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    A little critiquing please...

    Alright, I promise, I have been reading all the tutorials I can and been trying to experiment,
    but I would love some constructive criticism on the pictures I took, rather than just reading about what a picture should look like. These are 5 pictures I took today. Some indoors with a good amount of ambient light (creeping in through the blinds), some outdoors which were done around 5:30 p.m., but still very light outside, and then a couple indoors with just my standard flash and a low light lamp in the room (plus the light off of my big screen). I think they look pretty good with the exception of some blurriness in some of them, but I am coming from a 3.2 mp point and shoot, so I need some help from the experts.

    And yes, that is my 2 dogs taking a crap.

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    I know I should have focused better on the one with my brown dog standing on the couch, but what about the last one? Should I expect her entire head to be in focus? Right now, you can tell it is focused pretty sharp on her left eye, but her nose is blurry. So far, I've pretty much just used the full auto mode, still tinkering around with the manual modes. Hopefully I'm ready for some pictures of the Mavericks game tomorrow night! Go MAVS!

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    turn your flash off and use a longer lens

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    Photo #1. Not close enough to the dog, plastic bag of crap in background is a distracting element and ruins the shot. Try to exclude items that are not part of what you want to capture.

    I like that second photo. You made a short dog look pretty damn tall.

    3rd, well, you know.

    4th. Light on the building is too bright, foreground too dark, not an interesting position from which to shoot that structure, nothing in the way of interesting subject matter. Flat and discordant.

    Last photo is good, it's just difficult to avoid reflection in the eyes.

    And yes, focus. Also, don't place everything in the middle of the frame.
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    One thing I learned from the morguefile.com online class is to get rid of the distractions. As mentioned earlier in the first pic, the plastic bag is a distraction. In the second pic the remote etc.

    I'm not photographer (working on it, though), but that's what I see. I like the last pic. I think the focused eyes and blurred nose work well. Its kind of like you're looking into the the soul of the dog ("Eyes are the windows to the soul" - not sure who said it, but have heard it before). Gives a little more personality rather than a furry four legged animal. Not sure if that was the intention, but that's what I got.

    Take a scroll through the morguefile.com online class (it's free). It's pretty good and gives some good explanations with examples. I think it's helped my photography quite a bit. I haven't posted any here in the forums yet, but I got a new camera (well, new to me, Canon Digital Rebel, not XT) and am planning on spending some time taking pics.

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