Is this too horrible? practicing bouncing flash

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  1. Julie

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    My son is headed back to Georgetown tomorrow. His g/f wanted some pictures done. They decided to mention it when it was pitch black outside so no natural light. I got a flash last week. Haven't taken it out of ttl but thought that I would try bouncing flash. Is the shadows behind them too much? This was done in my dining room with the over head light on.

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    shadows are a biiiiiit much plus it looks oof. i thought possibly motion blur at first but exif says 1/250 so it just looks like the focus is off :(
     
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    looks out of focus to me too.. the shadows are a bit to much..

    congrats on getting a flash what did you get?
     
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    I can't understand about the focus. On zoom browser it looks fine. Must be something stupid I am doing in post. Gotta keep practicing with both the flash and post.

    A-photo it's an after market one. Promaster 7500
     
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    It would be more common to oversharpen in post than to make it appear OoF. Weird.
     
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    yeah, not sure how it would be sharp in the original and oof in the edited version...odd
     
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    The focus seems weird, because she looks in focus and he doesn't. The whole thing is soft, but her eyes appear more focused than his.

    You might try having them take a step away from the wall. it won't soften the shadows, but it will move the shadow further down the wall and with the right shooting angle, you may be able to eliminate it.
     
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    what is your info to this shot?
    Shutter speed?
    ISO?
    Aperture?
     
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    what is your info to this shot?
    Shutter speed?
    ISO?
    Aperture?
     
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    It's all in the image's exif:

    Camera Make: Canon
    Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    Image Date: 2009:02:20 20:04:22
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 34.0mm
    CCD Width: 2.69mm
    Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO equiv: 400
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Matrix
    Exposure: Manual
    Exposure Mode: Manual
     
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    How?

    How do you access the exif data on a posted photo?
     
  12. Julie

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    must be the sharpening thing that makes it look off. I don't know. I'm a dumbass with these things.

    Eclipse you have to download and exif viewer in order to view the details.

    Gotta keep practicing I guess. But first got to get the hell out of Georgetown. Brr it's cold
     
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    lol sharpening is the opposite of softness. :)
     
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    The old way is to download the image to the desktop and right click it to view the Details, or open the image in an exif viewing program.

    The easier way is to add an exif plugin to your browser so all you need do is right click an image and the exif info is displayed if it is there.
     
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    saved as a low quality jpeg?
     
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    I did it the old way... and there was no info...
     
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    yep I know but did I mention that I'm a dumbass especially when it comes to post processing
     
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    To quote LOLCATS: U R Doing It Wrong

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    What do I look for as a plug-in for Firefox? I have it on both my PC laptop (which I'm using now while stuck in Moncton due to the storm - flight delayed, maybe canceled. Aaaghhh!) and my iMAC at home.

    ??

    Thanks,
     
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    pretty sure it's just called exif viewer


    also to the OP
    surely you took more than one image....it's been more than a few days now so taking another look at things sometimes helps. Sometimes on a shoot(especially when i was starting out)I would get home suuuuuper excited to see the images with a vision in my head of JUST what they're going to look like...and usually if you don't nail it EXACTLY how you envisioned(we sometimes set unobtainable expectations in our heads when it comes to this, especially when 'new')you can easily feel disappointed because it's not exactly how you envisioned....or it's not as sharp as it looked on the little screen of the camera, or, or, or, or, or.....lol only when you go back sometimes and look at the images again after the fact you're like damn this one is good and crap so it this one ohhhh look i really like this one too and so on.
    It's always good to get in the habit of going back a little bit down the road and re-visiting some of your shoots. You'll be surprised how different they might appear. :)
     
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    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3905
    the link for exif viewer for firefox for eclipse :)
    sorry that your flight is delayed.

    Mosher: I did have something envisioned in my mind yes. And no, they didn't turn out the way that I wanted but I was bouncing flash. Only had the flash for a week so I really didn't know what to expect. I've been shooting now for over a year and it seems lately that the throw away rate has gotten bigger. I've been so obsessed with trying to nail exposure and focus and just don't seem to be getting it. Very discouraging. I shoot with the histogram on so when I look at the little screen that's all I'm looking at.
     
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    growing as a shooter can be challenging, and when you're trying new things (as we always should be) sometimes your 'keeper' rate goes down a bit. It's to be expected. As long as you go over the 'bad' pictures and try to understand what went wrong it all contributes to becoming a better shooter.
     
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    I agree its Tough learning it all trust me i know LOL but i am starting to see improvements i was ready to throw my camera out and ready to pull my hair out i just thought i was absolutely to stupid to get it! but im slowly now finally seeing improvements (doesn't mean everyone else does but i do) i had a pic that was OOF not that long ago i adjusted the shutter speed and ventured into manual (SCARY) and now i don't leave manual mode LOL but i am starting to see improvements.. and my throw away pile is bigger now too but I'm getting more picky also... i absolutely think the people here are right in photography you are Constantly learning...
     
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    and my throw away pile is bigger now too but I'm getting more picky also...

    I find this is true as well. As you progress, even slightly, you start to expect more, and you know more about how they should be. Mosher said it best, learn from your mistakes, and adapt to them
     

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