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pixrobin
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1 of 85  Wed 14th May 2014 12:39pm  
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Hi folks, Seeing all the informative photographs available on this site I felt we might be able to assist members in any photographic problems they may have. I am not a 'know-it-all', but what I don't know I can look up in my photographic library. From what I have seen on the site so far, many others have photographic skills too, which means there is a plethora of knowledge that can be passed on. Personally, I have very little knowledge of Photoshop - I use an entirely different image editing package (ACDSee Pro) which doesn't try to emulate the brand leader in any way. My philosophies If anyone asks "What makes a good photograph?" then my anwer will always be the same, "The one that fulfills the purpose for which it was taken." "Which is the best camera?" - "the one you have to hand when you need it." - a camera is merely a tool which allows you to capture images. "My pictures are not very good so I should get a better camera." - "No! Emphatically NO! You should spend time improving your own skills first. The picture is the work of the photographer, the camera merely records it. THERE ARE NO DUMB QUESTIONS. We all have to learn.
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Dreamtime
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2 of 85  Wed 14th May 2014 2:44pm  
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Thank you for those sensible tips Pixrobin, I for one will take heed. Wave
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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3 of 85  Wed 14th May 2014 3:02pm  
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"What makes a good photograph?" - Impact and composition. Sometimes, just a couple of steps to left or right can vastly improve composition .

"Which is the best camera?" - The one which you feel least self-conscious about using in a public space.

Cheap digital cameras can be a little slow on the uptake, so if you are taking shots of kids playing, use the video function and then run the video through Windows MovieMaker to find the 'still' shot you like best. It is important to learn how to use the camera BEFORE you go out with it. Even cellphone cameras often have basic controls for brightness and format (landscape/portrait)

After a session with a digital camera, upload the photos to your computer. There is nothing worse than seeing a great shot but not having enough space on the memory card to get it. Also, carry spare batteries, and if you are a cellphone shooter, ensure that it is fully charged.

The difference between a cheap and expensive camera is the amount of enlargement that a photo will withstand before the image starts to degrade badly. Applies to roll film and digital cameras alike, so if you don't intend to blow a photo up to 10' x 15', a cheapie will do just fine.

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TonyS
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4 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 10:23am  
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On 14th May 2014 3:02pm, Mike H said: ... use the video function and then run the video through Windows MovieMaker to find the 'still' shot you like best…
Thats a great idea Mike, although bear in mind, although it's "HD", it's a moving image that might appear sharp, but individual frames are often blurred which makes it difficult to find a frame that's usable and in focus. Further, it's printability at a reasonable resolution will also result in only a 6"x4" or 7"x5" photograph before degradation might be noticeable. Great for the family album or website, not so good for printing much larger. Might be worth checking if your camera has a sport mode, that will often set the shutter speed higher, resulting in a (possible) sharper image of moving kids.
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pixrobin
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5 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 10:45am  
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Hi Mike I agree with your first point within a pictorial context but sometimes it gets in the way of communicating information. If I was sending the local council a picture of a large hole in the road then I wouldn't want them to mistakenly think that I was putting in a planning application for an ornamental pond Wink Many of the pictures I took during my photographic career were to illustrate what had gone wrong with a piece of machinery. I'm glad you mentioned, as you put it, 'cheap and expensive camera'. So much is written about the technical specifications of cameras that it fills magazines on a monthly basis and often the same writers deride the cheaper cameras as 'point-and-shoot' models. To me, this is like suggesting that to do the weekly shopping you need a Ferarri. As you may have guessed by now I have several cameras but the one I use most frequently is also the cheapest.
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Mike H
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6 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 10:59am  
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On 15th May 2014 10:23am, TonyS said:
On 14th May 2014 3:02pm, Mike H said: ... use the video function and then run the video through Windows MovieMaker to find the 'still' shot you like best…
Thats a great idea Mike, although bear in mind, although it's "HD", it's a moving image that might appear sharp, but individual frames are often blurred which makes it difficult to find a frame that's usable and in focus. Further, it's printability at a reasonable resolution will also result in only a 6"x4" or 7"x5" photograph before degradation might be noticeable. Great for the family album or website, not so good for printing much larger. Might be worth checking if your camera has a sport mode, that will often set the shutter speed higher, resulting in a (possible) sharper image of moving kids.
I was thinking more of those using cellphone cameras which respond slowly to picking up an image. I hardly see anybody these days with an actual camera. It's all phones and tablets here and none have sport mode, and even if they did, not having read the instructions, nobody would know what how to use it. Roll eyes
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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7 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 12:33pm  
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TonyS
Coventry
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8 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 1:01pm  
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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9 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 1:08pm  
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On 15th May 2014 10:45am, pixrobin said: Hi Mike I agree with your first point within a pictorial context but sometimes it gets in the way of communicating information. If I was sending the local council a picture of a large hole in the road then I wouldn't want them to mistakenly think that I was putting in a planning application for an ornamental pond Wink
I have a Nikon F70 which has sat in a Tamrac bag (batteries removed) for the last 10 years. It is the last surviving 'good' camera, the rest having been sold off. My days of submitting 'trains n planes' transparencies to photo libraries are long gone, and now I am reduced to a flip-phone camera. This is one of my better ones, one of my grand-daughters on a 'lets get some cookies' expedition.
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Mike H
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10 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 1:15pm  
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On 15th May 2014 12:33pm, Dreamtime said: All good tips duly noted lads. I have two cameras and paid a fair amount for each so they do a lot of the work for me. Having said that, I only wish I could always remember to take them out with me. Oh my They are always kept fully loaded so I never run out. Roll eyes Wave
As much as I hate cellphone cameras, and I do being somewhat of a purist, they are always to hand. Smile
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Dreamtime
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11 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 3:27pm  
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Sorry Mike H, I have to be honest here, I absolutely hate cellphones. Yes, I do have one at my daughter's insistence for emergencies only but I never use it, and call me old fashioned if you like but I would rather carry two cameras. To each his own so they say. Wave
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12 of 85  Thu 15th May 2014 5:26pm  
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pixrobin
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13 of 85  Sat 17th May 2014 8:38pm  
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I've put these two images of the same subject up to show the difference between sunlight and flash. Well, on-camera flash at least. The sunlit picture shows modelling of the subject and more texture in the stone, though perhaps the flash picture has better colour rendering. I'm not suggesting that flash is not useful - but you need to be able to control it. With most 'point and shoot' cameras that is impossible. And flash exposure is only ever correct within a very narrow plane from the flash unit. Edited by member, 17th May 2014 8:40 pm
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Dreamtime
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14 of 85  Sun 18th May 2014 3:12am  
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On 15th May 2014 1:08pm, Mike H said: This is one of my better ones, one of my grand-daughters on a 'lets get some cookies' expedition.
Hi Mike H, I meant to respond to this post before and say that little cutie would take a good photo with any camera and what a great caption - 'lets get some cookies' expedition. Would make a good advert for some product, she seems to know what she is looking for. Wave
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TonyS
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15 of 85  Sun 18th May 2014 6:25pm  
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So that's what Rob meant when he said "This site uses COOKIES" Big grin Roll eyes
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