Teach me something - C&C please

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Teach me something - C&C please
Jan 29, 2013

About me- 37 years old, in Australia. Two fantastic kids aged 6 and 3 who are my reason. Meant to be studying for my specialist exams as a doctor but I've got an artistic itch that needs to be scratched. So I'm taking up photography as an exercise in procrastination

Photog background - in my penultimate year of high-school, I did a six month subject in photography (1992). We built a dark-room, and learned to use a film SLR camera - but I never got it. My photos were always crap, such that I had to steal a friend's photos for my final assessment. It left a bad taste in my mouth so that I've only ever used point-and-shoot since, and haven't actually owned a camera personally. My wife purchased a 1000D 3 years ago to take photos of the kids, and we've had it in auto mode the whole time. As part of my current "procrastination", I've bought a Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 non-VC lens late last year, and turned the dial on the 1000D to M. Oh. My. God. I think I'm hooked. Treated myself to a cheap second hand 650D body on eBay last month.

This thread - I'd like to post some photos that I've taken to learn from your amazing collective knowledge and skill. I don't have many occasions to shoot, but that's even more reason for me to learn enough to get it right more often. I'll only post one photo or one set at a time. I'll try to keep them all in one thread as a record of my progress and your advice.

Apologies in advance - I love taking photos of my kids. I love having a go at post-processing in iPhoto (yikes!), but I've also just downloaded Elements. I love cropping pics into widescreen format (sorry). I love chopping off bits of things in the photos because I think it makes you wonder about the whole (double sorry).

First photo - took this last week. It was a very overcast day, and my daughter was playing at the bottom of a war memorial as a storm was blowing in. I had the WB set to cloudy, but the image was too brown, so I faded it slightly in iPhoto to separate the grey of the stones from my daughter's skin tone and her shirt.

My wife LOVES the photo. I know what I don't like about it, but I'd like to get your feedback.

A Storm Coming

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