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Archive 2012 · Non dog face crops...how to crop and exposure advice?
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Non dog face crops...how to crop and exposure advice?

Well, basic question, last of my dog questions, I promise...thought about not making another. Anyway, the general consensus in my other thread was to not chop the head...I partly decided to do it because I was shooting through a glass door, and he had pressed his runny nose all over it making a mess. Zoomed in I could find ways to avoid the obstruction...but had a really hard time getting a good clear sharp image through the door.

Anyway, I have 2 mostly full body images that are fairly well focused, but I have a really hard time figuring out how to crop it (currently doing some reading on framing rules and techniques) and am not sure about the exposure. At the moment I am just using the software that came with the camera, have it show clipped highlights and clipped shadows, adjust just enough to try to eliminate as much of that as possible (when I feel like they deter from the image anyway, such as on the dogs nose ) and then leave it, as I dont want to do much PP...since I dont know what I am doing.

If you have another tip for how to do simple exposure adjustments, while I read, learn more and practice to add more variety, let me know! Also, if you have any framing suggestions on these, let me know that too! (I will actually probably just submit my personal favorite from my other thread, this is mostly for learning, unless I find out there is some hidden image not yet seen )

DSC00523 by bmglen, on Flickr

DSC00522 by bmglen, on Flickr

Jan 18, 2012 at 05:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Non dog face crops...how to crop and exposure advice?

Wow that dog just strikes that pose doesn't he? I don't have the trained eye of many of the other posters but I think I would like the closer in and wider lens perspective of the first set of shots but without so much cropped out. My first impression was that the dog was stouter looking in the first set which seemed to work well with the attitude he exhibits.

Jan 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Non dog face crops...how to crop and exposure advice?

Lots of good questions.
I dont know what software comes with your camera. Maybe someone else uses the same program and can advise you.
If you are serious about digital photography, you should seriously consider Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, or perhaps Aperture. I use LR for 90%+ of my work, occasionally turning to Photoshop CS4. But PS is expensive, has a long and challenging learning curve in return for allowing you to do far more than you imagined was possible.
Apart from the exposure issue, a big problem with the images above is the presence of cluttered, busy and distracting background. To move from snapshot to a more finished image you will need to practice training your eye to see past the subject to the elements adjacent to and behind your subject. We all end up with shots of trees sprouting out of our family member's heads. Here you have furniture, bright colors, bright lights, etc.
Shooting more wide open (lower f stop) throws the background more out of focus, helping. More seen in the second shot above.
Try to shoot simple scenes first. I just made this error in one of my posts above about lighting and color in a portrait under the trees.
Go for the dog on the grass or road, in front of a uniformly colored couch or a wall just to practice removing distractions.
And feel free to post here. I have learned a ton and people like to share and teach.


Jan 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM

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