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Godfather
07-24-2006, 05:02 PM
Aba-bum.

A place to discuss... well, photography.

I have a Sony Cybershot, 7.2 Megapixel li'l camera.
It's always served me (reasonably) well, except for some elements that annoy me to the point of "Aaaagh". But, something has gone awry recently. I have with it, and have always had a SanDisk Memory Stick PRO 512MB. And my camera can now only take/store 20 pictures. Anybody can help me on that?

Also, two interesting cameras here;
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/13/technology/13pogue.html?ex=1153886400&en=f017d3fd9366ac58&ei=5070

ChaosTitan
07-24-2006, 06:31 PM
You know, I almost came right out with "but digital cameras are not real cameras, because real cameras use film." Then I thought better of it, because I'd probably get lynched by all the digital camera toting AW members. Just don't try to convince me that camera-phones are real cameras.

I have a nifty little 36mm Canon with a zoom lense. It takes 25 pictures on a roll, then I get them developed. That's about all I know of photography. I wanted to take a class in college, but it was too expensive (lots of extras to purchase).

Godfather
07-24-2006, 06:39 PM
You know, I almost came right out with "but digital cameras are not real cameras, because real cameras use film." Then I thought better of it, because I'd probably get lynched by all the digital camera toting AW members. Just don't try to convince me that camera-phones are real cameras.

I have a nifty little 36mm Canon with a zoom lense. It takes 25 pictures on a roll, then I get them developed. That's about all I know of photography. I wanted to take a class in college, but it was too expensive (lots of extras to purchase).

Man, I love film cameras too, but they're different instruments.
At the moment, film is still better quality. Film is grain, digital is pixelated. Film pictures can be painstakingly manipulated in a darkroom, digital in photoshop.

They both work for different things, bro.

ChaosTitan
07-24-2006, 06:45 PM
They both work for different things, bro.

Bro? :ROFL:

veinglory
07-24-2006, 07:19 PM
Sounds like you memory card is corrupted. That might be fixable but I'd tend to just get another one.

I use digital because the costs are so much lower.

maestrowork
07-24-2006, 07:50 PM
Get a memory stick with at least 1 or 2 GB capacity. Also, figure out what formats you're storing:

For 7.1 Megapixel:

RAW 10.6 MB (uncompressed 12bit/pixel - Bayer mask)
BMP 21.2 MB (uncompressed RGB 24bit/pixel)
TIFF 42.5 MB (uncompressed CMYK 48bit/pixel)
JPG100 1.8 MB (100% quality - 24bit/pixel)
JPG90 895.6 KB (90% quality - 24bit/pixel)
GIF 2.3 MB (compressed - 8bit/pixel)
PNG 4.8 MB (lossless compressed - 24bit/pixel)


Do your math... Obviously, if you're storing TIFF formats, your card will only take fewer than 15 pictures. If you're storing JPG100, you should be able to store over 200 pictures.

Do you have other stuff on the memory card? You have might files from your other cameras on it that are taking up space.

I don't know how much memory stick cost. My camera uses SD cards and they're cheap. I can get a 1GB card for $49.

JAlpha
07-24-2006, 07:56 PM
Aba-bum.

A place to discuss... well, photography.

I have a Sony Cybershot, 7.2 Megapixel li'l camera.
It's always served me (reasonably) well, except for some elements that annoy me to the point of "Aaaagh". But, something has gone awry recently. I have with it, and have always had a SanDisk Memory Stick PRO 512MB. And my camera can now only take/store 20 pictures. Anybody can help me on that?

Also, two interesting cameras here;
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/13/technology/13pogue.html?ex=1153886400&en=f017d3fd9366ac58&ei=5070

Godfather, my husband just bought me the very same camera for my birthday. He bought the memory stick too, but he got the Sony brand, because the sales clerk at Best Buy said the San Disk stick will only work for a short period of time, and then it will corrupt. I accused my husband of being taken by a slick salesman who wanted to upgrade the custome'rs selection. Now you've got my wondering if there's some truth to what the sale clerk said. Sounds like an evil plot. I'm not sure which way you turn with proprietary glitches like this, I suspect San Disk.

whistlelock
07-24-2006, 07:57 PM
I have a nifty little 36mm Canon with a zoom lense. It takes 25 pictures on a roll, then I get them developed. That's about all I know of photography. and that's why you think digital camera's aren't camera's. The only people using film are the home user. The pro's moved to digital awhile ago.

I attended a lecture given by Greg Gorman (http://www.gormanphotography.com/gorman.html) and the pictures he took with his camera phone were amazing.

Stew21
07-24-2006, 08:20 PM
I used 35mm and digital, depending on what I'm looking to accomplish. I missed the deadline by a couple of days to enter them into the photography competition at the County Fair. I was disappointed not to have some of them entered. I take better black and white than color. It's a great hobby and I never have to take my children to get pictures taken at a studio. I do them all myself. So I'll have to try to take some exceptional pictures this year so I have some to enter into the fair next year!

SC Harrison
07-24-2006, 08:56 PM
I'm not sure which way you turn with proprietary glitches like this, I suspect San Disk. My Kodak uses a card instead of a stick, but you should be able to reformat the stick with the camera itself. Check out menu options. Note: I lost over 50 pics last fall in Seattle, because I slid out of my sister's passenger seat, opened my camera holster (or whatever), and when I touched my camera a static charge from my fingertip scrambled the memory card. The card is now in the possession of Geek #4 who is trying to salvage my pictures. Download your pics and wipe the memory every day if you can.

DamaNegra
07-24-2006, 08:59 PM
I use my Nokia 3200 cell phone camera :D

( :e2tongue: chaostitan)

kristie911
07-24-2006, 10:22 PM
I have a cheap Fuji digital that I use for snapshots and such. It's so much cheaper to pick and choose the pics I want printed...and through Snapfish, it's simple to buy prints and they come right to the house.

But any time I'm taking "artsy" type pics (it's a hobby of mine...mostly nature photos) I use a Minolta Maxxum 400si that I bought new off of ebay a few years back and then added some extra lenses. I find it very relaxing to tinker with the lenses to get different shots. More so than I do with a digital.

Now, if I could afford one of the professional digital cameras, I would certainly buy one.

Jean Marie
07-24-2006, 11:03 PM
and that's why you think digital camera's aren't camera's. The only people using film are the home user. The pro's moved to digital awhile ago.

I attended a lecture given by Greg Gorman (http://www.gormanphotography.com/gorman.html) and the pictures he took with his camera phone were amazing.
Not necessarily, whistle. I'm a pro and I use a Nikon FE-2. Swear by the thing, too. Love it to pieces, I do. I'll also match it against a digital, anyday. You can still see the pixilation when you enlarge, especially on facial. It's there ;)

Take a 2 1/4 or a 4 x 5, no comparison. Probably never will be, either. Those are phenomenal. Went to Art Center College of Design, for a bit. Way back in the dark ages. No pun intended :D

mdin
07-25-2006, 12:57 AM
and have always had a SanDisk Memory Stick PRO 512MB. And my camera can now only take/store 20 pictures. Anybody can help me on that?



Try formatting it. There should be an option in your camera. Does your camera allow you to shoot in RAW format? If you shoot in RAW with a jpg also stored, like some cameras do, you aren't going to get very many files on a 512 mb disc at 7 megapixels, though you should still get more than 20.

At full size and quality, a 7.2 megapixel camera in RAW would take up about 10-13 megs, I think, per picture. (I guess that depends on the camera, someone just told me. I don't know anything about Sony) Add another 3 megs for the corresponding .jpg at another 2-3 megs, and you only have space for about 30 pix or so.

