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Discussion in 'Art, Media & Photography' started by Tang, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Whammy

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  3. Whammy

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    Decided to process the photo that The Philosopher shared from his friend with the medium format digital camera.

    Even the crop is a huge file!

    You really have to take your time with these studio portrait shots. Rushing through these will not end well :lol:

    I did a B&W edit which I think is nicer but I like the color in her eye so here's the color version.
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    I'd recommend everyone to have a go at this photo. It really forces you to actively think a few steps ahead when processing.
     
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    Here it is! I think I may need to tone down the yellow/orange just a smidge. This is probably the coolest guitar picture I've ever seen.


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    Edit: Fixed :D
     
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    Yeah the yellow on the fretboard can get out of control when the saturation is up. Happened to me when processing :lol:
     
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    I still haven't had a chance to take my hour or two stand with that shot - had to change the thermostat in my Outlander this weekend and that took longer than expected. Pratik also did a B&W version of that shot; hopefully this link will work and you guys can find it:https://www.facebook.com/SolsticeRetouch/media_set?set=a.10100608417533556.2515929.37514348&type=3
     
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    I'm supposed to be reading Chaucer for a test tomorrow but I did a quick one. :D Took a little different approach than I usually do. There was an awesome amount going on in the sky in this shot. :yesway:

    edit: No thanks, Photobucket.
     
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    Wow, all the artifacts in that are ridiculous. :( Is that something I did wrong on my end?
     
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    Here's a better one, hopefully. Same edit, just on Flickr instead of Photobucket.

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    Feck that photo was hard to process.
    So hard to bring in the shadow detail.

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  13. Tang

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    Very nice Phil and Whammy! Yeah, I did purposely underexposed (well, I used spot metering on the sky + exposure lock) with the end edit already in my mind. I knew it was going to be a silhouette.
     
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    How did you lock the meter? Same as locking the AF, or is that another step?

    I went pretty overkill on that one, I thought I'd go for a super trve black metal album cover. :lol: I've got a 90 minute break between classes this afternoon, so I might have a more realistic go like Whammy did. It's a weird one to edit but a lot of fun.
     
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    Tang, why do you correct the distortion of the lens?
    I've never found it to make or break a photo and in a way it's taking the character of the lens away.
    Just curious.
     
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    Out of habit, mostly. I almost never correct lens vignette, though.

    The distortion at the 17mm end of my Tammy isn't bad, but it can wreck my straight lines.


    Phil, I have a dedicated exposure lock button. See the top right corner.

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    I'm not really sure what the T3 equivalent might be. It's probably hidden somewhere in your custom functions.

    EDIT: found this article from Canon about AE-L on their bodies. I'm pretty sure the T3 can do it, but you might have to give up back-button focusing if you use it.

    http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/autoexposure_ae_lock_article.shtml
     
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    It's good to know it's there. I can imagine in certain situations like architecture it would come in quite handy.

    I can't really do it with my old Zuiko lenses as they don't have a profile for them.
     
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    That's the best part about those old lenses. They have a shit-ton of character.
     
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    I'm starting to think my 55mm 1.2 has too much character.
    I love the lens and 50 to 55mm is my favorite focal length. However although the bokeh is beautiful wide open the lens (along with most super fast old lenses) is soft on the areas in focus.
    Fixed by stopping down but I don't want to stop down :lol:
    My old 50mm 1.8 is sharper but the bokeh isn't the same.

    My 85mm 1.2 has just as nice bokeh but also sharp in focus areas.
    The old 55mm just seems a bit foggy over the in focus areas. I do like the effect and it does work for some things, but not all things.

    Starting to think I need an upgrade seeing as it's the number one lens I use.
     
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    Is it an FD 1.8? If so, that's what I use on the AE-1, and yeah, the bokeh's awkward. It's really squiggly, and looks more like camera shake than background blur. I'd really like to get the aspherical 50/1.4 I hear everyone talk about, but I've only shot four or so rolls with the 1.8 so I'll give it some more time. I really should pick up something wide-ish - I see the 28 2.8s go for cheap on eBay all the time.

    Haha I do use back button AF. :( It's all good, though - I was reading that and realized that since I pretty much always shoot in manual, I'm fine. :yesway: I usually use auto ISO, but I've got the flash pop-up button set to change my ISO, so it's not a huge hassle to read it for one area then manually set it to that when I focus. :yesway:
     

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