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First Picture, First DSLR
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September 7, 2012
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I’m so glad to have found the video tutorials on here. I am new here, and here’s my background:)
I have just picked up the camera again 16 years after taking an intro to photography class in high school. I’ve been using a point and shoot camera all this time, and never owned an SLR camera.

So far I’ve finished Lesson 17 of the EasyExposure video tutorials, haven’t read any other photography books/videos or tutorials.

Yesterday, I bought the Nikon D3100 with the kit lens, and took my first pics of the moving dogs. Very hard to do for beginners. Original pics were over exposed I think, so I Photoshopped them for brightness and contrast, that’s about it.

Picture with the white dog facing the grass:
Taken 30minutes before sunset
ISO 1600
WB: cloudy day

Two pictures with dog facing the camera and facing side ways:
Same settings as above except for ISO 3200

What do you think of the settings I used? The photoshop manipulation–too bright or too much contrast? Improvement on cropping? What other things can I do to these pictures?

September 24, 2012
8:14 pm
Long Island, New York

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The photos still look a bit over exposed. I don’t see the need for such high ISOs. Alternatively, at f/5.6, you could bring the shutter speed down to 60 with a steady hand.

Perhaps you should learn first in Aperture or Shutter priority mode. It helps when you let the camera make a part of the decision. Pick an ISO (200-400 is good for your camera) and an appropriate aperture or shutter speed depending on your mode, and let the camera choose the remaining variable. Use shutter priority if the speed of the subject is a factor. Otherwise use aperture priority keeping depth of field in mind.


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