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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  81 .  A Cautionary Tale
Just a note to tell everybody to be careful out there! I went out to shoot the sunrise yesterday after an all night rain...my foot slipped off of an algae covered rock and down I went like the Seaview! Of course I had to try to protect the camera, so it went up, leaving me nothing to catch myself with. I landed very hard on my side on the rocks. I was lucky to come out of it with a bruised arm and hip and a gigantic black eye.
So, just sayin'.....watch where you step!

9/29/2012 4:43:57 AM

  Ouch! I am so glad you did not break something or worse.

9/29/2012 7:30:58 AM

  That's awful!!! Glad it wasn't worse! You need a buddy!

9/29/2012 10:39:16 AM

Bob Cammarata
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member since: 7/17/2003
  RULE NUMBER ONE...
"ALWAYS protect the camera!"

I'm sure we all sport scars from at least one of those mis-haps.
I'm glad you're OK.

Somehow, it always seems worse when our equipment takes a plunge, but we end up unscathed.

...go figure.

Bob

9/29/2012 2:54:02 PM

Ken Smith
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  I was out at twilight, trying to shoot a winter scene down by a river. Slipped on ice and went straight down, and cracked a very nice lens. And got a good bruise on my backside too! Things can change in an instant. I'm glad you're OK, Carolyn!

9/29/2012 3:23:29 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  We've all been there before, to some degree. Glad to here you didn't get too hurt.

9/29/2012 3:46:43 PM

  ROFL Greg! You even got the correct eye!

9/29/2012 4:07:29 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Took a nasty fall on the (dry) deck of a ferry on my birthday in Iceland. Had the same thought, as I fell seemingly in slow motion - "Protect the camera!" One of the (several) bruises ultimately showed the lines of the steel deck's welded seams.
Glad you're not seriously hurt, Carolyn!
Bummer on the lens, Ken; worth turning in for insurance?
I had to look twice at Greg's posting ;)

9/30/2012 6:12:59 AM

  Glad that it wasn't bad, Carolyn. ROFL too at Greg. You made my day. Sorry about your fall Ken and the broken glass. Chris, hope it is gone by now.

The worst for me was this past June, on my birthday when I ALMOST slipped into a dark glacial cave I was trying to get a good view off it. Thankfully though, I was saved by an ice boulder that blocked my heavy frame just at the mouth of the deadly cave. But my Camera was held high above me during my fall however my left ankle got badly hurt, no fractures though ;)

UB.

10/1/2012 7:21:23 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Laughter being the best medicine as the saying goes, I'll switch the avatar back.

10/1/2012 8:06:21 AM

  There is a hidden waterfall in Whitley County, KY and my nieces boyfriend Tyler just happened to know where it was and said he'd show me. So me, my sister, my niece and tyler take off on this so called "easy" hike. The hike was easy for Tyler because he would jump off of cliffs that were 15 feet tall whereas the rest of us had to get down there the best way we could. Over an hour later we find the waterfall which is absolutely gorgeous but my niece got sick and we had to leave. You can't go out the way we went in (I am not a rock climber)so we had to walk in a creek (steep mountain on both sides)for a LONG distance to get out of there and my sister was carrying my most expensive lens and fell in that creek...everything was under water except for her hand that was holding my lens and it was sticking straight up out of the water. She protected my lens! LOL I was jumping for joy because she had saved my lens and she thought I was laughing beacuse she had fallen. I will not repeat the names she called me that day because when she raised her head up out of the water she was face to face with a snapping turtle but SHE SAVED MY LENS! LOL

10/1/2012 10:16:08 AM

  I guess we all have those stories. I did some walking in a creek myself a few years ago. I climbed down off of a little cliff (well, it seemed little from the top) and shot down by the water a while and then couldn't even find where I had come down..so I had to walk in the creek back to where my car was parked and I could get up off the creekbed. I learned a good lesson that time, too...don't go off when nobody knows where you are and when you don't even have a cell phone!

10/1/2012 10:31:22 AM

Ian M. Dewar
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member since: 8/6/2005
  Several years ago while photographing hot air balloons I tripped and fell. In a desperate reactionary move to save my camera and lens I raised my left arm up with my camera gripped in my hand - the result, my right shoulder took the full jarring force of the fall. After a painful shoulder separation, the greatest feeling was 4 weeks later being back in the mountains shooting with the same fully operational camera - which I had so carefully saved with my poor battered body. Photography The dangerous sport.

