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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:56 am

canaan wrote:whats the best way to condense file size without damaging photo quality? im having a hard time shooting in RAW and editing for the web without pictures being astronomical in size.

example (this is a test for post-processing one picture with two different effects):

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In Lightroom, there's an option to set the long edge size when you convert to jpg. I set it to 3500px on my raw exports.

FYI, if you're going to put anything on Facebook, set the long edge to 720. Otherwise Facebook will butcher the conversion.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:38 am

that is good information to know. thanks, broseph.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:36 am

canaan wrote:
Letang Is The Truth wrote:does anyone have a good tripod recommendation that would be light and easy to stow in luggage or on a backpack for long hikes?

id be interested in this as well.


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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:38 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:
canaan wrote:
Letang Is The Truth wrote:does anyone have a good tripod recommendation that would be light and easy to stow in luggage or on a backpack for long hikes?

id be interested in this as well.


bump. any good holiday ideas?


http://joby.com/gorillapod
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:41 am

i purchased the gorillapod a few months ago for 20 bucks on amazon during one of their lightning deals it is quite handy. i was looking for a larger free standing one
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:40 am

you guys dig the gorillapod?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:07 am

anyone have experience with a refurb'd DSLR?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mikey287 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:12 am

I'm sorry, can I sneak a quick camera question in here too?

In my brief research, it seems that the best type of camera to bring out colors (making them truer to life when converted to a computer) is a DSLR camera. Though maybe I don't need to make quite the hefty investment for what I'm doing if I had more know-how...

Basically, I need a camera that will take quality pictures of oriental rugs and antique furniture...for the rugs, I was especially concerned about how the colors might be tainted a bit and not translate well to a computer...

Too broad? Too specific? Any tips? Will basically anything work?

[best Sgt. Schultz impression here]
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:52 am

canaan wrote:you guys dig the gorillapod?


it was fine until my equipment started getting really heavy.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:59 am

mikey287 wrote:I'm sorry, can I sneak a quick camera question in here too?

In my brief research, it seems that the best type of camera to bring out colors (making them truer to life when converted to a computer) is a DSLR camera. Though maybe I don't need to make quite the hefty investment for what I'm doing if I had more know-how...

Basically, I need a camera that will take quality pictures of oriental rugs and antique furniture...for the rugs, I was especially concerned about how the colors might be tainted a bit and not translate well to a computer...

Too broad? Too specific? Any tips? Will basically anything work?

[best Sgt. Schultz impression here]


if your priority is bringing out vibrant color, but keeping it natural (not pumped in with post processing), i think your concern is lighting rather than equipment. with a DSLR, you have more flash options, and can use things like light diffusers to make things look more natural, so maybe it's worth getting one.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:16 am

shmenguin wrote:
canaan wrote:you guys dig the gorillapod?


it was fine until my equipment started getting really heavy.

heh.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:29 am

My wife wants a new digital camera for xmas. The main feature she is looking for is something that takes fast pictures. Our last camera, it would take a few seconds for the picture to take once you hit the button. In addition, it would take a few seconds to load the picture after it was taken, so to get 2 quick pictures in a row was impossible. With a 17 month old running around, being able to take fast pictures is imperative. Any advice as to what I should be looking for?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby pittsoccer33 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:44 am

shutter speeds have come way way way down in the last two years. even cell phones like iphone, one series, and lumias have extremely fast shudder speeds.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mikey287 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:06 pm

shmenguin wrote:
mikey287 wrote:I'm sorry, can I sneak a quick camera question in here too?

In my brief research, it seems that the best type of camera to bring out colors (making them truer to life when converted to a computer) is a DSLR camera. Though maybe I don't need to make quite the hefty investment for what I'm doing if I had more know-how...

Basically, I need a camera that will take quality pictures of oriental rugs and antique furniture...for the rugs, I was especially concerned about how the colors might be tainted a bit and not translate well to a computer...

Too broad? Too specific? Any tips? Will basically anything work?

[best Sgt. Schultz impression here]


if your priority is bringing out vibrant color, but keeping it natural (not pumped in with post processing), i think your concern is lighting rather than equipment. with a DSLR, you have more flash options, and can use things like light diffusers to make things look more natural, so maybe it's worth getting one.


:thumb: Thanks!
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:41 am

Well my fiancee's mother bought us a T3 as an early christmas gift. Got us an 18/55 and a 75/300 lens with it. And uh, how in the hell-o do you use this thing? My pictures that I'm taking dont look any better than a point and shoot. I hope its not the T3. I wanted the T3i but since she bought it my fiancee will be all offended if we return it.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:46 am

its user error.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:48 am

I figured. I was just shooting on full auto and messing around with it. Should I read the user manual or a different book? or both?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:19 am

mac5155 wrote:I figured. I was just shooting on full auto and messing around with it. Should I read the user manual or a different book? or both?


i think it's pretty common for people to buy a DSLR and wonder why their pictures haven't improved. a few tips...

-don't shoot in auto. if you shoot in auto, all you have is a chunky point and shoot with a big zoom lens. to start with, i'd shoot in aperature priority and generally move it down to f3.2 or lower (though many lenses won't go this low - they'll stop at f5 or something), just to see what it does to your shots.

-even with the best cameras, in certain situations, your pictures are going to look really bland - like if the sun is directly overhead or you're inside using the little pop up flash. you'll figure out how to punch up these shots over time, so don't worry if a lot of your pictures are mediocre to start with.

-if you want a confidence builder, go outside at about 3 or 4pm - when the sun is going down and it's at like a 30 degree angle or something. get your fiance or whoever to stand with the sun hitting them in the face. if you have a long zoom lens, like 200mm, use that and set the aperature as wide as it goes (probably around f5.6 with entry level lenses), set the camera in aperature priority, get tight in on her face, and shoot away. you'll have an awesome portrait that you couldn't achieve with a point and shoot.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:39 am

reddit is a solid source to get info as well, mac.

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/com ... r_look_no/
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:06 am

i posted this before, but this is an incredible book to get started with

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exp ... 0817439390
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:11 am

Many thanks all. I will get out there and try some things out!
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:29 pm

Oh, another newb question, I got a class 10 16GB SD card. Should I go bigger / get more SD cards?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:54 pm

mac5155 wrote:Oh, another newb question, I got a class 10 16GB SD card. Should I go bigger / get more SD cards?

youll get good use out of a 16gb card. for amateur use, thats plenty, imo. thats what i use. and ill pull off pics every once in a while, but not very often.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:57 pm

if you think it takes too long for your picture to show up on the LCD screen after you take it, you should consider getting a faster card, maybe. but 16GB will hold a lot of pics
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:03 pm

cool, I assume by faster you mean a better Class?
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