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« Reply #240 on: October 06, 2009, 12:25:09 PM »
Hey, I want to get a flash from my Nikon D90 and start learning flash photography.  Since I don't like the default flash on the camera I don't do many night shots and most come out badly.  So I want to expand my range with a legitimate flash.  What flash do you recommend and are there any good books/guides on learning flash photography?  The SB-600 that's $220 at Amazon is around the price range I want to spend.

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« Reply #241 on: October 06, 2009, 09:42:05 PM »
I took another trip to the park. This time with my new point and shoot.








I really like the bench shot mostly because of the lighting, but I wanted to it at a better angle. However, as you can see, there's water right behind it and I didn't feel like getting wet today. Plus, there's alligators nearby.

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« Reply #242 on: October 06, 2009, 10:13:47 PM »
Blue I don't think I can do that yet but I'll try :lol

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« Reply #243 on: October 09, 2009, 05:01:52 PM »
Got my first flash today :D  Trying to learn flash photography. 


Toilet with normal flash


Toilet with bounce flash


Random pic.  I like all the white.

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« Reply #244 on: October 09, 2009, 05:04:02 PM »
Nice, Bebpo. I'm definitely not a flash photographer but from all I've read, bouncing the light from the flash in small rooms is the way to go. You just have to watch out for colored walls (I believe it'll cast the color of the wall on to the person or surroundings).

if you can't bounce (most likely scenarios being in a large room or outside), taking the flash off the body and directing it at an angle is better than straight on. They also make light diffusers for off body flash equipment like you have which will soften the light.
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Bebpo

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« Reply #245 on: October 09, 2009, 05:08:34 PM »
Yeah, a cheap diffuser after I figure out how all this stuff works sounds like a good idea :)

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« Reply #246 on: October 09, 2009, 05:39:18 PM »
Holy shit that's the closest I've ever seen a pic of Bebpo. I WANT A PIC OF BEBPO.

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« Reply #247 on: October 09, 2009, 07:00:34 PM »
I've used sheets of paper for diffusers a few times.  It works pretty well and is a gazillion times better than just straight on.  Milky-coloured plastic containers can work well too - I have a milky-coloured film canister cut to fit over the on-camera flash on my SLR and I keep it in my bag permanently.
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« Reply #248 on: October 09, 2009, 07:09:15 PM »
Shot of my cousin, taken yesterday

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« Reply #249 on: October 09, 2009, 07:21:03 PM »
Do I want to fuck my cousin?  :lol  :yuck
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« Reply #250 on: October 09, 2009, 10:04:04 PM »
I always read the thread tittle as Evilbore pornography :'(
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« Reply #251 on: October 09, 2009, 10:42:16 PM »
Took some photos of my time on the airplane to Houston and of Orlando's airport. I've been wanting to photograph Orlando's AWESOME airport for the longest but didn't get the desired results because I was in a rush, but next time I'm going to take some better ones.

In order to get from the main section of building in Orlando's airport, you take a monorail to the other side of the site where the terminals are. So awesome.



And the view is always great:



On the plane I finished The God Delusion. Great book!



Messing with various levels of aperture:




The heavens were beautiful that evening. Luckily I caught a plane that was flying during sunset:





I took all of these shots from moving vehicles (plane and train) so I'm surprised they turned out so well. They took a lot (A LOT) of shots, though. Shakey hands :(

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« Reply #252 on: October 12, 2009, 07:17:03 AM »
Gorgeous skies.

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« Reply #253 on: October 12, 2009, 12:41:41 PM »
I love those first two shots Kosma.  So rich.

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« Reply #254 on: October 12, 2009, 12:42:40 PM »
Definitely. The first two shots are fantastic. Since I have nothing to do today I should take some fall shots too.

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« Reply #255 on: October 12, 2009, 12:51:02 PM »
Yeah, the first two shots really have that nice warm Fall color. And Finding random wild mushrooms is always fun.
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« Reply #256 on: October 12, 2009, 10:53:17 PM »
Those pictures are amazing.  How did you get the colors to look sooooo good :o

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« Reply #257 on: October 14, 2009, 05:12:11 PM »


Was trying to get the warm colors of the wood to come out.

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« Reply #258 on: October 14, 2009, 07:17:15 PM »
Bebpo you play guitar?

Bebpo

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« Reply #259 on: October 14, 2009, 10:31:27 PM »
Did you edit the shot?

nope

Bebpo you play guitar?

A litttttle.  Back in HS I could but not much anymore.  Would like to get back to it when I'm done with school.

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« Reply #260 on: October 14, 2009, 10:33:13 PM »
Why do you have three guitars if you only play a "little"? ???

