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hey guys im pretty new to the whole photography thing. Took the following photos with a D7000 w/ 50mm 1.8 Lens. What do you guys think?




Chihuahua Pup by chris.alincastre, on Flickr


DSC_0064 by chris.alincastre, on Flickr
Edited by Spunky424 - 3/1/11 at 5:17pm
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Your technique and exposure look nice, the only problems lie in the lighting.
Indoor photography is tricky, which is why I usually tell people just starting off to exclusively shoot outside initially.
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Your technique and exposure look nice, the only problems lie in the lighting.
Indoor photography is tricky, which is why I usually tell people just starting off to exclusively shoot outside initially.
the first picture i love, but your right about the lighting. the only light source inside was the lamp next to her head, which seemed to give off a yellowish color. i tried to combat that by changing the lighting mode, but still couldnt get not get most of the yellow out.

im thinking of getting a speedlight, which ones do you recommend?
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Thanks! abby is pretty awesome. on the fence right now about getting a new french bulldog pup to keep her company.
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Look nice, good framing. Watch out with that 1.8 and dogs tho, when I shoot my dog (alaskan malamute) I try to keep at least above 2.0 else it's likely that the muzzle feels out of focus, tho it's not such a big deal with yours I see.

Also, did you do any post editing on these? Photoshop? Gimp? Lightroom?
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Compact florescent lighting has made good artificial lighting much more affordable and you can make really white light. The real trick to making it look nice is going to be reflecting or diffusing it (with a softbox).

Ive done quite a bit of spontaneous environmental portraits, often times I dont have my "real" lights with me, but I keep a little clamp shop light with a florescent bulb and a big peice of white paper in my car. Making nice light can be as simple as that.

Strobes are great too, Ive just never gotten into strobist stuff, so I dont have much wisdom to offer there except that you should definitely inject in some sort of diffuser/softbox to go on it.
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Look nice, good framing. Watch out with that 1.8 and dogs tho, when I shoot my dog (alaskan malamute) I try to keep at least above 2.0 else it's likely that the muzzle feels out of focus, tho it's not such a big deal with yours I see.

Also, did you do any post editing on these? Photoshop? Gimp? Lightroom?
haha yea abby really doesnt have a muzzle so that doesnt really worry me. but i think i'll be going above 2.0 because i wanna capture her big ears also.

Also there was no post editing. those are straight from the camera. do you recommend any post editing? if so whats the best software to use for it?
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I like them
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Most of us on here use Lightroom, but if you're just starting, try looking for free resources. I'm not sure if DPP works with Nikon cameras, but it's a nice free program that works with Canon cameras very well.
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