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Photography Question 
Mitch Spence
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  1 .  Change in form of BP notifications
This morning, I've noticed that the BP email notifications, concerning comment on images, no longer include the name of the photographer. That is, they say "Discussion on photo by" and nothing else, when they did say something like "Discussion on Photo by Mitch, at BetterPhoto.com - #1536001" I have just this minute noticed however that when one refers to an image of mine, the full wording is still there (at least in a recent one) but not there for others' images. This new wording (or rather, non wording) is a difficulty for me because I choose to get all notifications but just quickly delete any that aren't relevant. Not possible now without opening them all. Hope this is simply a temporary glitch.

4/10/2014 7:33:12 AM

  I have the same problem and now the filtering system that I had set up to help me manage these discussions is not working, either. I don't want to have to open each email to see whose image the discussion is on.

4/10/2014 7:50:51 AM

  Just noticed the same thing with 5 new email messages, Mitch - and I almost deleted all of them thinking they were spam. Luckily I read the thread at PG101 before I did. No idea the reason behind the change, but I do NOT like it.

4/10/2014 7:52:35 AM

  Mine are coming in with no subject.

4/10/2014 7:52:55 AM

  My started last night just like Martha's with no subject. Its kinda of a pain to have to open each one.

4/10/2014 8:49:13 AM

James Miotke
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  Thanks all!

This should be fixed.

Let me know if it continues.

xxoo
Jim

4/10/2014 9:36:06 AM

  Just writing in the thread so that all of you above can check if its fixed yet or not.

UB.

4/10/2014 9:52:30 AM

James Miotke
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  Looks great to me!

;-)

4/10/2014 9:56:56 AM

  Yay, its fixed already.

UB.

4/10/2014 9:57:50 AM

  Yes! Yay! Fixed! Thank you!! :-)

4/10/2014 10:09:53 AM

  I thank you and so does my email filter :)

4/10/2014 10:40:05 AM

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Photography Question 
Harriet Feagin
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  2 .  Textures
Hi,
I am wanting to find some colorful textures such as pastel oils or watercolors. Does anyone know a good source? Thanks,

Harriet Feagin

4/5/2014 9:03:58 AM

  Have you tried Gimp (freeware from www.gimp.org)? It also has texture-like effects and a lot more. Also, you can create and blend your own textures with photos.

4/5/2014 10:52:56 AM

  Thanks. I will look this up.

4/5/2014 1:56:38 PM

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Arleen H. McDaniel
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  3 .  Aperture Priority mode
 
  living room chairs
living room chairs
aperture priority, 1/60 sec, 18-55mm, indoors, Arleen McDaniel, Mid day, etc.
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With the camera setting on Aperture Priority , I set the setting No problem but the camera does not seem to do its part and the pictures often turn out fairly dark. This in indoor shooting
Arleen McDaniel

3/19/2014 10:46:51 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  It would've done that on shutter priority. The meter measures relative brightness of the different parts of what ever the metering area is reflecting back at it. A very bright spot like outside area will shift what it thinks the exposure needs to be to under exposed end.
Like being outside and suddenly looking at a white object that hurts your eyes. The sun didn't get brighter, you looked at an area that reflected more light than the overall scene.
If they're turning out dark all the time, like when you're outside, then you might have the exposure compensation accidentally set to under expose. You can check that to be sure.

3/19/2014 5:19:01 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  You may also need to check what metering mode your camera is set to (if it has the ability to choose from different ones like Spot, Center-Weighted, Evaluative.)
For instance, if you were set to Spot, and the actual spot being metered was outside that window, then this shot is exposed accordingly -- notice how the outside is not blown out? The trees are all well defined/exposed... being so much brighter out there, than in the room, if the outside drove your metering, the inside ends up very underexposed as you have here. Conversely, if you had exposed for say, the chair, you likely would have blown out much of the detail in the yard outside.

3/20/2014 5:52:40 AM

  Thank you for the feedback, In your opinion what would be the best metering setting in this situation?

