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UER Forum > Archived UE Photo Critiques > First time using my Camera. (Viewed 293 times)
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First time using my Camera.
< on 12/10/2013 2:39 AM >
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Got my first good camera a few weeks ago and tonight was my first time really using it seriously. I want to learn from you guys on how to take good pictures. I'm still new to manual settings like Shutter Speed, Aperture and the likes.
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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 1 on 12/11/2013 2:27 AM >
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Everyone just bypassing my post. :'(

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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 2 on 12/11/2013 4:40 AM >
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There's never much activity on tree critique forums. They look good for just starting. Keep at it. Abd try different stuff. And practice.

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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 3 on 12/13/2013 2:48 AM >
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I think what you lack is subject matter. While the long exposures are cool with the lights, it's just that, streaks of light. You need to work on you composition. For instance, in image #1, place the person where the eye is going to see him right away. In that image, I barely saw him. Google the rule of thirds and live by that rule until you know when to break it (BTW 95% of your shots will always use it).

Also work on conveying a story. In you shots, I don't know what your trying to tell me. This isn't meant to be harsh, but they're just random shots. What are you trying to show and tell with the officer? Maybe if the officer was in an action shot or looking at something (like a detective) I would want to take a deeper look, but in this instance there's nothing for me to wonder or think about.

Don't worry, everyone who buys a camera goes through this. They get a nice camera and get infatuated with the sharp images and the control they have over a basic point and shoot. As a result, your pleased with a mundane shot. Keep pushing yourself. Spend some time on websites (like Digital Photography School) and learn the basics of photography. You will be please how quickly you develop.

Look forward to seeing your improvements. Keep at it.

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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 4 on 12/13/2013 3:38 AM >
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Posted by Dr_Fu_Manchu



Thank you. That was actually very informative.

So without even knowing it, I've actually done the rule of thirds on 3 and 4. 3 being the focus on the traffic lights that aren't working, and 4 being the utilities truck. Both with low horizons.
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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 5 on 12/13/2013 2:45 PM >
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Posted by UrbanXNick


Thank you. That was actually very informative.

So without even knowing it, I've actually done the rule of thirds on 3 and 4. 3 being the focus on the traffic lights that aren't working, and 4 being the utilities truck. Both with low horizons.


Yes, it seems you have a natural ability. But even though you have done the rule, take it a step further. For instance, in image 3 you have a very low horizon on a third, but above it you have a lot of negative space that isn't helping your composition. If you were trying to convey the sense of smallness or had a very interesting sky it would work, but it doesn't work here.

Keep at it. Work on finding interesting things or find unusual perspectives of common items.

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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 6 on 1/4/2014 8:35 AM >
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You got the long exposures down, but as previously stated by Dr_Fu_Manchu, there's nothing particularly interesting about them. They need more of a visual narrative. That being said, the figure on the right in the first one is nice, though the image might benefit from some cropping and other editing? If I were you I'd slap it in Photoshop and play with it.

Too often people use long exposure as a gimmick. Because it is a cool visual in and of itself, people often think that a photo doesn't need any real content or features besides the fact that it is long exposure. Don't fall into that trap.

The last one came out fairly well I believe, but you could probably up the contrast a bit. Again, play with it in Photoshop. It will help you see what looks better, and then you can apply what you learned in future shoots.

Are you shooting fully manual? Do you have a tripod?

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Re: First time using my Camera.
<Reply # 7 on 1/9/2014 1:41 AM >
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Definitely more subject matter. I think they're good photos otherwise.

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