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    Miss Kitty Second Try...

    A recent photo of Miss Kitty. Any thoughts on how to improve? All comments appreciated.

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    re: Miss Kitty Second Try...

    Hi Joseph,

    First let me say welcome to the CiC forums from me.

    Second that this isn't a bad photo.

    You asked how it could be impoved, not knowing you level of experience, I may mention stuff you already know, but I am trying to 'cover all bases'.

    It is quite noisy, now I know (from the EXIF data) it was shot at ISO 1250, but that alone (on a Nikon D90 DSLR) shouldn't result in this much noise unless;
    a) it was a significant crop from a larger image
    b) shot in jpg with a fairly high in camera sharpening applied
    c) it was under exposed and you had to raise it in PP (post processing)
    d) more than one of the above

    It looks to have focused on the whiskers, not the eyes - with anything that has eyes, it is always better to focus on them

    Your aperture at f/4.5 didn't give much Depth of Field (DoF), which hasn't helped the slight mis-focus

    Miss Kitty is back lit, so her eyes are in shadow, so we can't see as much detail as might be desired - perhaps a sheet of paper as a white reflector would help with that and also give us a 'catchlight' effect (reflection) in her eyes.

    There's just a hint of something in the lower right corner, it could have been cloned out or cropped off ideally

    I could say "move her to a brighter place", but then we wouldn't see the 'large eyes' (open irises) we do, which are nice

    Your shutter speed, at 1/30s, risks blurriness due to camera shake or subject movement, but that said, I don't see any

    Other things that are good:
    Composition
    Non distracting background (soft, good colour, etc.)

    Hope that helps,

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    re: Miss Kitty Second Try...

    Thanks Dave, the photo was a crop from a larger photo. It was taken in a darkened hallway when she was peeking around a corner. The photo was shot in both raw and jpg fine. I am just beginning my passion for photography again after a break of many years. My old format was Kodachrome so I am learning digital photography. I shall take your suggestions and apply them to future photographs. Thanks again.

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