A&P World Premier: First shot from my 40D.

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  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I've been playing with it for a few days and am finally comfortable enough in full manual + RAW + post-processing in LightRoom to post up a picture for critique. Tear it apart because that's the only way I'll learn–just remember that this is my first DSLR :o


    37mm / 1/50 sec / F2.8 / ISO 400
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    Updated (higher exposure, darker blacks):
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    Update again by adding some green to get rid of the magenta:
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    And here's the before/after:

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  2. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Cute dog.
     
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    Thanks...she knows it too.
     
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    I yelled at her to get her to look at me and I scared her :rofl:

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  5. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    That would be cool in B&W.
     
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    cute dog. :cool:
     
  7. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    your shot is good and the pp is nice and subtle. but a big piece of advice, change your perspective, get down eye level with the dog. we've all looked down at a dog from standing/sitting over them. there's nothing really that pops and makes that picture special. :dunno:
     
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    I'll do that from now on–I was so focused on getting a properly exposed picture that I could work on in Lightroom that I wasn't thinking about anything else.

    And thanks for the cute dog comments...she appreciates them very much, but how about the picture itself?
     
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    This is the "i'm the master, you're just the dog" perspective. OP has a problem not being in control. :rofl:
     
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    The shot looks like it might be just a little underexposed also. Easy to do with the 40D and probably only 1/3 stop. This much can be easily corrected in post without noise.
     
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    Can anyone else verify this? I already upped the exposure a pretty good amount in pp...when I slid it up more it started to blow out the whites. I tried spot-reducing the exposure in the white areas with the brush and it started to look too altered.
     
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    If you have it as a RAW you can bring up the exposure and at the same time use the recovery slider to help with keeping the highlights from blowing out.

    Also it might not be completely exposure. Try just a little cooler white balance. I'm sure some of it is the indoor lighting.
     
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    maybe a little bump on the fill? :dunno:
     
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    What lens?
     
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    I'll give that a try.

    I'll try that as well and see what happens.

    Tamron 17-50 2.8
     
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    someones putting my old camera to good use. =]
     
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    wow, I have the same lens but I don't think I can get that sharp of a pic with my 450D house.
     
  19. Drunken Karnie Midget

    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    In any live subject such as a dog, cat, or human, focus on the eyes, particularly when you're that close to the face. In your first shot, you were focused on her nose. The second shot is better.
     
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    Trying to at least :o

    I'm shooting RAW and sharpening a bit in post...:dunno: if that makes a difference.

    It's weird...I manually selected the focus point and put that over her eye, refocused, then took the picture. To me both her snout and her eyes look in focus, but maybe my vision isn't that great :dunno:
     
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    More criticism please :)
     
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    Good combo. I have the same setup. Pictures are a little under exposed, but you did ok with PP. I would raise your lighting a bit in LR and also your blacks. Also your white balance looks to be a bit off. Pull your temp and tint to the right a bit and see what happens.

    BTW my Tamron has the same focusing issue when used indoors. Its just hit or miss unless you are in the sunlight.
     
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    How much did you pick up that 40D for?
     
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    I upped the exposure and darkened the blacks a tiny bit.

    Does the picture look too cool or too warm? When I move the slider in either direction it starts to look bad, so maybe my calibration is off :dunno:
     

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