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    jermyster
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    Hi guys, I’m new to photography, about a couple of weeks into it.  I do not plan on making it my career.  I just became an obsessive passion…I took these photos at the harbor.  they photos have not been edited except the catalina sign so you guys can tell me where i need to compose and so on.

    settings were slow shutter speed at night: 20-30 seconds shutter, iso 100 and F/9 (i think)

    let me know how bad it sucks and what i need to do to change.  The more i know wrong, the better i can improve. 3 photos total

    terminal

    also let me know how to compose these shots better too.

     

    Thanks in advance

    #13993
    snaphappy
    Member

    First thing I noticed, the angle.  If you have to tilt it like that to make an interesting photo, you don’t have an interesting photo.  Also you clipped off the side of the sign. Make sure to get everything in the frame.

    #13995
    jessnaylor6
    Member

    I like the photo. but I also agree don’t crop out the little part of the 95 sign as well

    #13996
    nesgran
    Member

    Far too much tilt, it’d be better to get a different perspective on it. Have you pulled the shadows a lot? I see some pretty horrible banding noise in the shadows which makes me think that

    #13998
    jermyster
    Member

    crap you guys are right, i’m going back to photograph again tonight see if i can get your recommendations in.

    thanks guys.  i think i did pull too much shadows in lightroom

    less tilt, get it all in, dont pull so much shadows.  noted for tonight’s attempt.

    #13999
    ebi
    Member

    Shoot it straight, at dusk and keep shooting it as the light goes down. Try from different angles, try it wider, try it tighter. WHen you edit you can see all the differences and learn from what you’ve shot. And on a tripod as well, so you don’t have to shoot at such a high ISO.

    #14006
    Bill
    Member

    Try what everyone is saying and also try taking the filter off, it creates those extreme star flares when shooting the lights, unless that is what you are going for.

    #14012
    ebi
    Member

    yeah, i find the starbursts very distracting, btw.

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