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Old 25th February 2014, 20:17   #1
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As members are getting new cameras and experimenting with their photography I thought maybe we could have a constructive critique corner where you could post your pictures with any relevant info, time of day, camera settings etc and get constructive advice on anything that may make the photo even better.
This can help peeps into learning to take control over their cameras and compositions
Anyone else think this might be a good idea, if so post your photos and info here
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Old 25th February 2014, 20:28   #2
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Can we have the swear guard removed for this thread then.

You'll need it to describe where I'm going wrong
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Old 25th February 2014, 20:30   #3
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Can we have the swear guard removed for this thread then.

You'll need it to describe where I'm going wrong
You'll be fine, it works well on the photography forums and can really help Graham
Here's one of mine, feel free to say what may improve it etc.



Exif data I haven't got but from memory this was late summer time around 21.30 in the evening and the camera would have been on my tripod, bulb setting but can't remember the exact exposure time and aperture .
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Old 25th February 2014, 22:06   #4
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You'll be fine, it works well on the photography forums and can really help Graham
Here's one of mine, feel free to say what may improve it etc.



Exif data I haven't got but from memory this was late summer time around 21.30 in the evening and the camera would have been on my tripod, bulb setting but can't remember the exact exposure time and aperture .
I love the colours and the silkiness of the water, soothing.

To make any changes that 'may' improve it, I would clone out (or if using the Photoshop, heal tool) the three flare spots, then crop the 'dead' top and left hand side. the image seems weighted to the right. The two brightest lights I do find distracting too, but I dont think you could do anything about them (try covering them with your thumb).

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Canon 7D (great camera by the way - I used to work for a well known national camera chain )
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15secs
F11
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19:38 17/08/2011
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Old 25th February 2014, 22:33   #5
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I love the colours and the silkiness of the water, soothing.

To make any changes that 'may' improve it, I would clone out (or if using the Photoshop, heal tool) the three flare spots, then crop the 'dead' top and left hand side. the image seems weighted to the right. The two brightest lights I do find distracting too, but I dont think you could do anything about them (try covering them with your thumb).

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Canon 7D (great camera by the way - I used to work for a well known national camera chain )
105mm
15secs
F11
Aperture Priority
19:38 17/08/2011
Thanks for the critique.
I'm on my phone and couldn't grab the exif!

I'm guessing Jessops then?
That was a JPEG of a series of images I shot at Langard point, straight off the card and un edited.
I saved the photoshop for the Raw files
But this is exactly what we need, it will really help peeps out.
I agree with all your comments on improving the shot by the way.
As you know, the 7d is a crop body which I use really for my main love.....
Motorsport
I'll post another one for peeps to critique, this time in my comfort zone.
Come on guys and girls, share your shots, especially ones where you think it could be better and maybe we can a help each other improve
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Here's something in my comfort zone.



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Old 27th February 2014, 11:39   #7
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....so recording higher dynamic range has been done for years, I just feel it's a little bit trigger happy and used without thinking. Or people think.. "oh that image is rubbish...i'll HDR it"

Dyou know what I mean?
Yes I know what you mean totally. I also get annoyed with people who say photoshopping images is wrong and not photography. Manipulation of inches has gone on since photography began. Even selecting a particular film stock over another would be a manipulation. Hdr is I think too,is abused for laziness. But each to their own. I like if time and subject permits to do it your way too. If I can't I will edit the raw files for 3 exposures and blend them that way.
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Old 27th February 2014, 12:55   #8
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Just got my first decent camera off my father, a Canon EOS 400. Total novice do it's I automatic for now. I can only aspire to your guys quality of pictures.
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Old 27th February 2014, 14:47   #9
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Even the professional photographers were novices once guys.
I'll go dig some of my first photos from the grim depths of my image archive, may help see the rubbish I used to take

So, this is from Castle Howard...I took this on an old Nikon S500 compact camera in September 2007. Camera fully automatic, composed it purely for the symmetry, point and click in typical fashion. Anyone could have taken this.

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..and on the subject of HDR check this bad boy out. I'm actually embarrassed by this if i'm honest. This was shot in 2008 on the second SLR I ever bought new, a Canon 40D and 17-85mm costing me over £800 at the time...and this is all I could do with it...
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