• Photo Offtopic Thread v.2012.1
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So I was woken up this morning by a phone call from my flatmate saying the door lock wasn't working and he was locked out, I told him I was stil in California and he'll need to phone a locksmith. An hour later, I got a text saying the flat was robbed. I phoned him and apparently the entire flat is trashed, everything is on the floor and anything valuable that they didn't take is on my flatmate's bed. I've had my tripod and flashgun stolen (everything else of value I brought with me to Cali), thankfully my tablet, monitors, PC, amp an speakers are fine. My flatmate on the other hand had his PS3, D800, 300mm 2.8 and SB-900 stolen as well as random broken objects as they rummaged through his room. I'm sitting at SFO, knowing I'm going to have to face this reality when I get home in 24 hours, not looking foreward to this. I'm going to go through everything in detail to check that all I had taken or broken was my flash and tripod, as well as check they didn't piss on my bed or something. The cleanup is going to be the worst. Blah. Edit: The flashes, tripod and camera were found outside :v:
So many unfortunate events going on here. I wish I was insanely rich so I could help you all.
fucking robbers man. I hope that nothing else was taken and that your cleanup is swift and not too bad. At least you took all your stuff i guess.
Oh an uplifting note, got some prints done at my local huge chain store... quality is quite good. I love getting prints.
Everything's not so bad. Just watched the Aurora Borealis as I flew over the arctic at night, going from SFO to LHW. Got a few shots of it, not brilliant though, as they were handheld and ISO 6400.
So guys, my good friend here at Uni (co-head of the photography society we set up - in which we do absolutely nothing because of bloody health and safety and rubbish institution bureaucracy), Oliver Seary has made it into the 10 finalists of the Google Student Photography Prize! [url]http://www.google.com/landing/photographyprize/winners.html[/url] His Flickr is here: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliverseary/[/url] If any of you want to send him a message of congratulations, I can pass on the message. I think he deserves it. And he's certainly got my congratulations. I'm proud of him. :) [editline]25th April 2012[/editline] Haha, just realised that it sounded like I was demanding some praise for him. Just meant it as a nice sentiment.
Pass it on from me, Ed. A worldwide competition finalist deserves a little congratulations i think. The prize is to a destination of any choice with a pro photographer as your mentor. The question i just couldn't answer was [I]where[/I]? Where would you go?
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I'd go to Brazil.
After fooling around with my camera settings and reading a couple light reads on photography last weekend, i've started to seeing everything in reflections. Like, concentrating on glass windows during a bus ride, seeing if I could frame something interesting, or looking at someone with those awful full mirror sunglasses and thinking only about how they act as an interesting fisheye kinda thing. Oh, if only I could take my DSLR with me everywhere I go.
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35705782]After fooling around with my camera settings and reading a couple light reads on photography last weekend, i've started to seeing everything in reflections. Like, concentrating on glass windows during a bus ride, seeing if I could frame something interesting, or looking at someone with those awful full mirror sunglasses and thinking only about how they act as an interesting fisheye kinda thing. Oh, if only I could take my DSLR with me everywhere I go.[/QUOTE] I totally know what you mean. Maybe get a small bag for your camera? You could make a little photo project of photographing reflections you see in everyday life creatively.
