New guy needs some critiquing please

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  1. indeedies

    indeedies TPF Noob!

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    I found this site about two weeks ago and have been completely hooked since. This is a great forum! It really makes me want to improve on the little knowledge I have.
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    What I'm really looking for are ways to improve. I'm just now beginning to understand how my camera works but not really sure how to manipulate it to my wantings.

    I have a Nikon D70s with the kit lens and a 55-200mm VR lens. I'm getting the 50mm 1.8 in a few weeks for my birthday and if I were to get another one for Christmas what do you think is best.

    And on more question; what's the best way to post from Flickr? I'm new to that site as well and the previous post I saw on this subject didn't work. I was unable to right click on the image to retrieve the URL.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    Nevermind about the posting from Flickr. I think I have a grasp on it now ;)
     
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    Eventer TPF Noob!

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    They are all brillient i love the lighting in the 2nd photo :D
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Number 1 is just a snapshot. Cute kid but image is nothing special.
    Number 2, I like the backlighting on the tree - good job in capturing it. Although it isn't poping out if you were to flash it from behind, it is still nice.
    Number 3 - RAINBOW!!! :)

    Keep it up
     
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    2-nicely seen,and captured. 3-rainbow with lighthouse (?) in background-nicely captured. 1-snapshot that will become a treasured memory someday. Making the camera bend to your will--that takes only 2 or 3 years to learn, and a lifetime to master, I suppose.

    Next lens? For a D70s. I am going to suggest an odd choice, but I think the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DF macro in Nikon's AF-D focusing system would be a good choice as a very unusual, capable lens. For $110 less money, the Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AF-D would be a smaller,lighter, less-bulky option.

    .Sigma 24mm f/1.8. - a set on Flickr
     
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    I thought #1 was good, it didn't come across as a snapshot to me. The focus on the eyes is good and the angle is interesting.

    Also, I love #2, its just nice to look at :)
     
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    All good.

    First one has great exposure, I just think you should have taken it down at the kid's level. As a general rule, you shouldn't shoot down on people when shooting portraits.

    Second one is great. Might want to play around with the composition some, put more of the tree in the frame maybe.

    Third one is really cool, needs a bit more light on her face though.
     
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    1. nice
    2. nice
    3. needs fill light. good rainbow though.
     
  9. IgsEMT

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    This is why it is a snapshot. It basically seems like you called the kid's name, he looked up, and you snapped it. There is nothing wrong with playing with camera angles but certain situations are more appropriate then others for so called 'portraiture'.
     
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    Who says you have to follow a certain set of rules in order to take a picture of somebody? Personally I find the angle makes it a more interesting shot than if it were shot at eye level. Clearly he wasn't going for an eye-level traditional portrait.
     
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    Beautiful child, great memory. But not a great photo. Angle is akward. Good kid shots mean getting down the the level of the child.
    Lovely scene, good lighting, I like.
    #3 Lots of problems for me. Very busy, what is the picture? Rainbow or girl? Girl cut off at akward spot. Nope, not a bragger, IMHO.
     
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    #2 is an amazing photo. Not sure how many times that a cloud of gnats, few down feathers or dandelion floaters all hanging on a breeze; but you certainly captured the things lighter than air. Unless those are dust particles during a scan of prints? :)
     

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