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Old May 28, 2009, 2:11 PM   #1
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Default First photos in full manual mode

This photo was taken from about 90 feet away.
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Used a tripod with a 2 second delay on the camera
f 5.6
1/25 sec
ISO 800
Flash
focal 200mm
Center weight averaged
Indoor shot (gymnasium)

Last day of school, talent show. My son is on the left.

This is my first attempt at shooting in full manual mode.

I'll post another of this cropped tighter to their faces.

Sure would appreciate your comments (except for the "get closer to your subjects next time". I'm all over that one!!
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Old May 28, 2009, 2:21 PM   #2
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Same settings as above.
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Old May 28, 2009, 2:22 PM   #3
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Personally, I think the the photos look too grainy. I think that's due to the ISO being at 800. What else is wrong with this photo?
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Old May 28, 2009, 2:24 PM   #4
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From an exposure standpoint the shot looks good - enough shutter speed to stop the minor motion, shot is well exposed and DOF is fine. So, you did your job well on the exposure settings.
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I actually think the composition of the first shot is very nice. Very interesting geometry and design.

Technically everything is fine.

Well done!
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Old May 29, 2009, 7:43 AM   #6
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The first photo my thoughts were "What would the two boys like to be captured in a photo?".

At the bottom, you can see the two amps. Marshall Amps are the rage. My son loves anything that says "Fender" on it. So I thought they'd like the amps to be shown in a photo. That explains the bottom 1/3.

The balloons were part of the stage, had nothing to do with them, but since they were above a tree I thought the green tree and red balloon would add some color to the photo.

Last, the angle I shot it was sort of upward even though the stage was only 12 inches tall. My son is wearing a hat with a bill on it. So I used a fill flash to get rid of the shadow the hat makes.

Is the checklist I just rambled through the right way to think through a photo? What other thoughts should I have included?

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Old May 29, 2009, 9:27 AM   #7
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I think that's a very good checklist - withthe first item being the most important - what does the 'client' want in the photo - even though it's not a paying gig, it's important to not get too wrapped up in what does the photographer want captured. Great process.
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