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Since I brought my camera, I've taken a strong interest in the local area, and tried to capture a few moments whilst driving around.

Whats the secret to good photography?

Well one secret is to stop the car and get out before you take a photo :mrgreen:

Depends what you mean by "good photography" I suppose

You could try to make your photos obey certain photgraphic rules, such as The Rule of Thirds

if thats the sort of thing you want a hand with, its easy for me to help you, but just remember the rule that rules are there to be broken too

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Just means that when Trim is caught trawling through the local woods for damp and discarded pornography, he has an excuse (rather than anything else) to hand.

Seriously though Bicks, I'vee keen on the idea of a digital slr for ages, but theres always been other bills to pay. Since fixing my old slr a couple of months, the bugs back, although film seems such an expensive faff. I do love the idea of being able to process, edit and manipulate images on my pc, but cannot decide if I should

Start out gently bentley, by getting a cheap dslr such as the pentax ist or one ots verious guises at a cost of say £350.

Or a Canon 350 for about £485 which is a slightly better camera,

Or wait for the new Sony which looks rather spunky (in the old fashioned sense) at a cost of £6-700 when released. My initial thought was as its only ever going to be a hobby, that the pentax, say with a cheapo 55-200 lens as well as the standard fitment.

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Rule # 1 of photography: If you absolutely HAVE to post a HUGE photo on the VT message board, upload it somewhere else and just post the link. Grumble grumble. Pesky kids. Grumble. Annoying my fish. And my flowers.

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More useful tho Trim, the 'white balance' on that photo is too high. See how the white tops of the posts kind of glow? If you take the setting down a little it should be more, er, balanced. Keep it up.

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More useful tho Trim, the 'white balance' on that photo is too high. See how the white tops of the posts kind of glow? If you take the setting down a little it should be more, er, balanced. Keep it up.

How'd you change that?

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Juju if you are going to buy a cheap dslr, buy a canon or a nikon low end model, then any lens you buy at a later date will still be compatible. You have to remember you are buying into "a system". the big boys camera are always going to be a beter purchase for this very reason. the only other possibility is buying into the 2.3rds system but thats a) expensive and B) not exactly taking off at great speed

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All good so far boys, keep it up.

This look familiar Richard? Can't remember if this was taken near one of your previous places?

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/5576/10thlock9xh.jpg

Edited: Linked as picture size upset Anthonys flowers and fish.

going to be cruel to be kind here

that photo is awful!!

you need to ask yourself what is the point of the photograph, what is its purpose, what is the focus of the image? That photo is a snap and nothing more it has no point of focus. You have a great subject there (the canal locks), these are great source of leading lines (another photographic compositional technique) - lines that lead the eye into the image and to the focal point of the photo. You need to assess the situation you are in and look around for the best way to photograph your subject.

the tree - thats a no no unless you wanted a photo of the tree, the flat path in the foreground - what a waste of space adds nothing and goes right across the image

Also as anthony mentioned the highlights (the whitest part of the image) is blown out, with digital photography you always need to meter for the highlights, control them and the shadow areas can have the detail brought out in photoshop later, its almost impossible to drag out details from highlight areas. To control the highlights you need to read the manual of the camera and learn how its metering works

got to go to work now, otherwise I'd post more. I'm not being nasty trim, its only by constructive criticism that you can learn to improve your photography. I'm off tommorow, so if you post some more I'll try and help you a bit more

but do a google on photogrphic composition, theres literally thousands of websites out there you can read that will help you learn what makes the difference between a snap and a good photograph

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All good so far boys, keep it up.

This look familiar Richard? Can't remember if this was taken near one of your previous places?

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/5576/10thlock9xh.jpg

Edited: Linked as picture size upset Anthonys flowers and fish.

going to be cruel to be kind here

that photo is awful!!

you need to ask yourself what is the point of the photograph, what is its purpose, what is the focus of the image? That photo is a snap and nothing more it has no point of focus. You have a great subject there (the canal locks), these are great source of leading lines (another photographic compositional technique) - lines that lead the eye into the image and to the focal point of the photo. You need to assess the situation you are in and look around for the best way to photograph your subject.

the tree - thats a no no unless you wanted a photo of the tree, the flat path in the foreground - what a waste of space adds nothing and goes right across the image

Also as anthony mentioned the highlights (the whitest part of the image) is blown out, with digital photography you always need to meter for the highlights, control them and the shadow areas can have the detail brought out in photoshop later, its almost impossible to drag out details from highlight areas. To control the highlights you need to read the manual of the camera and learn how its metering works

got to go to work now, otherwise I'd post more. I'm not being nasty trim, its only by constructive criticism that you can learn to improve your photography. I'm off tommorow, so if you post some more I'll try and help you a bit more

but do a google on photogrphic composition, theres literally thousands of websites out there you can read that will help you learn what makes the difference between a snap and a good photograph

Nah, the feedback is good Bicks, thats why I posted it, I have no idea about photography so thats a great start, cheers.

And Rich, the picture is outside the 10th Lock, down the delph.

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A bit harsh on the photo I thought.

It's a snap rather than an artistic picture, and yes, the canal locs were rather wasted, and again the exposure of the sky is all wrong. There's no depth to the picture, but I can see what he was trying to say with the picture, that the justaposition of tower blocks with a country scene was reasonably clever, just not well excecuted. And besides, whilst the path and foreground add nothing themselves, the rule of 1/3rds sort of works across the picture rather than up. I think witht the tree on one side, the blocks on the other, there was a "brutal landscape vs beauty of nature" there he was trying to work with.

Perhaps, and Bicks may well disagree, a better pic might have been by turning from landscape to portrait, and getting up closer to the locks, to give more depth to the shot. And making it darker overall, altering the exposure and shutter speed to give the depth of field a more artistic feel could have done more for the picture.

4/10.

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