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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by blv » Wed 02 Dec, 2015 5:37 pm

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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

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They look great Ash!

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Post by Ted » Thu 03 Dec, 2015 10:38 am

Nice lightning shots.
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Thu 03 Dec, 2015 12:27 pm

thanks.

nothing compared to the 50+ composite images going around, but i 1) dont have the patience to do that and 2) dont have the photoshop skills to do that! :lol:

i'm going through a "lazy" phase atm. so many opportunities to take photos, but i'm just like "meh, can't be bothered right now". need to snap outta it. lol
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by blv » Thu 03 Dec, 2015 9:02 pm

While composites look impressive I'm not really a fan because it doesn't look that in real life.
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 29 Dec, 2015 3:33 pm

photos from my trip to the singapore botanical gardens.
https://500px.com/saforghani/galleries/ ... urce=500px

quite happy with some of them. will be getting a few done up on canvases for my mum and my mother-in-law. :)
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Nice shots Ash.

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Post by Ted » Wed 30 Dec, 2015 5:52 am

I agree with cGr, there are some excellent and vibrant shots there.
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Post by SecaBoy » Thu 31 Dec, 2015 9:51 am

Thanks guys. always eager to hear how to improve though. so dont hold back on the pointers.

one thing i do regret when i bought my tripod is not going for a carbon fibre one.
my current manfrotto is WAY to heavy to lug around. if i had of taken it travelling, i couldnt have carried all the wife's new clothes back. :P
also, i suppose that the reason i bought the tripod at the time was because it was able to get really low to the ground. which was what i wanted for shooting cars. these days, i find myself in nature a lot more than around cars though.
like the other day we went out to queen mary falls and i really wanted to take my tripod with me, but i got there and was like "nah, i'm gonna struggle walking back up let alone trying to carry the tripod as well!" :lol:

Queen Mary Falls Photos: https://500px.com/saforghani/galleries/queen-mary-falls
i think the yellow saturation levels are a little high on a few shots maybe?
they're the pretty stock standard shots of QMF, but i was there for "exercise" not so much photos.
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by cGr » Thu 31 Dec, 2015 12:28 pm

With the flower shots you've done really well to get the majority of the flower in focus. Often they look shabby because there will be random petals/buds/bits and pieces in and out of focus.

Colour balance on QMF look fine to me. I really like the wider angle shots (particularly with the water going over the edge), but don't see much point in seeing just the bottom half of the falls. Ditto water running through rocks, it doesn't hold a point of interest and I don't think its technically very challenging.

I (briefly) looked at CF tripods and couldn't justify twice the cost to save an unnoticeable amount of weight (~200grams).
Example: Manfrotto MT293A4 4-section Aluminium Tripod + 494RC2 Ball Head with QR (MK293A4-A0RC2) - 1.75kg - $204
Manfrotto MT293C4 Carbon Fibre Tripod + 494RC2 Ball Head - 1.6kg - $406

Compare those with this:
Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod with Ball Head - 0.8kg - $100

I bought a Manfrotto pixi (ball head, 230gms, $45) and its perfect for having an adjustable tripod which doesn't take up any space or weight. It's fine with ~1.5kg of camera on it.
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Post by SecaBoy » Thu 31 Dec, 2015 11:36 pm

funnily enough, both the flowers and QMF photos were done using my 35mm prime. my wife is learning, so i've been giving her my 18-200 to use cause imo, the 18-55 she got with the camera is absolute garbage!
flowers were really good with the 35mm prime (obviously) but QMF i really struggled with not being able to get the full falls in frame. but i thought, hell, i'm down here i may as well take some "different" shots. but yeah, as you said, i dont think any of them are any good.

and now i feel rather stupid cause i actually have a pixi sitting at home and never gets used. why didnt i think of taking that!? lol. such an idiot! :lol:

thanks for the feedback though. would love to sit down with someone one day and get a detailed critique of a photo that i think is good though. will have to find time and a willing teacher. :P
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 10:02 am

thoughts on these:
https://500px.com/saforghani/galleries/2015-nye

how do you guys normally take photos of fireworks?
majority of these were 3sec / F8 / ISO800 (i think off the top of my head).

i like how the fireworks 'trail off' (for lack of a better word) rather than being a stationary picture of the bang but looking at other fireworks shots, they all seem to be of just the bang.
at what point does having your 'own style' equal a 'shit photo'?
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by Ted » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 1:31 pm

I personally think that 3s is a bit long on a windy day if there are trees etc (or traffic) in the shot as I find that the movement and lights on these just detract. But your shots are pleasant and not jarring.

