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location New York, NY
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seen Sep 18 at 19:15

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)

Jan
25
comment What is dynamic range and how is it important in photography?
Wow, I wish I could upvote this more than once. I'm sure I will accept the answer, but I want to come back later and read it again :-). I may have another questions or two...
Jan
25
asked What is dynamic range and how is it important in photography?
Jan
24
comment Where can I find reviews of and tools for comparing cameras?
I wish I could upvote this more than once. If camera labs has a review it is usually great. I really enjoy watching the video reviews as well. I was looking for info about nikon d7000 vs canon 7d vs. canon 60d and there was info on that site that none of the other sites talked about. (For example, the fact that the nikon d7000 boasts 6 frames per second but because of the buffer speed can only shoot that fast for a few seconds.) Other sites just quoted what was on the label, but I feel like they really put it to the test.
Jan
24
accepted What are the biggest issues with wearing glasses as a photographer and how can they be overcome?
Jan
24
comment What are the biggest issues with wearing glasses as a photographer and how can they be overcome?
touché :-). +1 for linking to photos from blind photographers. However, I don't like using the lcd on the back at all... you definitely get less out of the camera/lenses. (e.g. - focusing is slower IMO).
Jan
24
comment What are the biggest issues with wearing glasses as a photographer and how can they be overcome?
+1 for the link to the corrections. Thanks.
Jan
23
comment Which photographer do you find inspirational?
@rfusca: just saw your comment... I obviously agree :-).
Jan
23
comment Which photographer do you find inspirational?
Is this not what a community wiki is for? I think it should be CW.
Jan
23
comment Ideas for a talk on exposure
@che: haha - I like the meme :-).
Jan
23
comment How do I use spot metering?
I think this answer also deserves a +1. Basically the same as what the accepted answer said... but I think this is helpful too. Thanks.
Jan
23
accepted How do I use spot metering?
Jan
23
comment How do I use spot metering?
Thanks! I enjoyed the article on your site. I agree with you that manual + spot metering is a great combo. If you look at the question I referenced in this question, others were trying to emphasize that you can spot meter while in a priority mode. I finally realize that it makes sense to do that -- but it certainly is easier (IMO) to use manual mode since it's easier to do exposure compensation. Thanks again!
Jan
23
comment Ideas for a talk on exposure
@mattdm: ha, ok. I still find the eye example to be helpful. I totally made it up when I was learning about exposure. When I've tried to explain aperture to people, I can see the light bulb go off in their mind when I relate it to a pupil. ::shrugs::.
Jan
23
revised Ideas for a talk on exposure
added 6 characters in body
Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
I'd like to add that, in some sense, spot metering is like a contract with you and the camera. You are telling the camera that you "promise" to point at something grayish when the camera is tells you it is a proper exposure. When the camera tells you that you are a couple stops off from a correct exposure, you promise to point at something black or white. To do anything else would result in a technically incorrect exposure (even though it may actually look good). Does that make sense? It just changes the way you adjust the exposure meter.
Jan
22
accepted Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
@rfusca, thanks. I did find your answer helpful (why I +1'ed it the other day)... but I feel like Craig's answer is more clear and closer to what I was looking for (even though it has less votes). I am going to accept that one. If I could accept a second one, I would accept yours as well because I think both answers do a good job of telling the whole story.
Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
@Craig Walker: Thanks! The accepted answer goes to you because this is closer to what I was looking for. I finally get it. I still think that spot metering is harder to use in priority modes simply because doing exposure compensation in priority modes seems clunkier to me. However, I do understand that it makes sense to use spot metering in a priority mode.
Jan
22
answered Ideas for a talk on exposure
Jan
22
comment How do I go about becoming a second shooter for a wedding photographer?
Wow, great answer! I'm not even looking to be a second shooter or get into wedding photography, but I still found it interesting and informative :-).