PF Photography: Tips, Tricks, & Photo Sharing

In summary, PF Photography offers valuable tips and tricks for improving photography skills and techniques. They also provide a platform for photo sharing, allowing photographers to showcase their work and receive feedback from others in the community. From beginner tips to advanced techniques, PF Photography has something for every level of photographer. Additionally, their photo sharing feature encourages collaboration and growth among photographers. With a focus on education and community, PF Photography is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their photography skills and connect with other photographers.
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This thread is for anything related to Photography. I am quite new to photography and I do not know a lot about it, so any pointers would be great. I've seen some really great shots in the competition threads, so let's see what PF has to offer :cool:

Hosting your Photos

I use http://imageshack.us/", it hosts your Image and can also resize the image. I think as a general guideline we should stick to a maximum image size of 640x480 so that the thread doesn't become cluttered and take ages to load up. If you feel that the image would look better a bit bigger then I'm sure that is fine.
This is my dog Pie, as you can see she loves her Tennis Balls. :smile:
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/2123/pie3er7.jpg

This one is out in the garden. I had a play around with the focus but I think there is still
some room for improvement, I tried to use the bricks a backround just to add some definition.

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/456/edited1xh6.jpg

This one makes me want to cry. It was such a great opportunity to take a great shot, but
its come out a bit fuzzy, its one of those moments I can't imagine come around to often :cry:
For anyone that is interested it's in South Africa.

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/7043/cheetahrf1.jpg

This should be good :smile:
 
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Cute dog! Nice photos!
 
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I've posted this on PF before, but it's one of my favorites.

squirrels.jpg
 
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Awww, that's so cute!
 
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The chipmunks will come to me and climb on me to look in my hands and pockets for seeds, but the squirrels always act very suspicious. They don't run away because they want to stay near the bird feeders, but they'll retreat to a place where they can keep an eye me until I move off. This was shot at a focal length of 360 mm, with a 35mm film equivalent focal length of 577 mm, so you can see I was some distance away from them and still they were nervous.
 
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Evo
Thanks :smile:

Turbo-1
That's an awesome shot! Is this in your Garden? I sometimes struggle with photos like this of wildlife as a lot of the time it can look quite dull, but yours works really nicely :smile:
 
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I've just come across an Image Manipulation programme, It is quite nice for touching up your photos. It's called http://www.gimp.org/" . and it's free. You might want to check it out the site has screenshots and shows you what it does.

Just a question concerning my Photo of the dog. It looks a bit dull, I am very pleased with what is in the Photo but it is lacking something? Anyone got any ideas?
 
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_Mayday_ said:
I've just come across an Image Manipulation programme, It is quite nice for touching up your photos. It's called http://www.gimp.org/" . and it's free. You might want to check it out the site has screenshots and shows you what it does.

Just a question concerning my Photo of the dog. It looks a bit dull, I am very pleased with what is in the Photo but it is lacking something? Anyone got any ideas?

The dog photo is adorable but it has a blue tint to it. Notice how the dogs fur is bluish instead of white. The photo needs to be "warmed up" by adjusting the color balance. Not sure how to do this with GIMP. To prevent this in the future you can set your camera's white balance to "Cloudy" to warm up your photos.
 
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Hope you don't mind, I played with the image to show you what can be done. The warmer version is the top one and the bottom one is your original.

2261774280_68d48ce4a7_o.jpg
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/2123/pie3er7.jpg
 
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Cheers, I've done something similar myself. Thanks for the advice though!
 
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_Mayday_ said:
Evo
Thanks :smile:

Turbo-1
That's an awesome shot! Is this in your Garden? I sometimes struggle with photos like this of wildlife as a lot of the time it can look quite dull, but yours works really nicely :smile:
Thanks! The squirrels are sitting on the ledge of my log house, overlooking our vegetable garden. I liked the scene in part because the squirrels blend in quite well with the weathered logs, and in part because it looks like the standing squirrel is reassuring its sibling.
 
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Yeah, it's that reassuring paw that makes the picture "talk".
 
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Baby Blues

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Ooh! nice detail!
 
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Since I have lots of squirrels stealing my bird food, I make them pay by modeling for me. This one is a baby, probably recently weaned.

babysquirrel.jpg
 
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turbo-1 said:
Ooh! nice detail!
I'm lovin my new macro lens!
 
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Your squirrels are just so cute Turbo!
 
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Larkspur, that is a great shot of your cat. Because of that, I have to share my main fuzzy man...Elvis.
http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/4835/elviskittytreesmallwm2.jpg

And here is my favorite of Wyatt. I just like how the lighting worked out with the colors.
http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/9383/wyattsleepinginthesun2zh7.jpg
 
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FredGarvin said:
Larkspur, that is a great shot of your cat. Because of that, I have to share my main fuzzy man...Elvis.
http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/4835/elviskittytreesmallwm2.jpg
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Gorgeous cat Fred!
 
