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Apr 15, 2019 13:33:22   #
Jimmer wrote:
I have been reading the Hog for a couple of years but never posted anything. For Christmas I gave my wife a trip to Israel and I thought I would tag along to keep her out of trouble. First of all I am a real, real novice at photography and I'm not too proud to say that I need a lot of help. A couple of years ago I bought a Sony a 6000, but I only used it a couple of times and didn't take the time to learn how to use it. Now I have a real need to learn how.
I bought a kit that included a 16-50 and a 55-210 lens. I would like to take just 1 lens on our trip for weight and convenience issues. I want to enjoy the historic significance of what I am seeing and not be fussing and worrying about the photos that I am taking. I have also thought about buying a 35 or 50 mm F1.8 lens for a good walk around lens. If I should buy another lens, where is the best place to get one, local or online?. I live in the Portland Oregon area.
From my reading of the Hog, I know the members offer excellent advice. Any and all will be greatly appreciated. I leave in about 3 weeks. Thanks for you help.
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If you are considering buying another lens, depending on the cost, you might be further ahead to buy a bridge camera to take. There are a number of good ones available, both new and refurbished that are available. I have a Canon PowerShot SX50 which covers 24mm - 1200mm optical zoom range. The advantage is there are no lenses to change, just zoom to whatever focal length you need and shoot. It also offers both RAW and JPG options for your pictures.
 
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Apr 13, 2019 13:45:13   #
BigDJim wrote:
I've been recruited by several artists to photograph their paintings where said photos will be used to enter competitions or used to publicize their work. The problem: color accuracy.

I'm not convinced that a digital camera (Nikon 750) and quality fixed lens (50MM) under practically any circumstances can accurately capture the various colors, hues, shadings etc of an oil painting. Camera color set at Neutral, White balance set for proper light temps (3200 Kevlar incandescent lights--2 of them at 45 degree angles), aperture settings at midrange for maximum focusing accuracy, equipment on tripod, painting mounted and shot on seamless black cloth background. Downloaded to Lightroom 5 with WB settings at either Automatic or Custom (shot at both settings with hardly any discernible differences).

After tweaking, adding color, fiddling with exposure, modifying color, saturation,and everything other thing I can think of, the artists still complain that an item from the painting isn't quite right...a flower is too blue, the sky is washed out, the wood on the table needs to be a deeper brown and the comments go on and on and on.

I personally think a digital camera under the proper set-up can very closely approximate a painting, but will never capture it with absolute, total accuracy.

With all the photographic expertise of men and women who's knowledge, experience and opinions I value here on Ugly Hedgehog can anyone shed any light on this problem (no pun intended)? Am I doing something wrong, or overlooking something I should be doing?

I've considered paying the exorbitant price for a color card kit, but have read that these are useless or else they are beneficial. Opinion split about 5o-50.

Thanks everyone for wading through this post.
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Use a ColorChecker Passport to lock in the color accuracy.
Apr 9, 2019 13:18:59   #
Hector Aldama wrote:
Hi my name is hector new on the forum and new on photography. I encountered a problem. I accidentally deleted my pictures from my sd card trying to download into my computer. Is it t anyway to retrieve the pictures from the ad memory card. The ad card is empty now any help out there will be appreciated thanks


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Recuva is available at "https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva" and offers a free version that does a good job.
Apr 9, 2019 13:10:53   #
mrtoad90 wrote:
Can a "signature" be added - in camera - to a photo

I am using a Nikon d7100


Thank you - MrToad


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You can add your copyright information to be embedded into the shots but I don't think there is any way to a signature or watermark on the photos.
Apr 9, 2019 13:07:46   #
2mishka wrote:
The 7000 series nikon are great cameras but little is discussed by pros about the proper ways to set-up your camera. These cameras have lots of options but it would be nice to get opinions from the pros on this.
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YouTube has a number of good videos on setting up the D7200.
Apr 9, 2019 13:06:01   #
Fergie wrote:
My initial question was if my Nikon D3100 with a Tamron 18-270 would do a good job for a crisp photo at 100 yards. I also need to learn how to understand camera settings.
Thank You!


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In the Exif data, it says you were using manual focus. I would recommend that you switch to Auto-Focus first and possibly try a slightly smaller aperture too such as f/8. If you are using a tripod and still having problems try turning off the VC while using the tripod.
 
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Apr 4, 2019 14:06:32   #
karpear wrote:
The reviews have been poor and photoshop18 has been teviewed well. Should I stay away from Elements 19? I have a new Apple computer and have been using Elements 14 on my old PC.


