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Time to be with loved ones

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Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
@dpollitt ... this particular cheap tripod and it has these particular faults which prompted me to get a better one". All I see is people echoing that "you need to spend more" on just about every topic, to the point where someone asking advice about his first camera is suggested to spend several thousand USD because he mentioned "weddings and picnics". My past experience with other items makes me very skeptical about these opinions. What I'm looking for is opinions and experiences from people who have actually tried to use such a budget tripod.
Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
@dpollitt Here's one and another one. I find that the mentality that you need the most expensive of everything even for the most basic tasks is much too common in the online photo community, especially among people from certain countries. I don't see any posts saying that "I got ...
Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
Do you have one of these two, and if yes, can you give an opinion? According to the specs, folded it's 47 cm, so it's still quite large. I'd compromise on weight sooner than folded length.
Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
(The gorillapod is a good idea though, I saw it mentioned, and it's my fallback option.)
Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
There do exist options that meet the requirements I posted, but I'm not sure what exactly I'm compromising on with them. I didn't post particular links because I wasn't sure people here would have experience with those exact models, and what I'm primarily looking for is first hand experience. I'll post some links after I get home from work.
Sep
2
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
@mattdm Most of the suggestions there (where I was able to google the specifications) don't take portability into account and are not that small when folded. 50 cm is already unpractically large---carrying the tripod by car is not an option.
Sep
2
comment What software should I use for HDR processing on Linux?
When I briefly tried it, I had the impression tat Luminance HDR is more about achieving that special effect look than approximating how the human eye perceives a high contrast scene. Did you use it successfully to create realistic looking photos, or do you only use it for the 'effect'?
Sep
2
asked Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
Aug
30
comment Looking for a 300mm FX lens, with integrated autofocus motor, for under $200 - possible?
@Unapiedra Good to hear. I was looking at the older version for a while and then decided to get the VR one, which I'm happy with.
Aug
30
comment Looking for a 300mm FX lens, with integrated autofocus motor, for under $200 - possible?
You can get the 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 for a bit more than $100 used. I'm not 100% sure it has a focus motor. The 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR is said to be optically better and it has a focus motor. It costs $300+ used/refurbished. Both work on FX. I agree with others that by limiting yourself to FX you're limiting your choices and increasing the costs to a point where it's probably not worth it, especially considering the budget you mentioned.
Aug
28
comment Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures?
@AJHenderson I guess I'm writing this because part of me is still wondering if a MILC type camera would have been better for me than a DSLR... Which I just can't carry around unless I go out with the aim to take photos.
Aug
28
comment Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures?
I still maintain that the more important difference is in control. My biggest complaint about our rather basic point and shoot is the delay between taking pictures and the difficulty in focusing on what I want. The technical image quality is far behind that. I appreciate it's great portability very much though. (I guess portability is not that important in countries where you need a car to get anywhere anyway.)
Aug
28
comment Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures?
@AJHenderson I'm trying to counter the idea that "if it looks like a DSLR it's the best". What's best for you depends on how you use it. If it's more convenient to use, you'll end up using it more and taking more good pictures. The types of pictures you take and the viewing conditions (fullscreen on a computer monitor?) put a limit on when it's worth increasing the technical specifications of a sensor to get a truly better image. I'm not sure that the 1/3 stop difference in noise performance between the D3100 and D5100 would result in significantly better indoor pictures.
Aug
28
comment How does software raise exposure in post-processing?
Take a raw file, extract the data using dcraw with the -4 switch to ensure it won't do the log transformation itself, then try to perform a basic raw conversion yourself and apply an exposure compensation during the process.
Aug
28
comment How does software raise exposure in post-processing?
@Octopus Yes, but my point was that your formula is incorrect if applied to RBG values. The RGB values are computed from the raw sensor data by taking the logarithm of the raw value (our perception is approximately logarithmic) and then rescaling the result linearly (which corresponds to setting the black point and the white point). (Plus some other things that Matt has mentioned.) Thus your formula is correct when applied to raw pixel values, but it is incorrect for RGB values. If you actually try to carry out the transformation on an image in practice, you'll see what I mean.
Aug
28
comment Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures?
Get a DSLR is you want to learn about photography. You can also consider compact interchangeable lens cameras, but they're not necessarily cheaper. If you're just going to point and shoot in auto mode, then a good quality point and shoot camera will give you the same images as a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera would, for a lower price and added conveniences for your style of shooting. Advanced cameras are more about control than technical image quality.
Aug
28
comment Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures?
Regarding point 3, it is a misconception that DSLR are about (technical) "image quality". They're about flexibility, control and speed, if you're willing to make use of it (the flexibility of changing lenses and being able to adjust settings precisely and quickly). If you're going to use the auto-mode all the time, that flexibility is not an advantage for you. The large size and weight is a disadvantage I'd take seriously though. How often would you be willing to carry a large camera like that with you?
Aug
27
comment How can you tell if a lens is having problems with back focusing?
This link leads to spam pages now, so it should probably be revised.
Aug
27
comment How can I fix my Nikon D7000's back focusing problem?
Check p. 246 of the manual. Is this what you need?
Aug
23
comment Compensating for poor air quality?
Having been to China, I know what you mean. This won't work for colour (and I see colour is what you are asking about), but if you do convert to B&W, it's good to be aware that the red channel will typically have higher contrast in fog than the blue one (just tried with pictures taken in hazy China). You can adjust the balance and improve contrast. Of course it won't work with every picture ...