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Photography Technique / Storage Workflow
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:22:21 AM »
I was wondering if you could share your workflow with storage of your images. So far what I have been doing is downloading images to two laptops and one desktop for redundancy. Every month I do physical backup to an external portable drive of all images. As I start my journey into playing with RAW images this laborious process is eating up a lot of space. I have thought about removing all images into a standalone external drive, thereby freeing up space on the laptop but then I loose the accessibility of looking at the images when I want and from whichever event I want. Or to even just process some images on the fly. The second issue is of security and so I am looking at some online storages like iCloud etc. How do you all work on these 2 issues? Thanks for your time.

Photography Technique / Re: Black & White
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:14:30 PM »
Great suggestions.I did what some have suggested. RAW and jpg. I am very lazy in post processing and do very little. Some B&W right out of camera came out amazing and the exact color version did not impress me perhaps because of the drama or perhaps because I grew up with B&W most of my childhood and saw color images later. Thanks

Photography Technique / Black & White
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:00:09 PM »
Hello All,
I recently just experimented in doing some black and white photography and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. I think it has been asked before but
1) Is there a difference between shooting in monochrome and shooting in full color and then converting it into B&W using software?
2) Compared to some older film and also digital images I noticed that the blacks in mine were not as black but more dark greyish. I prefer the pitch dark black look. How do I achieve that?

Photography Technique / Re: Importing Images
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:11:28 PM »
It worked with the card reader, though I am not sure why it happened in the first place. It never has before. Thanks

Photography Technique / Importing Images
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
I recently returned from a trip with close to 2000 pictures on my Canon 5D MK III. I generally import onto iPhoto. So I did the usual. After the supposed import it usually says finishing import and then whether I want to keep the images on the camera or delete them. This time it kept the window saying finishing import for a long time and then iPhoto quit. I did the whole thing again and in the beginning it always gives a prompt if I wanted to download duplicate images again and normally I don't but since I did not see the images on iPhoto I did. Strangely I could not see the images nor the events it creates. Same thing on two computers. Any thoughts? Thanks

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: July 19, 2014, 10:21:16 AM »
Hello Friends,
Just returned from an unforgettable trip. Amsterdam got a bit washed due to rain but I did not let that deter me in Paris. Late night trips to the Notre Dame, Eiffel and Alexander III bridge was very rewarding. My best shots were of the Eiffel and Notre Dame. I experimented with monochrome and was pleasantly surprised! Will post some images shortly. Thanks for all the help.

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:34:30 PM »
The postings about pickpockets amuse me. I guess as someone who has lived in Europe (Oh, OK - the UK) for most of my 55 years (as of tomorrow...) I tend to think of most European cities as being safe so long as you are sensible. I recall in the late seventies when I was at university in London and the IRA still had a penchant for bombing the City, that Sylvester Stallone refused to come over because it was too dangerous...

My experience is that you are far more likely to be fleeced by those who are supposed to be serving you in the USA because the staff are so poorly paid that they pretty much have to beg to get tips. Hands are always out for money in the US, whereas it is a small minority of pickpockets, many of whom are instantly recognisable anyway, in Europe.

My advice: don't look too rich, don't talk too loud, don't throw money around like you are in the US, and you will be fine!

Enjoy Paris - a beautiful city!
I won't have trouble with the last part. Don't look rich, don't talk loud, don't throw money around(except camera stuff!). Only giveaway would be my gear....... Thanks!

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:09:26 AM »
Maybe a bit late for the O.P., but here are a few things to know concerning security in Paris and places to see before heading off.

First off, do not buy metro, RER or Paris Visite tickets from anyone not in RATP booth.
Only the RAPT agents and the machines in the stations are safe. You will get offers from random peoples during your stay. Do not accept. I've had to explain to tourists that they got conned too many times already.
Risk is higher on station connecting the airports. Do not trust anyone not in an uniform and behind a desk. :)

Les Halles late at night, Barbès and most of the 18th and 19th quarters are to be avoided. Risk is not that high, but it can make you feel unsafe quite frequently. Same thing goes for Gare du Nord.
The center is quite safe though. 1st to 10th quarter are generally very safe (except for pickpockets, but that's a plague pretty much anywhere there's a crowd).