3/20/2014 6:07:51 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  For a single photograph of this scene, you'd have to decide which elements mattered most. If the goal is to show the room & chairs, properly exposed, you will lose a bit (or much of) the exterior to blow-out. But given the big expanse of brightness in the center of your scene, I'd try Evaluative/Overall metering. Also, if you had sheers on those windows, closing them might help cut the light a bit, and balance out the overall lighting in the room.
Another option would be to take 2 identical shots on a tripod; one exposed for the yard, one exposed for the room, and blend those together (in software) for a composite result.

3/20/2014 6:59:46 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  You also have spot metering or the exposure compensation. One may feel smoother to use than the other. The location of the spot meter button on my camera isn't as easy as using the dial on the back to use exposure compensation. It's easy to keep the camera up and use my thumb and keep looking at the info in the viewfinder.
So for me, I would use the evaluative with exposure comp when keeping it on an auto exposure setting. It's one choice, you may like another.

3/20/2014 7:17:11 AM

  I will do some playing with both of these, I seem to have better luck with Manual setting, I will send the results I really appreciate the imformation

3/20/2014 12:14:13 PM

  This is a challenging exposure situation, for sure! I agree with those who discussed using spot or center-weighted metering if you wanted to get proper exposure on the furniture in the room. The outdoors would appear blown-out by comparison, but that's not always a bad thing. Another alternative is to utilize HDR software to get the best exposure in all areas. You must shoot several exposures of the scene and combine them with the HDR software, PhotoMatix is one.

3/27/2014 6:47:09 PM

 
 
 
I have played around some with the different aspects and think the forum has been helpful and appreciate the feed back
Arleen

3/28/2014 8:55:11 AM

 
 
  14421808  forum picture
14421808 forum picture
AP 1 sec f/16 100
18-55mm at 35
 
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AP 10 sec f/16 200 +2 exp
18-55mm at 35mm
 
 
Having trouble getting the pictures in exposure +2 and HDR
arleen

3/28/2014 9:35:11 AM

 
 
 
Here are a couple of the play around learning pictures
Arleen

3/28/2014 9:38:09 AM

 
 
 
Here are a couple of the play around learning pictures
Arleen

3/28/2014 9:38:09 AM

  Hi Arleen, The image at the bottom is the better of the two in terms of exposure on the furniture. The outdoor area is a little blown out. Your comment suggests that you have HDR software. If so, just keep experimenting with it. For best results, you'll need to shoot some exposures over, at your camera's recommended exposure, and several under.

3/28/2014 9:48:40 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  You could use that situation as an opportunity to learn about using flash to get a better balance of light between the inside and outside.
Bounce flash off the ceiling to bring the lighting ratios closer together.

3/29/2014 10:01:35 AM

  I HAVEN'T DEALT MUCH WITH LIGHTING YET, I HAVE THE EXTRA LIGHT, BUT HAVE NOT USED IT MUCH BUT AM TRYING TO WORK EACH DAY ON SOME ASPECT, THE CLASS THAT I HAVE SIGNED US I THINK WILL BE COVERING SOME ON LIGHTING, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK & REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE OF THE FEED BACK I HAVE RECEIVED .
ARLEEN

3/31/2014 1:29:01 PM

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Jeff E Jensen
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  4 .  Winners Circle Jan. 2014 through June 2014
Phello Photographers Club - Winners Circle January through June, 2014.
This discussion is for members of the Phello Photographers club to post finalists and winners.

2/26/2014 8:23:29 AM

 
 
  Pinned
Pinned

1/320 Sec - f/7.1 - ISO 320 - 105mm
Canon EOS 1Dx - Canon ef 24-105mm f/4.0L IS - Canon 12mm Ext Tube
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
The Orb Master
The Orb Master

242 Seconds - f/8 - ISO 160 - 35mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 35mm f/2.0
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Daybreak
Daybreak

1/400 Sec - f/22 - ISO 320 - 24mm
Canon EOS 5D Mk III - Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L

 
 
I entered 6 last month, 3 got Staff favorites, 2 made it to Finalist.

