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Having trouble with photos, the next one didn't work and the one above looks much clearer in my files.

I thimk the imagination of the photographer prob determines how good the picture is.  For me, framing is important ..viz.  to get everything you want in the picture. Im sure attending a short course will give me greater insight.  


 camera Ricoh model Caplio r7

focal length 5.4mm

white balance Auto

aperture 3.6

exposure time 1/714

ISO 100

its looks as if i know what im talking about not true this is the information the tablet flags up about each picture i load onto it

i do have another camera with a tripod that belonged to my brother in law i will post deails at a later date. i use the caplio a lot because it has two personal setting options and i have one set for macro and the other for more distant pics and they are both set to take small images so i can post on here.

i also take pics on phone and tablet, thats enough for now

David K
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I'm never really quite sure what makes a photo special. I have a little Canon Ixus which I just put on automatic and I point it at scenes I like, or family - whatever I would like to have a memory of. Photos like this one of where we stayed in the Gorges du Tarn.


 Lizzie - I would say that this is an excellent photo.

You ask 'what makes a photo special. Well, IMHO if it pleases the person taking it, then it is special. However.I do know a few things that judges look for when judging competitions.

You may find googling 'rule of thirds' will be helpful.

In the rule of thirds, photos are divided into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally making three columns, three rows, and nine sections in the images. Important compositional elements and leading lines are placed on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect.



David K

This pic was taken just as dawn was breaking on a beautiful summer's day.




 christchurch oxford

David K

Beautiful picture, archiepem........nice composition too.


Beautiful photo David - that's the best time to get a good shot before everyone else has woken up.

Same again archiepem - it's amazing how much better it looks when you click on the picture to increase the size.   


I don't even remember which camera we had for my pictures. In all honesty I just point & click. If they turn out okay great. Not much of a photographer, and def' no artistic should see the ones of people, no heads, you have to recognise their clothes.

Lovely pics on here, really enjoying this thread.


just out walking in the summer one day not far from where i live seen this rushed home and took this off my camera phone

 thank you david for the warm welcome

and all these photos look great


 magdalen college  from a students room 

David K

For those who would be interested, understanding & choosing the right 'white balance' setting on your camera is quite important to taking good photos. I was surprised to learn that it is based on a heat scale rather than light.

Rather than going to the trouble to type out a whole rigmarole that wouldn't explain it properly anyway, I've opted to post this useful link.




David K
2 Wheel Gardener wrote (see)

This is the best dressed scarecrow I have ever seen. I would drive by her every day to and from work - finally I had to take her picture.

Camera info:  Fuji S2 Pro,  f4 @1/350 using a 300mm lens.



Nice definition, 2 WG......that coat is better than the one I'm wearing.

David K

Another pin-point clear pic, you have a tropical aquarium?


The photo with the yellow field enlarged beautifully. Lovely honeysuckle growing in the hedge.


No,my other half took the photo in Cocos (keeling) island , indian Ocean. we were 25metre down. The best aquarium in the world.  The cleaner shrimps will clean, finger nails, pedicure bare feet, and if you open your mouth and take the regulator out, they will clean teeth.

This is the bit I took.


Fabulous MartyMower - I just want to open that gate and walk across the field to the hills in the distance.