otherwise for this subject a f2.8 setting might work for it. Experiment with multiple f/settings per shot. Get a feel for the lense.
#3 & 4 are keepers. Dial in the tone curve and bump up the saturation. Keep an eye on the WB.
Canon DPP software is easy to use and powerful. Get a copy from a Canon shooter if you can. Great for slamming in a tone curve and basic post processing adjustments. It probably will not work for editing Sony RAWs though.
AMAZING LOCATION! I don't know what you're using as far as the camera, but a good habit when doing handheld for me is to have the level in my display. It has taught me that I have a tendency to lean a little to the right all the time, but now I just get the focus, look at the level, and shoot. Like blackhawk said, use whatever you can. I had to go with this gem after a 3 mile hike and my tripod broke. It was a saddle holder.
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