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post #3811 of 4210
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

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.

Yeah, presets are my friend too. LOL! For the sake of education, I didn't aim the flash right at the plate. I had the head angled parallel to the table and let the light spill across the table. I tried it head on and it just torched everything. I suppose I could have messed with flash compensation and beam width but once again I'm pretty lazy not to mention by this time I was pretty burned out already.

Oh yeah, white balance. That's got to be close or spot on with food (or anything else for that matter) or you get to play editor with RAW files before you do anything else. Not that it's a bad thing but the closer you are to getting what you're after the better. There's no point in increasing your workload if you can avoid it.
post #3812 of 4210
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

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.

 

Is that like the panels I see the photographer assistants using down at the beach?

post #3813 of 4210
Has anyone used the sony nex7 camera? any thoughts?

Reccomendations for first interchangeable lens compact? price range 7-1k$

Thanks!
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Some pix from my trip to Australia (whales and dolphins cruise)






post #3815 of 4210
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Has anyone used the sony nex7 camera? any thoughts?

I borrowed one for a week or so, and shoot regularly with a 5N. It's a fine camera, but like any other camera, how you like its particular user interface as well as its strengths and weaknesses depends on how you'll use the camera. What are you going to use the camera for?

The two biggest problems the Sony system has is a narrow range of lenses (which may not be important to people who tend to use 1 or 2 lenses for everything, and lots of very good photographers do this) and a consumer-electronics style of user interface that is heavily menu-driven. The 7 is better than the rest of the NEX line because of its two dials.

There are some good, professional photographers who use the 7 very well and love it, like Kirk Tuck: http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/
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Reccomendations for first interchangeable lens compact? price range 7-1k$

Other good ones to look at are the micro 4/3rds cameras. I like the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but many people also like the various Panasonics as well as the lower-end Olympus digital PENs (the P5 for example).

All of the cameras mentioned above have electronic viewfinders built-in or optional ones you can add on. Some people love them (like Tuck above), while others detest them. It depends on each person. I'm not a 100% fan, but they are very useful when they work.

Switching topic, either I've found finally my B&W workflow, or what I do is very sympathetic to the Xtrans sensor. One more image from the X20, and this is the closest I've come yet to my ideal B&W tonality:




Not bad for a 2/3-inch sensor, no?

Workflow:

1. Convert with LR4.4RC B&W conversion panel. Adjust various color weightings for the picture, depending on what I want to emphasize or deemphasize.
2. Adjust exposure to get the things I want into the right zone --- sometimes this happens before the B&W conversion.
3. Adjust global contrast down --- I look at the histogram to judge this, but I want to squeeze important stuff into the middle zones for the next step.
4. Use the tone curve to then turn up the contrast on certain zones until I get the right look, depending on the subject.
5. Use clarity control (it uses small-value sharpening with a large-radius kernel to purposely create halos to boost some detail as well as increasing midtone contrast), and then some regular sub-pixel sharpening (reduction in the case of the Xtrans) for output.
post #3816 of 4210
as I've told you check out the nex 6 too. I like it far better than the 7 esp. low light. I had the chance to buy one but thought it was overkill for 24mp in a cropped sensor and when I shoot high iso quite alot.

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Random pictures from Italy, France, Peru, China, South Korea and The Netherlands

post #3818 of 4210

Okay. I tried another picture without the place matt. I did not have a white board so I used a cookie sheet. I think it's a lot better.

 

 

post #3819 of 4210
Agreed ! Keep at it
post #3820 of 4210
Def getting better. Now lower your angle. That'll give the viewer a better visual perspective and it'll add some depth as well. Add a glass of water and silverware too.
post #3821 of 4210
I would say dont put the bowl too full and fill the frame more by coming closer.
post #3822 of 4210
Wow, you guys are nice.
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These were all taken with one of my favorite lenses, Nikon 35mm f/1.8. At somewhere right around the $200 mark, it gets a ton of use. I use it for product type stuff like shoes & boots for the shoe and shoe care threads but also does the impromptu portrait fairly well. Whie it doesn't produce the syrupy bokeh as the good portrait lenses, its costs thousands less.

 

 

 

 

 

post #3824 of 4210
Just messing around yesterday with Sony RX100





post #3825 of 4210
^^nice , it's crazy how good of results you can get from such a small package.


Patrick , that's also my favorite lens for nikon. It's focuses very close too. I used it in my Nikon about 90% of the time.
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