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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 2:27 pm 
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hey
so some of you may have seen my last post http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5016
which was showing off the first set of photos id taken with my new (and first ever) dslr camera.


the photos were not amazing, as youd expect, being my first time, but what do you guys think of these? my second attempt?

http://crowdsurfer.net/?p=46
http://crowdsurfer.net/?p=45

Id love to hear some feedback
thanks guys


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No comparison. Either you're using a wide lens, or standing futher back. The early photos showed just the subject with just about no background, not sure if that was the intention. The new shots actually show more of the stage, and are less 'close up' which gives more of a sense of the place/gig, involving the stage lighting and giving more of a sense of the mood. Good stuff.

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I really like the new photos, I did too with the older ones but you're definitely coming along with your skills!

This one from your first batch is a great photo:

http://crowdsurfer.net/wp-content/galle ... ies/b2.jpg

It's a little soft perhaps but great lighting and composition. I wouldn't dismiss your first photos.

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Thanks guys! glad you think im improving, sometimes i think im getting better then take a load of awful shots =[ then i get like "ahh whats the point, im no good at this" which is usualy where id just quit haha..ill stick with this new hobby though i think.

showed my photos to an ameture photog the other day and he had this to say

"some of your shutter speeds are a little slow, photos that would be class, are just ok because the shutter was 1/10th of a second too slow, either get a higher apreture lens or crank the ISO up a bit more, although it looks like yours was pretty high"

"ISO 800 = gigs

never ever use it on auto ISO because the camera will think 'hey it's dark, im gonna crank the ISO up to 1600" and then you get noisy photos, i'd try setting your camera to ISO 400 to start with, and if it's too dark, crank it up to 800.

also set your camera to aperture priority, this might be Av or just A, that way with your fast lenses you let the camera determine the shutter speed, anything under about 60 and you'll get blur and they'll suck

most of mine were at 1/80th of a second, ISO 500 f2.8"


would you all agree?


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Sounds like fairly sound advice to me! But remember it's all about experimentation to get the effects you want. 8)

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Definitely experiment with settings, though what I've come to accept as my ballpark for low light indoor events are the following:

Spot/Centre-weighted metering (depends on the subject in relation to the rest of the frame)
Blow the aperture wide open
1/100-1/250.
ISO 800+

Hopefully this will set you further along the way.

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