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Old Sep 23, 2009, 8:52 PM   #1
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I'm really having trouble with getting aperture settings right. I took this snap of my daughter using a Nikon P90 P&S camera. 1/120 f/5.6 ISO-64:



As you can see, it looks like she's in front of a picture of an apartment complex instead of standing in the apartment complex. I suppose part of this could be the fact that you can't see feet or shadows, but I'd also think it's because of the high ap setting.

For pics like these on a camera with a widely varying zoom, should I zoom all the way out, ap down as far as possible, and just have her get closer to me?

Sorry if my terminology or theories are wrong, I'm extremely new to this!
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Old Sep 24, 2009, 6:41 AM   #2
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I don't think it's an aperture issue here but rather a composition one. You should help the perspective, may be placing your daughter in the path, so the observer can relate the subject to the almost flat, distant background.
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I don't think it's an aperture issue here but rather a composition one. You should help the perspective, may be placing your daughter in the path, so the observer can relate the subject to the almost flat, distant background.
That's a really great tip Ordo, thank you. I'll give it a shot with a different perspective. Now that you mention it, the lack of any object to compare her position to does make it very difficult.
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I don't get it. It looks like she's in front of the project, because there is nothing to her right or left.

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I don't get it. It looks like she's in front of the project, because there is nothing to her right or left.

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Do you think so? In this pic she's closer to an object on the left and it still gives that effect.



I don't think it's a bad pic by any means, it's just oddly disconcerting on the eyes. Or maybe I'm being overly critical of my own pics!
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Do you think so? In this pic she's closer to an object on the left and it still gives that effect.



I don't think it's a bad pic by any means, it's just oddly disconcerting on the eyes. Or maybe I'm being overly critical of my own pics!
I like both pics, although the girl is a touch "soft." In this one, a "lawn," not a building is to her right.

Try to remember that YOU are the only one familiar with this location. Why do you think you've created an optical illusion, when in fact, all you've done is crop away the information that could allow the viewing audience (Me and my dog in this case) to know that there are additional buildings?

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