Terrible pictures of Frodo. (halp?)

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  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Took Frodo to the park again today with the good camera, we were only there for about 10 minutes because 1) it was so cold I couldn't feel my fingers to press down the buttons on the camera and 2) apparently when food lady holds a camera at you it means you don't have to listen to ANY OF THE RECALL CUES :mad:

    Anywho, the pictures I took SUCK. And if someone would be willing to tell me what I need to change I would be eternally grateful. I was shooting in shutter speed priority, had the, um, (can't remember the word :eek:) at 500 and clicked the exposure wheel two clicks to the right. I don't know if any of that makes sense. Really, I suck big ones at cameraing :/


    Completely unedited so someone can help me if they wouldn't mind. Also I copy/pasted the specs.

    This is one of the first ones I took, and it's like the only one that didn't come out super dark.
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    DSC_6466 by laurenscoombs, on Flickr
    1/500 Æ’/7.1 ISO200 28 mm

    Then I got this:
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    DSC_6471 by laurenscoombs, on Flickr
    1/500 Æ’/10 ISO200 200 mm

    Even Frodo thought it was too cold, he pooped on 3 legs lol
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    DSC_6473 by laurenscoombs, on Flickr
    1/500 Æ’/11 ISO 200 120 mm

    Poor angry ragamuffin was no happy about being told to sit/stay on the cold ground.
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    DSC_6482 by laurenscoombs, on Flickr
    1/500 Æ’/8 ISO 200 200 mm

    That's pretty much it!
     
  2. SaraB

    SaraB New Member

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    My dogs don't listen when I have the camera in my hand either. Mostly because they know I'm not in any position to reward them.

    Bring your camera when we hang out sometime, I'll help you.
     
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    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    Off the top it looks like your ISO is too low and f stop is too high for the shutter speed to be that fast. Since you need the faster shutter speed for action, you need to play with the ISO and f stop.

    I don't ever use shutter priority though (I can alter alllll the things in manual), not sure how the different shutter priority/aperture priority settings change things.
     
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    YES I WAS RIGHT. *pumps fist* I was going to say those things but I'm a noob and only halfway know what I'm doing so I kept my mouth shut.

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that you have to be careful with lenses that zoom if you're shooting in a priority mode - it can change your aperture for you which can and will jack everything up. (And from your settings it kinda looks like that happened.) I learned a lot faster by going straight to manual honestly. It was much easier to figure out what was going horribly awry - plus that little balance arrow thingy that should point at zero was really helpful.
     
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    Everything stardogs said! Additionally, your second photo (which would have been my favorite!) is out of focus, you focused instead on the strip of snow and tree behind Frodo. Fourth photo is a little out of focus, too.

    I am terrible with Photoshop but took 5 minutes to make a few tweaks. A little hue/contrast/white balance adjustments, hope you don't mind!


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    The exposure/white balance isn't quite spot on, but even a few of the "auto correct" options on Photoshop can make a difference. Just for those times when you have an otherwise awesome picture!
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    ISO is the big one there, as everyone already said. I would be at 600-800, possibly more if you have a high shutterspeed.
     
  8. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Ugh, this is hard!!

    Thanks for the input guys, next time I will bump the ISO up a ton. (Ryan started giving me a crash course last night but gave up on me before we got to ISO :lol-sign:)
     
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    Higher ISO, lower shutter speed, bigger aperture. What lens did you use? I'm just taking a guess based on your EXIF data and saying Nikkor 18-200mm for the sake of explanation, lol. So you shot at f/7.1 at 28mm and f/8 at 200mm. The range for that lens is f/3.5-5.6. So at 18mm, your largest possible aperture will be f/3.5. At 200mm, your largest possible aperture will be f/5.6. It tends to drop off fairly quickly as you zoom, but you still had a lot left to utilize. If you had it set to shutter priority, it was probably metering off the snow, thus giving you the smaller aperture to correctly expose the bright white snow.

    Disclaimer: I am nowhere near a professional.

    Also, Rumor is quite proud of his snow poop stance. :p
     

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