Most of the guys at my work carry several 2 gig cards with them at all times, and they shoot at half that size.

mdin
07-25-2006, 01:00 AM
I can't think of a single large newspaper in the US that allows its photographers to still use film. Where I work, they went all digital in the 90s. We turned our dark room into a studio.

That said, no digital camera will ever easily replace the quality of a perfect grain, especially in black and white.

Cath
07-25-2006, 01:15 AM
The only people using film are the home user. The pro's moved to digital awhile ago.

Professional photo-journalists, certainly. I know a few landscape photographers who still prefer the depth of slide film and quality of medium and large format cameras.

I have a couple of digitals (a Fuji Finepix and a Sony Cybershot), but I love my old film cameras - I have a 1970 Yashicamat, a Bronica ETRS and an old 1920 medium format rangefinder whose name escapes me at the moment. I also have a Voightlander Vito C, a Canon T70, a Zeis Ikon and a Dynax 5. None of these (apart from the Dynax) cost me more than $100, most cost a good deal less - and they all take fabulous pictures. I love developing and printing my own film, so digital holds little charm for me.

Godfather - it does sound like your memory card needs replacing, they're not too expensive and it's worth it to keep the Sony, it's a great little camera.

Godfather
07-25-2006, 01:46 AM
You know, my pop is a pro, and some people still ask him to shoot film. Frequently actually.

He did a big job recently, which I helped out for and it was all film. He did a small job much more recently, a local artist had him take a picture of a painting. He requested that in film too.

Stew21
07-26-2006, 06:43 PM
digital is easier, but I love shooting with film. Some of my best work is with film. I've attached a couple here for you to see.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/jack2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/kylepumpkin.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/stewart-R1-011-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/trishst-R1-045-21.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/kylejack.jpg

Cath
07-26-2006, 09:33 PM
Fabulous pictures, Trish. I love the black and white ones, 'specially the last.

Stew21
07-26-2006, 09:35 PM
Thanks, Cath. There are many others I never scanned into the computer or put on CD, I didn't have many online to choose from to post, but its a pretty good group of photos.

As you can see, my children are my primary subjects at present time.

DamaNegra
07-26-2006, 11:20 PM
Well here's a very cool picture taken with digital (that was kind of messed up by Photobucket but still looks awesome)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e95/DamaNegra/P1010228.jpg

And this was taken by someone who'd just learned to use the camera two days before taking the picture (oh, and that's my boyfriend in the picture).

Godfather
07-27-2006, 02:12 PM
I'll post some pics too,
but man I love taking pictures of people.

Trish, some really great shots there. I especially like the one on the bed.

Dama, that's a purty cool pic.

maestrowork
07-27-2006, 02:36 PM
I've posted some pictures (scaled down) on my blog. They were taken from a 3.2 megapixel digital.

http://itheauthor.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_itheauthor_archive.html (scroll all the way down)

I think professionals use both digital and film. Digital is great for commercial jobs because you can see results immediately and you can shoot SO MANY. No need to wait for contact sheets or change rolls.

I still love to do films but the process is painstakingly slow and expensive compared to digital. I think the same is happening in the movie industries as well. Digital is so sophisticated, convenient and relatively inexpensive that more and more filmmakers (e.g. Lucas, Spielberg, Peter Jackson) are switching to digital.

mdin
07-27-2006, 02:41 PM
Here's one taken not too long ago with a Canon digital

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bizarizona/lili.jpg

mdin
07-27-2006, 02:47 PM
I posted this in another thread somewhere, but this is where I got my avatar from:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bizarizona/pigeoncac.jpg

Godfather
07-27-2006, 04:01 PM
With the sony cybershot, its often hard to take snapshots because of the autofocus. Its often takes a few seconds to take the pictures, and that annoys the hell outta me when I'm takin pictures at my friends gigs. Two of these shots would have been so much better had they been clear.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h304/thatsMOlikeit/selenium1edit.jpg
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h304/thatsMOlikeit/seanwithhisesp.jpg
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h304/thatsMOlikeit/selenium.jpg

Cath
07-27-2006, 04:09 PM
I don't know, so much. I love the effect being slightly out of focus has here, especially the first picture.

Godfather
07-27-2006, 04:27 PM
I don't know, so much. I love the effect being slightly out of focus has here, especially the first picture.

Hmm... I dunno...

Cath
07-27-2006, 05:03 PM
Sorry - the second picture - the first didn't load the first time I viewed this. :o

ATP
07-27-2006, 05:07 PM
I use to use my father's twin lens reflex I think, with the flip top look down from above to view the shot. He got in 1959, if I remember correctly. I fooled around with it for awhile, experimenting and all. Yes, it was film, and large negs too. It took really clear and large shots. A nice gloss finish. I never really considered photography as a livelihood or even a possibility, until one of the chaps at the camera shop said I had taken a good shot (funnily enough, I still remember it some 30 years later - it was in black and white, of a fellow walking across a ladder placed on the horizontal, with the sun behind him, and I was underneath shooting upwards). Unfortunately, the camera is gone now - who knows where? If it is still around and functioning, then someone has themselves a little beauty in hand.

I really like looking at the images people (I really like your bird shot, Nav).But, I am wondering, is it out of place to mention here about the costs to JG of the bandwidth, and the influence on the speed of download of those with dial up? Any way you folks could provide links to the images mounted on Photobucket or some such?

Godfather
07-27-2006, 05:31 PM
I really like looking at the images people (I really like your bird shot, Nav).But, I am wondering, is it out of place to mention here about the costs to JG of the bandwidth, and the influence on the speed of download of those with dial up? Any way you folks could provide links to the images mounted on Photobucket or some such?

Ah, good point.

done and done.

Stew21
07-27-2006, 05:52 PM
I wish I had a group of pictures in my photobucket that I did for my father. They lived in the country with several acres of woods behind the house. My dad loves nature. So when they moved to town into a smaller (more manageable house and property) he was really upset about leaving the timber. I took my camera out there, shot with film, and took pictures of trees, the path through the woods, and various skylines of the trees and sun coming through. I selected three, put them in a black frame with white matting and blew one of them up to 8x10- a tree - in the fall and leafless with the background of rolling storm clouds - framed it alone and gave it to them as their housewarming present for their new place. But I don't have them on disk or photobucket. *sigh* I'd love to share them.

MidnightMuse
07-27-2006, 09:48 PM
I dunno, Godfather, I think those photos are nice with the blur effect. It's almost as if you did that on purpose, especially with the middle shot - the black and white.

The Sony cybershot does have drawbacks - mostly the fact that there's no option out of auto focus. I use Kodak cameras of various styles and abilities. the autofocus on them is much faster, but they also have the manual option. Is there an Action setting for your Sony? Or anything else that will increase the speed?

Stew21
03-02-2011, 07:29 PM
I wanna see some photographs! :) Show us what you got.

Sophia
03-02-2011, 10:40 PM
I started using film over the past year, although I just dabble in photography, taking photographs just for myself. My husband collects old film cameras. When my digital camera broke at the end of 2009, I started borrowing a Bronica S2A that he bought on eBay, and which I think is the best camera I've ever seen. This is a photograph I took with it using an infrared filter and IR-sensitive film. Forest and coastal images are my favourites to take.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5027533190_08a4233381.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/elarasophia/5027533190/)
Millyford Bridge (infrared) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/elarasophia/5027533190/) by ElaraSophia (http://www.flickr.com/people/elarasophia/), on Flickr

I have other pictures, mostly taken on a digital camera and altered in Photoshop to my taste, on my Flickr stream, here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/elarasophia/).

