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#27559 Official Photo Contest #13 - "Trees and Flowers" (Prizes!)

Posted by K-9 on 04 October 2014 - 06:34 PM

Multiple submissions by the same people are pouring in. Much more than previous contests. Maybe some missed the "one photo per person" rule.

#26994 Studio Shoot

Posted by K-9 on 24 September 2014 - 11:16 AM



In the studio, you'll want to go wider, rather than longer.  The 50mm could be all you'll need for most of the shoot, but I don't think you'll need the 70-300mm as much as you'd need a wider angle lens.   It looks a little odd if you keep having to take steps back in the studio, because you're using lenses that are too long.  You also may trip over wires and other objects!  Some shots just won't work and you don't want to be in a studio with a great model and realize there's a shot you can't get.  You can always crop in post, but you can never go wider.


When I use FF, I usually go to a studio shoot with just my 28mm and 85mm lenses.   I don't currently own a 35mm or 50mm lens, but those would be handy too, much better than a tele zoom.  I highly suggest taking a lens in the 18-28mm range for use with your D7100.  I rarely see other photographers with long zooms at the studio shoots I attend.  On my crop factor Samsung, I primarily have a 45mm lens attached.  Just make sure you don't get too close with a wide lens (definitely no headshots), as some photographer's are guilty of that and it distorts faces.  Stick to using the wider lenses for half or full body shots.


A tripod is not necessary, but it might be best to have one handy in case the lighting is at a very low level.  You don't want to have to worry about camera shake or not getting the model's 2nd eye in focus.  You can always push the ISO, but sometimes, that's not even enough and is usually not ideal.


If the model is experienced, she may move around a lot from pose to pose, but some can be too quick, not allowing you to get off multiple shots of a good look before they strike another pose.  I tend to say, "hold it" or "hold that" a lot, so I can make sure I get my shot.

#26990 pictures taken with d7000 are not visible when sd card is inserted into my AW...

Posted by K-9 on 24 September 2014 - 10:51 AM

Hi, this might work:


Take a few pictures on the AW120 on a newly formatted card.  Remove the card and insert it into the d7000.  Go to the Storage Folder selection in the Shooting Menu.  Then go to "Select Folder From List" and choose the folder that the AW120 camera created on that card.  Taking jpeg photos with the d7000 and storing them into that folder may allow your AW120 to see them, once you put the card back into that camera.

#26522 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 14 September 2014

Posted by K-9 on 14 September 2014 - 09:40 PM

Didn't shoot a lot this week.  This was taken with my phone.



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#26047 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 31 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 30 August 2014 - 10:12 PM

Here's the "alternate" album cover.  D700, 28mm AI-S lens, 1/125 @ f4, ISO 1250.

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#26038 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 31 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 29 August 2014 - 08:59 PM

Two from me. I can't decide which I like better...
Body: D700
Flash: 1 head, camera right and below. 18° reflector and a Rosco Primary blue FX gel.
Lens: MicroNikkor 105/4
Aperture: f/11
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 200
Profile: D2X Mode3
Background: black foamcore.

I like the long drip of number 1.

#26012 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 31 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 28 August 2014 - 10:53 PM

Nikon D700, 28mm AI-S lens, 1/60 @ f4, ISO 1250. I gave it a film look in post.  

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#25990 Shoes

Posted by K-9 on 28 August 2014 - 06:28 AM

Multi socket CFL lamps work great with soft boxes:




You can also get single bulb kits like this, that come with the stands and soft boxes already.  I do like the multi bulb versions better, though, as you have more control over brightness.



#25646 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 24 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 18 August 2014 - 09:02 AM

1/640 @ f5.6 ISO 400

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#25581 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 17 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 15 August 2014 - 09:00 PM

Thanks, everyone. That last one was taken in the underground walkway between the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery (I'm sure Tbonz knew that).

#25547 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 17 August 2014

Posted by K-9 on 15 August 2014 - 09:21 AM

I've been quiet with posting pics lately, but I just got back from a DC trip and wanted to share some photos.  None were taken with a Nikon, as I only brought my Samsung NX20 for the trip, and I'm so glad I did.  With all the weight in my backpack (snacks, drinks, souvenirs, etc) I would never have wanted to lug around the big DSLR.  The trip was so much easier with a smaller and lighter camera.



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#25157 Night Scene Photo Contest Winners

Posted by K-9 on 02 August 2014 - 07:49 AM

Congrats, Nicole. Starry skies prevail. Nice job to all.

#24418 Editing Challenge

Posted by K-9 on 16 July 2014 - 08:17 PM

I went with a B&W conversion.



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#24223 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 13 July 2014

Posted by K-9 on 12 July 2014 - 11:09 AM

I'll have more from the shoot up on my website soon.  Inspired by the Three Colors trilogy, here is "Blue" or "Bleu".  Nikon D700, 85mm f/1.8D.  I used my Metz flash with a Lumiquest pocket bouncer attached and fitted with a custom made blue foil insert, to give the "swimming pool blue" color from the film behind the model.  I used the flash on a mini cold shoe stand placed on the ground behind the model.  A set of Phottix Strato II triggers were used.  A continuous light softbox was facing the model.  1/100 at f3.5.


This color was shot in camera with little adjustment in Lightroom.  I was surprised at how glowing the blue color came out from this flash insert I made.   I actually made it years ago and barely used it, but thought it worked perfectly with the theme of this shoot. 

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#24106 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 13 July 2014

Posted by K-9 on 08 July 2014 - 07:59 PM

Sorry I haven't had an entry in a week or two, but I'll have something this week for sure.  I just completed a shoot inspired by Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy.