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#1 kommisarrex


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:15 AM

Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi is our local dive spot. I did some still photography for the first time ever (only used a GoPro before) this weekend with a Sony RX100 M2 and a single Ikelite DS51 strobe, all bought used. Only editing was done in windows photo editor. I welcome any feedback on taking pictures. I did everything in manual and have a newfound respect after trying to figure out ISO, shutter speed, aperture, strobe power, and strobe positioning for each shot. Ugh.



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Posted 23 May 2018 - 07:56 PM

For your first time shooting manual, you did just fine. The light doesn't act the same way underwater as it does on land. It can be very difficult especially for your first time. There are a bit to many photos to give you any real feed back. I would suggest submitting no more than three at a time or it will take to much time to critique and people may not give as much feedback. Other than general advice. First thing is the composition. There's to much wasted space that doesn't serve a purpose and shouldn't be there. Make the primary subject be the dominant part of the image rather than the background. Put more space in front of the subject giving them more room to swim into rather than leaving room behind them. Otherwise it feels like the subject is going to run into a wall at the image edge. Keep things out of center and use rule of thirds. The school of minnows doesn't have a primary subject and nothing stands out. There should be one that connects with the camera as a primary subject that draws the viewer in. More of a sidelight would also separate them from the background more. The railing is definitely the best image although there's too much wasted space in the upper right. crop tighter to remove the empty blue.