One point in film's favour, for me, is that although it does cost money and time to develop the photographs, it's not as high a cost as replacing a digital camera every four or five years, which is what I've found I've needed to do (and I'm very careful with them). The look of film photographs appeals to me. I do have a new digital, now, which I love, but it's more for quick snapshots. Both types of camera have their place.

Stew21
03-03-2011, 02:50 AM
that photo is stunning.
:heart:

AnnieColleen
03-03-2011, 08:09 AM
Here's a couple:

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z278/AnnieColleenSA/small%20pics/th_P1050769.jpg?t=1299124297 ..............http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z278/AnnieColleenSA/small%20pics/th_P1080480.jpg?t=1299124893

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z278/AnnieColleenSA/small%20pics/th_P1080435.jpg?t=1299124893.......http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z278/AnnieColleenSA/small%20pics/th_candleavsmall.jpg?t=1299125260

DragonHeart
04-24-2011, 04:11 AM
I don't take pictures very often, but I've always liked this one:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c370/DarkaDragoon/098.jpg

Took it on Mt. Washington.

Tujack
05-12-2011, 12:29 PM
I absolutely love digital. I shoot with a Nikon D90 DSLR and have about 6 lenses for it. Although I used to shoot with a manual SLR (Yashicamat) and develop my photos in a darkroom, I much prefer the convenience and quality of the digital. Pixalation is not at all noticeable in any of my photos with the Nikon. Plus, I no longer have a darkroom nor the accommodation for one and keeping film on hand was always a problem. Like most everything else, you get what you pay for. An inexpensive point and shoot digital cannot compare with a Nikon or Canon DSLR.

Tujack
05-12-2011, 12:43 PM
Is there a way to upload a photo from my computer on here? If so, what do I do? I don't have my photos saved on a website.
Thanks

Silver King
05-13-2011, 06:19 AM
Is there a way to upload a photo from my computer on here? If so, what do I do? I don't have my photos saved on a website.
Thanks
To minimize bandwidth usage, images must first be stored on a photo sharing site, such as Flickr or Photobucket, before they can be shared on this site.

Setting up an account is easy (and free) and worth the effort to share your images.

While I'm here, one of my favorite shots of a difficult subject: The child who very rarely sits still long enough to get a decent photo. :)


http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa62/Silver-King/4-28-10FarmerKids114.jpg

Tujack
05-13-2011, 11:00 AM
When I go to Flicker and copy and paste the url in the attach image place, the photo doesn't show up. I just get a little box with the X in it and no picture. What now? What else should i do?

Tujack
05-13-2011, 12:17 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g459/Tujack/VARIOUSFLOWERS055.jpg

Tujack
05-13-2011, 12:22 PM
You can't imagine how frustrated I was trying to upload this photo of the orange lilies. Finally, with explanation in the FAQ section got it figured out. At any rate, the photo of the lilies was taken with the Nikon D80. It's a great camera but I upgraded to the Nikon D90 since taking this photo. I started out with the Nikon D40. I can't help it. I'm addicted to cameras. Well, I was...can't afford any more now.

veinglory
05-13-2011, 06:47 PM
Great to see these pics. I prefer pentax myself, just a basic point and shoot optio can get tack sharp shots. Here is one of my favorites--linked from shutterstock as I don't have the files on this computer....

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/4423/4423,1132795486,1/stock-photo-piglet-751079.jpg

brainstorm77
05-13-2011, 07:48 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/jackie6977/grave.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/jackie6977/n658742031_910703_5009.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/jackie6977/n658742031_412846_7415.jpg

A few shots that I have taken.

brainstorm77
05-13-2011, 07:50 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/jackie6977/100_2654.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/jackie6977/100_2655.jpg

Adam
05-13-2011, 08:59 PM
Ooh, fun pictures!
I've just bought myself a new digital camera, after years of using my phone. :)

http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo210/adzmodeus/Arty/100_0153.jpg

I lurves me some macro (plant was about an inch tall, and looks even better on the full size image). :)

Tujack
05-13-2011, 08:59 PM
Brainstorm
Great shots. What camera?

brainstorm77
05-13-2011, 09:12 PM
Brainstorm
Great shots. What camera?

It was(it's since died) a Kodak digital 8mp camera. I forget the actual model since It's been tossed.

Archerbird
05-23-2011, 05:47 PM
Some of my photos on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/zelaia/).

Adam
05-23-2011, 05:54 PM
There are some awesome pics on there! :D

JimmyB27
05-24-2011, 04:31 PM
Damn, I just find this thread a month or so after the site with all my pictures on was taken down.
I'll have to see about putting some on photobucket.

Archerbird
05-25-2011, 11:19 PM
There are some awesome pics on there! :D

Were you talking to me?

Adam
05-25-2011, 11:31 PM
I was indeed. :)

Archerbird
05-25-2011, 11:57 PM
I was indeed. :)

Thank you. Glad you like.:)

Tepelus
05-26-2011, 07:29 AM
Today I got a new camera to play with, so I'll be practicing a lot with it taking pictures of my flowers, my favorite subjects. I'm excited to have this new camera, my old one is ten years old and very outdated. Someday I'll get Photoshop or something similar so I can play around with my photos.

CARas
06-08-2011, 10:24 PM
I'm a photographer who started in 35 mm during high school. I spent a year on the yearbook and took mostly sports photos using a medium format camera. When i was a senior my parents helped me buy my first camera, a Canon AE-1 program. I still had it up to about a year ago when I finally sold it for not very much money.

I bought a Sony Maptiva which stored the images on a floppy disk. It worked ok but the quality was not very good at all. Then we got a Canon Powershot and right before I had my daughter we got a Canon Cybershot which took pretty good pictures.

A couple years a go I finally got a Nikon d-60 I love it.

I prefer digital over film because it is less expensive and I can see my pictures right away so I can take more shots if I need to

I use to develop my own film black and white and I bought bulk film which saved some money.

I mostly do nature, wildlife, landscapes and my daughter

CARas
06-08-2011, 10:31 PM
Astronomy is another hobby I have. But right now I do not have a telescope. I sold my scope when I was pregnant since I figured I wouldn't have much time for it. now 5 years later I am mad at myself for selling it.

I will eventually get a new telescope and I am very interested in taking pictures of the stars and planets.

I live in the Northwest so getting clear nights can sometimes be a challenge in itself. Also it's a drag having to drive a considerable distance in order to get dark skies. Last summer I drove up to Mount Hood and saw the meteor shower. It was quite awesome to watch!

Cathy

JackNamesThePlanets
06-09-2011, 12:45 AM
I use a FujiFIlm FinePix HS10

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/73698_493842923273_785943273_6956440_5437935_n.jpg


http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/76438_10150096366928274_785943273_7168714_7723638_ n.jpg

johnbriner
06-13-2011, 09:48 AM
digital is easier, but I love shooting with film. Some of my best work is with film. I've attached a couple here for you to see.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/jack2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/kylepumpkin.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/stewart-R1-011-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/trishst-R1-045-21.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/kylejack.jpg



Great shots! I like all the photos especially the last one. I must agree with you. It's not about the digital or manual, good photos come up with the skill of capturing good scene and the "eye" for it. You can have good shot with just using a manual camera if you really know hoe to take shots beautifully!

