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kerby lee pfrangle
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  61 .  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
f/7.1, 1/500s, 98mm
 
 
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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  62 .  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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  63 .  How to fix a swollen eye
 
  Black eyed girl
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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  64 .  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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Hans Abplanalp
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  65 .  Lens protection
Hi

Does using a neutral, clear filter to protect a lens impair image quality?

Thanks
Hans

10/30/2012 7:35:00 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  If it's high quality, not a noticeable difference. But another choice is to use a hard plastic lens hood.
Most cases, people drop their camera, and a lens hood will often hit and keep the front element from making contact with anything. But, projectiles and pointed objects would easily get past just a hood.

10/30/2012 7:45:18 AM

Hans Abplanalp
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  Hi Gregory

Many thanks for your reply.

Hans

10/30/2012 7:51:09 AM

  I use both a protective filter and a lens hood. The protective filter comes off when using OTHER filters. When using a CPL attach a rubber lens hood so you can adjust the filter to where it needs to be. With the hard lens hood it is too difficult to impossible to adjust the polarizer. The original use for a lens hood was to keep out unwanted flare from the sun or anything out of the frame that may shine unwanted light onto the lens. It also reduces glare which can give you false meter readings and it will also give you better contrast. There are very few occasions when it is not practical to use a lens hood. Examples: Flare is wanted and when it may scare an insect or get in the way while shooting Macro. Lens hoods are on my lenses 99% of the time including night shots and in the studio.

11/4/2012 11:04:36 AM

Hans Abplanalp
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  Hi Lynn

Thank you very much for your answer.

Hans

11/4/2012 11:49:34 AM

Bob Cammarata
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  The only two times I've attached a filter to protect the front of my lens was during a windy day along the beach at Nag's Head, and while wandering through the Geiser Basin at Yellowstone.
During those shoots, salt, sand and sulphur spray were flying around so much that I was worried about permanent staining and corrosion.

Filters DO degrade image quality, albeit slightly...which is why I prefer shooting filter free.
As for protection...
Keeping the lens cap on (except for when taking a shot) is your best option in my opinion.

11/6/2012 7:30:21 PM

Hans Abplanalp
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  Hi Bob

Many thanks for your reply.

Hans

11/6/2012 9:45:32 PM

  Hans, I do as Lynn does. A while ago someone convinced me it was nuts to put a filter on good glass. One week out, I tripped on a rocky beach and put a huge scratch on my naked lens. Now I never have unprotected photography, but I do use the best filters available.

11/7/2012 6:01:37 AM

Hans Abplanalp
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  Hi Kay

Thanks for your input!

Hans

11/7/2012 6:55:48 AM

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Ken Currie

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  66 .  Camera won't allow me to take picture in low-light
At times, the camera does not allow me to take a photo. 1) I am unclear how I override and make it take a phone. 2) I am also unclear how I force a flash. I know there is a setting to say flash is on but at times it doesn't come on or pop up when I enable that setting. Camera is Rebel T4! EOS650D.

10/24/2012 8:40:26 AM

  You can start by raisng your ISO. If you are using Aperture Priority open your lens more, and if you are using Shutter Speed priority decrease your shutter speed. Read The Manual that came with the camera.

There should be a small button on the prism section nerar the flash for making the flash pop up. Again RTM! Flash can only be taken a 1/250" or slower. That is fast enough to stop nearby motion since the minimum speed of the flash is 1/10,000".

I suggest that you take a course from BP to learn your camera. If they do not have one for the T4i take the one for the T3i since there isn't that much of a difference between the two.

I also suggest that you get yourself free from using any of those other pre-programmed scene programs. If you are new to photography I suggest that first you start learning in good light before you get into these situations.

For some reason people new to photography want to take photos closer than the minimal focus distance of the lens and at rediculous low light situations that are difficult for the best of cameras.

