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Old Dec 13, 2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Just got a Rebel T2i. Still have no idea what I'm doing but took these pictures of my dog on auto setting.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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i really like the first .... maybe done a little too much as i am in a rush (work) but it is a great candidate for topaz clean

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Old Dec 14, 2010, 10:07 AM   #3
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Could do with getting more light into the eyes , possibly with fill flash or post production. Hope you don't mind me showing you what I mean.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 10:12 AM   #4
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Also - it's a good demonstration of the desirability to select which focus point to use (rather than letting the camera decide). In general you want the eye's to be in focus. In these you can see the nose is what is in focus (typically the camera will select the closest object). So when doing this type of shot, manually select a focus point and put that on the dog's eye.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone! I will have to start learning how to use it so I can figure out how to do everything you suggested!
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This is probably going to sound like a stupid question but I am also new to dSLR and have an Olympus E420. How do you manually select the focus point?

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How to manually select a focus point will differ with each camera model. Your camera's manual should tell you how. Many people will simply select the center focus point and do what is called focus-and-recompose. Put the center point over the eye, half press the shutter to lock focus and while holding it half pressed, re-compose the camera then take the shot. That method doesn't work at extremely shallow depth-of-field but the majority of time it will work fine.
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