Tepelus
07-31-2011, 03:56 PM
My favorite subjects are flowers. Here are a few from this year:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/AclepiasincarnataSoulMate7-7-11.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/SweetScabiousDarkKnight27-18-11.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/DSC00494.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/SilenereginaRoyalCatchfly7-17-11.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/Asclepiastuberosa6-25-11.jpg

Tepelus
09-14-2011, 03:44 PM
Some blue for you.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/Asterlaevis9-13-11C.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/Asterlaevisclose-up9-13-11.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z16/tepelus_album/Garden%202011/Ceratostigmaplumbaginoides9-13-11A.jpg

Stew21
12-22-2011, 09:50 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/sunrise.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/294082_2493211335551_1410834570_33020875_835245819 _n.jpg

digital :)

these are digital too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/alleyspring.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/watstew2/34785_1551852562170_1410834570_31532857_4940461_n. jpg

MamaStrong
12-23-2011, 03:54 AM
Hi, I just stumbled across this part of the forum...

Here's some of my work. Great pictures everyone! Oh and I have a Nikon L100 I believe it is...

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN8417-2.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN8062.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN8059.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN8044.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN8020.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN7658-1.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd515/MrsDale06/DSCN7630-1.jpg

:D OK, I'll stop.

Silver King
12-23-2011, 05:09 AM
It took quite a few shots (about sixty) before the butterfly lined up just right to have its picture taken:


http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa62/Silver-King/12-21-11074-2.jpg

Leigha David
01-13-2012, 03:02 AM
I'm wanting to get into photography. I've only been working with my Nikon Coolpix for the past year or so. I've got my fingers crossed I'll have enough to buy my Canon Rebel T3 in a couple months so I can really get started!

These pictures weren't taken by me (since I'm the subject matter, lol). They were done by my boyfriend. I did the editing. Just thought I'd share since I really like them.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/378044_125729614206813_100003093269787_148414_9184 86209_n.jpg
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/381481_125732094206565_100003093269787_148427_1230 146001_n.jpg
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/383969_125734754206299_100003093269787_148442_1359 113988_n.jpg

Leigha David
01-13-2012, 03:08 AM
Here are some I took at the Houston Zoo recently.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/394360_146897608756680_100003093269787_213872_1477 813870_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/387925_146896598756781_100003093269787_213868_7124 63458_n.jpg
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/387925_146896605423447_100003093269787_213870_2007 329122_n.jpg
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/399523_146897805423327_100003093269787_213874_8229 37509_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/379922_146899065423201_100003093269787_213877_1202 089525_n.jpg

My boyfriend.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/396354_146900395423068_100003093269787_213882_5718 61380_n.jpg

The cutest baby EVER!

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/407525_146903932089381_100003093269787_213912_3493 9095_n.jpg
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/379831_146904062089368_100003093269787_213914_1999 539665_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/391003_146906035422504_100003093269787_213930_1327 238026_n.jpg

Zelenka
01-13-2012, 03:12 AM
How weird, I've just come off a discussion about photography and then check new posts and this is the first thread listed!

I have a Fuji Finepix HS10. Mostly I do architectural shots, landscapes etc, but I've been playing lately with some macro-setting pictures.

Couple of wee things:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v412/spaceweavil/130.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v412/spaceweavil/123.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v412/spaceweavil/070troja.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v412/spaceweavil/047botgard.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v412/spaceweavil/016botgard.jpg

I have to go tomorrow and do some night shots of Prague for my boss, which I suppose is technically my first paying gig as a photographer, if she decides to use them. Will have to fiddle with the settings a bit as some of the places are very low light, but hopefully I'll get something usable.

Leigha David
01-13-2012, 03:16 AM
Absolutely love these shots, Zelenka!

L M Ashton
01-13-2012, 07:44 AM
I shoot with a Nikon D90. I'm a hobbyist and have no interest in turning it into a career - it's strictly fun for me. :)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5281/5374535525_ed44298c59.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamaf/5374535525/)
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamaf/5374535525/) by LaurieAshton (http://www.flickr.com/people/lamaf/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2728/4063523280_e1a58386a8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamaf/4063523280/)
20031026-60 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamaf/4063523280/) by LaurieAshton (http://www.flickr.com/people/lamaf/), on Flickr

http://djlhggipcyllo.cloudfront.net/1597537/dc4b44f3417de96b18f3374ebeac82651f498de6/4.jpg

http://djlhggipcyllo.cloudfront.net/1597531/68d4a7120c06738e5b9eef609e3d58e0fb565a18/4.jpg


I really need to get more of my photos up.

VanessaNorth
03-10-2012, 02:51 AM
Oh, here are my people! :) i'm a pro photographer, mostly family/lifestyle, weddings, and some editorial and band promo work.

I'm not sure how to post photos yet, but this is my website (yep, Vanessa is my middle name!): http://aimeebensonphotography.com/home-1.html

I'd love to see some more of all of y'alls work. :)

PeterD
06-22-2012, 09:58 PM
I use a Pentax K10D.

Love photography. Sorry for the thread bomb.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3482/3798674884_dfecbd1a6d_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3175/2665618416_1f4e7487f6_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3197/3059876695_3257c811d1_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2265/2164626919_544b2ebef1_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4111/4846843239_a989b76e78_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4091/4965243601_361194d09e_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3164/4567032220_9a629db243_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4006/4464254794_f813f3cbda_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4014/4391562388_e342a62b04_z.jpg?zz=1

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4085/5219725951_6aba8d1eca_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4108/4945373880_a8a9aca3f1_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4084/5220319150_bfbf4e315e_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4119/4749718321_ff714a42c9_z.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4112/4846774005_69b6ed1415_z.jpg

pandaponies
06-23-2012, 01:44 AM
WOW PeterD, those are FANTASTIC. The dandelion is my favorite, what an incredible shot! And you're a fellow Pentax person! :D I use a K-r. Wish I could afford to upgrade, but mine suits me fine for general hobbyist photography and portraits of my horses, so.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6219/6247063647_80633e2a1e.jpg
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6073/6045348295_7e040a4573.jpg
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6120/6997477555_814c59f879.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/7078760689_a36baa0dfa.jpg

pandaponies
06-23-2012, 01:47 AM
Astronomy is another hobby I have. But right now I do not have a telescope. I sold my scope when I was pregnant since I figured I wouldn't have much time for it. now 5 years later I am mad at myself for selling it.

I will eventually get a new telescope and I am very interested in taking pictures of the stars and planets.

I live in the Northwest so getting clear nights can sometimes be a challenge in itself. Also it's a drag having to drive a considerable distance in order to get dark skies. Last summer I drove up to Mount Hood and saw the meteor shower. It was quite awesome to watch!

Cathy
I love photographing the moon and TRYING to photograph the stars, but I can't afford camera attachments and I don't think I'm clever enough to build a barn-door tracker. :P So mostly I settle for the moon, hahaha.

PeterD
06-23-2012, 04:29 AM
That is a great shot of the moon. I always struggled with that. I got one from the top of the Empire State Building a few years back and was surprised it turned out so well given the conditions. But then in other situation which I thought where much better, I have struck out. I know there is a technique and I did know it at once stage but the most recent time I tried to replicate it I got nothing.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2461/3797867121_fa216f0d1d_z.jpg?zz=1

I probably could have cropped it. Oh well. :)

This is my favourite related night shot:

If I recall correctly it was a 12 minute exposure. The streaks are the stars, the movement of the Earth is making the stars pass through the sky.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4069/4542187507_a4e518dbd4_z.jpg


That shot of yours with your daughter(?) and the horse is great. A keeper for sure.

pandaponies
06-23-2012, 05:11 AM
Those are both just gorgeous. Love them.

That's my friend's daughter. She is an adorable, horse-crazy little girl. :D Thank you!

thebloodfiend
06-27-2012, 06:19 AM
Part of my first photo assignment. It was supposed to be a still life or something, in black and white.

http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x433/thebloodfiend/pa1.jpg
And this is part of my final. I decided to do macro shots of random shit I had in my backpack. http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x433/thebloodfiend/paf.jpg

We had to print them, too. All of these were shot with an olympus pen e-pl1. I want a better camera, but I don't have the money for one yet.

