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Old 05-02-2006, 02:46 AM
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Red face Picture taking pointers....please?

We have a fairly decent Cannon digital camera but whenever I take pics of Shiver, they don't turn out very well. The flash always shows or she blinks or it just dosen't look nice. I would love to do nice close-ups.
I'm looking for some pointers on lighting, positioning, etc. I see such beautiful pics on here and I would love some of Shiver. Please help.
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Would it happen to be a Canon Digital Rebel XT by chance? If so, that is indeed a very good camera and can take some professional looking pics. If you tell me what model it is I could give you some more solid advice... but...

For starters... built in flashes are evil. Seriously. They cast so many shadows and 9/10 times make red-eye worse. Try to take pictures in natural lighting allowing you to turn the flash off... or in a lighted area where the lights aren't shining directly onto the subject... unless that's what you're shooting for.

As far as positioning is concerned... do you mean the position of the subject within the frame? If so, look up the rule of thirds. Basically, you mentally divide the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. When you shoot the subject, keep them on one of those "thirds" lines. When I get a chance I'll upload some pics I took of my guys from easter and I'll post some samples of what I'm talking about.

Not sure how much that helped, but if you could post some examples of what you mean I might be able to give you some better pointers.
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I just keep snapping until i get a picture that i like... lol.. i've never been good at getting my dogs to stay still... lol
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Thanks Isshinharu, the camera isn't spectacular but it's decent. It's the Power Shot S30 (yes, with a built in flash). I'm going to post a couple of bad shots that I've taken - wanting them to be cute. Any criticism is very welcome.



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Your pic's came out just fine... and I think your furbaby is so adorable!!

For me, I have a Samsung digital camera, I just keep on taking pic's till I get what I want and delete the rest. Just as stated above... I can't get my hyper boys to hold still long enough... LOL!
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thats the beauty of a digital camera you can delete rubbish pics!!
i take quite a few - its really hard when they move about alot!
those ones you posted were really nice pics!
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Would it happen to be a Canon Digital Rebel XT by chance? If so, that is indeed a very good camera and can take some professional looking pics. If you tell me what model it is I could give you some more solid advice... but...

For starters... built in flashes are evil. Seriously. They cast so many shadows and 9/10 times make red-eye worse. Try to take pictures in natural lighting allowing you to turn the flash off... or in a lighted area where the lights aren't shining directly onto the subject... unless that's what you're shooting for.

As far as positioning is concerned... do you mean the position of the subject within the frame? If so, look up the rule of thirds. Basically, you mentally divide the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. When you shoot the subject, keep them on one of those "thirds" lines. When I get a chance I'll upload some pics I took of my guys from easter and I'll post some samples of what I'm talking about.

Not sure how much that helped, but if you could post some examples of what you mean I might be able to give you some better pointers.
Excellent advice, couldn't have worded it better myself; "built in flashes are evil". If you *must* use flash, try the fill-flash...
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Well I was thinking, on the next nice day (today is windy, yucky) I'll take some outside shots. Today she might blow away so it will have to wait.
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