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by Aditya

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I am a career computer scientist and just decided to pick up photography as a hobby. I just got my first camera! I'll keep my list of gear up-to-date:

Bodies:

  • Nikon D7000

Lenses:

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Tripods:

  • Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
  • Vanguard Tracker PT-28 (legs) with Vanguard SBH-100 (ball head)

Sep
5
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
@Itai Did you really mean 60cm long? It sounds like your tripod barely folds up and is just very small? That's just shy of 2 ft open. That's why I'm wondering what you use :-).
Sep
5
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
Sounds like you do quite a bit of traveling and have no problem with checking luggage :-). Maybe I just need to get over it and resign myself to doing that. I'm actually in the market for a new suitcase as well and figured I would wait to figure out my tripod situation :-). What tripod do you use?
Sep
4
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
Some questions about your answer: Which tripod do you use that you are removing the ballhead from? Do you tend to check some luggage? Is the tripod bag with you in case you do have to check it and does it actually offer padding?
Sep
4
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
@Phil: China is actually exactly where I'm headed in ~1 week. How did that go? :-/.
Sep
4
accepted Tips for photographing art (at a museum)
Sep
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asked What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
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May
24
comment Learning about photography algorithms
Ok... I'm reading photo.stackexchange.com/faq now which has more direct guidelines. I'd like to think this is not a specific programming or image manipulation questions. This is more of "how does lightroom work?" which I think is valuable. If this isn't the site I should be asking this, where should I ask this because I think it's a good questions that is worth having an answer for.
May
24
comment Learning about photography algorithms
Also, when I want to ask hardcore programming questions about a specific algorithm... then I'll go over to the tech stack exchanges. I don't think this is one of those. We have allowed questions like this: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/13775/… mine is just a little more general "Where do I start learning about this stuff".
May
24
comment Learning about photography algorithms
@mattdm: I don't see how it's off topic. How is this "way too big"? How is it any different from any of the other numerous questions about "where do I start learning photography" such as this: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16/… (and many others you can find). Just because this has to do more with the technical side of photography, I think this is perfectly reasonable to ask here. It would certainly help others who are more interested in post processing and such.
May
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May
18
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
I guess another important thing that came out of all these answers is that there's no in-camera solution this problem. For example, you can't flip a switch and make the sensor optimize for low light. Also: I guess using "crop mode" is much worse because you actually don't use the entire sensor.
May
18
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
Good point about autofocus. How much of that performance is based on the camera vs. the lens?
May
18
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@MattGrum - Thanks for the good explanation. To make sure I understand: it sounds like more pixels = more noise but also more information. The extra information actually makes it easier to remove noise later in post processing? Do you know if noise reduction algorithms already leverage this (you seemed to speculate they could leverage the info :-)? Would you say that if I took pictures with the mark 3 and d800 that looked very similarly noisy when I import them into lightroom that I'd be able to clean up the noise better with the image from the d800?
May
18
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@Itai - Is there a way to easily downsample your image and see the results in lightroom? Or is this just a matter of cropping and/or exporting the image to a smaller output size? Many have mentioned downsampling as helping to reduce noise...
May
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May
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@Mike - someone inevitably comes along and makes a comment like that on questions like this. I purposefully phrased the question in a way that makes it generally useful. I'm very interested in what the proper way is to compare the performance of cameras in low light. Not trying to start a nik/can flame war and the veterans on this site can see that. I have no ridiculous loyalty to either brand if I'm willing to switch :-). As for "getting out there": I think I want to focus on which is better to satisfy my technical interest in photography. In the meantime, I'll go take shots with my D7000 :-)