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I came to this after my thread was robospambombed and yes, the irony is indeed overwhelming.
Wow, thanks everyone for the insight!
I am in the middle of learning all of the settings on my camera and how to switch them quickly to accommodate the shot so yes, while I try not to shoot everything in auto a lot of my stuff is all over the place as far as my settings are concerned. I tend to get snap happy and forget. So, this feedback is gold to me because I really have been struggling with the numbers.
I am paying more attention to the AF dots (and not leaving it on the center) but still struggling to get crisp shots.
My 50mm is really bad-I thought it was me just not knowing what I was doing but I’ve used it in manual mode and even with trying to focus it by hand it is really stiff at one spot so I imagine that does not help with auto-I keep falling back on my kit lens because of it. Apparently that lens (the plastic canon model) has an issue with that. I also have a 70-300 sigma that I shy away from for portraits because I’ve found it likes tri-pods. I have a tri-pod, but for kids I like some mobility. I can’t justify buying a better lens right now unless I know how to use my camera inside and out with my cheap lenses. I figure it’s 40%lens/60% user error until I get more knowledgeable.I’ll go back to it and play around a bit more. Fortunately I have lots of friends with nothing but smartphone pics of them so they aren’t quite as picky when I use them for practice.
The bridge I was just more focused on the lines and not the whole picture-I thought it looked a little blue but since it was just shot real quick while walking I didn’t pay enough attention! *noted*
And emf-I cannot believe I have never noticed the shirt tag! Yes, she has the nursery set up in a nautical theme so that was the point of the wave (aside from giving me an excuse to try painting on her belly) I noticed the cell phone when I posted it here and cringed because I actually did a lot of work to remove a pile of papers, dirty lamp and remote control from the blue area in the upper right corner! Sheesh. I try to limit my post-editing because I feel that defeats the purpose of learning the camera and don’t want to rely on it. Same with the pipe coming out of Xavier’s head-never ever noticed that. (it was actually 5:30 pm during fall hours-not sure why it said a.m because no.)But, that’s why I’m here-I need people with the right knowledge to pick this stuff apart for me.
Thanks, EyeDoc-and no, no medical TIA. Maybe ICP…intracranial pressure after trying to find some of my “best” to present 🙂 I don’t have a photography page so I had to sort through my laptop to hunt down my favs.
Yes, I’ve just recently started using an off-camera flash but am still a little intimidated by it indoors because I had grown so accustomed to just not using a flash and relying on natural light. I think only two of those show a flash being used. I DO still shoot in JPG…Last time I tried a RAW converter it flipped all my photos on their side so I decided to hold off on that and focus on learning my manual settings/ getting consistent sharpness first even if my lenses are a bit…um…cheap.
I would like to eventually accept payment for photography,(naturally since I’m the one with the decent camera in my circle) but am not devoted enough to the business end of it and really don’t plan to be for quite some time-I have other artistic endeavors that take up a lot of energy but have grown to love the art of taking a great photo in itself. So, I’ll take interesting as an up-note and work on color consistency. I tend to have a flair for rich, nearly over-saturated photos because in paintings that works.
Now see, those are more strategic and when I think of them in a frame (on a wall or desk) the only one that made me wonder was the XO family shot. In those examples the tilt isn’t extreme and yes, to straighten out the eyes or add an angle to another element in the shot I see it can work under the right circumstances.
It’s seems to be something that needs to be practiced with outside of professional work, though. I was trying to find a relevant example of the photo I saw and this is all I could come up with, lol only with closely cropped baby…who was also crooked. http://laughingsquid.com/tilt-photo-series-of-people-leaning-in-a-tilted-new-york-city/ Whether it’s framed horizontally or vertically you would have to really tip your head to see the subject. The baby was cute enough to not need a bunch of creative help 🙂
Yes, I was pretty bummed I still managed to cut her toe off a bit 🙂
Thanks for that, Cameraclicker-I do like that better. I feel as though there are already enough angles behind her so having her on an angle was overkill. I agree she’s a bit washed out-I’m still learning about the editing process. Does the boardwalk seems a little too cool, also?
I did get the vibe over the photographers photo that she was trying out the “creative perspective” point because instead of making the subject pop (she tends to oversparkle eyes sometimes, imho) it made the subject harder to see because it was confusing. But again, I’m no pro so I didn’t know if it was my lack of knowledge or the picture.
So now I will have a better idea for if/when the tilt is okay to use when I’m out and about dabbling in movement. I mainly use my photos as references for future paintings so the criteria is different-meaning doesn’t have to be a perfect overall photo, lol but a decent one helps.
Lol, @Worst Case scenario-that doesn’t bother me. It isn’t too crooked and they look fun and a bit crazy anyway so it works. Thanks for the feedback, all-I guess I need to branch out 🙂 I don’t want to call out the person who posted the diagonal baby but it was enough to make me finally sign up and ask you all about it. Her photos are good, it was just that one that made me think “Really?”
This is the photo I took a while back that I can’t decide if I like or not. Well, of course my mommy goggles add to the issue-but as a photo in general. There are a lot of lines.