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Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:39:23 PM »
Kudos.  I'd suggest talking the 60d along for some shots that might not be in the best light and take some comparison photos with the same lens.  When I first upgraded I want totally blown away because I romanticized how good my 60d was... ex girlfriend syndrome.  So back to back images will help cue that... if you do suffer from it.

Also... in my analogy... It is kinda like a three way.. menage a trois....

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:30:51 PM »
I started like most... shooting with the 18-55 & a 75-300.  I liked the tele zooms range and blur, but it was so terribly soft.  I got a 50 f1.8 mkii and I feel in love with bokeh and shallow depth of fields, all be it poor in comparison.

But knowing what I liked made a huge difference in buying what I needed.  I will probably never own a 17-40 or 16-35 for personal use... but if I shoot real estate, I suppose I'll have to get one.  And that is just fine with me. 

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:13:20 AM »
If this all happened on Facebook, I'd just completely forget it. I think your demonstration images with the figurine were excellent and very explanatory. The advice you gave was solid. The problem with people these days is more often than not, they already think they are experts at whatever it is they think they are experts at...when they ask for advice, they aren't looking for advice...they are simply looking for someone to reinforce their already-formulated and overly inflated opinion of themselves and their skill. I think you got sucked into one of those inverted vortices where yes means no and "Help me" really means "Assert my own opinion of myself...verify me, so I can feel good!"

Bleh. Facebook. BARF.

I'm my own biggest critic.  I know when, why, and how badly I screw up.  The wife usually says not to worry about it... but I take the error so much to heart that I'll never forget that circumstance.  Learn from your mistakes... And as with all things photo related, only show the good images. 

the truly inane thing about this is how does one enforce this?

if i create a set up that uses the same configuration of lights but i change the positions by a foot or two and the angle by a foot or two i will effectively get the same lighting result but technically not infringe upon the patent. and even if its argued that i did in the heck would you ever prove that i did?
YES, you get IT. To be safe, use an f-stop other than approximately 5.6, an ISO setting other than 320.
This patent is so specific, it's meaningless to anyone, everyone but Amazon.
It's their specific product photo set up and that's all and only what it is.
Although, there's nothing stopping anyone from improving on that specific set up, applying for another ridiculous patent.

How much does it cost to get a patent?  I'd like to purport that I use a patented lighting technique that no one else on the planet is allowed to use without my permission.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 08:11:14 AM »
I'm going to need a young priest and an old priest to exercise these demons that occupy space in my photos. 

The worst part of it is that Shipwreck hasn't been played with in about five years... And he asks how his photos went and I just don't have the heart to tell him...

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:34:36 AM »
local photo clubs are often the worst place to get innovative, thought provoking and open minded discussion about progressing photographic technique.

they are often run by long time amateurs who's skill and experience plateau well below an advanced, well versed professional. i have found that they tend to exist only to slap each others backs and boost the egos of whoever is running the show.

i've run across a number of them in my area and i avoid them like the plague...

not to be overly harsh, i'm sure there may be some good ones out there...but as a rule of thumb i wouldn't put too much stock in them at all.

this community far exceeds the experience one can get from a local camera club imo.
Much of what you say rings true.  Most of what is put up there is wide angle landscape... which isn't my favorite so I don't bother commenting.  If you don't have anything nice to say... and I pretty much do the same here.  But if someone ASKS, what would you do or what did I do wrong... I have thoughts that I'm willing to share.  It doesn't mean that I'm right, but I have thoughts... do with them what you will.

They do have meeting, that I never attend, and they do have group outings, that I never attend.  Paying $100 to go see the inside of a ghost house doesn't really appeal to me.  I can see the inside of my house for FREE.  And unless I have guaranteed a 1 on 1 sit down interview with the ghost... it really seems like a stupid waste of time.  But I digress.

I think I am going to opt out.  I had a whole mess of unwritten rules placed upon me:

...a place to encourage and gently direct someone by posting one (not many) comment about how you think a photo can be improved. Then let the rest of your ideas go.

