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Abstract / Soft Focus & Pictorialism
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:27:26 PM »
Hi all,

I'm taking my first digital photography course this semester and learning a lot about my new DSLR.  The Canon Rumors forum provided me with great advice when choosing a camera, so I'm coming back for some new advice   :D

This week's photoshoot is to replicate pictorialism.  From what I gathered, this involves:

-Soft focus
-Slight blur effect
-A photo which tells a structured story.

What do you know about soft focus/blurring and how to achieve it?  The professor told us to take photos at dusk.  Is it more about the location/time of day than it is the camera?

I'm not sure what to take 3 to 5 images of, let alone how to create some of these effects.  Still life?  Landscapes?  I'm shooting on a t4i, 40mm f2.8

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:07:02 AM »
paul13, you seem to know a lot about fluid heads.  That's a whole new can of worms but I plan on getting one around the same time I get a new lens.

Do you have one you would recommend that would be compatible with a Glidetrack?  I'm know we use the 701 or 501 at school.  Theirs is in crappy shape, though.

Good and inexpensive don't go together in photography
its like saying.. cheap gas

Well you're no help.  :P

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 04, 2012, 01:38:38 AM »
With the 17-40, if you start shooting at f/2.8 and 17mm and then zoom to 40mm (or much of anything inbetween), your exposure will change from f/2.8 to f/4 and the image will now be underexposed by a stop. Your only choice would be to change exposure while you zoom (not going to happen in a single video shot) or to limit yourself to f/4 at the wide end.

That sort of went over my head.  So basically, when I zoom in, my exposure will change due to the ranged aperture?  That's why I want a fixed aperture?

So, bottom line:  buy the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 or wait for the Canon 18-135mm STM?  I would get either toward the end of August.


And yes, it will be at least two years until I graduate and can afford some serious L glass or mucho expensivo primes.  Paying college tuition sucks.  :(  I'm trying to make the smartest and most reasonable buys, though...once again, why I am here.

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 03, 2012, 10:13:55 PM »
Excellent feedback all around on page three.  Thank you kindly, everyone.

So would that Sigma lens I originally posted be a decent choice for now?  I don't need to make the decision ASAP, but would like to grab a telephoto lens by the end of the summer.

From what I've gathered from the veteran experience here, either wait for the STM 18-135mm or one of the Sigma 2.8's?  Which one of these would suit me better, the fixed aperture or the ranged aperture?  I know someone mentioned both above me but I'm kind of on the road at the moment (not driving!)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/689620-REG/Sigma_583101_17_50mm_F2_8_EX_DC.html

or

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/670047-REG/Sigma_668101_17_70mm_F2_8_4_DC_Macro.html

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 03, 2012, 10:23:10 AM »
I know this is slightly off topic at this point, but would it make any sense for me to get a 50mm 1.4 if I already have a 40mm 2.8?  Will I really gain much with that depth of field?

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:34:13 AM »
For my 2 cents, I can recommend the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with vibration control, and the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.  I paid $450 for the Tamron (Simply Electronics) and $190 for the Canon lens (Amazon).

Both of these lenses are good for stills, and I don't know about video as my Rebel XS can't perform the feat.

Take some classes as suggested, and go out and shoot everything and anything.  I have started schlepping my camera everywhere, and looking for an excuse to photograph stuff.  Go to events, feed birds, visit the zoo, line up your family members for mug shots.  LOL   Take pictures of the moon... 

Take pictures of flowers, bugs, anything... and be prepared to throw out a lot of shots.  I took 270 frames at the local nature center last weekend, and only kept 31 of them.  Last month I took photos at a military rein-actor event and only use my 50mm prime.  I took pictures of an indoor tennis match, and the lighting sucked, as did my 18-55mm kit lens (f/3.5-5.6), so I shot it all at 800 and 1600 ISO.

Most important is to have fun and enjoy your new camera.

Why thank you!  I've been learning a lot in the last few days but I know it is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  I took the t4i to the beach and to a fireworks show yesterday and had some fun with it.

My main issue is learning how to play with manual settings, mainly ISO/aperture.  Hopefully I'll learn a lot in my photography course next semester (which I'm praying isn't just how to use Photoshop).

Thanks again, everyone, for the much-needed advice.  I know I could have Google'd a lot of this stuff but I would rather have personal opinions from people who have a far better understanding of photography than me.  =]

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:31:18 PM »
Regardless of the make just be prepared to have to have your lens calibrated - especially if you can't adjust af in your camera :'(.
I love my new sigma 17-50 2.8 is. I was prepared to need calibration but I was good out of the box :).

