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    What makes a good photograph?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Village Idiot View Post
    Well sport photography, concert photography, certain low light situations, and a few other situations usually require burst mode to get a one good shot out of a couple. Some times when I shoot certain events I end up with 100-200 photos from about an hour with about 1/5th of them being usable.
    What your talking about here is timing, I do quite a bit of sports photography and would say that if your going for volume then just snapping away works well, but nothing beats knowing the game your shooting and hitting the shutter release at the right time. Honestly, 8 out of 10 shots I take at a sporting event are good enough to sell and 1 in 20 are actually good shots.

    Burst mode just gives you the opportunity for more options of the same shot or moment in time, the opportunity to get a different facial expression or that right moment in time.
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    What makes a good photograph?
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    but nothing beats knowing the game your shooting and hitting the shutter release at the right time
    Nothing could be more true! Absolutely!

    You can tell photographers that are from the 'film' days, when blasting off a roll of 24/36 tended to get a little expensive shooting sports. Ya see guys filling 4gig cards at events, races or what ever and you know they are going for the shotgun method. That's not to say there aren't times when 'bursting' isn't useful. If I'm shooting at a show jumping event for instance I'll sometimes fire off a 12 shot burst, but I also know how the rider is counting the course so I can time it right, well all things being perfect. Like it ever is..

    Yep, know your subject for sure.
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    Sa!!yz~Rage, is that avatar from gran turismo? or a real shot?
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    What makes a good photograph?
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    GT4. Good eye.

    I had one years ago when I lived in Calgary and when I started playing GT4 I found it. Somehow not the same as the real 'Sa!!y', especially the sound of the engine, OMG! As long as you leave it stock it almost sounds like a V8, almost..
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    yeah, there's a couple things the gt series has always missed to varying degrees (sounds, ai, damage), but it is a fine looking game...

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    What makes a good photograph?
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    Another thing i think that really makes a good photo is

    If you like i

    I know i might get some stick for this post, but I feel a key point about photography (at a non pro level anyway) is about enjoying it.

    If you take a photo and YOU like it then that is good enough.

    Dont get me wrong, If you are doing it at a pro' level, then of course the technical ability of the photographer needs to be scrutinised that little bit more but overall, Just enjoy yourself as a photographer and from that, your photos will reflect it

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    That is absolutely right. What someone new to the hobby will do however is progress to a point where they look back to older prints of theirs and find that they do not like the images as much as they did, they will as they advance become more picky about which of their shots they consider to be of their best work.
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    What makes a good photograph?
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    Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots. The same way your camera's flash can wash out color, the intense midday sun can mute colors and cast deep shadows, reducing warmth and detail. The best time of day for photos is either early morning or early evening. Colors are warmer and shadows are softer. I have taken some of my good photos on an overcast day.
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    Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots
    Hard to do when shooting outdoor sports, well impossible actually.
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    Perspective makes things interesting. A photo of a distant subject can seem one-dimensional. Incorporating objects which are nearer to you and also related to the main subject gives a sense of distance.
    Also, a busy background can ruin many photos and takes away the focus.
    These are not my photos, but examples of what I am trying to say.
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    Yes, longer focal lengths compress the objects making things appear closer together where as wide angle lens will make an object in the background appear further away than it really is. The difference between taking a shot at 28mm and 128mm makes a huge varience in the way the image looks.

    Also perspective such as being lower to the ground than the eye would normally be or simply from an angle most would normally not view a subject adds an interest that may not be there from a familiar angle.
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    If you are the only person that sees your photographs, then good photographs are the ones that please you.

    However, if you show your photographs to others, than the the photographs that are good are the ones that the the lion's share of your viewers say are good (or similar words to that effect) regardless of how you feel about them.

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    Try someting other than the front view. You could add some interest by having people look at a differet angle or from a different angle.
    Taking people's photos from lower up also adds some interest and loses some of those deep lines on their faces.
    Blurring the background is common, but you could include another person who is related to the subject in the blur and make it more interesting.
    For e.g. you may be taking a photo of a woman selling flowers and blurring the person behind her who is helping out.
    These are just examples, not my photos.
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    When I was taking photos of this art which is made out of several layers of flower petals and plant materials, I positioned the camera on a tripod and framed the subject off centered. No flash was used and I positioned the art near a window, light coming from one angle only. That way I was able to capture the details of the several layers of flower petals, etc. This is the first time I have done this and I am open to any suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntalin View Post
    Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots. The same way your camera's flash can wash out color, the intense midday sun can mute colors and cast deep shadows, reducing warmth and detail. The best time of day for photos is either early morning or early evening. Colors are warmer and shadows are softer. I have taken some of my good photos on an overcast day.
    I like to add:
    To prevent very light and very dark areas on sunny days, stand in a patch of shade. This will create better photos, because your camera will sense less light.
    Also, using a flash in the sun will cast an even light over the subject.
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