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My friends cat making the most of being looked after by Suzicoo
A lovely cat portrait
Sorry Susan but the comments above are all very kissy kissy nicey nicey but the truth is, it's a great pose and a lovely cat but the shot is a little out of focus. When shooting animals or people, the most important thing is to get those eyes in focus because it really makes a difference.
I'm being honest with you so you know where you can improve. Like I say, nice shot but have another go and get those eyes in focus by holding that camera really steady and don't press the shutter button, squeeze it slowly.
Good luck Susan and yes, a really lovely cat.
Many thanks for your honest comments Laurel, I will indeed have another go, it really is kind of you in being honest as I am trying to get away from automatic controls. Hope to get better focus next time on the eyes and squeeze the shutter button slowly
And thats because your shutter speed was too slow. So more slow speed than focus, - but focus could still be off also.
Your minimum shutter speed to hand hold the camera is 1/(35mm equivalent focal length), so for this shot, thats approximately 1/100th. The 34mm focal length for you camera is multiplied by 2 to get a 35mm equivalent, and the nest availble speed is either 1/80 or 1/100. To expose correctly you need this speed, and either a wider aperture, or/and a higher ISO, which are all inter related in determining the right amount of light needed.
Susan, don't get bogged down with all this numbers and f stops etc just yet. It'll confuse you.
There are many factors that may cause this shot to be out of focus but have a play with the controls and find out by experience what they do. There's too much info to put everything in a reply but if you need further help, just PM me and if I can help, I will do. No problem Susan.
I have a G3 but with the optically-stabilised 14-45. That makes life a good deal easier. However, there are times when even that facility cannot guarantee sharpness in low light, and so the next best thing is to up the ISO speed (within reason - no more than 1600, ideally) and/or adjust the aperture until you see a shutter speed which will give you what you want. As Steinbeck says, especially if you are using a wide aperture - the f3.5 end of your lens, for example - the absolutely crucial factor is to focus on the eyes. Nothing esle really matters, because it's the eyes to which we are naturally drawn. Since you voted on my "Murderous Intent" image you'll get a better idea of what I mean.
olivia is beautiful..........your portfolio shows great use of colour and composition. if you think i can help in any way whatsoever, you are free to ask anything!!!! look on my portfolio at 'dexter' he is another white puss.
Thanks for your comments on my portfolio "nikonleica" your dexter is lovely
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