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First Night out with a DSLR

Published March 21st, 2012

I decided to buy a camera and Adam was kind enough to lend me his DSLR so I could get a better idea of what I was looking for. He gave me a good primer on the basic controls, and then I took some photos.

This is the first time I've ever tried to take photos for the express purpose of taking good photos. So naturally they're mostly my cats. It's also the first time I've ever handled a DSLR and one of the first times I've ever done anything but the most basic of photo adjustments.

I want to hear what you think - tips, improvements, suggestions. Just be gentle :)


"Hey Lucy"

If I was better at photoshop, or had it installed at all, I'd try and take out where someone has spit on the sign beside the 'L'.

Still, it was kind of fun to take this one.

  • March 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/640 sec


First time trying anything with a long exposure - I really like the crispness of the berry against an out-of-focus background. I just wish I had picked a better strawberry.

  • March 20th, 2012
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • 50mm / f/20 / 1.3 sec


Did a lot of colour adjustment on this photo, but now it almost feels sterile.


Playing with the aperture - I like that her nose is in focus, but her ear isn't.

Lighting in the apartment is really weird. All the photos I took inside had a warm colour - lots of orange. I toned this one down less that the one above, but it still feels weird.


Sharp Dressed Manikin

Kind of cool - very dark out and a Manikin lit from above. Took a few tries to get everything right. One of the first photos I took outdoors, at night.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/320 sec


We went out for a walk and say on a patio. It was pretty late and Ashley was backlit by a flood light, which looked pretty neat.

  • March 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/80 sec

The Hunter

I really like having something in the foreground that's way out of focus, but I think this is too much. I think I was way too close, but if I had moved, I would have started her away.


This was really tricky since one of the ceiling lights was half pointed at him, and since we have 12 different lights, no matter where I stood, my shadow fell on him. I honestly only took this because he was so cute and I had already taken dozens of Bandita.

This could definitely be cropped a little better.

  • March 20th, 2012
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • 50mm / f/f / 1/125 sec

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Ashley Krista  about 6 years ago

I have nothing constructive to say... only CATS!

Evgeny Tchebotarev  about 6 years ago

I think you did well. For the first time with DSLR those are remarkable results. I think you should definitely get a nice camera and a lens, and shoot more in good light and in the city/places with or without cats :)

Megs OBrien  about 6 years ago

50mm f1.4 lens for the win!!
also, I'm glad you're already considering lighting in your shots - that's one of the key things that will make your photography better, in my opinion at least :)
love the subject matter, of course, and the shallow depth of field is working really well to isolate your subjects.
(just remember though, when photographing cats - or people! - you should always try to get the eyes in focus, moreso than the nose. something about windows to the soul.)
keep shooting :)

Martin Moscosa  about 6 years ago

I really like the first and second photos, IMHO they have good lighting and the subject well focused, attracting the viewer attention immediately. something similar happens on photo six.