i really need more practive in this :)


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enrell

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got myself a used ist dl..went to changi this morning to test the camera..took a few pictures, playing ard wif the shutter n ampeture settings..

there were few nice fotos but its not wat i expected from a dslr camera..mebbe i dint do the settings right?

most of the pictures r quite dark n dint really stands out...seems that i must use the flash to get good pics..most of the pics are taken at iso400

any advice for the pros??

heres some samples




 

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Octarine

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A few things to read up:
Photography Notes for Newbies for general understanding of photography
Minimum Focusing Distance of lenses
Your camera manual (selecting focus points)
Just having a DSLR doesn't result in "wow" pictures on the spot. It requires even more understanding of the topic to use the right settings. Just wild snapping and fiddling with some settings (btw: what exactly have you done?) won't help much.
As a bonus, try to write in proper English, helps a lot to understand you and your problem.
 

enrell

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A few things to read up:
Photography Notes for Newbies for general understanding of photography
Minimum Focusing Distance of lenses
Your camera manual (selecting focus points)
Just having a DSLR doesn't result in "wow" pictures on the spot. It requires even more understanding of the topic to use the right settings. Just wild snapping and fiddling with some settings (btw: what exactly have you done?) won't help much.
As a bonus, try to write in proper English, helps a lot to understand you and your problem.
Thank you for the tip.

I have printed the posts from the thread that you have mentioned and I am going to go through it again.
 

tehzeh

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got myself a used ist dl..went to changi this morning to test the camera..took a few pictures, playing ard wif the shutter n ampeture settings..

there were few nice fotos but its not wat i expected from a dslr camera..mebbe i dint do the settings right?

most of the pictures r quite dark n dint really stands out...seems that i must use the flash to get good pics..most of the pics are taken at iso400

any advice for the pros??

heres some samples




You have to learn the basics first. Don't use auto. Use PASM. And learn to read the light meter. If you can't take a good picture with the viewfinder, use the Live View first. You won't be able to take good photos with a DSLR if you don't know how. Nope, you MIGHT not need flash in some situations..

and you can also use some softwares to post-process your photos. Shoot in RAW.

Sorry if I sounded hostile. LOL.
 

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You have to learn the basics first. Don't use auto. Use PASM. And learn to read the light meter. If you can't take a good picture with the viewfinder, use the Live View first. You won't be able to take good photos with a DSLR if you don't know how. Nope, you MIGHT not need flash in some situations..

and you can also use some softwares to post-process your photos. Shoot in RAW.

Sorry if I sounded hostile. LOL.
I totally disagree. Liveview will not help him learn any of the basics.

FYI, he's using a PENTAX *ist DL, which is from 2005. It has no live view and only 3 AF points, and so he needs to work harder to get the basics right first.
 

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I totally disagree. Liveview will not help him learn any of the basics.
As in, if he want to see the difference when he is adjusting the white balance, exposure, he can use the Live View to see what are the differences. IMO.
 

tehzeh

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I totally disagree. Liveview will not help him learn any of the basics.

FYI, he's using a PENTAX *ist DL, which is from 2005. It has no live view and only 3 AF points, and so he needs to work harder to get the basics right first.
Oh, I didn't see that. >.<
 

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photoshop might help
 

enrell

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photoshop might help
i dint do any post-editing cos i want to see whats the quality like

I totally disagree. Liveview will not help him learn any of the basics.

FYI, he's using a PENTAX *ist DL, which is from 2005. It has no live view and only 3 AF points, and so he needs to work harder to get the basics right first.
dats true. ive to get the basics right. so more reading n practising...

You have to learn the basics first. Don't use auto. Use PASM. And learn to read the light meter. If you can't take a good picture with the viewfinder, use the Live View first. You won't be able to take good photos with a DSLR if you don't know how. Nope, you MIGHT not need flash in some situations..

and you can also use some softwares to post-process your photos. Shoot in RAW.

Sorry if I sounded hostile. LOL.
no worries..no offence taken..im not using auto. just the S and A.
 

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2nd & 4th picture

Camera shake; it's not easy to shoot with low speed hand held. Use higher speed or tripod if possible.
 

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enrell

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#3 looks like your setup is front focusing... Should check on that. Maybe that's why your pictures are all so OOF.
i googled it n it was suggested dat i shld the ist for calibration? if so where n how much?
 

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In addition to all those learning mentioned, you should try to avoid iso1600 where possible for plants and flower. For instance the first orange flower pic where you see lots of discoloration thus the flower is not natural.

Second is, technology has improved image processor and sensor in camera over the years so there is a gap in vibrancy. But that does not mean it is bad, it just mean you cannot let camera be itself.

Follow PASM (not MSAP), use P mode first to get accustom to the camera's behaviour, then move to ASM. E.g Earlier version of LCD are no that high resolution, thus you may be get the full feel.

Read your manuals too, check if the flash power (if the feature is avail) and EV have been changed.
 

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i googled it n it was suggested dat i shld the ist for calibration? if so where n how much?
Actually, cant tell which specific parts in the picture you were focusing in the first place, so cant say if needs calibration.
 

enrell

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Actually, cant tell which specific parts in the picture you were focusing in the first place, so cant say if needs calibration.
from the viewfinder..looks like i got all in focus...man..seems like im suck in this..lol..gonna practice more..
 

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