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By Metalkoi
A B&W moody shot of one of my terriers named Chippy

Tags: Black and white Pets and captive animals

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
2 Feb 2013 10:29PM
Welcome to EPZ Andrew.

This is a really nice shot, and Im sure captures the personality of the dog very well.The catchlights in the eyes really bring him/her to life.

Ive looked at you shot settings, and see the aperture is wide open at 1.8, so it was essential to focus on the closest eye, which youve done very well.

You used Shutter priority, so this means the aperture was left up to the camera, and though its worked out, its usually a better practice to control the aperture, in aperture priority mode, and let the camera chose the speed. if you were worried about movement, you can half press at you chosen aperture, and check what speed the camera has chosen, and if its too slow for you, increase ISO.

But its come together well here.

I have just a little to comment, - best to compose so the head is not so close to the top of the frame, and allow a little more space on the right. Theres some spots/dust on the chair, so a good idea to clean them up in photoshop or beforehand. One tip, - when you re size the image for the web and save it, dont upload, - open it, check sharpness, and adjust as needed, then save and upload.

Ive uploaded a mod, - scroll up this page and click the modifications tab. View large.

Enjoy the site,



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paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 9:05AM
A decent well focused image under difficult low light. I would have like a little more illumination, difficult if it's not there, but more of the image is in shadow than not. A bit more light would allow a smaller aperture and thus more depth of field.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 9:27AM
I would prefer to see more space allowed at the top, a good idea is to use 'Rule of thirds and use the eyes as the junction. As Wille suggets a smaller aperture as IMHO the front of the subject, in this case, needs to be in focus. It is nice to use the differential focussing technique and perhaps show some bokeh, but I don't believe this is the ideal subject for that.

On the plus side the doggie's face loooks a treat and should prove popular with the family.

Welcome to EPZ, enjoy your time here.

Metalkoi 5 58 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 12:06PM
Many thanks for your comments, its a great help to have critique like this as friends and family just say (Good snap)or something like that,Willie thanks for the modification,it certainly brings more detail out,i haven't played around with any Post processing software much yet except for a bit of cropping here and there,i am amazed how much PP goes on with photos but i can see where it comes in handy for removing blemishes and the like.

As said many thanks and this is a great forum

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 1:10PM
Post processing is a necessary skill. We used to use it in the darkroom, dodging, burning in, exposure and so on. Almost every image will benefit somewhere from a bit of work. It is a skill deciding what to do. Fairly basic software will do the job for most photographic purposes.


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