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FredGarvin said:
Larkspur, that is a great shot of your cat. Because of that, I have to share my main fuzzy man...Elvis.
http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/4835/elviskittytreesmallwm2.jpg
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Great shot Fred.

He looks like he's wondering about you.
 
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Are non-cute photos allowed?
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MoreLove the cat close-up Larkspur!
 
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larkspur Nice shot, I like it how the eyes are clear and sharp with the soft smooth background of the cats fur.

turbo-1 I like that shot more actually, the wood grain works so nicely. I'm having trouble with my focus, I can change it an make it work but only short range. The focus in your shot is great, but how did you manage it?
 
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larkspur said:
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Is this picture done with a really high f-stop? I love how her fur just seems to fade into the background. Even your most basic pictures amaze me.
 
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Astronuc said:
Great shot Fred.

He looks like he's wondering about you.
Thanks. I often think if Elvis wonders about me and just what the heck I am doing. He is one photogenic cat (I think).
 
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FredGarvin said:
Is this picture done with a really high f-stop? I love how her fur just seems to fade into the background. Even your most basic pictures amaze me.

Thanks Fred.
Yes, it was f/3.2
 
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The photos I dare to share with the rest of the world are stored http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunch_of_photons/" . C&C, advice, tips, etc. are most welcome...I have a LOT to learn.
 
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neutrino said:
The photos I dare to share with the rest of the world are stored http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunch_of_photons/" . C&C, advice, tips, etc. are most welcome...I have a LOT to learn.
Yeah, sure! In the short time you've had that camera, you've posted some great pictures. I love the silhouetted crows.
 
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neutrino said:
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The photos I dare to share with the rest of the world are stored http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunch_of_photons/" . C&C, advice, tips, etc. are most welcome...I have a LOT to learn.

You have some very nice shots in your group Nutrino.

If you really want to learn how to improve I would suggest joining the Flickr group Photowalkthrough. Then post a photo in the discussion section with the title RIA. ( Rip It Apart.) They will be brutally honest but that helps you learn faster when someone points out the flaws and tells you how to improve.


Another group that will be brutally honest is http://www.photosig.com" . If you can take the constructive criticism you will improve rapidly.
Just reading the criticisms of other peoples work will help you.

I am not a very good critic because I am too positive and I hate to hurt someones feelings with critical remarks (even if I can sugar coat it)...these groups don't care about feelings. They just want to get quality work from you.
 
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Cool, I like to post pictures now and then...

My current background on my computer:

Intuition.jpg
 
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Larkspur I might have a look at that group, thanks for the link.

Mech_Engineer Great shot, the focus is pefect.

I have a few I've taken recently both have a few minor issues.

I don't think the focus is quite right, and I think the photo is a bit too rich in colour and contrast, but I am happy with what is in the shot
http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/9345/flower2yn0.jpg

Sheep!
http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/2544/sheepwr5.jpg
 
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happy Valentine picture

valentine.JPG
 
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turbo-1 said:
Yeah, sure! In the short time you've had that camera, you've posted some great pictures. I love the silhouetted crows.

larkspur said:
You have some very nice shots in your group Nutrino.

If you really want to learn how to improve I would suggest joining the Flickr group Photowalkthrough. Then post a photo in the discussion section with the title RIA. ( Rip It Apart.) They will be brutally honest but that helps you learn faster when someone points out the flaws and tells you how to improve.


Another group that will be brutally honest is http://www.photosig.com" . If you can take the constructive criticism you will improve rapidly.
Just reading the criticisms of other peoples work will help you.

I am not a very good critic because I am too positive and I hate to hurt someones feelings with critical remarks (even if I can sugar coat it)...these groups don't care about feelings. They just want to get quality work from you.

Thank you for the kind words, guys. And thank you, larkspur, for the links. I belong to one http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/index.php", where I post occasionally (under the name of 'underexposed').

The problem(s) I have with photography, apart from actually composing, exposing and capturing an eye-pleasing scene, is that I'm very impatient when it comes to post-processing.(At least make the bad ones look decent, even if you can't create a good one in the first place.:-p ) I'm not really sure what I'm doing when I'm moving the levels slider or adjusting curves, and I also have this nasty habit of preventing the photo becoming even a tad unrealistic.

I have a couple of photos that I was "working on," which haven't yet been posted to Flickr. I'll post the shots in the groups you mentioned over the weekend.
 
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Hey, Nav! Here's a shot you won't see at home. I was working at my computer when I saw a big dark shape outside my window, I grabbed the body with the 100-400mm on it and took a few shots through the window. There were 4 turkeys and since the snow in front of the house is over four feet deep, they were nearly at eye level.

turkey.jpg
 
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Be My Valentine

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turbo-1 said:
Hey, Nav! Here's a shot you won't see at home. I was working at my computer when I saw a big dark shape outside my window, I grabbed the body with the 100-400mm on it and took a few shots through the window. There were 4 turkeys and since the snow in front of the house is over four feet deep, they were nearly at eye level.
Wow! I would have been excited to get that shot too!
 

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