First flower photos. Critique?

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    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Here are my first photos taken with photography in mind. They are of flowers around my house and the neighbors front yard. What do you think? :D

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    I might increase the depth of field a little bit (smaller aperature, bigger f/stop number). This would bring more of the flower into focus. Don't go too crazy or you'll get all the background stuff, too... :) Just maybe not QUITE as tight as you have it here.
     
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    DOF is important in some cases. What you want to do is get more of the flower in the pic clear, and blur the background.

    Kinda like this:
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    Bees are of course optional ;-)
     
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    Ok lol :lol:. Keep in mind, I am using a 6.0 megapixel P&S, however I think it does have manual controls. I just need to learn to fool around with them. I actually took a lot of pics, but these were the best and most in focus. Its very hard to get the flower perfectly in focus using the macro mode, so should I try manually focusing it from now on, or stick with the macro?
     
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    Gorgeous
     
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    Wow, considering the camera, those are some great pics! I would say stick to the automatic focus, but try taking the picture as soon as you hear the beep; if you so much as breathe, it can make the picture out of focus.

    Great pics, keep it up!
     
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    Not bad at all for an ultra-compact P&S. Just try to increase the depth of field a bit by stopping down to around f/4.5. Low DOF is good but the subject must remain in focus.


    For now, just try any manual controls that you can find. However, get an SLR; when people say that the camera doesn't matter, they mean that you don't need a Canon EOS-1Ds or a Nikon D3, an XTi or 40D or D40 etc. will do. They don't mean that an ultra-compact will be a good choice. Nevertheless, you can make great images even with a P&S.

    Keep up the good work!
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I will most likely be getting an advanced P&S or a DSLR soon, I'm just getting my feet wet, and seeing what I can do with what I have. However, the manual focus is very hard to use, especially when you're looking at it on a 2 inch LCD in bright sunlight. I just used the macro focus for this, however it seemed to work out well. Hopefully, I'll have more up later.
     
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    I think they're beautiful. But then again, I'm a sucker for beautiful flowers:wink:
     

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