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Software developer by trade, boardgamer and photographer for fun.


Jun
1
comment How do I focus at a specific distance (in meters)?
For the infinity focus question, see e.g. How can I find infinity focus on a kit lens with no markers?
Jun
1
comment How do I focus at a specific distance (in meters)?
Sure. But it's probably still the best way of solving the underlying problem.
Jun
1
comment How do I focus at a specific distance (in meters)?
"I don't want to customize the buttons, since non-standard assignments makes it harder for me to use the camera." A lot of photographers live and breathe by "back button focus" or the equivalent - sure, it's more complicated than your P&S, but it's giving you more control over the shot. Sometimes you need to learn new skills in order to do new things. I'd say that ruling this out because it might make things "harder" for you in the short term is the wrong decision in the long term if you want to become a better photographer. Rant ends :-)
May
30
revised How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?
Make question actually a question.
May
30
answered How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?
May
29
revised How can I get accurate manual focus with an Olympus E-PL3 without having to zoom 5× every time?
I know small edits are bad, but that one's too grating to leave, sorry!
May
28
revised How can I get accurate manual focus with an Olympus E-PL3 without having to zoom 5× every time?
"Mirrorless DSLR" is an oxymoron
May
27
comment Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm?
Could you give some references which state that the 18-200 is of "similar quality" to the 18-55/55-250 combo? See user2179's link for some reviews which state the exact opposite.
May
24
comment Do Canon dSLRs have something like HDR, ADR, or iso expansion?
I suspect the original poster is just somewhat confused as to what HDR, active D-lighting (auto lighting optimizer for the Canon folks), adaptive dynamic range (highlight tone priority) and ISO expansion actually do.
May
24
comment Setting white balance for raw image from Canon S100 using Lighroom failed to work well
Doesn't sound like you're doing anything fundamentally wrong - you shouldn't need to process the RAW files with anything else before Lightroom. Could you post the out-of-camera JPEG, a JPEG made from the RAW file before changing anything in Lightroom, and a JPEG made from the RAW file after your changes in Lightroom?
May
24
comment Glass photograph
I accept that "the process of making photos" is too specific - but I don't think that means we need to make every "is this photo I found worth something?" question on-topic. "How to preserve old photos": entirely on-topic. I'd be dubious about a general "which photos are worth something" question (too opinion-based), and I'd say that "where can I take a specific old photo to get it valued in Yorkshire" isn't going to add much for future visitors of the site. You disagree, at least one other person agrees with me :-)
May
24
comment Glass photograph
@JohnCavan I was maybe a bit overly general in my comment, but which one of the things you should ask about do you think this one falls under?
May
24
comment Glass photograph
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about valuation of old photographs, not the actual process of making photos.
May
23
comment Lenses for India trip on a Canon 7D
But you haven't done anything to specify what sort of photography you're actually interested in - that's what's needed here.
May
23
comment Lenses for India trip on a Canon 7D
In that case, could you edit your question to be more specific about what you are interested in photographing? You're not going to be doing any wildlife photography with a 50mm lens, yet you've said both that you're interested in photographing "anything" and you want a "all-round" setup.
May
23
comment Lenses for India trip on a Canon 7D
The things you're obviously missing for an all-round setup are anything in the normal-type range (around 35mm on a crop camera) and anything at all telephoto.
May
23
comment Lenses for India trip on a Canon 7D
I've marked this as a possible duplicate as "I will be photographing anything really" doesn't allow people to provide any more useful advice than the general stuff which is already in that question.
May
22
comment How to improve sky's saturation and contrast to get a similar result?
Linear polarizers will (can?) cause problems with PDAF; you may need to use CDAF or manual focusing.
May
21
comment How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
If you're a using a fast lens wide-open, you can probably expect fewer keepers than using the kit lens - because your depth of field at f/1.8 is much smaller than at f/5.6, your focusing technique needs to be a lot better to get things sharp; at f/5.6 you can get away with a bit more "sloppiness" in your technique. Of course, if you're already shooting at f/8 or so with your 50mm, then there's probably something else going on.
May
21
comment How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
Please post some examples of your problem photos (preferably with EXIF data).