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YEs I have the full Adobe Collection, so adobe lightroom should be in there
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YEs I have the full Adobe Collection, so adobe lightroom should be in there
Lightroom is separate from the Master Collection.

Another tip is to never use your camera's built in flash, especially indoors. Lower your ISO and shutter speed to compensate for the flash.
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I also notice that some of your photos from were taken with a Macro lens (1:1)

Check my thread out here. I have a couple examples up of how aperture setting affects depth of field.
When shooting macro, you usually want a higher F-stop (smaller aperture opening, which lets in less light, but gives you more depth of field). A tripod is also a great thing to use for Macro, because when you are focusing in so close to an object, the slightest movement can cause very visible blur. Otherwise you need to use higher shutter speeds, or an off camera or lens mount flash.
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Lightroom is separate from the Master Collection.

Another tip is to never use your camera's built in flash, especially indoors. Lower your ISO and shutter speed to compensate for the flash.
The camera's built in flash is great for fill lighting. Rubbish as a primary light source, but great for fill lighting.
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As Promised Here are some past photos. And photos from Today

Past (done with D3000 and Nikon DX AF-S 18-55mm Lens)

Now these are two entirely different sets but i can still learn. Thanks so much!
I'd work on getting your focus right. Some of them could be nice, they're just out of focus.

Also, like was said, don't use the built in flash unless its for fill light (poorly lit subject compared to the background for example).
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Yes lighting is one of the worst things for me. I never get the proper lighting, so sometimes I compensate for that by using the built in flash. In all honesty I wish it wasn't a part of the camera. Natural light has worked to my advantage sometimes.

@robchaos The second set of photos (after my cat) was done entirely with a macro 1:1 Lens.
With regards to the "Vignetting" effect. It was neither. I was at approx. 35x with the camera, and using my thumb to stabilize the camera. I was in a helicopter for part of a cruise I was partaking. The black bands along the top and bottom are unexplainable to me.


No another question. I want to take an absolute professional portrait shot. The D3000 isn't the highest grade camera, but I'm sure I could do alright with the proper techniques and tripod. But its the lighting that I want to get solid. I have one filter light. Nothing else. I don't want it to be straight on and blind the person, but I don't want to offset and shadow the other side of the face. What could I do to help this?

thanks!
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post #17 of 24
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As Promised Here are some past photos. And photos from Today

Past (done with D3000 and Nikon DX AF-S 18-55mm Lens)



Now these are two entirely different sets but i can still learn. Thanks so much!
Is this Vancouver, BC?
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Originally Posted by Shovah View Post
Yes lighting is one of the worst things for me. I never get the proper lighting, so sometimes I compensate for that by using the built in flash. In all honesty I wish it wasn't a part of the camera. Natural light has worked to my advantage sometimes.

@robchaos The second set of photos (after my cat) was done entirely with a macro 1:1 Lens.
With regards to the "Vignetting" effect. It was neither. I was at approx. 35x with the camera, and using my thumb to stabilize the camera. I was in a helicopter for part of a cruise I was partaking. The black bands along the top and bottom are unexplainable to me.


No another question. I want to take an absolute professional portrait shot. The D3000 isn't the highest grade camera, but I'm sure I could do alright with the proper techniques and tripod. But its the lighting that I want to get solid. I have one filter light. Nothing else. I don't want it to be straight on and blind the person, but I don't want to offset and shadow the other side of the face. What could I do to help this?

thanks!
If you want to take "professional" looking portraits, at the very least you are going to need an external flash, and likely more than that(multiple speedlites, softbox, umbrella, etc.). There's countless ways to go about doing things, its more a matter of budget and what sort of space you are going to be taking these portraits in.
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post #19 of 24
Good advice so far for the most part.

However, number one most important thing for you is to understand ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.

And guess what, you don't need to buy a book as others have suggested. Save your money, all the info you need is free online.

Here is a brief summary:
  • ISO - higher number means more light and more grainy photos, lower number means less light and less grainy. Basically shoot ISO 100 when you can unless you are trying for an artistic grainy look.
  • Shutter Speed - Determines how long the sensor will absorb light. The longer it is open, the more light it gets. High numbers mean shorter time the shutter is open (less light), low numbers mean longer time (more light).
  • Aperture - this one is somewhat confusing. I recommend reading the wiki page explaining how the aperture number is determined. It is the relationship between the width of the opening in your glass and the focal length of the glass. Sound confusing? Then just pay attention to this:: bigger number means less light and more stuff in focus, small number means more light and narrow focus (dof, or depth of field).

Those are the three tools your camera uses to determine proper exposure.

The other determining factor - light. You will want to google up to learn about a stop of light.
1 stop of light is just a standard measurement like an inch or gallon, but it is measured by exposure.
Example,
Code:
Doubling shutter speed from 400 to 800 will make your photo 1 stop darker, 
halving from 400 to 200 will make it 1 stop lighter.  The double/half relationship 
works for aperture and ISO as well.
To understand more about lighting photos check out strobist.com. Use the right hand of the page to go through David Hobby's lighting tutorials. He will also give you some insight into photo composition, which you seem to struggle with a little. Basically the guy is the bees knees.

Again, as you get more into this you will learn there is more too it, but focus on he relationship between those three in camera elements for now--then learn how to use light to get the photo to look the way you want.
Edited by mrwesth - 6/11/11 at 5:40pm
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by ljason8eg View Post
If you want to take "professional" looking portraits, at the very least you are going to need an external flash, and likely more than that(multiple speedlites, softbox, umbrella, etc.). There's countless ways to go about doing things, its more a matter of budget and what sort of space you are going to be taking these portraits in.
You can take "professional" looking portraits with a 100w lightbulb from home depot the sun and a cheap $100 camera with full manual exposure settings.

Point is you don't need fancy gear--it gives you more control, but don't go out and buy a bunch of gear expecting professional photos, then wonder why your pictures aren't any better.
Edited by mrwesth - 6/11/11 at 5:45pm
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