Bebpo

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« Reply #261 on: October 14, 2009, 10:44:04 PM »
4, but they're the family collection of acoustics purchased over like a 30 year timeline

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« Reply #262 on: October 17, 2009, 02:55:13 PM »
Fantastic photograph, Kosma! I love it
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« Reply #263 on: October 17, 2009, 02:59:56 PM »
Sure, not sure which one you're talking bout' though :) Go ahead!
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« Reply #264 on: October 17, 2009, 03:44:43 PM »
Ahhhh, I wish I could say I set that shot up though. It was actually me shooting the surrounding buildings through my car windshield. I looked over the shots of the day and found that one, then cropped accordingly. I can see why people enjoy shooting streetshots/cityscapes though... its fun trying to capture uniformity in what is seen as chaos. I'm happy you dig it though  :D
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« Reply #265 on: October 17, 2009, 05:26:34 PM »
That's an awesome shot, holy shit.
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« Reply #266 on: October 17, 2009, 05:30:13 PM »
I'm trying to learn the process of taking photos of shadows. It's really hard but rewarding.

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« Reply #267 on: October 17, 2009, 05:41:53 PM »
I'm trying to learn the process of taking photos of shadows. It's really hard but rewarding.

Depends on the camera but exposure control is helpful in this area. What I would do with my camera is meter for a brighter area in the area I'm shooting, lock the exposure (by half pressing the shutter button) and then recompose my shot for the shadow area.
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« Reply #268 on: October 18, 2009, 12:01:36 AM »
Some new stuff from today. Played around with gritty looks, silhouettes, reflection, purposefully shooting out of focus and general night photography...









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« Reply #269 on: October 18, 2009, 12:16:27 AM »
The bench shot is nice.  It makes it feel like there is no one else in a 5 mile radius.

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« Reply #270 on: October 18, 2009, 01:03:21 AM »
The centered subject placement tends to have that effect (which I love). Messed with the Black and White filtering to make everything washed out white and have the bench dark (which opens up the image even more).
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« Reply #271 on: October 18, 2009, 11:28:42 PM »
New shizzz from today...











And my favorite of the bunch...

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« Reply #272 on: October 18, 2009, 11:46:01 PM »
That last one is amazing.

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« Reply #273 on: October 18, 2009, 11:51:44 PM »
wow kosma and blue some of those are amazing.
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« Reply #274 on: October 18, 2009, 11:51:55 PM »
wow. that last one is a book cover waiting to happen.
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« Reply #275 on: October 18, 2009, 11:57:14 PM »
Thanks guys! and yeah, when I was walking home from taking all those other shots, I looked up the nearby hill and noticed that single tree and how the sky and snowy hill were similarly lit (it felt like some realization, its one of those things I strive for when out taking photographs). It came out how I had seen it in my head which is such an extremely fulfilling feeling.

I posted this on GAF and I figured I'd post it here...



The yellow circle is where I was placed when I had taken the image, the red arrow is pointing at the tree within the image.
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« Reply #276 on: October 19, 2009, 03:19:54 AM »
I just got a new D90! Psyched as hell! Expect pics!
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« Reply #277 on: October 19, 2009, 04:14:58 PM »
Those shots are amazing, Blue.  Fall photography is the best. 

Thanks man! and yes it is. I'll probably head out with my zoom lens later and capture some blue sky fall shots (Yellow and Blue is an awesome combination).

I just got a new D90! Psyched as hell! Expect pics!

Nice! Definitely post some shots, you're in Korea right? Its cool seeing the different looks of different regions.
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« Reply #278 on: October 19, 2009, 10:33:10 PM »
Those chair shots are awesome.  I hardly ever experiment with centered subjects - would be fun to go out for a day and try it out.

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« Reply #279 on: October 19, 2009, 11:29:29 PM »
I dont' know why I'm drawn to centered subjects but I've been doing it a lot recently. I find the eye travels around the subject and you tend to explore the surrounding its in.
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« Reply #280 on: October 20, 2009, 12:03:59 AM »
Thanks, Cohen! Yeah, I would be pretty pissed if someone used this in a book without some form of acknowledgment (or other form of media) but other than that, I'm not too worried bout it.
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« Reply #281 on: October 20, 2009, 12:57:31 AM »
I dont' know why I'm drawn to centered subjects but I've been doing it a lot recently. I find the eye travels around the subject and you tend to explore the surrounding its in.

Hey now that's an interesting point.  In other words you can exploit the rule of thirds in a kind of backwards fashion.

