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Hello!
I am a noob when it comes to DSLRs, if you look I just got it a few weeks ago. The post is still there haha...anyways.

I got some experimentation done and decided to put some pictures up to the rate the picture above you but sometimes they just give a grade and somethings that they didn't like, but they never tell me how to fix it. And that is not what its for I know. So I decided to make this thread. I hope its allowed, if not then sorry.

Okay here are some pictures of my first few nights with it. They are all taken inside.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/25825768@N05/ Don't want to take up too much space but here are the rest of my pictures...some are just multi purpose time pictures I took for a forum and such. Please if you can give advice on how to make them better. Thanks. I know the flowers are dying aswell..
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I suggest first learning how to properly isolate your subject. Take out elements that detract from the final image so only the interesting elements remain.

For example, I took a picture of a random plant lying around in my basement.



What's wrong with this photo? Besides being boring as nuts (well, actually, nuts can be quite entertaining but that's another story), there is too much clutter. With the varying focus points, the eye can't settle on any one element - constantly bouncing around, struggling to find anything of interest. In order to fix this problem, you have to think about what makes the subject worth shooting in the first place.

Is the background adding anything? No, so that has to go.

Is the pot anything fancy? Nope, so that doesn't matter.

What you're left with is just the plant itself. Now here comes the hard part. Most beginners have the notion that they have to capture everything. This isn't so, because everything can be defined by a particular quality. So what makes this plant interesting? To me, it is definitely the shiny gleam from some of its leaves. Thus I chose to capture that element instead.



I smell another EZ PZ tutorial in the mix....

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TL,DR - Separate to isolate, less is more.
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That is good advice. I never thought about doing that, however I do notice that its hard to stay focused on a single point in the picture. How would you recommend doing lets say the third one? Just get a specific leaf? Should I try to unfocus the whole background. I will have to play around with it tomorrow.
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That is good advice. I never thought about doing that, however I do notice that its hard to stay focused on a single point in the picture. How would you recommend doing lets say the third one? Just get a specific leaf? Should I try to unfocus the whole background. I will have to play around with it tomorrow.
Photography is all about experimentation. You can isolate with many methods, such as focusing or lighting. For the third picture, the only notable element is the flower. Try getting closer to it and using a longer focal length. You can also try lighting only the flower (use a flashlight or a similar spotlight) to achieve further isolation.
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That is good advice. I never thought about doing that, however I do notice that its hard to stay focused on a single point in the picture. How would you recommend doing lets say the third one? Just get a specific leaf? Should I try to unfocus the whole background. I will have to play around with it tomorrow.
For the third one, get closer to the flower. Fill the frame with your subject. Kind of like this:

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I have the same issue. I have this desire to take nice pictures but I find it hard to figure out how to do it. I have been watching a lot fo youtube videos for ideas and also for learning. Snapfactory videos on youtube are really great for learning and ideas. ALso are you using a tripod for your shots? If not that may help you with focus issues. Not sure what camera you have but play around with white balance for each subject and exposures so you have a variety of pictures styles to pick from when it comes to post processing if you are doing that. Try your hand at HDR photos as well. You may find it a fun way to take pictures. If you own a Nikon chances are it has the HDR function in camera, but oyu still may want to invest a 100 bucks in a program like Photomatix Pro to process them and change the Tones to get something you really like. WHich of course means shooting your pics in RAW.
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Get some books on the subject. I recommend Bryan Peterson's books. (Among others.)
    
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For the third one, get closer to the flower. Fill the frame with your subject. Kind of like this:

With these types of pictures its okay to center the flower correct? Its not like a landscape type of a picture where you kinda want to follow the rule of thirds. Is this correct?
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I have the same issue. I have this desire to take nice pictures but I find it hard to figure out how to do it. I have been watching a lot fo youtube videos for ideas and also for learning. Snapfactory videos on youtube are really great for learning and ideas. ALso are you using a tripod for your shots? If not that may help you with focus issues. Not sure what camera you have but play around with white balance for each subject and exposures so you have a variety of pictures styles to pick from when it comes to post processing if you are doing that. Try your hand at HDR photos as well. You may find it a fun way to take pictures. If you own a Nikon chances are it has the HDR function in camera, but oyu still may want to invest a 100 bucks in a program like Photomatix Pro to process them and change the Tones to get something you really like. WHich of course means shooting your pics in RAW.
I own a Canon T3.
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Get some books on the subject. I recommend Bryan Peterson's books. (Among others.)
I am actually taking a class, so I will have to see whatelse I will learn from this. Then I will move onto books. Thanks!
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Rule of Thirds is a rule that can be broken based on your intent with your photographs. There isn't a set situation where it should be broken, only if you think a different framing method would be better. Experiment.

I'd also skip out on HDR. Not a fan of how it's done these days. Too much oversaturation and completely misses the whole point of HDR in the first place (expand on the captured dynamic range in photograph; most HDR done these days don't add any DR to the photo at all).

And as a general rule, if you've a distracting background or multiple objects in frame fighting for attention, move in closer, zoom out, and shoot with max aperture to blur out the distracting background.
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Rule of Thirds is a rule that can be broken based on your intent with your photographs. There isn't a set situation where it should be broken, only if you think a different framing method would be better. Experiment.

I'd also skip out on HDR. Not a fan of how it's done these days. Too much oversaturation and completely misses the whole point of HDR in the first place (expand on the captured dynamic range in photograph; most HDR done these days don't add any DR to the photo at all).

And as a general rule, if you've a distracting background or multiple objects in frame fighting for attention, move in closer, zoom out, and shoot with max aperture to blur out the distracting background.
excellent advice! Thanks a lot! So try to get everything out of the frame as much as possible then. Unless it could possibly be used as framing right? Alright makes sense though, I will take some pictures tomorrow to see what I can come out with. With the first car I should have probably moved one of the other cars out of the way, rather then being lazy and shooting it next to another.
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