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#1 down4fun



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:15 PM

I am a brand new shooter, with very little topside experience either. So I am trying to learn. Here is a shot i did this weekend. I loved the concept of the coral hanging on a string but definitely feel the photo missed the mark. What could i have done differently. Also this is raw, untouched. 

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:53 PM

let me add that on my mac at home the cup coral is in focus when enlarged, here it appears out of focus or soft.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:45 PM

When shooting you can try to isolate the subject from the background, either by picking a suitable angle:


2009 Indonesia 1402 Raja Ampat Dendronephthya and mangrove.jpg


Soft coral in Misool.



or by lighting the subject so that it stands out against the background:


Plymouth BSoUP Splash-in 2012 115 HMS Scylla.jpg


Soft coral in the English Channel.



It's also good to fill the frame:




I've cropped, reduced the saturation and brightness of the background and enhanced the sharpness of the dangling coral in your image. Does it help?


Edited by tdpriest, 02 October 2013 - 02:58 PM.