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Old Sep 29, 2005, 2:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am new to digital photography (photography in general actually). I hav ealways enjoyed snapping pictures but feel it is time to learn more about it. I have had my FZ5 for a few months and really enjoy it. Here are a few pics I took in NC.
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 2:50 PM   #2
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Sorry I have only posted here a few times and still working on mastering the resizing. I will try andmake them smaller.

I hope this is better.


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Old Sep 29, 2005, 2:57 PM   #3
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If anyone wants to let me know how to put multiple pics in a post please speak up. Any advice at all would be appreciated actually.


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Old Sep 29, 2005, 2:59 PM   #4
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last one and my favorite.
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 3:38 PM   #5
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The lighthouse photo looks pretty good except possibly slightly underexposed. Nice use of sidelighting.

The beach picture needs to be straightened out - your horizon has a significant slope. Great dramatic clouds. Looks underexposed.

The monument also looks underexposed.

Your favorite is a cutie, but underexposed again!

Are you using matrix-focusing, spot-focusing or what? You seem to be having some difficulty getting enough light.
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 5:20 PM   #6
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I like # 1 & 4. That lighthouse really looks like a monster next to the house. Very cute little child. Nicely done.
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 5:42 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum, Scott. My family and I vacationed on the Outer Banks every summer for about 25 years. Haven't been back in a few years but Bodie Light and the Wright Memorial were frequently visited. Your pics bring back fond memories. I'm sure my kids sat on that same live oak branch.

Most resized shots require some sharpening and these are no exception. What software are you using to resize?

The monument steps exhibit some barrel distortion. Was that taken at full wide (ie, 1x zoom)? This can frequently be corrected by increasing the zoom a little.

To post multiple shots you need to have the images already posted on another sight that will allow free access to viewers. Pbase and smugmug are popular ones and cost about $30/yr. Your isp may give you 10mb or so to use to upload photos, etc. You then paste the address url of the jpg file using the Image Insert button on the top right of a new post or reply.

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I was actually going to post asking what software is good to use. Right now I only have the Arcsoft software that came with the camera. I didn't do anything to these pictures.

What software do you recommend? I know Photoshop is a popular one. I was on the Adobe site yesterday and saw that it is about $600. I am not sure I am ready for that level of commitment.
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What software do you recommend?

My favorite is Polyview. Excellent resizer /sharpener and general all around viewer. $30 registration. Trial version complete except for printing - used to be at any rate. A good freeby is Irfanview. Maybe not as easy to use as Polyview but a better editor.
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If you are using windows, try www.picasa.com. It's free and does a very good job.
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