Assignment 5

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  • #18676
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    Hey there,

    You are probably wondering why I’m back so quickly since I had just finished my last Assignment.
    Well, since I got a bit stuck with the last one bc of the whole weather situation I went ahead and read Lesson 5 and shooting lots of Photos!
    So here are 2 Photos i really like…

    Like i said, for the first photo i have used Lightroom to reduce the exposure a little bit but the rest is all how it was originally taken! 馃槈

    Thank You!

    #21193
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    Hey,

    I know you are very busy with all the Students but I just wanted to check If you have actually noticed my Post…
    Not trying to be rude, just checking really! 馃槈

    #21194
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    I’m working on it now!

    Thank you!

    #21195
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    No problem! 馃槈

    #21196
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for sending in another assignment.

    Here is the EXIF data for these photos:
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    Date Time Original: 2013:03:28 12:52:36
    Exposure Time: 4
    F Number: f / 14
    Exposure Program: Manual
    ISO Speed Ratings: 200
    Metering Mode: CenterWeightedAverage
    Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length: 32mm
    White Balance: Manual white balance
    Make: SONY
    Model: NEX-F3
    LensInfo: 180/10 550/10 35/10 56/10
    LensModel: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Lens: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Exif Version:
    Date Time Digitized: 2013:03:28 12:52:36
    Shutter Speed Value: -2
    Aperture Value: 7.61
    Brightness Value: 2.49
    Max Aperture Value: 4.34
    Light Source: Unknown
    File Source: DSC
    Scene Type: Directly photographed
    Custom Rendered: Normal process
    Exposure Mode: 1
    Digital Zoom Ration: 1
    Focal Length In 35mm Film: 48mm
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    Contrast: Normal
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Normal
    ExifIFDPointer: 200
    X Resolution: 240
    Y Resolution: 240
    Resolution Unit: 2
    Date Time: 2013:04:01 18:53:53
    Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3 (Windows)
    DateCreated: 2013-03-28T12:52:36

    [attachment=0:3o5hcmq1]_DSC4454 EXIF.png[/attachment:3o5hcmq1]
    Date Time Original: 2013:03:28 12:39:12
    Exposure Time: 1/1
    F Number: f / 11
    Exposure Program: Manual
    ISO Speed Ratings: 200
    Metering Mode: CenterWeightedAverage
    Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length: 55mm
    White Balance: Manual white balance
    Make: SONY
    Model: NEX-F3
    LensInfo: 4
    LensModel: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Exif Version:
    Flashpix Version:
    Color Space: 65535
    Pixel X Dimension: 4912
    Pixel Y Dimension: 3264
    CompressedBitsPerPixel: 1
    Maker Note: 1054
    User Comment: 36746
    Date Time Digitized: 2013:03:28 12:39:12
    Brightness Value: 3.00
    Max Aperture Value: 4.97
    Light Source: Unknown
    File Source: DSC
    Scene Type: Directly photographed
    Custom Rendered: Normal process
    Exposure Mode: 1
    Digital Zoom Ration: 1
    Focal Length In 35mm Film: 82mm
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    Contrast: Normal
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Normal
    InteroperabilityIFDPointer: 36882
    ExifIFDPointer: 484
    Orientation: 1
    YCbCr Positioning: 2
    X Resolution: 350
    Y Resolution: 350
    Resolution Unit: 2
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    Date Time: 2013:03:28 12:39:12
    Image Description:
    Software: NEX-F3 v1.00

    Now the first thing I noticed here is that these images have some focus issues. Take a look at these images at full 100% size and you will see what I mean. They aren’t exactly sharp. Nailing focus on images like this is key.

    Now, that said the simplification of colour here is quite nice. You have chosen some really nice colors what work well together and you’ve done quite well in that regard.

    I would like you to submit another photo with your focus a bit sharper.

    Just be aware that your lens has a minimum focus distance and you might have to be aware of that.

    Are you interested in submitting another image or two so I can be sure you are nailing your focus?

    Let me know!

    #21197
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    Thank you for your Critique and yes, I will post another Photo! 馃槈
    I started using the Manual Focus just recently and I’m still getting a hang of it.

    But any critique can only help me to become better.
    I will post the Photos tomorrow because I’m about to head to bed!
    So i will be back tomorrow and re-post new photos! 馃槈

    Thank you again! 馃檪

    #21198
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    My pleasure!

    I like your images and I like that you are working on your manual focus.

    Just be aware of your lens’ minimum focus distance. If your camera/lens has a manual it will be noted in there.

    #21199
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    okay, I’m back with new Shots and they seem better focused.
    I haven’t even thought of it until you mentioned that every lense has a minimum focus. 馃檮
    So I checked my Handbook and there it was…

    I bought this Camera for Christmas and at that time I didn’t really plan to make more out of my hobby so I figured the Sony would do it’s Job but now I found myself irritated so many times, that’s why I’m going to buy the Canon EOS T3 next Month. I have done research and read this should be a great Camera for People that start out in serious Photography.

    But anyway, the first Photo still seems a bit off but I had positioned the Camera as needed and adjusted the Manual Focus.
    The Second one (single Flower) seems fairly good to me.
    When i go in Macro mode it seems better but then I would not be able to use Manual Focus.
    Also, I have yet to figure out how to get the whole Photo in Focus as it can be seen in the Example. (the yellow Flower)
    So this Camera really doesn’t leave me much freedom but that’s gonna change soon!

    If you think this still isn’t that great just let me know, I’m open minded and here to learn so i will still keep practicing with the Focus! 馃槈

    #21200
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for sending in a few more photos. You are doing very well given that you are using what you feel is sub-optimal equipment! With cameras like this and their preset modes like “macro” you have to give up some control. Given that you’ve done well here.

    The yellow image with the rain drop is a bit underexposed.

    The image of the purple flower has a bit of a white balance problem but that’s not a big deal.

    And the image of the flower with the red edges is a bit of a weird composition that I don’t like.

    Whatever the case, you have shown that you understood the assignment and you can move onto the next assignment if you like!

    馃檪

    #21201
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    Thank you! I have been taking lots of pictures while I was waiting for a Reply and i feel like i got a better understanding of the manual focus now. Not perfect yet but better! 馃檪
    I also bought a NIKON D3100 incl. the NIKKOR 50-300mm Lens! It’s quite a challenge but i’m confident that i will master my new Diamond! 馃檪

    I don’t know if that’s too much to ask but If you like you could see some of my Photos at http://500px.com/ClaudiaSamples !

    But thank you so much for your patience and I will see you next time!

    #21202
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    These are great!!!! I’m very proud of you!!! Keep it up.

    Here is a weird and funny little trick for learning your new camera.

    #21203
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    Thank you so much for taking a look! 馃榾
    I really appreciate it! And thanks for the link, i will read it now!
    Have a great day and I’ll see you soon! 馃槈

    #21204
    Claudia Samples
    Participant

    haha that was funny! 馃榾 I will take it to heart and get on it… 馃槈

    #24260
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

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