New to photography. C&C First shot

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  1. booshie

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    Nikon d40. I picked it up today. Tell me what I need to change.
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    I have a black pug too. He's been my photo model on many days. :)
     
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    You focused on the nose, and generally you want to have the eyes as the focal point. Also, not many people can make the on-camera flash look good as it's very white (and it's not having a good effect on the eyes). Try using natural lighting to soften the appearance and take the contrast down a bit.

    Congrats on the new cam BTW!
     
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    When dealing with pets it's easier to get a good composition when your on their level. Pop-up flashes are especially harsh on short hair animals.

    The best thing you can do is read a book. Most people recommend "Understanding Exposure". I also liked "Digital Photography Simplified". It's a quick read packed with useful information.

    great lighting = great photo
     
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    Hehe just great model heh.

    Ps. U can use Photoadder.com to host your photos.
     
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    I'd probably use the dodge/burn tool in your PP, to clean up the eyes a little.
     
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    It's not about setting, but I think that the hand in the upper left is distracting. It's pointing at me. What did I do?!

    Also, I agree that natural light would help. The highlights are too white.
     

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