While researching cameras and tripods for a new lightweight, compact photography kit that I could take with me while bike touring I was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable cost of a couple excellent quality items.First I needed to replace an old Canon Rebel that started glitching out so that it was no longer dependable.I wanted to replace the DSLR with something less bulky for my bike touring and travel needs without sacrificing quality images.After looking over some of the four thirds... continue reading
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Received my new 7D camera about a week ago now and I am using a sigma 50mm 1.4 lens on it at the moment. Saved a few hundred euros buying it online. Since I will be studying Film and Visual Image making soon, every saving counts. I am trying to build a film making/photography kit from scratch, on a truly tight budget! I had a lovely day out at the beach and took alot of informal portraits etc that unfortunately I cannot show here. The difference between the 7D and my old coolpix is astounding. The... continue reading
When I began with stock photography back in July 2011. I was using mostly kit lenses like my 18-55 and 75-300 kit lenses from Sony. I tought that this kit lenses will satisfy my needs in photography, since I was beginner at a time. Well to be honest those lenses was pretty good for me, until I begin to pixel-peep my images, or inspecting them at 100% magnification. As you all know, that is how DT reviewers inspect and aproove or reject our images, so you all now why is important that we do it also.... continue reading
I read over time many threads regarding studio lights.... Many beginners in stock photography wonder what kind of lights others contributors use? some photographers use expensive lights and big studious other makeshift studios in the corner of their room. Not many contributorsare willing to invest large sums of money in lights from the from the beginning....I want to tell you about my low budget around $290 light setup that i obtained good results:2xExcella 80w flashes with tripod attachments... continue reading
Maybe I am not qualified to be writing about product photography since I have only given it a whirl for two weeks but then again; maybe my lack of experience will also help other newbiesI do not like to think of myself as lazy; I prefer to call myself a conservationist.I conserve my personal energy.If I can take a short-cut and get the same result; good.If I can bypass an important step and still achieve quality; then I have conserved energy.Maybe I can use the conserved energy to do more... continue reading
See the construction lights on the left here, they are a thing of the past for those new to microstock. Hey they are cheap, A set at Bunnings or Home Depot is probably just under $25.A warning though, they get damn hot. And change the bulbs to quality bulbs. But no matter what you do, that horrible halogen yellow is virtually impossible to get rid of.GOOD NEWS.I have been in contact with one of the major manufacturers of studio flash gear in China. These kits are normally badged with "... continue reading
CHDK extends your Canon PowerShot features without overwriting the original firmware of the digital cameraWith CHDK you can:* Save images in RAW format* Ability to run "Scripts" to automate the camera* Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)* Zebra mode (blinking highlights and shadows to show over/under exposed areas)* An "always on" full range Battery indicator* Ability to turn off automatic dark-frame subtraction* a higher... continue reading
Do the lenses you're using equate to the quality of your pictures?or in the same context,does the camera you're using matter?Personally i use a 30D and the Canon kit lens,a lens which some people won't even consider as their 1st lens.Before using the 30Di had a 20D and i was using the 17-85IS thenI compared the pictures i had taken in the past with the 17-85 and now with the 18-55..to be honest,i cant tell the difference.I have only owned 1 L lens before and that was the 24-105IS L.That is a... continue reading
Let me tell you, I am kinda upset - I was going to sell my Pentax kit lens (18-55) for a decent price (less than the half of retail price), still no-one wanted it (auction site).I tried to set the price at the 1/3, added a UV filter, one offer has appeared.What's the problem? Pentax's kit is widely known as a very good lens. I just don't need it anymore, 'cause I am buying another lens which covers the same area (and more)My thought is - everyone has the kit lens, you purchase it... continue reading
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