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Old 07-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #46
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Thanks for all the tips in this thread. I actually just found it the other day. While I don't have a "fancy" camera yet this does have a lot of food for thought and will definitely help me decide on what camera to upgrade to. Aside from cooking spam and building crap out of bed rails, I do a lot of outdoors stuff and have been to Alaska several times now. Every time I kick myself for only having a "cheap" camera. While I don't have to worry as much about dropping it off a cliff or in the ocean, I really would like to capture some of the stuff I have seen in a better manner. Its so frustrating to show people pics and have to constantly explain that it looks so much better in real life. Thanks again.

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Do not take pics of your food inside of a SPAM bowl.

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ROFL, that literally made me choke on a drink.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:17 PM   #47
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(bump)

This pairs well with that other thread....
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:58 PM   #48
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I was playing around a bit with some farmer's market tomatoes, and decided to play around with aperture settings. Here are a couple examples... this is something worth doing, especially with a tripod, that I don't do often enough. I just go wide open (usually f/1.4), with very shallow depth of field, but that's not really always appropriate.

Anyway, here's f/1.4, shutter at 1/50 sec.


Moved to f/2.8, shutter at 1/15 sec.


Then f/5 at 1/5 sec.


f/8 at 1/2 second


And, lastly, f/16 at 2.5 sec.


I think the differences are pretty obvious, as the DOF gets larger and larger.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:00 PM   #49
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Personally, I'd rather see it done with an assembly of your cocktails, but tomatoes work well too.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:18 PM   #50
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After spending last weekend staying over a great bar for three days, I need to stay away from cocktails for a bit! :) Tomatoes are safer.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:13 PM   #51
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Ok, here's a question for you pros...

I want to get a 9-10 stop ND filter for use on a couple of lenses. I was thinking Cokin, but have found bad things about their ND filters (color changes). Then I was thinking Lee, and choked on the price.

I'm talking solid ND, so I am now debating between B+W 110 and Light Craft Workshop 77mm ND500MC Filter (10 stop for the B+W, 9 for the Light Craft). I'll get the 77mm as that's the larger lens, with a step up ring for 62-77mm to use with the other lens.

Any suggestions, thoughts, etc?
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #52
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I don't use a lot of filters, but the ones I do own are all B+W.

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Ok, here's a question for you pros...

I want to get a 9-10 stop ND filter for use on a couple of lenses. I was thinking Cokin, but have found bad things about their ND filters (color changes). Then I was thinking Lee, and choked on the price.

I'm talking solid ND, so I am now debating between B+W 110 and Light Craft Workshop 77mm ND500MC Filter (10 stop for the B+W, 9 for the Light Craft). I'll get the 77mm as that's the larger lens, with a step up ring for 62-77mm to use with the other lens.

Any suggestions, thoughts, etc?
Tiffen filters have always been high quality. They are not cheap like Cokin
filters though. They are cheaper than Nikon and Canon etc. filters.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:01 PM   #54
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I LOVE my lenses with short F-stops. They're great for food, portraits, etc. I have one that does not have a zoom on it, and was the least expensive canon lens in my aresnal, but it is BY far my favorite lens.

Also, a remote, off shoe flash is always a great idea too, and you can get really creative with lighting!
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Tiffen doesn't make a 10 stop that I can find, but I went ahead and bought the B+W. I would have gotten the Light Craft model, but I couldn't find the one I wanted in the US. it seems easy to find in England, but not here.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:53 PM   #56
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B+W makes a fine product and would have been my first choice; I think you'll be happy with your decision.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:29 PM   #57
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Okay, here is a super-simple setup that anyone with a half decent camera can use. I used this exact setup to shoot these shots for throwdowns, using my Canon G12 point-and-shoot, in Program mode...







It is this easy. I moved my kitchen table over to my kitchen window. I set the food on the table. I aimed the camera. I took about a dozen pictures at slightly different angles, so I could choose the best on the computer.

No flash. Just natural light from behind the subject. Here is what it looks like when I shoot...



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Old 09-25-2011, 05:32 PM   #58
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Wait a second. How did you take a picture of yourself taking a picture.

I call Photoshopped

Fake!
FAKE!!!
FAKE!!!!!!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #59
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Wait a second. How did you take a picture of yourself taking a picture.

I call Photoshopped

Fake!
FAKE!!!
FAKE!!!!!!!
I used the professional camera on a tripod, with the self-timer to photograph me pretending to take a picture of an empty plate. Hey, I'm a farking professional. Now, go away, yer botherin' me.

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:25 AM   #60
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Canon S95 on sale $290. This is a great portable camera with a fairly fast lens. I like it for traveling as I put it right in my pocket and don't know it's there. I think they're clearing them out. I might buy a spare.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830120455
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