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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:01 am

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Captain Obvious wrote:Hopefully you aren't using the auto-focus anymore.

Heck no. I use manual settings most of the time. If I'm feeling lazy, I'll use the shutter-priority setting and let the camera match ISO and aperture for proper exposure. Mostly, though, I adjust those myself.

BTW, someone last night mentioned Whispers' Psyche. I figured I'd share a photo of her next ... ;)
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Re: Photography

Postby Captain Obvious » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:08 am

We'll have to talk settings soon. Lots of neat little tricks out there.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:09 am

Indeed ... and that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the processing software (I mostly use Lightroom 3).
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:23 am

Cupid and Psyche ...

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Re: Photography

Postby Captain Obvious » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:37 am

I notice you have a lot of BW photos, do you prefer that to color or do you process it with your program that way?
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:40 am

I've been sharing b&w here just because it's the mood I've been in lately. A more representative set of my work can be found here.
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Re: Photography

Postby Captain Obvious » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:53 am

http://dauntlessmedia.zenfolio.com/p261 ... #h46f9e9c8

You have to love the perspective on this shot.


Do you find it more difficult to properly expose for BW?
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:58 am

Thanks.

Honestly, I don't find b&w exposure to be especially problematic - provided that the original image is properly exposed. I've found that with digital photography, the most crucial element is to capture as much information as possible in the original image (which means making sure I don't overexpose and blow the highlights, or underexpose and lose shadow detail). With a balanced RAW exposure, Lightroom and Photoshop can work wonders to help me construct the proper contrasts (for b&w) and color palette.

I read an Ansel Adams book in which he worked in a similar fashion - relying heavily on the "developing" component to produce the kind of image he wanted (provided he took a solid photo to begin with). Not that I'm anywhere near on the level of Adams ... but I was pleased to learn that his process was similar to mine.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor Mickey » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:47 pm

EP, what camera do you use? I was able to get a Olympus Pen E-1 and really want to get better with my photography skills. I only have the standard lenses at the moment, once $$ allows, I will start to build up a collection of lenses of course. Also any lenses you want to recommend would be great. I know for sure I want a powerful zoom lenses first.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:54 am

I use a Canon Rebel T2i - a solid, relatively inexpensive entry-level DSLR (I think Canon is up to a T3i now). I have three lenses: an 18-135mm; a 55-250mm zoom; and a 50mm prime. They are all entry-level quality (and you see the kinds of shots I can get with them). Most of my time these days is spent with the 18-135 because it's so versatile. I can get great wide-angle landscape shots, and zoom close enough on most objects. If I'm targeting animals (MUWHAHAHA) at the zoo or in nature I'll use the zoom. The only kind of lens I want, that I don't have, is a macro.

More than anything, I recommend shooting in RAW (which your camera has as an option) and investing in a solid processing program (such as Lightroom). That'll give you the flexibility capture images and "develop" them to meet your vision.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor Mickey » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:34 am

Thank you for the advice. I really appreciate it. Never thought about getting a macro lens but I might have to put that on the top of my list. :D
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:56 am

No probs. And like I said, I'd recommend the software over a new lens. You can get by with the base lens for a while, but the software + RAW shooting will give you some great shots (such as this one, which was "rescued" from an otherwise poorly framed and exposed capture):

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(for Obvy, who was looking for a bit of color ;) )
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Re: Photography

Postby Salty » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:03 am

All these pics are fantastic Sam!
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Re: Photography

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:03 am

Yep, it's all top notch work. What more can I say, great stuff EP! :)
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor Mickey » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:34 am

That duck photo is just gorgeous!

Trust me EP, I'm taking your advice and looking into software as well. Hopefully I'll have some photos to show you someday. :D
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Re: Photography

Postby Salty » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:56 pm

Sam is definitely right about the software being able to cover for the lens.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:00 pm

^ And sometimes the photographer. :))
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Re: Photography

Postby Salty » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:04 pm

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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:01 pm

Seriously, there have been times when I royally fucked up the shot - only to be able salvage something worthwhile because Lightroom is so powerful a tool (shooting in RAW is key).

It's kind of funny, but all that work I did making icons for Phat years ago taught me a few things about editing and framing images ... lessons I apply when editing raw photos in Lightroom.
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Re: Photography

Postby Calandria » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:33 pm

Wow...

The first time I looked at that last picture was on a standard tiny cell phone screen. I shrugged and thought, okay, not quite as nice as the others.

Full screen though... The colors are just plain amazing! It almost seems to have an inner light which was missing when I looked at it too small!
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:29 pm

Another photo with color:
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Re: Photography

Postby Scarlet » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:52 pm

A wonderful convergence of being truly gifted, with the development of expertise, skill and experience to give such a gift its wings. Was this an unexpected/unintended path, or have you always sensed you had the inner eye of a photographer?
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:00 am

Scarlet wrote:A wonderful convergence of being truly gifted, with the development of expertise, skill and experience to give such a gift its wings. Was this an unexpected/unintended path, or have you always sensed you had the inner eye of a photographer?

Yes?

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Thank you for the kind and beautiful words (you should try your hand at writing :p). Looking back, I've often had ... shall we say ... flirtations with photography. But it's not something I really came to until recently. It really has been a rare source of joy, though. My only frustration is that I don't always have my camera with me. It's just not practical to take it, unless I am explicitly going on a photog expedition. So despite the many wonderful moments I've managed to capture on "film", there are countless that I've missed.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:35 pm

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Re: Photography

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:48 pm

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