Is the problem in PP or in the exposure?

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  1. jlykins

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    I just bought a D70 a couple of days ago to go along with my D40, and I took some shots of my kids getting to know the camera. Here are the originals and the final product that I came up with. They just don't look as sharp or as good as they could be. They were both taken with a 55-200 VR in P. Let me know what you think.

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    First, yours:
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    3 things....

    - A little work on getting the right exposure
    - A little sharpening
    - A little work on the composition

    A little exposure work and sharpening:
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    A little creative cropping:
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    It's very basic, but those are areas where you could start to look at, perhaps? Those borders you added are not very complementary to the pics, at least IMHO. :)
     
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    There seems to be alot of noise


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    Where?? He shot with a Nikon D70 at F/4.0 at ISO 200!

    What you may think is noise is just likely bokeh. Noise would NOT even start to be an issue unless he shot over ISO 800 in a dark area WITHOUT a flash.
     
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    If you are wondering if your camera is exposing correctly, and your screen doesn't tell you enough information, check the histogram.

    Also, are you SURE you focused on the eyes? With people/animals, always focus on the eyes for snaps.
     
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    how did you make that border?
     
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    I didn't know that and I was look at the vacum cleaner. Just a personal observation

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    I think that's what I did wrong. It may be too that I'm just comparing apples to oranges. I am shooting with a f4 and most of the "good" portraits that I see are done with a 2.8. I think I need to invest in a 17-55 Bad.

    In photoshop I did a select all, then under the select menu I chose border, set the pixal amount that I wanted, chose the crop tool right clicked and chose "fill" when the menu box poped up I selected Diffuse and black.
     
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    I have shot plenty of great portraits in f4 and up. I have a huge lens collection and I use a 70-200 @f5 for portraits the majority of the time and get outstanding results. But it's all on your opinion on what you want to achieve in each shot. That is the reason for more lenses. The crappiest lens ever made (stated in the reviews for it) Is my every day lens and I get great pics with it. I think it got its bad rep from people who didn't know how to use it! learn your camera and how to acheive the effects you want from different exposures before you go out and buy a ton of lenses. You can buy every lens in the world for your camera and it only gets you as far as your understanding of your camera.
     
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    I agree. The other thing that I think I am doing wrong is shooting in P not manually. I am comfortable doing ambient light photo's in manual but I haven't gotten down how to meter when using a flash. How do you go about it? Do you back it down a stop or two from "correct" on the meter? Is there a book that anyone recomends on doing flash photography?
     
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    first things first have you read understanding exposure? If you have I have no idea why you would even remember that there is a P on your camera
     
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    Yes I have read it twice. The only reason that I use P for anything is I'm not sure about flash and the effects on the settings in manual. I was just reading an article on the Strobist that explained a lot. I am going to play with the flash this weekend and see if I am really understanding what they're saying as far as backing it down two stops from correct on the meter and setting the flash on manual. I have some playing to do, but that's the fun of it... Learning to do it, if we were all pro's we wouldn't have anything to talk about.
     

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