Not technically perfect.....

Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
But my family members really like this candid photo that I took of my nephew last weekend. Do you have any suggestions on how I can shoot better in similar lighting conditions?

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
Mike said:
Terri,

You might want to lower your ISO to 200 and or increase your EV .03

Mike
The ISO was up because we were sitting on a dock eating lunch between water skiiers. I had the ISO bumped up for a fast shutter speed on the action shots--forgot to change it while we were eating.

Question about the exposure. I'm noticing a lot of my shots seem underexposed. Do you bump up the exposure to +.03 routinely or just under certain circumstances. Wouldn't that have made the blown highlights worse?

I have been wondering about this and would appreciate any advice you can give me here.

I do shoot in RAW and can adjust exposure in conversion.
 
Joined
May 11, 2005
Messages
17,633
Location
Chicago, IL
Hi Terri,

It's tough to critique the image because of the harsh sunlight. I think that the image came out really good considering the sunlight, the white coat of the dog, the ISO setting and the lack of a fill flash. I wouldn't be disappointed with the image in it's current form. Great shot considering the lighting circumstances.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
eng45ine said:
Hi Terri,

It's tough to critique the image because of the harsh sunlight. I think that the image came out really good considering the sunlight, the white coat of the dog, the ISO setting and the lack of a fill flash. I wouldn't be disappointed with the image in it's current form. Great shot considering the lighting circumstances.
Thanks Frank. Fill flash was out of the question because I was actually quite far away from him. So much to learn.........
 
Joined
Feb 3, 2005
Messages
506
Location
Durban, South Africa
I like it ...personally it wouldn't bother me technically at all. I'm more concerned about moods, emotions and expression than technical perfection. I think you've done very well.
 
Joined
Feb 20, 2005
Messages
1,089
Location
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Terri French said:
I'm noticing a lot of my shots seem underexposed. Do you bump up the exposure to +.03 routinely or just under certain circumstances. Wouldn't that have made the blown highlights worse?
A lot of people seem to be of the opinion that the D70 routinely under-exposes and compensate for this by increasing EV by +0.3 or +0.5 (personally I usually use the latter) - most of the time.

I think your shot is excellent especially considering the difficult / harsh conditions.

I perceive a slight red cast which can be easily corrected in Photoshop by de-saturating the reds. Ctrl-U to bring up the Hue and Saturation dialogue; CTRL-1 to change from MASTER to REDS. Slide the saturation slider to the left - try -5 or thereabouts.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
bendheim said:
I like it ...personally it wouldn't bother me technically at all. I'm more concerned about moods, emotions and expression than technical perfection. I think you've done very well.
Peter,
Thank you. I guess mood and emotion is more important. My sister liked the picture so much, that she got it enlarged for framing.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
Clivegriff said:
Terri French said:
I'm noticing a lot of my shots seem underexposed. Do you bump up the exposure to +.03 routinely or just under certain circumstances. Wouldn't that have made the blown highlights worse?
A lot of people seem to be of the opinion that the D70 routinely under-exposes and compensate for this by increasing EV by +0.3 or +0.5 (personally I usually use the latter) - most of the time.

I think your shot is excellent especially considering the difficult / harsh conditions.

I perceive a slight red cast which can be easily corrected in Photoshop by de-saturating the reds. Ctrl-U to bring up the Hue and Saturation dialogue; CTRL-1 to change from MASTER to REDS. Slide the saturation slider to the left - try -5 or thereabouts.
Thanks Clive for your suggestions. I'll try desaturating the reds. He was sunburned, but it probably is still a bit too red. When keeping your EV increased, do you watch the histogram after each shot? I've been considering bumping mine up. I came from the Olympus 8080 where lots of us kept them turned town -.03 to avoid blown highlights. Guess I've got to change my way of thinking.
 
Joined
Apr 30, 2005
Messages
7,818
Location
Gilroy, California
Terri French said:
eng45ine said:
Hi Terri,

It's tough to critique the image because of the harsh sunlight. I think that the image came out really good considering the sunlight, the white coat of the dog, the ISO setting and the lack of a fill flash. I wouldn't be disappointed with the image in it's current form. Great shot considering the lighting circumstances.
Thanks Frank. Fill flash was out of the question because I was actually quite far away from him. So much to learn.........
I like the photo pretty much as it is. In my mind capturing what was there and your impression of it is more important than manipulating an image to some standard.

Terri - one thing I have been doing lately is using an SB800 with the 70-200 both as fill and even a main light. I have found that it works quite well up to about 30~35 feet or so. And the shadows often end up invisible too. I tried this because I am often photographing my two toddlers and a flash is pretty much the only thing that can capture their constant motion.

There is a lens that can be used on flashes to concentrate the light a bit. I haven't tried those as yet.

Ed
 
Joined
Apr 30, 2005
Messages
542
Location
Fayetteville, OH
Terri French said:
But my family members really like this candid photo that I took of my nephew last weekend. Do you have any suggestions on how I can shoot better in similar lighting conditions?

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
Terri,

I really like the way this portrait captures the emotion of the subject. Pictures don't have to be technically correct everytime. This is a good exposure under tough lighting conditions. Kudos for having the eye to see the picture. Maybe a crop in portrait mode might draw more attention to the eyes.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
18,133
Location
Idaho
Beezle said:
Terri French said:
eng45ine said:
Hi Terri,

It's tough to critique the image because of the harsh sunlight. I think that the image came out really good considering the sunlight, the white coat of the dog, the ISO setting and the lack of a fill flash. I wouldn't be disappointed with the image in it's current form. Great shot considering the lighting circumstances.
Thanks Frank. Fill flash was out of the question because I was actually quite far away from him. So much to learn.........
I like the photo pretty much as it is. In my mind capturing what was there and your impression of it is more important than manipulating an image to some standard.

Terri - one thing I have been doing lately is using an SB800 with the 70-200 both as fill and even a main light. I have found that it works quite well up to about 30~35 feet or so. And the shadows often end up invisible too. I tried this because I am often photographing my two toddlers and a flash is pretty much the only thing that can capture their constant motion.

There is a lens that can be used on flashes to concentrate the light a bit. I haven't tried those as yet.

Ed
Thanks for the encouragement to use my SB800 more. I'll give it a try.
 
Joined
May 6, 2005
Messages
262
Location
So. CA
Nice photo, Terri. My only suggestion would be to shoot it as a vertical. I like the blurred out background.
 
Joined
May 20, 2005
Messages
4,010
Location
Youngsville (The edge of nowhere), North Carolina
Although this shot may not be "technically perfect" (whatever THAT means) it is aesthetically perfect. This is a beautiful image taken under difficult circumstances.

This is art why do you want it sterilized?

Save the technical tedium for when you're shooting gizmos for a Sharper Image catalog. Keep capturing souls when you point a camera at a human being.

Woody
 

Latest posts

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2005-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom