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by Vian Esterhuizen

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Freelance travel photographer, photo tour leader and digital camera guru.

Travel has always been my passion and photography lets me share it with everyone.


Dec
29
comment Good value, fast, budget lens for a Pentax DSLR?
Yes, 35mm is normal but you said portrait. Usually taken between 70 and 120mm on full-frame because it gives a more flattering perspective. A 50mm would equate to a 75mm which is good in that range. Most lenses are softer wide open, how much softer depends on the quality of the lens. That is one way Sigma and Tamron undercuts the price of brand-name F/2.8 zooms. If you need a sharp bright aperture, it is much cheaper to get a prime lens.
Dec
29
answered Good value, fast, budget lens for a Pentax DSLR?
Dec
29
comment Is there a very small but robust tripod?
When buying one of those, I highly recommend adding a ballhead to them. These are sold as a bundle or separately for the SLR-Zoom and Focus models and it makes it much much easier to point the camera exactly where you want it.
Dec
29
comment Why push/pull zoom is not widespread?
Good answers are here already but they are missing the dust issue which tends to be sucked in when the lens has to extend and compress to zoom.
Dec
29
answered What kind of camera bag should I pick for traveling around the Alps?
Dec
29
comment What kind of camera bag should I pick for traveling around the Alps?
Correct if I am wrong, but I have never used a backpack with wheels that felt comfortable on the back for more than a few minutes.
Dec
28
comment How To work with Pick and Reject in Lightroom?
Not exactly what you are looking for by I find Lightroom too slow to do filter a large set of images, so I always do this part externally and then use Lightroom to rate the photos. This answer describes it in details.
Dec
28
comment How many different RAW formats are there?
Keep in mind that the file format is only half of the question. That is the data. The other half is the process which varies from cameras to camera. That is why RAW Conversion program constantly update. Even if a new camera uses the same format as models which precede it, different processing often applies. That is why DNG cannot catch on much. It fixes the data format but conversion software have to be updated with almost every new camera.
Dec
26
comment Should I use RAW or JPEG for wedding photography?
Excellent answer!
Dec
26
comment Which factors are responsible for making a photograph zero noised when scaled to 100%?
The number of pixels you need is the size of your billboard times the desired resolution. Example: 36" wide @ 180 DPI requires a horizontal resolution of 6480 pixels. To minimize noise shoot at the lowest ISO possible or capture much more resolution (by assembling a panorama for example) and scale down.
Dec
26
comment Which factors are responsible for making a photograph zero noised when scaled to 100%?
The best way to get a noise-free image is to average out tons of pixels. You can make a panorama using dozens or even hundreds of images and they scale it down. That way the individual pixels get average out even if you print at 240-300 DPI which is considered dense enough not to see pixels at close viewing distances.
Dec
26
answered Which factors are responsible for making a photograph zero noised when scaled to 100%?
Dec
26
answered How can I find which lenses have “Continuous manual focus”?
Dec
25
comment Which camera is more suitable for portrait taking between Canon 7D and 60d ?
Sorry but I see it completely the opposite way. If you don't care about what's in your photos, might as well let someone else take the pictures.
Dec
24
answered Is it lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies?
Dec
24
revised Do video cameras use the same image sensors as still cameras?
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Dec
23
answered Do video cameras use the same image sensors as still cameras?
Dec
22
revised Choosing Nikkor Lens For Panoramic Photography?
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Dec
22
answered Choosing Nikkor Lens For Panoramic Photography?
Dec
22
answered Is there an online photo alignment tool?