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Jan 22, 2012 19:45:20   #
ggiaphotos wrote:
Some varieties do not have the red throat. I think there are 15 or more varieties, they are all amazing in my thinking!

Yes very true. But unfortunately living right next the Mississippi River the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the only species we get here with the exception of a stray species once in awhile. This guy was one of over a hundred (estimated) that frequent the feeders on my from porch every summer. I'm going to miss them when I move to Chicagoland in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for looking!

Jan 22, 2012 19:40:06   #
Val wrote:
Oh, I see! Very nice capture by the way!

Thank you. He was being very cooperative.

Jan 22, 2012 19:35:28   #
Shane T wrote:
Beautiful pic of a beautiful bird!


Jan 22, 2012 19:33:23   #
Val wrote:
Where is his red throat?

This guy was only a few months old at the most when his photo was taken. The red throat doesn't come in until after they head south for the winter. He'll have it when he comes back in May. :)

Jan 22, 2012 19:22:54   #
Since there appears to be a fair number of bird lovers on here I thought I would share this little guy from this last summer.
Comments are welcome.

Jan 12, 2012 10:53:45   #
DANNY BOY wrote:
jbirdmo wrote:
Dria wrote:
My input..from a mom with a picky daughter..
I don't like the nose shadow on her cheek.
Light on right side a little too bright.
right arm is too sever.

Thanks Dria!
Points well taken for the first two.
For the third, just for clarification, you think the angle of her arm is too sharp?


quote=jbirdmo quote=Dria My input..from a mom wi... (show quote)

Thanks Danny Boy,
It's not all bad living up this way, it does make shooting outside a little difficult in the winter though. :-)

Jan 2, 2012 20:42:38   #
jazzyam wrote:
Thanks Captain & JUde !!! Makes good common sense to me ...I LOVE the pic Jude ! Gosh guys you really don't know how much I appreciate the help ...this is something I have always wanted to pursue but never really had an opportunity to do till now ....

You're more than welcome Jazzy! I can't speak for Captain C but if you have any questions, just let me know.

Jan 2, 2012 19:50:42   #
RobertMaxey wrote:
Let me clarify.

Assume I own any digital camera. We will say Nikon and forgetting the sensors and mega pixels completely. Just a Nikon digital camera that produces digital files. Or Cannon or Leica or Fred's Wonder Camera, for that matter.

So here I am at my desk getting ready to deal with the images. I download the files to my PC and here I sit with several files, ready to decide what I need to do. What do I convert to or from? Do I create jpg/jpeg, tiff, RAW, or convert RAW to tiff, or perhaps do something else like send the printer a raw file or if that is even a good idea without some kind of processing.

What I need to learn is what specific file types give me the highest possible resolution and best quality print. Forget cost, printer costs, required software and all the rest. I have files and I want prints. What do I need to worry about or consider?

Also, forget printer brands and assume I can access any printer--either locally or mail-order. What do I look for as far as specs go? Do I look for a specific type of printer with the special capabilities? Feel free to mention ultra costly printers. I'll never purchase one, but I would like to know if one printer is a better choice than another. If the company printing the files uses a Wally World brand printer and a better printer would be a Linotype Mango 440, then I need to know what to look for.

I did my due diligence and opinions and ideas seem to vary. I am a confused film guy, but I think I want to learn more about digital. My goal is as much sharpness and fidelity as possible. Perhaps a few good books some of you could suggest or a web site that can help me struggle through the basics? Your opinions and thoughts are also welcome. Especially if I am overlooking something important or worrying about something that is more or less meaningless.

Some will say the camera matters and I agree. But, modern 6 mp cameras and a modern 8 mp cameras both create digital files and apparently, if I send a jpg to a printer I might not have as good of a result as if I sent a tiff file and a worse result if I sent some other format like a gif. Or something like that.

Obviously, if the camera created bitmaps and I wanted large prints; for example 30 x 40 inches, print quality would suffer compared to other formats. Just to pick a quick under educated example.

I know that a 78 PPI file will yield a terrible 30 x 40, and a 300-500-600-1200 PPI file at 30 x 40 would be much better. But what file type is best for ultra high quality, high resolution prints? Jpg, tiff, something else?

