It makes me sad to see people complaining about the money they've "lost" on their old equipment. If you got many years of happy use with it, it wasn't lost. I have a good DSLR Nikon and a selection of lenses for it, I use it almost every day and I love it, but I still use my old Minolta XG1, the SLR I learned on. People who don't know the image they're looking at was produced by a film camera always remark on the richness of the photos it produces. The large photography stores and of course Amazon still carry many kinds of film, 35mm, medium format, and sheets, including new, experimental types. Want to try infrared photography without spending a lot of money on filters or converting your camera? Try infrared film! I get everything developed by mailing the rolls to The Darkroom in California. They charge $11 a roll (24 or 36 exp) which includes a mailing label, developing, scanning each negative and both putting them online so you can download them and sending you back a CD of the images and the negatives. You pay for the return shipping, about $4 - $5. The scans are flat and noisy, the higher the ISO the noisier they are. But a few basic post-processing moves and the information revealed in the image is amazing, like a raw file. Yes, it's more expensive than digital, it will never replace digital, but it's FUN and you keep your skills up.
With film, when you get high ISO film does that mean you will get a lot of noise? Or unlike digital is it better to get high ISO film?
I get my 35mm film developed and scanned commercially, and have found that the higher the ISO, the more noise you will get in the scans. Easily fixed in a denoising program, but not ideal for sharpness. So I try to stick to ISO 50 and 100, even 200 is ok.
I am teaching a photo class to high school student... (
Here's a before and after ...
Have had this camera several years.
Had a serious focus problem using Auto.
Just started experimenting with all the other settings.
ISO, Aperture and speed settings.
Any hints, tips, beware's out there.
I am a long time 35mm SLR user and familiar with all camera terms.
I've had the 3100 for almost 3 years, and lately I noticed the images were looking soft, no matter what lens or settings I used. So I took it in for a cleaning, and now it's fine again. Hopefully that's all yours needs. And yes, it will hunt for focus if the light is very low or it's a low-contrast situation.
Uuglypher: I logged in just so I could tell you this is one of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen.
Beautiful day,went exploring on the north shore of Long Island. I was scouting photo sites, not really out for photos, so I just had the Kodak point and shoot. I happened to see two young guys at a beach with a drone, so I asked and they let me take pix; I must have looked harmless with my little camera, they called me maam. :roll: I've had the M5370 for years, first time I used sport mode on it. The photos are posted for fun.
Thank you all very much for looking and your comments.
These were taken today at the annual parrot picnic in a local park. The raw images were vibrant, not flat at all. They hardly needed any post-processing, just a few tweaks. Very minimal cropping was done on these. I kept the ISO at 400 due to the limitations of the D3100, but really needed to shoot faster than I did.
Thanks, made my morning! :thumbup:
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. Much appreciated.
Yes, getting down low with the tripod is a challenge for some of us. The shell grouping is beautiful, specifically the composition and the similar colors throughout. Keep at it, and have fun!
This is my first post. Got a 60mm macro 2 year ago at a great price My first attempts at getting great pictures were dismal failures. I got it out again and decided to practice on getting the shots I have seen others get. After practicing for the last two month I think I am finally making some progress.
I like that the fly seems to be saying, "Wow, I hit the jackpot here!" So does the first one, that shows the whole cluster of fruit, make that statement better than the second, more intimate one? Any other comments, critiques welcome.
Dennis, thank you for your comments. You are right, I should have included a reference object; the spine was sitting on a cutting board. As for the focus, I took five shots with different focus points and blended them in PP. I guess I wasn't prepared for how translucent the spine was. Maybe backlighting would have been better. Something to try next time.
First non-flower macro. D3100 with Nikkor 40mm micro, ring light. I am learning so any C&Cs welcome.