I wish I could find my favorite shots, but they're on another drive that I'm too lazy to dig out.

PeterD
06-27-2012, 06:25 AM
Those are great, though I feel that there is supposed to be a theme and I am missing it?

What is wrong with the Oly? What does it not do?

thebloodfiend
06-27-2012, 06:41 AM
No theme, really. Just stuff I had around.

I just wish the Olympus had less expensive lenses with wider f-stop range and cleaner shots.

jenni1607
07-13-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm just about to buy a Samsung WB150F - does anyone own one or know what they are like? I use my camera for multiple purposes, so I need one that's a good all-rounder. I like the fact it has wi-fi, so I can instantly upload photos to my computer and/or social networking sites.

tangelo
07-29-2012, 09:04 PM
I'm just about to buy a Samsung WB150F - does anyone own one or know what they are like? I use my camera for multiple purposes, so I need one that's a good all-rounder. I like the fact it has wi-fi, so I can instantly upload photos to my computer and/or social networking sites.

A review round-up of this model for you: http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/samsung_wb150f_review/review_roundup/

abluerwhite
09-05-2012, 02:42 AM
How did you get the moon shot? Tripod? Long exposure? Telescopic lens?

TimSenese
03-12-2013, 01:14 AM
I'm still in the process of getting a good camera. They're expensive! Right now I'm only using a Kodak point and shoot 12 MP camera I got a few years back for Christmas. I like doing outdoor photography - I love taking hikes and being anywhere in nature, so taking pictures of it is just an extension!

Here's one of my favorites:

pkbax
03-12-2013, 05:13 AM
Wow! Some awesome shots by several folks. I'm not where I can post/link to mine right this sec, but I'd love to share a few of my favs later. My avatar is one of mine from last year, though.

Silverking - I know what you man about having to take several shots to get that butterfly one. Cool pic BTW.

Stew21 - love the black & white of the kiddos. :)

Film vs digital: Right now I'm doing a lot more digital. I can see right away what the pic looks like and change settings or just take another if I don't like what I see. Also, I find I'm more likely to play and have gotten some shots I wouldn't have even tried with film. But sometimes film just has something digital just can't quite duplicate. As for the camera, I've learned you can take lousy shots with a good one & great shots with a point & shoot - it definitely takes an eye & practice.

Silver King
03-12-2013, 05:25 AM
...Silverking - I know what you man about having to take several shots to get that butterfly one. Cool pic BTW.
Thank you. :)

There's a nature thread here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=235690) in Office Party where we share photos. It's a long discussion but feel free to skip to the end and upload some of your favorite nature shots there if you'd like. :)

pkbax
03-12-2013, 05:45 AM
Thank you. :)

There's a nature thread here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=235690) in Office Party where we share photos. It's a long discussion but feel free to skip to the end and upload some of your favorite nature shots there if you'd like. :)

Thanks. I'll check it out. :)

greendragon
02-09-2015, 10:47 PM
Upping the thread - I'm new here. I love taking photos (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, a 12.1Mp camera. I travel to Ireland, Scotland and England, and am going to Iceland this summer. I sell the photos at art shows in the summer, which pays for the trips, and then some.

Most of them aren't posted as individual photos on my website, so I'm linking them to where they happen to appear. I don't have access to photo sites at work :)

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/Cush99.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/Armagh17.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7qvvWsMNDTk/UqfAEoe5-sI/AAAAAAAAAWs/N5CckjtmI0c/s1600/CarrowmoreColor.jpg

http://www.irelandcalling.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DarkHedges.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Scotland/Lewis/TimelessSky.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Scotland/Lewis/CalanaisSunset.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Scotland/Orkney/StennessHDR.jpg

greendragon
02-09-2015, 10:50 PM
http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/Cush147.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/Don82.jpg
http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/West12.jpg

http://www.greendragonartist.com/Galleries/Small%20Images/Ireland/2013/Glass120.jpg

pandaponies
03-13-2015, 07:29 AM
omgggg I posted in this thread THREE YEARS AGO lol, wow! I've gone all commercial and shiz since then :P I end up doing more couples than anything else, sometimes portraits.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8639/16798170982_943e5c947d_z.jpg
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/14147941394_7551c1137d_z.jpg
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/13961161607_675afc7892_z.jpg
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3903/14308020247_f26602ced7_z.jpg

(ended up cropping this one to center it better IIRC but I'm on the wrong computer without the final versions of everything since my other one is in the shop :'( lol)
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/10545964706_21ac1a3343_z.jpg

Filigree
03-16-2015, 08:21 AM
That last one could be a great book cover, BTW.

If any of you are ever in Tucson, Arizona and have the time, check out the Center for Creative Photography, on the UofA campus in downtown Tucson.

I keep meaning to stop in, and finally did so on Saturday. A companion and I decided the Tucson Festival of Books was too large, too noisy, and not focused that much on books. Walking back to the parking garage, we realized the Center was on the way - and open. Right now there is a gorgeous exhibit of astronomical photography and video. They also have an archive open to browsing and study, with advance registration.

http://www.creativephotography.org/

noirdood
12-24-2015, 12:17 AM
So newspapers don't let their photographers use film, huh? So, what is that supposed to mean to the unwashed masses, myself included? Oh, yeah, did you know 95 percent of kiddy porn photographers use digital cameras? So what does that mean?
Arizona Highways magazine, known for its fine photographs, still used 4x5 FILM.
Digital is quick. So is McDonalds. So what? Real riters don't gum up their brains with vapid generalizations that mean nothing.

Saoirse
01-17-2016, 10:14 PM
I've been here a long time and just discovered this thread!

I'm a fine art photographer. I use these days mostly digital but I started out with b&w film and a darkroom. I've always loved b&w film more (don't hit me!) and that's really where my passion is. I've had to take a long hiatus for health reasons and I'm now just starting working with it again. I especially love b&w infrared and have been experimenting with digital infrared using a converted DSLR.

I have something like 12 cameras, mostly film. I even have a twin lens reflex which is really cool, and an old 1950s era Argus that takes beautiful pictures. And an old SX-70 polaroid that's as old as I am. ;)

I studied photography in college and that's where all the artsy came from. We learned so many cool things like toning, handcoloring, using the famous Holga camera, polaroid transfers (which I continued to do until about 8 years ago -- the film is SO expensive!). I love experimenting!

I also taught photography classes at our local college for awhile. Most of it was digital. I couldn't get them to let me teach a darkroom course. :(

Interesting about the digital vs film thing. I think they both have their uses, and one is not superior to the other. I've been hired to do weddings, and I would use digital hands down. (But, just to be artsy, I would sneakily take some b&w film photos too.) ;) When I was in college 20 years ago (gulp), digital was just starting to come around. I wrote an article about how darkroom was dying. There were very few photo stores around where I live that sold darkroom equipment then. Now there are none. I have to get my stuff online. The one photo store I frequented is now a portrait studio, and the other is out of business. It's very sad. But that's what happens with technology. Things become obsolete.

I don't think I'll ever stop using film and a darkroom. For me, it's pure magic, and there's an art to it that you can't really get with digital. Just my opinion, of course. ;)

ETA: There are some beautiful pictures in this thread! Wow!

heza
03-21-2016, 10:26 PM
I just realized we had a photography thread, and I have a photography question if anyone happens by and would be kind enough to offer an opinion....

So my mother passed away several years ago, and while cleaning out her things, I took possession of ten or so disposable cameras. My living situation at the time forced me to also store them for a while, and now, I've come across them again.

