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bio website thetrueshot.com
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Apr
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answered How can I take full advantage of a soft step graduated ND filter with a crop sensor?
Apr
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comment How do you photograph sand dunes?
seanmc got it right! Another way of putting it is to be right angles to the sun, so have it rise exactly on your right or left to maximize shadows and contrast.
Apr
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answered How do you photograph sand dunes?
Apr
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comment What are the cons of a backpack-style camera bag?
Real shame that LowePro are only using recycled material in the smaller Terraclime range of bags now. For functionality I would suggest the Flipside 500 AW or the Dryzone Rover as both can haul large amounts of gear allowing for your equipment list to grow, can handle wet conditions and have central mount for tripod.
Mar
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answered Upgrade Nikon D80
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
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comment Should I sign, watermark or otherwise label a framed print? And if so how?
I sign any work that is going to be hung in any form of gallery, how often do you see a painting without a signature .. we all paint with light! But as dpollit does, I sign on the matt, not the photographic print itself.
Jan
16
comment Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR?
You could wrap the camera in several layers of black plastic (from thick garbage bags) with only the front of the lens visible, this would confirm it is a light leak. By then pulling back the amount of camera covered will easily help you to find where the leak is.
Jan
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comment How to smoothen a tripod's head movement?
Adding this as a comment as not really an answer to your main question of fixing a tripod head ... when using almost any tripod head a good trick to help make panning smooth is to use a thick rubber band. Put the rubber band around the handle and bull the band, not the handle. The give in the rubber helps to smooth out movement and removes any jerkiness created due to your muscle movements.
Dec
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comment How to capture detail of craters on the moon?
One important item to add to this ... if you photograph the moon when it is full you are effectively looking at it head on in almost the same plane of sight as it is being lit by the sun, therefore there are NO shadows or contrast. If you want to capture the craters and mountains then you need contrast and hence it is best to photograph the moon when it is NOT full, but 1/2 to 3/4 illuminated, so you are effectively seeing it from the side. Compare to a photo of a person's face straight on, you cannot see the shape of their nose, but from the side and you see the shape & definition.
Nov
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answered How to get colors right with Nikon D300?
Nov
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answered Should I upgrade my camera or lens to shoot pro hockey games?
Oct
25
comment How can I manage my raw+jpeg files?
Itai - If the correct software is used then it certainly IS possible to get good results. You said yourself, "is not always doable" and this is not the same as "is impossible". Personally I shoot only RAW, as do many professionals, and the results in to JPG are not compromised due to this process due to utilization of the correct software/process.
Oct
25
comment How do I carry a tripod around?
While I agree with dpollitt's post above, there is one word of warning concerning backpacks ... if you are gong to use a backpack to also carry a tripod make sure the tripod mounts in the middle as the weight of having the tripod on the side of the backpack can make it very uncomfortable if used for some time. I have a very light carbon fibre tripod with magnesium head, but certainly notice the difference in balance of mounting it centrally or on the side of a backpack.
Oct
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answered How can I manage my raw+jpeg files?