I made my first shot!

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    kjpshoot TPF Noob!

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    okay okay maybe not my first but after embarrassing myself so bad in front of the camera i decided to take some time to actually understand how the camera works. I read tips, watched a ton of YT videos and here i am three weeks after with my first shot.

    I went out to shop for a few cheap gears yesterday. Around sunset, I pulled out the godox SK300 strobe light with my 70-300mm lens. In aperture priority mode, I set to f/4.5 and the computer estimated a shutter speed of 1/100 sec.

    Im posting this for directions, I know there are pros here that would figure out one or two things to improve me. btw, i edited in Ps, some work on blemishes and highlights but i still feel the highlight is off. IMG_5690-Edit.jpg


     
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    You've got a boatload of camera movement.
     
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    I guess I didn’t notice that since the subject was Kinda sharp?
     
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    I noticed the softness right away. Zooming in confirmed the camera moved.
     
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    The composition is good, but the background has some bright highlights that draw the eye away from your subject. If you can, try to find a background that does not compete with your subject.
     
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    The setting sun is lost behind the tree. I tried to fix the blown highlight on Lr but no luck. I will make sure to use your advice on the next time I pick up the camera.
     
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    I hate using a tripod, guess i need to get used to it.
     
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    You should concentrate in improving your hand-holding techniques, not 'getting used to it'.
     
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    I've seen a lot worse! Yeah there are some techniques that need refinement, but I think you've done really well here!

    I don't think the highlights distract too much, (actually the first thing that drew my eye was the gaze then the highlight around his head). Pretty good for a first effort but keep that shutter speed up!
     
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    I only just realized i didnt use the face detector, could that also be it?
     
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    Thank you weepete for your comment, what techniques do you think needs refinement?
     
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    @kjpshoot , This is really good for your first shot! Your 1/100s shutter speed probably didn't help you. I try and stay at least double the focal length of the lens I'm shooting with. so if your shooting at 100mm focal length, make sure you don't fall below 1/200. Tuck that arm into the side, try and make your body a tripod. Don't be afraid of bumping that ISO a stop or two to get some gain on the shutter speed. If your exposure is correct, all will be good.

    Did you meter the background?
    Did you meter the face?
     

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