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    Quote Originally Posted by kundalini View Post
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    ....when i learned how to spell epipheny
    Epiphany?
    Epitome?
    Empathy
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    Quote Originally Posted by rexbobcat View Post
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    Epiphany?
    Epitome?

    Empathy
    Epiphyte?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flow View Post

    Epiphyte?
    Ephriamite?
    I see dead pixels!
    Go forth and actuate!



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    Epiphany #1 - That RAW files exist and have far more manipulation 'room' in post than JPGs. I won't tell you how long I thought that JPGs were the only thing coming out of a digital camera!

    Ephphany #2 - Canon AF methodology on Youtube:
    I had been using one-shot AF all the time figuring I wasn't doing any continuous mode shooting... Whoever posted that link 6 months ago...THANK YOU!!!!

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    Mine was when I read Understand Exposure by Bryan Peterson
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    When I read digital cameras had reached 6 Megapixels.

    Thats about the resolution of standard color film, so that was the breaking point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwbryson1 View Post
    In terms of shooting a portrait photograph that will get **good** reviews and positive criticism, I think in the past I have worked too hard on getting the technical aspects correct and I have focused less on the composition of the image. I have posted many portrait images on this forum which I considered to be technically sound, but the reviews were lukewarm at best. Perhaps it's a personality thing--regulars on here know me and I'm not friends with everybody, and this place does tend to be a bit of a popularity contest , so those who are more popular get more responses and more positive critiques of their images.

    But back to my A-Ha! comment--in the future, I think I should worry less about nailing the technical aspects and worry more about making the photograph appear interesting. For example, maybe instead of just a head shot or a head and torso shot, I should focus instead on the person doing something, or I don't know...I'm still thinking this through. I guess if you boil it down, what I'm trying to say (and this sounds so OBVIOUS now that I'm typing it ) is that composition is more important than technical soundness.
    I'm not certain if a slow realization can be classed as an epiphany but I have come to beiieve that technical stuff just isn't the crucial thing, that great technical pictures look best on calendars and great pictures make the technical details irrelevant.

    I am a little surprised by the number of AHA moments in this list that would have occurred much early in the photographers' respective development if they had only read the manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solarflare View Post
    When I read digital cameras had reached 6 Megapixels.

    Thats about the resolution of standard color film, so that was the breaking point.

    welllllllll....
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    My aha moment was the first time I tried the Nikon D5000 and realized how much fun I was having with it. I'm now moving up to a Nikon D300 and hope it will be a good move. I can't afford a D3 but I think this camera will be a good upgrade from my D 5000.

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    Why the negative is negative and the print is positive, was my most recent. Dodging and burning belongs in the same epiphany.
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