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  • NIKON D750
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  • f/1.4
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  1. Matthew Saville

    Loving the balance of warm and cool in this one! Not sure if sharpness is nailed perfectly, but it looks good enough, and that’s all that matters for stage / concert photos like this.

    One thing I’m starting to notice with this image is that it’s a bit too evenly lit or porcessed, I wish there was a decently strong vignette around the whole thing, or even just his face and the 1 drum he’s hitting.

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    • Jessica VanBuren

      I think I had/have  been missing something with my form when shooting and seems to be the most evident in my photos when there are layers of either objects of people

      if that makes any sense??

      If there is just one person, with nothing in front of them, I have the easiest time, but add anything to that, I am having a harder time nailing the focus. Do you have any suggestions?  Sometimes this ends up taking me a lot longer in shoots and people get frustrated. For example, the maternity shoot I had, the mother was getting tired and I didn’t have as much time as I would have preferred to really get everything the way I would have liked. 

      Any suggestions?

      Also, some of these videos seem to fly through some of the basics of technique so I feel like I’m missing some of this stuff. I just found out that my premium membership only lasts a year, I thought it was an all in deal… otherwise I don’t know if I would have paid the fee.. not sure I could have afforded it for where I am at right now personally.. 



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  2. Matthew Saville

    It can be a bit daunting, the more advanced cameras seem to get these days, the more autofocus modes they put in them, and it’s harder and harder to figure out which AF mode (usually relating to focus point selection) is right for the scene. Honestly, in a scene like this I don’t even know if I would trust my camera’s autofocus to nail it every single time, I’d definitely shoot 3-5+ images before even checking focus. The key would be to use single-point AF, and try both AF-S and AF-C to see which works better for the situation. It might also involve a little bit of focus+recompose technique as well. I hope this all makes sense, but if there’s anything you’d like me to break down more, please mention it! Sometimes I rattle off a bunch of jargon and I don’t know if I’m actually making sense to others… ;-)

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    • Jessica VanBuren

      I think as time goes on some of the jargon starts to set in a bit more, I’m just more of a slower learner than some. And I wish that I could get in more of a hands on classroom setting or have some of the beginner/intermediate classes broken down. more often, I guess. There is such a wide range of what people can know or can miss in their self studies, which is great that the info is so widely available, but then it’s like.. well, crap I missed this giant portion when I switched cameras or something. I’m working on it. but ilike you said… daunting. Thanks for the help. Sighhhh. 

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    • Matthew Saville

      Don’t feel embarrassed to re-watch certain parts of a workshop over and over again, that’s exactly what I do when I want to make sure I’m truly mastering something! That, and just actually practicing as often as possible. One of my most frustrating things used to be that I’d do a photo shoot, it wouldn’t go as well as I’d like, and I’d critique myself and notice a bunch of things that I’d try to remember to avoid at the next shot, …but then it would be too many days / weeks (or even a month or two) before I could practice the same technique or subject, and I’d forget too many things. So, that’s part of it- putting in the legwork to try and get back out to practice the same exact thing, asap after a self-critique.

      Good luck…

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