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Old 02-23-2009, 07:56 AM
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Surprised my wife with a birthday trip to a mountain cabin (and my daughter) and gave her a Canon Rebel camera. We took photography 30 years ago in college together, but haven't done much since then. I know these photo's aren't that great, but I sure had fun starting out in the digital world.

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Old 02-23-2009, 09:45 AM
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Default Nice. first tip, force the camera to use the CENTER focusing point only.

Also, shoot in RAW, if you want the ultimate image quality.

Next tip, shoot, shoot, and shoot. I prefer TV or M for best images.
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Default First..... something is very wrong....

there is a BMW pic as your sig.... j/k
second take the camera out of AUTO if you havnt already... except auto focus....
As Kris mentioned, use the center focus OR play with the many auto focus points to pin point the subject to be in focus. (assuming your Canon Rebel has this option)
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Thanks...I'll give it a try.
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more ****ty advice dolled out on AWP.
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Any suggestions?
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:39 AM
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Default No, he just likes to bitch and moan, without posting anything actually helpful.

You'll learn to ignore his posts.
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Default LOL....

I wish I could be as cool as you.
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Default Good luck...

Why on earth would you tell someone to force the center point? The only reason you ever need to do that is if it's the only cross hair and you're tracking moving targets. Even then it's not an absolute. Using a single point is usually a good idea but use the point that's closest to where in the frame your subject is without having to recompose, especially when shooting with shallow DOF's.

If anything could be gleaned form the only image that is showing up for me (the woman on the porch of the cabin), it's that the DOF was too shallow for the foreground trees and the cabin to be in focus and the shutter speed was way too slow (1/50th @ f/5.6). Some solutions here might be to stay above 1/100th when shooting hand held (especially if people or animals are the subject as they rarely stay 100% still) unless you've got the hands of a surgeon and great technique and to either use a deeper DOF or to not try and shoot through trees for no reason. In this instance they don't serve any purpose. That said using trees or other objects in the foreground to frame a scene can work for some images if done with intent.

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Default He's looking for basic techniques, not advanced.

And you really have not said anything different than I have, because unless you have one specific focusing point selected, you have all of them selected, and IME, 90% of the time, it gets it wrong.

And, as you may or may not know, the rebel cameras don't have the joystick or thumbwheel to rifle through the focus points, and selecting them is tedious at best.

And with the 30D, the locations of most of the outer ones makes them largely useless.

Yes, I know the 1D bodies are different, and that's not what we're talking about. You may have all the time in the world to decide and select your focusing point, but most of the time, I don't, and I'd rather not be caught out with a wrong focusing point..
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