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Post your photography skills! (self-gloss)

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by JetBlast, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. NOBD

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    Rollei XF 35, Fuji Provia 400 way past the expiration date, looks like Instagram. ;)

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    How do you guys take such amazing shots?
    • Camera?
    • Lighting?
    • Amazing (secret) skills?
    • Settings on your camera?
    • All of the above?
     
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    [*]Lense over Camera, but Camera still a factor obviously.
    [*]Yes
    [*]Having a good eye is a talent more-so than a skill.
    [*]Yes, settings would fall under skill for me.
    [*]Experience
     
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    Pure quality. : )



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    Good photography isn't about equipment. It's about technique and understanding light more than anything else. Now you do need a camera and lens that's suited for the type of photography you're interested in.

    Besides knowing how to run your equipment understanding how to use and manipulate light is the most important thing in photography.

    Secret skills? Not sure about that one. What is required is a thorough understanding of your equipment, basic exposure control, lighting techniques along with some compositional skill and a whole lot of creativity.

    You absolutely need to understand every single control on your camera setup and be able to manipulate them effectively. Doesn't matter if it's the latest greatest digital or a 40 year old film SLR.

    So yeah, all of the above along with a little luck. Sometimes you just stumble into that one great shot.
     
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    If I might contribute to the answer to davesmith in my own little way, I've found that my understanding of photography was vastly improved by using only the manual mode on my DSLR. Even when shooting important family events. Even aperture-priority (or similar semi-auto modes) is a crutch which slows down learning. I take a lot more crappy photos now, but the ratio gets better as time goes on.
     
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    I like these colours.
     
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    Damn, I miss Thailand...

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    ... 7 weeks to go till next journey.
     
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    Horse show came to the city
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    Not my kid, just liked his shirt

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    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

    Szeph, I love those tones! Are you still using the 1D mk3?

    Laurens, nice shot, classic! The difference in yours and instagram is I'm sure way more resolution. Plus it's not overdone, very nice.

    Shoreman, you're shooting film right? I love that shot with the boy it's flipping sharp as a tack. The first one the guy is a little distracting but not too bad. The picnic tables are good too...creepy!
     
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    ciclista--some film some digital. Yeah, guy on the right sorta kills the horse one; horse and rider aren't as sharp as I'd like either.

    One more, going for the Martin Parr type shot

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    meh, it has this street photography look. As far as those and documentation, photojournalism, etc... I think it doesn't have to be tack sharp. It adds to the whimsy of it all. They're moving it shows directions etc.
     
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    Hahaha, three Starbuck's cups in that woman's arms in the foreground.
     
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    Here's a quick pic of some of my film cameras. All of them work and date from 1958 to around 1979 or so. Back row left to right, Minolta SRT MCII, my venerable SRT 102, an XK and an XG7. In front is an old Zeiss Contina from 1958. It brings a whole new meaning to manual mode photography LOL!

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    Film Cameras by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
     
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    Thanks. It was raped in Lightroom, looks nothing like the original.
    Nope, sold my 1Ds III to go for a 5D III. Only had to add 100 €, was a good deal. The 1series is just too big and heavy for taking it along on every journey I go on, especially the business trips.

    Cranes, do you do the developing yourself or get it done in a lab? I enjoy shooting film but I don't want to develop. That only leaves the C41 b/w films like Ilford XP2 if I don't want to give an arm and a leg.
     
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    No I don't do my own developing but I'm seriously considering it. If I do I'll start with the prints first and then get the things needed for the negatives down the road. If you think good glass is expensive you ought to see the price tag on good enlargers.

    I understand the cost of developing anything other than C41 film all to well. Same goes with a large optically produced print by someone who knows how to dodge and burn, tweak colors and expose it correctly.
     

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