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Jul 13, 2019 22:54:49   #
digit-up wrote:
I recently purchased a post-processing “device” called affinity. I would like to learn to use it instead of or in addition to the generic APPLE software that came with my Apple desk-top. Many have recommended u-tube. As an approach to learning this app. But at 72 plus years old, I need practice and SUPERVISION. How could I find class-room type training? RJM

The videos provided by Affinity are excellent and fairly short-- 3 - 7 minutes. You can always rewind the video, stop the video and take notes, etc. The workbook is excellent! Contrary to what has been said in another post, you don't need to know much to get started. The lessons in the workbook are very specific as to what they do. And There are screen shots in case you can't see what to click on with the program.

I would also recommend the Affinity Revolution Youtube channel. You can download practice files to work on with both the official Affinity Photo workbook and for Affinity Revolution.

Good luck/ I have found Affinity Photo a LOT easier than Photoshop.
Jul 12, 2019 15:38:12   #
sagfgrump wrote:
My HP printer that I bought about 10 years ago is proving too expensive in terms of ink - and also is not working very well with colour photos.

what would people recommend - I use it for word documents and printing photos in colour, I was happy with the print quality of my old HP (c4480), but shelling out the price I paid for the printer each time I need a new colour cartridge seems a bit steep!

There are no printers that have cheap ink cartridges. I thought of getting refurbished cartridges from an ink supplier like 123Refills. Even those are at least half the cost of a new cartridge.

I have started buying Premium Inkjet Refill Kits. And recently bought Aomya brand refill kit from Amazon. I can say it was pretty easy to put new ink into the black and the color cartridges. I use the HP-61 cartridges. So, I can fill a cartridge up for about $2.00. BTW, the color of photos match the brand new HP inks.
Jul 12, 2019 10:04:14   #
rando wrote:
I need to make a presentation using digital photos. In the past, I would use Powerpoint. Any suggestions of other presentation programs?

Libre Office has a good presentation feature. It is easy to use. I like the fact you can just hit the spacebar and it will go to the next slide.
Jul 3, 2019 11:49:49   #
macthemac wrote:
prior post suggested AFFINITY photo for stacking. The AFFINITY site leads to multiple site with free download each of which looks a lot like Lightroom. I am suspicious of "free" sites. Is this a legitimate site that other UGHH have used and found to be useful?

The only place to download is
Click the MENU button and then Affinity Photo.
Right now (thru today) it is 20% off which makes Affinity Photo $39.99. And they have free updates.
Jun 25, 2019 12:53:46   #
jradose wrote:
I have figured out my problem. I am expecting the flash to do what it is not designed to do. My faulty thinking was about high speed sync. I was thinking it meant the flash would fire in rapid succession, did not matter the lighting situation. I now have found out, it only refers to shutter speed, not burst speed.

High speed sync is not for shotting multiple frames. You take one picture. Set your camera's sync speed to 320*, then you can set your shutter speed to 1/4000s or whatever you need. I usually shoot outdoor flowers at 1/4000s and f/11. Makes for a great flower shot with a black background, even in daylight.

Good luck.
Jun 24, 2019 11:37:36   #
Coresoil wrote:
Hello Everyone.
I’m new to the forum.
I’m asking for advice you might have on what magazine subscription I may look into. I’m looking for something to gain more knowledge on a bit beyond the fundamentals.
I am not a professional photographer.
I shoot with a Nikon D750. I have a kit lens AFS Nikkor 24-120/f4 VR and I’m purchasing a 50 mm prime soon.
I’m interested in existing light scenes.
Thank you for your help.

The best photo magazines come from the UK in my opinion. I have a subscription to Practical Photography which I discovered at BooksAmillion. I think I paid about $80 for a one year subscription, but I think it is well worth it.

There are other quality magazines. Digital Camera World and NPhoto are two.

Good luck with those. I wish I could afford all three.

Jun 21, 2019 17:10:55   #
jm76237 wrote:
I am looking into ND filters and polarizing filters and am confused. When do you use one over the other? Both seem to be used when you have too much light. Maybe a very basic question but I need a simple explanation.

Thanks in advance.

A polarizing filter is only good for about 1.5 to 2 stops of light. You can get ND filters up to about 18 or 20 stops.
I once used my solar eclipse filter (16 2/3 stops) for a long exposure. I had to show a very heavily traveled intersection with no cars. How do you do that without showing the cars? You take about a 20 minute exposure. The cars become invisible.

You can't do that with a polarizing filter. I think the polarizing filter is only good for 2-3 seconds.

Anyway, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Jun 20, 2019 10:06:04   #
boberic wrote:
Iknow it's just me. but I have a bias against " creamy" water, in that it doesnt look like water. I prefer a little detail in falls so a 1 or 2 nd filter is more than enough. BTW don't forget a really good tripod.And perhaps a gimbal head

Boberic, it's not just you! I, too, hate the silky smooth rendition of waterfalls. They look completely unnatural. Anything over 2-3 seconds exposure is enough.

By the way, you don't even need an ND filter to get the smooth look. Just take a burst of 6-10 images and combine in post.
Jun 14, 2019 11:12:05   #
unduki wrote:
This link is to an article about photographing wi-fi signals. What do you think? Could you capture this kind of image with a DSLR?

This is total BS.
Jun 13, 2019 11:08:39   #
wayne-03 wrote:
Maybe it's my computer but the background looks gray, I was trying for a white background.

To lighten up the background, move the subject closer to the background. You can also light the background separately from the subject.

Also, you can use a translucent material for your background and light it from behind.
Jun 11, 2019 09:29:03   #
[quote=jradose][quote=Gene51]Some speed lights have the capacity to use an external battery. Which one are you using?[/q

I am using a Yongnuo speed light.[/quote]

Yongnuo has the YN5200 battery pack that fits several Yongnuo flashes, two of which are the YN685 and YN968. The YN5200 recycles in 1/4 to 1/2 second. It costs about $80 and is said to last for 2000 full power flashes.

Check out the YN5200 on line to see if your flash can use it. Or look on the side of the flash for a little 3 conductor connector.
Jun 10, 2019 15:10:17   #
mikeroetex wrote:
Thank all for the suggestions, I tweaked a bit on horizon and took down saturation and dehaze a bit in the sky. See if this result is better!

I really like this photo. Definitely postcard material!
Jun 7, 2019 14:00:36   #
gvarner wrote:
I use the Lite Scoop from Lite Genius. It works well for me.

Yes. I use the Super-Scoop 3 from Lite Genius and the great thing about it is that when taking a vertical shot, the scoop can be rotated so that the light source (the scoop) is very close to the lens and above it so the resultant shadow is down and away from the subject.
May 24, 2019 14:20:09   #
siamesecatmanuk wrote:
Hi all,
Advise/suggestion from you flash guys and gals out there,as to what's the best/reasonably price backdrop where I desire the darkest / black effect

High speed sync works very well for creating a black background, even outside in daylight. (If your camera and speedlight have HSS capability.)
May 23, 2019 11:14:42   #
You can usually find a pretty good deal on a Canon Pro-100. Excellent quality. Up to 13x19 prints.
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