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Windows 7: Any photographers out there know of a good forum?

08 Jan 2015   #11
Elljay

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Ugly Hedge Hog. Strange name good forum.
Ugly Hedgehog - Photography Forum
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08 Jan 2015   #12
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Awesome choices everyone !
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10 Jan 2015   #13
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

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10 Jan 2015   #14
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Excellent and thanks Jimbo.
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15 Jan 2015   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Nigel (Barman) might know a few - he's a pro photographer and takes lost of pictures of tits
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15 Jan 2015   #16
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I would advise anyone to set up a Flickr account, This is not the best for critique of work, as everyone seems to comment favourably so the constructive critique of your images that is needed to improve is lacking but you can find discussion groups for your camera brand and often the particular model, or even the Camera and Lens combination, also there are subject interest groups. Of course the free Terabyte of storage space for displaying & Sharing your images is useful

Best overall advice I can give for a beginner is to take as many images as you can - Switch off "Auto" mode and shoot RAW rather than jPegs
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15 Jan 2015   #17
pillainp

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Switch off "Auto" mode and shoot RAW rather than jPegs
Funny incident the other day.
We had the naming ceremony for our new-born daughter a few days ago and had a pro over to do the photography.
He turned up with a 70D like I have but with only the 18-55 kit lens. The camera was apparently set up for video (for which the 70D is excellent).
So I let him use my 70D with my 15-85 (his card).

When he returned my camera, I took a few shots of some of the family and noticed something was off about the way the camera was working.

Looked closely and noticed that the pro had, in addition to changing to Program Mode (I always shoot Manual AF) disabled RAW and was shooting pure Large Fine JPEG.
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15 Jan 2015   #18
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Best overall advice I can give for a beginner is to take as many images as you can - Switch off "Auto" mode and shoot RAW rather than jPegs
+1. This is one of the best ways to learn about exposure as well as post processing.

And think of the RAW files as the master negative of your image as it has way more information than a jpeg file, making it much easier to fiddle with without losing image quality.

Later
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15 Jan 2015   #19
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pillainp View Post
Looked closely and noticed that the pro had, in addition to changing to Program Mode (I always shoot Manual AF) disabled RAW and was shooting pure Large Fine JPEG.
There's nothing wrong with shooting jpeg if you're in a hurry or have a pretty good grasp of post processing where you're not worried about losing image quality or just need a few tweaks.

The other thing about shooting jpeg is when using the camera's built in image controls such as picture settings (Nikon calls them picture controls) like Vivid, Monochrome, Neutral, etc... get disabled when shooting RAW.

This is where reading the owner's manual to gain an understanding of your camera helps in determining which modes do what, and why.

My two cents.
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15 Jan 2015   #20
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I by default almost exclusively use Aperture Priority mode - even though for a lot of my shots Shutter speed is important I find that I can see the speed reading and adjust accordingly, the camera electronics are well set-up to use the reciprocal rule if you use Aperture Priority and leave the ISO on a limited auto so this is my normal starting point as I can be sure that the exposure will be usable on any ad-hoc images.

I do set auto focus for a similar reason although I have continuous manual override and focus confirmation which I use more often than not.

I never use in camera picture modes so this is not an issue with using raw for me - I have colour profiles in Lightroom that match all the picture modes available in camera so it's a one click option if I need it
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