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Jan
11
comment What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?
@jlpp How did you see the other photographers photos? Was it on the rear LCD screen, or on the computer? The cameras LCD images are jpegs and you can usually increase the contrast a lot in camera. I don't suppose you know who the photograpgher was? I've updated my answer with another example image.
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comment Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?
I think you've captured genuine evidence of extra-terrestrials there! Well done!
Jan
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revised What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?
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answered What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?
Jan
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comment What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?
Can you post any more examples, the first one isn't exactly what I'd call "crisp fashion photography". The wedding photos are good but again they're not studio shots so I'm not sure what you're after... the first shot of Steve Bellovin is nothing like the Sardinia one!
Jan
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comment What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?
@mattdm I'd like to see that printed 10x8 ;-)
Jan
11
comment What is the best techinque to smooth skin?
Done! Recent website reorganisation has broken a lot of links :-/ will have to see what else needs fixing!
Jan
11
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Jan
10
comment Why does my 40D's buffer only hold around 6–7 images before shooting slows down?
Good detective work all round!
Jan
10
comment What is “ISO” on a digital camera?
I never meant to be controversial, this answer contains lots of useful info, I just wanted to let people know that dopping ISO doesn't guarantee lower noise, and provide an example. I thought it about time that someone stand up for Captain ISO, in his relentless struggle against the evil Doctor Read Noise, for which he receives no recognition, all whilst Mr. Dim Indoor Lighting gets away scot free!
Jan
10
comment What is “ISO” on a digital camera?
@whuber you're welcome. The reason I'm arguing my case so passionately on here stems from several occasions when I've seen people drop the ISO and underexpose the image, thinking they are reducing noise. On the reddit photography section someone shooting at night in manual mode was advised to lower the ISO to reduce noise. I pointed out the fault in this thinking, and received a substantial amount of downvotes (because everyone knows high ISO means more noise right?) so I sort of knew what to expect!
Jan
10
comment Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?
Actually, yeah at 46 seconds he must be massively overexposing and getting lens flare. Anyone else really looking forward to getting to actually see the photo now?!
Jan
10
comment Why does my 40D's buffer only hold around 6–7 images before shooting slows down?
+1 this might not be the problem for the questioner but card write speed has a big effect on continuous bursts!
Jan
10
comment Best Sites for Simplified Instructions in Taking Wedding Photos
@mattdm couldn't agree more. Where did the questioner state he was planning to be the sole photographer at a very high profile wedding for two very demanding people? He might be planning to get a few shots as a guest, or he may just want to know how it's done out of interest! So many baseless assumptions in these answers/comments...
Jan
10
comment Best Sites for Simplified Instructions in Taking Wedding Photos
Disappointment depends entirely on expectations. If these are sufficiently low there's no reason to expect they'll be disappointed!
Jan
10
comment How much has dynamic range improved since the EOS 20D?
@Itai thanks for posting the DR vs ISO graph, don't know why I've never clicked that tab before! The gap to the 1Ds3 closes a lot as the ISO goes up but the k-5 stays ahead, that is interesting!
Jan
10
comment Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?
point 2, don't think you'll get out of focus stars in a moon image, the distance to the moon ought to exceed the hyperfocal distance for any lens settings you could be using! Plus if you expose for the moon you wont get stars in your image as they're much much darker...
Jan
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revised What is the difference between a hard plastic and soft material flash diffuser?
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Jan
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comment What is the difference between a hard plastic and soft material flash diffuser?
@Alan look at the pictures, the two diffusers will have quite different effects, the softbox one is more directional, sending light out forward whereas the omnibounce acts more like a bulb and radiates in all directions!