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First 400D Photos + HDR Attempts!

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HDR Attempt 1:

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HDR Attempt 2:

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Not really sure I've got the hang of HDR yet but I've only had the camera two days :D

Constructive feedback appreciated :)
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They look great to me!! :)

I really like the first HDR - but if it were me I would do two small things:

1/ A little bit of sharpening (most digital images benefit from some sharpening). If you have photoshop, use the unsharp mask under filters. That said, I know these are web optimised, so I'm not sure what your master copy sharpness is like.

2/ Crop that bit of bare ground out at the bottom of the image, it's slightly distracting and pulls your eyes away from the more interesting details.

Second HDR definitely is my favourite of the set. To finish it off I would rotate the content anti-clockwise by about five degrees so the content lines up with the edges of the photo. Maybe try it with arches cropped out too so you have more of square image with symmetrical content...the patterns on the ceiling are all about mirroring so I think it could work.

Like I said that's just what I'd do - they're great efforts, none of my HDRs ever seem to come out that well at all.
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Your shots are looking very good :)Im not sure if the 400D has the Exposure Bracketing function on it?

I also agree with Delgado, Except i'd Suggest Making the Horizon straight,but you might lose a little bit of the building.

Most of my Landscapes,be it urban or senic,most of them are Hdr's,but right now,im Shoting with film,So ones i develop the prints,i'll scan them and post them up :)

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Cheers for the feedback :)

@H4V0C - Yep, the 400D has exposure bracketing, my HDR shots were done with -2/0/+2 with an automatic whitebalance for the 0 shot :)

I'm not that hot on composition at the moment but hopefully I'll improve fairly quickly - I've got a week in Yorkshire starting on Friday so I'll take the 400D and see what I can get, though it's more of a holiday than a photo trip :)
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Holidays are allways a Good excuse to take photos :P,Cheers for the infor back about the 400D,i might be coming across one as a back up,its good info:)

Might i suggest doing braketing in -1 0 +1 also,it will give your shots a little bit more tone in the shadows and highlights

And i would suggest if you get used to using the white balance in manual mode,sometimes your sensor can read wrong,and if your not shooting in Raw,your photos might be ruined if your unable to edit it:( its the worst feeling ive experienced in a while :(

My Biggest tip(personally found) For Hdr's and Landscape Photos. Always use a Tripod Where possible for hdr's,and use the shutter timer or a cable release :)

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I'd also add always use a tripod where ever possible whatever type of photography you're doing - you'll rarely achieve the quality of image your equipment is capable of without one, however good the image stabilisation is. If you haven't bought a tripod yet, go for sturdy over portable every time. Most of us have a cheap flimsy one we bought when we started out because it seemed like it wouldn't matter, but they just aren't up to supporting heavy dslr equipment safely and vibration free - it's really better to save the cash and put it towards something more solid. Once you have a really sturdy 'proper' tripod you'll wonder how you took any pictures without it.
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I'd Totally agree with Delgado Except in the case of Portrait,or studio work.Unless your photographing something that you dont need to get odd angles.i guess you could use a Tripod to shoot portraits,but would take too long if you were doing a Shoot with a model.
Delgado would probably agree with me here,but when picking a Tripod,make sure it doesent have Leg supports,this mens the Manufacturer generally gives you the features where the legs can be put into a 90' position,which is really good for getting lower then most other tripods :)

but if your stuck,just ask:)

There should be some Photography help pages on here instead of Threads Giving endless amounts of Info :P




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