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Dino L. Rovera
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  61 .  White Balance Selection
If I am taking an outdoor portrait and the sky is cloudy, but I am going to use an off camera fill flash, what should I set my WB to....cloudy or flash...or auto? Please advise. Thank you....

12/18/2012 7:00:36 PM

Bob Cammarata
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  Personally, I've never trusted auto-white balance settings.
Every camera I've used seems to lean toward the cool side...especially in deep shade.
The color temperture of an overcast sky is around 6000K. Electronic Flash is around 5400K.
These values are pretty close and either setting should produce acceptable results, depending upon which part of the scene is most important.
You might also consider a manual setting in the middle (5600K).

To be sure, you can bracket several exposures using slightly different WB settings.

12/19/2012 1:27:46 AM

Dino L. Rovera
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  Thanks Bob. I know what you mean about Auto WB, I just mentioned it because it is on the camera, but I too do not use it. Great tips...thank you...I guess I could always change the temperture in Camera Raw, but really like all to be perfect "in Camera". Thanks again...Cheers...Dino

12/19/2012 4:08:33 AM

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Harriet Feagin
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  62 .  Travel Lens
My best lens bit the dust and I would like to replace it. I shoot Canon and would like to know what is the best lens for interiors and what is the best lens for travel. Does anyone have experience with the Canon 18-135 or the 24 mm 2.8? Thanks.

Harriet Feagin

12/18/2012 8:53:09 AM

  Hi Harriet,
I use my 24-70mm & 70-200mm lenses the most for travel.
I may carry a 17-40mm or 100-400mm if I dont mind carrying the extra weight but rarely do unless I know what I am going to shoot beforehand. I do carry a carbon fiber tripod and believe it is essential and worth its weight.
I would love to get the Canon 14mm L lens but its pricey ($2000). It works well for interiors and landscapes alike. I shoot full frame as well so if you are using an APC sensor, I would recommend the 16-35mm or the 17-40mm. I shot with a 40D and a 10-22mm lens in Europe and captured some fantastic images with that combo.
Thats my .02
Carlton

12/20/2012 2:15:05 AM

Luis A. Morales
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  Hi Harriet. When you say bit the dust, what does that mean? Is it worth getting it fixed? KEH in Geaorgia has some pretty great deals on used equipment, refurbished, fixed, etc. and I would recommend looking at their site. If it needs repairing, look at their prices for repairing equipment.

1/22/2013 10:18:30 AM

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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  63 .  Wireless shutter releases
I have gone through two inexpensive (at least when I bought them) wireless shutter releases, which quit in the middle of portrait sessions, even though they both had new batteries. The first one (same brand) -I just purchased the same one again as it was so inexpensive. Then had the same problems -failing to release the shutter, then just quitting altogether, just two days after purchasing batteries for both parts of the release. I did read the manual that came with these devices and followed the instructions telling me how to reach the signal each time. It would work maybe twice and then quit. In the last session, when I press eased the release, nothing happened, then about a minute later it goes off continually 5 times- that was humorous. My question is, "Is there a wireless shutter release out there under a $100 that will work, preferably having choices for multiple frame shooting, and long exposure?? HELP!!

12/10/2012 11:03:41 AM

  I don't have a suggestion Nancy but I am having a hearty laugh at the thought of your camera giving you a five-shot burst as revenge for you bad-mouthing it!

12/13/2012 4:15:34 AM

  It was a comic moment, Peter. I was taking a family photo with me in the picture and when I pressed the release, nothing happened. I threw my head up in disgust and at the same time the 5 burst happened. So, of course, I have a photo of me with my head up in the air, and my husband laughing his head off! ; )))

12/13/2012 6:45:58 AM

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Pat Harry
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  64 .  Purple spot on image - what is it?
 
  Purple Spot - what caused it?
Purple Spot - what caused it?
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Can you see the purple spot at the base of the monument? What caused this?

12/8/2012 6:18:00 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  I see the different color in the stones/bricks. I don't see what I'd call a spot. Unless you could upload a photo more zoomed in on the area.

12/9/2012 11:58:46 AM

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Thanks, Gregory. Here is another one - I cropped tighter. The purple spot (or area) is a on the monument, a bit above the middle.

12/9/2012 12:26:29 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  My first guess would be something on your lens, causing some kind of light diffraction? I see 3 spots in the clouds (to the right of the monument, in the 1st photo) that suggest your lens may have splatters of something on it?

