|10-30-2013 04:54 PM|
Thank you Ozzymama! I would love that website. PM it to me please?
Leah, where I live it is hard to find too many natural places. When you look it seems that they are building even more and covering everything in concrete! I want to move to someplace that is has a natural forest or a nice nature park. I would have to move from where I live (St. Pete).
I love nature and find it relaxing, it never used to be so bad years ago and I'm only 28! But, we had a lot more options when I was growing up.
|10-28-2013 06:11 PM|
Practice definitely helps. I use an iPhone exclusively now and I am pretty happy with the results I get. I have NEVER gotten a good indoors photo.
I think dogs look best out in nature, especially if you can get morning light. I go out running at sunrise every morning with my dog, and I carry my phone so I am always ready to snap photos if the light is just right. I actually sprinted three miles this morning so I could reach this one spot on my run when the sun came up. It was worth it!
And you can do an awful lot to improve a photo after the fact. I rely heavily on editing to make adjustments for my lack of real photography skills. I probably spend about an hour a day, every single day, taking photos and then playing around with editing them. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Practice and creating opportunity to take photos, being willing to explore new places, having a good stash of treats, and getting to know how the light acts as the time of day changes, those are the keys (IMHO) to getting good photos. And when the light is good, DO NOT WAIT, take the pic because the light changes so fast especially in the morning and evening.
|10-28-2013 05:46 PM|
Everyone's eye is different too, what one person likes, another won't. The picture of my daughter from her birth is a close-up of her feet. Before my sister had her daughter and we lived closer she did all my daughter's pictures, it drives dh's family nuts because we always pick the natural picture to send out, the one where she is laughing, where perfect background, imperfect pose - because that's what we like, I hate posed pictures, I refused to do them her first year, the one time I did have a posed session with a photographer she didn't know, she cried through the session and it sucked!
You'll get there! There's an amateur/professional forum my sister is a member of where critiques are encouraged, it's a good learning place, I'll find it for you. I think that's where she found her wedding photographer. That woman was a natural light artist, she never used a flash and I think my sister ordered 20 bound books, personalized for each of us with over 100 pictures in them and everyone of us who received them were like OMG we look that good ROFL! It's an art and one that doesn't interest me at all. It's hereditary though, my mother once bought a camera because in the commercial a monkey could use it
|10-28-2013 05:30 PM|
That could be true about having to practice. It does seem to take some skill and plenty of pictures to get that perfect picture. I think I will try practicing with flowers first.
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|10-27-2013 06:49 PM|
|ozzymama||I think it's all practice and skill and takes time. I'm a horrible photographer and I don't care. LOL But when our camera finally bit the dust, I bought a Nikon L820 (because I am cheap and wouldn't spend the money for a good SLR) and I still take crappy pictures. My sister has always been gifted, back in the day with a $10 camera, her stuff looked amazing, but she's the kind of person who will shoot thousands of pictures on a vacation to get 10 she likes, she's taken photography at the post-secondary level. Digital was made for her, she'd spend a week's pay in development.|
|10-27-2013 06:43 PM|
Thank you so much you two! I have taken pictures of her on my iphone before and I always notice that certain points of her makes her look older when she is only three. Maybe from whatever she is mixed with, but her coat is really a dark brown, but was listed as black on her papers form the shelter. I'm still trying to figure out where that gray is coming from.
Where I live in a apartment building we used to have some nice flower bushes and other flora, but with these new people who took over they took out a lot of the better looking flora we had. There is an area near the laundry building where they have some nice flora though, so I make start there for some pictures until I see her again in a few weeks.
|10-27-2013 05:37 PM|
I much prefer to shoot outdoors with natural light, and as Bequavious mentioned, overcast conditions can be better than bright sunshine, which tends to add shadows. Indoors at night I don't even bother with because I don't have enough lights to overcome the conditions and my photography skills aren't good enough to compensate. I have been able to get decent indoor shots on sunny days near a window with bright light.
|10-27-2013 05:20 PM|
Ps- here is a post that has a picture of my black lab laying on our beige carpet. You can see that I exposed for him instead of the carpet, so it (and the cone) lack detail, but you can easily see detail in his fur and his facial features aren't lost.
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|10-27-2013 05:13 PM|
The problem you're having with the tan carpeting is simply that it's confusing the automatic exposure on your camera. I'm not sure how much you know, so forgive me if this is too basic or more than you cared to learn
Exposure is how light or dark the picture is and it's affected by three things: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. When you have the camera on Auto, it selects the settings that it thinks will give you a good image based on it's programming and a lot of math. Most digital cameras have three different metering modes with which it decides the best exposure: average, center weighted, and spot. With average mode the camera looks at the whole image (imagine it's black and white for a moment) and averages all the blacks and white until it gets a neutral gray (50% black and 50% white). So if you have a white bear in the snow, the camera will average out all the white into a nice gray color. On the other hand if you have a black cat sitting on a black couch, the camera will go the other way and turn all of that black into gray. Theoretically you could get a perfect automatic exposure if you had equal parts black cat and white couch in your image, but today's cameras seem much less will to give true whites than true blacks.
Now if you just wanted the short solution to your metering problem, I would suggest using center weighted or spot (putting the spot or the center on the black dog). In this way the camera is giving more preference to exposing the dog correctly and forgetting about how the carpet is exposed for the most part. Or you could learn manual exposure and have total control
As to better backgrounds, you're most likely to have the best success with natural light in a pretty outdoor setting that is neither dominated by light tones (think snow or sand at the beach) or dark ones (asphalt). Shoot in low angled light (depending on your latitude about an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset) or on overcast days. If you want to shoot indoors, work near a large window on a bright day.
For portraits of people or pets, a wider aperture tends to look better, so you can also try setting the camera on Aperture Priority mode (generally designated by an "A" on the dial) and selecting the smallest number available. You have to be careful to focus correctly, but when done well, a wide aperture keeps the subject in focus while turning the background into a soft blur (you probably also have a portrait mode on your camera that attempts the same effect automatically.)
Well hopefully that gets you started! If you post some of your pictures we can give you some more individual advice if you're interested.
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|10-27-2013 03:23 PM|
Camera Question: Getting stellar photos
I have a new Cannon SX160 IS, I have never taken a decent photo like I have seen before on here and other places. My sister has a dog I wanted to use as my 'model' so I can practice and get better. She is a black terrier mix, so I wanted some opinions on props and/or backgrounds that would look good with her coat color. Its always hard to see her on tan carpeting, so know that color is out of the question for her.