These are the first non-close-up photos I've ever done with a DSLR camera. I have discovered that I don't yet have the slightest idea what makes a good photo. I sincerely hope that it can be learned and doesn't have to be inborn
Yesterday was my first day out, but the very uninterestingly wet weather put paid to my plans to work entirely out of doors. The rising sun peeked out of the clouds for about fifteen minutes, and I managed to get the outdoors shots. I wasn't out to take pictures, only to see if I could capture what I was seeing with my eyes, but kept wondering if photos could be made of them in future.
I learned so much on that first day out. I'd only ever used manual for close-ups, and had read some theory about landscape or indoor work, but every time I looked down the lens, a cacophony of rules sounded in my ears and got all jumbled up inside my head I ended up forgetting the most fundamental things and am now in great need of advice from anyone kind enough to enlighten me about where I was going wrong.
I'm a beginner and can see how bad my photos are, but I don't need 'gentle' or 'kind', though 'courteous' is always welcome The kindest thing anyone can do for me is to tell me what I've done wrong and suggest how to remedy it in future. I value comments from other newcomers like me as well as from the more experienced. Truthful criticism is very hard to find on the net, but I've seen it here and am mightily impressed
All taken with a 5D mk II, Canon 24-105 IS (first time I'd used this), and played about with in LR3 which I'm new to and haven't learned how to do any local adjustments yet. Shooting RAW since getting Lightroom.
I took this because I liked the way the low sun was illuminating the boat. I used f/4 because I had read something about isolating the main subject of interest and tried to mute the houses in the background. I love boats but it seems a very ordinary photo to me. Could I have made it more interesting?
ISO 200, 88mm, f4.0, 1/1000 sec. Hand held.
I'm fond of all kinds of decay and transformation. The rust patterns on this intrigued me. I used f/5.6 because the background was so busy and I was trying to keep the attention on the rudder. If I'd known how, I might have blurred it more at home. Once again, I feel that I should have been able to make this subject much more interesting.
ISO 200, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec. Hand held.
I've never tried to photograph things indoors before, and learned a bit about long-exposure photos from taking different shots inside this church. I loved the colours of the bell ropes against the blue-painted ceiling. To get the shot I wanted I would have had to stand on the baptismal font, so I put a bean bag on it and shot blind. It hasn't worked, but I'd love to go back and try again if someone could tell me if it's possible to make something of it. Would a wider angle lens have helped here?
ISO 200, 24mm, f/5.6, 0.8 sec. Bean bag, no flash.
And many thanks to everyone who advised me earlier about how to approach things on this first morning out. I put it all into practice at one stage or another and learned a great deal from it. The weather prevented me from contemplating the scene as much as I would have liked, but there will soon be another day I didn't use the tripod as I wanted to test out the IS on the new lens, but I will next time. I also posted three photos here instead of one through my beginners' reticence about sending in too many individual posts. I could talk forever about photography, and have to learn to rein in my enthusiasm. So many questions!