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Xiketic 


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"Olde" Style Houses
< on 11/30/2019 10:24 PM >
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Hello! I visited a failed development full of "olde tyme" styled homes. I was trying to capture the charm of these ruins and would like some tips on my photography. These are all unedited (I have practically no editing experience) so any tips on that would be welcome as well!











Also I was having trouble getting the foreground and background to be in focus here.





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< Reply # 1 on 12/2/2019 3:37 AM >
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Nice pictures. There are a few little things I would do differently but they're more concepts than specific things and would take way too long to explain. For the last one, you need to close down the aperture. You'll need to be in aperture or manual mode for this, and you just need to make the F value higher. Personally though, I think it would look best with just the foreground in focus.

Once you start editing your pictures, make sure you're shooting in RAW. This will give you the most flexibility in adjustments and help you save otherwise unusable shots.

Just keep shooting and learning new things and your pictures will get better every time.



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< Reply # 2 on 12/2/2019 10:17 PM >
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Overall you're doing pretty well. As time goes on you'll get better and better at framing subjects. Don't be afraid to try different techniques and compositions which subjects. Do what feels right and you'll set your own path for it.




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< Reply # 3 on 12/3/2019 5:20 AM >
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There are a few little things I would do differently but they're more concepts than specific things and would take way too long to explain. For the last one, you need to close down the aperture. You'll need to be in aperture or manual mode for this, and you just need to make the F value higher. Personally though, I think it would look best with just the foreground in focus.

Once you start editing your pictures, make sure you're shooting in RAW. This will give you the most flexibility in adjustments and help you save otherwise unusable shots.


I shoot in RAW because I was told to despite all the space it takes up
My aperture was f13. I thought that was pretty high. How high do you usually need to go for that kind of foreground/background shot? If you want to share concepts that would be much appreciated too!

Posted by 08j23
Overall you're doing pretty well. As time goes on you'll get better and better at framing subjects. Don't be afraid to try different techniques and compositions which subjects. Do what feels right and you'll set your own path for it.


Thanks! I've been experimenting and hopefully will slowly improve.




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So, I did some quick edits, I think might help. Best to get framing and exposure right when you're taking your shot. But, whatever.

If you aren't going to edit at all, no need to shoot raw. You can set up your jpegs to look kind of how you want in camera. But you won't have much left to work with if you did want to edit.



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AT f13, you could focus on the skates, or at least closer to the skates, and the buildings would have been either in focus, or acceptably so.



watch your vertical lines. These edits aren't perfect, but making them straighter, and... isolating the subjects a bit more.




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< Reply # 5 on 12/11/2019 3:47 PM >
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So, I did some quick edits, I think might help. Best to get framing and exposure right when you're taking your shot. But, whatever.

If you aren't going to edit at all, no need to shoot raw. You can set up your jpegs to look kind of how you want in camera. But you won't have much left to work with if you did want to edit.

AT f13, you could focus on the skates, or at least closer to the skates, and the buildings would have been either in focus, or acceptably so.

watch your vertical lines. These edits aren't perfect, but making them straighter, and... isolating the subjects a bit more.


You're doing god's work randomesquephoto!

Xiketic, first of all, that location looks amazing. Second, your framing is good, about as good as mine, so I can't offer any advice there. But third, editing is the key to all of this. Every professional photo you've ever seen was edited, and the more professional looking photos on here are all edited too. I'm not professional quality with my work, but I do have a few pointers for you.

Shooting RAW definitely is the way to go, otherwise stuff's gonna turn into a mess of jagged blocks and noisy pixels when you edit it. First thing you want to do when editing is straightening/leveling out the pictures, as it's hard to actually get a camera level when you take a picture. Then you want to decide how detailed you want the brighter and darker parts of your picture to be. Turning down the highlights will bring out more detail in stuff like the sky, and turning up the shadows will bring out details in places like inside windows and under canopies. Messing with color is also a great way to make photos look cooler than normal. Playing with different white balances can make it look like the weather or time of day was a little different, and changing the vibrance can make your picture look older and more weathered, or brighter and more joyful.

Those are just a handful of editing pointers I know, there's a lot I left out but that should be enough to get started on. Also randomesquephoto is right, it's generally better to have the foreground in focus than the background. Anyway, I can't wait to see more photos from you!




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Thanks for the help randomesquephoto and ciano!

Randomesquephoto, I like what you did with the colors. How did you do that?




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Thanks for the help randomesquephoto and ciano!

Randomesquephoto, I like what you did with the colors. How did you do that?



I did quick edits in Snapseed in my cell phone. The tone of the photos I just made them a little warmer.




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