Playing with DOF

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  1. JeffieLove

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    I know a couple of these are slightly underexposed (and maybe overexposed)... but I was mainly shooting to see which DOF looked better on this beaded necklace :)

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    I know there is some distracting stuff in the background - I am asking specifically for your opinions on which DOF looks best :)



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    Okie doke, these are the reshoots...

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    2. I think this one is a bit underexposed, but it looked okay when I shot it :/
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  2. TJ K

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    IDK a tripod would be nice to use.
    Shallow DOF+Camera Shake= completely blurry shot.
     
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    Your shutter speed is too slow and needs to be a bit quicker to eliminate motion blur. Tripods help as well.
    I would try shooting at 1/60 or faster when hand held w/ a 50mm.
     
  4. JeffieLove

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    lol I knew that was coming lol... hmmm... i might have to reshoot with the tripod ;)

    i just didn't want to bring it downstairs and have my mom think i was THAT crazy about photography ;)

    Oh, she hasn't picked her camera up in OVER a week! Mine has been out constantly since I got laid off yesterday ;)
     
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    Oh, and it might also be better if I use my kit lens rather than the 50mm too, right?

    I'm just being lazy and trying to play tonight :) lol
     
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    not necessarily. The prime lens is a better lens in regards to more flexible depth of field and better optics. If I were you, I would use the same lens and work on mastering the manual controls to achieve a better photo. I am not going to comment on composition here since it seems that you are just messing with DOF. Try f/1.8 ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/60". If you have steady hands or use a tripod, this should work out better and you will get a super shallow depth of field. Obviously, you might need to tweak those numbers a bit since I am not familiar with you lighting situation, but it seems that would be close considering the settings for your other shots.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Excuses dissapoint me. If you have a tripod, use it.

    So I know you are playing around and stuff...but...

    If you raise the aperture one stop, how hard is it to lower the shutter speed one stop? I am just trying to wrap my head around how you are going to learn how to properly expose a picture, if you don't even try to do so.

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    You are never gonna get it if you don't actually try.
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    He is in dominantlys new school so hopefully he gets some guidance there. :lol:
     
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    I actually had to have a slower shutter speed even with the f/1.8... The lighting is recessed and I'm not sure what kind of bulbs are in them... I did do custom WB though...
     
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    Lol thanks Bitter :)

    I did raise the aperture and lower the shutter speed, but I didn't want to make the shutter speed TOO slow because then they would have been even more blurry... I will take the necklace upstairs to my "mini studio" and play around a bit more ;)
     
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    SHE is in dom's school ;)

    I put my name in my signature because I was tired of everyone thinking I was a guy... :/ grrr
     
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    Oops! Sorry about that. :blushing:
    If it is any consolation, people have thought I was a girl. :lol:
     

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