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David  Harrison
 

SHOOTING WIDE OPEN


I shoot at 2.8 alot when shooting weddings but iam getting alot of soft looking photo I know lot of other photographers shoot the same and have no prob with it. iam thinking it might be my lens Sigma 24 70mm 2.8 any info on the sub thanks


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10/11/2004 12:55:56 PM

 
Doug  Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/18/2004
  David,
Why are you shooting wide open? Are you shooting during the ceremony? Why are you not shooting with a tripod? Are you shooting film or digital? Do you have a UV filter on your lens? When you clean the lens do you clean both the front and rear elements? One final thought check the rear element and see if you have a finger print on it. I look forward to your answers and maybe we can figure out why you have soft images.
Hope these questions and ideas help.
Good Shooting
Doug


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10/11/2004 6:33:05 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  sure they're just not out of focus?


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10/12/2004 1:36:54 AM

 
David  Harrison   Yes to all your Quetion I canon 10D with 550 flash . I went to a Deis Reggie Sem He shoot wide open open alot I likeed the rusults he gets.


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10/12/2004 5:24:47 AM

 
Doug  Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/18/2004
  David,
I would like to suggest a test. If you can, go to a church and shoot at your different angles with two lens. One you know that is sharp and the lens Sigma. Use a tripod and lock it down and just change the lens. See what you get.
Hope this idea is helpful.
Good Shooting
Doug


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10/12/2004 7:14:09 AM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  Boy, I'm amazed at this Dennis Reggie guy. This is about the third time this week I've heard someone say they just do what ever he does, without wondering if that's OK to do.

On another web forum, I guess Dennis in one of his seminars said he likes to "shoot on the fly" so someone who is new to wedding photography was asking if that's a technique and how do you do it. I was thinking, well, a guy like Dennis probably knows more about what he means by that than anyone could ever guess.

I always like to bring in my music experience on this. People starting out would ask me if I could play something on the guitar. Or they would bring in a tape (I used to teach guitar) and ask me to show them how to play it. I'd listen to it for about 10 seconds, then I could pretty much play it. If later that evening I was at a party, and someone said, hey, play that one song, and that happened to be the one I was listening to earlier, I'd be playing it on the fly. And, I could pull it off.

But, could a beginner do that? I don't think so. So, what a seasoned pro does might not have any relationship to what you should be doing. You need to get the basics and understand why you are opening up the lens. You also need to know when to open it up and when not too.

If you are shooting an entire wedding that way, you might be missing some things. When I first shot my first wedding, I knew enough to be dangerous. I had read Bambi Cantrell's book, "The Art of the Wedding". She also shoots wide open. But, I realized very quickly that I couldn't do that. Some things need f/16, some need f/8, and some need f/1.2. If you do everything the same, you're not being creative at all. Photography is supposed to be creative and an expression of how you view the world. If you view everything in f/2.8, then go for it. But, I would imagine, you're more diverse than that.

Remember, the big guys are selling books and seminars. They don't really care if it's the right informaiton, just that you bought it. Be careful. They are not going to really tell you how to do it their way. the real stuff is in their back pocket.

Jerry


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10/12/2004 12:18:00 PM

 
David  Harrison   I dont shoot wide open the hold time group shot at the church 30th 5.6 maybe f8 tripod, outside Av mode 5.6 or f.8 Rec shot yes f-4 or 28 manral mode, but I know what you are saying about sem thanks .


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10/12/2004 12:53:59 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  look for a area of sharpness in front or behind, on the floor or another person. could be you just didn't focus on the people.
If there's absolutely no area that looks like it's in focus, then it could be the lens. but if it's the lens, then everything you shoot with it should be lacking, not just some pictures from that wedding.


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10/13/2004 1:57:58 AM

 
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