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I took some pics with a DSLR a friend lent me, I am somewhat of a noob when it comes to photography. of the 300+ pics, these are the ones that came out focused and decent enough to be posted online.

Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominique120/

What do you guys think?
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I've given this advice before: Don't always shoot with a large aperture. Bokeh is super addicting when you first start out, and even now, after shooting for 3 years regularly I still get lazy and just shoot everything wide open.

Having your background in focus gives your shot context. Certainly making the object pop out is very eye pleasing, but sometimes, with the background in focus, your picture will carry a lot more importance with it.

I still have trouble deciding whether or not I should shoot wide open. I love seeing shots that have almost 0 bokeh that just look amazing; makes me jelly redface.gif

Otherwise, those photos are actually pretty nice. Like all things, just practice practice practice.
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Thanks for the advice, I always tried to shoot with the aperture open all the way not to have such a high exposure time so that the pics dont appear blurry when I move slightly while the shutter is open.
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it also really helps if you post the photos here on the forum instead of linking us to your flickr profile with almost 40 images. while that isnt a bad thing. the best way to get feedback is to chose maybe your 5-6 favorites and post them here and also include the link to flickr. that way it gives use a more narrow number of images to look at rather than them all as a whole. you are more likely in the future to get more feedback and help/advice using this method.

i think you are off to a good start. im not a fan of vignettes unless it was a result of the camera+lens setup. my only initial observation from glancing through your shots is that a lot of the compositions are framed with the subject in the center and it looks like you took them all while standing up. i suggest if possible to turn the grid on in the viewfinder/LCD if possible and experiment with using the rule of thirds to put your subject outside of the center of the frame. also experiment with kneeling and changing your perspective from standing up.

keep shooting and have fun thumb.gif
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