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Old Dec 2, 2010, 7:10 PM   #1
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I just bought a Canon SX30 IS and have only been playing with it for 2 days. I haven't had a camera this advanced in quite some time and am still learning all the features and how to best switch settings for specific shots. I'm happy with it so far but know I have a lot to learn. Here were a couple shots from this morning I took. TIA for any advice.





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Old Dec 2, 2010, 8:24 PM   #2
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Looking pretty good for a start...!

Watch your horizon though... It looks like there will be a tidal wave soon from
the ocean running off the left side in #2...

You can straighten it with a little PP (post processing) in most image editing
programs...

Hope you don't mind but I took the liberty to straighten and crop it for you using
FastStone...



If you need a good free image editor to start out with you can get FastStone here...

FastStone Image Viewer 4.2
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If you want me to, just let me know and I'll delete that image...

Keep up the good work and make sure you have fun...!
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 8:30 PM   #3
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I never even noticed that kind of thing. Exactly why I wanted the critique....so thank you! And no, you don't need to delete. I have Photoshop and Elements I've just never really dabbled in them, but I think I will be starting soon! Can't quite figure out my macro....where can I post for help and advice?
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 8:47 PM   #4
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Best place to get help with that would probably be the Point and Shoot forum in
the Canon section...

Here: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/canon-21/

I'd try and help but I don't know anything about that camera... I'm sure someone
can answer your questions there...
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Thanks!! Appreciate it greatly~
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You're very welcome, spammie5...!
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 8:59 PM   #7
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Since you've been so kind to evaluate a few of my pics....a few more??







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Old Dec 2, 2010, 9:27 PM   #8
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I'm far from an expert but I'll give you my unqualified opinion...

Subject/composition wise I love #2 and #4... Art is subjective so that's just my
personal opinion...

Technicaly speaking, taking both those images as an example, you may be
getting a little close to blowing the highlights (over exposing)... This can be
seen in the white feathers... They're not too bad but I'd back off the exposure
a bit... You can always lighten things up if it's slightly under exposed with a
little PP later but once you blow the highlight you loose all detail in that area
and you can't get it back...

Looking at the EXIF data from #4 you could probably dial the ISO from 400
down to 200 and still have plenty of sutter speed... You may also try a little
minus EV, if needed, to back down the exposure... Maybe -0.33 or -0.67, try
playing around with that and see how it goes...

Hope something I've said helps and I'm sure others will also chime in with
some good suggestions...
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Thanks so, so much. Pics 2 and 4 were both taken on day one of owning the camera so I spent much of the day adjusting, changing and experimenting. I will definitely try your suggestions and see if I can't make some progress in a positive (no pun intended) direction! Thanks for the thoughts and comments!!
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You're welcome again, spammie5...!

Just remember the most important part; Have fun and take lots and lots of pic's
of all of your subjects trying different settings... This will get you familiar with
how your camera performs... In no time you'll get a feel for what to do and when
to do it...

And don't worry about learning everything all at once... Take a setting, play with it,
get a feel for it and then when you feel comfortable move on to another...

And again, have FUN...!
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