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Old 07-12-2014, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Having a go at this confounding digital photography!

Spent some time this arvo with the G1X on a tripod.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default And some more.

Still a couple away getting a tune up
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Default Nice , If only could do that ..........

Mahuta , I know what you mean.

Can't get anything done with a brand new camera.
I bought it , it sits in the box, Granddaughter says
PaPa, whats up and picks it up,she gets the thing to work.
I just sit and watch, she is a Photo wiz, does
everything and tells me just do this. She leaves
and I stay hanging till the next visit.
Can't get it to start much more a ......" Tune Up ".
Must be .......Old Age, or ..... " Non Camera-holic ".

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Old 07-14-2014, 03:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Photography is painting with light, understand that and composition and any camera can do the job.
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Photography is painting with light, understand that and composition and any camera can do the job.
Mike so we are talking about ...........
Exposer's Time, Light effects , Distances, etc. ? What about through the lens's when looking into it and color contrast's
that are in or on the objects, is it very affective ? And clarity, does different lens's or these filters she calls them have to be used ?
I am just using what I have read so I'm using the term's I found. She took me to a shop bought a bunch of add on's for the Three lens's
I have she said I need to buy them, those Filters. But she cost me some B$ucks also, but she is good and goes to some class's in school that I payed for.
So hangs around a women friend I have here that has a picture studio, I guess that's where she gets all the insights from.

This is the camera I have now that she use's : Remember now she is just ( 12 ) years old
Bottom One :
Nikon D800 DSLR / Plus Three other Lens's
1- long one / 1- Middle size one and another
with some kind of Four sided extended covers
( But me, I don't know bean's about it. )
Top One :
I play around with this little guy, called a Nikon Coolpix that's hard enough also.
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I'm an analogue era luddite
Spent many hours / days in a darkroom and was joined at the hip to my Yashica and Minolta 35mm SLR's. I just seem to sync with analogue technology. Understand it, grew up with it...pushrods and carbs, points and condensers.
Digi photography obviously has real benefits however I just cant find the magic.
Cant resurrect the darkroom either cause then we"ll have the daughter sleeping in the hallway. Bl**dy inconvenient when I'm up at 3am for a wee wee
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I cut my teeth on film too. That makes you think before taking a picture because everyone counts. The same principles apply with digital but you can bang away and experiment without breaking the bank.

I have all the DSLR kit but these days do most of my photography on my phone, it has more features and sophistication than any of my film cameras ever had. When I use the DSLR it is invariably set to an auto mode and I use my judgement to over ride it if I think the results could be better.

The biggest pain with watch photography is controlling reflections caused by domed crystals, I have tried polarising filters but with limited success. I also prefer to capture the perfect picture (no such thing) in camera rather than using photoshop.
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I cut my teeth on film too. That makes you think before taking a picture because everyone counts. The same principles apply with digital but you can bang away and experiment without breaking the bank.

I have all the DSLR kit but these days do most of my photography on my phone, it has more features and sophistication than any of my film cameras ever had. When I use the DSLR it is invariably set to an auto mode and I use my judgement to over ride it if I think the results could be better.

The biggest pain with watch photography is controlling reflections caused by domed crystals, I have tried polarising filters but with limited success. I also prefer to capture the perfect picture (no such thing) in camera rather than using photoshop.
Ok reading you loud and clear Sir. I'll remember all this
Thank you very much.
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Take under exposed photos and if needed tweak using photoshop or if you don't own a copy of photoshop download and try a open source program (free) called The Gimp. It's a bit clunky but every part as powerful as photoshop I do all my photos using the manual setting on my Canon DSLR which helps if your use to the old film camera's like me. I have a Canon professional camera upstairs that cost over 10k in the 1980's that is totally useless now. I didn't pay that for it I swopped it for a car (car now worth about 20k)... sniff sniff sob sob

I've been fighting with reflections in glass for years with the clocks I put on my website. Good luck with that one!
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Also for photographing watches use a light box, you can buy them online or do what I done and made my own.
Basically get a cardboard box, cut three square holes in it, one at the top and one either side, cover these holes with some baking parchment/grease proof paper. Then get a couple of torches or lamps and shine these through the holes, you get great light with no shine or glare on the crystals of watches.
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Also for photographing watches use a light box, you can buy them online or do what I done and made my own.
Basically get a cardboard box, cut three square holes in it, one at the top and one either side, cover these holes with some baking parchment/grease proof paper. Then get a couple of torches or lamps and shine these through the holes, you get great light with no shine or glare on the crystals of watches.
I've got 3 light boxes of varing sizes and do not get a long with them at all The only thing they seem any good at to me is for my cat to use as a play house.
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