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Unread postby Kath & Theo » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:35 pm

Cleverdog's lessons 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 8 and these lessons I feel like I've hit a mine of photographic information.

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Unread postby clever dog » Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:16 pm

Kath & Theo wrote:Cleverdog's lessons 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 8 and these lessons I feel like I've hit a mine of photographic information.

I love the sharing of knowledge in a such an open and friendly way. Thank you!


Most welcome guys. Only happy to help and share what little I can :lol:
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Unread postby Meg » Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:56 pm

Thanks for adding Cleverdog, and to everyone, sorry I've not really been posting anymore photographic stuff since Mikey was born - hopefully life will settle more soon and I'll get more time for this forum, which I love, despite my absence lately.
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Unread postby bucky » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:17 am

Amazing how much time kids take up , isnt it meg . I bet you have shot loads of pics of your new "subject" though :D

1 point to add with respect to the above , always remeber to leave your camera with maximum aperture opening set (lowest f stop number), especially after using smaller aperture settings to get increased dof snaps , after say a scenery shot , heard of animals etc etc .

All to often you forget camera on that setting , and then an
opourtunity presents itself where u need a fast shutter speed (maximum aperture opening , maximum light , fastest shutter) .
Eg a bird hovering in flight , impalas fighting , a leopard moving through thick bush .
If your camera is set to small aperture , slow shutter speed , you will blurr the photos , especially in the heat of an exiting sighting.

As a rule leave your camera on your lowest f stop number available , or if it has program modes , portrait mode will work well , and camera will set speed to suit .

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Unread postby arks » Mon Nov 28, 2005 3:08 pm

As a digital newbie, that's a very helpful tip, Bucky. Thanks !!
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Unread postby Meg » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:48 pm

Good point Bucky, I usually try to leave 1 or 2 up from there just to ensure enough DOF, but then I also shoot manually, so I try to leave shutter speed at 1/125 or 1/250 as well so that I won't have to scroll either way too far!

As for kids, yes, it's amazing! Sometimes when he's really demanding I think about going back to work for a break, lol! He's gorgeous though, and very photogenic, so happy Mum here :D
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Unread postby Jay » Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:03 pm

Meg, anyone have you got or seen a lensbaby used? It apparently "plays" with depth of field and is a relatively cheap little lens. It looks like great fun :D but, I would like to hear from someone who has one?

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Unread postby bert » Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:07 pm

bucky wrote:All to often you forget camera on that setting , and then an
opourtunity presents itself where u need a fast shutter speed (maximum aperture opening , maximum light , fastest shutter) .
Eg a bird hovering in flight , impalas fighting , a leopard moving through thick bush .
If your camera is set to small aperture , slow shutter speed , you will blurr the photos , especially in the heat of an exiting sighting.



Very good point Bucky. I always fiddle around with the f while on photohunt. Always check out the light.

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Unread postby Meg » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:06 pm

Jay wrote:Meg, anyone have you got or seen a lensbaby used? It apparently "plays" with depth of field and is a relatively cheap little lens. It looks like great fun :D but, I would like to hear from someone who has one?


Somewhere in the deep recesses of my memory I seem to recall a conversation with some fellow photofreaks a year or so ago re the lensbaby. I wish I could remember more, I do seem to remember that some people seemed to love it, whilst others were rather rude about it. Sadly I've never had the chance to try one out, I'll be really interested to hear how you find it if you have a go!
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Unread postby Jay » Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:20 pm

Meg wrote:
Jay wrote:Meg, anyone have you got or seen a lensbaby used? It apparently "plays" with depth of field and is a relatively cheap little lens. It looks like great fun :D but, I would like to hear from someone who has one?


Somewhere in the deep recesses of my memory I seem to recall a conversation with some fellow photofreaks a year or so ago re the lensbaby. I wish I could remember more, I do seem to remember that some people seemed to love it, whilst others were rather rude about it. Sadly I've never had the chance to try one out, I'll be really interested to hear how you find it if you have a go!


I may have to import it as I don't know if it's available locally, but definitely going to start the search...will keep you posted :wink:

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Unread postby Jay » Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:54 pm

a man of many words 8) thanx DQ :D

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Unread postby bucky » Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:36 am

Have eventually got scanner that can do slides also , so am going to give a bash at some pics .
Theres 2 I found that illustrate DOF quite nicely , and how it can mess up a good photo for close up work .
These are of African penquins , taken at the same time , with different f stops .

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Unread postby arks » Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:58 am

Bucky, it would help if your pix were a little larger :? Can't see any detail with those tiny ones :x
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Unread postby bucky » Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:05 am

ok here goes again , so much for my isp's free photo album :evil: .

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Hope thats better :D

As can be seen , in the second pic , it was far better to use a bigger aperture number of say f11 or more , than in the first pic at about f5,6 .


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