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Andrea NC

Member Since 13 Oct 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 30 2007 07:47 PM

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In Topic: Pro Comment Needed

02 November 2007 - 03:44 PM

[size=7]It just might be. There are a lot of people out in the photography world who love to "take pictures" but who are clueless as to how to earn an actual living doing it.

I, for one, would be interested in hearing more about this.


In Topic: Lense Cleaning

30 October 2007 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (Creekjumper @ Oct 26 2007, 05:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all again

I have a friend who has a lense which she has been using with her film Canon EOS and wishes to use with her new 400D, However when she had her last lot of prints enlarged she noticed there was quite bad spotting. On closer inspection of the lense it would appear that dust has got inside. Should she have it cleaned or replace it. All advice welcome as we both still relative novices on steep teach yourself curve smile.gif. Much thanks Creekjumper biggrin.gif

What sort of spots? Are they white or dark? White ones could be coming from the camera body itself, and not the lens. If they are from the camera body (and that could be, even with a brand-spanking new one) it could be that the imaging sensor needs to be cleaned, which is generally not a job a inexperienced person needs to take on, being that you can ruin your camera by doing it improperly.

However, if it is the lens, and she is really fond of it (we get SO attached to our favorite things, don't we?) then, by all means, have an experienced technician take a look at it.

In Topic: Traditional Black And White Almost Lasts Forever.

30 October 2007 - 04:22 PM

This is interesting. As someone who has worked in the retail portrait industry for about 20 years now, I wonder how much of an issue is it that prints "last" to the general public.

*I* care that my work is around for a long time, and I think most people who would take the time to post on this board care, but some people I serve in the studio give me the feeling that they really couldn't care less. They just want a cheap photo of their kid or whatever to send to grandma.

Case in point: I had someone drop by my studio this morning, and ask if I take walk-ins. Of course, I said! They walked out when they found out that the cheapest package I offered (which they could have gotten in black and white, by the way) was $29.95.

I guarantee they headed to some place like Wal-Mart (I used to work for PCA, who ran those studios for many years) to see if they were running a $9.95 "special." Do they think about those portraits being around for 100+ years? Likely not.

I have a portrait that was done of my great-grandmother that was taken at the turn of the 19th century. It is, of course, black and white and looks like it was taken yesterday. Still lovely more than 30 years after her death at almost 100 years old.

I hate to say it, but we live in a disposable society, and it is getting more throw-away all the time. *sigh*

In Topic: Rating Velvia 100

30 October 2007 - 04:01 PM

Wow... this thread brings back a lot of memories. I LOVE Velvia. Or at least I used to, when I shot film. I remember back in the day (when the earth was JUST cooling down) I sometimes shot 100 @ 80, but normally I shot it at what it was rated at by Fuji.

I do remember things like scenics, flowers, still lifes, etc. having unbelievably crisp detail and excellent color saturation.

I adored a lot of Fuji's print films, too, like Reala.

In Topic: Lighting Question

30 October 2007 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (nickelb @ Oct 30 2007, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

In a large poorly lighted room how would you increase detail in the background if your subject matter was less than 10 feet away and the only equipment you had were a camera and a handheld electronic strobe?

Thanks in advance.

I feel like a robot... "Need more input, please!" LOL. Seriously, a lot of this depends on what you are shooting. And define "poorly lighted," i.e., dim, nearly dark, florescent lights, etc. Theoretically, opening the F-stop of your lens wider (cannot say exactly, because everything is relative) should give you greater depth of field, therefore bringing your background into greater clarity. Are you shooting digital or film?

What exactly is it that you are shooting?