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Ok I took this yesterday evening In a very dark kitchen, the light source was through a side window with a amazing golden glow as the sun was going down.
 

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Hi @johnlloyd197567 , I’m a mile away from being able to advise or critique your work, but personally I like it a lot and the glow you mentioned is fab

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Thankyou stef
 

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Hi John, better if you post your images full size as it's too small to see properly.

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Thanks paul, yea I had a feeling I'd posted it wrong after I'd done it lol
 

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Much better at this size now John.
Cute image ... nice and sharp on the dog, just unsure if I would prefer the girls eye in focus also, so maybe a greater depth of field is needed.
Cant see the exif in this so can you remember the f stop you used?

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Yea I thought the same afterwards but it was a very quick moment image and not posted, I use f5.6 on this as was going for just my daughter, but turned round to see her holding dog like that and quickly shot it

I was thinking I should of had it at f8, would you agree or recommend a different stop, all advice welcome
 

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Puppy dogs and kids are guaranteed winners! Interesting light.. As you mentioned we don't always have a lot of time to capture those special moments, so many times it is what it is.

One thing to remember is that DOF is a function of aperture AND distance to the subject. The more you open up the aperture the more shallow the the DOF, and the closer you are to the subject the more shallow the DOF. It's also important to remember that total DOF is not equal, but falls off gradually in front of and behind the focal plane. For example using a 50mm lens at f/5.6, 36" away from your subject, gives you about 1.4" in front of your focal plane, and about 1.5" behind the focal plane. With everything else the same, increasing distance to subject to 48" will almost double the area in front of and behind the focal plane, while stopping down to f/8.0 at 36" will only increase your DOF in front of and behind the focal point by approximately 1/2" each way. (Note approximate as these can vary by camera and lens)

Understanding the exposure triangle will allow you to adjust the exposure to fit the DOF on the fly for the conditions.
 
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Thankyou, something I will have to experiment with,as for the camera it needs a upgrade, old sony a350 and it struggles with the white balance when trying to use custom. Looking at canon 60d at present
 
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Thankyou I will read through these later, thankyou southern gent for taking the time to point me in the right direction
 

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Canon 60D is a good camera and should give you good results, depending on the lens quality of course.

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