I'll be in Vegas this weekend, with that kind of luck, I'm betting it all on red. . .

2/26/2014 8:25:29 AM

 
 
  DRAGON FLY AT REST
DRAGON FLY AT REST
 
  RIBBONS OF COLOR
RIBBONS OF COLOR
 
  SIMILARITIES
SIMILARITIES
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
OPULENCE
OPULENCE
 
 
Great images, Jeff. I got four Staff Favorites and the pearls made it to Finalist.

2/26/2014 9:43:47 AM

 
 
  Winter Blues
Winter Blues
Atlanta, January 28, 2014
MT 1/31/14
 
 
Staff Favorite

2/28/2014 5:22:57 AM

 
 
 
Did anyone find that the Sf's this month were much more prolific or was I just lucky??

3/27/2014 9:44:52 AM

 
 
 
Did anyone find that the Sf's this month were much more prolific or was I just lucky??

3/27/2014 9:45:10 AM

  Forget it, I'll try tomorrow. I entered something this morning already and so it's not working. Later...

3/27/2014 9:46:36 AM

  Forget it, I'll try tomorrow. I entered something this morning already and so it's not working. Later...

3/27/2014 9:50:34 AM

 
 
  ANTIQUE PEARLS
ANTIQUE PEARLS
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
KOOKABUURA
KOOKABUURA
 
  BEGIN THE DAY WITH A GOOD BREAKFAST
BEGIN THE DAY WITH A GOOD BREAKFAST
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
AUTUMN'S CANOPY
AUTUMN'S CANOPY
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE SHOT
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE SHOT
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
BLACK AND WHITE GEOMETRY
BLACK AND WHITE GEOMETRY
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
FLUIDITY
FLUIDITY
 
 
I am sorry -- I knew I had done it twice but not that many times. I apologize.

For some unknown reason, I managed to get a slew of SF's. Certainly surprising. A couple were ones that never even got a BP. Does that make any sense at all. Here they are and if they are not, go to my gallery. I promise I won't enter anything else in duplicate or higher.

3/28/2014 11:09:16 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
THE SHY ONE
THE SHY ONE
 
 
And another surprise…This little guy showed up this afternoon.

3/28/2014 3:52:40 PM

  Congrats, Debbie! Well deserved on all accounts. I entered 6 images last month and ended up with 3 finalists. I guess that's pretty good odds.

3/28/2014 7:09:04 PM

  Wow, Debbie, congratulations on all your fantastic Finalists.

Congratulations to you, too, Jeff on your three.

Good luck to you both in the final round!

3/29/2014 12:54:39 AM

 
 
  Green Envy, Pure and Simple
Green Envy, Pure and Simple
EOD 2/26/14
 
 
Congratulations to Debbie and Jeff on their well-deserved Golds.

Staff Favorite for me.

3/30/2014 12:46:28 AM

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Photography Question 
Susan J. Allen
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  5 .  Best Settings for Night Dragon Dance
 
  Dragon Dance V
Dragon Dance V
02/24/13, Sanjiang, Guangdong, China. Dragon Dance on the Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year Celebrations). Each dragon approx 500 ft long, looming high and writhing sometimes at great speed through the confined alleyways of the small town with firecrackers exploding on every side was amazingly exciting. Could kick myself for not staying later in the night when the five dragons met up. Only one chance a year!
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Hi,

I'm wondering what approach to take with China's traditional dragon dance at night. I'll put up a pic of last year's where my results were not very successful to give an idea what it is. The interior of the dragon is lit up against the dark night and it is usually writhing and moving forward at a swift pace. I was thinking of trying bulb mode, but not sure at all...

Please suggest!

