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    There's plenty of Irony in photography!

    Hello everyone, a while back I joined CA, but I got extremely frustrated with how my drawings were going, and I didn't really do much here on the forum, so left. In the time that I was gone, I realized how much more I enjoyed photography over drawing. SO: since this is such a nice community, I've come back, and this time I bring pichr's!
    I'm only 17, and I really don't know anything about photography, but I'd like to learn. All critique is welcome, so let me know what you think. All of my pictures are taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01K (6 MP). It's not professional quality or anything, but I love it to death. The images have been greatly reduced in size. Here's a little bit of what I have amongst my wares:

    I just can't get enough of this one, I love the textures.
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    Heeee, butterflies...
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    I live near Chicago, this is one of my favorite things there
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    Here's a picture under the bean, very trippy
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    Hey, who's that kid in the brown shirt? Why, is that the CA member Algebra? Oh, no! It's a conspiracy!
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    Where boobies come from
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    These might be a variation of psychedelic mushroom according to some of my "expert" friends, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
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    Kitty dreaming of her family
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    An artificial flower
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    Weezie's really dirty for some reason
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    A poor attempt at being artsy
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    An equally poor attempt, except in black and white
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    She's resting her little chin on my leg, tried fooling around with the black and white
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    Last edited by Irony; November 28th, 2007 at 12:31 AM. Reason: I don't want links, I want image tags, damnit! What, too big?
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    Hmm.. read up some photography rules first. They serve as good guide lines to starting photography. Just Google up the words: "photography" and "composition" for starters. There should be a few good tuts under that.

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    I am so lazy, I know and apologize, but would you be so kind as to use the image embedding tool (mountain and sun icon) to display the images here?

    Otherwise I can't bring myself round to really look at them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mu View Post
    I am so lazy, I know and apologize, but would you be so kind as to use the image embedding tool (mountain and sun icon) to display the images here?

    Otherwise I can't bring myself round to really look at them...
    I tried embedding them with the image tags, but for some reason it just wouldn't work. Not sure why...

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    well,

    there should be a pop up input box where you post the link you already got and voilà! ...instant feedback...

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    Now THIS is very cool.

    EDIT: oh, btw, when using imageshack, copy the link under "direct" when positing on CA. I should be smt like [IMG]imageshackDirectLink[/IMG].
    Take one of your examples

    [I M G] http://img264.imageshack.us/my.php?i...0105442qx1.jpg [/I M G].



    It should result into



    (god this emoticon rulz )

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    Awesome, it's working. Thanks Le Gab!

    Heh, wow, those first two are a little bigger than I meant to post... Sorry folks, I'll replace those with smaller ones later.

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    Hi,

    really liking the bean mirror portrait!

    The rest is rather snapshot-ty...

    I don't know about your camera model... can you adjust aperture and focus yourself? Or is it all automatic idiot-proof compact madness?
    Tell us about it.

    Check out and learn about the following keywords (wikipedia or google):

    DOF (depth of field)
    Aperture
    Focus
    Shutter Speed

    Tasks for next batch of photos:

    - choose a subject (preferrably outside)
    - isolate it, making use of point-of-view
    - shoot it so that it's the predominant item in your shot

    - choose a subject
    - shoot it from any other angle than your eye-level

    cya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mu View Post
    Hi,

    Tasks for next batch of photos:

    - choose a subject (preferrably outside)
    - isolate it, making use of point-of-view
    - shoot it so that it's the predominant item in your shot

    - choose a subject
    - shoot it from any other angle than your eye-level

    Mu
    And post them here so we can have submited to the crit stick (dont ask, it's a Rhynome-ism ).

    Welcome to CA photo!

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    I agree. To add, I would say that you should play around with cropping as well.

    I like #3 though.

    Keep shooting and posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mu View Post
    Hi,

    really liking the bean mirror portrait!

    The rest is rather snapshot-ty...

    I don't know about your camera model... can you adjust aperture and focus yourself? Or is it all automatic idiot-proof compact madness?
    Tell us about it.

    Check out and learn about the following keywords (wikipedia or google):

    DOF (depth of field)
    Aperture
    Focus
    Shutter Speed

    Tasks for next batch of photos:

    - choose a subject (preferrably outside)
    - isolate it, making use of point-of-view
    - shoot it so that it's the predominant item in your shot

    - choose a subject
    - shoot it from any other angle than your eye-level

    cya
    Mu
    Thanks for the advice. It'll be tough isolating my subject, though. There always seems to be clutter and mess crowding everything. My camera is pretty inexpensive, so unfortunately it's just an automatic focus deal. It comes with quite a few automatic settings, but I can also customize the different modes and change the settings easily. For what it is, it's a great camera, just not comparable to anything for professional use... But it's pocket-size

    I don't have the money to invest in a better camera right now, maybe I can try and sneak it into my college expenses!

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    Hi all, just wanted to add a few things that I was playing around with. I don't really like them that much, but I'd like to hear what you have to say about them. Lately, it hasn't been going too great, I haven't had time to shoot anything decent. School seems to be constipating my spare time, but winter break is coming up, so expect some bigger updates then. I've been trying to use Mr. Mu's advice, but I haven't come up with anything yet. I will soon, honest!


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    I really screwed up the focus on this one...
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    Here I tried to emphasize the size and delicacy of the dragonfly, and was just fooling around with different cropping ideas. The focus was intentional, to kind of get that "aura" look.
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    Same picture, except B&W with more detail left in.
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    I wasn't too sure how to crop this one. Originally it was larger, with the rest of the church. Still, I wanted to get the focus of the image on the priest and the man.
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    How bout this ?

    Basically an image is worth 1000 words, so i'll keep it short. Some of them have good graphical composition. Start playing with them. Maybe like i did ? Alt + i + p , Alt + i + e + 1 in photoshop .

    Nothing Fancy, just crop and flip.

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    Here's some stuff I took the other day, the jeans pictures were kind of fun, and the sunsets are from later that day when I was waiting for my ride outside of school. I tried playing around a lot with tint and exposure in these, just for the hell of it.

    Adjusted the tint, but there was a piece of dust on the lens, hence that annoying blotch.
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    Tried lowering the saturation a bit
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    More soon... Thanks for the critiques so far.

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