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I am a complete noob have not had my Nikon n80 with 50mm 1.8 lens for long. Just started taking pics with it a few days ago and it looks like I screwed up what could have been something some what decent..


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and just what do you think you have 'Screwed" up?

the foreground is underexposed, but that doesn't mean it is incorrect.
 
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and just what do you think you have 'Screwed" up?

the foreground is underexposed, but that doesn't mean it is incorrect.

Like you said foreground is just about pitch black.
 
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Do you think it would look worse if I lighten the forground in GIMP?
 

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Do you think it would look worse if I lighten the forground in GIMP?

There's no information other than the color black. You could lighten it, but I don't think there will be much detail, if any at all, in the foreground. Leave it as a silhouette, it doesn't look half bad.
 
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I wish I had the lens to get close up of those birds. They are Sand Cranes by the way...
 
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There is another picture though. Any tips on taking pictures of cars. This is my car by the way... :D

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I haven't been able to get any pictures of my pets to come out correctly either. Usually they end up being blurry.
 

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I like the shot of the birds. I think the foreground as a silhouette works fine.

My only remark about the car would be that the background seems to detract from the car a bit. I find myself drawn to the house more than the car.
 

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BradUF,

I'm no expert myself (just started with a dslr a couple monthes ago) but I like the way your pictures turned out. The only suggestion I would make is to find a different subject for your car pictures - I'm a mustang guy! :mrgreen:

Pet are difficult subjects because they're constantly moving. I've gotten some of my best pics of my dog by bumping up the iso a bit so I can increase my shutter speed. It depends on how much light you have (obviously) but I usually try for 1/500 sec shutter speed. I'm sure others will chime in and fill in the holes as I'm just speaking from the trials and errors of a couple monthes experience.

Good luck,
Brad
 
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I like the shot of the birds. I think the foreground as a silhouette works fine.

My only remark about the car would be that the background seems to detract from the car a bit. I find myself drawn to the house more than the car.

Should I crop it and what about if I had made the appature really small? Wouldn't that blur everything in the background more?
 

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