Hello everyone, I am currently using canon 450D with 18-55mm kit lens and 50mm f1.8 lens. Just came back from friend's birthday party, and checked my pictures and had this on my face. Hmm the problem I see from my pictures is that I don't really see sharpness from the picture. As compared to some of the other portrait shots by other Clubsnap-ers in the forum. And I must say that I did not read the camera's manual but just to shoot immediately. So I don't really know some of the camera functions. Maybe some of the 450D users can share a bit on the functions?
Some of the things I encountered are, like when I take groups of people, like say 4-5. I will find it a bit tight to fit in my frame. Thus I moved back and they fit nicely into my frame. Maybe with slight angle, not shooting directly straight at them. But when I focus and captured the photo, only to realize that only the person in front or nearer to me gets focused and the others got blurred off, something like bokeh. If I am not wrong, it should be something to do with Depth Of Field (DOF), but if I increase the f-stop, I will lose light right? Thus I can either flip up my flash, or decrease the shutter speed or increase ISO right? But the composition just doesn't seem to look right. In that case what do I do? Is Post Processing (PP) the only way to achieve the type of composition that I desired? In fact I realized that mostly all of my photos, the objects are not sharp enough and the colours are not really vivid. It's really depressing to encounter such things. I see from some of my photos, like the face of the person I am taking is clear but as it goes down to the hands which appears slightly behind than the body is slightly blurred off. Is it the case I set my f-stop too low? I set them at about 1.8-2.2 if I did not remember wrongly.
I really hope someone can share something that would solve or help me with the situation I am currently in. Many thanks and much appreciated.
P.S. Sorry if this is really waste of your time. Thanks for viewing. Have a nice day ahead.