Thanks in advance for your help, if you choose to help.
Let me clarify. br br Assume I own any digital ca... (show quote)

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but it looks like what you're explaining is the question "how do I move from film to digital".

Under this assumption I'll give the following to help you specify your research better.

Full Frame digital camera = or > 35mm film in resolution
RAW file from FF digital sensor = 35mm film negative
Photoshop or Lightroom = Chemical Darkroom, for film negative development
Photoshop/Lightroom & Printer (local or offsite) = Chemical Darkroom , for print development

When shooting with digital the RAW file is the storage file just like negatives. It's only converted for the intended output. Such as, if you're displaying some work on the web, it will need to be jpg, but if your having it printed then there will be a whole host of options for you to convert the image once you've selected the printer. Photoshop or Lightroom can handle all of these conversions from RAW, so this is nothing that you really need to worry about ahead of time, and you only convert what you want to use. As long as you keep the RAW file, you can always go back to it and save it to another file type using the photosoftware.

Jan 2, 2012 18:57:55   #
Chip wrote:
I am looking to get a battery grip for my Canon xti. I cannot find any reviews on any of the sites I have found. Has anyone had any experience with the BG-E3 battery grip from Canon and are they really worth the money?m Or is it better just to have more batteries and change them when needed?

It does hold two batteries, as well as doubling all essential controls for shooting vertical. I have a grip on my 7D. It's used more than not, and never comes off the camera.

Canon Page.

In depth review.
Jan 2, 2012 18:29:47   #
jazzyam wrote:
Hey Guys ... I missed several replies while gone for the New Year Holiday.... I DO APPRECIATE ALL/EVERYONE'S HELP ! I LOVE this column and have been watching, reading every forum everyday since Sept 2010 ! I just got brave enough to join . I always had a camera in my hand & have had several people encourage me to do more ... so I am slowly but surely " jumping in " ! For my external flash I ended up with the Canon 580 EX wish me luck ... I have 1 more Christmas gift to receive and I am going to get a Studio Light Kit. I don't know whether to get continuous/strobe etc ...and I am now really unsure what I need since I got the Canon 580.In case I want to use this in with what kit I would purchase . I have made some space in my basement for now, but I plan by Spring to clear out a spare bedroom but want to play in the base ment during cold weather . My budget is about blown but will be around the 300-350 at the most ! I will take all help and advice !!! LOL MAYBE, just Maybe 1 day I can " run with the BIG Dogs " as they say !!! BUt I need the advice ....THANKS Jazzy a new photo pup
Hey Guys ... I missed several replies while gone f... (show quote)

Since you already have a flash, I would suggest staying with flash instead of continuous lighting. You can use all kinds of things for continuous lighting, including lamps and window light, and just going outside. It's much harder to come up with flash units if that's the look your going for.
As Captain said however, put some money into light modifiers and stands for the flash you have already. Learn to use that one light before you start adding in a whole bunch of lights. It's more about how you use the light that you have, not how many. You should be able to pick up a decent stand, umbrella/flash holder, and a medium shoot through umbrella for under $100.
This was shot using one 580 EX II and the setup described above.

I hope that helps!

Jan 2, 2012 18:09:17   #
mariamaria wrote:
Mr Fstop, YOU SAID:
"Why do you use this Logo when it belongs to someone else at

You also said:"Silly question I think if you've been shooting all the things you mentioned. Don't you have thousands of dollars invested in Nikon lens, off camera flashes, ect..???

You also said:" Heads up folks, the website with this logo belongs to someone that's been in business for 20 yrs. Don't think the same person that's asking these Questions.....

Mr. Fstop,
This is my logo and this is me.

I dont understand your comments. I am Maria of maria photography and my years of shooting was a hobby that has made me money, but it has not been my main focus as I do many other things besides creating images with a camera.

I have worked 'BEHIND' the camera for over 20 years as an actress.
I'm an artist, self taught professional make-up artist, self taught hair dresser, self taught painter, sew costumes without a pattern and create art with abstract objects.
I say this because I do have talent in experimenting and "going for it" and have approached photography the same way I do everything else.

