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The Photography Thread
July 26th 2007, 19:59 CEST by Jamie

So there's three purposes for this thread.

First, a few crappers are talking about getting fancy new cameras or fancy new toys for fancy existing cameras. You may have questions or want to discuss options. It's only natural. Run with it. Let it out.

Second, You can talk about photographic techniques, technical or artsy. How to get this effect or that effect.

Third, everybody who's not interested in either of the above can share links to their Flickr (or whatever) photostream, their public photoalbums on blogs/websites, self portaits (hrmm...), or whatever other random photographic detritus you have lying around.

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#1 by CheesyPoof
2007-07-26 20:01:59
Thanks Gabe!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#2 by Jamie
2007-07-26 20:05:36
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
Glee!

#3 by Marsh Davies
2007-07-26 20:09:36
www.verbalchilli.com
My photography is rubbish. It annoys me because I like to think of myself is reasonably artsy fartsy... but somehow cameras are useless to me. I understand composition, depth of field etc. I know how camera's work. But somehow all my pictures end up kind of dull looking. :(

#4 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 20:10:00
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
That still makes me chuckle.  Thanks Gabe indeed.
#5 by Artur
2007-07-26 20:39:41
Poor m0nty.
#6 by Jamie
2007-07-26 20:40:10
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
So speaking of flash stuff in the other thread, I've been working my way through this website and it's all pretty mind boggling. Moving from automatic or even semiautomatic modes to manual mode with manual metering reminds me of the leap from Medium to Hard difficulty in Guitar Hero. You know the basics and theories and how it SHOULD work, but when stuff is flying at you you just can't think that fast without lots and lots of practice.

This weekend I'm going to make it a point to find some cooperative subject and work through some mini assignments involving manual exposure and flash bouncing.

#7 by jjohnsen
2007-07-26 20:43:58
http://www.johnsenclan.com
When my dad does portraits he does everything, including the flash, in manual.  It seems like such a pain in the butt I don't plan on attempting it.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#8 by deadlock
2007-07-26 21:39:58
http://www.deadlocked.org/
Apropos of this being the photography thread - my photography links:

Megapixel.net - great explanations of concepts like Depth of Field and white balance and so on.

PhotoNotes.org - bit of a Canon bent to this site so I haven't really looked at it (Pentax for life, yo) but it seems solid enough.

PhotoFriday - join the mailing list and these guys send you a theme every friday and then provide links to blogs with photos from that theme.

the bitter*girls - I have no idea what the site is about but these people take great tilt'n'shift photograhs.

Digital Photography School - others have mentioned this site but I'm not sure if anyone's linked it yet.

Photographer's Rights in Ireland - specific to Ireland but these rights (or lack thereof) may apply elsewhere and are probably good guidelines regardless.

Lightroom Killer Tips - tips and hints for Adobe Lightroom.

Photodoto - great photography blog. The author takes the kind of photos that are so good that they make you wish he was dead. He's also created some great Flickr toys.

I'd like to see the PC photography enthusiasts start doing something along the lines of the writing experiment. We could nominate a theme each week and post links to the results on a site somewhere.

#9 by Jamie
2007-07-26 21:52:16
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
I'd be totally down with that. We could post to the new PlanetCrap Flickr Group I just created!

#10 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 21:52:18
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Jamie,

You could shoot something inanimate.  Either household items or, like one guy on the Strobist forums, pick up a styrofoam mannequin head and a wig.
#11 by Jamie
2007-07-26 21:52:55
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
Did I just say "totally down with that?" WTF?

#12 by Jamie
2007-07-26 21:54:50
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
Shadarr, yeah that's what I'm thinking.

#13 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 21:56:04
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Have you guys been watching Travels to the Edge With Art Wolfe on PBS?  It absolutely blows me away the kind of pictures he can get just with ambient light.  There was one episode where he's shooting people in a room with no lights and no flash, and yet the photos pop.  I have no idea how.
#14 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 22:00:54
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
If this PC Flickr thing takes off I may have to buy a DSLR sooner than later.  The thought of scanning all those pictures is daunting.
#15 by BobJustBob
2007-07-26 22:06:25
You still don't have a real (i.e. digital) camera?

