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post #3331 of 4207
heh awesome, im aiming to become a street photographer of some sort. taking people interests me.

i seem to need a new camera for that though, im a bigger than average asian, and taking pictures with a dslr which is usually a big camera scares kids and some pets. im contemplating the cost vs forcing myself to learn this camera

Edit: which pic has lens distortion? and how do i correct it
post #3332 of 4207
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Originally Posted by centrix View Post

heh awesome, im aiming to become a street photographer of some sort. taking people interests me.
i seem to need a new camera for that though, im a bigger than average asian, and taking pictures with a dslr which is usually a big camera scares kids and some pets. im contemplating the cost vs forcing myself to learn this camera
Edit: which pic has lens distortion? and how do i correct it

Pic 4, look at the light post on the left and the buildings on the right. They're leaning inwards. You can fix this by moving further away or using a wider angle lens and then crop it so what you have left is the center of the image. All lenses do this to a certain extent. You'll hear us talking a lot about better glass. This is one of the reasons why. Of course you could drive yourself nuts in PS if you want to. I wouldn't.

Street photography is interesting stuff. With a little practice and a whole lot of shutter clicks you can learn how to take pics without looking through the viewfinder or staring at the LCD. Of course those cameras with tilt LCD live view work great for this. Telephoto lenses are also your friend. The entire idea behind street photography is catch the moment without your subject being aware of you. Once they know you're there the whole scene changes and becomes labored at best. The best way to think about it is you're a ninja. You're there but not there.

Going backwards from a DSLR is generally not a good idea. Eventually getting a really good P&S camera to augment your DSLR isn't a bad idea. They're easier to carry around but the trade off is glass and functionality.
post #3333 of 4207
haha i was thinking something like a olympus omd with m mounts, but im not very good at focusing and take a long time. in addition to this, i dont think i have a huge amount of interest in photography as of yet and with limited funds comes priorities. i dont really look at my lcd when im taking photos, i feel its too small, and cant really see all the detail till i get home to my screen. i only look at the lcd after taking photos when i need to take photos for someone i know who is posing.
post #3334 of 4207
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Originally Posted by centrix View Post

heh awesome, im aiming to become a street photographer of some sort. taking people interests me.
i seem to need a new camera for that though, im a bigger than average asian, and taking pictures with a dslr which is usually a big camera scares kids and some pets.

In that case, check post #3326 up-thread for a link to some good results with Fuji's rather small and inconspicuous (compared to DSLRs) X-series cameras.
post #3335 of 4207
I have an omd they have a great 15mm f8 that's great for street photos and its only 50 bucks! It has two focus depths infinity and close up. again, perfect for street.Not sure what you mean about focusing but the omd has one of the fastest focusing to date.
post #3336 of 4207
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

NOBD, really like that shot where it looks like something growing on a tree, or something under water. Can't tell which lol. Nice DoF

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post #3337 of 4207
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

I have an omd they have a great 15mm f8 that's great for street photos and its only 50 bucks! It has two focus depths infinity and close up. again, perfect for street.Not sure what you mean about focusing but the omd has one of the fastest focusing to date.

M mounts require manual focus, i always wanted to try an m mount, but the cost of both the OMD + m mount lens would be quite large for me so i have to think about it

i have been considering the sony nex series and the fuji x1 pro as well
post #3338 of 4207
You're shooting a 500D right? That's a decent camera and is quite capable. I wouldn't be in any hurry to jump ship. You can get a lens adapter for it and run a whole slew of old glass on it. One of the biggest mistakes a new person in photography makes is getting caught up in the equipment game. What's more important is understanding the fundamentals of photography and composition. If you don't know the basics and be able to apply them it won't matter if your camera and lens costs 800 bucks or 30K. The pics you take will be the same same.
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I'm sure if you wanted to you could have changed the exposure settings and got something like this.

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Mystery Falls by DYSong Photography, on Flickr

All it would take is a slower shutter and smaller aperture and the same scene looks completely different.
post #3341 of 4207
Ya, to be honest I never really liked moving water pictures like that
post #3342 of 4207
i wish to get a new camera because it scares people, if i didnt freak people out by pointing my camera at them, i wouldnt change at all
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i also prefer this, and agree that this looks nicer than moving water
post #3343 of 4207
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post

That's actually a good mindset. It forces you to be a photographer instead of being a post processor. Unless I'm doing something like a fashion shoot I do very little post work. I'll tighten up the histogram to get rid of the mud and if I forget to set the white balance I'll fix that. Otherwise it is what it is. My philosophy is pretty simple. If I have to spend more than a few minutes on a pic in post I delete it.

That's interesting, I have the opposite approach. I pretty much set and forget when I'm shooting because I know I can make most changes in post - I find it frees me up to focus on things like composition and finding the right angle.
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post #3345 of 4207
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i wish to get a new camera because it scares people, if i didnt freak people out by pointing my camera at them, i wouldnt change at all
did you consider to practice shooting from the hip? Obviously you might want to stay wider or maximum at 50mm fullframe equivalent point of view. Zone focussing is key, so f/8 and not something with shallow depth of field.

I think it has a lot to do with attitude. If you look like you're supposed to take pictures from people while standin 2 meter next to them, no one cares. If you look sneaky and like you feel guilty, they'll stare it out with you. Be confident. If it doesn't work with a 500D + ,e.g., EF 28 1.8, chances are they will also look if you shoot a M9. An alternative could be a camera like OM-D where you can tilt the screen to use it as a waist level finder.

But Crane's is right. Make do with what you have, new gear will not really help you achieve anything.
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