people (walkabout with my new nikkor 18-200)

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  1. barleymalt

    barleymalt TPF Noob!

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    Finally picked up the 18-200 today being used to shooting with the kit 18-55 I must say it was quite a life changing experience. Anyways here are some shots I took. It's my first go at shooting people so please let me know where they need improvement!

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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A good start, but in a word: "Exposure" You need more of it. All of these are under-exposed by anywhere from 1/2 to probably 2 stops. Also, be aware of cropping off small bits of people such as the top of the subject's head in #2, and the elbow in #3. Cropping body parts is fine if you have to, but always try and do it boldly and avoid bisecting limbs at joints, or laterally.

    What metering mode/method did you use for these?
     
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    barleymalt TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for commenting. It must be that I like dark images because people have been telling me I underexpose ever since I started but I still do it on purpose.

    These were shot in manual. Metering was done pretty randomly throughout. Sometimes I just point the camera straight ahead, take a shot and adjust until I find an exposure I like. They looked waay overexposed whenever I listened to the meter and I ended up deleting most of those shots directly.
     
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    3 is my favorite. I love it. A lot of Grit to it. It seems under exposed but I still love it.

    I have been eyeing that same lens for weeks now. Only have the 18-55mm now. Would you say it is a must have? I really really want to be able to invade peoples personal space and take some good pics. Sounds wierd but I love the pics of random unsuspecting victims!
     
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    I can smell your fear in most of these. Don't wait till the pedestrians walk past you before you raise the camera.
    #3 is my favorite, cause I can see his face :thumbup:
     
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    I see what you're saying SwissJ. I still feel a little uneasy about pointing a 200mm lens in someones face as they're going about their business but I guess most people won't really mind.

    And cailin, if you're interested in that lens just do yourself a favor and get it. I was going to get the tamron 18-270 at first until I tried out the Nikkor at the store. The tamron had left me feeling a little bit "meh", while the Nikkor just felt like a dream. So I decided to spend the extra 400 bucks and just eat noodles for a month if I have to..
     
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    You and me both. I'm still working on it myself, but I got some great advice in one of my earlier threads a couple months back...
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...oto-gallery/202550-street-photography-cc.html
     
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    Nikon's 18-200 mm is likely the worst lens value in their current lineup.

    It is a mid-quality lens both in build and image quality.

    According to DP Review;


    At least now, you know what the trade offs are.
     
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    yeah i've heard a lot of times that the more zoom the lens has, the lower the quality
     
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    I like #2 and #3. Nice work for your first time.
     
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    Well that may be but this lense produces bright, rich, vivid images and is super flexible with the huge range. I love it to bits!

    Good link Swiss thanks for that.
     
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    Wow, they look a LOT better on my home (calibrated) monitor. Nice work.
     

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