I hadn’t touched my D90 in more than two months (health “things” to deal with), so thought I’d get back to it by shooting this figurine, which is one of my treasures (got it a LONG time ago when I was a teen). It measures 2½ x 3½”. I wasn’t shooting with posting in mind, but it turned out okay, so thought I’d post it anyway.
Shooting data: 18-200mm lens at 82mm, 1/20th at f/5, ISO 200, Auto WB, Program mode. No flash, but I used my foil-on-cardboard “fill light.” Post-processing included only very light sharpening and some cropping.
Suzy, I'm happy to hear that you're feel bettering and shooting again! It's meaningful to you, and that means alot to us. "Foil-on-cardboard" reflector? Have you been visiting larryscheapshots.com? Really nice job, amazing that your shadows are so minimal.
Thank you, Larry, for your kind comments. Actually the photo shouldn't have turned out at all. No actual plan of "attack." Foil-on-cardboard was a last-minute idea. Considered using my tripod, but it seemed like too much work to fiddle with it, so I rested the lens on a folded sock on my desk instead (talk about cheap shots!).
The credit, then, belongs to my D90. Realizing I didn't know what I was doing, it obviously decided to take up the slack for me.
No, I hadn't known about the Cheap Shots website until you mentioned it (will check it out).
Suzy glad you are feeling better. You obviously know what you are doing and you just proved the most important lesson in photography, work with what you have and take the shot. When I was a poor Lt in the AF, I often had to make my own stuff because I could not afford to buy it. You may feel your camera saved you, but it was you behind the camera that lighted and framed the image and pushed the shutter. The camera is only a tool that lets you express yourself.
Thank you, Bob, for your kind and informative comments. Well, I knew what I was doing to a certain point, but felt like I got lucky with the result, because I have SO many other photos that didn't turn out well at all. I know the basics, but need to learn much, much more in order to consistently make really good photos. It's too easy to get lazy and fall back on "point and shoot" instead of digging deep and really learning how to use one's camera. You're right, the camera is only a tool, a tool with endless opportunities for learning and growing.
If the truth be told all of us have SO many other pictures that didn't turn out, we just don't post those very often.Heck even Ansel Adams took bad pictures. You are on the right track and in today's world so lucky to be shooting digital. In the film days we would shoot a scene and unless we were diligent in writing down all the data, we would have no idea as to what the settings were when we made the image and we had to wait to see it either by sending it to a lab or developing it ourselves. In any case we would have to shoot with varying setting to ensure we got a good shot. Now not only is all the data recorded with the image, you have instant feedback on the back of your camera so that you can make adjustments. In my opinion the best way to learn photography is to shoot a lot of pictures and like you say study them and learn from the good and bad settings and techniques.
Actually I started taking pix as a teenager, and got my first SLR in college, but didn't have much confidence in my ability to master the technical aspects of the craft, and therefore have never gotten to the point where shooting using the best settings is second nature.
It's kind of embarrassing to have been shooting all these years without having made much progress on the technical side. In other words, to admit that I didn't practice enough. (When we're young, we have no clue how fast the years will go, and so we squander time.)
Ah, yes, the days of film. I agree, digital is a great help with the EXIF data readily available and instant feedback on the monitor.
You're right about shooting lots of pix and studying them in order to further one's knowledge and ability.
If it's of interest, here's a link to a photo I shot a long time ago that shows some ability. I didn't have a Nikon back then, so I can't post the photo here. Here's the link: www.sraymer.com