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Photography ERA |OT|

It has been a couple of months since I bough my first DSLR. This is my experince so far:

- On the first weekend I went to my friend's son one year birthday party. I've made a lot os mistakes, specially during the group photos because I've closed my aperture too much and I've also blown out other pictures. I also wouldn't use the same color style during editing anymore if it was today. By the way, I've also realized how easily pepople who are used to phone photos get impressed when they see pictures taken with a good camera lol. I really liked this first experience all things considered. I've certainly learned a lot.

The birthday boy.


Me and my SO:


A couple of friends.




- A lot of test shots later, I went to the movies with my girlfriend to watch Aquaman and took some portraits of her. I really wish I had shot the bench lol.


- In this one she was on a dark shadow, but I really wanted the background to be properly exposed, so I had to recover the shadows on her and it got grainy. I don't know what I could have done better without some external light source (besides not cutting her hand lol).


- And so, came Christmas. This was the first photo I took after buying a speedlite. This is my father. And again, I'm not happy with where I cut his arms lol.


During a barbecue on the 25th.


- This one was just testing my camera after turning it on, but I kinda liked it.


My girlfriend's brother playing with the dogs.


- Swinging. I've liked the motion blur on the girl in blue (my girlfriend's syster).


- Another portrait.


- Some of the pictures on this little pool I had to recover three stops of light. I've learned too late that the optical viewfinder doesn't show the correct exposure.


- And I'm starting to get found of black and white.


As you can see, most of the pictures I took were portraits. I want to better organize my time so I can take some street, astro and landscape photos. My father lives in a ranch, and that would be perfect for shooting the stars.

Also, I've realized this week that I was using the focus and recompose techique too much, even with shallow deph of field. This was one of the reasons some of my photos are more soft than I expected.

I didn't even took 2k shots yet and I've already learned so much. This is really fun!
 
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It has been a couple of months since I bough my first DSLR. This is my experince so far:

- On the first weekend I went to my friend's son one year birthday party. I've made a lot os mistakes, specially during the group photos because I've closed my aperture too much and I've also blown out other pictures. I also wouldn't use the same color style during editing anymore if it was today. By the way, I've also realized how easily pepople who are used to phone photos get impressed when they see pictures taken with a good camera lol. I really liked this first experience all things considered. I've certainly learned a lot.

The birthday boy.


Me and my SO:


A couple of friends.




- A lot of test shots later, I went to the movies with my girlfriend to watch Aquaman and took some portraits of her. I really wish I had shot the bench lol.


- In this one she was on a dark shadow, but I really wanted the background to be properly exposed, so I had to recover the shadows on her and it got grainy. I don't know what I could have done better without some external light source (besides not cutting her hand lol).


- And so, came Christmas. This was the first photo I took after buying a speedlite. This is my father. And again, I'm not happy with where I cut his arms lol.


During a barbecue on the 25th.


- This one was just testing my camera after turning it on, but I kinda liked it.


My girlfriend's brother playing with the dogs.


- Swinging. I've liked the motion blur on the girl in blue (my girlfriend's syster).


- Another portrait.


- Some of the pictures on this little pool I had to recover three stops of light. I've learned too late that the optical viewfinder doesn't show the correct exposure.


- And I'm starting to get found of black and white.


As you can see, most of the pictures I took were portraits. I want to better organize my time so I can take some street, astro and landscape photos. My father lives in a ranch, and that would be perfect for shooting the stars.

Also, I've realized this week that I was using the focus and recompose techique too much, even with shallow deph of field. This was one of the reasons some of my photos are more soft than I expected.

I didn't even took 2k shots yet and I've already learned so much. This is really fun!
I can't even see most of these pics. DSLR experience equates to learn to read the light meter in the viewfinder and chimp. I don't do group pictures without a flash half the time since you have to close down the aperture a bit to get two people in focus. Focus and recompose is kind of shit and I personally don't recommend it to anybody. Either adjust your AF points or get a camera with more AF points. Also the more you shoot the more you're going to learn as you do it.
 
I can't even see most of these pics. DSLR experience equates to learn to read the light meter in the viewfinder and chimp. I don't do group pictures without a flash half the time since you have to close down the aperture a bit to get two people in focus. Focus and recompose is kind of shit and I personally don't recommend it to anybody. Either adjust your AF points or get a camera with more AF points. Also the more you shoot the more you're going to learn as you do it.
Whoops, I've rehosted them. I thought Google Photos would allow hotlinks but apparentlyit it's not reliable. About the focus and recompose, yeah, I'll have to get used to use off center focal points.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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First thing I've shot in 2019:


Trailing stars over an old farm.
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr

Nothing at the site was like I remembered, so I had to improvise the compositions. Batteries got destroyed by the cold (with howling wind as evident in the motion in the foreground), so the exposure was rather short.

Also went back and re-edited some photos I never used from Utah in 2016:


Antelope Island
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr


Antelope Island
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr
Good stuff, I like your composition style quite a bit
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,492
Brooklyn
First thing I've shot in 2019:


Trailing stars over an old farm.
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr

Nothing at the site was like I remembered, so I had to improvise the compositions. Batteries got destroyed by the cold (with howling wind as evident in the motion in the foreground), so the exposure was rather short.

Also went back and re-edited some photos I never used from Utah in 2016:


Antelope Island
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr


Antelope Island
by Tyler Jacobs, on Flickr
So damn good.
 