10/1/2012 3:28:19 PM

  See Carolyn you've started a thread on the best camera recovery stories. I hope you heal quickly and are not too sore.

This past summer I was standing on our large stones around the pool. Thankfully my camera and macro lens were on a tripod. As I gracefully jumped off the rock my left knee gave out (I've had 2 ACL surgeries) when I hit the ground. There is no control when that happens so I hit the ground in a crumpled heap all the while balancing the tripod and heavy gear. I managed to just save it from tumbling into the swimming pool. I looked ridiculous and couldn't get up for awhile but I amazed at my arm strength holding the tripod inches above water.
Great stories by the way!

10/2/2012 4:02:20 AM

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Photography Question 
Sandra Hunt

member since: 8/23/2012
  82 .  how to shoot in harsh sunlight
i have a Canon T3i i'm taking my granddaughter to the fair during the day when the sun will be bright. what Aperture, ISO, Mode should I use? any help/suggestions I could get I would appreciate. Thanks, Sandra

9/24/2012 10:13:36 AM

  It is a case of havin to be there to give you the info you request. Also a clooud could block out the sun for a short period of time and a change of settings would be needed. This isn't a P&S camera but I will try to make it one for you.

Set your white balance to AWB (Auto White Balance.

Set your mode to P. It staands for Program, not profesional like Ken Rockwell keeps saying.

Set your ISO to 100.

Set your camera for center point focus.

Set the Metering mode to partial.

Set camera for single shot mode.

You may have to check your manual to see how these adjustments are made.

Put your lens hood on and keep it there forever, day and night or studio. Okay, you can put it on the lens backward when not using the camera. :=)

Between now and the time to go to the fair sign up for BP's course on learning the Canon T3i. Next go to a book store or order from Amazon Bryan Peterson,s "Understanding Exposure" and while your at it also get his book "Understanding Composition". Read and learn in that order. Keep them for the next ten years at least.

The sooner you learn the modes A,S,M,P the sooner you can put black paint across the rest of the modes and create your own photos instead of making do all the work. They were confusing to me after usinhg SLR cameras for more than four decades. I only use P mode when I can't figure out how to take the picture I want otherwise. With both A and S the cameras generally. 90%, get the proper exposure. And when I want to do all of the settings myself I use M.

Next: After this field trip sign up for

9/24/2012 2:35:51 PM

  Forget the last incomplete sentence. I apologize for spelling errors but if we don't catch them before we hit the submit button we cannot correct them.
For some reason BP REFUSES to give us and edit button.

9/24/2012 2:41:40 PM

Sandra Hunt

member since: 8/23/2012
  Thanks Lynn, I will try the settings that you have suggested. also, I am taking the 4-week course with Mr. White

thanks, Sandra

9/25/2012 6:20:34 AM

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Melinda F. Schneider
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  83 .  Invitation to a Picnic
 
  Invitation to a Picnic
Invitation to a Picnic
© Melinda F. Schneider
Nikon D40x Digital...
 
Here's to our cyber picnic!

9/23/2012 10:20:39 AM

 
 
 
Baseball

9/23/2012 5:34:38 PM

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Melinda F. Schneider
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  84 .  Invitation to a Picnic
To celebrate the arrival of fall, I invite all BetterPhoto members to a cyber picnic! Please post whatever contribution you would like to bring to my picnic... food... drinks... games... whatever will make for a fun time!

9/23/2012 10:19:51 AM

 
 
  Invitation to a Picnic
Invitation to a Picnic
 
 
Here's to our picnic!

9/23/2012 10:36:29 AM

 
 
  Picnic
Picnic
 
 
Fishing is always good at a picnic.. :-)

9/23/2012 10:47:30 AM

 
 
 
Vine ripened - the best kind.

9/23/2012 10:47:44 AM

 
 
  Fish cake
Fish cake
 
 
And, the obligatory fish cake at a fishing picnic...

9/23/2012 10:49:36 AM

 
 
 
I am bringing my Ggrandson. He loves picnics!

