My first DSLR picture

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  1. edge0freason

    edge0freason TPF Noob!

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    I just got a d40 a few days ago and this is the first picture i took with it. Comments?


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  2. Hoppy

    Hoppy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Its a good start the colours are nice but it does need brightening a lot
     
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    It's very underexposed. Check the histogram on your camera - do not trust the screen as they usually give a false impression. You'll see the gap in the histogram (on the right). This indicates there's no white pixels - in fact the brightest pixels are a mid grey. If it's dark, let more light in - open the aperture more, increase the ISO or lengthen the shutter speed. If too bright do the opposite.

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    But with some editing on your PC you can restore the image however it would look even better if you got it right first and would save time later.

    Note the histogram shows pixels that range from black (on the left) to white (on the right).

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    If you need more info on exposure look at the Understanding Exposure book by Bryan Petersen which is very informative and will help with understanding your camera more and if you need more info on understanding how to read a histogram look here.

    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/histograms-1/histograms-1.htm

    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/histograms-2/histograms-2.htm

    I realise you are new to this but also read up on the "Rule of Thirds" which will help you with your compositions.

    http://www.silverlight.co.uk/tutorials/compose_expose/thirds.html

    Cheers
    JD
     
  4. edge0freason

    edge0freason TPF Noob!

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    wow, i completly forgot to edit in photoshop.

    yah the thirds rule i didnt think about

    thanks a lot
     
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    EOS_JD TPF Noob!

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    Don't rely on photoshop though. Get it right in-camera first. Shoot and then look atthe histogram on the camera and learn how to read it as different scenes will have different characteristics.
     

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