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Was washing these the other day to BBQ and I really liked the colors, so I put them together and took a shot. Not really sure about still life, are there certain guidelines, or set-up? The light was coming in from the window. Thanks for looking.Smile

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2013 - 4:12 PM
Focal Length:12.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:-0.600000
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Veggies on the counter
Username:cptdaniel cptdaniel
Uploaded:17 May 2013 - 2:18 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Still life, Vegetables
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 7:51 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a nice basic image. It is a bit dull, and that is some under exposure and the effect of using such a high ISO. I think your camera is a bridge camera, so you are likely to have some control. You need a bit stronger lighting or a tripod, preferably both. Then shoot a number of images at different settings on manual. You are likely to have about f8 as the smallest aperture, so use that to get maximum depth of field.

This will mean a longer shutter speed and hence, without a tripod or some support, camera movement. Set ISO100. Pocket tripods are very cheap and will do for this type of thing. TRy and focus manually on a suitable point, then release the shutter with the delayed action timer setting so you are not touching the camera. Check the result on the LCD, looking for a bright, sharp vibrant image.

Image too dark, longer shutter speed, try again. Image too bright, shorter shutter speed, try again.

You can learn a lot from this exercise and the ability to shoot in this way is one of the huge assets of digital.

Paul

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 10:40 AM

I posted an image with only light from the window and the advice I got was to position a white reflector ( Paper, cardboard, silver foil) on the opposite side of the subject to the window and reflect some light into the shadows. I have found it to be sound advice and I think that is all this colourful image needs.

Geoff

Last Modified By salopian at 17 May 2013 - 10:41 AM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10817 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 3:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Joseph.


It looks like you were thinking when you set this up. You dialed in a -0.6 exposure compensation, because you were concerned that the highlights in the veggies from the window light would be a problem.


Program mode did the rest, selecting a high ISO, and the other settings, - so you had control over the exposure compensation.

So, back to thinking about how the camera works when you set this up.

The metering system, in Program mode, has already seen the highlights, and before you took any actions, the exposure was set by the camera to make an exposure that accounts for the bright spots. To do this, it likely reduced exposure slightly, but ended up with a decent average.

Then you told it to underexpose by -0.6, on top of what it had already figured out. This resulted in a shot that is a full 1 stop underexposed, - your 0.6, and whatever the camera decided, which was around -0.3.


After you take the shot, you can review it in playback, and press information until you see the histogram. If its not extending to the right, its underexposed, as this histogram shows, and then you can simply remove the -0.6 and try another shot, all within one minute!


Ive uploaded a mod that shows the image with a +1 exposure. Ive sharpened a little, and reduced the side of some bright spots.



Hope you find this helpful,



Regards


Willie

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ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 7:02 PM

Lovely coloursGrinGrin

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom986 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 8:41 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Peppers and tomatoes are particularly difficult subjects in my experience - a combination of shiny, light-reflective skins and colours that are more difficult to expose for.
I like the fact that you have seen a subject in natural light, and then used that light. I'm kind of obsessive about natural light. But you need to work with it, not try to struggle against it. A fine net curtain at that window would have made a big difference, if you don't want to invest in curtains but fancy looking round for other such subjects, a diffuser would be useful. It's just a circle of gauze fabric stretched over a loop frame, very cheap to buy - mine came free with Amateur Photographer years ago. Positioned carefully, it softens those hotspots.
I like your arrangement, particularly the contrast in sizes and the way the stems are pointing in opposite directions. An odd number of elements will usually work better than an even number - here I would count the cherry tomatoes as one element, so you have three. Your aperture has given you the peppers sharp and clean, with the work surface just a bit softened, that's good; a smaller aperture would give a crisper finish to the background, which wouldn't give such a satisfying balance for me. And you have cropped very sensibly to contain the composition.
It's an idea worth pursuing - there are always subjects close at hand.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 18 May 2013 - 8:42 AM

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