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By Sylvia2210
Well Ladies and Gentlemen of the Critique team, I know what you are all going to say about this picture! Its Blurry.... However, I am so very pleased with myself as it is the first picture I have taken having adjusted all 3 of the settings myself in manual mode. on the whole I am really pleased with it and feel it may not have been so blurry had I not have over cropped? Also, maybe slightly lower iso? The snow doesn't look as white as it does in my editing programme though

Tags: Pets and captive animals Snow dog

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
18 Mar 2018 6:32PM
Its underexposed quite a bit.

When you use M mode (avoid it, stay with Aperture priority!!), you will see a small meter, with a pointer and a scale, probably going from -3 to +3; when you set the settings whils pointing at the snow, you need to get that pointer at least to the middle of the scale. If you use Aperture, you set the Exposure compensation to +1, so its a lot easier.

To track a moving ball of fluff! you need to use the autofocus tracking mode your camera has so it keeps it in focus; I think you used normal autofocus here.

The settings look suitable for a moving animal, except to increase exposure you would need at least ISO3200.

If your programme has brighter snow that you see here, then my mod should be very bright indeed. It may well be that your screen needs calibration?



ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
18 Mar 2018 6:51PM
I expect that dog got heavier as it ran!
Good picture!
Sylvia2210 3 14
18 Mar 2018 6:53PM
Wow, it certainly was under exposed wasnít it! Thank you so much, I am leaning lots and very grateful to all the critique team for your suggestions. Off I go back to the co outer to try again 😊
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
18 Mar 2018 6:59PM
Learned members have been far more helpful than I could ever be --suffice it to say that any 'dog' shot is good for me.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2018 7:08PM
Excellent image, At least the dog is enjoying...
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
18 Mar 2018 8:33PM
There's a lot to grapple with at this stage, Sylvia, and doing things fully manually is adding to the things you need to control!

Aperture priority for now: and a little positive exposure compensation (say +1.5 stops) when shooting in snow, to make the snow white rather than grey...

A moving target, too - really hard to get focus on a small dog at speed, even with the most sophisitcated AF systems.

You're not afraid of a challenge, are you?

Seriously, I'd suggest sticking to subjects that are more static until you have complete mastery of your camera. Well - most of the time. Sometimes, you just have to try, right?
Sylvia2210 3 14
18 Mar 2018 9:32PM
Thank you for your critique Dudler.... yes I love a challenge.. however had my camera not been Ďhands oní earlier, I do t think I would have bothered with the snow.. but I just picked it up and followed him out! Then decided to mess about with the settings 🙈 Iím really please with it in some respect as it wasnít a complete disaster for my first time! Thank you so much for taking the time to critique
Spkr51 5 United States
19 Mar 2018 2:34AM
Excellent !!!!!
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2018 9:31AM
It's good family stuff, but the quality is not so good I fear. Blur is not effected by cropping, it is already there. Just looks more obvious on a bigger image. The snow has caused heavy under exposure and I suspect focus issues caused the blur.

You needed to get the exposure right, trying for about f8, then use tracking autofocus keeping the dog in the central focusing area.

Sylvia2210 3 14
19 Mar 2018 10:24AM
Thank you Paul, I am going to look in to this tracking auto focus a bit later today 😊 thank you for your comment
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2018 11:11AM
Tracking or Panning is a good idea when photographing a moving subject.
Autofocus and continuous shooting is a good idea.
If the dog is running across your view, left to right or right to left, tracking works well and blurs the background with motion blur.
Another idea for action shots, if you can anticipate where the subject is going, is to focus on that point and wait for the subject to enter it, then shoot just before it gets there, allowing for shutter lag.

HERE is an article I found on the internet about tracking/panning.

In this image, Jackson is running towards you, and would therefore be difficut to track.
Have a look at THIS member's portfolio, who loves to photograph dogs running towards him. Have a look at his camera settings, and you will see they are similar to those already recommended above.

There are loads of tutorials on EPZ, and THIS is just one of them, on shooting action, so have a look through when you get time. Go to "Inspiration" in the top black menu, then to Techniques.

Sylvia2210 3 14
19 Mar 2018 12:04PM
Pamela, thank you so much, I really appreciate the advise and links! Iíll certsinly take a look later 😊

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