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Dec
25
answered How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?
Dec
25
comment How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?
Related: .... Two people together are more likely to agree to be photographed than one person by themself. If one is reticent you can often "instruct" th other person to persuade them to have a joint photo. | Interestingly, in some situations a stranger is willing to allow a dual "selfie" but not an individual shot.
Dec
25
comment How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?
I know a young woman who was utterly photo averse. I asked her if I could take her photo on various occasions and show her the result if I would then ALWAYS delete the,. She agreed. After a while she started tpo say eg "Oh, that's nice, you can keep that ne' BUT I would still ALWAYS delete them. Once she was well accustomed to that I moved to "I'll delete it if you don't like it". That in time led to an adequate "keeper" rate. | I find at an event etc that the "delete if you don't like it" offer often helps. ....
Dec
25
comment Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?
Rotating eg multiple long thin plates (or cylinders with suitable cross sections and "reqisite mico lenses [tm] would reduce the force and acceleration issues while 'somewhat adding to complexity'.
Dec
25
comment How to create time-lapse video with unevenly spaced photos?
My method below requires a custom program BUT this is quite simple. If you are a programmer this will be easy to implement. If not, yourt nearest tame programming friend should be able to make something in very little time.
Dec
24
revised How to create time-lapse video with unevenly spaced photos?
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Dec
24
answered How to create time-lapse video with unevenly spaced photos?
Dec
21
answered How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?
Dec
21
revised How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?
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Dec
21
comment How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?
That's an entirely acceptable photo. As others have noted - it could easily be exposed less which increases shutter speed all else being equal. 1 stop less = 1/16s. 2 stops (getting underexposed = 1/32s - still on the slow side. Gain with larger aperature is a factor of (Fold/Fnew)^2 so if you uised a F/2.8 lens you'd be able to use (5.6/2.8)^2 = 4 x faster shutter speed = 1/32s. 1 stop less exsposure as above taked you to 1/64th s whic is starting to get useful. | A camera with substantially better noise performance in low light may give you two more stops in usable ISO increase. Camera=?
Dec
18
comment What is the use of a GPS unit for Nikon?
As well as "what they said": Some photo viewing systems provide access to a range of web based resources that use the location data. These include various maps, sites providing information about the location and adjacent areas - and probably accommodation and food as well :-). | In some cases GPS data is able to pinpoint photos taken in unknown locations. I took photos about 50 km from Guilin in China and did NOT have the GPS enabled - Google maps have v poor resolution in the area and I cannot find where some photos were taken which I'd love to locate more accurately.
Dec
10
revised Laws regarding photos taken from airplane?
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Dec
10
comment Laws regarding photos taken from airplane?
@StephenG As per my update 2015 at the top of the answer which I added in July 2015 (bolding of heading just added now) most airlines have substantially relaxed their rules wrt cameras 1 year+ ago and now allow camera use throughout takeoff and landing - as QANTAS have done for some while.
Dec
10
revised Laws regarding photos taken from airplane?
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Dec
8
comment Do I need the 18-55mm lens that comes with the camera, or should I instead get a 55-250mm lens?
Look at the "super zooms" offered by 3rd party vendors. Compare the results on a good technical photo site such as DxO optics which provides visual displays of relative performance at a wide range of lens settings (aperture/focal length). This helps you decide whether the $/quality tradeoff is acceptable. You can get eg Sigma & Tamron lenses in the 17 or 18mm to 250 to 300mm range. Results are vastly better than for the super-zooms of a decade ago which gave these lenses such a bad name. You are liable to be delighted with the results in many cases.
Dec
8
comment What is a good focal length for street photography?
@unsignedzero I just added an oldish 2x Tamron teleconverter to a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 giving a (large) 140-400 f/5.6 result (= 210-600 FF equiv on an APSC camera). Quality was better than I'd expected. MF on NEX acceptable. AF on A77 not crisp but MF works about as well as you'd reasonably hope. (Trying to find the subject at 600mm equivalent when well off focus 'can be problematic' but getting close with AF then focus peaking is acceptably fast. Sudden action shots of a new subject is poor, but tracking a moving object (eg bird or football player ...) with MF & focus peaking i reasonable.
Dec
6
comment What is a good focal length for street photography?
@unsignedzero NEX = e mount, yes. E mount lenses are newish and priced like lenses for other new systems. But with a ~=$20 adapter (per lens mount) you have access to many older and low cost or free lenses from other systems. I am using A-mount lenses with my NEX-5N using a cheap adaptor and intend to buy an MC/MD adaptor to allow use of older MF Minolta lenses. I have an Olympus OM adaptor (not yet tried) to allow me to use an MF 500mm f/8 Olympus "mirror lens).
Dec
5
comment What is a good focal length for street photography?
.... (2) Occasions where AF is unusable & it matters such as focusing an object through a confused field of other objects such as a bird in a tree or specific flowers in a collection of flowers and leaves at many different distances or one face in a crowd etc. (3) "for fun" or experience in general use to get a general feel for what can be achieved with various lenses. || I'm increasingly finding myself using MF in walk around use - often using AF to get it about right and then using MF.
Dec
5
comment What is a good focal length for street photography?
@unsignedzero As above - I use MF (1) for fine focus on an A77 DSLR when focus is critical - especially with lens reasonably wide open, long focal length and reasonably short distance to object. eg using a 70-200 f/2.8 at around 200mm and at or around f/2.8 to photograph material at near minimum focusing distance. eg flowers, plants, fine detail on objects - where depth of field is in the few mm to few cm range. ....
Dec
4
comment How can I take a candlelit photo with a pure black background?
@mattdm COULD be curves- and at the extreme limit they are much the same thing, but I think it was editing. But, of course, I may be wrong :-). I just had another play - and it still looks like an edit - and I still may be wrong :-)