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Photography Technique / Re: Perspective correction
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:20:57 AM »
I'd only recommend DxO if you shoot a lot of UWA shots that you don't wat to look like UWA shots, otherwise everybody else is pretty much as good for regular perspective and distortion corrections.

With emphasis on the results and with practice that might be true, but at least as LR/ACR is concerned (I don't know about PS) DxO has a very nice and quick visual user interface which makes the correction a breeze.

In LR you can either have Adobe's upright have a go and if this fails have to tune the sliders for ages until you get what you want... at least I'm still struggling to do proper corrections that aren't minor, somehow it always ends up looking a tad wrong unlike with DxO. Having said that, spending the €€€ on DxO might not be necessary if already owning LR, gift horse and so on.

I much prefer PS, over the Lightroom and ACR adjustments particularly now they have the three auto options, they are trying to be too clever, and, as you say, if you go into manual they can take forever to fiddle this way and that. The actual lens corrections, the profiled auto settings for lens induced distortions, CA, and vignetting are very very good in LR/ACR.

As for perspective "corrections"/adjustments, I find PS to be very simple, but you do need to understand what you want the image to look like and which direction to move it in to get it there, a couple of keyboard shortcuts don't hurt either. Rather than try to explain the way I do it, I thought a video would better illustrate the method, so I made one, here, forgive the questionable production quality, I only ever did one of these before.

I am very impressed that you went and made a video to share on how to perform this operation in PS! This is such an act that makes this a great community. As for the actual distortion correction, I used to make them in Photoshop Elements and I loved that function. However, once my job installed the full PS version, I was not able to keep it, hence I learned to do the transform in PS.

PS. I would not mind if you had some time one day to make a video (in the other thread on group portraits (where you commented on my picture)) on an easy way to whithen out parts of the backdrop that was not strongly enough lit, hence you still see the structure of the backdrop. Up until now I have used the Clone Stamp tool, but it is tedious and easy to miss out on. Also another turorial if you have any good tip...? I have seen the professional graphic designers at work remake a white background to whatever color they want, without altering the subject/person in front..

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I am very much an amateur myself (a few paid gigs, to buy more equipment:)

I did a shoot in my livingroom today of some family members. I also think it is hard to get people to give a certain type of look, but luckily I had several helpers that made distractions :)

Here is one of the pictures I took today. Warning, I am a moron in photoshop, so please be kind....

Lovely photo!
I like both the expressions and the technical aspects involved.
Keep posting!

Thank you DanielW for your kind words :) It´s fun but tons to learn for me :)

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I am very much an amateur myself (a few paid gigs, to buy more equipment:)

I did a shoot in my livingroom today of some family members. I also think it is hard to get people to give a certain type of look, but luckily I had several helpers that made distractions :)

Here is one of the pictures I took today. Warning, I am a moron in photoshop, so please be kind....

Quasimodo,

That is a fine image. If you want it nitpicked I'd (respectfully) suggest the background is a little too hot, you are getting some wrap and a loss of contrast. If you are using background lights then turn them down a touch, if you are using a window as a white background shorten your shutter speed a stop or so.

An effective way to not get wrap/bleaching etc is to nail your background exposure first, without subjects. Just adjust your exposure until the background is just not blinking, then lift the picture 1/10 stop in post, perfect white background but not affecting the subjects, then introduce the subject and subject specific lighting. Unless, of course, that is the look you were going for, in which case even better.

Thank you privatebydesing, it is much appreciated. Having aquired studiolights I find it hard to get them down enough. I did a mistake today that I actually callled in beforehand, I should have used two lights for the background, and next time I will try to turn them down further as you are suggesting. What I find the hardest is to get the balance between the background and the key lights. I feel that I am forced to shoot at an aperture of F16 to get the lights down enough (thus going beyond what are the ideal settings for each lens, as far as resolution is concerned).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:51:10 AM »
Mine is in the mail  :)
I have a question: does the big stopper come with the tin? I don't think a pouch will be adequate protection.
BTW

Got mine yesterday for Christmas. It was in a Tin box. I agree on the level of protection, but I just put it in the pouch that came with the system holder.

Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

I guess I'll have to wait for mine indefinitely. Mine was supposed to be delivered on the 24th, but I was supposed to leave that day for Oregon so I requested it to be re-routed. Now it is supposed to be delivered on the 2nd, the day I am supposed to return from Oregon. I wonder what to do, but in any case I shall not be shooting Oregon waterfalls this time, and that's a big bummer :(

I hear you and feel for you.

And I'm happy for you- hopefully we will get to see some nice long exposures in your beautiful collection!

Thank you :)

If there is any consolation, the weather here in Oslo this Christmas is pretty awful. Twice I have tried to go out to test the new gear, both times I had to return without any pictures due to heavy rain.....

I have already mentioned the book in this thread, Inspiring professionals II. I am just done reading it, and it is great. Some great landscape photographers who shares their experiences and the filter setup. I now have to buy the first of these books :) When not being able to shoot due to weather, book are a nice substitute :)

Thanks for the information on the book, I'll try and find it.
By the way, a good friend of mine posted some nice shots of the golden sunlight at Trondheim!

