Your Photo: Our Critique

This image was sent in by John Campbell. This shot represents one of John’s first attempts with his Canon 20D and he captured a wonderful moment. John has cropped it nicely with the black line that starts at the left corner and moves to the ballerina, who makes a nice triangle and her glance helps lead you eyes through the picture. Technically the focus is very soft and it is a little underexposed at ISO 400 1/80 sec at f/5.6. I think the underexposure is not as big a concern since it adds to th

This image was sent in by John Campbell. This shot represents one of John's first attempts with his Canon 20D and he captured a wonderful moment. John has cropped it nicely with the black line that starts at the left corner and moves to the ballerina, who makes a nice triangle and her glance helps lead you eyes through the picture. Technically the focus is very soft and it is a little underexposed at ISO 400 1/80 sec at f/5.6. I think the underexposure is not as big a concern since it adds to the moodiness of the shot and could be easily improved in post processing. The soft focus makes this a snapshot instead of a very nice shot. The Canon 20D should be good with focusing, so be sure you understand how the focus points work on your camera. You can set them as a group or individually with the center point being the most forgiving point, the others are a little more specific. Since this camera is new to you, you might also want to check the quality (first menu choice that comes up on your LCD) you have your camera set to. Be sure you are using the L setting for the best quality.
_—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

_This photo gets three 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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