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#1 deanna

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:08 PM

Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and was wondering if any of you had any advice for newbie photographers. Any tips and tricks? Any advice for ensuring the best lighting? 

 

I have attached a few examples of my own photography. I've been really into nature photography and was wondering if any of you had ideas for how I can continue to grow as a photographer. 

 

Thanks!

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#2 ldetorres

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:15 PM

I think the easiest way to improve your lighting is by shooting in the early morning or before sunset. The middle of the say can be tough to photograph because your subject is usually in harsh lighting. Hope that helps!


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#3 auprice

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:21 PM

Wow this looks really good!


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#4 David Pavlich

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:27 PM

I do a lot of landscape stuff.  For that, a good tripod, a remote release, a polarizing filter, a couple of ND filters and you're on your way.  The filters aren't mandatory, but they give you a lot of options.  But the tripod and remote release make landscape photography so much more pleasant.

 

You can shoot landscapes with just about any lens, but just about all of mine is done with a 16-35 zoom lens on a full frame camera.  And you'll find that most landscapes are shot with wide angle primes or zooms.

 

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 02:31 AM

I suspect in nature you have to work with the lighting you have got unless you introduce flash or you pick the time of day/type of weather that suits your subject best.  I like your pics. If you look at them again the rose seems not as nice as the others and much of that would seem to be down to the wide variation of light on the subject (dynamic range)  It seems that overcast days perhaps provide a more even lighting  similar to your other two pics... Of course you can brighten up or darken the overall lighting in elementary software if you feel you have underexposed or overexposed your images.  When deciding upon a floral subject it might be best to pick a bloom that is at it`s best.

 

I hope you enjoy your photographic journey. 



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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:11 AM

My advice is to get out and take images as much as you possibly can. Learn your camera and experience how different light and camera settings affect the image. Practice, practice, practice. Then post the "best of" here for feedback. Then practice more.

(I don't get out nearly as much as I'm advising, but it is always on my mind)

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 06:44 PM

Keep shooting!!!  I like the Lily, the first one is very soft, second one has browning petals (not attractive).  Focus and lighting are paramount in shots like these, it's just learning, post your camera settings so we have a better idea of what may be good and what may not be :D with the way you approached the shot(s).



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 10:06 AM

Not 100% what you were going for in these but great advice given above. Especially about light. The golden hour in photography is before 9:00am and 2 +- hours before sunset. Take advantage of this special lighting, keep the sun at your back with the light on the subject and take lots of shots. Post your best back here along with your settings. Have fun.  



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 12:59 PM

The most important advice nobody mentioned. Shoot in RAW. Always.

 

As for those three shots. If they are in RAW:

  1. Exposure up +0.75-1. Contrast a little up. Shadows up, highlights down 50-75% (maybe higher, depends on the shot). Whites up and blacks down a little to get the colors shine.
  2. Nothing to do after the shot but to make such a photo better (hard light and shadows) use some diffuser to soften the light.
  3. Again as the first one. Exposure, colors, contrast and so on.

But those are just my opinion. I'm far from any pro or advanced photographer. Just saying what I'd do with those photos :)



#10 marryanderson322

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 06:47 PM

Of course the best way to improve your photography skills is practice. Take as many photos as you can. Analyze your results, find mistakes and try to the. And for sure listen to different opinions. If you also like reading some articles you can read this one. The way of improving your photo-skill is well described here - http://fixthephoto.c...-beginners.html



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:12 PM

A lot of folks have given excellent advice here. To add my $0.02, I would echo a lot of folks, by saying:

 

  1. Get out and take a lot of pictures! Find the things that you love to photograph, and try different subjects, angles, times of day, lenses (if you have them). Experiment!
  2. Look at other photographers, and find things that you like about their pictures. If at first you are copying their style and technique, that is OK IMO. After you master different styles/techniques, your own style and technique will start to come out. 
  3. If you find that you need more/different equipment, you can try a lot of lenses/bodies/tripods, etc. before you decide to buy, by renting the equipment from places like BorrowLenses, Lumoid, AdoramaRentals, etc. Don't buy before you know you like the lens.
  4. Get out and take a lot of pictures...  ;) Take a trip somewhere, if you're into landscapes/wildlife/sports, and take a lot of pictures (maybe with your rented equipment)

I'm not affiliated with any of the rental places, so I am not trying to sell you on any of them. Look them up in Yelp or the Better Business Bureau...






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