12/11/2012 5:22:54 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Chromatic aberration makes a purplish color like that. Usually if something on the lens shows up, it's on the side of the aperture blades closest to the camera, like sensor dust shows up. So it could be a finger print on the rear elements. Or check for mold inside the lens.
The spots in the clouds look like something on the sensor.
You can always make a white screen on your monitor and take pictures of it at small apertures and see if they show up. That's an easy way to check for dust on the sensor.

12/11/2012 9:19:40 PM

Pat Harry
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  Thank you both. I'll try cleaning it once more and see if I can get it. If not, then it's time for a professional clean.

12/14/2012 8:08:03 AM

  I think it might be aliens. . .

12/14/2012 10:12:54 AM

Pat Harry
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  Jeff, I'm sure you are right. Because I would never let my lens get dirty or smudged. Nope. Never. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

So aliens it is.

12/16/2012 6:29:14 AM

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wayne langston
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  65 .  lense adaptor
I would like to know if anyone can help me with this question.
At the present time I use a A100 Sony and would like to make a change to one of the lenses that I use. I would like to change a 70-300 to a 400mm. Is that possible and if so where can I get the adapter to change it?
Any information will be helpful. Thanks a lot

Wayne Langston

12/2/2012 7:06:11 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Sony and Kenko make a teleconverter to fit Sony lenses. Sometimes a teleconverter won't fit all lenses in the line up, so research and see if it will fit your lens.

12/2/2012 10:40:33 AM

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Eloise & Eugene Gregory
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  66 .  Best settings for shooting luminaries
I will be going to the Memorial Illumination at Antietam tonight. What settings would you recommend for this event?

12/1/2012 5:57:55 AM

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kerby lee pfrangle
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  67 .  Christmas idea for a photographer
This is just my opinion but I bought (Portrait Professional) for myself awhile back and I love it.

The more I play with it the better I can make my portrait pictures. It so fun to play with.

It does not cost very much and I think it makes a great gift for a photographer friend for Christmas.

I bought it and downloaded off the internet.

11/22/2012 2:03:24 PM

 
 
  Zombie Bride
Zombie Bride
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Hi Kerby,
I do like Portrait Professional but use it sparingly and try to be careful not to overcook the images. I think PP or Topaz filters would make a nice x-mas gift.
Zombie Bride - simple desaturation is the only editing I used on this one :)
Cheers,
Carlton

11/24/2012 3:24:34 PM

  Hi Carlton,

Zombie bride is a very nice picture. You did a nice job on it.

I love Portrait professional and I am having so much fun with it. You can really make the portrait images nice with it.

It makes a really nice gift for a photographer that enjoys doing portrait work. It very reasonable in cost.

11/27/2012 7:15:58 PM

  I just bought the new version of Portrait professional and there is a discount coupon for a friend if anyone wants to use it the number is

CXLZ-MQWC-ALPE-JBYT

This will get you a fifteen percent discount on Portrait professional.

I love the product I can take older portraits and really make them shine.

12/3/2012 7:40:11 AM

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gordon stevenson
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  68 .  do I require a release?
Just submitted a photo titled, "the clown, the bull, & the ram (see my gallery). Wondering if a release or permission is required to upload this photo to B.P. Thank you

11/14/2012 7:53:15 PM

  No.

11/15/2012 8:41:20 AM

  Thanks Lynn. Appreciate your concise reply. Gordon

11/16/2012 8:51:34 PM

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Noelle Rosenberg
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  69 .  How to fix a swollen eye
 
  Black eyed girl
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Hi There,

I have been struggling with how to fix this beautiful girl's swollen black and blue eye. Can anyone help me? I use ps 5 and I am struggling with making this look natural.

Thank you!
Noelle

11/11/2012 11:01:27 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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Do you have liquify tool on your version of photoshop. That might be the easiest way to reshape the eye. You can't copy and flip her left eye because she's not looking straight ahead.
I tried a quick fix with my very basic version of photoshop. I used distort-spherize to suck in the area of the swelling. To try to cover up the bruising, I used paintbrush tool set to screen and sampled various spots with the eyedrop tool from her cheekbone, under the eyebrow on the inside part of her right eye, and also her eyelash line on her left eye, to try to get shadowing and the contour to look right.
Since I used the web version, I had to use a very small brush size, and almost do pixel by pixel. On a full size picture, the clone tool could be substituted for the paintbrush.
Whether it looks natural or better, that can be up to interpretation.