10/24/2012 5:07:36 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  We'd likely need a bit more info to pinpoint the cause (what Shooting Mode you're in, particularly) but it sounds at first pass like you're not able to achieve focus - and in AutoFocus mode, the Rebel won't fire if the lens can't achieve focus. (You'd see, I believe, a small solid-color circle or dot, in the viewfinder probably on the far right, blinking, when focus can't be achieved. When focus can be achieved, that circle/dot would be steady/not-blinking.) If you're in low-light and can't get focus, AND the flash is not up to provide some assist light, it isn't going to work for you at all. Lynn is right---there should be a small round button near the lens-mount area on the camera body, that pops the flash up...
It does sound like you need to gain some added familiarity with your gear and settings/operation, too---either an SLR basics class here, or one of the model-specific camera guides you can buy (if the Canon manual is too dry/unclear for your tastes.)

10/25/2012 12:16:36 PM

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Carolyn Swadley
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  67 .  Zooming in with Photoshop Elements
Anyway to not sacrifice quality when editing photos if one wants to zoom in on a photo and crop?

10/19/2012 5:38:30 PM

  I crop at least 50% of my photos. However if I crop half of the photo out I do not try to make an 18" print with it. I will settle for an 8x10" instead. When cropping to a 9:16 format I insure that the '16' takes in the full length of the sensor. This way I only loose the the unwanted portions of the photo and 9x16" is the most I will print it. If I want it larger I will send the photo out telling them to uprez the image. Most 100% cropped photos should only be 4x6" unless using on the web. A lot also depends on the number of pixels and the quality of the lens in how much quality you get in your enlargements.

10/19/2012 8:38:06 PM

Carolyn Swadley
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  Thanks Lynn

10/21/2012 11:07:29 AM

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Mary A. Miano
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  68 .  Canon Portrait Lens
I am thinking of investing in a portrait lens. I am looking at a 55mm f/1.2 or an 85mm f/1.4
Which one would be the best lens to get?

10/19/2012 10:56:59 AM

  It depends on which camera you have. Is it one with an APS-C sensor or full frame? Do you really need a fast lens for portrait? You would be better off using an f1.8 85mm lens, which would be considerably cheaper and just as good. If you have an APS-C camera the 55mm is the shortest lens you should use for portrait work. Unless if you prefer 'In your Face' photos.

10/19/2012 8:20:21 PM

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Wendy M. Hansen-Penman
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  69 .  Release for concert photos
I recently took photos at a concert for a friend at a public venue of her band and a couple of other bands. Do I have to have a release in order to sell/use these outside of just selling them to the bands?

10/15/2012 11:01:29 AM

  They may be sold for editorial use in a magazine, newspaper or book for educational usage without a model release. For anything else a release is needed.

The manager or band leader may have the authority to sign for the entire band but if not a release will be needed from each band member. If the photos are taken in your studio a release will be necessary since you have been paid to take the photos.

10/15/2012 12:40:05 PM

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Stephanie A. Halstead
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  70 .  copyright for company images????
A friend who is retiring from an airline asked me to take photos of memorabilia, i.e. pieces of her uniform through the years, like a hatbox, name badge, etc.
She wants these images made into photocards that she wants to give fellow employees for Christmas. Is this legal?

10/10/2012 11:29:55 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Giving away as gifts, you'll be fine. There are probably company policies about portraying the company in a bad light. So if she were photographed, spring break or Vegas partaking in hedonistic activities and she were wearing her uniform, she could get fired.
But there isn't anything about wearing a logo and having your picture taken and printed that will get you into trouble.

10/10/2012 11:58:39 AM

  Thanks Gregory for your response. Actually it is just the memorabilia, i.e. hatbox with logo, name badge, and scarf with the company's name on it. All this is against a colored background. She is not in the photos.

10/10/2012 12:26:46 PM

  I agree with Gregory. As long as she is not selling these photos there shouldn't be a poblem. But if she is selling them later it might be a little iffy.

10/10/2012 1:59:34 PM

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