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post #3796 of 4207
I borrowed a Fuji X20 for this weekend. This is the new point-and-shoot from Fuji that uses a 2/3-inch Xtrans sensor. I don't know what people on the Internet are talking about, but the Lightroom processing (with the release candidate 4.4 software) of the RAW file is so much better than the in-camera JPEG: there is less watercolor-smearing (and dare I say almost none in LR), more tonal range, and more sharpness and detail in the RAW file than the JPEG. Most discussions so far seem to favor the in-camera JPEG.

Here is an example I shot just now:



Processed using LR with tonal curve manipulation, a bump in the exposure by 1.1 stops, reduced sharpness from the default of 25 LR seems to want to use on RAF files, and adjustments of the color amounts in the B&W panel. There's also a slight bit of vignetting for a nice finish.

I was getting depressed looking at the in-camera JPEGs, but seeing the LR images totally changed my mind.
post #3797 of 4207
IC you'll appreciate this. Yesterday I covered a live music event at the winery. After the event the owner of the winery says hey come downstairs and take a few pics of a wine pairing. OK no big deal. So I go downstairs to the tasting room and he goes no down to the house. I went huh OK this is odd. We walked in and there's a formal dinner table set up and that's when I was told that the wine paring involved a table full of guests being served a salad, main dish, and desert with each item being paired with a different wine. All I had with me was a speed light with no light modifiers. I must have had a really confused look on my face because that's when Glenn said, "Oh the pics don't have to be anything special. We just need them to prove to this winery association that we belong to that we did a pairing. Go have some fun and I'll get you a glass of wine." Oh what a relief that was. It ended being a blast. Here's a pic...

post #3798 of 4207
More pics from the X20. I got to shoot a bunch in a theater to evaluate its low-light performance. Verdict: it feels great as a camera because of its responsiveness. The autofocus is a bit dodgy in low light, but if it locks, it's always right. The small sensor is noisy, but can be pushed very hard in post-processing without the dreaded watercolor effect. If you apply heavy dodging, these weird black spots show up, and I'm not sure what that's caused by since raising the global exposure level doesn't cause it. The built-in IS works wonders.

I'd want the X100S or an XPro-2 (XPro-1 with PDAF and more responsiveness) with an APS-C sized sensor. I'm not sure how much normal people will like this camera, but I think if you don't mind the noise, or shoot in more light than I did, it's a great point-and-shoot.



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some test shots with the Leica/Pana 25mm 1.4 lens and GX1




post #3800 of 4207
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post

IC you'll appreciate this. Yesterday I covered a live music event at the winery. After the event the owner of the winery says hey come downstairs and take a few pics of a wine pairing. OK no big deal. So I go downstairs to the tasting room and he goes no down to the house. I went huh OK this is odd. We walked in and there's a formal dinner table set up and that's when I was told that the wine paring involved a table full of guests being served a salad, main dish, and desert with each item being paired with a different wine. All I had with me was a speed light with no light modifiers. I must have had a really confused look on my face because that's when Glenn said, "Oh the pics don't have to be anything special. We just need them to prove to this winery association that we belong to that we did a pairing. Go have some fun and I'll get you a glass of wine." Oh what a relief that was. It ended being a blast. Here's a pic...

 

I love your work. I am desperately trying to work on my food photography skills. I am quite a good cook, but I'm having a little trouble taking photos of my handy work. Here is my dinner from last night.

 

 

 

 

post #3801 of 4207
looks like a good time Crane, I don't usually eat the food when I'm doing any food photography for anyone I don't want them having any sort of "well i gave you the food and drink, the least you could do is...."

You did well with just a speed flash. smile.gif Nice composition as well...only thing I'd change it maybe overexposing a bit.

Poster above, you're using frontal flash which flattens out the image, makes it washed out. Bounce the flash, or use a window in the day time.

Also, change the angle, that angle isn't flattering, lower yourself a little. Picture how you see it in your minds eye....you usually sit an look at your food, try a 45 degree angle, slightly tilt the photograph it makes it more inviting. Again, try to avoid that flash if possible.
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

looks like a good time Crane, I don't usually eat the food when I'm doing any food photography for anyone I don't want them having any sort of "well i gave you the food and drink, the least you could do is...."

You did well with just a speed flash. smile.gif Nice composition as well...only thing I'd change it maybe overexposing a bit.

Poster above, you're using frontal flash which flattens out the image, makes it washed out. Bounce the flash, or use a window in the day time.

Also, change the angle, that angle isn't flattering, lower yourself a little. Picture how you see it in your minds eye....you usually sit an look at your food, try a 45 degree angle, slightly tilt the photograph it makes it more inviting. Again, try to avoid that flash if possible.

 

Thank you. Do you think I might benefit from new place matts?

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Originally Posted by Gladys Kravitz View Post

Do you think I might benefit from new place matts?

I don't see how.

Also, I don't think your photography could be any better. You should totally publish a book.
post #3804 of 4207
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


I don't see how.

Also, I don't think your photography could be any better. You should totally publish a book.

 

I know I am new here, but that is no reason to talk sideways to me. 

post #3805 of 4207
Thanks IC. I really would have loved to of had a diffuser for this. I kicked the exposure up a bit in post. That napkin was really starting to blow out so I backed it off a bit. I suppose I could do some dodging and burning but hey I'm lazy. LOL!
post #3806 of 4207
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Originally Posted by Gladys Kravitz View Post

Thank you. Do you think I might benefit from new place matts?
If you are shooting food you don't really need place matts at all. If you use them, I would recommend a solid color that doesn't steal attention from the food. Same for the plates. I would also get closer to the food and clear away anything around the dish that would be distracting in the photo. Also kill the flash and use natural light as il ciclista mentioned. The food will look much more appetizing. White balance is really important to food photography as well. Hopefully you shoot RAW so can can adjust in post processing.

Here are a few food pics I took a while back...





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Originally Posted by alex99 View Post


If you are shooting food you don't really need place matts at all. If you use them, I would recommend a solid color that doesn't steal attention from the food. Same for the plates. I would also get closer to the food and clear away anything around the dish that would be distracting in the photo. Also kill the flash and use natural light as il ciclista mentioned. The food will look much more appetizing. White balance is really important to food photography as well. Hopefully you shoot RAW so can can adjust in post processing.

Here are a few food pics I took a while back...





 

Thank you for the good advice. You are much nicer than that nasty man.

post #3808 of 4207
Nice photos Alex

Crane, I feel ya man I was real lazy about this last fashion shoot and just used presets haha

Kaplan, why you gotta be like that?

Gladys, try using white foam board on the side away from the window to even out the light too. You're table looks nice just try shooting bare on it with nothing to distract until you learn how to style your food an settings around it.
post #3809 of 4207
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

Kaplan, why you gotta be like that?

Seriously guys, you're being trolled.

It's not really a big deal as it has resulted in some genuine advice that someone hopefully can take advantage of, but taking a quick look at Gladys' post history, it's quite obvious.
post #3810 of 4207
I thought trolling too myself hopefully not but I see what you're saying.
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