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by Aditya

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bio website pfarrell.com
location outside Washington DC
age 63
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
seen Jun 30 at 2:57

Programming since punched cards


Jan
1
comment What is this plastic clip on that came on the leg of my tripod?
I've been wondering exactly this. Great question.
Dec
30
comment How do I determine the actual calibrated specifications of a Holga?
Isn't this question kind of against the spirit of a Holga? Setup a parallel shoot with a calibrated DSLR, and see what gets. Might need to shoot a moving object to see if 1/100 is not 1/50 or 1/250. But Holgas are supposed to be shoot and pray
Dec
13
comment Lenses for fast-paced environment
The very first photo that I clicked on at the whitehouse flickr stream was a Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. He's upgraded to a 5D3
Nov
30
comment Why will low-end Nikons not meter with old lenses?
No, pre-AI lenses have a meter coupling prong that connects to the meter on the body. All old Nikkor/Nikon lenses have the coupling prong. Modern consumer Nikon DSLRs will not mount these lenses as the coupling prong will contact the extended pentaprism of the DSLR. While the F-mount has not changed, there are many F-mount lenses that won't mount on modern F-mount cameras. I can't imagine how a modern camera would "break the metering" if you can get it to mount without force.
Nov
18
comment how to get canon eos-5d mark ii RAW files using USB cable and BYPASSING the eos utility
I don't see this as the usual term for "driver software" which allows lots of software to use a piece of hardware. Rather what you need is a specific piece of software that can read the Canon data. EOS Utility, Lightroom, Aperture, and probably The Gimp all can do it directly.
Nov
8
comment Full frame or not?
Make that if money, size, and weight are not issues, go full size. The 5D3 is physically much larger than the 70D, and heavier as well. For my particular needs, size and weight are very important.
Oct
13
comment Zoom Lens suggestion for hobbyist photographer
No lens about 50-55 mm is going to do a good job of shooting a football game, even if you have a sideline press pass. If your budget is that tight, just give up on that idea. the kit or 50 prime will do fine at taking shots of the fans tailgating at the game, but you'll need a lot more length to capture exciting shots of the game's play. For a tight budget, buy the kit lens with the body, they often are thrown in for zero. I bought a T4i as a gift, and with the kit lens was cheaper than the body only.
Sep
26
comment What b&w fiber paper has the most detail in zones VII-IX?
Could be, for me, it was always "polycontrast" which was variable according to which filter you used. Could be a brand/model name within the line (I think it was Kodak)
Sep
24
comment How can I completely avoid noise for stock photography with my Canon 650D?
Your request is impossible. There is always noise in any image. You can not "completely" shoot without noise. What you can do is increase the amount of signal, so that the signal to noise ratio is better, and you won't notice the noise.
Sep
15
comment Why hasn't buying powerful lights improved my lightbox images?
Your bulbs are nowhere near being powerful for photographic lights. If you want bright, you need speedlights, strobes, or lots of lights. See kinoflo.com for constant lights suitable for photography. Note, KinoFlo are very expensive.
Sep
4
comment What feature/effect in lightroom causes people's faces to look plastic?
Thanks, I tried clarity, and voila, instant plastic people.
Sep
3
comment Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget
Everything I'd experienced and read backs up @mattdm See strobist.blogspot.com/2010/03/… for more details on why you'll end up spending more than $100 if you actually use the tripod.
Aug
26
comment Can't connect Canon 6D to my computer via USB cable
@michael, thanks, I never can remember the names of all the parts. I also don't understand why there are so many parts, but for that, only Canon knows.
Aug
21
comment When it's wise to use tripod
Minor nit, @AJ's answer is great if its a stable tripod. Some $20 tripods sold at big box retailers are so flimsy that they can do more harm than good.
Aug
19
comment What are some good photography podcasts?
Note: Scott no longer does the podcast regularly. He is retiring from photography. Rich Harrington has taken over and does fewer listener questions with more interviews and gear lust.
Aug
11
comment Which camera to buy?
This one is well reviewed, is about $300 at Amazon. My wife has an older model and loves it. Canon PowerShot S100.
Aug
8
comment Wrong screwdriver broke Canon 70-200mm small screw. Any way of unscrewing it?
Trying to drill it out is very dangerous. You will have to use a tiny drill bit, and they are easy to break. When you break it, you will have a hardened steel bit broken off in a soft steel (or maybe brass) screw which is stuck in a plastic or soft metal part. This is nearly impossible to undo. Try the chisel or punch approach first.
Aug
8
comment How can I control a DSLR camera programmatically?
I think you really mean programmatically by an external computer using software you write. What requirements do you have that are not met by things like Canon's free DPP? Check out David Hunt's Raspberry PI in a battery holder for his Canon DSLR: davidhunt.ie/?p=2641
Aug
2
comment What does “Strobist” in Photography mean?
David has written repeatedly that he invented the word strobist as he started the blog. He wanted a term he could own. And he does protect it, folks trying to use the term to describe a product get reminded that David owns the term. Some places, such as mpex.com have David's permission to use the term.
Jul
26
comment How do I change camera settings inside Lightroom using tethered capture?
I have three LumoPro LP160s. All triggered by Cactus V wireless triggers. I use a remote release switch with the camera on a tripod. I don't like using the buttons in either Lightroom or DPP