Friday, April 10, 2009

I Heart Faces - Constructive Feedback

I Heart Faces is offering a Constructive Feedback event for amateurs!


Here's our submission:



I intentionally picked a typical bad shot... and am humbly posting it for feedback. I am learning the ins and outs of my Canon Rebel xSi settings and would love suggestions on manual shooting for indoor shots with a wriggly 2-year old!

I know it can be cropped and a better angle... but my main challenge seems to be that many of our indoor shots are a bit blurry. It's tough to find good natural light in the belated spring in the Northwest...

I am still learning about exposure and saturation and balance and all those foreign words :)

Any suggestions would be much appreciated and welcomed!

Thanks so much for this opportunity!


14 comments:

Mr. Tharpey said...

i personally like the "blur" of this shot. it gives the shot life. it shows the motion and energy he has. sometimes blur can be something you intentionally go for (talking motion blur, not camera shake) because a perfectly crisp shot might not capture the moment the same way you would remember it. as long as you get the focus on key objects (ie: eyes, mouths, signs, etc.)

as far as editing....you can't really "edit" sharpness back into a blurry photo. you can always use sharpening and contrast to get the "illusion" of sharpness, but the blur will always be there.

one thing i've realized, is that if a blurry image is all i have for something i'm doing - i will typically convert that image to black and white if the situation calls for it. It seems that if you turn to black and white and add some contrast, a blurry image might seem to have a bit more depth than you thought.

just a few thoughts. the exposure and color tones in this image are acceptable and realistic - so anything to change would be a matter of opinion or taste.

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Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

I can not wait to see all the comments on this. I have some of the same issues. Ahem, all of the same issues. I love that we are on the same path on this too. Same camera too. He still is handsome, a little blur or not.

Melinda said...

I'm definitely just learning too but I have a quick moving 2 1/2 year old and to avoid those blurry shots I have to up my shutter speed. That will freeze her movement and avoid the motion blur. But to up the shutter speed you need to have enough lighting. Try upping your ISO if you don't get enough natural lighting or try a bounce flash. I personally don't have an external flash but use a Lightscoop. I think its an amazing option...check out my blog for examples. The post labeled FFF-Favorite Foto was taken indoors with my Lightscoop. Good luck!!

Melinda B

drewmark19 said...

My house is an absolute cave. It is so hard to capture pictures with natural light in it. My solution was to get a lens that had a much wider aperture. I use the 50mm f/1.4. It makes it possible to get sharper images where I couldn't get them before. The only disadvantage to it is that you have to back away from the subject a bit. I still love it...it's my favorite lens! Looks like you're not doing too bad for yourself on the photography route, though. Two iheartfaces awards! Way to go! :)

Boybarian Dad said...

I think this is a pretty good shot. I would look at increasing your ISO. Then up your shutter speed, children indoors will always need a bit higher shutter speed in my mind, but go for that correct exposure.

I agree with Drewmark, a lens with a better aperture always helps as well.

Good luck,
B Dad

He And Me + 3 said...

I enjoyed reading the comments. Very good advice. Wow...I need to do this.

Carebear said...

First off, I am SO glad you posted this. I wish I'd posted a different, more candid shot on my blog for feedback! I'm thrilled to read your answers because I have the same issues (low NW light, constantly moving target). I think this shot is actually really cute, and you already know it needs cropping - so there's no feedback I can offer you. Just wanted to say thanks for getting answers that I can use too!

Carebear said...

First off, I am SO glad you posted this. I wish I'd posted a different, more candid shot on my blog for feedback! I'm thrilled to read your answers because I have the same issues (low NW light, constantly moving target). I think this shot is actually really cute, and you already know it needs cropping - so there's no feedback I can offer you. Just wanted to say thanks for getting answers that I can use too!

Pam said...

Ok, so am I the only one lost in all of this deep photography chatter? I so want to join in but I'm way out of my league. Even for an amateur. So sad. Maybe one day I'll get there.

Dana Tate said...

I am the mom of a preschooler. I hate flash photos but do take plenty of indoor shots. one thing i invested in and am learning to use is the LIGHTSCOOP. It is a flash attachment difuser and its about 30 bucks. it has changed my everyday photos for the better. I do not really have any critique persay but I did want to suggest the product for your daily indoor type shots.

brian said...

ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, blah blah blah...I'm strictly point-and-shoot...But I don't think this is a bad shot at all. Helps that your kid is so cute too :)

theArthurClan said...

Wow Rachel! You have gotten so many great tips in this post. I'm not even sure if there is anything I can add.

I am really fascinated by the idea of the Lightscoop though...I am off to check that out now.

~Angie
co-founder of iHeartFaces