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    Amateur Photographyer

    This site seems to have plenty of camera heads so I was wondering if I could get any advice concerning my pictures and such. I have been taking pictures now for about 5 years, 2 on film alone with an old camera from the 80's my dad had lying around and the last 3 with a Nikon D50 that has seen many miles. I guess that's enough of an explanation, any tips or critiquing would be great, and thank you ahead of time for taking the time.
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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    I just got into photography. I am 15. I contacted Iowa State and got to stand on the sidelines of the Iowa State Vs. Missouri Tigers game last year. Here is one of my photos.

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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    a few things you will want to consider to make you photos richer. Try shooting them at sunrise and sunset. You get the best colors at those times of day. You will get your cool colors at night and your warmer shades in the morning. Another thing you might try is bracketing your photos and changing the aperture and shutter speed to get differing highlights and shadows. The less clutter in the picture the better and try and keep your subject out of the center of the frame, but still the dominant focus. Hope this helps



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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    Pic #1 - I'm more intriqued with the rocks than the actual cat. It becomes a bit of a distraction I think and better cropping/framing of the subject could really help this shot. Also, I think more contrast could help with the shot as well. It could really bring out a nice sharp, detailed image. Curious to know what your camera settings were for this?

    Pic#2 - Absoluetely love the reflection of the sun off the water. Not sure how to prevent this, but there seems to be a bit of a haze in the background. I was going to say to cut some of the sky out of the shot as it becomes kind of dead space, but then your picture wouldn't be balanced and I would hate to cut any water out. This might be a case of splitting this into two photos. One with the sun reflection, the other with the boats.

    Pic#3 - I love architecture, and really like the shape of the dome next to the sky. But what actually draws my attention are the buildings at the very bottom of the photo. I love the symmetry, color, and flow of how they work together as a single continuous structure. If you were wanting to include them in with the dome, then I'm curious to know what was below them as they just seem cut off. I'll be honest, at least for me, the lion statue does nothing for me, but others may feel different.


    Overall your best composition is probably the last photo, but the overall best photo is probably your first.


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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycofan1 View Post
    I just got into photography. I am 15. I contacted Iowa State and got to stand on the sidelines of the Iowa State Vs. Missouri Tigers game last year. Here is one of my photos.

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    I really don't want to be mean here, but that is a classic deer in headlights type photo. Try as hard as possible to not use the cameras flash unless there is a certain artistic look you're going for.


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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    Here are some quick renditions to the photos.

    The first set it just taking the one photo and splitting it into two photos. I think it helps with the lighting issue a bit.

    The second set is adding contrast to the original photo, and then just framing it different. You could probably do a tigher protrait framing, but I just choose landscape to test it. EDIT: After relooking at it, I really don't like the landscape crop, the original is better.
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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    First piece of advice - get your photo advice from photography sites. CF is good for high-level stuff.

    I like the sunset shot but without the haze. You can get filters to put on your lens that diminish/eliminate that.



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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    First piece of advice - get your photo advice from photography sites. CF is good for high-level stuff.

    I like the sunset shot but without the haze. You can get filters to put on your lens that diminish/eliminate that.
    Ah there you go. What filters would reduce haze?


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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    A UV or CPL might help...
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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    I'm kindof camera-less right now, but would be interested if anyone has any thoughts. Quality of some of the pictures are very good because I had to scan them in and I don't have a very good scanner.



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    Re: Amateur Photographyer

    jaretec -

    Pic#1 - I actually like the out of the box thinking when trying to frame and shoot this photo. The dynamics of what you were trying to do was an excellent idea. The hard part is you still have to know by looking at the photo what it is that's being photographed. I'm not sure that message comes across. And the leaves on the side become a distraction as there's really not context for them. (see my photo attached, it's not well framed either, but hopefully it explains my opinion).

    Pic #2 - I'll be frank, just too much in the photo being cut off. I think just a different position and being farther back or not zooming in as much would have made that photo better.

    Pic#3 - Absolutely my favorite. It's quiet, settle, simple, and beautiful all at the same time. Besides it being grainy maybe because of the scanning, I wouldn't change a thing on this one. The only thing to keep in mind is getting true black and white and not middle tone gray. Do some research on BW converting, etc. Excellent Job!
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