9/23/2012 10:54:25 AM

 
 
  Fraises
Fraises
Luscious-looking "fraises" (strawberries) from a fresh fruit stand on Rue Cler in Paris.
Photo taken April 2012, entered 9/29/2012 in Details & Macro
 
 
Anybody up for fresh (French) strawberries?

9/23/2012 10:57:25 AM

 
 
 
Test

9/23/2012 11:04:34 AM

 
 
  Heck with the cake.....
Heck with the cake.....
 
 
After the candles were blown out, all the kids go for the jelly candy decorations....note the kid with the stuffed cheek on the right.. :-)

9/23/2012 11:04:53 AM

 
 
 
Something for our furry buddies too.

9/23/2012 11:15:13 AM

 
 
 
I am bringing my Grandson to the picnic.

9/23/2012 11:15:17 AM

 
 
 
I am bringing my Grandson to the picnic.

9/23/2012 11:25:55 AM

 
 
 
Place your food contributions on the table...

9/23/2012 11:28:49 AM

 
 
 
There's an orchard nearby...

9/23/2012 11:35:40 AM

 
 
  Made for each other
Made for each other
 
 
Wow, already a crowd here. Hope these flowers bring some more fragrance to the party ;)

UB.

9/23/2012 11:54:57 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Dig In!
Dig In!
FINALIST SEPTEMBER 2012
 
 
And since Kara is playing at the zoo today, I'm bringing blueberries after all!

9/23/2012 12:14:35 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
'Tis the Season
'Tis the Season
FINALIST MAY 2013
 
 
Glitterbug brought her ball, and she's ready to play!

9/23/2012 12:57:51 PM

  I'll snag one of Mitch's snacks and play a little fetch with Glitterbug..... :-)

9/23/2012 1:03:21 PM

 
 
  Set outside to cool...
Set outside to cool...
Better keep the kids, dogs, and raccoons away!
 
 
Just out of the oven...

9/23/2012 1:32:44 PM

  I'll bring a baseball for the Canon vs. Nikon game.

9/23/2012 5:11:46 PM

 
 
  Budweiser Clydesdales in Marquette, MI
Budweiser Clydesdales in Marquette, MI
 
 
Anybody thirsty? I don't drink myself, but I know many people don't think it is a picnic without beer.

9/23/2012 6:24:14 PM

 
 
 
Happy picnic day!

9/23/2012 6:55:22 PM

 
 
  There's Beauty Everywhere
There's Beauty Everywhere
War Eagle, Arkansas
Category: Nature and Landscapes
 
 
I'll decorate the outhouses with some seasonal color.

9/23/2012 7:10:56 PM

 
 
  Pan Fried Trout
Pan Fried Trout
 
 
Oh! Geez, Paul, thanks! I'm a great beer fan!!!
I pan fried the fish that were caught earlier, but, I guess everyone is munching burgers.....

9/23/2012 7:11:13 PM

 
 
 
Oops! I had to go back and get the baseball!

9/23/2012 7:56:43 PM

 
 
 
Nothin' like a snort of Scotch at a picnic. Mmmmmmm . . . .

9/23/2012 8:32:17 PM

 
 
 
Thanks, everyone, for coming to my "picnic" and bringing such wonderful contributions! It was a great event; hope you all had FUN!!!

Any stragglers are welcome to post; the table is still set, and Thorry is looking for more people to play ball!

9/24/2012 1:37:38 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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member since: 10/3/2005
 
 
  White Wine
White Wine
We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Lava, the restaurant connected to the Blue Lagoon. The late setting light outside made the restaurant's massive windows
bright; they in turn created great reflections on the surface of my wine in the glass, and lit the carafe behind. So I had to make a picture!
 
 
I know beer is more traditional, but, well, I don't like beer, so here's a really nice chilled white to go with that fish.

9/24/2012 3:49:06 AM

 
 
  Sunny Day Sunflower
Sunny Day Sunflower
 
 
Here is a sunny day sunflower.

9/24/2012 4:36:33 AM

  I think I'll go play fetch with the dogs to work off some of those calories.... :-)

9/24/2012 6:30:06 AM

 
 
 
I"ll provide the venue...

