First DSLR Pics - Channel Islands
Posted 14 February 2005 - 05:45 PM
I received my Ikelite housing for my Canon 20D last week. People on this board make shooting look really easy. It's not. I'm finding it very difficult to aim the strobe properly as well as to dial-in the exposure. I'm having problems with the casting of shadows. Perhaps this is due to only one strobe? I took about 150 practice shots and threw all of them out except for the surviving 12 posted at:
Comments and helpful hints are welcomed.
Posted 14 February 2005 - 06:22 PM
I like the photos you posted very much. You'll notice that the photos you like are the ones that your system (20D w/ 50mm lens) is capable of. As you do more shooting, you'll learn that there are certain shots where one lens is better than another, etc. You've got some very good lighting - so no, you don't need two strobes to take good shots. Shadows can and will be your friend - as they add contrast.
If you want to soften the shadows a bit, try adding the diffuser to your strobe if you haven't already.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:02 PM
(perhaps I just suck at photography )
As James says, the ones you're happpy with are all pretty good examples of subject matter that will work well within the confines of a 50mm lens. You have quite flat lighting in most shots, which is an appropriate outcome when using a single flash. If you try to get more modelling with a more oblique angle (like on your cowrie shot) then your shadows will tend to drop to deep black, which can be distracting if there is a lot of shadows. I think the seastar shot would have benefitted from some more modelling to distinguish the seastar from the background a little, but I would have been happy with it if I had taken it as it is.
Your blackeye goby shot is slightly backfocused, the plane of sharp focus is in the middle of the fish near the start of the dorsal fin. Generally speaking it is better to have an animal's eye in sharp focus, this gives the viewer a better feeling of "engagement" with the subject. I know how hard it is to see if you've got sharp eye focus in a dSLR underwater... were you using a single focus point, or all of the AF points? When shooting fish and other animals with eyes, it is often a good idea to use a reduced number of AF points to selectively focus on the eye, then recompose.
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Posted 15 February 2005 - 11:08 AM
Which area did you dive? And which day? I went out just cruising around on Sunday... and my wife and I ended up in a huge pod of dolphins, probably around 5,000 or so, for a good hour... ended up getting a few decent shots... if interested in seeing them, go to http://www.seancbrady.com/
go in and click on the 'new' link in the upper left corner... you'll see them...
Posted 17 February 2005 - 06:35 AM
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