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Here's the first one, taken last november in terminal 3 at Manchester Airport.

 

It shows my Father in law looking around whilst waiting for his wife to return.

 

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Not bad but needs a load of cropping IMO. I'd take a load off the right and some off the top. At the moment there's too much dead space and he gets a little lost in the image. Crop a load off the right and top and there'd be a little dead space still but he'd be much more the focal point of the image and then people will start to wonder what he's looking at... at the moment it looks like he's looking at nothing because we can see some much to that side

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Not bad but needs a load of cropping IMO. I'd take a load off the right and some off the top. At the moment there's too much dead space and he gets a little lost in the image. Crop a load off the right and top and there'd be a little dead space still but he'd be much more the focal point of the image and then people will start to wonder what he's looking at... at the moment it looks like he's looking at nothing because we can see some much to that side

 

Good points.

 

One thing I forgot to say, and unless mentioned will be the same on all of my pictures - is that they are as they are taken, as currently I have no way of tweaking colours or cropping - but in saying this i did crop the one posted about the deer - i post both of them next - when i get chance.

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Good points.

 

One thing I forgot to say, and unless mentioned will be the same on all of my pictures - is that they are as they are taken, as currently I have no way of tweaking colours or cropping - but in saying this i did crop the one posted about the deer - i post both of them next - when i get chance.

 

You need to get yourself lightroom or photoshop mate

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Well, hopefully, the photo 'course' that I'm doing tomorrow might shed some light on these aspects.

 

Yeah it's all part of the learning mate... experiment, learn and things start to become more natural like angles and compositions :)

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OK, so shown below are some of (what I think) are the better pictures taken from my 'photo course' from saturday.

Basic gist - was turn up at the Lowry centre in Manchester and take pictures.

 

As normal - let me know what you think.

 

 

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All pretty decent... one thing I'd recommend is embedding them properly so they are full size and I don't need to click each one to view it at a size suitable ;)

 

I would say these courses are always going to teach you the basics, so you're never going to post something that blows anyone away... however there are some nice touches that should you use them regularly will help you become more creative and get some nice shots.

 

Firstly I'd say you've balanced your exposure nicely so the sky is still blue and the buildings well lit... always keeping the colour in the sky is a great way to make an image look good. If it's a complete blank white nothingness it looks shit... you'll learn over time getting it right all the time is hard and something I fuck up quite a bit still :D

 

Secondly the use of reflections and lines is a great tool and you used it well in some of these pics. Especially the one where it's only the reflection in shot, but 2nd bottom is also very nice.

 

I can tell they've got you to play around with apertures on this shoot and again this is a key aspect of photography... you've used it well I think in these shots.

 

The main thing now is to remember what you learnt and get out there at every opportunity to practice. I often got up early on a Sunday and drove in to Newcastle, or went to the river near mine to practice things like shooting with a shallow DOF, or doing some street photography, so set yourself little challenges and think 'ok on the course we learnt about reflections and it's been raining so I'm off out to get this type of shot'... that way you have a purpose for shooting and it helps hone that skill. Same with DOF and the like.

 

If you have friends who have kids then go shoot them (if the parents are ok with that)... they get some pics and you get to practice on a different subject, and just things like that.

 

Seems like the course / class was worth while though based on these pics :)

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All pretty decent... one thing I'd recommend is embedding them properly so they are full size and I don't need to click each one to view it at a size suitable ;)

 

I would say these courses are always going to teach you the basics, so you're never going to post something that blows anyone away... however there are some nice touches that should you use them regularly will help you become more creative and get some nice shots.

 

Firstly I'd say you've balanced your exposure nicely so the sky is still blue and the buildings well lit... always keeping the colour in the sky is a great way to make an image look good. If it's a complete blank white nothingness it looks shit... you'll learn over time getting it right all the time is hard and something I fuck up quite a bit still :D

 

Secondly the use of reflections and lines is a great tool and you used it well in some of these pics. Especially the one where it's only the reflection in shot, but 2nd bottom is also very nice.

 

I can tell they've got you to play around with apertures on this shoot and again this is a key aspect of photography... you've used it well I think in these shots.

 

The main thing now is to remember what you learnt and get out there at every opportunity to practice. I often got up early on a Sunday and drove in to Newcastle, or went to the river near mine to practice things like shooting with a shallow DOF, or doing some street photography, so set yourself little challenges and think 'ok on the course we learnt about reflections and it's been raining so I'm off out to get this type of shot'... that way you have a purpose for shooting and it helps hone that skill. Same with DOF and the like.

 

If you have friends who have kids then go shoot them (if the parents are ok with that)... they get some pics and you get to practice on a different subject, and just things like that.

 

Seems like the course / class was worth while though based on these pics :)

 

 

Andy - TBH - I'm quite blown away with what you have said - Thanks. (Honestly meant).

 

So, how to post the full picture, as you can see I'm using photobucket at present - so any help would be great as I'd like to post the full picture.

 

Second, someone at work asked what was the course like - and i replied - well for what he did was done in 5 minutes - basically, as you have pointed out, go into manual mode, set the shutter speed to 1/100, set the ISO to 200 and then alter the F stop so the picture is balanced, but he was helpful by pointing out 'views' like the reflections / colour contrast etc.

 

But all in all - it was a very good day out.

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Andy - TBH - I'm quite blown away with what you have said - Thanks. (Honestly meant).

 

So, how to post the full picture, as you can see I'm using photobucket at present - so any help would be great as I'd like to post the full picture.

 

Second, someone at work asked what was the course like - and i replied - well for what he did was done in 5 minutes - basically, as you have pointed out, go into manual mode, set the shutter speed to 1/100, set the ISO to 200 and then alter the F stop so the picture is balanced, but he was helpful by pointing out 'views' like the reflections / colour contrast etc.

 

But all in all - it was a very good day out.

 

No worries mate :) It's nice to see someone getting bitten by the photo bug as it's only just over 2 years ago since I bought my 1st DSLR and it reminds me of how great it is to learn this dark art... keep plugging away and experimenting and you'll be getting great results in no time.

 

No idea about embedding them larger tbh as I use flickr. Try Tinypic.com and set the size to 'message boards'... I know that works and is probably a better way than using photobucket and easier than flickr.

 

Like I said though if you get out there with specific ideas in mind it helps focus your mind on developing that aspect. For me it was exposure first and then aperture. After that shutter speed and then you kind of build from there and get better images as a result. Each bit is like a piece to a jigsaw and it's only once you learn to put them all together correctly that things start to get rather nice :)

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You can't beat trial and error in photography, then you've got the internet with the basics and tips etc and not to mention Youtube etc etc. I can't get away with these courses, there's loads of people on flickr doing workshops when all it is is a meet up for a bit crack and shown a few good places to photograph. I look at some of the shots from those on flickr who run these workshops and I can't believe they've got the cheek to actually charge people.

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