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Software & Accessories / Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:53:55 AM »
Really?  Not a single reply?

Awe crap  :P :-\

peace.  :-[

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Software & Accessories / Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 27, 2013, 04:37:18 AM »
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I search CR for "Pistol Grip Ball Head:
and only a handful of threads came up.  :-\

My questions are:

1) Do you own a Pistol Grip Ball Head; If so what
brand & Model / any experience, good bad, etc using one?

2) From the links below, any advice / alternatives? 

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head with Quick Release (Black)

Slik AF2100 Pistol Grip Head with Quick Release

Sunpak 620-PISTOLGRPQR Tripod, Ball Head

Thanks in advance !   :D

Peace!  8)


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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:52:54 AM »


 :o

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:49:34 AM »
Anyone want to show pitty on me and send me an L lens?  LOL!  :P

*yes, it's that orange, they use those lights that are like street lights that are orange in color.  Saves energy in Japan.  ::)



Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:46:56 AM »
Another one of my crappy shots..  :-[



*sigh* I need to take a class or something, my pictures look like poo poo    ::)

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:44:53 AM »
Great shots eml58 !

I think I need to put on a jacket, I think I'm there.  ;)

Burrrrr!

Peace! 8)

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:42:36 AM »


I wish I could get an L lens, but for now I'll have to use the kit, 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens  :-\

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:04:24 AM »
Visi,

Welcome to the forums, and amazing pictures, what did you use, what lens, what settings, etc.

again, great shots!

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Sepia Tone or Black and White HDR's
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:18:22 AM »
Thanks wickidwombat,

I'm busy right now, but when I get time, I'll give all those a try.

Thanks again !

Peace! 8)

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Abstract / Re: Sweet Isabelle...
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:20:06 AM »
 :-X What the?

My eyes just exploded.

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Sepia Tone or Black and White HDR's
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:27:45 PM »
DPP is free it comes with your canon camera its digital photo proffesional its on the disc that came with your camera.

ok i'm guessing you might be shooting wide open on your lens all the time which is why your shots always look especially soft this lens is soft wide open but respectable when stopped down

stopping down means changing your F stop so instead of shooting at f3.5 or f 5.6 try change your aperture to f8 or f11 in aperture priority mode (AV)

this will also give you more depth of field (more stuff in fiocus and sharp) for your landscape shots
the trade off here is either the shutter speed needs to slow down or iso increase so if you use a tripod and set iso 100 in AV and use Auto exposure bracketing with the timer the camera will automatically take 3 shots and it will calculate the shutter speeds and do that automatically since your camera probably only does 3 shot AEB set your range to 2 stops so it will take 0EV -2EV and +2 EV

hope that helps



Thank you very much! 

Here are some more questions / more info:

1)  After I shoot in RAW 16 BIT, I process in Photomatrix Pro (64bit),
then use ACDSee Pro to crop, rotate, adjust tones, etc. but....

2) WHEN I use ACDSee, it warns me that the image is 16 Bit RAW
and IF I use ACDSee, the image will be converted to JPEG and 8 BIT.     

I say okay, and BAM, there goes the sharpness I once had  :(  :-\ 


2)  I MUST learn how to do that whole f stop thing.  I've never shot
anything other than P mode (Three bracketed shots) and Auto mode. 
Got Youtube video for that / what one of these?...

Canon 60D tutorial videos

 
a)  Will Digital Photo Professional, crop, rotate, etc. RAW images?

*EDIT*  Answered:
Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19) Small | Large


b)  Should I dump ACDSee Pro because it won't process RAW images and learn DPP?

*EDIT* Looks like I'm going to be learning a new program, LOL! :)

c)  If DPP does not crop or rotate or allow me to adjust tones, etc., what FREE program do you recommend?

*EDIT* None needed, DPP will do that and more:
Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19) Small | Large


Thanks!
Peace! 8)

 

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Canon 5D mark 3 in-camera HDR shots
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:11:20 PM »
Kudos to all the people who posted their 5D MK III in-camera HDR photos here, not only is it inspiring to look at other peoples work, I think it also, in a small way, helps people to make an informed decision about getting a camera like the 5D MK III.   

^^^^ Agree 100%

also very nice picture Rienzphotoz, that only took 15 seconds?  WOW!

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Best HDR Software?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:57:27 AM »
I can't belive it, after just got done
bashing Photomatix PRO, I like it the
best, sorry, but I do.  When I was
looking at the pictures, I had not read
your post yet, and thought, meh, I like
the second one.  Then when I read your
post,.. I was like, WHHHAAAAA it's a
Photomatix processed one.  HUH/wow!  :o :P ;D 

Thanks for the compare, that helps a lot,
I guess it is the photographer, the LENS and
less about what HDR program you use.

Peace! 8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Sepia Tone or Black and White HDR's
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:51:24 AM »
Heavyweight67,

Nice picture, thanks for share, very deep feeling, looks almost 3D.

 ;D




so you are only processing within photomatix? nothing else?

Yup, well ACDSee Pro to rotate, and apply Lomo effect or Olton effect,
or some minor color changes, but really Photomatix is it.


you should at least have canons DPP available for some basic editing too

What's that, got a link?  Is it free?  I'm a poor guy, so no "Adobe expensive Shop" for me.
 

18-55? kit lens?

18-135 lens


stop it down to f8 to f11 and it should not be too bad

Okay, woooosh!  Right over my head,
I'm a super super noob / novice at this,
how do I do that?  A youtube video is
best for me.  I'm a hands on learner.    :P

also try not to go crazy with the strength slider in photomatix between 70 and 80 is not too bad
over 80 is too much most of the time

LOL!  Yeah, I've learned that, so now I decide to either go as "natural a look" as possible, or go stright to grunge.   :o

increasing micro contrast can help reduce halo effects but really with blue sky i have never ever been happy with photomatix results.

Yeah, Okinawa is all blue skies, and I've learned that one too, ...  :-\


I also think photomatix does really wierd things to folliage  also people really dont look good after tone mapping the develop a zombie like look to them due the sickly cast their skin takes on.

Ha ha ha ...  ;D  yup, so true !


Thanks for the tips.

I want an L lens so freaking bad !  What's the cheapest L lens that'd be best for landscape?



Peace!  8)

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Canon 5D mark 3 in-camera HDR shots
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:38:32 AM »
Sunset in Goa - India

Nice shot !  Like the color of the roots, that is cool.  But the whole shot needs to be rotated so it's not tilted.  I think that ship is going to slide away.  ;)

Peace! 8)

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