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Download a trial copy and see for yourself how well it works. If you are running version 14 you are 3 generations back so it might have enough new to make it worth upgrading. I don't put a lot of faith in reviews since almost every version has had some bad reviews. What might not be enough improvement for one person might be great for another.
Apr 1, 2019 17:03:57   #
unduki wrote:
Hi:

I'm quite pleased to have found this forum. Thank you to the founder(s).

I just got diagnosed with a disabling disease and can't work. I'm going to try photography. I have an ok camera, a Cannon Rebel T-5 (if I can ever get the lens cap removed) and people often tell me I have a good eye, so I'm going to make some lemonade out of my lemons.

I'm also going to try taking up the banjo.


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Welcome!!
Apr 1, 2019 16:55:02   #
Terry wrote:
I have been having trouble finding someone to develop my compact disc. Walmart, cvs, and target do not have the right machines anymore. Walgreens do but are getting rid of them. Where am I going to be able to get them done or am I going to have to get new cameras?


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Transfer the pictures to a thumb drive and take it. Most of the machines have USB ports where you can plug in the thumb drive to print the pictures.
Mar 27, 2019 13:50:47   #
JaiGieEse wrote:
I have a few rolls of KodaChrome that I neglected to have processed. I'd really like to find out what's on these rolls of film, but so far, I have found only one or two places that process KodaChrome in B/W, and I did run across one fellow who claimed to be able to process the film in color.

Sent this person an email query, and got no response.

Has anyone heard of new options for processing KodaChrome in color?


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There is/was a Cibachrome process that allowed you to print positive to positive prints from slides. I don't know if the chemistry and paper are still available though.
Mar 24, 2019 22:50:59   #
elliott937 wrote:
I am in the process of learning Affinity. I'm curious to learn how many of my fellow members here are using Affinity? And to all who respond, 1st. Thanks, and 2nd. how much do you like it?


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I bought Affinity Photo back in Jan. 2015 and I find it to be a good replacement for Photoshop and use it regularly.
 
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Mar 24, 2019 20:02:52   #
1DProphet wrote:
An example for you, Sunny 16 Rule, high noon equates to 100 ISO-1/100th-F16, now subtract your filters, ND.9 equals 3 stops, that has you at 100 ISO-1/15th-F16, now say your variable is 6 stops, 100 ISO-4 seconds-F16 is your new settings, so if you want to hit 15 seconds you’ve got to have a stronger filter, ND 3 perhaps, just count it down, pretty simple.


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I think an ND-8 is 3 stops.
Mar 23, 2019 13:10:10   #
bikertut wrote:
Using DuckDuckGo it properly shows my Anahi Pentax Spotmatic. Google is wrong. I still have mine, purchased in Japan in 1968.


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I think it is Asahi Pentax Spotmatic.
Mar 23, 2019 13:02:22   #
mbusch77 wrote:
So I am having a problem with my long exposures with ND filters, I've tried an ND 8 and a variable and then inevitably I combined both of them just trying to simply reduce the light coming in on my camera. I know filter stacking is ill-advised but I just can't seem to do anything else to cut the light down. I set up the exposure and the focus point through life mode then I put the filter on tweak it for the exposure and in most cases on meter is reading that I'm over exposing. And in every situation I can't go past 15 seconds without completely blowing out the shot. I've ended up using my kit lens (canon 18-55). Side note, I have plenty of other lenses I use like my 28 1/8 but unfortunately I just cannot cut down the amount of light does anybody have a suggestion I ended up shooting yesterday towards dusk and I was able to make it work but midday I can't do anything. It is 4:00 here and we have clouds rolling in over a baseball field and I would love to take a long exposure of that, but can't.
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I have never had a problem like that myself but if you can't get an exposure longer than 15 seconds try using bulb mode. In bulb mode you can keep the shutter open as long as you need.
Mar 21, 2019 12:58:56   #
Ednsb wrote:
I was lucky enough to take a number of images the other day at a local harbor with fog drifting thru the masts but when I got home to process them nothing I did seemed to bring out the fog. I then did google searches and didn’t really find much other than a video using affinity by making a layer with a graduated filter with just color but that seemed like I was creating fog rather than highlighting. I tried a number of dehaze options inside Lightroom, On1 , Luminar and even Topaz Studio with nothing working.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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You might try creating a luminosity mask to select the fog itself then work on selectively enhancing it using the mask. I don't know if newer versions of Lightroom offer luminosity masking or not but you can create them in "Photoshop", "Affinity Photo", "Photoshop Elements" and in "ON1 Photo RAW". I am not sure if Topaz offers any luminosity masking capabilities.
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