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Good stuff straight from the camera!

My suggestions center around the 2nd image. The feet in the background are distracting. Also, I feel like the tip of the pup's nose is in focus but the left side of the face is a bit soft if not outright out of focus. Other than that, keep your eyes open for Photoshop Elements 9 on the cheap. I dont use Lightroom (yet) because I'm not doing enough shooting (or making any money from it whatsoever) so I can't justify purchasing higher quality software, but PSE9 lets me do just about everything my old copy of PS7 let me do.
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Good stuff straight from the camera!

My suggestions center around the 2nd image. The feet in the background are distracting. Also, I feel like the tip of the pup's nose is in focus but the left side of the face is a bit soft if not outright out of focus. Other than that, keep your eyes open for Photoshop Elements 9 on the cheap. I dont use Lightroom (yet) because I'm not doing enough shooting (or making any money from it whatsoever) so I can't justify purchasing higher quality software, but PSE9 lets me do just about everything my old copy of PS7 let me do.
with a software like lightrooom. how exactly could i make my photos better? for instance how would you make photo number 2 better with editing?
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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?
Shoot in RAW if you aren't already for starters. In the first shot, the focus looks to be spot on and it looks decently sharp, but you need to adjust the white balance (color temperature). The easiest way to do this is to shoot RAW and adjust it during post-processing. I wouldn't bother with the white balance presets on the camera, they never produce good results. Customizing in post is best.

For the second shot, the whole image is soft, either because the DOF is too shallow (in which case stop down a bit) or the focus is off, or camera shake, or all three.

The third looks decent with the off-centering, but you may want to stop down to get a DOF large enough to get the snout in focus.


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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.
It won't. Unfortunately, RAW isn't a universal format. Every manufacturer has their own. Canon has CR2, Nikon has NEF, etc. and each require their own in house converter for the best results, although Adobe Camera Raw manages to do a halfway decent job, but IMO, converted JPEGs look the best with DPP. From what I've heard, there's even more of disparity in the quality of conversions when using ACR to convert Nikon NEF files rather than their own View NX software.

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Good stuff straight from the camera!

My suggestions center around the 2nd image. The feet in the background are distracting. Also, I feel like the tip of the pup's nose is in focus but the left side of the face is a bit soft if not outright out of focus. Other than that, keep your eyes open for Photoshop Elements 9 on the cheap. I dont use Lightroom (yet) because I'm not doing enough shooting (or making any money from it whatsoever) so I can't justify purchasing higher quality software, but PSE9 lets me do just about everything my old copy of PS7 let me do.
Elements is definitely a decent program. I still have Elements 7 installed, and used to use it all the time until I got LR3.
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with a software like lightrooom. how exactly could i make my photos better? for instance how would you make photo number 2 better with editing?
Lightroom is used mainly for it's enhanced workflow, but it also has only the most used tools for digital photography found in a full version of Photoshop CS (clone stamp, healing brush, etc.). Also, LR has excellent noise reduction and sharpness algorithms, so they can "save" a bad shot better than lesser programs like Elements, GIMP, etc.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 3/1/11 at 8:51am
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the first one is off color and the other two are spot on. upon reviewing your exif from flickr, it indicates that you set the first one to 'incandescent' and the latter two on 'auto wb'. my suggestion is to leave it on auto wb for now. nikons are pretty good with white balance.

my experience so far is that nikon tend to be a little too cool in the auto wb setting. like how you would use a white balance dropper on camera raw on the most white object in the scene. thus i set my camera to have an offset of amber-3 (A3). your d7000 might do better than my d700, it's supposed to have a better RGB meter.
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if i shot in raw format. could the lighting issue be corrected in software like lightroom?
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if i shot in raw format. could the lighting issue be corrected in software like lightroom?
Yes, very easily. RAW records a full range of exposure, color, sharpness and WB settings, which can be adjusted post-process as effectively as if you were making the adjustment on your camera before you took the shot. It can't help with ISO, shutter speed and aperture though.

But that doesn't mean you can't fix a JPEG in Photoshop. I did this very quickly just by adjusting the color balance in CS3 (see attachment).
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i like #3 a lot. not good at criticizing. keep it up and with practice you will get even better. so far so good for a newbie lol
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Yes, very easily. RAW records a full range of exposure, color, sharpness and WB settings, which can be adjusted post-process as effectively as if you were making the adjustment on your camera before you took the shot. It can't help with ISO, shutter speed and aperture though.

But that doesn't mean you can't fix a JPEG in Photoshop. I did this very quickly just by adjusting the color balance in CS3 (see attachment).
oh man that looks perfect!!!! could you share with me how you did that?
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oh man that looks perfect!!!! could you share with me how you did that?
http://puu.sh/15Tj

It's the very first slider named "Temp".
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oh man that looks perfect!!!! could you share with me how you did that?
I did it at work with Photoshop CS3, using the Color Balance tool. Reduced the yellow and added a touch of magenta IIRC.
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