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Old Apr 12, 2006, 8:01 PM   #1
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After all the help you guys gave me last year when you helped me pick out the FZ5 as the camera to get my wife for X-mas, I finally got a chance to play around with it a couple of months ago. Here is a pic I took of a building that the city was demolishing just a couple of blocks from where I work. Apparently, they decided a new parking lot just two blocks from Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) was worth more than an old building. I know next to nothing about photography, so it took me alot of shots to find one that I thought was semi-decent for a noob like myself. I don't know what settings I took the pic under. All I know is that it just didn't seem right in color, so I used Picasa to make it B&W. To me, at least, it looked better that way.




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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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Interesting subject. May I make two suggestions?

First, it is usually a good idea to place the main subject somewhat off-center usually about 1/3 of the way from either side, or from the top or bottom.

Second, increasing the contrast a bit often gives b&w photos a little more pop.

If you don't mind, here's a quick and dirty example:
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions. In making the subject of the photo off-center, is it better to shoot the subject itself off-center, or is it better to just crop the photo later on to get that effect?
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It's usually best to shoot with the subject off-center. If you shoot as close to the final product as possible, you will have to crop out less information and detail later.

When you set up your photo, pay attention to which details you want to keep in the scene and which ones you can leave out. You'll get better at making these decisions as you practice.
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