Man I wish it was easy to become well known [editline]25th April 2012[/editline] on that note it's my goal to one day get to a point where i'm a moderately well known photographer have a loooooong way to go to get there though
Street photographer Eric Kim recently posted a list of 100 tips for photography, some cool stuff to keep in mind. [quote=Eric Kim] 1. Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn’t mean that they’re a good photographer. 2. Always shoot in RAW. Always. 3. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer. 4. Photo editing is an art in itself 5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time. 6. Macro photography isn’t for everybody. 7. UV filters work just as well as lens caps. 8. Go outside & shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums. 9. Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph. 10. Film isn’t better than digital. 11. Digital isn’t better than film. 12. There is no “magic” camera or lens. 13. Better lenses don’t give you better photos. 14. Spend less time looking at other people’s work and more time shooting your own. 15. Don’t take your DSLR to parties. 16. Girls dig photographers. 17. Making your photos b/w doesn’t automatically make them “artsy” 18. People will always discredit your work if you tell them you “photoshop” your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the “digital darkroom”. 19. You don’t need to take a photo of everything. 20. Have at least 2 backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none. 21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap. 22. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better. 23. Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a voyeur. 24. Taking a photo crouched often make your photos look more interesting. 25. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography. 26. Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you. 27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight. 28. The more photos you take, the better you get. 29. Don’t be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures. 30. Only show your best photos. 31. A point-and-shoot is still a camera. 32. Join an online photography forum. 33. Critique the works of others. 34. Think before you shoot. 35. A good photo shouldn’t require explanation (although background information often adds to an image). * 36. Alcohol and photography do not mix well. 37. Draw inspiration from other photographers but never worship them. 38. Grain is beautiful. 39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier. 40. Simplicity is key. 41. The definition of photography is: “painting with light.” Use light in your favor. 42. Find your style of photography and stick with it. 43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing. 44. Silver EFEX pro is the best b/w converter. 45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere. 46. Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life. 47. Don’t pamper your camera. Use and abuse it. 48. Take straight photos. 49. Shoot with confidence. 50. Photography and juxtaposition are best friends. 51. Print out your photos big. They will make you happy. 52. Give your photos to friends. 53. Give them to strangers. 54. Don’t forget to frame them. 55. Costco prints are cheap and look great. 56. Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s). 57. Join a photo club or start one for yourself. 58. Photos make great presents. 59. Taking photos of strangers is thrilling. 60. Candid>Posed. 61. Natural light is the best light. 62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best “walk-around” focal length. 63. Don’t be afraid to bump up your ISO when necessary. 64. You don’t need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don’t even own one). 65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose. 66. Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be “artsy” is exploitation. 67. You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations. 68. Photos are always more interesting with the human element included. 69. You can’t “photoshop” bad images into good ones. 70. Nowadays everybody is a photographer. 71. You don’t need to fly to Paris to get good photos; the best photo opportunities are in your backyard. 72. People with DSLRS who shoot portraits with their grip pointed downwards look like morons. 73. Cameras as tools, not toys. 74. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren’t much different. 75. Photography isn’t a hobby- it’s a lifestyle. 76. Make photos, not excuses. 77. Be original in your photography. Don’t try to copy the style of others. 78. The best photographs tell stories that begs the viewer for more. 79. Any cameras but black ones draw too much attention. 80. The more gear you carry around with you the less you will enjoy photography. 81. Good self-portraits are harder to take than they seem. 82. Laughter always draws out peoples’ true character in a photograph. 83. Don’t look suspicious when taking photos- blend in with the environment. 84. Landscape photography can become dull after a while. 85. Have fun while taking photos. 86. Never delete any of your photos. 87. Be respectful when taking photos of people or places. 88. When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens. 89. Travel and photography are the perfect pair. 90. Learn how to read a histogram. 91. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one. 92. Don’t be afraid to take photos in the rain. 93. Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it. 94. Never take photos on an empty stomach. 95. You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography. 96. Never hoard your photographic insight- share it with the world. 97. Never stop taking photos 98. Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is a philosophy of life 99. Capture the decisive moment 100. Write your own list. [/quote]
Besides that nice list, can someone give me a few pointers in photography? I'm getting a higher-end Point and Shoot (Equal capability DSLR was out of price range, and can't afford extra lenses yet). I plan on buying a small tripod, GorillaPod maybe. Anyways, does anyone have any pointers so I don't get noisy, blurred messes? I know to keep the ISO as low as possible to avoid static, and the lower shutter speed normally means less blur but a bit more dark. Should I keep the ISO on auto?
[QUOTE=BlazeFresh;35701605]Pass it on from me, Ed. A worldwide competition finalist deserves a little congratulations i think. The prize is to a destination of any choice with a pro photographer as your mentor. The question i just couldn't answer was [I]where[/I]? Where would you go?[/QUOTE] I think somewhere in Eastern Europe or Central Asia. Somewhere round the Caspian or Black Sea would be incredible I think. [editline]25th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Trogdon;35708210]Street photographer Eric Kim recently posted a list of 100 tips for photography, some cool stuff to keep in mind.[/QUOTE] I think we should all take note of number 8.
