Hey guys. I want to post a pic I took the first time out with my camera to the duck blind. I will be shooting most of my pictures in settings such as this and really want to get better at taking some good pictures and possibly get published in a mag some day.
I know this one has much room for improvement. I plan on ordering the D3000 book I saw on here and get to reading. This thing is smarter than I am most times and its obviously the lowest end camera.
thanks for looking and you cant hurt my feelings. Im tough skinned. any help is good help
Hi Andy, You chose a difficult subject with heaps of potential.
No matter how big the potential, you will need a unobstructed view otherwise you do not have a photo.
The closer you are to the disturbance, the bigger is the influence on your picture. For example if you have a long lens and the foreign object is very close to you. It may be so out of focus that you can hardly see it, but, you will have no sharpness. For example you have a grass right on the edge of you lens. You can not crop it out because it will destroy the definition of your lens.
I think you have the basic skills to see a good photo.
Andy, welcome to Nikonians. I like the idea you are trying to convey and would suggest you crop out most of the blackened section on the bottom. This would help draw attention to the ducks in the lower third of your image. The balance between the ducks and the sun is nice.
In addition to Aart's comments, here are a couple more:
1. make sure your horizon is level. Depending on your camera body, you can turn on a grid in the viewfinder that helps keep things level.
2. determine what your subject or idea you are trying to communicate before shooting so that the subject or objects can be placed in a meaningful place in your composition. Your ducks are nicely placed but lost a bit because of the large empty black space beneath them.
3. when shooting into a sky with sun, understand that your camera's meter will underexpose everything else. In this case, your foreground is completely black.
4. don't include anything in your composition that isn't supportive of what your are trying to communicate. The lower foreground isn't adding to the composition in this case.
Hello, Andy, and again, welcome. You've already gotten very good advice. I'll reiterate Kent's first point-it is very important to get the horizon level in landscape shots unless it is done on purpose to convey your message. Yours tilts down to the right. If you're planning to shoot lots of sunrises and sunsets investing in a set of graduated neutral density filters (including reverse nd grads)would be a good idea. A similar effect can be achieved with some available editing software, but to me it just isn't the same. Two of the most important things you can do are 1)understand your equipment and 2)shoot, shoot and shoot some more. You seem to be off to a good start. I really like the feel of your shot. Posting in the critique forum says a lot about your desire to learn, which is what we're all here for. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Hi Andy: Did you take anymore pictures after the Sun was down? If you didn't you missed out on a nice picture with Sun illuminating the clouds in a bright red color. I highly recommend that you stick around after the Sun goes down, you'll see some beautiful colors if you have clouds or complete overcast sky. Your horizon is is tilted lower on the right side.
Have you tried taking pictures of birds in flight?
Thu 22-Nov-12 05:48 AM | edited Thu 22-Nov-12 06:15 AM by jrp
Tough choice that of the first image, with the sun straight at you. A test for your metering choices and for the lens. Yet, it came out very well.
Let me tell what I did: a) Straightened the horizon by rotating the image 1.5° b) Selected the lower section below the horizon and lightened it so it will show some detail. c) Then selected the top section and darkened it to show more drama in the sky.
a) You can solve by using a bubble level b) and c) were my way to simulate the use of neutral density filters, a great way to deal with these wide dynamic range subjects.
The second image is much tougher because you have blown out the highlights, and that is one sin that has no redemption.
It may seem difficult, however good practice makes for better pictures. The first thing to learn is to expose correctly, use the metering mode that best suits the scene or your subject. Then, even before pressing the shutter, think what is that you liked about the scene, what is your subject. Now, concentrate on it and shoot.
If the real intended subject of the second image is the ducks family, then shot it, but not as a tiny piece inside a large area.