To answer to the guy saying that the police is not efficient in arresting the pickpockets... well, you're half right. They do arrest quite a lot of them. But most are under 18, childs in regard to the french law, so they can't do much except keep them off the streets for a few hours.
Be extra careful in the metro and any queues you are in. Everywhere else is pretty much pickpocket free. :)
(And it's not a complete jungle either, in 34 years in Paris I've never been mugged, robbed or shot. :))

And last thing to be careful of : If you happen to come in a period when there's some kind of all-night animation in the streets (Nuit Blanche, Fête de la Musique, Nuit des Musées, etc..) you should go. But stay off the streets after 1.00 AM, there will probably be quite a few cops and drunks playing cats and mice. It can get unpleasant (not really unsafe, but dealing with drunk people that do not speak english can be a pain for a tourist. :) )

As for nice location for photography, well... all the inner quarters really deserve to be walked street by street. :)
You'll also find nice views and old buildings all along the Seine. The outer quarters are much less interesting except for street photography (you can get some pretty weird photos in Barbes or Menilmontant :) But do not go there with too much money, too obvious gear and alone. )

If you got the time (and you should take it if you don't) take a train from Gare Montparnasse or Gare Saint-Lazare to Versailles. It's like a mini-Paris and the Chateau de Versailles and its gardens are just magnificent.
If you go there in the summer, you can get a ticket to the fireworks and illuminated fountains in the gardens at night. That's a bit of magic right there (hey, I live there and I still go see that at least once every year. :) )

Enjoy ! :)

Hi Djaaf,
Not late at all. Thank you so much. This is very helpful. I do have a half day planned to Versailles! I am very excited. Any advice for locations in Nice? Thanks

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:29:25 AM »
Great suggestions and recommendations! Thanks. PLease keep them coming.

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 28, 2014, 01:35:36 PM »
Paris is a museum-city which offers tons of wonderful shots.

Bridge Alexandre III, awesome !

Tomb of Napoleon :

Hotel de ville :

Opéra Garnier :

Concorde plaza :

Montmartre neighborhood :

Louvre Museum :

Pere Lachaise cimetery, one of the world's most extraordinary :

And the best shot :

Sent you a PM.

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 28, 2014, 01:35:00 PM »
So many nice places to shoot in Paris, at day or night time....

If you like shooting from elevated spots, you might also try this :




Good suggestion, but I think I'd scared more than anything else! Thanks

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:40:58 AM »
Are there places that one could shoot the Eiffel from a height instead of ground level? At night?

Hi ray5,

See the pink circle on the left side of the attached map ? 

IMHO the BEST place to be for a nice view of the Eiffel Tower and surroundings, "from a height".

Ask for the "Esplanade du Tocadéro", believe me, you'll like it !

Cheers from France    :)

Will do, Thanks. I think several years ago I saw a shot from the opera house? Does that sound correct? I am not sure about it but think that's what it said. Was an awesome night shot. DOn't know if that is even possible, particularly after dark.

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:10:41 AM »
Are there places that one could shoot the Eiffel from a height instead of ground level? At night?

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:28:24 PM »
Check out the Arc de Triomphe at night.

Agreed that it's a nice spot to shoot from, but if you go up the Arc de Triomphe, you're not allowed to use a tripod up there. They did allow me to take it up with me (rather than turning me away because I had it with me), but told me quite clearly that I mustn't use it. And there was security staff up there, so I'm pretty sure I'd have been in trouble if I'd tried.

That was the only time anyone said anything to me about using a tripod, but I wasn't carrying it around with me during the day, so that may not be representative.

Nice spots to shoot at night that I can think of are all the fairly obvious ones - the Louvre, Notre Dame (there's a bridge where you get a nice view of the rear, with reflections in the river), the Eiffel Tower (people sit out on the green there on warm evenings, it's a lovely atmosphere), river views in general. Sacre Coeur is probably worth a try too, though I never got round to it myself. I'm sure others will have better suggestions.

La Defense is the place for modern architecture. The Louvre is worth seeing, day or night. Sainte-Chappelle. Centre Pompidou. But generally, Paris is a great place to just wander and see where you end up.

BTW, if you're interested in going into museums as well as photographing them, the Paris Museum Pass is totally worth getting even if it doesn't save you money - it saves you a whole lot of hassle and queueing time.

Thanks. Apart from taking the usual care is it in general safe to be around after dark? I want to shoot but not get shot or mugged!

Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:25:16 PM »
Paris is a museum-city which offers tons of wonderful shots.

Bridge Alexandre III, awesome !

Tomb of Napoleon :

Hotel de ville :

Opéra Garnier :

Concorde plaza :

Montmartre neighborhood :

Louvre Museum :

Pere Lachaise cimetery, one of the world's most extraordinary :

And the best shot :

Paris is a museum-city which offers tons of wonderful shots.

Wow! Those are amazing shots! I hope to capture some like these. Thanks for sharing. What lens and setting did you use? Remote release on tripod?

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