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Old 02-03-2012, 06:57 PM   #91
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I'm seriously considering an upgrade to the new D4.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...LR_Camera.html

If so, my D3 will be on the market for about 2,500 bucks, if anyone is interested.

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Old 02-22-2012, 11:22 AM   #92
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I did a bit of research on the S100 vs the S95. If you read back a few posts I have made some comments. Also, search for a thread in the Woodpile about my upcoming trip to Alaska. Overall, the S100 seems to get mixed reviews and many people say the S95 is better for still photos. The S100 has full 1080p video and GPS and such so it has more features. I picked up the S95 just before Christmas for a steal so that made the decision for me and I love it. I would suggest first looking for a deal on an S95 as stores are clearing them out. If you cannot find one, the S100 will still be an outstanding camera. Check out the reviews on Amazon too.
Thanks Brad, that actually helped a lot. The reviews on bestbuy.com where mostly a love fest but the Amazon reviews seemed to be more technical. I ended up picking one up and so far think it is great the battery life does stink and I have a lot of learnin' to do.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:24 AM   #93
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I'm a tard when it comes to takin' good food pics, I will say that for the folks that have to use their smart phone, look for the free HDR Camera app in the android store...

It will only work for still shots, but it gives a pretty decent, no editing needed photo.

When you take the picture, it will take 3 consecutive pics, 1 over exposed, one under exposed and 1 normal, it then overlays all 3 pics so that the highlights and shadows are deeper & richer than normally would be with your regular camera app.

Since it takes 3 pics, you've got to hold very still otherwise your pics will turn out deguerred, kinda tough when you can't really mount your phone in a tri pod.

I don't have any examples right now, but I'll take a few later and post them.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #94
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Here are 2 pics, full sunlight, first with reg Samsung Galaxy S camera app, the second with HDR camera app on the same phone.

Natural light plays with it a little more than indoor lighting...





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Next 2 diff exposures on the same camera, indoor light a mix of natural & artificial



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Old 05-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #95
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With a lot of help from CaseyDog in this and another thread I started, I've gotten better results here of late. Ended up buying a Nikon L810 used for the first time in the Taco Throwdown. Also using a slight modification of CD's lighting technique. Still a learning curve for sure.

Here's a link to a cool tutorial I'm just starting:

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm

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I'm seriously considering an upgrade to the new D4.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...LR_Camera.html

If so, my D3 will be on the market for about 2,500 bucks, if anyone is interested.

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Did you do the upgrade? I'm on the lower end for my stuff, but waffling between the d5100 and d7000, though the d3200 seems to have a lot to offer for less.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:34 AM   #97
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I've had a D7000 for about 6 mos now. It is a great camera. You probably can' t do much better than this in a non full frame sensor camera. Spend the extra dough on a great lens.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #98
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Did you do the upgrade? I'm on the lower end for my stuff, but waffling between the d5100 and d7000, though the d3200 seems to have a lot to offer for less.
I still have the D3. D4s are hard to get, and I'm still balking at the price.

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #99
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I just found out my camera fund supports me getting a Nikon d7000! I'll be ordering soon!
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I've got a question regarding lens sizes. I've been using my widest angle lens, the 18-55 which came standard with the camera. Would their be any benefit to jumping up to a longer lens size like a 70-300 to compress the space a little bit?

Would there be any benefit or am I just going to annoy myself by having to stand really far away or get out a stepstool to fit everything into a shot?
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I've got a question regarding lens sizes. I've been using my widest angle lens, the 18-55 which came standard with the camera. Would their be any benefit to jumping up to a longer lens size like a 70-300 to compress the space a little bit?

Would there be any benefit or am I just going to annoy myself by having to stand really far away or get out a stepstool to fit everything into a shot?
I don't think you need a longer lens for food shots. I find that I like to shoot close up with a wider angle zoom setting. Since I shoot most of my TD entries with my Canon G12, with it's small chip, I can't really give you an accurate equivalent, but your 18-55 can certainly capture the same image.

I think a long lens will make your food look a bit too two dimensional.

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So, I'm taking my photos to the next level and need some help learning Photoshop, just got my copy of the latest version. Company also provided me with Lightshop, so I can do some cataloging, etc. Where's a good place to start (books?, website?). TIA for any help.
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So, I'm taking my photos to the next level and need some help learning Photoshop, just got my copy of the latest version. Company also provided me with Lightshop, so I can do some cataloging, etc. Where's a good place to start (books?, website?). TIA for any help.
Did you mean Lightroom?

I don't use Lightroom, but I am a heavy user of photoshop. For your food shots, learn to use Levels and Color Balance first. Then learn Smart Sharpen. I use those three things on pretty much every shot I take.

The dodge and burn tools are also useful on food shots.

That should get you started. Kelby Training videos online are pretty good.

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