11/11/2012 10:31:06 PM

Noelle Rosenberg
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  Hi Gregory,

Thanks for looking at this. I do have liquify and I tried that. I also tried the flip but, yes, the eye is not looking in the same direction. A pro friend suggested I send it out to a retouch place. I have many of these to edit and I think it will take too much time.

Thanks again. Best, Noelle

11/12/2012 3:40:19 PM

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Paul Newton
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  70 .  Buying a new tripod
I've begun my hunt for a new tripod. I'm willing to spend $3-400 for one that I hope will fit my needs. Those needs include: travel worthy, packing into a backpack, lightweight, yet sturdy, and easily maneuverable and interchangeable. There seems to be a wide selection out there of competent tripods. What is your experience (good or bad)? Aluminum vs. carbon fiber? Head adaptability? Thanks for your input!

11/7/2012 8:25:50 PM

 
 
 
Hi Paul,
I have 2 Manfrotto's. One is a aluminum model 3021 with a 322RC2 pistol grip head. This I use for more portrait/sudio shoots. The one I carry everywhere is the 190CXPRO4 with a 468MGRC2 hydraulic head. The 190CX is carbon fiber and has 4 sectioned legs that collapse down small enough to be carried on my Lowepro Flipside 300 backpack. I sometimes use the center column hook to hang my bag on if I need more weight on the tripod for stability but it is usually sturdy enough as it is.
Really Right Stuff & Gitzo are very well made but a tad pricey. A friend bought a carbon fiber no-name brand online for $100 and I was very impressed with it.
I suggest going to the camera store and handling them and try different combinations of heads/tripods and see what clicks with you. The Gitzo's have twist lock legs while my Manfrotto's are a flip lock (which I prefer).
Good Luck,
Carlton

Here is a pic from last weeks "Portland Zombie Walk "

11/7/2012 9:41:03 PM

  Thanks for the input. I live in a rural setting but will try to get to a camera store to try them out. I have a Manfrotto monopod that I really like but it is a very simple design. I guess the head arrangement is really going to be the hard part.
Thanks again!

11/7/2012 10:32:48 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I've been pretty happy with my Induro carbon fiber---except that in hindsight, I wish it had flip-locks instead of twist-locks on the leg extensions. Each leg has 4 segments, so there are 3 locks to adjust---9 total locks, and all being twist-type, I feel I spend a LOT of time locking the legs!

I got it several years ago, and it was a markedly less expensive (then) carbon fiber option than the other big names I compared to. (If I recall, it came in just under $300?) I'm 6'2" tall, and so I wanted a tripod that was as tall as possible when fully extended (not counting center column extension), and as small as possible when collapsed, with a low weight. (They had 3-segment legs on some models, but collapsed, they were too big for carry-on bags.) If I remove the center column, then the collapsed legs, and the removed column, fit in my carryon size luggage for flights (without having to take off the somewhat bulky Manfrotto "squeeze grip" head I use.) If I am checking a larger bag on a trip, I'll put the full tripod in there, usually.

At the time I bought it, Induro offered an identical model, but with a center column that you could pull out, and remount to be a horizontal column... It was a tad more money, so I skipped it---now I wish I had a "flippable" center column sometimes (useful for shooting directly down over something on the ground); they no longer offer that model.

11/9/2012 7:44:56 AM

  Paul, if haven't yet bought a tripod and head, check out a company called Really Right Stuff. They have helped me with tripod head problems and if I didn't already have a great Manfrotto tripod, I would have purchased one from them. They know what customer service is all about. They have a physical store in CA, but you can find them online and you can find someone to speak to you, who will take your wants and needs into consideration, and give you good advice whether or not you purchase from them.

12/14/2012 1:59:35 PM

  Paul, You won't find anything in your price range from Really Right Stuff. They start at 800 and go up from there. Their top of the line ball head is around 500, and I highly recommend it. I am a firm beliver in splurging on a tripod. Personally I would get their TVC 33L for the extra height. I own a Gitzo 3530 LS carbon fiber which is really nice but a little short when working on slopes. I may be moving up to the RRS tripod.

12/30/2012 4:24:39 AM

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