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« Reply #282 on: October 20, 2009, 01:28:12 AM »
I dont' know why I'm drawn to centered subjects but I've been doing it a lot recently. I find the eye travels around the subject and you tend to explore the surrounding its in.

Hey now that's an interesting point.  In other words you can exploit the rule of thirds in a kind of backwards fashion.

I was actually looking at positives to the centered subject approach and apparently its used to create a sense of space too (environment ends up dwarfing the subject). This is when the subject is farther back though, if I filled the frame with the bench it would have overpowered its surroundings.

There's also sort of a surreal feel to having everything fairly out of focus and a subject centered in the frame. Almost tunnel vision. I'm of course using that multi frame method I posted a few pages back in most of these images so that's adding to the "extreme Depth of Field".
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« Reply #283 on: October 20, 2009, 01:37:06 AM »
The short DOF is very striking in that colour chair shot - I was wondering how that came about.

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« Reply #284 on: October 23, 2009, 12:53:54 PM »
Hi dudes. It's been like 8 years since I was taking pictures for anything more than Facebook. These are the 6 or so from the other night that really turned out maybe 50% of the way I really saw them. Please be brutal, I'm really comitted to being better. I think I had a heavy hand with the crop tool on some of these. I didn't do any major retouching, I'm a big believer in getting the shot you want right off:




This one got cropped hard. I really loved the seedy red lighting in the left hand side of the frame and I wanted THAT to be the subject, sort of.

I took like 20 like this. I couldn't capture the 'spaciousness' of the plaza. I'll go back to it.

This one was accidental- I had my WB set to FLourescent. I thought it was too blue, but I came to love the. I don't know. Intensity? There''s a kind of mystery here. It needs work, I wish the light was brighter. Longer exposure.

Another angle. Same idea- I want to come back to this. I like the lighting here better, I'm getting that weird bright/dark, mystery/industry thing, but it's not so unreal or, uh, ugly.

I like this picture a lot, I just don't know what I want it to look like. Needs work, but I'll definitely work at it.

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« Reply #285 on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:56 PM »
Those are great Gillo, I also like the blue and mysterious feeling of the tank shots. The way the squids? were exposed they look almost alien. I would have gone lower though and tried to get a shot of the tank head on (by crouching and trying to place myself so the tank is completely parallel to me).

And I agree on the Plaza shot, it looks like it needs to be expanded a bit. A good thing to mess with are panoramics if you eventually want to take wide spanning shots. Some people buy expensive wide lenses when in actuality you can just take a couple of shots to get it all in then merge it in software.

I also dig the Black and White conversion of the neon light. I have a thing for B&W tonality and neon lights really bring this out.

In general though, it looks like you would appreciate a fast prime (fast as in gathering light). You wouldn't need to bump the ISO to compensate as much and exposure times would be a little more snappy. Check this lens out

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=59&sort=7&cat=12&page=2

The above shots were taken with the kit lens right? Regardless of speed you done well with it in less than optimal lighting scenarios.
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« Reply #286 on: October 23, 2009, 11:22:31 PM »
Those shots are so clear GilloD. What Iso did you use? I don't see any grain :o

I like the colours so much.



The D90 does really, really well in low light. You can check the EXIF at Flickr for ISO data- It shoot pretty tight up to about 1600. It'll go to 3200, but things get really noisy.

It's a 28mm-200mm lens. It wasn't the one I wanted, but the guy cut me such a deal that I could could sell the lens and make a profit, so. Which I may do. 28 is a little far away for some of the pictures I like to take and at 200 is useless in anything that's lowlight because of the shakes. There's a newer 18-200 with VR that I should have looked at. It's also tricky o get clear photos sometimes.

I should have done my lens homework a little more. I really had my heart set on the 18-105, but got talked out o it. Maybe I'll sell this one.

And yeah, those lightbulbs look like they're out of a post apocalyptic movie, haha.
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« Reply #287 on: October 23, 2009, 11:59:50 PM »
The VR will definitely help. The aperture won't be large enough to stop motion in really bad lit scenarios but you could get some interesting blurring movement with vehicles and people while keeping architecture sharp. I've seen people use this on Canon's own IS lens (their version of VR).

A general rule of thumb I use for figuring out handholdable shots in bad light is Focal Length (18mm, 50mm, 100mm etc) = Shutter Speed. So a Focal Length of 50mm requires a shutter speed of 1/50s to get a sharp enough image with proper technique. Drop below that and you really have to go Metal Gear Solid sniper with hand holding (tuck your arms close to your body, breath in and exhale slowly as you depress the shutter button).

Not sure how you stand when taking images but this is how I do it and provides great stability...