Oct 25, 2017
295
Paris, France
Can someone invent a timemachine and go back in time and give me a slap?XD My workflow has been to shoot on my Sony a7 and send the photo to my phone and edit and upload, I always thought it was fullres but turns out it has only been like 1080 on the small side, seems it took the preview from the raw file. To get it to work properly I need to shoot raw+jpeg. Realise, I've been shooting like for a long time and just now looked little deeper. Sure I still have all the raw files and will someday edit them properly in Lightroom, but all that I've uploaded to instagram and Flickr are lowres.
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,114
Spain
Can someone invent a timemachine and go back in time and give me a slap?XD My workflow has been to shoot on my Sony a7 and send the photo to my phone and edit and upload, I always thought it was fullres but turns out it has only been like 1080 on the small side, seems it took the preview from the raw file. To get it to work properly I need to shoot raw+jpeg. Realise, I've been shooting like for a long time and just now looked little deeper. Sure I still have all the raw files and will someday edit them properly in Lightroom, but all that I've uploaded to instagram and Flickr are lowres.
It doesn't matter because Instagram compresses it, and most people won't be seeing the image at 100% in Flickr anyway.
I always resize to about 1500px long edge when I post to Flickr.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Can someone invent a timemachine and go back in time and give me a slap?XD My workflow has been to shoot on my Sony a7 and send the photo to my phone and edit and upload, I always thought it was fullres but turns out it has only been like 1080 on the small side, seems it took the preview from the raw file. To get it to work properly I need to shoot raw+jpeg. Realise, I've been shooting like for a long time and just now looked little deeper. Sure I still have all the raw files and will someday edit them properly in Lightroom, but all that I've uploaded to instagram and Flickr are lowres.
I doubt anybody on Instagram even notices, Flickr is a different story.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Paris, France
It doesn't matter because Instagram compresses it, and most people won't be seeing the image at 100% in Flickr anyway.
I always resize to about 1500px long edge when I post to Flickr.
I doubt anybody on Instagram even notices, Flickr is a different story.
Yeah you are both right, I was mostly considering when editing the photo, even if I just use VSCO I bet there is quite a lot to gain from better file to work from. I'll see if there is a difference going forward. It would explain why I thought the photos always looked kind of lowres.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah you are both right, I was mostly considering when editing the photo, even if I just use VSCO I bet there is quite a lot to gain from better file to work from. I'll see if there is a difference going forward. It would explain why I thought the photos always looked kind of lowres.
Yeah you're probably editing off of something lacking 75% of the usable information to work with. Not to mention your file size at the end of all that cannot by too big. You can work with a Jpeg, but at the same time the Jpeg would still need to be 95% correct in camera for example.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Munich
It had just snowed for over one week straight in the alps.
I took a few photos with my phone(Galaxy A5) while skiing:












Last November I've been to Jamaica and took some photos(same phone) on top of the Blue Mountains:












I'd like to get a proper camera, but I know that I would never have it with me when I would want to take photos of something.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Experimenting with more editing apps lately -- Darkroom is a new favorite.


It was foggy tonight so I thought I would go see how everything looked. A few nice shots:
Foggy Night In My Hometome
by Jerry Parker, on Flickr

Foggy Night In My Hometome
by Jerry Parker, on Flickr

Foggy Night In My Hometome
by Jerry Parker, on Flickr

Foggy Night In My Hometome
by Jerry Parker, on Flickr

Foggy Night In My Hometome
by Jerry Parker, on Flickr
Fog is so fun to shoot in -- good shots!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but does anyone know how to achieve this effect? Can it be done on an app, or is it Photoshop?
Hard to tell if it's faked or not. It's either multiple cameras in an array, firing at the same time (similar to how the matrix scenes were shot) -- or an effect trying to emulate that, like Depthy: http://depthy.me/#/

The example you posted looks real to me but this one seems less consistent:


Shame they don't give away their secrets in the hashtags :P

edit: ok finally noticed the dots moving with the smoke in your link so yeah it's faked. Depthy is the only example I know of but there may be mobile apps that can do it.

edit2: I bet there's apps that can use iphone's depth camera so the user doesn't have to map the depth themselves.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I got a D7500 in November and I've been playing around with it a little bit. In December, I went to Florida with my family. Most of these photos were taken at a beach on Treasure Island. The rest were taken at Myakka River State Park. I'm really digging the camera so far but I'm still looking to invest in some better glass.

Florida - 2018-23
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-74
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-87
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-95
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-103
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-104
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-111
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-113
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-114
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-149
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-175
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-177
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-189
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr

Florida - 2018-209
by Ben Krupka, on Flickr
 

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Some shots I took of a friend yesterday. She's no model, but I like how these turned out. Thoughts?
They are nice. I prefer the first one because I’ve never been a fan of the up the nose angle of the second one. I think it takes a special photographer and special model to pull that angle off. The first one I think the tree on the left is the worst part, it adds nothing and distracts a little. Overall though pretty good.

Beautiful shots, really enjoy this one. Kinda want a drone now.
Thanks. You should go for it. I’m addicted to it.
 
Dec 23, 2018
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Lovely pics and drone shots! I really should use my P4Pro more. :/

One from a walk along the beach a few evenings back. D850, 28-300VR. (Christ was it cold)

 
Oct 27, 2017
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They are nice. I prefer the first one because I’ve never been a fan of the up the nose angle of the second one. I think it takes a special photographer and special model to pull that angle off. The first one I think the tree on the left is the worst part, it adds nothing and distracts a little. Overall though pretty good.
Appreciate the feedback. Was trying something different with the tree. Winter, earthy tones and all that. Guess it didn't work out too well haha.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Playing with my new toy before the new kitten knocks it over and wrecks the pose.



Lovely pics and drone shots! I really should use my P4Pro more. :/

One from a walk along the beach a few evenings back. D850, 28-300VR. (Christ was it cold)

This is gorgeous.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Dang man...this page is almost one month old...gotta get some shots in and move the thread along!

Nice stuff, Vern , looks like you're really taking to that drone, I dig the square format on the top downs. I like your re-edits as well, ghostemoji