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Ok, I'm starting to get better with my digital rebel. I'm still shooting a lot in the preset modes because when I'm taking pictures of the baby it's hard to take the time to mess with the other settings.. I save that for still life while she's sleeping. It seems though that the pictures will sometimes look good on the computer but when I have them prined they look.. well.. digital and snapshot like. I just want nice looking pictures. I'm also being asked to do some pictures for somebody but I'm really nervous because I'm not liking how things are coming out. Any advice?
I would start practicing in manual. That is the next step for you, and it just takes time to get used to. Time and practice! You might want to invest in a reflector if you will be using mainly natural light indoors. I got one off ebay a few years ago for $40, and it's huge. Totally worth it.
Also, where do you get your prints from? I get all mine from Mpix, even my snapshots. I don't tolerate less than what they provide! OH, one more thing. Your monitor might need to be adjusted if the prints are really off.
My first thought is that you need to calibrate your monitor. Get your prints printed at a good place, like mpix. Then adjust your monitor to look like what the printed pictures look like. This will give you the correct settings for the printer at mpix. OR you could spend a bit of money and get a calibration kit.
If you are using Walmart do NOT send them to the 1-hour printing online. They print HORRIBLE!!! At least that's been my experience.
I think maybe if you printed your pics on a matte paper it would look alot better. I got Davey's pics done at Sears, but I got them printed right in studio, and they didn't print on matte paper, so even they look snapshot-ish.
I took some at home and got them printed at winkflash on matte paper and I have the 10 by 13 framed on my wall.
ok, the ones I get from Snapfish look like crap. The color is horrible and I even used their color corrector before having them printed to see if it would help... it didn't. The black and whites came out great but the others looked like my husband and baby were plastic! I'll probably give Mpix a shot I guess. I hope it's not just that I'm a crappy photographer.
I got a copy of the one in my siggy from target and it was ok but not great. I was bummed.
Sadly... that was done on Portait mode (the little head on the dial... I'm so lame) and I used the flash but I put a white card in front of the flash to bounce it. I try to never use the actual direct flash.. sometimes I use a card to bounce it or I use tissue paper to diffuse it. All I did with this as far as editing was messed with the brightness and the contrast.