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#16 by m0nty
2007-07-26 22:06:50
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Artur (#5):
Poor m0nty.

Shit no, this thread is great. All you camera fags can keep your fag0rtry in one place.
#17 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 22:12:17
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I have a cheap digital, but it's not something I'd try to take real pictures with.  I got it to take snapshots of people and events for the various websites I maintain and it's fine for that, but it's no good for anything more demanding.
#18 by assemblerer
2007-07-26 22:35:03
http://uglycode.com
As for the PC photo "contest", I think having themes open for month instead of week would be more... better.

#19 by jjohnsen
2007-07-26 22:45:54
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#9 by Jamie

I'd be totally down with that. We could post to the new PlanetCrap Flickr Group I just created!

Whoot!  I'm a Flickr addict.

Thanks for the links deadlock.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#20 by jjohnsen
2007-07-26 22:47:00
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Are we submitting PC-themed photos to the Flickr group, or just anything we think other PC'ers would like?  Make some rules for man!

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#21 by jjohnsen
2007-07-26 22:51:01
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#18 by assemblerer

As for the PC photo "contest", I think having themes open for month instead of week would be more... better.

Two weeks maybe?  A month seems like it would be long enough for everyone to lose interest and forget about it.

We could follow this groups lead.  You can post a photo and everyone says Planetcrap-type stuff about it.  About one in fifty is voted worthy to stay in "the vault'.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#22 by Wudi
2007-07-26 22:52:06
First Post!

Zep--

Save the cheerleader ... Save the world.
#23 by CheesyPoof
2007-07-26 22:52:10
How do you post pictures to the group?

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#24 by CheesyPoof
2007-07-26 23:01:16
NM, I figured it out and put up a Africa picture. Comments!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#25 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 23:02:40
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I haven't figured it out yet, spill!
#26 by CheesyPoof
2007-07-26 23:04:06
You upload the picture to your flikr account. Then you view the picture and click on the button above it, "Send to Group", and then you can pick the PC one and it'll show up there.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#27 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 23:12:02
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Ah, I was trying to do it from the group page.
#28 by Jamie
2007-07-26 23:23:22
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
#8 by deadlock

Apropos of this being the photography thread - my photography links:

Nice. I read several of those. Here's a few of mine:

My links tagged with \"Photography\" from ma.gnolia.com - A hodg podge of stuff I randomly come across.

DIYphotography.net - Great resource for cobbling together equipment and tools on the cheap.

Photographer Insider - Blog by Scott Kelby, an apparently accomplished Photography/Photoshop teacher and writer. Not bad if you can get past the self-promotion.

The Digital Photography Show Podcast - I listen to these guys' podcast. It's kind of annoying at times with the constant shilling for their sponsors, but the interviews are good. I also enjoy the segments where they have guest judges discuss and debate what they like/hate about the show's contest entries.

My Flickr photostream - A subset of what I post on jmadigan.net.

#14 by Shadarr

If this PC Flickr thing takes off I may have to buy a DSLR sooner than later.  The thought of scanning all those pictures is daunting.

You should, and then you should buy an automatic butter churner while you're at it. You know, go whole hog into the current century. ;)

#20 by jjohnsen

Are we submitting PC-themed photos to the Flickr group, or just anything we think other PC'ers would like?  Make some rules for man!

I'm not even sure what a "PC-themed photo" would look like, so I for one say submit anything you want. Go crazy!

As far as contests/themes/assignments go, if we get enough people interested I'm game. Someone go ahead and propose something and I'll participate.

#29 by The_Joker
2007-07-26 23:41:53
http://www.jackinworld.com
I WANT MY FUCKING CANON EOS 1D MARK III. AND I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!

Joker, Ph.D. Procedural Assholian Behaviour, Pedophilosopher
- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
"I fart in THX." - Sgt_Hulka

PAY ATTENTION, YA DUMB FUKKAN CACKSUKKAN IGNORANT MORANS.
#30 by Shadarr
2007-07-26 23:50:10
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
You should, and then you should buy an automatic butter churner while you're at it. You know, go whole hog into the current century. ;)

Is that the buttery equivalent of a rice-cooker?  Because I swear to god, the only thing that could make that thing more awesome would be little robot arms to measure the rice and clean up afterward.
#31 by Leslie Nassar
2007-07-27 00:14:07
http://departmentofinternets.com
what, no dpreview.com?
#32 by yotsuya
2007-07-27 00:42:12
I WANT MY FUCKING CANON EOS 1D MARK III. AND I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!