Direct Link: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/182/415579849_608d84dd3a.jpg?v=0
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« Reply #288 on: October 27, 2009, 12:43:38 AM »
I'm gonna try and head out everyday or every other day at sunset and get used to landscape photography. But for now, here's some new stuff from earlier...






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« Reply #289 on: October 27, 2009, 02:45:50 AM »
Interesting pics and ideas BT.  I almost missed what's going on in that first one!

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« Reply #290 on: October 30, 2009, 01:49:59 AM »
Interesting pics and ideas BT.  I almost missed what's going on in that first one!

Thanks man! Yeah, the first shot was a bitch to take. I was pretty much at the lenses minimum focus distance, wide open (can't stop it down since its broke). So I was all rocking back and forth trying to get the little speck in focus :lol

But I've moved on to playing with lighting a bit.... (copy/pasted from the GAF Photography thread)

I just created a "GHETTO SNOOT"

Here it is...



The results







I am in love

I attached it to a high powered mechanics flashlight (made for undercarriage lighting) and I can pretty much shoot at 1/500s with the thing pointing at the subjects at mid range.

The snoot is freaking awesome. I love being able to isolate parts of the subjects and play with lots of different angles. Also, there's a white wall like, 5 inches behind these subjects (you can see it in the snoot shots), so it acts as a nice neutral backdrop.
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« Reply #291 on: October 30, 2009, 03:09:28 AM »
Friggin' awesome!  I love inventive solutions like that.  The results are great, that last pic is particularly sweet.  I would have sworn the second and third shots are different statues but looking at the little 'hair-twirls' closely I see they are in fact the same.  I am amazed at how the light has such a profound effect on the depth.

On a somewhat related note about light, a while back I experimented with using a computer monitor as a versatile colour light source for macro photography.  It's so easy to change colours on it, the only downside being long exposures are needed because the light is so dim.

I took this one with the monitor behind, I think I drew some pink and black blob-like shapes on the screen.



This one I used the monitor from one way to cast the blue light and a little torch from the other to cash the yellow light.  I didn't think the pic was much good but it was a fun experiment.



And this one I put a piece of paper in the back and tweaked the colour the monitor was casting until it was what I wanted.  This was when I discovered the viewfinder in my 350D isn't quite straight. :lol  Because I don't do post-processing it took a fair bit of trial and error to get the image perfectly level.



Sorry these are older pics, I don't pick the camera up much lately.  But it's a lot of fun to experiment.

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« Reply #292 on: October 30, 2009, 03:18:42 AM »
Those freaking rock. I absolutely love the color in the last image, the cool tone goes perfectly with the glass/crystal pieces. The gradient in the background is fantastic too.

Never really thought of using a monitor for a backdrop/adding color but I had recently seen a guy take a Call of Duty figurine and used his Mac Book Pros LCD screen as a jungle backdrop. The way it came out is mind blowing...

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalanharris/3584839072/

You can see his setup here...

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalanharris/3584030971/

But certainly, its this type of interesting "working with what you've got" sort of photography that really makes you due inventive things
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« Reply #293 on: October 30, 2009, 03:35:33 AM »
OK, that's pretty darn clever. :lol  Amazing result.

Yep, one of the most fun things I find about photography is working with what you've got, or putting constraints and limitations on yourself.  Like setting out for a day with the camera set on B&W - I like how it makes you look a the world totally differently.

I think my favourite thing to do is take my zoom and leave it at 70mm (112mm on a cropped-sensor).  The tight angle really makes me think about what is in the frame, what I should be concentrating on, and what I should be leaving out.  I probably should go out with the wide-angle more actually - producing interesting landscape photos is probably one of the most challenging things I can think of.

I ended up calling that last pic Cold Pawns on Flickr (a dorky play on "cold prawns").
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« Reply #294 on: October 31, 2009, 01:52:27 AM »
The other day my book sat VERTICAL and I was like omgggggg so I tried to make photo-s; came out ...ok; could use improvement.



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« Reply #296 on: November 02, 2009, 03:02:00 PM »
Love that shot Kosma. Backlighting can really make a scene dramatic and moody. Great composition with the road and shadow placement. The image just flows. And I wouldn't just call it halfway decent, it is quite better than a lot of images I've sifted through throughout the years.
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« Reply #297 on: November 02, 2009, 10:28:36 PM »
That's a bitchin' pic Kosma.

I like where you're going with that second book shot Bebpo.

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« Reply #298 on: November 04, 2009, 01:57:57 PM »
was fucking around with some friends and took this to photoshop



it's aight. Just did it for the fun really.
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« Reply #299 on: November 04, 2009, 04:02:52 PM »
Was really out of it today, so grabbed my camera and took some shots at lunch break: