First time shooting in Manual! C&C Welcomed

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  1. ChristinaW

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    So I've had my camera for a little less than a month. I have been learning as much as I can, and I just bought the book understanding exposure. It came in the mail yesterday and I read three chapters so far, right before I was going to take some pictures of my friends son for his Senior pictures.. I shot in manual and I'm so excited and proud of myself.. a little giddy..

    I have found though that I'm cutting off his elbows or shoulder.. I am wondering if it has anything to do w/ my glasses?? I wear those smaller glasses where if you look up I can't see.. I found that when I was trying to look at the meter it was a pain and then to look back at what I was taking. Anyone else have smaller glasses and having issues or is just me? Guessing I should try my contacts and see if I still do it..



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    Almost all photos of standing people should be
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    You're right some of the photos look to me like they are a little out of focus #2 and #3 are definately a little grainy, IMO your first pic is the best. In #4 the guy kind of looks like he's emo, no offense just an opinion and what I get out of this. Shooting in manual really takes practise and a good eye.

    What I would do since I have glasses as well, except mine are for far away objects, (i'm near sighted). I would definately try out contacts, just something where you can really look clearly through the viewfinder without anything obstructing your vision.
    All in all I think you are well on your way, just practise practise and practise a little more. Definately keep reading the book you got that will definately help you out.
    Hope this helps a little, and good luck in the future!
     
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    echoyjeff222 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    the sign in the background of #3 distracts for me. my eye went straight there for some reason.
     
  5. ChristinaW

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    Ty! #1 is my fav as well.. lol not sure why you see emo in 4.. prob his hair?
    I however now see some blurry parts, I didn't see before! I need to train my eyes to look at every part of the picture for that. I go directly to his face to see what it looks like... I will try contacts next time and see if it goes better..



    Echo - I think it does as well.. ty... I think maybe because it's red?
     
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    The last one is my favorite of the bunch... But I agree it could benifit from a vertical framing... for example...

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    Yeah I think just because of the hair and the pose together. Kind of remind me of an emo kid I saw. Sorry just my opinion.
     
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    And the great thing about rules is once you learn them you can break em. Where would the environmental portrait be if they were all shot vertical?

    If I were you I would have shot #4 so I was flush against that siding and used the siding as a leading line to him. Just an idea though. I'm not you.

    Another comment is a few of them look under exposed. I looked at one and it said you were in pattern exposure mode. I would have personally shot it in spot, to meter for him and his skin and not worried so much if my background was a little hot.
    A tip I know is try to find your open shade, under a try or from a side of a building. Sure you background might be a little hot, but meter for the subject and it will turn out.

    As for your glasses you made need a diopter adjusting eye piece.
     
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    First time on manual,.....I think you do good.
     
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    What is pattern exp. Mode... where iss that on my camera...again still learning...
    Busrider..ty i like that.. i will get the hang of it someday .. need to remember to try diff crops in pp...

    Bram..we all have our opinions not a big deal to me just thought it was funny u saw it that way... i think it was last year i had to look up emo to see what it was..and the sad part is i am not that old...
     
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    Ty will do when i get home..on my phone now otherwise i would of looked it up before asking.. lol didnt know there was more thsn one meter mode....haha. ...i have canon
     

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