What does it mean to calibrate a lens, anyone?  Seems like something important I should know if I want to extend the longevity of my gear.

(you will be popular with the 40mm lens)

Ha ha ha, woo!  8)  I think the pancake looks so silly.  I'm excited to get my shotgun mic/shoulder mount in the mail this week.  Last two things on my list (for now):  battery grip + polarizer.

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 06:48:37 PM »
hopefully, the school will have some of the lighting, microphones, audio recorders, tripods, video heads, etc, but wait and see.  Odds are that a beginner level video tripod and head will eat up $500.

Yeesh, that's what I was looking at.  I worked as a production assistant a couple years ago and fell in love with glidetracks.  I really want to get one, but I don't know what kind of video head it requires.  I was probably going to chat with some B&H guys tomorrow.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  It is so greatly appreciated.  So from the sounds of it, maybe I should hold off for the new STM 18-135mm?  Does anyone know when that is hitting the market?

That's kind of what I thought a prime was...a lens with a low aperture and fixed range.  I thought there was something far more special to it, though.

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:33:01 PM »
Hmmm...so just save my money?  It isn't critical I get one now, but I would like to have something with a zoom.

What will a prime lens do?  Yeah yeah yeah, laugh it up. 

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 01:46:12 PM »
I was originally planning on getting the STM zoom lens, but any idea when it is coming out?  This month?  Sometime this summer?  I can be a pretty impulsive buyer, that's why I came here.

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Lenses / Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 01:40:45 PM »
Too long; didn't read:  what's a good, somewhat cheap, zoom lens to compliment the 40mm 2.8 pancake?

Newbie here,

Last week I got my first DSLR (t4i) with the 40mm 2.8 lens. 

I don't know much about photography or lenses for that matter, and I was wondering...what zoom lens would make a good compliment to the 40mm?

I'm going to school for video, so keep that in mind.  Sadly, I can only spend about $500 tops on a lens, since I spent the rest on camera gear.  I wish I could get a 70-200mm  :'(

I was thinking this one...anyone have any opinions on it?  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/169267-GREY/Canon_6473A003AA_75_300mm_f_4_0_5_6_III_Autofocus.html

I would mainly be using it at sporting events, concerts, etc.  I don't necessary need a zoom that long, either.  I was also considering:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/689620-REG/Sigma_583101_17_50mm_F2_8_EX_DC.html

^but that's if you guys really convinced me.  I wasn't blown away with the continuous AF with the STM lens (I'm probably just using it wrong), so I figured any focusing I'll really be doing with the t4i will be manual.

As always, thank you for the advice and enlightenment.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just got my first DSLR, confused...
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:35:06 PM »
I believe you need to turn OFF the AF on this lens as it is not a FTM (full time manual focus) lens. There should be a small switch on the lens itself that goes between AF and MF.

Hey, I know that much!  I'm dumb, but I ain't that dumb.

What I think happened was when I put on the lens hood, the lens became somewhat loose or something. I took it off and put it back on (the lens) and the sound went away and everything focuses fine.

Anyone know where to find the audio metering in the menus?  It has audio metering, right?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just got my first DSLR, confused...
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:25:02 PM »
It isn't the AF itself, that's pretty quiet.  It's when I manually focus it, it creaks one way.

I'm about to turn it on again and pay around some more.

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EOS Bodies / Just got my first DSLR, confused...
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:18:33 PM »
My t4i arrived today and I'm already having my mind blown (in a bad way).

I'm using the 40mm 2.8 STM lens, and I was wondering...is it supposed to make a creaking noise when I turn it counter-clockwise?

I'm very new to photography and basically have no idea what I'm doing.  I don't want to break anything.

Also, the AF was working but now it isn't.  I turned the camera off/switched the AF up and back and nothing.

I know, I know, I'm a huge newbie.

Any help would be very much appreciated.  I'm afraid to touch the thing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Starter Gear (newbie here)
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:41:05 AM »
And skip the polarizer first too, it's an effect filter used for eliminating reflections on glass & water, and only determine how often you'll use it. If you really want one, get a good one for the max. filter size you'll use (maybe 77 or 82mm), but that doesn't come cheap.

Should I get a UV filter to protect the lens, though?  I agree that a polarizer doesn't seem paramount at the start, but it sounds like something I'll end up getting eventually.

Basic cleaning supplies like lens pen, tissues/paper, blower.
An inexpensive 5 in one reflector.

I was thinking about this, too...anyone know any good LCD screen protectors, or accessories for the viewfinder?  Also, is a LensCoat worth it?

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