My apologies for the back to back posting, as I know it's most typically frowned upon (I hope that the mods aren't looking!! LOL!!!)
Here's a few of the images I've taken, deidre.
They're not the best, but I'm still learning to use the camera.
If you have any tips stevealmighty, I'm all ears.
Well, most typically, I don't give "tips", just for the sole fact that being a professional, most people take tips as an insult or direct attack on their photographic abilities.....my wife is a prime example (it took me a few years to get her to move her fingers out of the way from in front of the flash and hold the camera correctly). Just know that I'm trying to be helpful and am in no way being degrading or insulting! If you take anything away from this post, have it be that as long as you're happy taking your pictures, that's all that really matters! Ok, here goes;
You've got a good "artistic eye" for pictures. You set up your shots in such a way that they are different from eachother which makes each shot both individual and interesting. Your framing of the subject is good also, just try to remember to position them accordingly; either more off center or centered. If you have them slightly off centered, it looks like you might've moved the camera at the last second, or weren't paying attention to where the subject was. Rule of thumb is to look at your entire frame (when looking through the camera) to ensure that everything is how you want it (usually 1-3 seconds). The rule of thumb on this is "the rule of thirds" where you break down your frame into thirds, basically using a "tic-tac-toe" board to decide where you want to position your subject. I'll include a (poorly drawn) picture below to help demonstrate this point.
One thing I did notice is that some of the pictures seemed to have their subject slightly out of focus. This is not your fault, but rather the cameras fault (assuming the camera is on auto focus) The picture of the gray cat for example, the cat seems ever so slightly out of focus (a little "soft"), while the ground behind her is nice and sharp. It's the same with the cat by the log, the cat seems slightly soft while the log in the foregroung (front) of the picture seems to be the sharpest. With out looking at the camera itself and knowing what auto focus settings it has, it's hard for me to tell you how to correct the focus issue. The quick fix is to put it in manual focus. The other fix is to check to see where the focus points are. Most cameras will have several (well, 3-7) focus points. The might be indicated by a square or a circle that might flash red to indicate where the camera is focused. If you don't like where your camera is focusing, put your hand in front of the camera lens about a foot away and let it try to auto focus, then move your hand and point the center of the lens at the subject and auto focus again. You should check your manual to learn more about auto focus, and where the camera "checks" to gain it's auto focus.
Your macro shots are very nice too. Great detail and choice of shots and colors. Did you know that you can achieve the same effect with the zoom lens? Just zoom out (doesn't have to be all the way, but at least half, should be more) and focus on something close to you: the result will be the subject close to you will be sharp and the background will be soft. Try getting about 10-20 feet away from a cat, then zoom in on her and focus on her head. Put her head in the bottom corner of the frame (left or right, doesn't matter) but leave enough room so that you can see a good portion of what's behind her (so don't shoot her against a wall, but rather an open field). You'll have to be on the same level as the cat or you'll just get the background being the ground!). You'll get the blurred (soft) background because of the zoom and focal points of the lens, and it's quite the neat effect!
Overall, I give you 1 out of 10 stars. You should get rid of your camera right this very second. Mail it to "Stevealmighty at 1234 My Road....." LOL!!!!! Kidding, TBH, your shots are great, and like I said, you seem to have a good eye for photography. Don't be afraid to shoot the same shot with a few different "poses", meaning the a cat in the center of the frame, then in the left side, then in the lower right etc. etc. You'll learn a lot by doing that and won't waste money as digital doesn't cost anything to develope
Keep up the good work and you'll end up with my dream job......being that guy that actually gets paid to photograph the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition at exotic locations all around the world while the majority of your coworkers are supermodels.........I'd do that job for free!
Great photos and keep up the good work! I'd like to see more great shots from you as time goes on! Please let me know if I've confused you (or anyone for that matter) and I'll try to explain things a little more clearly.
MAN! Am I ever artistic?
Edited by stevealmighty, 04 April 2006 - 09:39 AM.