Using filters? Please give a link :)

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Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: December 28, 2013, 03:16:09 AM »
Hillarious characterizations :) Still trying to figuere out which category I belong to :)

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Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:40:23 AM »
I think our mind is set on the Elichrome's. It comes out great in several reviews.
Was wondering tho, how large of softbox is recommended for full body work? The larges softbox the Elichrome store has in the Netherlands is a 50x130 cms (1.6f x 4.26ft). I doubting this will be large enough. Does anyone have any good recommendations on other, larger softboxes?

If you can spring the money, I would die for a large Elinchrom Octabank, but here in Norway it will set you back around 1100 USD or Euros.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:37:33 AM »
Mine is in the mail  :)
I have a question: does the big stopper come with the tin? I don't think a pouch will be adequate protection.
BTW

Got mine yesterday for Christmas. It was in a Tin box. I agree on the level of protection, but I just put it in the pouch that came with the system holder.

Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

I guess I'll have to wait for mine indefinitely. Mine was supposed to be delivered on the 24th, but I was supposed to leave that day for Oregon so I requested it to be re-routed. Now it is supposed to be delivered on the 2nd, the day I am supposed to return from Oregon. I wonder what to do, but in any case I shall not be shooting Oregon waterfalls this time, and that's a big bummer :(

I hear you and feel for you.

And I'm happy for you- hopefully we will get to see some nice long exposures in your beautiful collection!

Thank you :)

If there is any consolation, the weather here in Oslo this Christmas is pretty awful. Twice I have tried to go out to test the new gear, both times I had to return without any pictures due to heavy rain.....

I have already mentioned the book in this thread, Inspiring professionals II. I am just done reading it, and it is great. Some great landscape photographers who shares their experiences and the filter setup. I now have to buy the first of these books :) When not being able to shoot due to weather, book are a nice substitute :)

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I think the latter ones were better and more natural. I would second that you should move them further from the backdrop, as there is no reason that we should be able to see that texture.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 27, 2013, 03:22:01 AM »
Mine is in the mail  :)
I have a question: does the big stopper come with the tin? I don't think a pouch will be adequate protection.
BTW

Got mine yesterday for Christmas. It was in a Tin box. I agree on the level of protection, but I just put it in the pouch that came with the system holder.

Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

I guess I'll have to wait for mine indefinitely. Mine was supposed to be delivered on the 24th, but I was supposed to leave that day for Oregon so I requested it to be re-routed. Now it is supposed to be delivered on the 2nd, the day I am supposed to return from Oregon. I wonder what to do, but in any case I shall not be shooting Oregon waterfalls this time, and that's a big bummer :(

I hear you and feel for you.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:01:30 AM »
Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

Instead of gaining, think of getting the non-wide rings as losing less - the wide ones cost more.

That might very well be, but beside a negible price difference, you stand to win nothing by going for the non-wide solution..., but on the contrary, you win a great deal in areas of use, imho

Just pointing out the only advantage. While it's negligible in absolute terms, the 77mm WA ring costs double the standard.  I agree the WA is a better choice, and that's why all my adapters are that type.

I agree :) I know you have talked about your 24TS before. Have you tried the Lee on TS lenses? I am debating buying the lens adaptor for the 17TS. Any experiences I can benefit from shooting filters on these type of lenses?

I have just gotten my system, only to realise that I need much more :) Tomorrow I am buying the three soft grad NDs (.3, .6. and .9), as I only have a .6 ND, and a .6 hard grad ND (in addition to the big stopper and round circular polarizer). I also got the small beautiful book Inspiring Professionals II, - a great inspirational book.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 25, 2013, 02:49:35 PM »
Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

Instead of gaining, think of getting the non-wide rings as losing less - the wide ones cost more.

That might very well be, but beside a negible price difference, you stand to win nothing by going for the non-wide solution..., but on the contrary, you win a great deal in areas of use, imho

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 25, 2013, 01:45:15 PM »
Mine is in the mail  :)
I have a question: does the big stopper come with the tin? I don't think a pouch will be adequate protection.
BTW

Got mine yesterday for Christmas. It was in a Tin box. I agree on the level of protection, but I just put it in the pouch that came with the system holder.

Btw. I do not understand why the adaptor rings come in anything other than wide... What is there to gain from a non-wide adaptor ring?

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 01:37:15 PM »
Don't let the mirror hit your lens on the way out.

+1

And this even after the moderators removed the minus button.... :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:47:44 PM »
Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
He, he, You´re close, but "Julepynten" translates to Christmas decorations. And yes, it is beautiful here and we are here Because of the snow, not despite it ;)

We need smarter internet translators. ;P

I am guessing that comment was meant for you, not me, given the proper translation. ;D

Do you guys get aurora often up there?

It was not meant to be exclusive either, just when norwegians recognize other norwegians :)

We do not get the Aurora down here. Both he and I live in the Oslo region, and you have to travel further up in the country to see it. I once witnessed it up in the mountains near Trondheim (halfway up). I has been a few times when they announced that we in Oslo would see them, but as sure as the bank, it has been cloudy each time :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: December 23, 2013, 03:31:01 AM »
BTW. congrats on a great new lens:)

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