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Re: Photo Taking Questions

I want to get a DSLR camera and have little idea of an affordable and effective choice. I have a camera but overall it takes crappy pics. Can anyone help me out? MY budget is in the $300 to $500 range. Thanks
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

Camera threadddd ^.^ although it looks like i tuned in too late =/ everything has been covered
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

WHOOOOAAAHHHH WAYYYYYYY TOO LATE
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

also too late..
collapsable reflectors..the bigger the better. acts like flash without a flash. makes shadows gentle dark-ish areas that makes computer editing a breeze. theyr'e cheap and ez to carry.
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

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I want to get a DSLR camera and have little idea of an affordable and effective choice. I have a camera but overall it takes crappy pics. Can anyone help me out? MY budget is in the $300 to $500 range. Thanks
I would be looking for a used nikon d7000 or a used canon 60d (bodies only obviously). For a kit, go for a Canon T4i bundle or a nikon d5100 bundle. Both solid starting cameras, user friendly and just over all great cameras.

If you can find something for around 400.00 I would consider buying a 40mm or a 50mm f/1.8 macro lense. I like them a lot especially for shooting parked cars.

If you do have any questions feel free to ask away.
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

You can dial down your flash for night work. With todays modern dslr rigs many come with radio control flash triggers. So you dial down your flash, set it on a cheap ($20) tripod off to the side somwhere with a gary fong (or similar) diffuser on it and ugly shadows dissapear. It's called fill flash. I have the nikon 400 and 600 flashes and use them remotely. Also sunpack makes nice low level slave flashes for about $35 ea.

Get an 8pt star filter to create starbursts effect for about $15.

Use manual settings for night shots. Dial in the aperature to high for all in focus or low for a blurry background and use your shutter speed to dictate brightness.

A good tripod is a must for night work. Many use carbon fiber to save a # or 2. But unless you are climbing mountains to take pictures, they're not worth the extra $ imo. Heavier also vibrates less with long shutter speeds in the wind. Hang your camera bag on the hook to add weight for less vibrations as well.

Experiment with the internal pre-sets. Sometimes they add or remove punch that will be pleasing to your liking without fumbling through a bunch of trial and error adjustments.

Finally, it's digital. Fire away and delete the ones that suck. Have fun. It's a hobby. Don't make it a chore.
Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panosonic, Olympus and Pentax all make real nice cameras in many price ranges. And contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have a dslr to take great pictures. Speed in focus is the biggest advantage in my experience. It's easier with them but if you know how light reactes with your current rig in given situations, many a good photo can result in point and shoot cameras.

I have dozens of super nice photos taken with a Panosonic pz 8 adjustable point and shoot from the 7mp days.

Oh, and shoot in RAW. Greater edit-ability over jpeg.
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

I'll add a word or two about f-stops.

If you are in a scene with a great background like yellowstone park, a smaller aperature (higher number) will give you more of the photo in focus. f/11+.. preferably f/16 or more but most affordable lenses degrade pix past f/11.

If you want just a portrait of your car against say a solid brick wall then use a larger aperature. F/4.0 or less. F/2.8 if your lens will. Gives blur behind the subject. Most affordable lenses are 3.5 or more.
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

Why shoot in RAW?

Two words... white balance.





Notice how 'blue' the car in the top pic appears when shown against a proper white balance exposure of the bottom pic?

The top photo has a bunch of concrete in there so the camera decided to meter the concrete as 'white'. It guessed wrong.
The bottom photo had little to no white to meter (or rather guess at) so the rest of the colors are pretty close to correct.


Both were shot with a phone cam using auto white balance. JPEG format. Both photos were taken within seconds of each other with the camera deciding the exposure, white balance, color temp and hue.
You can change hue or temperature some when saved as a JPEG. but generally you are stuck with the majority of the erronious color.

If shot in RAW I could tailor the white balance as well as hue and temperature, which will generally correct the colors. Then save as a JPEG.

I used phone pix here because generally an slr won't miss the white balance as much as my phone did. Even when shooting in auto white balance. But shooting in RAW ensures if your camera guesses wrong you can correct that easily.
When details matter, RAW gets it done with just a few clicks of a mouse.
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Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Re: Photo Taking Questions

Untrue, you can correct white balance in JPEG's too with the right software. Shooting in RAW increases file sizes which means the camera is collecting more data to be shown. RAW usually equates to crisper colors and sharper lines.
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Re: Photo Taking Questions

You can correct some... but if it's wrong in the jpeg, you're stuck with some of the info permanently.
Once saved to jpeg much of the original info is gone. jpeg decided what stays or goes from the original data.

raw is completley tailor-able.

And the file size is a non issue unless you either don't have spare memory cards or don't have time to switch cards.

Now if I shoot with a 4gb card in jpeg it'll hold a few hundred photos. But if that card fails I've lost a whole days work. When using RAW I get about a hundred and switch to another card. If one fails I'm only out a hundred pix.

Now, wouldn't you rather have more info than less when editing?
If you shoot in raw and save as jpeg using your software, then your software decides what stays or goes, hence the sharper lines you speak of. But if the in camera jpeg likes greener green, it's way more time consuming to tailor each jpeg with a multitude of setting changes vs a few basic clicks, then save to jpeg.

I'd rather spend my time behind the lens than in front of a computer screen, myself. Most pro photographers would agree.

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Maybe the topic should've been about proper white balance...
Like I said, the camera thought the driveway was true white and added a cool temperature to the black.
The slr is real good about getting a daytime shot pretty dang close.

But when night pix mix florescent lighting of various tones we don't notice and the orange light on the left caused your ladies right sleeve to be an orange-ish white, while the blue light to the right gave her slightly blue teeth... with jpeg it's hard to fix both. If your pic was shot in raw, you can click pre-set white balance adjustments and there-ya-go.

Now correct white balance before pushing the shutter is another matter for another time.
It can be done with p&s or slr cameras using jpeg forma
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