Your Photo: Our Critique

Doug Debelak sent in this photo shot at 1/25 sec, f/5.6 , ISO 400. The whole image has a very soft focus. The choice of settings is puzzling. First, the slow shutter speed, if this was hand held it would be really tough to keep the camera steady enough to avoid the soft focus. Secondly, the aperture of f/5.6, generally you will want a smaller aperture to capture the whole landscape front to back in focus. If the focal point was something specific than I would understand the aperture selection to

Doug Debelak sent in this photo shot at 1/25 sec, f/5.6 , ISO 400. The whole image has a very soft focus. The choice of settings is puzzling. First, the slow shutter speed, if this was hand held it would be really tough to keep the camera steady enough to avoid the soft focus. Secondly, the aperture of f/5.6, generally you will want a smaller aperture to capture the whole landscape front to back in focus. If the focal point was something specific than I would understand the aperture selection to obtain a shallower depth of field, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here. This is a very unique image and I really like what the photographer saw.

I suggest that you get a sturdy tripod, even a small one that you can set the camera down on ground level with, anything to stabilize the camera for slower shutter speeds. Also either use your self-timer or get a cable release for your camera to avoid camera shake when you push the shutter. Check out the "The Freshman" in the December issue for more tips on shooting landscapes. http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotographyfeatures/4842/the-freshman.html
_—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

_This photo gets two stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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