2/14/2014 12:19:00 AM

 
 
  String Cheese Incident/Hornings Hideout 2012
String Cheese Incident/Hornings Hideout 2012
f/3.5, iso5000, 1/125s, 70mm
 
 
Hi Susan,
I dont know what equipment you have or what the available light will be but I would use a flash. If you have a camera that shoots well at high ISO so you can get fast enough shutter speeds, you may not need it. From the pic you posted, I think a flash would be necessary. I shoot a lot of low light with a full frame camera and f/2.8 IS lenses. If you have an f/1.4 lens, it would be even better. I dont think I would try Bulb mode unless you want blur. Here is one that may be similar to what you will be shooting...

2/25/2014 3:42:01 PM

Ken Smith
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  Hi Susan, can you check your metadata; just curious your shutter speed, f-stop, and aperture. But as Carlton says…you need faster shutter speed or a flash. If you have a monopod, that might help too, or if you can find a location to brace your camera.

2/25/2014 6:12:12 PM

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Philip Burdick
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  6 .  Windows OS and Specs
I need info on using Photoshop CS5 or CS6 with Windows operating systems 7 or 8. I have used XP for years and now having to upgrade my OS. I wanted to know if photographers experienced any problems using CS5 or CS6 with Windows 8. I thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 because it similar to XP. Also is 4 GB of RAM sufficient or do I need 8 GB of RAM?

2/13/2014 7:24:43 PM

  I went from XP to CS5 and then upgraded to CS6. There are some things I liked better in CS5 but over all CS6 works great. I would highly recommend Windows 7 over 8 for photography and as much Ram as you can afford. If you use CS6 and add more editing programs, the more Ram you have the faster it will work. I use OnOne 8 which needs 8 GB of Ram to work correctly. For the last year the operating system I use is 16GB Ram, 1TB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and so far very pleased with it.

3/4/2014 9:49:15 AM

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Usman Bajwa
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  7 .  THANK YOU BETTERPHOTO
Just wanted to thank BP for making this virtual platform available to so many of us to showcase our passion. Through this medium I have been able to learn a lot about photography and also have made friendships along the way.

All the best to Team BP and fellow BPers in the NEW YEAR and also for many more years to come.

Usman.

12/31/2013 12:20:27 AM

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  I have. To agree with Usman. Hope 2014 gets better for everyone here at BP.

Doc :O)

12/31/2013 1:47:02 AM

  Thanks to BP for fueling my passion! Even with the ups and downs, BP is the best photo site with the very best contest!

12/31/2013 5:08:57 AM

  I also agree. the contest is totally what keeps me going! thanks!

12/31/2013 6:18:19 AM

Ken Smith
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  Thanks Usman for starting this thread. I credit BP for my love for photography, and continued desire to travel to beautiful locales. If not for BP, I would not be into photography. And BP has remained viable in a fast-paced and ever changing Internet/technology environment, I think for 19 years now. So for all the folks that make BP what it is today…THANKS!! And Happy New Year!

12/31/2013 6:35:28 AM

  Happy New Year to BP and all of you who share & support each other with our passion for photography.

1/3/2014 9:14:53 AM

  Happy New Year! Thanks for posting this, Usman, and thanks to everyone else for jumping in here. Best wishes for an outstanding 2014!

1/3/2014 2:40:34 PM

James Miotke
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  Happy New Year my friends
Happy New Year my friends
 
 
Thank you Usman, Carton, Kerry (!!!), Ken, Naomi, Doc, and everyone!

And yes, let's together make 2014 even better!

Even more inspiring...

Even more encouraging...

Even more creative!

BetterPhoto 2.0 here we come :)

Happy New Year from my family to you and yours!
Jim

1/7/2014 9:26:34 AM

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Sharon 
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  8 .  Outdoor Nativity Pageant
I hope to go to an outdoor nativity pageant and would like to know if anyone can give me some tips. I already know to use my tripod and wear warms clothes... it is the Great White North who know.. eh. LOL Please give me a tip or two and I'll consider that my Christmas present from you. :) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to whoever reads this. May you receive heaven's best!!!