We spent New Years Eve in ADL this year, and so went to Glenelg for a beach fireworks experience. As I was planning to spend some time in the water, I took only the Canon S120. Set to Manual, with f/8, 0.5-1s as my choice seeing I didn't have a tripod. I also like to include people in fireworks shots. this time using the kids to give it the beach feel. But even 1s with people is impossible to keep the image sharp throughout. Add to that the fact that I had to somehow run the flash to light up the foreground a tad.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t71/ ... eworks.jpg
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 2:31 pm

i like that shot. very nice. especially considering you didnt have a tripod. how do you hold it so still!?
anything below 1/60 and its too shaky for me. :(


i think this one is my fav out of all the shots i took that night:
https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/13417693 ... 720afe004e
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by cGr » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 9:21 pm

It's been ages since I've taken photos of fireworks, I had to go trawling back through the archives to find my settings.

Tripod, ISO-200 to 320, f9-11, and then have the shutter set to bulb and I use a remote release. Bulb and the remote allows me to control the length of time the shutter is open depending on how many fireworks there are, how bright, etc. You can also time it so you can open the shutter when you hear the firework being shot and then get the bang plus the trails.
SecaBoy wrote:at what point does having your 'own style' equal a 'shit photo'?
When no one likes it. I've spoken to a few pro's, and they all 100% agree that their favourite photo from a shoot will very rarely be the photo which the client likes the most. So long as some one likes your photo(s) then they aren't shit.

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Post by daBOODA » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 10:16 pm

SecaBoy wrote:at what point does having your 'own style' equal a 'shit photo'?

If in doubt, lift the blacks.
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Wed 06 Jan, 2016 8:40 am

Cam:
How come you use a low ISO? i thought a higher ISO would be better for night shots?
remote release on bulb is a great idea though. :)


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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by Ted » Wed 06 Jan, 2016 2:11 pm

I always stick to ISO100 (or 160 for my weird camera) for longer exposure/small aperture shots, as they just come out a lot cleaner. Only time I bump up the ISO is to get a faster shutter speed in-lieu of a faster lens, or if I want a particular grainy look as I am not good with photoshop.

Here is a case in point, sitting in a pub last night while it buckets in Sydney, snapping off this shot. Very low light, had the 35mm/f2.8 on. Took this at 1/15s, f4, iso640, focus on the sign on the table, at about 0.8m from me. The funny bit is that about 15mins later, I remembered that I had the 50mm/f1.5 sitting in my bag.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t71/ ... george.jpg

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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by cGr » Wed 06 Jan, 2016 9:09 pm

SecaBoy wrote:Cam:
How come you use a low ISO? i thought a higher ISO would be better for night shots?
remote release on bulb is a great idea though. :)
The only real reason (apart from teds lack of photoshop skills noise generation) for high ISO is to compensate for lack of light and to increase shutter speed. A larger aperture (smaller f) is fine, but its physically limited in the lens, and you trade off depth of field (which then requires more effort to get focus correct).

For fireworks, you aren't chasing higher shutter speed/more light*, you're already aiming for a shutter speed of 3+ seconds, and the firework itself is quite bright. With the exception of naturally moving things in night shots (ferry's on the water, planes, tree's) everything else is going to be standing still, so why not reduce the noise and drop ISO?

* - the only thing would be if you wanted something else in the shot of the fireworks to be well exposed, like the park in your photo.

The only time I usually bump ISO is when I'm shooting the kids inside and I'm too lazy to setup the flash (or if its too intrusive).

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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Thu 07 Jan, 2016 10:56 am

all valid points. thanks for the clarification. :)
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