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Old 06-02-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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I knew that if you built it they would come! Looks like a good place where I can lurk and learn.

I've got the whole image to ink on paper thing down but recently (due to my work with tictacphoto.com) re-acquired a serious interest in the image acquisition side of the fence. In that realm, the gear I now have is much more capable than the loose nut behind the wheel, err... shutter.

Anyone that has any camera work tips do please share.

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PS - Dropped off the radar consumed with PrintSmith 8 dev, btw.
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:23 AM   #3
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Hey, JR. What type of camera work?
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:16 PM   #4
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Anything really. I've mostly been trying the master landscapes (and playing with some macro stuff too). I have an interest in motorsports too but haven't spent much time practicing there (yet). I'm in Scottsdale these days so Sedona and the Grand Canyon aren't to far away.

A few months ago I discovered that landscape shots after (what would be considered) dark aren't necessarily verboten. Had one of those "ah ha!" moments taking long exposure (30 sec) shots of my housemate's back yard/house (yielding beautiful deep blue sky (even though it was dark out), plant greens that had !punch! and nice lighting from the sconces and windows of the house.

Did a little longer exposure (.5-1.5 sec) stuff of a creek up by Sedona (stop action of everything but the water ... nice blur there).

Textbook "learning" sorts of stuff.

The technical side doesn't really scare me (per se) but I manage to make more bad shots than good (not that it really matters). I do tend to be able to home in on a hard exposure/subject when doing manual (or AP) exposures with a little review of the histogram and educated tweaking. Not very good at judging depth of field in combination with depth of focus.

Was having LOTS of difficulty judging exposure length a few months back ... tending to pick aperture (in AP mode) or shutter speed (in SP mode) that yielded to slow result (when taking pictures of moving things like dogs, drag boats) which left me with a bunch of blury photos (that I thought were good until I got home and/or printed them).

FWIW: I have a Rebel Xti /w a full collection of goodies. ...a bunch of Sigma EX lenses 15-2.8 fish, 70 2.8 prime/macro, 120-300 2.8 tele and a Tamron 18-200 3.8-4.5 (???) for walking around (and 20-70 sorts of stuff).

Manfrotto Pro mono and tri /w RRS BH-55 head. Plenty of memory, batteries, flashes and what not. ...an a full-on geeky exposure meter too (top o' the current line from S...?). Plans to get an Epson 4800 and a Gretag, err... XRite spectro (for print/cam calibration). Have a Phaser 8550 now (uncalibrated .... for most prints, today).

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jr: which left me with a bunch of blury photos (that I thought were good until I got home and/or printed them).
I hate when that happens! It's sooo annoying...you think you've got this great shot and it ends up being crap...'-}}

I use that same Tamron lens (18-200) most of the time myself...I covet the Canon fast zoom lens (1.8-ish??? across the entire zoom length) but it's too rich for my budget these days...

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Old 06-04-2007, 07:30 PM   #6
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You still do'n the houseboat thing, John?
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The Tamron is very nice (they all are actually) though it is the one most likely to give me (usually via the camera's auto-focus) fits when the light isn't more than adequate. It's also the one that tends to be on the camera most (cause it's so darned flexible) so I guess I whine to much about it.

The 120-300, while very heavy, is really, really nice (clearly an order of magnitude better than any of the others wrt product quality ... and the 70mm is no slouch).
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I would start out by recommending a website: http://www.radiantvista.com. They have daily critiques and how-to videos. I have some things online at http://www.johncornicello.com/articles/. Take a look at the Photo Intro file.

Ran out of room on the houseboat, so am living on land, but still in Seattle.
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Danke!
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jr: The Tamron is very nice (they all are actually) though it is the one most likely to give me (usually via the camera's auto-focus) fits when the light isn't more than adequate.
Yeah...I've noticed that too...drives me moderately nuts...'-}}


>>It's also the one that tends to be on the camera most (cause it's so darned flexible) so I guess I whine to much about it.

LOL!! Exactly my experience...'-}}

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