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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)

Dec
27
comment What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?
@sebastien.b - what do you do as your harddrive runs out of space? presumably you are not able to keep every raw file you've ever taken on your harddrive. Do you move them somewhere when you don't need them anymore?
Sep
5
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
Ah, not sure how I misread that over and over :-). That makes a lot more sense.
Sep
5
comment What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?
@RussellMcMahon - was that confiscated because you didn't check it? Or even when it was checked? Is there really no way to get stuff back or do you just have to do mountains of paperwork or something?
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? :-/.
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
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
17
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 :-)
May
17
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@JamesYoungman - Also, I'm aware of the half stop difference and the limitations of using really low aperture. I wasn't trying to sound like I was going to pick canon just to be able to have glass that's half a stop faster :-). I am interested though in knowing which one will get me better results in low light situations...
May
17
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@JamesYoungman - I suppose noise in "prints"... though I rarely print the photos and share online. I'm not asking a trick question: I want the pic that looks like it has less noise/grain.
May
16
comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
More context: I currently use a Nikon D7000 with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I get pretty great shots up to ISO 6400 in pretty low light when I'm wide open at 2.8. I like low light stuff and I even find this limiting because there are times I wish I could use higher shutter speeds. I was already planning on investing in better glass (f/1.4 stuff) but I also wanted to upgrade to full frame so I am also considering camera performance. Honestly, if Canon does better and also offers f/1.2 glass AND has smaller images (who needs >30MP?)... I think I might be willing to sell my stuff and make the switch.
Mar
8
comment How can I self-publish a photography book?
the writers stackexchange may have some advice on publishing: writers.stackexchange.com
Feb
16
comment Should I keep Image Stabilization (IS) off when I do not actually need it?
It's not always about hand-holding, right? (But I think we get your point). Check out my answer to this question on aerial photography :-): photo.stackexchange.com/questions/670/…