First outing with 40D

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    It finally stopped raining for a little while and my 50mm just came so I got a chance to go outside for the first time with my new 40d, my first slr that I got yesterday. So I know they are flowers which are soo common but that was all I had a chance to shoot, besides myself in the classic mirror shot. C&C, greatly appreciated, Thanks! Oh ya, they were all taken with my 50mm
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    Oh wow those are huge, if anybody wants me to make them smaller I will
     
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    please do make them smaller. A good size is about 800 pixels on the longest side.
     
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    OK, the smaller ones will be up in the morning, time for me to hit the hay for tonight, they are uploading but it takes a while, so look for them tomorrow, they should be up
     
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    Please resize your photos --- when your tomorrow has arrived. OK.
    But at 1944px wide they are WAAAAYYY too large for proper viewing. As a rule of thumb 800x533px (horizontal pic) or 800x600px has proved to be the best viewable picture size.
     
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    camera shake and out of focus on #1
     
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    Why does number 5 look so HDR, I wish I could recreate that look in other shots
     
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    I don't know, but you still need to resize or remove the photos from the first post. It takes too long to load and is annoying. I'll revisit later to look at the photos.
     
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    Ok I deleted the repost and edited the first one
     
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    All of them but the last seem underexposed to me. Also don't be afraid to use a smaller aperture. When using a large aperture like F1.8 if you reframe very much after focusing, you'll miss focus a lot. I had the same problem while getting used to my 50mm f1.8. You have to be very careful with such a Shallow DOF to keep the things in focus that you want.

    While I'm not really familiar with Canon's setups, what Focus mode were you using? When shooting really shallow DOF I always use a single point focus and move it to the focus point closest to the subject in my framing (if that makes sense the way I said it).
     
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    Ya that makes sense, I was actually manually focusing, which may be the problem, it was my first go at actually takin pictures with manual focus, maybe I should stick to auto focus. If I keep manually focusing and getting used to it, will manual eventually become easier and better than auto focus?
     
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    Overall, I think that for your first outing with your first DSLR that you are going to be taking great photos in no time. I think your flower shoots are on the verge of perfect. Maybe some composition tweaks (or crops) as well as what the others have mentioned. I am curious what mode you were shooting in, or if you have previous experience with photography, because your first time looks 100 times better than my first time did!

    Congrats,

    Derrick
     

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