I want to start a photography discussion for seasoned photographers and aspiring photographers alike.
Have a photography question you need answered? Ask away!
Want comments and critiques on you work? Post it up, But lets only post 1 photo at a time boys and girls.
Want to rant about how much you hate it when your pocket wizards just quit? let us have it!
There are some amazing photographers on vital like Sven, Spomer and JB. Maybe we can drag them into this conversation
Anything photography goes!
great idea JP. i'll be in here for sure and i'm sure we can get sven, brantley, flipper and others to chime in too.
my first piece of advice...when you start, don't worry about how cool/hip/expensive your equipment is...just go shoot with what you have and can afford. any gear can make great photos because not matter what, it takes practice and experience.
So which is best Nikon or Canon?
Ive been on Nikon all my photo career, although necessarily not by choice my dad is a Nikon Professional Photographer so to switch to Canon with so much extra Nikon resource would seem stupid. I think the new big thing in deciding what DSLR manufacturer is better has come down to the video capabilities. Lets be honest you can buy an evenly capable camera for near the same price from Nikon or Canon but with the video capabilities unfortunately being one of the major differences between the 2 companies. Canon and the 7D with the manual exposure and higher quality then a Nikon DSLR's video capabilities shows that Canon could take an edge. Although I am bringing up a video aspect to it and we are here for photography so my point may not be the most valued it is something to be considered with photogs like JB who are bringing out dialed edits along with some sick photos to go with. It seems like something more in the market to be able to produce both video and photo...
i just got a Nikon d3100 with a 18-55 and 55-200 lenses, i intend to do both photography and film making, and tips rigs or equipment or anything else do u guys recommend?
Who are you guys using to edit your images? What production houses or are you all doing the post work yourselves?
I have a canon 7D with a nikon wide angle lens. When I am filming with it (in manual mode), some of the shots are a bit grainy in spots. Anyone know of this issue? Is it just my screen or a lens issue or a camera setting...?
the history of canon v nikon is a long one ... but before anyone should even go there you should think how / what / why you will be taking photos. that should influence your decision more than brand lust.
will you be riding with mates and whip out a camera?
will you be setting shots up?
are they for your own/mates enjoyment?
do you aim to sell images?
remember a DSLR is big, clumsy and you need to faf with lenses a lot of the time. what happens when people buy these is they use them for a while but eventually give up on them as they are too much hassle. so get an S95 instead. or just use your iPhone camera ...
but if you've made all those decisions and are set on a dslr - remember that all the greatest gear in the world is no replacement for hard work, practice, research and pure dumb luck.
also, remember you'll need to edit images/video so you'll need good computer & software and a calibrated monitor to get the best out of your images.
anything else just shout
Lets also just get through the fact that most DSLR bodies are capable of getting the shot, the biggest thing in photography is how good a lens you got! Not to say a body isnt important but the lens will make a much bigger difference...
What about HD Camcorders? In addition to being able to take it on vacations, what is good for capturing fast bits of action on the bike?
here are my personal thoughts on gear/lenses.
new vs used:
i have never purchased a brand new lens and out of the 6 camera bodies i've owned, the only new body i purchased was a 7d last winter. everything else was used. i purchase equipment that i can afford at the time and that will get my ideas created. i use ebay or keh.com usually.
for my entire photo career, my telephoto zoom lens has been a used a canon 70-200 f4L lens...aka the small one. i got it for $470. it was all i could afford when i started building my quiver and i've never needed or wanted to upgrade to the 2.8. why? because it's light, small, fast and does what i need it to do.
i don't really make my living off of photography anymore, but i was able to stay afloat with this lens (and others), even though it wasn't the biggest/most expensive. does that mean you shouldn't get a 2.8? not necessarily, but you don't HAVE to have the most expensive gear to get the job done. do you research, decide what kind of lens you need (wide/long/zoom) and buy what you can afford to get your photography off the ground.
like gary said, practice and experience pay off. take your time and enjoy the ride. and like JP said, take time to look for a unique perspective. often times the most memorable photographs are the simplest and cleanest shots.
i do all my own processing work using canon's raw converter and photoshop CS (just plain old CS). i have my workflow down and don't need to get any more complicated, so it still works for me. i think sven and gary use photomechanic to help archive/batch their huge amounts of photos, then use photoshop for tuning of colors/contrast on their selections. they can answer specifically though.
(stoked on this thread!)
ianjenn, do you do your own B/W processing? that's something i never learned to do and always wish i had.
in 2002-2003 when i shot film, i ended up getting a job at a photolab just so i wouldn't have to pay for processing and could learn how that all worked. the pay sucked, but it was so worth it when slides came back and i didn't have pay for scans : ) i would have spent thousands of dollars on scans alone, LOL.
Yeah I have CS2 at home and Cs3 at work also. The work computers are good so I typically edit on them I have not used Lightroom at all. Say I shoot 100 images I typically find 10-15 that I will edit. The others eh.... just sit in the folder till I delete em.
My thoughts on the Canon/Nikon debate...
Get what the majority of your "photo network" is shooting with. If most people at events you shoot at are on Canon then go Canon. If you break something, or need to borrow something it makes life easier.
Spomer had some great tip's up top!
I'd add these:
I shoot a ton (not spray and pray, but I always have a camera with me.)
When I shoot crap I don't worry about it. I move around and fiddle until I start liking what I'm getting.
The wider my frame the more I pay close attention to my background.
Sometimes I'll put the camera down, walk around and observe what's going on. This is when you might see something different.
When at an event I stay away from the "popular photo areas." If I see a ton of photogs at one spot I usually run the other way.
Lightroom for Catalog and most processing
Photoshop for work that requires layers
Premiere Pro and After Effects for Video editing