9/25/2012 5:00:11 PM

  Beautiful scene, Dayna! Love the light and comp! I'll pick up the empty beer cans when the picnic is over... :-)

9/25/2012 5:40:47 PM

 
 
   
 
Oops, here's the venue! LOL

9/25/2012 5:48:06 PM

  It was there the first time when I commented..... Beats me... I even left a comment on the image.

9/25/2012 5:57:05 PM

  The cyber picnik was so fun! The company was great, the food was awesome, the beer was cold, the wine nicely chilled, the Canon vs Nikon game went in to extra innings, and our surroundings were lovely. Overall it was a great time and thanks to Melinda for hosting and a special shout out to Bob for picking up the empties! LOL....where we meeting next?

9/26/2012 7:38:38 AM

  Thank you, Dayna, for your kind thank you note!
And a huge thanks to everyone who participate in this fun game!!
You all made my day!!!

:-)

Melinda

9/27/2012 2:52:35 AM

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Diane L. Thomas
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  85 .  Lightroom presets
How do we get our presets into lightroom from downloads from internet.

9/17/2012 11:27:04 AM

  Click on the + sign in the presets folder and you should see an import option, click there select the presets you downloaded and they will show up as user presets

9/19/2012 7:08:04 AM

Diane L. Thomas
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member since: 4/21/2004
  I did the + sign in lightroom and a box came up that says New Develop Preset and wants me to type in the name and it will go to user presets folder. I only have lightroom 3, is that the way I have to do it.

9/28/2012 4:13:38 AM

  Diane I will check when I get home from work. I will look for you. If its a preset you already downloaded you shoul be able to see an import option just click there and then find the file you download click on the file and them click ok to import. Are you a Mac or pc

I should be out of here in an hour. I have a few things to do so around noon eastern time I will write

9/28/2012 6:56:42 AM

Diane L. Thomas
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  I Have a PC. Thank you so much for helping, this is why I love BetterPhoto.

9/28/2012 7:56:30 AM

  Diane

I am using LR 4 right now it's a bit easier there, I found a link that shows step by step in LR 3

Let me know if it helps
Joe


http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-download-and-install-lightroom-presets

9/28/2012 9:30:27 AM

Diane L. Thomas
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  Thank you. I'll go there and see. I might upgrade to 4 soon. I may just want to wait until then if it is easier to load them. You have been so much help thanks.

9/28/2012 10:03:13 AM

  Better links I forgot about www.lightroomkillertips.com

Matt is the photoshop guybhebhas alloy of presets there. And videos on how to do it

Just search for Lightroom 3

Joe

9/28/2012 1:13:13 PM

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David B. Spooner
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  86 .  Beach wedding
I will be shooting my niece's wedding september 22 on Virginia Beach (weather permitting) at 4pm (don't ask why they chose 4pm..maybe to make the photography even more challenging!
I have plenty of rain sleeves and camera/lens cleaning material to protect both of my cameras.
I plan on using my 85mm/f1.8 lens as primary with a UV lens filter and lens hood.
I'm thinking I'll probably have to underexpose by at least 2 stops...am I headed in the right direction...ANY suggestions/recommendations appreciated!

9/13/2012 1:28:28 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  What makes you think you'll have to under expose?

9/14/2012 4:23:11 PM

Ken Smith
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  David, do you live close to Virginia Beach? If so, head out there and get a feel for the lighting, around 4PM. If you shoot in RAW, you'll have better exposure latitude.

9/15/2012 5:28:19 PM

David B. Spooner
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  Ken, unfortunately we don't live in Virginia, so I have been doing lots of research on shooting in these conditions. I always shoot in RAW and will be renting a hand held light meter to aid in getting proper exposure. Luckily I will also have 2 "practice" days prior to the wedding using camera and Canon Speedlite. Any other suggestions/recommendations appreciated. I shoot a Canon t2si and have a nikon P100 for back up if needed.

9/15/2012 8:22:33 PM

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Rogelio A. Ramirez
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  87 .  t3i photo transfer to cd
Canon could not help. Hope someone can. I have been attempting to transfer photos taken by the T3i to a cd. The photos have been downloaded to my computer, I am using zoombrowser. I have had no luck. Can anyone there at BetterPhoto help?