You need to save your money for diapers, mati. Unless you're diverting cash from your tinfoil hat fund.

I watched Aliens, and I didn't even get a lousy t-shirt.
#33 by LPMiller
2007-07-27 01:26:31
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
there, i uploaded some photos that don't suck too badly.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#34 by jjohnsen
2007-07-27 01:32:55
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#31 by Leslie Nassar

what, no dpreview.com?

I don't think anyone posted it because it's the good 'ol standard everyone seems to know.  I know it's always my first stop.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#35 by Shadarr
2007-07-27 01:33:46
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
You people need to spawn some damn boys.  Seriously, is there a Y chromosome to be found among you?

In other news, I got my $5000 retention bonus today ($3000 take-home) so I guess I'm going camera shopping.
#36 by jjohnsen
2007-07-27 01:38:40
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#24 by CheesyPoof

NM, I figured it out and put up a Africa picture. Comments!

Awesome.  Being that close to these animals has got to be a rush.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP       Johnsen Family
#37 by Ray
2007-07-27 03:23:39
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
I friend'd y'all, but I use Flickr for drawings. I, like Marsh, know enough about composition that I ought to be able to take a decent picture, but I fuckin' suck. In the meantime, feel free to look at my pretty things.
#38 by Jamie
2007-07-27 03:33:16
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
So I entered a photo contest last night after going back and forth over which picture to enter. You guys tell me: Which of these pictures most makes you think about beautiful, healthy hair like you get from using JOHNSON'S Beautiful Hair Products like JOHNSON'S BABY SHAMPOO or JOHNSON'S DETANGLING SHAMPOO or JOHNSON'S EXTRA CONDITIONING SHAMPOO? This one or this one?

The grand prize for this thing is $10,000, which is "supposed" to be used as a scholarship for the kid in the picture, but pfft... They give it to you in cash. So I'm thinking new laptop. Lesser prizes are smaller cash awards and digital cameras. I'm sure there will be stiff competition, but I thought I'd enter anyway. You never know.

#39 by None-1a
2007-07-27 03:44:11
The second one, not enough cute in the first.
#40 by Shadarr
2007-07-27 04:11:36
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
My new baby.

Presumably the last picture I will ever take with my Olympus.
#41 by Shadarr
2007-07-27 04:12:55
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Oh, and I vote for #2 as well.  But more because her hair (and face for that matter) looks much warmer.
#42 by LPMiller
2007-07-27 04:16:52
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
beautiful camera. Way too much camera for me. I wish....I wish I could intentionally take a good picture.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#43 by Shadarr
2007-07-27 04:21:30
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
So how do I add someone as a contact?  I swear Flickr's interface was designed by my exact opposite.
#44 by LPMiller
2007-07-27 04:29:20
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Ray, that is one cool you as a simpsons character.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#45 by Gabe
2007-07-27 04:32:38
http://www.dartpublishing.com
I vote for week 140. I think the hair looks better and has more body. Both cute pics, though.
#46 by Hugin
2007-07-27 04:34:28
lmccain@nber.org
Number 2.
#47 by Ray
2007-07-27 04:34:45
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
My mustache has reached epic proportions this last week, LP. The Simpsons avatar is pretty friggin' close. Sweet camera, Shadarr.
#48 by Gabe
2007-07-27 04:36:04
http://www.dartpublishing.com
* high five Shadarr * That's what we have. Now you can figure out how to use it and then I'll ask you questions. :P

Our kit came with the 18-55mm lens and we recently got the 18-200mm lens. So far it's a great general purpose lens. I now need to learn about filters, because we sure as hell could have used some sort of polarized filter for some of the shots in Bermuda to cut down glare off the water.
#49 by Ray
2007-07-27 04:39:13
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
I'd opt for 2.
#50 by Ray
2007-07-27 04:40:59
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
LP.
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