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suspritzed diamagnetic synchronizing filter
- Has someone already taken the time to explain different filters? If so, could I have the link?
- If not, would any of our more "salty" photo-masters mind taking a minute and tapping out what filters a beginner (like me) should start with, and what filters one may grow into?
Okay. I uploaded a couple of photos of ducks tonight. These photos I did not think merited being on the front page so I did as I have in the past with photos like this, I put them in my photolog.
But when I click on "main" to bring me to the front page here, I saw my post, as well as in the photolog. I did indeed select "my photolog" and not "general photography" for the section.
Did I goof up? Has something changed? Am I just remembering something incorrectly?
I'm new here(take it easy)
just got my first slr camera-digital that is. Boy! what a camera,no focus, no thinking. Just loving it.
Jesus LOves you, all!!
Arnold Newman dies
He has taken some of the most wonderful shots I have ever seen.
Could use some help
I was wondering if I could get some feedback from y'all on how the new site design looks and works.
I would appreciate, especially, some input on the gallery section.
Be as brutal as you think you need to be, I really would like an impartial opinion - the club thinks it is great, but they have to agree (or I take my computer and go home :-) o.k., not really, but they don't want to say anything bad for fear of hurting my feelings)
Thanks in advance for all your thoughts.
When doing a storyboard
Sure hope this goes in Q/A section because I know there have been some problems of getting into the right category.
I just wanted to mention how great their customer service is. I was watching for 2 lenses to come in so I could (try - they are pretty hard to rent) rent them, wanting to test some different type of lenses before I take the plunge and purchase more then the 18-55 that came with my camera. I wanted a telephoto for graduation and decided to just buy one and hope for the best.
The day after the telephoto lens came up for rent and I was so excited about being home when the email arrived that I forgot I had just purchased the nearly identical lens (ok, so not the brightest). I quickly sent off an email and the order was clarified and cancelled within 10 minutes.
Customer service alone will make me try them again.
P.S. - I put this in articles and reviews, but if it shows up on general can an editor move it for me? Thank you!
Focus, and how to screw it up!
This pertains mostly to autoFocus. If you're focusing manually and not focusing properly or not focusing on the right subject, you probably have other problems. I thought of 4 things that can cause bad focus or apparent bad focus. I illustrated the various problems with a setup of a Larry Bird Bobblehead and a model of Brian Urlacher kicking Brett Favre's butt. If you're a Packer fan I apologize and since I'm a Bear fan you know I don't mean it! In all cases the goal was to have Larry Bird be the subject and in focus. There was no post work done other than cropping, no sharpening, no nothing. Also, I use a canon which focuses when the shutter button is half depressed, yours may not work that way.
- Correct. - 1/40 @ F4 48mm The autofocus sensors correctly chose Larry and he was sharp the background was slightly blurred at F4.
- Hey, I'm over here! - 1/40 @ F4 48mm The autofocus sensors decided this time to focus on Brian & Brett. This leaves Larry, our intended subject, a big blurry glob. Since he is also the biggest thing in frame he would be very disconcerting and annoying if you actually wanted Brian as your subject. This situation can happen quite frequently with autofocus, the camera has no idea what you want. What makes it worse is that on the small preview screen they could both look pretty good. On the small screen this and pic #1 both look pretty good and similar.
- Whoa, you passed me up! - 1/30 @ F4.5 105mm In this shot I focused just as in pic #1 on Larry. He's sharp and in focus then I decide to zoom in... What happend. Lenses have a minimum focus distance and on zoom lenses it usually increase as you zoom. So, after I depressed the shutter button to focus, held it, and then zoomed in to get closer to take the picture the subject was now too close at that focal length. You should re-focus if you zoom in or out for optimum results.
- Hold your horses! - 1/20 @ F5.6 48mm I removed the camera from the tripod and handheld this to show you one of the biggest (IMO) causes of shots that appear out of focus...camera movement. This happens when the shutter speed is too slow to handhold. The old rule of thumb was to use a shutter speed that was 1(lens mm) or next faster. Here I was shooting at 48mm so 1/50(1/60 if you don't have digital) of a second should be ok for me to handhold. But there are other factors involved, how steady are you, how good a base you got, if the subject has movement, you really have to know yourself and your camera and practice. There are techniques to help you hold steady though, don't hold your breath- release it and then press shutter, don't jab at shutter- press it, Feet shoulder width apart, support camera with both hands, lower center of gravity while maintaining balance the better, if you do any gun shooting these will be familiar. I feel I can hold steadier if I keep a little pressure on my face with camera. If you have an EVF camera, I found that I could hold it steadier if I braced both elbows on my chest and held the camera closer to my body than at arms length. Invest in a tripod, most digital cameras are so light, most any cheapie will be better than nothing, or a monopod. Here's a closer crop so you can see the ghosting effect with camera movement.
- Will you get outta my way? - 1/40 @ F4 28mm When ever you shoot thru something, glass, diry glass, screens, fences, leaves, grass, even if you can't see them in the final pic, it softens the image somewhat. This was shot thru a brown panty hose. I used to have a nylon hose stretched on an embroidery hoop for soft focus effects. I was worried that Barb would come back from bingo while I was rummaging in her underwear drawers... wish I had a nickel everytime that happened. The puma shot I posted the other day was shot through a close-knit cable net and leaves and displayed this soft focus effect. This is not necessarily bad unless you got it just cause you were too lazy to open the screen door.
Buying a New Camera? Check the company out!
So the moral of my story is go to this site and check out the company you want to use for your photographic needs. This place is excellent.... http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1895.html This is just one of the companies I looked up. I looked up 12 different camera companies and got the same results as above ! Lots of them are all one company and just work under different names. Mike told me to buy from a reputable company and I am a very trusting person so I just assumed that they all were trustworthy, if they had good feedback on their internet page.... Ok so now I am older and wiser!! And still have most of my money!
Thank You Mike for guiding me along, I won't forget your kindness!
Okay so this will sound dumb but how in the heck do you post your friggin photos?
I am so clueless
Canon Lenses.... What are all those letters and numbers?
Well we are here to try and help. Much of this applies to Canon lenses only as that is what I use. If one of you Nikon people out there want to add to this please do so. I'm sure there are some that could use a little help.
New Canon 30d
Just made the jump to a DSLR...Hippee! bought a Canon 30d with an EF 17-40L and a EF 50 1.8 lens. 2 questions - do many of you shoot in RAW and what are the benefits of shooting in RAW? and what lenses do you recommend I should buy next? I'm think of either getting the EF 24-105L or getting 2 lenses - Tamron 28-75 f2.8 XR Di LD and the Sigma 10-20, but if there are other lenses I should check out...please let give me suggestions...Thanks! :)
Some of my shots have spots; some have no spots. Some have a "white" spot in the lower right corner; some don't. Is it possible for the CF card to be bad in certain areas (I have taken over 10,000 shots w/my camera, and 99.9% of these shots have been taken on this one card)? I have done the sensor cleaning on my camera, and blown it out......help.....what do y'all suggest aside from sending it out to Canon to be cleaned? Here's some examples of what I'm talking about....all taken with same CF card, same lens (18-55mm).
I know I can fix these in PS, but, this has just started happening in the last few days.....I'd like to get it fixed.......any advice would be appreciated.....Thanks!
Thank You in advance for any and all comments.
Barbie aka bareftphoto