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post #1 of 26 Old 06-03-2006, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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A few pics

Got a chance to take some pictures downtown Cleveland by the Rock Hall. The camera is far more capable than the user
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Re: A few pics

Really nice work. I love the composition and use of light and shadow in the first one, and the composition is really nice in the fifth one too.

That new camera is turning you into quite the photographer!
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Re: A few pics

Thanks whip It goes with me everywhere I go. Although most of the time I don't really take my time with the pictures, I do end up getting a few good ones in here and there. I hope to make it out to the metroparks one of these days to try and grab some pictures of mother nature.
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Re: A few pics

Nice pics! Where were photos like that when we were the butt of jokes 20 some-odd years ago? When did you shoot these? I'm guessing sometime earlier in the week, considering how overcast it has been the last couple days.

BTW, are you a big sports fan, ND4SPD?
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Re: A few pics

Thanks. Most of downtown Cleveland really is beautiful. It's come a long way. I shot them a week ago today.

No, not a huge sports fan really...I can tolerate a game of just about anything though as long as it's not too boring.
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Re: A few pics

Not bad. A few suggestions, though?

Crop the photos to direct the viewer to what you want them to look at. Rule of thumb is dead, empty or irrelevant space is bad and therefore unwanted.

Level your horizons. A photo that is tilted generally makes the viewer feel a bit uneasy while looking at it even if they don't quite know why.

What is the camera's white balance set at? Your photos have a heavy blue & cyan cast to them.

#4 is my favorite. Well done.

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Re: A few pics

Thanks for the tips. The white balance is set on a preset called Tungsten. The exposure is set to -2, shutter speed is set to 400(highest it goes). There's also an effect setting which I have on Vivid.

EDIT: As far as the photos not being level...It was umm...windy...don't you see that giant fan in front of the science center?
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Re: A few pics

Why do you have the WB on Tungsten? Set it back to AWB or at least Daylight when shooting outside.

-2 exposure.....how come? Shutter only goes to 1/400? What camera do you have again? Or did you mean ISO 400?

Horizons are easily fixed in a variety of editing programs. Slacker.

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Re: A few pics

I have no reason for any of those settings. I was just playing

It's a Canon SD500
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I have no reason for any of those settings. I was just playing

It's a Canon SD500
dude, set it to "A" and leave it alone outdoors, trust me - it knows what it wants outside

btw - nice shots aside from the non AWB setting. If you really want to get a good setting, set it on the manual adjustment and hang a piece of white paper in front of it (turn off the flash) and set it like that. You'll be suprised how real and unsaturated images you can get with that little cam.

When shooting in M - use Tungsten for like tungsten...like light bulbs
Oddly I've found the 'cloudy' setting outdoors in bright days works better on these cameras.

After selling my SD550 to HD a few weeks back cause I wanted to "try something new" Im back with an SD600 . But like NH says."..once you go"...oh wait, different saying, but he still was right telling me to go with Canon

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Re: A few pics

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I have no reason for any of those settings. I was just playing

It's a Canon SD500

Oh ok, as long as you're just playing.
While you're playing, knock the ISO back down to 100, move the EV (exposure comp) back up to 0 and your WB to AWB.

Your ISO setting of 400 is introducing a lot of noise (grain) into the shots. Lowering the ISO will reduce the noise.

Your camera should be able to handle much higher than 1/400 shutter speed, btw, so I can only imagine that you were referring to the ISO setting.

Seriously, a good way to learn photography is to "play". Since digital is so cheap, you can go out and shoot all you like while changing settings and then looking to see what happened later.

The easiest, most important and biggest way to change the way a photo looks for settings are aperture (f/#) and shutter speed (1/###). Throw the camera in AV mode if it has it, manual if it doesn't and play around with those two settings. AV mode will let you change the aperture and make the camera automatically adjust the shutter speed. A small f number (ie: 2.8) means the iris in the lens is wide open letting in a lot of light which means that to properly expose the shot the shutter speed needs to be fast.

Vice Versa a big f number (22) means the iris is very small (think pinhole) and the shutter speed for the same image needs to be longer (to let more light in).

These two settings interact with each other and mainly control Depth of Field , or how much of the image is in focus. Small F number= shallow DOF. Big F number= lots in focus.

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Unfortunately I don't think the manual mode lets you adjust aperture priority and shutter speed...just iso, wb, ev, or long shutter.

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It doesn't?! What kind of manual mode is that if you can't change ****?

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It doesn't?! What kind of manual mode is that if you can't change ****?
a very automatic manual mode

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Re: A few pics

I took this random image the other day, and not sure why but I like it.
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