Given that my mother is no longer with us, I really would like to get these cameras processed in hopes that there might be pictures of her none of us has ever seen. However, all of these cameras are badly expired, some by 20 years. I realize most, if not all, of the photos will either have major issues or not develop at all.

All I know to do with disposable cameras is to take them to the lab at, say, Walgreen's or Wal-Mart and see what can be done.

Is there anything else that I could do with these cameras that would increase my odds of getting better/more pictures out of them than just taking them to the pharmacy? Or would the process of developing them be the same anywhere (with anyone)?

Saoirse
03-22-2016, 02:52 AM
Well, if the film is 20 years old, there will be defects in it, but it'll still be recognizable, I think. Film processing is dying as it is, so my only advice is to see what you can find as far as a photo lab is concerned -- like, within a camera store or maybe an independent if it exists. You can explain the situation and see if they'd be able to do anything in processing to help.

(Typically photo labs in Walmarts, etc have a standard processing they do for anything and everything. Same with b&w, if they exist. Which is why I started developing my own b&w film. I do not do color, unfortunately.)

Either way, you should get something out of them.

(I once found my grandfather's old b&w negatives and printed some pictures from them. It was a bit eerie, b/c he is deceased, and I didn't take them, but they turned out good. The negs had to be at least 50 years old at the time. I do not know if color negs keep that long.)

Sunwords
05-17-2016, 08:42 AM
Just found this thread - great pictures to be seen, thank you all.
I always shied away from photography because of the costs of developing films - so digital was a great invention for me. I used to have a small Cannon, but some months ago I got some money I had already thought would never be paid and decided to invest in a Nikon D3200. I love it, but am still learning how to get the most of it.
Some of my pics - most still made with the Cannon - can be found here:
https://500px.com/werrakind

I am still wondering which site is really good for uploading more - photobucket? I am no fan of instagram.

JimmyB27
07-22-2016, 07:50 PM
Starting to get back into photography now I've upgraded my camera (from a Canon 350D to a 70D).

Discovered there's a barn owl that hunts in the fields a little way from where I live. My couple of nights trying to photograph him have taught me that owls are hard.

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13782155_10153775187273017_4535149825956239175_n.j pg?oh=2ab10b0627dde076a31783ecab7ca63b&oe=582EA383

citizengrey
07-22-2016, 07:57 PM
Hi Jimmy, that's an amazing photo. We have a barred owl somewhere in our woods, but I've only ever seen him in the deep, snowy winter. Congrats on the capture.


"Hi, my name is Grey, and I'm new here. Please excuse my noobness. If I'm doing something horribly wrong, please tell me."

shakeysix
07-22-2016, 08:14 PM
I need advice on a camera purchase. I take mostly macro photos and back in the day I was comfortable with a couple of Pentax SLRs with a trunk full of lenses, adapters, tripods, etc. Right now I am using a Panasonic DMC-ZS1, Lumix. I only bought it because a man taking pictures in a butterfly zoo in Florida recommended it to me when I asked him about digital cameras. He wrote the specs on a paper and I bought it that week. I like the camera fine. It takes good pictures for a view finder set up but I am wondering if I shouldn't buy something more advanced. Now that I am retired I would like to get back into photography. Advice? Product recommendations? --s6

JimmyB27
07-26-2016, 07:44 PM
Hi Jimmy, that's an amazing photo.
Thanks, although I'm not sure I agree! :)

I don't really have the equipment to capture a decent owl pic. This is my 300mm lens, the biggest I have, at full zoom, and I've cropped the shot to something like 10% of its size to centre on the owl. Also, the approaching dusk forced me to 3200 ISO, which is why it looks so grainy.

Orianna2000
09-03-2016, 09:02 AM
My dad used to be a professional photographer, he had his own portrait studio, back in the early 1980s. My brother is a hobby photographer, but he takes some pretty awesome photos. As for me, I wouldn't really call myself a photographer, either hobby or professional, but I do take a lot of pics for the articles I write--for an online magazine and for my website. It's mostly sewing tutorials and in-progress photos of the historical costumes and doll clothing I make. Nothing special. I've had an adventure finding a decent camera, though!

My first digital camera was some cheap Sony, which gave every photo a green tinge along the upper portion of the photo. Most peculiar. (Any idea what causes that sort of malfunction?) My husband bought an expensive DSLR, but it's too fancy for me. It's bulky and heavy, and way too complicated to use. For awhile, I just used my old cellphone's camera (very poor quality) but once I realized I needed decent photos to submit with my articles, I bought a Samsung WB35F. (A compact point-and-shoot.) My decision was mainly based on the fact that it came in purple. (I'm obsessed with purple.) It was an okay camera, but was disappointing because it did NOT come with auto-WiFi uploading, despite the claims on Samsung's website and Amazon's product page. I actually got a 20% rebate from Amazon to make up for their misleading product description. This camera worked okay for a year or so, but then it started producing shadows in the corners of every photo I took. The auto-focus didn't like to focus properly. And it was very slow to take pictures. I'd click the button, then wait a second or two for it to actually take the picture. I finally got fed up with it and started shopping around. I wanted something nicer, but everything was out of my price range.

Then, last week, I stumbled onto the Nikon Coolpix L840 (refurbished) on sale for $119, which was half the price of what Amazon was selling it for! In fact, it's only about $10 more than I paid for the Samsung, yet from what I've seen, it's normally a $300+ camera. It's a digital "bridge," so it's a hybrid between a point-and-shoot and a full DSLR. A decent lens, but you can't switch it out. Good auto features, if you want them, but you can also use your own settings, if you prefer. I'm still learning about f-stops and apertures and all that, so it's exactly what I needed. (And yes, it's purple! A gorgeous plum color.) It's refurbished, so it's not brand-new, but it was certified and guaranteed by Nikon. The only flaw I've found is a tiny scratch on the LCD screen. Other than that, it's in perfect shape . . . and it blows my Samsung WB35F out of the water! It knows how to focus, for one thing. It takes pictures instantly, with no delay. The picture quality is superb. I barely have to make any post-production adjustments in Photoshop Elements. Today was the first day I used it, and I have to say, I'm pretty thrilled!

I'm sorely tempted to see what it can do with flowers, sunsets, and whatnot. But I don't have a carry-case for it yet, so I'm hesitant to take it anywhere. I've ordered a case, but it won't arrive until next week.

mysterymantis
03-23-2017, 08:11 AM
My dad used to be a professional photographer, he had his own portrait studio, back in the early 1980s. My brother is a hobby photographer, but he takes some pretty awesome photos. As for me, I wouldn't really call myself a photographer, either hobby or professional, but I do take a lot of pics for the articles I write--for an online magazine and for my website. It's mostly sewing tutorials and in-progress photos of the historical costumes and doll clothing I make. Nothing special. I've had an adventure finding a decent camera, though!

My first digital camera was some cheap Sony, which gave every photo a green tinge along the upper portion of the photo. Most peculiar. (Any idea what causes that sort of malfunction?) My husband bought an expensive DSLR, but it's too fancy for me. It's bulky and heavy, and way too complicated to use. For awhile, I just used my old cellphone's camera (very poor quality) but once I realized I needed decent photos to submit with my articles, I bought a Samsung WB35F. (A compact point-and-shoot.) My decision was mainly based on the fact that it came in purple. (I'm obsessed with purple.) It was an okay camera, but was disappointing because it did NOT come with auto-WiFi uploading, despite the claims on Samsung's website and Amazon's product page. I actually got a 20% rebate from Amazon to make up for their misleading product description. This camera worked okay for a year or so, but then it started producing shadows in the corners of every photo I took. The auto-focus didn't like to focus properly. And it was very slow to take pictures. I'd click the button, then wait a second or two for it to actually take the picture. I finally got fed up with it and started shopping around. I wanted something nicer, but everything was out of my price range.