But even before you do that, please begin to post some of your own photos (not of toys for examples) to show you are serious about being a productive member of our FB page. We have many members who do not post photos but neither do they pontificate about knowing more than the rest of us.

So the rules are simple:
1-Post your own photos (no flooding) and be accepting of others comments even if you don't agree- or get booted
2-Be encouraging and not a know-it-all, or get booted
3-Feel free to comment, but if someone has another thought then fine don't start a tit-for-tat war: let it go! Or get booted

So evidently answering someone's question in detail is being a know it all.  And only one suggestions... ok... how about get stuff in focus because blurry images are bad images... but no.  Deep breath...

It's my own fault really.  I suggested the foreground background thing... and I posted examples... and they said they didn't like them... which is fine because I wasn't in love with them either... but then I posted pro examples from Getty that showed basically what I was showing and evidently the 6 images I put up are 5 too many.  Ugh.  Stupid unwritten rules.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:04:41 PM »
1.  Don't sweat the petty stuff
2.  Don't pet the sweaty stuff.  :)

I like the line, though I've seen a multitude of gals at the gym...

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:00:31 PM »
I thought I was being informative... helping a newb in the ways of depth of field and proper focus techniques using her gear... little did I know that I was belittling the sanctity of the world of photography.  If I only had known...

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:57:36 PM »
and finally...

The image is following the rule of thirds, focus is on the eye (though I think I missed and it is on the eye brow), using live view, using manual focus, using a tripod, using a wide open aperture... I didn't use a flash mostly because Shipwreck wasn't moving so 2nd shutter wouldn't have done didly... nor high speed sync... though i kinda want to do a silhouette... Maybe tomorrow... maybe tomorrow.

And here is the comment about being an embarrassment to all things photography.

Well, here's my response Joe. These action figure images are an embarrassment and if I were you wouldn't hold them up as an example of anything even remotely related to good photography. This page represents the local (sic) Camera Club and I think we can do better than this.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:55:17 PM »
Here's the 2nd.

Same shot... but with a water bottle and directv remote in the background. As I'm shooting at a shallow depth of field, the bottle and remote become blobs of color and aren't as noticeable and distracting from the main subject. I'd prefer they not be there... but if given the opportunity, I don't really wanna see them even if they are there. As many of us know, depth of field is based on a few factors... distance from your subject, aperture, focal length, and crop v. full. Shooting wide and cropping will result in a greater depth of field than zooming to 250 or 300 (which are common ef-s zooms) and filling the frame. Though, as a quick counterpoint to shooting at the tele side with those lenses... they are variable aperture which gets smaller the further you zoom... which increases the depth of field and counteracts the focal length

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:54:11 PM »
I'm home.  I get to upload before I am coerced into yard work. 

Here's what I said about this image:

I like clean backgrounds... and while isn't always possible, if you can account for the foreground/background in the set up for your shot, it will make a difference.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:29:03 AM »
Its just a fact of life, people may like the images the way they take them, and many like / want the entire depth to be in sharp focus.  They can also be sensitive to criticism, even though they asked for it.
Its ok, if they like them, isn't that what counts?

The original lady hasn't publicly said a peep.  And I don't care if she uses my suggestions or not.  But I wasn't attacking her, I was actually doing as asked... which is... how would I make the resulting images better.  And I didn't say she needs to get a 5d mkii, a 300 mm L f2.8, studio lighting, etc. 

I think people are way too sensitive.  I'm a softball coach and practically every other game someone is crying.  Hey... do it right and you won't get yelled at.  Well... instructed. 

I like Amazon, but this is silly.  I want to patent bike riding technique... no one can use a seat unless they buy a license.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:30:20 AM »
I'll put up the photos that are an embarrassment to photography when I get home...

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:27:30 AM »
Isn't one of the main concepts of Facebook to make people less anonymous so they don't attack each other ???
Is it?  I thought it was too see who from high school got fat.

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