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    Advice for shooting framed artwork through glass.

    Yeah, this is how I was thinking. I just hope I can get it lit and avoid as little ambient reflection as possible! Of course the proposed room for doing all this has white walls and several windows u_u
  2. aMac

    Advice for shooting framed artwork through glass.

    Polarising filters only work on polarised light sources (like the sun). This site explains it well. Polarizing Filters Flashes don't produce polarised light.
  3. aMac

    Advice for shooting framed artwork through glass.

    I assume that wouldn't work with flashes, but perhaps if I can light them with daylight?
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    Advice for shooting framed artwork through glass.

    I've been asked by a family friend to help record and catalogue his paintings and artwork, and while most of it is large canvases and un-framed drawings, he has pointed out quite a few which are framed/mounted and behind glass. These works are decades old and removing them from behind the...
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    HDR. The new Portrait Trend?

    I like many instances of HDR images, but I'm not a fan of the over-processed, surreal looking ones that I see. The edges all look they've been hit with a high radius, high strength unsharp mask filter. I like things a bit more subtle I think!
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    Moo Calling Cards

    Honestly, for the price, you really can't go wrong with just buying a batch of 100. Even if you end up not liking them for business card replacements, they're still nice to have, hand out, or leave lying around
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    Moo Calling Cards

    As it happens, I had a few of these made as a test just the other week. I think they make great business cards, as the shape and texture is different and interesting enough to stand out when you give one to someone. The paper quality is really nice, bordering on a light plastic to the touch, and...
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    Stacking

    I hadn't heard of this technique until you mentioned it, but after a quick google search it looks very intriguing and is something I wouldn't have thought of to do. Although now it makes sense; if people use multiple exposures for high dynamic range images, why not combining multiple focuses for...
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    Equine Photography

    What kind of pictures are we talking here? They're galloping/jumping? How far away are you? Even with flash, there's going to be blur at 1/40 shutter speed if they're running, so you'll want to speed that up. Is this also your camera's built-in flash? Set your camera to shutter priority mode...
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    Perseid Meteor Shower

    Only that you should just keep taking pictures once you've got your basic setup down. You won't be able to guess when they're coming, or exactly what part of the sky they'll be next, so pick a fairly wide lens to cover more area and be persistent. As long as you're pointing the thing the right...
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    center af point keeps changing

    Where is the focus shifting to, and are you using the Program mode? It should keep the point you pick with the wheel between pictures. I don't have my rebel body here to test with, but are you going back and forth between playback mode? I don't know if that will reset the point. Or, the other...
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    Perseid Meteor Shower

    Well being a few hours ahead, I've already had the event here. I hadn't real done star-gazing photographs before so from my experimenting, I ended up finding ISO 400 and a 30s exposure worked best (and aperture at around f4) because longer exposures on bulb were making the stars themselves...
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    Newbie Here - Need some guidance

    What exactly do you want guidance with? The best piece of advice I can give is to just get out there and start taking pictures of things that interest you. You could try reading some general information on composing shots or what you need to know to tackle a certain situation, but until you've...
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    Spot metering in practice

    Thanks for the great replies! That's just what I needed. It goes without saying that I'll pick up a lot more when I get out there and practice, but a trip to the library will be great too, so a recommendation will be well appreciated. I've been meaning to look up something on lighting in general...
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    To add borders to your digital images or not

    I've seen a lot of people choose to add black (or otherwise) borders to their images when displaying them on the web as a framing device, but what's the practical or artistic reason for doing so? Personal choice really, I suppose, but it's interesting to hear what it adds. There's something...
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    Spot metering in practice

    Thanks for the input, Mike. Is that metering on the grass tip for grass in direct sunlight or in shadow/overcast? Yes I know about 18% grey and the basics of what the camera metering is trying to achieve from constantly having to adjust the exposure compensation when shooting on the 300D, but...
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    Spot metering in practice

    Well after what seemed like a good deal on a new camera turned out to be a scam, I was so in-the-zone for a new piece of equipment that I went ahead and just bought a 30D from a store anyway. It's an amazing jump to go from a 300D and I'm over the moon with it, but that's for another time and...
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    Card not reading

    What exactly is it not doing at the computer end? Does it mount when you put it in the reader (either under the removable devices section of My Computer on a PC or on the desktop on a Mac) and do other cards work ok normally? What do you normally do to get your photos onto your computer?
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    To Use RAW or Not

    Oh, as for workflow, I use Aperture to process all my images. I'll import the whole card into a new project and I'll quickly view them one by one. Any shots that catch my eye, I'll quickly give them a 1 star rating (hit the 1 key) so that I can come back and tell Aperture to show all the images...
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    To Use RAW or Not

    The processing time is really how much you personally want to spend tweaking all the raw controls, trying to tease the best out of an image you like. So how long an image takes is up to you and when you decide you're finished with it. It's not the kind of processing you normally associate with...
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