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Old Mar 6, 2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default some shots taken with my newest lens 50mm 1.8 af d

shot with a 50mm 1.8 af d on my d3000 what do u guys think i love this lens alot and i really dont mind the manual focusing
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Old Mar 7, 2011, 7:45 AM   #2
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Like many 50mm 1.8 lenses it's not very sharp wide open. that especially hurts shots with a lot of detail as in the dogs. The first shot is pretty soft. The second dog is better - but you can't really see the eyes all that well and it's still a bit soft.

I like the shot of the pulley - although again it's soft

Of all the shots, the car is the least affected by this since it's got the least amount of fine detail.

It's fun to explore shallow dof photography. But you'll get much better results if you stop the lens down - especially manually focusing it in the viewfinder. If you can use the live view that's the best solution for manual focus with a camera body like yours.

Enjoy the lens!
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Old Mar 7, 2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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yea i dont have live veiw and the pics lost shapness when i resized them but thanks for your input
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Additionally, I ran across this post today. I think it helps illustrate the benefit of using flash (and a bit narrower aperture) in pet portrait work (as well as human portrait work).
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...2-wildcat.html

Again, I realize the excitement of shooting in low light and wide apertures is appealing - but don't lose site that the goal is still the photo itself.

Anyway, I always find it helpful to see how others accomplish certain types of photos and seeing another pet photo posted today I thought you might be able to learn something from the technique used there.
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well the 2 dog pictures i bounced my speedlight off the ceiling so how can i improve that i also ordred a shoot threw umbrella today
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well the 2 dog pictures i bounced my speedlight off the ceiling so how can i improve that
You can direct some of the light forward so it actually acts as fill. That's why devices like an omnibounce are so nice - some light goes forward to act as fill some goes up to be bounced and land in diffused fashion.
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a omnibounce is those white plastic things that snap over the flash right i belive i have one if that is what u r talking about just never knew what it did
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any other cmmts or advice?
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Keep shooting and getting a bit better with sharper focus. Instead of shooting at 1.8 try 2.0 or even 2.8. Also, read about using the rangefinder mode for focusing.
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Keep shooting and getting a bit better with sharper focus. Instead of shooting at 1.8 try 2.0 or even 2.8. Also, read about using the rangefinder mode for focusing.
is the rangefinder mode when the green light in the viewfinder lights when your focus point is in focus?
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