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Post Processing / Photoshop trolling thread
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:23:27 PM »

There's something fundamentally unjust about a post-processing forum without a Photoshop trolling thread, so I'm starting one.

For folks who aren't familiar with the meme, the basic concept of Photoshop trolling is straightforward: Some folks post pictures and ask folks to fix them in some way.  Then other folks "fix" them, creating what are otherwise good quality Photoshop hack jobs, based upon a deliberate misunderstanding of the original request, in a comical way.  It is particularly funny if the original poster then replies to a troll and tries to correct the misunderstanding, resulting in an even bigger misunderstanding.  :)

For example, someone posts a photo of a blue car and asks you to change it to orange.  One person might remove the car and replaces it with a fruit.  Another person might make the seats orange or replace the car with an entirely different car that happens to be orange.  Still another might make everything but the car orange, or tint the photo orange, or add an orange car painted on the side of the blue car.  The more absurd, the better.

Ground rules:

  • Pictures should be your own photos or pics from elsewhere on CR.
  • No nudity, pictures of illegal activity, or other forum-rule-violating behavior.
  • If someone corrects you, try to modify the already-modifed photo to "meet" the person's needs rather than going back to the original.  :D
  • Have fun.

For some great (but old) examples, see http://photoshoptroll.com/.

Photography Technique / Non-competitive Bay Area photo clubs?
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:08:25 PM »

I keep thinking it would be fun to join a photography club, but judging from the websites, every club I've seen in the SF Bay Area seems to be involve people meeting once a month to show photos they've taken elsewhere, and competing to see whose pictures are the favorite, then sending the best photos on to compete at a regional level, etc.  That sort of thing might have been tolerable in high school, but at this stage of my life, taking photos competitively is the absolute last thing I'd be interested in doing.

My idea of a great photography club would be one that gets together frequently for photo shoots—ideally weekly.  Some weeks, we might bring in folks for portrait sessions; other weeks, we might take trips to random places in the area, look for interesting things to photograph, then look through our photos at the end and show each other the photos that we thought were the most interesting—not competitively, but rather collaboratively, contrasting the different approaches that the photographers chose when photographing many of the same subjects.

Does anyone know of any Bay Area photography clubs that operate along these lines?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (original)
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:59:20 AM »

Speaking of maligned lenses....

XTi 1/1250 sec, f/14, ISO 1600, 130mm

XTi 1/500 sec, f/10, ISO 400, 100mm

XTi 1/640 sec, f/9.0, ISO 400, 300mm

300D 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 80mm

XTi 1/1250 sec, f/13, ISO 400, 300mm

300D 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300mm

300D 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 280mm

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