Then, last week, I stumbled onto the Nikon Coolpix L840 (refurbished) on sale for $119, which was half the price of what Amazon was selling it for! In fact, it's only about $10 more than I paid for the Samsung, yet from what I've seen, it's normally a $300+ camera. It's a digital "bridge," so it's a hybrid between a point-and-shoot and a full DSLR. A decent lens, but you can't switch it out. Good auto features, if you want them, but you can also use your own settings, if you prefer. I'm still learning about f-stops and apertures and all that, so it's exactly what I needed. (And yes, it's purple! A gorgeous plum color.) It's refurbished, so it's not brand-new, but it was certified and guaranteed by Nikon. The only flaw I've found is a tiny scratch on the LCD screen. Other than that, it's in perfect shape . . . and it blows my Samsung WB35F out of the water! It knows how to focus, for one thing. It takes pictures instantly, with no delay. The picture quality is superb. I barely have to make any post-production adjustments in Photoshop Elements. Today was the first day I used it, and I have to say, I'm pretty thrilled!

I'm sorely tempted to see what it can do with flowers, sunsets, and whatnot. But I don't have a carry-case for it yet, so I'm hesitant to take it anywhere. I've ordered a case, but it won't arrive until next week.


I realize your post is a bit old (6 months), but I love to answer technical questions....

About your green fringe, it's a phenomenon known as chromatic aberration. The technical explanation (short version) is that as light enters the lens, it becomes refracted (bent), and then focused onto the sensor or film. In a nutshell, this works the same way that your eyes do. However, with the lens, it doesn't always refract all the spectrums of light the same way, and the fancy (read expensive) cameras and lenses have ways of dealing with this. If your camera always had this problem on every picture, regardless of the direction your light came from, then I would guess one of the lens elements was crooked in some way, or possibly deformed. Being a cheapie, it could even be that the sensor was malfunctioning on that side.

Not that an inexpensive camera can't take a good photo, and even the expensive cameras and lenses suffer from CA.

Glad to hear you like your Nikon Coolpix camera. I shoot Canon myself, but I won't hold it against you if you don't hold it against me! ;) As far as the settings on the camera, here are some quick shots for you (even though 6 months later you might have figured it all out)...

1. F-stop - This number represents your aperture, which is a set of fins (diaphragm) that control the amount of light that enters your camera, and directly affects how it focuses on the sensor (depth of field). The smaller the number, the wider it is, the larger the number, the smaller. I know that sounds backwards, but it is becasue it represents a ratio (I have no idea how to calculate this ratio). Also, the smaller the number, the more shallow your depth of field becomes. More about that in a minute...
2. Depth of Field - So, what is this? This is how much of your framing will be in focus in your picture. A wide F-stop (2.8 or lower) will give you a shallow DOF, and will only keep your main subject in focus, blurring everything around it, possibly even part of the subject, depending on the lens and the size of your camera's sensor. A narrow F-stop (8 to 22+) will narrow the focus, and keep more of your framing in focus, and also has the effect of making the picture a bit more sharp. So, with that in mind, if you are shooting a portrait of someone (or object that serves the same purpose), a wide F-stop is better. If you are shooting landscapes, a narrow one is better. These of course are generalizations, and the art of the photo is always up to you!
3. Shutter speed - In most cases, your shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second. The slower the shutter, the more likely you are to pick up some blurriness from a shaky hand and a moving subject. The faster the shutter, the better the camera is at "freezing" motion, and handshake is less of a problem. That Coolpix comes with VR (vibration reduction), so that can help at lower shutter speeds, like anything less than 1/320 sec.
4. VR - called different things on different brands of lenses and cameras (IS = Canon, OS = sigma, etc), they all mean the same thing. The thing that is confusing to some, at first, is what it actually does. All it does is reduce the effect of hand shake at slower shutter speeds, it does nothing for a moving subject. The only way to counter motion blur on a moving subject is to use a faster shutter speed. They also have a limit, once the shutter gets so slow you will need to mount on a tripod or at least set the camera on a stable surface.
5. Fun - I would hope this is self explanatory, but photography can be a lot of fun. The way our eyes perceive the world is jsut different from the way a camera does, due to the special way that light is bent onto the sensor/film. So, have fun with your camera, because even if every picture you take doesn't turn out so great, you can always take another picture. :)

And as far as refurbs go, they can be very good deals. If you buy straight from the manufacturer, and the item comes with it's full warranty, then it is worth the roll of the dice. Plenty of success stories out there about this very subject. I jsut got an 80D for 420 bucks less than MSRP this way, and the only thing wrong that I can see is the shutter button has a discoloration in the plastic. Refurbs can be anything from a camera that had a repairable defect, to a cosmetic issue that doesn't affect the function of the camera, to even an open box item that was exchanged by the retailer to the manufacturer. A refurb has likely been looked at by a technician, inspected, and certified to work (if it is done by the manufacturer that is). In some cases, they are a better deal than a new in box item, as it has gone through a higher level of scrutiny at the manufacturer. It sounds like you got your Nikon for a steal of a price!

Well, hope I didn't bore you too much. :)

Orianna2000
03-25-2017, 01:04 AM
Thanks for explaining the green tinge! Good to know. And no, you didn't bore me. I keep meaning to pull out my camera's instruction manual, and one of my how-to photography books, and just play around to see what the camera can do. But I never seem to find the time.

I'm still pretty happy with the Coolpix, although lately, it's had trouble with the auto-focus. Especially if I'm trying to take a picture of something white or beige against a white background. It doesn't like that very much!

Saoirse
03-25-2017, 10:08 PM
My first digital camera was a Coolpix. They are pretty good cameras. And I've found the best way to learn your camera is to play with it. Take pictures. Lots of pictures. Don't be afraid to get out there and do it. :)

mysterymantis
03-26-2017, 12:45 AM
Some questions...

1. Are you shooting in Macro mode? Macro photography is notorious for having issues with auto-focus. The macro focus range is .4 inches on that camera, which means as long as you are within .4 inches it can focus in macro mode. This is not the same thing as minimum focus distance, and only applies to macro photos.
2. You might be too close to your subject. The minimum focus distance is 11.8 inches, if you are closer than that it will have a hard time finding the focus. Can you manually focus? If so, try to use the manual focus to get close to where you want it, then allow the AF to find the rest. Another issue could be the points the AF uses might be getting confused. If you can select a single point or area to focus from you might get better results too.
3. Do you have a different color backdrop you can try? For contrast alone, your subject and your backdrop should be different, but the similar colors might be part of the reason your camera is having trouble focusing.

I've never had a Coolpix camera, so I can't really tell you how to navigate the menu. I would guess that you need to turn off autofocus when using manual focus. Sometimes it can harm your camera if you try to focus manually while in Auto.

Orianna2000
03-26-2017, 01:09 AM
As far as I know, there is no manual focus. I'll check the manual, though.

I switch back and forth between macro and regular mode, depending on how close I'm photographing. Occasionally, if it won't focus in one mode, it will focus in the other. But sometimes, it simply won't focus. Period. Today, I tried taking a picture of green fabric against a white background and it absolutely refused to focus, no matter what I did. The little green squares would appear, as it auto-focused, but the second I hit the button halfway to lock in the focus, the green squares were replaced with a red box and it lost the focus. I tried switching to macro, to no avail. I tried getting closer, nope. I tried moving farther away, didn't help. I even changed up the angle, but nothing worked. It simply wouldn't let me take the picture. Very frustrating.

