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bio website photos.aballs.com
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I like taking photos. Maybe some day I'll be good at it. http://photos.aballs.com

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Oct
22
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
President Obama.
Mar
20
comment Tips for making black and white conversions in post-processing?
Yes, how is an older question a duplicate?
Jan
20
comment What is the “exposure triangle”?
@mattdm: Anecdotal evidence no proof. As you well know, analogies are methods to convey simple understanding. At some point they break down, as you so masterfully demonstrate--a reason why arguing by analogy is a logical fallacy. Agreed, a triangle conveys more than just threeness, but isn't the mere fact that is one of the simplest objects to visualize with threeness apt to make it easy to remember the three aspects to exposure? On paper a bulleted list is easy enough, but how about in conversation? Do people remember simple shapes better than they do a short list of words?
Jan
19
comment What is the “exposure triangle”?
Here is my problem with this answer: The majority of it doesn't answer the question. The OP asked "What is the exposure triangle?" not "Why is the exposure triangle a bad catchphrase?" You've put together an interesting argument, but you've failed to support your own premise: "That makes it a bad analogy, which can introduce more confusion than necessary, as new photographers attempt to reason from the information they've learned." No one appears to be confused by using a "triangle." Understanding Exposure has 169 reviews onAmazon with a 4.5 from 129 5 star reviews.
Oct
31
comment How can I ensure proper color rendition with browsers on wide gamut displays?
Sorry, the first part "setting your monitor to rgb" was bad advice "images will look like sRGB, but other images will look like crap." I should have tagged it as such, but I thought it was implied that it was bad advice. Also, in the setting in firefox, it doesn't say which profile it tags the image as. Third fixing color calibration and setting your firefox browser works great for yourself, but try getting everyone who is going to visit your gallery to do the same. That's the real problem with unmanaged images.
Aug
9
comment Is it acceptable in professional photography to accept a meal from the client during a paid event?
@mattdm: I'm curious which cultures would it not be acceptable? In some asian cultures, you may be offered food, and its better to refuse a few times, before finally accepting it. I wonder if that holds for offers like this?
Jun
3
comment What do I need to know to get started with food photography?
@John: In general, Primes produce much better results in nearly every aspect compared to Zoom's. For food photography, that general statement holds. I do all my food photography with 50mm primes. I experimented with a 50mm macro, and while close focus is nice, the extra light from my 50 1.4 more than compensated for it.
May
15
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
Self cleaning is rather useless, isn't it?
May
13
comment How can I get the same image with the same 50mm lens on both FF and APS-C?
@Andres: That's okay. Most will update their answers accordingly.
May
5
comment What resources can you suggest to help me write contracts?
I don't think this needs to be closed (else i would have voted ;p), but some of the questions you asked, have been covered in other questions.
May
5
comment What resources can you suggest to help me write contracts?
You're actually asking a few questions here, but I do recall a number of questions that have touched on this issue: photo.stackexchange.com/search?q=contract
Apr
15
comment What tripod is this? Can you recommend something similar or better?
Ah the product image doesn't to that tripod justice. These two are very different classifications. Looking at RRS's web page, the tripod is actually quite a bit larger.
Mar
28
comment Will a Canon dSLR retain settings if the battery is removed for an extended period of time?
We're talking like 5+ years.
Mar
27
comment High-Key Image Processing
+1: holy hell, awesome answer!
Mar
24
comment Why is chimping a derogatory term?
@Greg: You've confirmed my suspicion. Chimping is a term used by photographers who are bitter because high quality cameras are now affordable by the masses. They're threatened by all the joe-blows out there and have to take an elitist view and disparage other people. My gut-feel is, the better the photographer, the less they care what other photographers do.
Mar
10
comment Relay lens for beam splitter
I'm not sure how this relates to photography. This is probably better suited for a physics or applied optics forum.
Feb
25
comment Getting started - a photographer noob
Check out this question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2760/…
Feb
14
comment Should I be shooting in RAW even though I'm a beginner that doesn't know how to retouch photos yet?
@Jon: If you are ever in a situation where you don't want to miss the shot, go ahead and set the camera to PAE, or Greenbox. That is basically "fool proof mode" which lets the camera do most of the work. It wont help in a complex lit scene, but for average scenes it does the job. To me, having that fool-proof setting relieves the pressure of having to nail the exposure. It's just something you know in the back of your mind that if you have too, you can fall back on.
Feb
14
comment Can I use a flatbed scanner to scan a photo into RAW format?
It's not that it defeats the purpose of raw, its that RAW is a sensor data dump. Some scanners let you save raw data dumps, but it's pretty rare. Most scanners just let you save the data as lossless TIF files, which while not as ideal, gets you closer to your goal.
Feb
14
comment How can different RAW converter programs give different results?
Sure. But find a version of PSP from 5 years ago, and try to open up a raw file and see how well it does. My point is that, RAW converters have been around a lot longer than the ones that are integrated in PSP etc. Now a days, much of the functionality of a raw converter is duplicated in programs like PSP. That wasn't always the case.