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livnxxl Jan 2, 2006 2:13 PM

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My first post on these forums. Any remarks??

frenchy Jan 2, 2006 2:59 PM

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Nice photo but for me the subject is too centred and the depth of field a bit shallow. Try keeping the whole of the flower in focus and positioning the subject according to the rule of thirds.

Having said that, I'm yet to post a macro shot, so take these comments with a pinch of salt!

Aumma45 Jan 3, 2006 2:51 AM

Welcome to the forum. Frenchy'scomments are appropriate.

SteveDak Jan 3, 2006 6:16 AM

Hi Liv, Welcome to a really fun place to learn!

Great effort - although maybe you need to getmore ona level with the plant to give it more depth and interest, instead of 'looking down' on it.

Gee Dustin, I have learnt something from your patient teaching (I hope I'm right on that :O)

Hards80 Jan 3, 2006 9:11 AM

frenchy and steve's comments are appropriate.. nice eyes fellas..

that said you picked a good subject... the flower contrasts nicely with the green foliage and the water droplets add some interest.. so half of the battle is having the eye for an interesting scene.. so you got that part down it seems.. the other half of the battle is learning to present, which simply takes time and practice..

welcome aboard..


livnxxl Jan 3, 2006 10:53 AM

Thanks all, I take your remarks with great respect for what some of you have already produced on these forums. I look forward to having a place to share some of my best photos! Thanks, Todd

SteveDak Jan 3, 2006 1:46 PM

You've already made a great start Todd:cool:

squirl033 Jan 3, 2006 4:59 PM

i agree about the centering and the angle. the DOF is a function of the macro focal distance. are you using an add-on macro lens, or just the macro setting on your camera? if you have aperture control, you might select a smaller aperture to give you more depth of field and keep more of the flower in focus, but with some macro lenses it doesn't make a lot of difference... DOF will still be very shallow. what camera and settings were you using?

livnxxl Jan 3, 2006 5:02 PM

Just using my new Rebel XT on Macro mode. What should I have changed in my settings to make this a betterpic. See below:

File Name
Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
1/1/2006 11:37:59 AM
Shooting Mode
Macro( Close Up )
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
18.0 - 55.0mm
Focal Length
Image Size
Image Quality
White Balance Mode
AF Mode
One-Shot AF
Parameters Settings
Contrast Mid. High
Sharpness Mid. High
Color saturation Mid. High
Color tone 0
Color Space
Noise Reduction
File Size
Custom Function
Drive Mode
Single-frame shooting
Owner's Name
Camera Body No.

DomCotton Jan 3, 2006 5:07 PM


Firstly I would recommend trying to get away from the automated "mode" settings of the camera - I suggest Av or Aperture priority. The first thing is the ISO - the higher the number the more grain in the shot. With macro photography it is always advisable to use a sturdy support so there should be no need to use high ISO settings. Secondly, the aperture setting should be as low (a number) as poss. If you have the standard kit lens the lowest you could get is 3.5 (I think) try and use as low a setting as poss. This will give you the nice out of focus blur on the background that is missing on your shot.

The other piece of advice would be to look long and hard at the Close-up specific area of this forum ( Some of the shots in there are incredible and will make you open your eyes...

Have fun and look forward to more shots to come.


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