New practice shots with the new DSLR. How did I do?

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  1. blackrose89

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    Hey. I took my camera out and spent some time paacticing on a familiar subject. My animals. Nothing I'm particularly proud of, just trying to work on focus, exposure etc. The backgrounds are piss poor, I know that. I wasn't really trying to create strong pictures, just trying to get a feel for the camera and the settings. Here is what I have so far. All of these were handheld and shot int manual.

    First of my outdoor dog photos

    Some portraits


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    DSC_0090 by blackrose1981, on Flickr

    I feel like I missed the focus slightly here

    #2
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    DSC_0091 by blackrose1981, on Flickr

    These two were fun. I was trying to capture "motion". I put my dogs ball on top of the A/C unit to try to get him jumping. Don't think I caught it too badly for my first try.

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    DSC_0196 by blackrose1981, on Flickr

    I know for next time to get really low when capturing him jumping, because even though he is high off the ground, it's hard to tell from the angle I shot.

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    DSC_0204 by blackrose1981, on Flickr

    Two cat portraits. I was trying to properly expose the white fur. Not sure I got that. Although I feel like these two are nice and soft. Also I was trying to capture something specific about her. She is a very elegant, petite, and dainty cat and I was trying to capture that.

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    DSC_0152 by blackrose1981, on Flickr

    #6 Just a touch less exposed

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    DSC_0151 by blackrose1981, on Flickr


    So here are some of the first practice shoots with this camera and my first DSLR. I know none of these are strong photographs, I was just trying to work on some particular areas. I'd love to hear how I did (no matter how bad LOL) and what to keep in mind for next time.


     
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    The exposure in the dog pics are good ... and yeah, the focus seems to be a bit off on that one.

    If you want to make the cat petite then get more surrounding or something to put a scale on the size.
    The first looks like the better exposure.
     
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    Thanks, I liked the first one for exposure as well.
     
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    hhhmmm... improvement... far beyond what I expected so early in your DSLR ownership! ;) Please post shoot data also whenever you post pics.... want to see what you are doing. Or even better, leave the Exif data in the photos....
     
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    Angel, as far as exposures are concerned, you seem to have that already down pat. Manual focusing was spot on in dog picture #1. I don't think that you blew the exposure of the white fur in the 1st cat picture, as it looks fine to me. Pic 5 just looks a tad better exposed then your adjustments in pic 6.
     
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    This just looks like an annoying optical illusion.
     
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    Sooo..................do you like this camera better than the bridge camera.........oh and did you shoot these in raw?
    The answer to the raw question, is of course, no.

    I'm right huh.
     
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    FYI - in #3 your exposure compensation was at +2. Exposure compensation doesn't really do much in manual mode (or nothing you can't do by adjusting your settings). It's more or less for the priority modes when you don't have complete control over your meter/exposure. I know some cameras dont even let you set EC in manual mode - mine does though!

    Great job so far though! Must be loving your new camera huh??
     
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    YEs, I love having full control!

    As for shooting in raw, one step at time buddy lol.

    I've read up a little on shooting raw. As far as I understand it, shooting RAW makes your file almost like a latent image, and it's your job to process it. Do you need special software to process it?
     
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    Photoshop comes with camera raw which is what you'd use to process RAW files.
     
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    Yes!!! It's funny, looking at them again, I quite like the dog pictures. I know the backgrounds aren't super desirable, but it works for me :lol: . Good to know though, thanks!
     
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    Will do!
     

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