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Hi , this is my first attempt at sill life,,,,,all comments welcome

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix L810 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:std
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Sep 2012 - 2:59 PM
Focal Length:27.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/5.2
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:0.123214
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Red-eye reduction
White Balance:Auto
Title:Autumn is here
Username:sluggyboy sluggyboy
Uploaded:30 Sep 2012 - 5:50 PM
Tags:General
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Peter23
Peter23  52 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 8:18 PM

Hi,

I appreciate that this is your first attempt but it doesn't quite hit any notes for me. It's not sharp enough and there is too much going on for the eye to focus on any particular point. The candle is too bright, from a personal note I would of used a little faster shutter speed also making the shot sharper.

One possitive you clearly understand the rule of thirds.

Keep trying though, practise makes perfect!

Pete

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 12:17 AM

It maybe needs to be a bit more cohesive. You need to think about what you are trying to convey, and what each element adds to the composition. The best thing (and the hardest thing) is that you can create exactly what you want in a still life. You also have glass in this one, which is one of the hardest things to light well.

Frontal lighting seldom works either. Try using a lamp or two for lighting and put the camera on a tripod, that way, it doesn't matter how long the shutter speed is, and you can control the aperture fully. Use as low an ISO as you can for maximum quality, and move the lamps around to see the effect changing the lighting direction makes.

Start with a couple of items, keep it simple and keep practicing, but make sure the items you include are related somehow. Maybe try a neutral backdrop (some cloth, sheet, duvet cover, curtain etc), and don't add anything that doesn't add to the composition.

Whatever you do, don't stop exploring! Long, cold winter nights coming make indoor photography more attractive for the next few months....Grin

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 7:49 PM

Quite a few problems i fear. Needs to be sharper, so you need a tripod and there is a heavy blue colour cast? Your EXIF is strange. Flash on but slow speed and wide aperture with ISO400. None of that works together. Still life needs off camera lighting, natural or artificial. You also have a large burnt out spot on the left centre.

Try one or two simple items first. Get them sharp and interestingly exposed. Then work from there.

Paul

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