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Old 01-18-2017, 11:07 AM   #2641
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Thanks Ron. I've taken a lot of shots recently that just don't look good. But I saw this aquarium with its great lighting and figured that it might make a decent photo. Its amazing how great lighting makes a photo pop.
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Yes, it is definitely all about the light... artificial or natural. Well, being in the right place at the right time plays some small role. <chuckle>

The cliché: "photography" is Latin for "writing with light," or some such.
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I've found dpreviews.com and like it a lot, but are there other websites I should take a look at for gear guides/reviews and forums? Considering buying a new camera in the $1000 or less range, but it has to be capable of great video too.
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DP Reviews is pretty solid.

They have forums there too, very active.

Looks like mirrorless cameras are ahead at the moment for video, especially 4K video. But even a top mirrorless body can approach $2000.
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DP Reviews is pretty solid.

They have forums there too, very active.

Looks like mirrorless cameras are ahead at the moment for video, especially 4K video. But even a top mirrorless body can approach $2000.
Thanks, I learn a lot at DPReviews.

I'm getting the impression?
  • As long as I have decent quality video (1080p-60 for slow-mo & maybe 4K-30 for cropping), that's good enough. Content trumps quality beyond that for now - you can produce a very successful video nowadays with a smartphone and free editing software. The Lumix LX10 or a Sony RX100IV may be more than enough, but I'm still looking - no rush.
  • Nikon D90 was out of date much faster than I hoped. If anything, the technology is moving even faster now, anything I buy will be out of date very quickly.
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I don't know much about the dedicated camcorder space, though I just heard Sony introduced some camcorders at CES with 4K and multiple-axis stabilization.

That might be a big deal. I have a D750 which should produce great video with the size of the sensor and the availability of lenses.

However, even in the short clips that I shoot, the lack of stabilization makes for difficult to watch video.

My iPhone produces pretty smooth, watchable videos because of stabilization. It works not just for videos but slow-motion and time-lapses.

There are stabilization rigs that you can get for DSLRs but they're too cumbersome to deal with, if you're shooting stills most of the time. So I haven't really considered getting them.

I'm only shooting short clips here and there, not looking to put together anything that involved. But for those who want to make short films, it's probably worth looking into.
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Definite yes on dpreviews. A couple other favorites of mine are https://www.slrlounge.com/ & https://luminous-landscape.com/.

(Luminous Landscape is now a subscription site but well worth the modest ($12/yr) fee.)
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I like Hogan's reviews at either sansmirror.com or dslrbodies.com (nikon). I find DPReviews ok but too generally too long and clinical.

CameraStoreTV has a youtube channel with good reviews. They usually devote half the review to video: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCameraStoreTV
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A late afternoon hike in the desert.
Nice shot!

However, I would have used less Saturation in the red/orange during Post for a more natural appearance. But that's just me... <chuckle>
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Nice shot!

However, I would have used less Saturation in the red/orange during Post for a more natural appearance. But that's just me... <chuckle>
Thanks for the input - It was quite weird yesterday - The photo is very close to what the skies were like. I didn't amp up the colors, but the edit to the presets in the Nik Color Efex Pro did pop them a bit.

I thought the colors looked a little aggressive as well. I'm editing on a small laptop so its tough to tell. I'm saving the raw files until I can edit them with bigger monitor.
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I'm editing on a small laptop so its tough to tell. I'm saving the raw files until I can edit them with bigger monitor.
Yeah, and I am looking at it with a calibrated EIZO CS2420 monitor (ColorEdge CS2420 - Hardware Calibration LCD Monitor | EIZO) and I am sure that during the upload the image was "enhanced" by methods beyond your control (I suppose ER Forums software) to appear "better" on most computers.

In any event, it is a great shot... wished I was there.
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Having an interest in landscape photography, and after seeing the capability of panorama-stitching cameras/software (in my case Lightroom/Photoshop CC), I would appreciate feedback as to whether it's even necessary to purchase and lug to the field an extra-wide angle lens. Opinions?
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Having an interest in landscape photography, and after seeing the capability of panorama-stitching cameras/software (in my case Lightroom/Photoshop CC), I would appreciate feedback as to whether it's even necessary to purchase and lug to the field an extra-wide angle lens. Opinions?


I've used the panorama merge routine in Lightroom a few times and find that it does a decent job. I regularly go out with only a 16-35 and find that I miss some opportunities where a longer lens would work. So I was going to start lugging more lenses with me.

But I see your point. I think I'll try stitching more to see how it compares to a wide angle lens in quality and over ease of use.
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Having an interest in landscape photography, and after seeing the capability of panorama-stitching cameras/software (in my case Lightroom/Photoshop CC), I would appreciate feedback as to whether it's even necessary to purchase and lug to the field an extra-wide angle lens. Opinions?
I am a fan of panorama-stitching and was even back in the early days (of digital) when it was completely manual. I, personally, find that a series of merged images shot at say 300mm provide much more post editing opportunities than a single image at say 18mm. (Particularly if most of the POST is done pre-merge -- exposure, for instance, being problematic in merged shots.)

Now having said that, I have no proof since I rarely have 18mm shots to work with.
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Panorama software is not foolproof. Sometimes the program is not able to do it cleanly. I used to have 18mm at the wide end of a zoom lens with an APS-C body. The panos worked but still took time to get right. I now have a full frame sensor body and the zoom goes to 16mm, so about 50% wider than before. I like that better, and still do panos from there, but less often.
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