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With my new Nikon D5100 I have started to play with depth of field for the first time. With little preparation I took a few shots of some toys while I try to get my head around it and see what they looked like. I also went for a high ISO just to see what it does.

I would appreciate any feedback on how I can improve this image and what settings you would adopt?

1/30
F4
ISO 900

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Sep 2012 - 7:40 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:900
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Learning depth of field version 1
Username:Leighton22 Leighton22
Uploaded:27 Sep 2012 - 6:58 PM
Tags:Depth of field, Humour / fun, Toys
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2800 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 7:24 PM

Congratulations on the new DSLR, you will love it.

Its an exercise in dof, so I would suggest you should focus on the centre toy, not the near one, so you can understand that DOF has a range in front of the focus point, as well as behind it.

I would also get into the habit of checking your histogram after eacj shot, as this one would have shown underexposed, and then you could have made an exposure adjustment and taken another shot.


Ive loaded a corrected mod. Your ISO performance look very good.


heres a very useful link to help understand dog; the relationship between aperture, focal length, and distance from subject, which all worj together to affect the outcome. You can enter you own camera and lens settings to see what happens:

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



regards



Willie

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 9:48 AM

After looking at Willie's mod it epitomises how the shot should should look so there is really nothing more to add othern than to read up on DoF etc before experimenting further.

Frank

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Leighton22
28 Sep 2012 - 7:04 PM

Thanks for your input!
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 8:03 PM

You certainley were short of light. Try and add light when you can reserving the high ISO for when you have no choice. A good exercise in depth of field. I would always focus on the largest front object unless absolutely sure the available depth covered the front. It wouldn't here.

You do Need a little more exposure though. Slightly under exposed.

Paul

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Leighton22
6 Oct 2012 - 9:34 PM

Thanks Banehawi for the modification. The image seems so much brighter and colourful!

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