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Old Feb 8, 2010, 7:57 PM   #1
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I am new to photography, so any feed back on my pic would be most welcome.
I have a panasonic FZ38. Im hoping to concentrate on wildlife photos so as I said I would be very grateful if you good people could possibly help!

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Old Feb 8, 2010, 8:03 PM   #2
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Not bad at all for the first time out. On this shot, I think I would have dropped down and captured the entire bird and not centered it. I did a little PP on it and whilst I can't get the whole bird in, I cropped a bit off the right side and did a little unsharp mask on it. See what you think.

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well i would probably start by shooting the front end of the bird.

then always focus on the eye, looks like the focus here is on the tailfeather, at least thats what appears to be sharpest.

i would also avoid cutting of the feet if at all possible. you have alot of deadspace at the top of the frame thats not needed. you could have zoomed in a little more, got rid of the deadspace and still included the feet. this would have filled the frame better.
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hey paul - grifta welcom to digicams
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Old Feb 9, 2010, 3:58 AM   #5
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Thank you for your comments (and the welcome) - its exactly what i wanted. ]
Ive took another - using your feedback (birds not centred, cropped some of the brickwork at the bottom)....is it any better?
Like I said, I am new to this hobby, and I am loving it, i just am striving to improve - I think over the first two days of having the camera I took about 700 photos! (By the way the compression of this photo from 4000 x 3000 has made the picture look far less sharp than the original, sorry about that!)
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With wildlife, you want to get in TIGHT, focus on the eyes, and give them some "escape room" in the direction they're heading. An excellent way to start would be to get Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" - vols 1 & 2 (3 optional). You'll be shooting like a pro within 48 hours... guaranteed. Here's an example of what I mean. I had crop this a LOT so it took away any sharpness. Concentrate on capturing the subject, not everything else.

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Again, thank you and I am trying! I think I expect to much of myself too soon to be honest, but if i listen and learn then I will at least get to a point when I am happy with the shots i get!
Hows this one? (the bird in the back is slightly shaky I know)
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Hows this one? (the bird in the back is slightly shaky I know)
That's the right concept. Now you just need to frame it like that when you take the shot. By cropping the image so much there is just too much lost detail/sharpness. But for purposes of discussion, the framing in this latest edit is much better than the original.
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As John said, it's getting there. Just more "getaway space" on the left. Once you get composition down, then go for clarity and color. You'll get it.
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Just wanted to say that you should always sharpen the image you want to post here AFTER resizing, for example with the "unsharpening mask" in photoshop/photoshop elements

BTW: The more you shoot, the better you get - of course the advices of all the great photographers here at steve's REALLY help a lot
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