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This photo was taken with a Canon XSi, with an exposure of 1/100sec at f/6.3, ISO 500, by a beginning photographer. Keeping in mind this is a beginning photographer there are some basic things to cover here. First things first, the lens of choice here was a macro lens 100mm, macro lenses can be tricky, you must hold them very still and general rule of thumb when using a macro lens is that you place the camera on a tripod or stabilize it somehow to keep the focus sharp, use either a cable release or self timer to prevent camera shake when you press the shutter button.  Looking over the full size image this photo is out of focus, it appears to have been sharpened in post processing to compensate for the lack of sharpness.

I applaud the fact that there was an effort here to keep the focal point, which appears to be the yellow and white part of the flower, out of the center of the image but it doesn’t work with this photo, instead you could have centered the flower in the frame, the yellow and white part is not dead center since it in the upper third and the lines of the lower section of the bloom would naturally lead the eye to the focus point.  Next time pull back, include more of the flower or move in and focus on the detail.  The vertical crop was a good idea but don’t cut off the flower with the edge of the frame.  The upper section of the bloom is acting as a frame but it too has been cut off by the edge of the frame. As a beginning photographer stick to the basics of composition, you can still take chances but be sure the basics are covered first.  Keep practicing and keep us posted with your progress.

—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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