Thanks Rogelio (tony)

9/10/2012 4:43:29 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Are these JPG files? or Canon RAW?
Either way, once they are on your C: drive, you should be able to use a CDROM-burning utility to make a copy of them on CDROM---but Canon's software cannot do that for you, as far as I know.

9/11/2012 12:33:40 PM

David B. Spooner
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  As Christopher said, your computer should be capable of burning a CD. Insert a new CD into the CD appartus (you know, the one that looks like a cupholder:)) and your CD program should begin. You will need to open your file then select the photos you want to put on the CD, then select "burn" and you should be off and running!

9/13/2012 1:21:17 PM

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Linda Buchanan

member since: 4/26/2005
  88 .  Playing a DVD
I have copied photos onto a DVD-R and wanted to play them in a standard DVD player on a tv screen, but it won't work. Can this be done and if so what kind of DVD do I need? I have DVD/VCR player that is probably five or six years old and a large flat screen tv that is 3 years old, if that matters.

Thanks for your help!

9/2/2012 12:28:08 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Have you tried hitting the "disc menu" button and see if that brings up a listing of what's on the dvd? That is if it's acting like anything is loading.
Can't say I know a lot of gadget stuff, but I would say it isn't the kind of dvd you have, but if it's written properly. The info that's written on to a dvd or a cd that makes the player recognize it, load the selection, and even with dvd's make it automatically start to play.
Either that part may be missing or isn't recognize due to what you made the dvd with. Or since anything that has "vcr" in it's description is considered obsolete, maybe it won't read anything that's not the same as the data on the a video dvd.
You might also have the option of using the tv as a monitor if you hook it up to your computer.

9/2/2012 2:59:40 PM

  Here's what little I know: It all starts with your DVD player - not all are capable of "reading" photo DVDs. Even if it does, it may require a special type of DVD, photo format (most read only jpegs), and/or a software program such as a slideshow before it will work. Check your instruction manual, or call the manufacturer if possible. Barring that, check a website like manualsonline.com to see if you can find the manual for your DVD player make and model. But until you know that, it's pretty much a waste of time to put your photos on the DVDs.

9/3/2012 6:03:26 AM

Linda Buchanan

member since: 4/26/2005
  Thank you for the responses. I got it to work, I did a little more research and discovered my computer has something called "Windows DVD Maker". I followed the steps and it works! I am very pleased :)

9/3/2012 9:38:14 AM

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Gregory LaGrange
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  89 .  Public reaction to Photoshopped ads
Kind of aiming this question at people who do portraits, be for fun, business, or trying to get started as a business. But would like all comers to join in if they'd like.
If you've heard about the public reaction to ads being photoshopped too much for the sake of people's self esteem, and England going as far as banning some ads, do you think that the enthusiasm for cutting back on the photoshopping of celebrities and models will have the same enthusiasm for not having their own portrait touched up and made more flattering?

8/22/2012 4:06:51 PM

  No..When it's YOU, ya gotta look better than you really do. LOL

8/22/2012 7:01:48 PM

  I agree with Carolyn. When you get serious photos done, an individual most often wants to look as good as possible. After all the photo will capture them at their best presentation hopefully. A little enhancing won't hurt -- a total nose job, on the other hand, would not be representative of the individual.

9/12/2012 7:42:34 AM

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Adrienne La Rosa

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  90 .  Pocketwizard syncing
I currently have a Pocketwizard Flex TT5 for Canon that I want to use as the transmitter on my hot shoe (30D) with my Speedlite 580EX II on top. I just purchased two Pocketwizard Plus III to use as receivers for remote room lights. I can't seem to get them to sync. Does anyone have suggestions on how to set this up? I'm fairly new to the world of lighting, so be gentle :).

8/22/2012 9:16:37 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Sure you have everything on the same channel?

8/22/2012 2:26:29 PM

Adrienne La Rosa

member since: 4/10/2004
  Hi Gregory,

Well, after e-mailing tech support at Pocket Wizard all day, that wound up being the silly solution :) Sometimes the simplest mistakes are the ones that take all day to figure out!

Thanks for your quick response!

Adrienne

8/22/2012 2:56:50 PM

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