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so i am still recovering from two 10 hour video shoots i did over the weekend as well as helping with events that took place during my first week back at school. here are some photos i captured over the past week. i like how they all turned out but i could use some feedback or suggestions if you guys have any i am happy with the action shots but i think once i get a flash and start playing with off camera flash i might try some more creative shots because i think my shots are bland and maybe lacking. it could just be me being so busy and not taking my time with each shot. i am still learning and trying to improve

all are taken with the 30mm















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You got some good action shots, but you may want to invest in a good flash. The faces of your subjects in the first 6 are under exposed. A flash set to BL (balanced or backlight) will match the face exposure to the bright sky in the background. If you don't have a flash, you want to spot meter on their faces to make sure they're exposed correctly. It will blow out the sky a bit, but your subjects will look better.

On number 3, did you do some post processing? The clouds look a little funky.
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post #3 of 8
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thanks. i plan on purchasing a yn-560 soon with a cable to fire it off the camera.

and yea i thought the clouds in #3 look funny to. that is the result of lowering the exposure in LR3. the original straight out of camera actually looks better after going back into LR. i dont know why i did that or why it happened. probably because the original has the sky mostly blown out with some blue around the edge

heres the original. which i like better looking back at whatever i did its much better. im glad you noticed the clouds. i didnt look that hard at it

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If you crop it down a little, boost the midtones and saturation a smidge, you'll barely notices the blown out sky.

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post #5 of 8
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it looks much better cropped. ill have to play around with the settings and see how it turns out. i still dont do much heavy PP because i dont fully know what i am doing or the result i am wanting to achieve at that.
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post #6 of 8
I've never used Light Room, but if it's got an adjustment for Levels, you can use just that for tweaking 95% of your pics. You can probably google a tutorial on how to use it. Don't be afraid to experiment with post processing. Playing around is sometimes the best way to learn.
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post #7 of 8
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im starting to realize that most of my snapshots and candids are much better than when i try to get a good portrait and my actions shots are still pretty good but i have to try to work on composition even though i am limited by my glass at times and where i am allowed to stand like in the case of this set i couldnt stand in front of the stage because there was 800+ people watching what was going on the stage and i didnt want to distract too much
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post #8 of 8
Get yourself a 55-200mm. They're relatively cheap, especially if bought used. They're slow lenses, but for outside shots, you should be fine. That should allow you get in closer. Best rule of thumb for people shots is to fill the frame with your subject. Before you hit the shutter, take a second to check the edges of your frame and line everything up.
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