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bio website nickbedford.com
location Brisbane, Australia
age 26
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seen Jul 19 at 2:24

I'm a hobbyist photographer from Brisbane, Australia focusing on promotional, entertainment and editorial portraiture.


Oct
31
comment What would be a suitable camera for a non-aspiring beginner travel photography?
I think they're designed like that (apart from the super zoom lens) to make it look like they're big and flashy when in reality they still have the tiny, noisy sensors.
Oct
27
comment How does commander mode on a Nikon camera body differ from commander mode a on SB-700 Speedlight?
Do you mean using the SB-700 on the hot shoe vs using the built-in flash?
Oct
24
comment Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns?
That being said, when your eyes are adjusted for low light, firing off a flash on 1/1 power is not pleasant. The chemistry and sensitivity of your eyes are something to consider when using flashes. Of course, if it's indoors in the middle of the day with a decent amount of light then you have nothing to worry about.
Oct
18
comment Can I remove the cable in postprocessing for this photo?
I would first use the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom to get rid of the trivial sky part. The tree wouldn't be quite as simple.
Oct
18
comment Should I have my lab color correct my images?
As someone who wants to maintain control over the look, the "allow us to colour correct your image" always feels like I would be allowing the potential for it to be messed up. When it comes to most normal printing, I've found that simply having a correctly calibrated monitor has yielded very close results between monitor and print.
Oct
13
comment What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing?
I've always worked in the sRGB space in Lightroom, on my camera, and also have managed to calibrate my iMac rather accurately using only the Mac OS X colour calibrator and my eyes. I can export an sRGB photo on my iMac and it looks almost identical on every display, from cheap LCD monitors on Windows XP to iPhones and even my plasma TV once I calibrated it using a few reference photos.
Oct
6
comment Why does viewfinder spec state 3 times more dots than there are pixels?
I wish they'd just say "VGA" or "QVGA" or "640x480" display.
Oct
3
comment What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D?
I'm also a big fan of using a full body DSLR. For some reason, they just don't seem to balance well with heavy lenses when they're only single grip bodies. I used a battery grip with my 50D and didn't hesitate when buying my 60D. I don't even have that big hands.
Oct
3
comment What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D?
The controls alone would be enough for me. I could never use those Rebel controls very quickly compared to xxD / xD.
Sep
30
comment Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?
Why do you "usually" end up cropping pictures? Do all your photos need cropping for some strange reason?
Sep
27
comment Is there any difference between the Sony A65 and A55 other than megapixels?
Well, technically 24fps at 1/48th shutter speed is cinema.
Sep
25
comment How do quirks of the human vision system affect photography?
Spot on, jrista. This applies to anything. One of the best things you can learn about the human brain is that is very pliable if you take the initiative to train it. Also, the eye is mediocre at some things and bloody fantastic at others. It's instantaneous dynamic range is astounding, but the frequency in which the optics are warped and broken is unfortunate for those who need glasses (like me).
Sep
25
comment How do quirks of the human vision system affect photography?
Point 4 is a very important one. Our brains are extremely good at filtering out non-essential information, even if that information is actually important for the sake of the photograph. I actually think this is one of the hardest areas in photography to train yourself to do. Think of everything in the scene. It will be the thing that separates you from the rest if you can train your photographic mind to search the scene for interesting items and problems in your frame.
Sep
20
comment What is causing increased noise in my recent photos?
Overexposing by one stop at ISO 800 is the same as exposing normally at ISO 400, so just shoot ISO 400 (for example). ISO has nothing to do with the noise itself.
Sep
15
comment What's the difference between CF and SD cards?
Anyone who's held a CF card and an SD card would probably agree. CF cards are bricks.
Sep
11
comment Does the camera white balance setting affect the raw image at all?
Often, neutral gray is not even the white balance you want anyway.
Aug
31
comment What should I consider for cropping aspect ratios?
Thanks for the examples with my photograph. Adding space on a certain side of the photograph can actually make you "think" about it. It adds some tension. I will put a small black border around them to better illustrate the effect.
Aug
30
comment How can a 18-55mm lens focus on objects beyond 55mm?
The actual mechanics inside the lens are a little more complicated however. For example, if I pull the lens back 1mm using the focal length ring, the focus doesn't change (much), but when I rotate the focus ring, the focus changes and the focal length doesn't (within a small margin). There's a number of different elements inside each lens which makes all these things possible.
Aug
29
comment Why are those green spots on my photo?
This is usually caused by aliens.
Aug
28
comment Suggestions for photographers / videographers to best work together at the same event?
+1 If you're both professionals (in every sense of the word), working together shouldn't be a problem at all.