Why is there such a difference between regular mode and macro, as far as distance is concerned? If I'm understanding what you said, for regular you have to be almost 12" away, but for macro you have to be less than half an inch from the object? What if you want to take a picture from, say, six inches away? Is there nothing in between?

mysterymantis
03-28-2017, 04:22 AM
Hmm, without having the camera in hand, I don't know how much more help I can give. I did find that there is no manual focus on that camera, which seems a little odd, but I think has become pretty common with these types of point and shoot style cameras.

Let me at least expand a bit more on focal length...

What macro focus means, is that normally you can't focus reliably closer than 11.8", except in macro mode. Depending on the camera, sometimes that means there is an extra lens element, but more times than not it just tells the camera to use a different method for finding focus. It is typically very finicky, and the closer you are to your subject the better. Your depth of field might be too shallow though, since typically in macro mode the camera opens up all the way to allow the most light in. So, as a result, the picture is blurry, and the AF has trouble figuring this out, becasue the shallow DOF doesn't give it much to work with. It doesn't necessarily mean you can't get the camera to find focus between the minimum focus distance and the macro range. Macro range is just the closest you can be and still be able to focus.

I think also on your camera Macro mode limits the range that it will focus from, so that it isn't going through the entire range to find focus. This is done to speed up the focus at short ranges, or even a the longer ranges in normal shooting modes (it ignores the macro focus range). As a result, if you recently took a shot that was outside the limit of it's current range, the camera won't even try to focus, because it is being told not to. So, here is a test to try out...

1. Set to your normal shooting mode, full auto is fine. Also, set your zoom to be fairly wide, not all the way wide. If you can set it to 35-50mm, that is good. If there is not a way to tell the zoom range, then zoom all the way wide, then in just enough to not be all the way wide (wide angle tends to warp the light coming in, and might mess with the test). Fully wide, the Coolpix is 23mm, for reference.
2. Focus on a subject from 3 feet away. Once it is in focus, take a shot. If that is in focus, move to 2 feet away, do the same. Then move to 1 foot. Do this whole step in the same shooting mode, at the same zoom.
3. Move to 6 inches, and try to focus. If it will not focus, then switch to macro mode, and try again. If this works, then move to 3 inches, try again. Then move to 1 inch, and try again. Otherwise, if it will still focus at 6 inches in normal mode, move to 3 inches, and so on, until it won't focus.

If at 6 inches it flashes red instead of focusing, that means that the camera is too close to focus in that mode, due to the camera limiting the range it can focus. As I mentioned before, the camera does this to focus faster; it doesn't "waste time" seeking for focus at ranges it can't catch. (Some of the high end lenses have switches on the side for this same purpose.) In any case, if you have focused in in this manner, you should be able to go to macro mode, and be able to focus from there.

From what I have read, this is not uncommon on point and shoots. I've read that some people will find something intermediate to focus on, to kind of "walk" the focus in.


Hopefully that helps.

vicky271
03-29-2017, 05:13 AM
A photography thread! Yippee! I'm in my last few weeks! Finishing up my degree in digital photography ^^ I'm currently working with a 7D Mark 2 DSLR Canon camera. I'd love to upgrade to a 6D, and from there, a 1D one day! Have had a lot of experience with a variety of lenses, and in studio in between assignments. Good to know there are other camera users on here :D

noirdood
06-13-2017, 03:19 AM
I have photographs I took of Elvis and the Beatles on film. Nobody has them on digital.
Truth be told, who cares if Joe Doakes uses digital and Robin Rederick uses film? Or Canon vs. Nikon. Or Toyota vs. Honda.
Digital is easier? Well, film is easier than oil painting. So.....? (Van Gogh owned a camera. Probably glass plate. Slow....)

Tsu Dho Nimh
07-28-2017, 03:05 AM
Is there a way to upload a photo from my computer on here? If so, what do I do? I don't have my photos saved on a website. Thanks

No. AW doesn't host any photos.

AW Admin
07-28-2017, 03:33 AM
No. AW doesn't host any photos.

You're responding to a post from 2011.

shakeysix
07-29-2017, 01:35 AM
My grand daughter and I enter photos in our county fair every summer. I've done this for years and managed to get one of my grandkids interested. My county is a small one, so small that we take entries in the open class from neighboring counties. Still, there are many accomplished photographers in this county. Our 4H kids have a great photography teacher for their club. My grandkids live out of county so are not 4H members so have only me to teach them. The photo classes I have taken are from the Flinstones Era--35 mm film-- so we are learning about digital photos together.

This July I entered 9 photos in the adult division. My grand daughter entered 6 in the youth division--open class. I won two blue ribbons, two red and two white. Magnolia won 6 blue ribbons! She is at the top of the youth division so next year will have to compete as a teen, against older kids, but when she was seven she won a blue ribbon--quite a deal.

County Fairs are a great way for kids to learn photography. They have to mount the pictures, explain the shot and decide which photos to choose--not always easy. We keep our potential photos in a folder on my desktop and begin going over them in April or May. We also take a serious photo trip or two over the year. Magnolia took trips to Colorado and Washington DC this summer and used her camera on both. A black & white shot of the Lincoln Memorial took a blue ribbon.

Fairs are good for older folks too. Competition sharpens my eye. There are 4 0r 5 people around the county who are pretty darned good. Every summer we try to outdo each other. After judging, the photos are exhibited for the whole county to look at. It is best when there is a big old ribbon hanging on the photo, but sometimes someone will say "Oh, I know that spot!" or "How did you do that?" or "How did you get such a great picture of that? I drive by it every day and never thought it was worth looking at."

Anyway-- the fair season is almost ove,r but if you stop by your county extension office they will gladly give you the information for entering next summer's fair. I don't pickle stuff, or grow giant pumpkins or quilt but I do love the photo competition. --s6

Saoirse
07-29-2017, 06:39 AM
That sounds amazing, shakeysix!

Alan Aspie
10-28-2018, 10:13 PM
Some views about photographing....

1. It is not cameragraphing. It is photographing. Camera is not your main tool.

2. Your most important tool is shadow. Light is the second. Lens is third.

3. With SLR/DSLR -cameras you should first choose your format. (Mid format, FF kino, crop kino) Then you think about lenses. After that you choose a body that suits those lenses, your hands and your way of thinking.

Knowing your gear is much more important than what that gear is.

4. If you want to learn something, then starting with good primes is better than fooling with dark and smutty zooms. And FF is much better than a crop.

If you buy a used FF with a good 50mm/1.4 lense and really think about your photographing you can make wonders.

One of those wonders is that you decide the depth of field in your pictures.

5. Photographing is art of reducing. You get two things. And then you photograph the relation between these two things - not them. You reduce all else out of attention. You think how you can do it.

Your kid is playing with his/her favorite toy. DON'T take a photograph that shows how he/she looks. Go inside the kids world of playing and take a photograph about kids relation to his imagination.

6. Tell, don't show. Picture that shows something is nothing. Picture that tells a story, emotion, something... That's good.

7. Use photographing to develop your visual and narrative thinking.

8. Take your visual thinking to your stories and your narrative thinking to your photographing.

9. A good photographer always looks lazy.

10. If you wan't to photograph outside, then bad weather is the best weather for you. Dark, rain, smog, fog, freezing cold...


Here is something that shows you what I am talking about. Finnish photographer Hannes Heikura was photographing war in Afganistan 2007. And there was also the other kind of war - war on drugs. So Hannes took a photo about soldier in a poppy field...

https://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/fi/nayttelyt/hiljaiset-kuvat