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Michael Cameron thanked Kelly Cook in topic Rebuilt and reworked 2 days ago
Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Rebuilt and reworked' in the forum. 3 days ago

Where possible, I like to jazz up my backgrounds with gradients and textures -

kellycook.zenfolio.com/2014bonhams

Unfortunately, Zenfolio doesn't always make that easy.

Nice photos, nicely organized. But I think more text to guide the visitor and share your approach to photography would help. This could be done below the slide show on the home page, or on the About page, or create a master index page for all of the galleries.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'What is proper height for tripod to be?' in the forum. 4 days ago

Sorry to be vague, but this is very much a personal call. The usual advice is tall enough to be comfortable while standing erect. However, if the tripod needs to be truly stable, this with be either an expensive (carbon), or very heavy tripod (aluminum). I have a heavy tripod for my little home studio, plenty tall. I'm cheap, my travel tripod is also aluminum. Nowhere near as stable (duh). To keep the vibration down to a dull roar I simply do NOT extend this tripod to its full height (63"). Instead I use it at about 48". I'm 6'1", so this easily violates that standing erect rule. Oh well.

Kelly Cook

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic '24mm the best for landscape photography?' in the forum. 6 days ago

Unfortunately there is no one best focal length for landscapes.  You could browse Flickr and other sites.  Look up the lenses used by other photographers for the same scenes that you want to shoot.

Kelly Cook

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'South Parade pier' in the forum. 7 days ago

drawback in that I couldn't shoot at 18mm
I was going to say that a little wider lens would be nice.  Funny structure on that pier!

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Upgrade from kit lens advice please.' in the forum. 7 days ago

I don't really need a fast lens because I usually shoot landscapes, buildings, seascapes etc.
I have good news and I have bad news for you.  The good news is that the most economical landscape lens for Canon is the 18-55, which you already have.  The bad news is that there are no good, cheap alternatives.

Cheapest alternative would be the new Canon 10-18 zoom.  Only 10mm is not very practical for most landscapes, simply too wide.  The ideal landscape zoom for Canon APS-C would cover something like 14-35mm.  There are full frame designs close to that.  But full frame zoom lenses are usually a difficult choice for Canon.  As they are either terribly expensive, or very old designs packing lots of CA.

There is the Canon 15-85, which is hardly cheap.

There are 28mm and 35mm primes.  The cheap ones are old, soft designs.  The nice ones are f/2 or faster, kind of expensive for a tight budget.

Kick the polarizer habit (I hardly ever use one) and be happy with the 18-55.

nohelpKelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Need help with what filters to get' in the forum. 1 week ago

My polarizing filters are Tiffen (glass) (our B+W fans just had coronaries). Of course price depends on size. I just paid $22 USD for a new 58mm.

Do these degrade the image? Yup, when pixel peeping. Does that mean they are useless junk? Not to me. But, once again, I don't expect my stuff to hang in galleries.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Need help with what filters to get' in the forum. 1 week ago

  • Again, don't skimp
As a hopeless cheapskate, my thinking is just the opposite.  I refuse to dump $100+ into a filter that I will hardly ever use.  So I get the cheaper ones.  Do they degrade the image?  Why yes, they do, a little.  But I have never expected my images to end up hanging in a gallery.  On the rare occasion when I actually need the ultimate in IQ, I simply leave the filters in the bag.

grump

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Too easy...Redux' in the forum. 1 week ago

John Landolfi wrote:

Not just a little....it's worse than selecting hair...:)
:ntf:

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Too easy...Redux' in the forum. 1 week ago

Not bad! When attempting stuff like this I go a little crazy trying to get a clean edge for the mask.

mrmagoo

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Need help with what filters to get' in the forum. 1 week ago

When first starting out a UV (clear) filter is not a bad idea.  End up cleaning grunge off the filter instead of the nice lens.  As time goes by expect to come around to leaving filters off, except for the worst environments.  At least that was my experience.

I have a couple of polarizing filters and a few ND filters.  Very rarely find a need for any of them.  Starting out I would spend my initial $$ on nice photo editing software instead of a bunch of expensive filters.

Kelly Cook

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Started to get into Film/Digital Photography' in the forum. 1 week ago

I like the first one best.  Was that one film or digital?

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Too easy?' in the forum. 1 week ago

I've never faked a sky.  Somehow cannot bring myself to do it.

wuss

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