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Mar
9
comment Super-resolution photos by interactive focus stacking and image stitching?
Stitching and focus stacking are different disciplines. I know of no tools that do both, and if you're careful about taking your images, you shouldn't have a need for focus stacking in this situation.
Mar
8
comment Super-resolution photos by interactive focus stacking and image stitching?
possible duplicate of Which tools are good for creating panoramas/stitching multiple photos?
Mar
8
comment Super-resolution photos by interactive focus stacking and image stitching?
what you need to do in a case like this is a stitched panorama (focus stacking is a different technique for solving depth of field issues). that involves taking the image as a series of photos in a grid and stitching them together to get one larger photo.
Mar
8
comment What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive ND filters?
This is the same as photo.stackexchange.com/questions/20786/… except for ND. Same issues and same results, though.
Mar
8
comment What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive ND filters?
possible duplicate of Is it worth buying an expensive CPL filter over an e-bay cheap one?
Mar
7
comment What needs to be considered when purchasing an enlarger?
black and white or color enlarger? the skill sets and equipment needed will differ somewhat for color.
Feb
28
comment How can I bring out the texture and sheen on a model's clothing?
zack Arias just released a two video piece on lighting and using white seamless that covers these issues quite well: dedpxl.com/the-many-uses-of-white-seamless-pt-1 -- also look at buying his onelight class available on his site as a resource.
Feb
28
comment migrate from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 5: publish services
reliable rumors put LR6 showing up (maybe in Beta) in March. I would say moving forward with LR5 isn't a bad idea because all of the architectural stuff was done in LR5 and LR6 internals won't change much where you'll notice it. but I wouldn't expect major improvements in publish modules in LR6, either. Jeffrey's stuff will still be worth having.
Feb
25
comment Is there a “special look” to images from large sensors that can't be replicated with a smaller one?
no, not really. that's a different discussion.
Feb
25
comment What is the difference between AI Focus and AI Servo autofocus modes?
On at least some Canon bodies (like the 7d) the AF system is configurable and you can set whether you want focus lock or shutter priority on taking the image.
Feb
24
comment What should I expect in maintenance costs after shutter failure for a DSLR?
There is generally no "preventive maintenance" for cameras other than keep them clean and don't throw them off cliffs unnecessarily. I know cameras with 50,000 image ratings that are well over 250,000 activations and still going strong. Don't abuse it is the byword. with 100K you're closer to "now" than "never" on having it fail, but it's impossible to gauge how close.
Feb
23
comment Why do my photos appear grainy when taken at the widest aperture?
autofocus is not magic, and most cameras are going to do a priority on getting the center part of the image in focus if you use the default settings. The dog is a fuzzy subject and the edge of the sign is a hard line, and so the AF system found using that hard line easier to focus on...
Feb
18
comment What's the maximum length of USB cable that you can use for tethering?
I'll cut him slack for both answering the question and doing it under his own name. I wouldn't call this spam myself, but if would have been better if he'd noted his relationship to the link in the message.
Feb
15
comment What software can replace Apple Aperture?
Based on my evaluation of the Photos beta and talking to others, it's a nice replacement for iPhoto, but most Aperture users will find it wanting. Id' recommend against it as a replacement for Aperture at this point.
Feb
15
comment Performance of large libraries
Lightroom 5 will easily handle that kind of library; I know libraries > 100,000 images in it. Lightroom 4 and earlier that was definitely not true. until a recent edit-down my library was > 40,000 images hosted on a NAS w/no issues. Smart Previews make a huge difference here.
Feb
11
comment How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?
They are doing a standard type of processing on a mass basis; designed for production work in volume. For groups like wedding photographers, it can really work well.
Feb
10
comment What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?
for what it's worth, I know a company designing plates for mirrorless specifically because of this problem, but it hasn't been decided if/when they'll go into production, so I won't mention the name. It's a problem with most mirrorless. The off-center tripod hole to the focal plane center also makes panoramas a real pain.
Feb
9
comment Why do my photos “glow”?
have you tried it on a second monitor or someone else's computer? it could be your monitor is mis-adjusted and too bright.
Feb
9
comment Image quality - related to camera or not? Blurry, artificially sharpened images
you should try tests with the camera locked down on a tripod and using a cable release to factor cable shake and camera movement out of the experiment. @dpollitt is right that the camera's settins are saying there wasn't a lot of light for it to work with.
Feb
7
comment What workflow will speed up sorting photos stored on a NAS in OS X finder before import into Lightroom?
once you get used to working within lightroom you'll wonder why you did anything else. It's designed to organize images for you. It'll really save you stress down the road.