I feel it important you understand the creative knowledge I had under my belt before I starting picking up the camera. I had been watching and working with photographers for years,... but was never interested in shooting until 10 years ago. ( I think my website shares my "collective" knowledge in the "industry" for over 20 years, not that I had been shooting for 20 years).

In photography I've had a lot more MISSES than HITS!!! And what you see on my site are my good images. I'm not a super star photographer, I know very little technically, but I have a "few recipes" that I know "work", get me the results I want and I use those methods over and over again.
I basically stick to with what I know- BUT NOW I FEEL LIMITED IN SO MANY WAYS.

I take great portraits, and shooting life-style stuff, because I KNOW A LOT ABOUT BEAUTY,... I have a great eye for framing and seeing images of beauty with color, lines, light, wardrobe, hair, make-up, locations and wind. I am very conscious of when creating images how important all these elements share in adding to a beauty of a shot.

I am aware of my limited "technical" knowledge, that is why I am on this site!

One of the best advise I think I ever got was: "You don't have to spend your money on 'the' top of the line body. Get a mid-size good 'professional' body, BUT YOU MUST BUY " the top of the line' lenses!
PUT YOUR MONEY THERE- Your Glass is everything, and get yourself a great lab!"

I short, I did just that.
I realize I'm about 10 years behind most! When I bought my first film body 10 years ago, real photographers where going digital ALREADY!

I'm here to focus on my photography now and DO MORE WITH MY WORK!

HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS!- The photographer I sat down with who I am eager to take classes from said, "If you 'can get' these results with your images, with the little "recipes" you have been using over and over again, you are going to be dangerous when you invest some time in really learning how to use your camera!"

I'm am not embarrassed about what I 'don't know'.
My focus here on this forum is to learn.
Mr Fstop, YOU SAID: br "Why do you use this ... (show quote)

It sounds to me like you're more interested in the Canon already, but with that said, wouldn't the real choice be in the lenses? I'm a Canon shooter, and I can get about the same results from most any body (excluding old digital cameras who's sensor are not as good) that I put my lenses on including sub-frame cameras. The money is in the lenses when you're talking about the Pro lines from either manufacturer. The rest is mostly features in the camera that just make it more streamlined for shooting. I have plenty of examples of the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS over on my site Anything you find there of people is with this lens and many of the others are too. It's fair to say that I really really like this lens, and since you're hand holding using natural light I highly recommend this lens for what you do should you choose to flip to Canon.

I hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions.

Jan 2, 2012 15:28:34   #
JerrysPhotos wrote:
You made some great shots..........

Thank you. You have some nice work on your flicker page!

Jan 2, 2012 14:03:57   #
mooseeyes wrote:
The Score is in:

Ha ha! Thanks mooseeyes!

Jan 2, 2012 13:41:52   #
jbirdmo wrote:
Donald Green wrote:
I don't know what your background is, but the guitar photo puts you up there with the finest glamour photographers have an eye, and your technique is just toooooooooooo nice.

Thanks for that! One of the things that I appreciate about photography is the ability to make one thing into another. Or at least make others not aware of what it really is. In the guitar photo she's actually leaning against the bathroom at the park. Not at all sexy, but when framed to hide all the telling marks it's not so bad. :) It does make me laugh sometimes though.

Do you work on glamour as a professional or hobby?

Thanks again!

quote=Donald Green I don't know what your backgro... (show quote)

Obviously I took your comment as pertaining to the photo, and after reading it again today I see that you were referring to my personal background.

I am an amateur photographer with about 17 years of behind the camera experience, only within the last two years taking glamour photography seriously. I take lighting seriously, as I'm more interested in creating a photo with a camera than being a Photoshop artist. I use Photoshop only when I absolutely have to, and all four of the photos that I have shared in this thread have not been altered other than to convert from RAW and possibly crop a little.

Jan 2, 2012 13:15:53   #
Sac-Jack wrote:
I really like the back ground on this one a lot and the photo is just great. You did an outstanding job on this one for sure.

Thanks Sac-Jack!
I had a lot of fun with this shoot.

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