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I am a Father, a .NET Developer with 12 years experience, an amateur photographer, and I have a passion for the guitar.


May
9
comment Rule of thirds — is there any scientific proof behind it?
science.howstuffworks.com/life/evolution/fibonacci-nature.htm
Apr
8
comment When lens pricing is too good to be true…avoid?
Also, make sure it's not a cheaper version of the same lens. For example Canon makes 4 versions of the 70-200L, from the 70-200L f/4 which runs around $1000 or less to the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II which is usually over $2000.
Apr
2
comment Is there an easy way to convert all my photos from .NEF to .JPG for upload to Facebook?
Lightroom is the "best" way since it can convert and upload in basically one step. Photoshop or bridge batch processing is your "cheapest" way, but requires an extra step or two.
Feb
26
comment Rule of thirds — is there any scientific proof behind it?
Perhaps, but the Rule of Thirds it still often produces golden ratio compliant images. Intended or not, it can be argued that it is still a less complicated method of employing the golden ratio. Also, the golden ratio (as an aesthetic) is just a name for a compositional layout that was commonly found in art and nature. It just might not have been a formal concept before a certain period, but it was still there.
Feb
19
comment What image quality is lost when re-saving a JPEG image in MS Paint?
Quality will definitely be lost. Even at maximum quality, jpeg will alter the image slightly, every time. At lesser settings, like what MS Paint uses, it will alter the image significantly.
Feb
15
comment Action for processing a RAW file with smart object
You're very welcome.
Feb
13
comment Action for processing a RAW file with smart object
I wouldn't worry so much about learning a new bit of software. I think it would be easier to learn Lightroom than really figure out Photoshop batch processing. Everything in Lightroom is pretty much a slider, and there's a "Sync" button to apply whatever changes you want across as many files as you want. It's really pretty simple. The only caveat is while you can clone out small things like blemishes, you would still have to go to Photoshop proper to do heavy pixel manipulation (swapping heads out, removing backgrounds, etc).
Feb
13
comment Action for processing a RAW file with smart object
For photoshop, it will not ever touch your RAW file, so if you open an image in ACR and then make it a smart doc, it will ultimately produce a converted psd file. Some things like color temperature will be baked in. From there any additional editing will be non-destructive with that smart object. And you can export to jpeg from there. Lightroom works differently, it also does not touch your raw files, but it doesn't produce any other files until you export to jpeg or whatever. All settings are stored in a catalog file, which sort of looks a little like bridge I guess.
Jan
17
comment I'm a Designer and Programmer who wants to create some software for photographers
I host on flickr and share to facebook or twitter or my personal (rarely updated) wordpress blog.
Jan
17
comment I'm a Designer and Programmer who wants to create some software for photographers
Doesn't Lightroom already have a web gallery feature? Perhaps you could make some themes that extend that?
Jan
9
comment How do I change settings on the fly without missing my shots?
#3 Helps a lot here, the better the layout, the easier it is to use on the fly.
Jan
9
comment How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?
Mostly depth of field, but if you dial it in right, it can provide a smoother effect. I interpreted the question as 'how to I achieve a convincing shallow depth of field digitally', rather than 'how to I emulate the effect of a soft focus lens'. So I suppose my answer could be more or less helpful based on the original poster's intention.
Jan
8
comment Why is there glow around lights in every photo shot with my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens?
Maybe condensation/fog on the front or rear elements?
Dec
26
comment What would be a good upgrade from my Canon kit lens for portrait photography?
I think you mean the 50mm f1.8. The f1.4 is significantly more expensive.
Dec
10
comment RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor
Aperture is over-saturating the image, specifically in the blue channel. Dial back the blue channel saturation and you will have a much more usable picture. Lightroom has camera profiles that do a decent job of mimicking the default camera processing, if that is what you want, Aperture may have something similar, I don't know.
Nov
28
comment Was the lack of video capture on “old” DSLRs an artificial restriction?
As noted in @Itai's answer the main problem - even with alternative firmware - is the sensor physically overheating.
Nov
13
comment Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?
Possibly so, but I'm only speaking from personal experience. I know I had a lot more camera shake than I expected when I first got my 70-200 (even with IS) and had to adjust my shutter speed accordingly.
Apr
20
comment Is it worth buying a battery grip for my camera?
What brand was it? I had a Zeikos that drained batteries, but an Opteka that did not.
Apr
19
comment How does a short flange back distance improve image quality?
Indeed, that's the value proposition for the consumer.
Apr
12
comment Pictures of dancers on stage
"the D7000 is actually fairly decent at high ISO...not awesome, but really no camera is." Setting aside cost as a factor, the most recent full frame cameras from Nikon and Canon are pretty awesome at high ISO. That said, probably not a realistic option for the original poster.