Tribal Demon Horse

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  1. Skyclad

    Skyclad TPF Noob!

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    Yet another simple, boring picture.. Sorry, im just trying to sharpen my skills with a basic P&S camera (FinePix A900)

    So here is 3 versions of the same picture. I would have skipped #2, but I would like to know why it looks blurry even though I had the IS on and the camera was resting on a box.


    The picture was taken in my room under a ceiling fan light that has 3 CFL bulbs. The black background is a black shirt draped over a box. Flash was turned off and I held the box that the horse came in overhead to cast a shadow, otherwise the lights would have made the white on the horse look overexposed

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    I added a little bit of a blue tone to it to cancel out the yellow tungsten from the lights on this one. But that just made the blur even more noticeable.
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    From here, I sharpened it a little and that seemed to get rid of the blur.
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    And before you say anything, I intentionally cut off the hooves because its on a base and i'm not experienced to know how to clone it out with Photoshop (cause just cropping it from that angle wouldn't have been enough)
     
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  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    To me the blur you're complaining about looks like camera shake, if only a little, but that's what seems to cause it. Camera on a box might not be enough, and you may have moved it a little when pushing the shutter release. I don't know for how long you had to expose - but shake is likely.
     
  3. Skyclad

    Skyclad TPF Noob!

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    Hmm.. that very well could be actually. Even though I had the camera sitting on a small box, it still wasn't a solid surface underneath that (bed). As far as exposure time, theres no setting for that.
     
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    Your camera should have a timer (when you push the shutter button it waits 10 secs. before taking the shot). Try that. It should help reduce camera movement.
     
  5. Skyclad

    Skyclad TPF Noob!

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    :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

    It does have a timer function! I cant believe I didn't think of that!

    And I just found out I can change the "scenes" (fireworks, party, night, flower, landscape and so on) and depending on the scenes, I can at least control ISO.
     
  6. AgentDrex

    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm using a P&S as well...its kind of fun to figure out how to trick it into doing what I want...good luck with your camera and skills training...looking pretty good so far...
     
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    Skyclad TPF Noob!

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    Thank you, I appreciate that. It's a little frustrating right now as those are literally my first picture submissions. I was actually going to have one of my gargoyle figures standing next to it in the background, but the auto focus/F stop wasn't allowing it. I spent about 45 min's getting that picture (from start to finish).

    I just have to remember to stay patient with myself as I learn to develop my "photographic eye" so I can be able to take pictures at least as good as my Cow Skull one.
     

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