12/19/2013 10:41:14 PM

  Take some extra camera batteries with you and keep them in your pocket (preferably zippered pocket close to your body. Also, carry, in case you need one, a cover for your camera and lens, like a rain cover, or you can use a plain shower cap, to keep the rain, snow, sleet, freezing fog out, when you are not shooting. If you are going to be shooting, you could cut a whole the shape of the front of your lens, put a rubber band on to hold it in place, which will help to keep rain, etc. out. Wear as many layers as you are comfortable with, including a warm hat. If you do not own a pair of polartech gloves-you can purchase some inexpensive ones at national brand stores--, cut just the tips of the fingers of the right glove off that you will need to operate your camera. Lastly, take someone with you, if possible-safety in numbers; cell phone if possible; don't leave home without telling a family member, good friend, where you will be and what time you are expecting to be back. Have Fun!

12/20/2013 10:16:11 AM

  Thanks Nancy for the excellent advice.

I won't bother trying to photographing it if it's raining but will still go if just cold. The glove idea is brilliant as I have the ones with all fingers cut out and the fold over mitt but if I just had the shutter finger and thumb cut off that would work great for me.

I don't do a lot of photography at night as I feel it is not safe. My one Christmas post this year is from last year with me holding an umbrella in 7km winds, using my glove on a low lamp post as a tripod... in a semi safe area but won't do it again. It's a miracle I got a shot in at all so I am very pleased with it.

The pageant will have many other people there so it will be a safe environment.

Victoria has a few excellent night time, male photographers and I enjoy their images so much but would not tackle the winter, dark & cold conditions they do. It's a shame that this world is not safe place for woman to come and go as they please.

Just bought a cell phone and it is so new to me I forget to take it with me. LOL

Thanks again for taking the time to reply to my question.

Happy Shooting, Sharon

12/20/2013 12:40:49 PM

  I also wonder what would be the best camera settings for slow moving people outdoors in the dark with pageant lighting as for a play. Please share some tips with me... or just use special night settings on camera and not more technical ones?

Here are some sample photos that others have taken...

http://christmasnativity.ca/photo-gallery

12/20/2013 12:45:55 PM

  If you want to freeze slow moving action, 1/125 should be enough. A high ISO, around 800+. You would either need a long zoom lens (if you are further away from the stage, or get as close as possible)with a wide angle zoom. It wouldn't hurt to review your camera manual for settings, as I do not know what camera you will use, or how far you will be from your subject. Also, the lighting on the stage will affect your settings. If you could get their early and meter some shots, that would be ideal, but sometimes that cannot happen for various reasons. For my camera, (5D2), if close using Canon 24-70mm, I might try using Tv to regulate the speed of the shutter@70mm, with a fairly high ISO to stop action, without blowing out highlights. But read your manual, as only you know how to incorporate all the different settings to fit your camera and lens. Study now a few days before the show and try some shots at night at home in similar lighting, like inside in a dark room shooting into a lighter room.

12/20/2013 3:30:22 PM

  Thank you again Nancy. I will try out what you've suggested. I only know how to shoot in AV but will experiment with both my lenses... just kit lenses and go from there. If it doesn't stop raining I won't be going... which would be a shame as they put on such a lovely show for a gift to the city of Victoria every year. Lost my manual but have it downloaded on my computer. I will show you the results if I get some shots in. Thanks again, Sharon

12/20/2013 4:25:50 PM

  I miss Victoria. You love in a beautiful city! I used to live in the Seattle area, and ride the ferry over.

12/20/2013 5:12:36 PM

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Angela Morgan
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  9 .  Is wedding photography different ?
I am a wedding photographer and I wanted to ask a question: is wedding photography different from nature photography and what kind of camera and things need for other photography fields ??

12/7/2013 5:48:17 PM

Scarlet Brown

member since: 1/11/2014
  Why not! wedding photography and nature photography both are different. For best photography if you wan to capture any photo then we should buy high pixel camera and high quality features.

