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  1. #1
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    Question How do I improve this picture?

    I am a beginner in photography and is using a Canon PowershotA80. All my pictures have a soft look. How do I improve them?

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    Can you post a sample? Try upping the Sharpness.
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    Question Improving the picture in Powershot A80

    Quote Originally Posted by joyscaria
    I am a beginner in photography and is using a Canon PowershotA80. All my pictures have a soft look. How do I improve them?
    I tried to attach the pictures here, but could not do. Please see the samples at the links below

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0031.jpg

    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/500, Aperture- f/2.8, Metering mode-matrix, resolution, 2272x1704)

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0351.jpg

    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/500, Aperture- f/5.0, Metering mode-matrix, resolution, 2272x1704)

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0512.jpg


    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/800, Aperture- f/5.6, Metering mode-Center wieght, resolution, 2272x1704)

    It will be nice if you could tell how you would have composed those shots.

    Thank You

    Joy Scaria

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    Keep the aperture around F/5.6 like in the first shot. The second looks as if it's a little overexposed is all, could be my eyes but lower the Contrast just a bit and the third one looks as if the ISO is set to high maybe or using the Center Weighted Metering caused the overexposure.

    Next time try taking several shots at various settings to see what gives the best results.
    Last edited by Bluedog; 06-12-2005 at 07:58 AM.
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    BlueDog has provided some good tips for you. Technically speaking, the Canon A-80 was doing in two out of three of the photos exactly what it was designed to do. The photos do suffer from a lack of sharpness and a bit of overexposure. Were they post processed at all?

    Speaking in terms of composition, keep your photos straight and avoid any horizontal or vertical distortions. The mirror effect in the water of the #2 photo is nice but there is an insufficient sky in the photo to achieve a balanced photo. Clouds in the enlarged sky would also be a bonus and could be added in the post processing.

    Sarah Joyce

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    A little perspective straightening?

    Quote Originally Posted by joyscaria
    I tried to attach the pictures here, but could not do. Please see the samples at the links below

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0031.jpg

    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/500, Aperture- f/2.8, Metering mode-matrix, resolution, 2272x1704)

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0351.jpg

    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/500, Aperture- f/5.0, Metering mode-matrix, resolution, 2272x1704)

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Pilani0512.jpg


    (Flash not used, Exposure- 1/800, Aperture- f/5.6, Metering mode-Center wieght, resolution, 2272x1704)

    It will be nice if you could tell how you would have composed those shots.

    Thank You

    Joy Scaria
    I took the first one and straightened up the verticals in Photoshop using the Edit -> Transform -> Skew command. I also tweaked the curves to make the lower shadows lighten up a bit, and cropped out the garbage cans from the lower left. It's a tough composition to shoot a building from so close, never easy to get it right. I liked the basic colors of the shot, though.
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    I think your on the right track there with that edited picture! Nicely done.
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