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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Worst feeling as a photographer' in the forum. yesterday

Tim Kelley wrote: Well things could have been worst.  Like no card in there, corrupt card or who knows.  JPGs are like a spare tire, they don't look pretty, but they'll get you there.  

Agree :kmonst:

Worst day I had was when I forgot to load the camera with film.  Of course this was long before digital magic.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Taking photos of homes' in the forum. 3 days ago

  • 1. are we allowed to take photos of random houses?
If you do it quickly, from a public road, yes.  From private property is a problem, assuming you get caught.  While the law allows photography from a public road, as the prior post stated, not all home owners know this or care to honor this.  Make a big production out of getting the shot and it may irritate the homeowner, with arguments and threats to follow.

spyguy

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Softbox Lighting Help' in the forum. 3 days ago

A softbox diminishes the light some. For for video of action an extra strong light would be needed, typically multiple CFLs. Most video folk now seem to be going with LED panels instead of the old softboxes.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'How many megapixels do MOST photographers REALLY need?' in the forum. 6 days ago

"Need" is a loaded question! I could probably get by with (thus need) only 7Mp or so. But more is nice. And the more expensive the camera, the higher "nice" rises. One thing I don't care for with huge rez is the huge file size.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'How much do you need a wide-angle zoom lens?' in the forum. 1 week ago

For a fast prime I would find more use for a 28 or 30mm than 24.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Anyone still using a DSLR that is over 10 years old?' in the forum. 1 week ago

My Canon 50D dates back to 2008, but sports 15MP. Just had it in for a sensor cleaning. At this point it is relegated to my backup camera. I could be tempted to replace it with a little newer full frame DSLR.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Looking for some advice and guidence' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

#1 could use someone or something on that "stage" to provide a focus and more interest.

#2 is a good candidate for a Black and White treatment, instead of color.

#3 is the most interesting. But try this at different times of the day. Different lighting and shadows may make a real difference.

Just keep at it, skills are not perfected in one day,
Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Gift for beginner girlfriend' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

You're right, there are lots of cameras to consider.  And each of those will have its fans.  Links for ideas -
Starter camera for teen

Best Camera for Beginner?

Your Preference? Cameras with manual dials or menu driven?

Which Mirrorless?

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Buying decision: Olympus OM-D E-M5 MarkII vs OM-D E-M10 MarkIII' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

On the used market it is sometimes possible to find nice deals on the old E-P5 with 17mm f/1.8 prime as a "kit".  This is a sweet setup for street photography.  I just got my P5 a couple of days ago and already like it better than my E-M5(original).  Sample photo from today -

Make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model: E-P5
Lens: OLYMPUS M.17mm F1.8
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Captured: Sat, 9 Nov 2019 13:04pm


That picture is not SOOC.  I did apply fairly heavy post processing to deal with the backlighting.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'How to brighten up my pictures' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

debbiebitton wrote: Is there nothing to do with what I actually have? Could I do anything with the reflector?

If your speedlight can be aimed straight up, you could do that, while holding the reflector (I hope it's silver) directly above the light at a 45 deg angle.  So the light from the flash goes straight up and is bounced horizontally by the reflector toward the people.  If the reflector is white instead of silver then the reflector really won't make much difference at all.

Kelly

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Focal point vs nodal point' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Nikon Shooter wrote:

KCook wrote: especially for close-up photography. Kelly



In my case, for panorama productions.

With a close foreground.  If scene is entirely off in the distance, then no need to fuss about the nodal point.

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Kelly Cook replied to the topic 'Focal point vs nodal point' in the forum. 1 month ago

No. The focal point is the more common case. This is where the light rays from the SAME point in the scene meet, the focal plane, where the sensor is placed. A nodal point is where the central light rays from DIFFERENT points in the scene cross (within the lens). So if you rotate the lens a little about the nodal point the perspective of the scene does not change. A complex lens design may have a couple of nodal points. Only the front most one is of any interest, especially for close-up photography.

Kelly

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