[QUOTE=Second-gear-of-mgear;35708227]Besides that nice list, can someone give me a few pointers in photography? I'm getting a higher-end Point and Shoot (Equal capability DSLR was out of price range, and can't afford extra lenses yet). I plan on buying a small tripod, GorillaPod maybe. Anyways, does anyone have any pointers so I don't get noisy, blurred messes? I know to keep the ISO as low as possible to avoid static, and the lower shutter speed normally means less blur but a bit more dark. Should I keep the ISO on auto?[/QUOTE] keep your shutter speed above(below? you know what I mean) 1/60, anything like 1/30 will start giving you motion blur unless you have a tripod, keep your iso under 3200 if possible (it's okay to push it but for me anyway I start getting noise) lower your aperture if you can, if you're just using a point and shoot that might not be an option though... if you're still having blur/noise issues, idk what to tell you, point and shoots are probably better at autofocus (never tried to manual focus one) and make sure you don't leave your macro setting on while using it for normal shots
[QUOTE=Pickwickian-;35708264] I think we should all take note of number 8.[/QUOTE] me especially :P i'm guilty of spending more time reading about cameras than shooting.
also @pickwickian, yeah that actually gave me a bit of a reminder that i'm not gonna get any better by just sitting here, but i'm supposed to be working on my assignment(was supposed to get a fair bit of it done over the holidays, did absolutely none of it..) and school starts tomorrow I could go out and get the shots I want right now, or I could continue the work I just started a bit ago and not get myself into shit tomorrow(i'll still get into it anyway, but less so).. it's a bit of a trade off of course posting on facepunch probably isn't helping, but i'm using it as a bit of a source (along with flickr and other various sites atm) for some of the research on it, trying to find similar images and some other things
[QUOTE=Inzalonus;35708360]keep your shutter speed above(below? you know what I mean) 1/60, anything like 1/30 will start giving you motion blur unless you have a tripod, keep your iso under 3200 if possible (it's okay to push it but for me anyway I start getting noise) lower your aperture if you can, if you're just using a point and shoot that might not be an option though... if you're still having blur/noise issues, idk what to tell you, point and shoots are probably better at autofocus (never tried to manual focus one) and make sure you don't leave your macro setting on while using it for normal shots[/QUOTE] Thank you! This is the camera by the way. [url]http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/MAX_Camera/productID.221644300[/url]
I don't know what advice to give now that Kodak's gone bust.
it's a shame really, they made some nice point and shoot cameras with lots of settings considering
If you can pick that Kodak up cheaper and still have a full warranty on it, go for it. If not, look at others with similar specs. Olympus and Nikon make some nice pseudo-DSLR point and shoots.
Got it for $138. Free technically, it was a birthday gift.
That tip list was nice, expect the one where he says 'Print your photos, that'll make you happy'. It'll eat my wallet and I'll be sad.
[QUOTE=MoarFunz;35708578]That tip list was nice, expect the one where he says 'Print your photos, that'll make you happy'. It'll eat my wallet and I'll be sad.[/QUOTE] agree'd, the bits about giving prints to friends and framing photos etc has got me inspired to do just that :)
[QUOTE=Second-gear-of-mgear;35708519]Got it for $138. Free technically, it was a birthday gift.[/QUOTE] Oh man you did well.
[QUOTE=Him1411;35708592]agree'd, the bits about giving prints to friends and framing photos etc has got me inspired to do just that :)[/QUOTE] yeah i'm going to make some prints this weekend, and i have some film prints i want to send to people. i'm also trying to make a photo album of my film pictures since prints for me are $3 for 24
Are there any shots I just shouldn't take? Like, my phone is loaded with random pictures of things ranging from the cheese aisle at Publix, to a dog taking a dump in someones yard. My phone was my only camera until recently.
Take photos of anything you like... it's up to you... you'll filter out the terrible ones when it's time to share the ones you're proud of.
should take low angle macro shots of the dog's shit with the sun low on the horizon in the background that'd look both cool and disgusting edit: make the shit the landscape
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