1/11/2014 3:13:27 AM

  I have 30 years of experience. High Pixel cameras sound impressive but I have an old Canon G5 (5 megs) and I can still blow up photos to over 16x20 and have them look sharp. I also have a Lumix camera, because the shape of the lens (altho its over 12 megs) any photos over 8x12 are not as crisp as the 5 megs.

There are so many factors that come into play - its not just high pixel.

Wedding photography is staged photography. And in my opinion very stressful, because it is that brides special day and there is no room for error.

Nature photography in some cases, is more "natural" and is not staged.

Go to a very reputable camera store that deals with professional cameras and ask a representative who has many years of experience and she/he will guide you. There are many options available to you.

1/15/2014 2:29:26 AM

  Hi Angela,

Wedding photography is primarily different from nature photography in that you're photographing people and portraits at weddings, as opposed to landscapes and nature. The digital camera you choose should be capable of producing large prints if your customer wants them. You should also invest in a couple of good lenses for portraiture, perhaps a 50mm f/1.8 or f/2.8, and a zoom lens.

MaryAnne is correct that it's the bride's special day and there's no room for error. There's no opportunity to re-shoot the event. A wedding often consists of posed portraits as well as capturing moments as they happen, such as the first kiss as bride and groom, couples' dance at the reception, etc. Best of luck!

1/30/2014 2:29:39 PM

 
 
  Bridge at Moulton Falls
Bridge at Moulton Falls
f/11, iso100, 35mm using 16-35mm lens
 
 
I view Wedding photography much like Sports photography as it can be really fast paced and you have to be ready to capture a moment when it happens, so I would opt for something that does well with multiple frames capability. I shoot a lot of portraits, nature/landscapes & low light concert photography so I prefer a full frame camera. I dont think this matters as much for weddings but speed/quality is what I would consider. You also need 2 of everything in case something fails and having a second camera with a different lens is handy as well. If your walking around shooting portraits with your 50/85mm and then you see some kids chasing a frog across the lawn, you can zoom in with a 70-200mm on the 2nd camera and get the shot :) Nature photography is much slower and deliberate. Setting up the tripod and waiting for the light or climbing something to get a better perspective and of course early mornings & late evenings times for the best light. I also shoot many different settings with landscape using different filters and white balance, different shutter speeds for waterfalls and of course HDR as well. Thats my .02 - Love in Light, Carlton

2/1/2014 2:43:01 PM

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Jane E. Miller

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  10 .  Software plug-ins for CS6
I am seeing in a lot of images a antique and linen type a look. I am wondering where that look is coming from. Is it a plug-in. Is it a form of photography software. Can someone help me. Thank you

11/13/2013 3:15:00 PM

  Jane, since none of the BP "experts" are answering your

11/18/2013 10:04:35 AM

  Jane, since none of the BP "experts" are answering your question, I will take a stab at it. These effects are achieved by using texture layers, not plug-ins, although there are some plug-ins that do achieve some of these looks. You can find texture layers online or you can shoot your own images and layer them over or under your main image and blend them using PS blending modes. There are some freebies out there, but I do not recommend downloading free stuff unless you are totally confident the source is trustworthy. Some not free but good sources are Totally Rad, French Kiss Textures, Florabella, and Flypaper Textures. These aren't generally very expensive, and some like French Kiss do offer excellent tutorials and the occasional free file (and it IS trustworthy).

Hope this helps. P.S. Sorry for the earlier attempt. I blame the cat.

11/18/2013 10:14:01 AM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Mary,

Thanks so much for your info. I will give it a try. I started doing some research and found out about the layers and merging. But, didn't know what textures to download.

Thanks. I will let you know how it goes.

Jane

11/18/2013 10:17:39 AM

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  Jane, I think Mary is right about the linen look coming from textures. There is also the Nik software which is a plug-in that has antique presets and also vintage, toy camera, wet plate and many others but those are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. ~April

12/28/2013 8:06:49 AM

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