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One of a very small handful of actual working, professional photographers on photo-SE.


Aug
28
comment What can be unusual POVs/angles for capturing the speaker and/or the crowds?
@Anisha: Sure you did, but that doesn't mean you're not going to get teased about it. ;-)
Aug
27
comment What can be unusual POVs/angles for capturing the speaker and/or the crowds?
Francesco: Careful now, @Anisha really likes her Rule of Thirds! ;-)
Aug
25
comment Why do filter sizes vary for lenses of the same focal length?
Filter thread sizes do not vary. Filter diameters vary.
Aug
19
comment An inexpensive way to make DIY gels?
Or you could just buy a few up-front (a hint, CTO, CTB, blue and red are the only colors you're going to use more than 75% of the time... There are colors in a '55 pack' that you will never use... On the other hand, you could invest $25 on full sheets with just these 4 colors only adding additional colors if you need to as things come up and you may never spend another dime on gels in your lifetime. That's a real value.
Aug
19
comment An inexpensive way to make DIY gels?
As if that isn't enough, with a 20x24 sheet you get the versatility of choice. You want to gel a bare lightbulb, studio strobe, or other 'unusual' lighting instrument for a certain effect you want to play around with? Good luck doing that with a 2x3 gel remnant out of a 'pack,' but with your own sheet you can cut a 6x6 piece and you're good to go. Store that piece you cut when you're done with the shoot and that gel swatch you cut will last for years. Seriously, you could invest $100 in full-sheet gels and then never buy another gel in your lifetime.
Aug
19
comment An inexpensive way to make DIY gels?
@Kalai: It may seem like $6 per sheet is a 'ripoff,' especially when compared to '55 gels for $12' type deals, but buying big sheets and cutting them yourself is waaaaaaay cheaper than buying a precut pack. Remember that with pre-cut packs you're not actually getting 55 different colors, you're getting ~15 different colored gels and multiples of your CTO and CTB gels (usually 5 to 10 of each) in 2x3 cuts. With a 20x24 sheet properly stored you can literally make a single 6 dollar gel sheet last more than a lifetime (I'm still working on gel sheets my father purchased more than 20 years ago).
Aug
19
comment An inexpensive way to make DIY gels?
Whaaa? You're kidding, right? A 20x24 of gel in any color under the sun can be purchased for less than $6 a sheet... How much cheaper do you want them to be?
Jul
3
comment How can I safely sign a metal print?
Seems like just the sort of question that one of the pro vendors would be able to answer definitively... Then you can post an answer here for the rest of us. :-)
Jul
1
comment How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in my photograph?
That's why I said it may be an option. I've never been to the location. The bigger point is that if you have more than one temperature of light source, one option to get the white balance right is to eliminate one (or more) competing light sources. It's not the only option. Read my more comprehensive answer (linked above) for some of the other available options...
Jun
30
comment How do I get a stuck screw filter off of my lens?
@ysap: Not as well, obviously. :-)
Jun
30
comment How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in my photograph?
You'd definitely eliminate a light source that way. Another option may be to shoot it during the day but turn off the room lights. Both are potential solutions to the problem...
Jun
30
comment Does the image stabilizer on Canon lenses decrease the overall image quality?
@ysap: The title describes the question just fine. The only way you could have arrived at the conclusion that this is an IS vs. non-IS lens question is because you made the assumption that it was...
Jun
25
comment Nude photography, any advice?
On the other hand... I touch my subjects all the time. I'd even call it a fundamental aspect of how I build rapport with them and I'd never want to do it differently. One of my mentors was a big fan of 'posing' his subjects and you can find guys like Clay Blackmore advising that photographers physically pose and adjust subjects at will on all of his instructional DVDs. At best the notion of 'never touch your model' is one approach, but it's definitely not the only approach.
Jun
23
comment When is it okay to have blown highlights and shadows?
@jaxxon: It's pretty subjective, but you might give it a go on the main site and see what you get... The question definitely doesn't belong on Meta though. Main Site = Questions About Photography. Meta = Questions About Photo-SE.
Jun
23
comment What are the basic workings of the Lytro light-field camera?
"in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy" That's kinda cool!
Jun
22
comment Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?
@Matt Grum: Sure it is. It's not a very good softbox, but you can point a flash at the subject with the Fongbong on it and shoot through the lid...
Jun
22
comment What photo blogging service could you recommend?
Not convinced this is on topic. At the very least I think it should be made CW.
Jun
21
comment Does every frame of video (or live view) on a DSLR count as a shutter actuation?
-1 It's a sad day when 'who knows' is considered a good answer on photo-SE.
Jun
19
comment How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?
Good suggestion, and I can personally vouch for the Katz Eye focusing screen... They even made me a custom screen. It is probably worth mentioning, however, that a split prism focusing screen doesn't work as well with 'slower' lenses, and/or smaller apertures, as they simply 'go black.'
Jun
18
comment Why buy an intentionally soft lens?
I should probably have added in there somewhere that my comments are most applicable to portrait photography specifically... YMMV with other genres...