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Posted 2/22/08

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edsamac wrote:

Remember that snow is white...

Therefore, it takes very little before it will get exposed. If you set your camera to expose based on the object in the snow, you'll end up getting the object against a white background... expose to the snow and you might underexpose the object of interest.

For this situation, I'd opt to use a speedlight with a softbox filter to help light up the object, while softly lighting the snow, to prevent overexposure. Using direct flash may create harsh shadows against the snow, so I don't recommend you do that.

If you don't have the equipment to do this, you're better off simply exposing to the object, but move your exposure compensation to, perhaps, -0.3 or -0.7 EV. This may help to balance the exposure, a bit better than your camera's fixed settings.

In addition, set your exposure metering to point metering, so the camera exposes to the object in the snow.


Wow, how did you know all of this? Is it from experience or from a course?
thank you thank you. I will try your method next time.


I'm a photographer, part-time. Oh, just in case, it's also called spot metering, depending on the camera.



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Posted 2/25/08

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winsomemastix wrote:

Photography has always been a sort of hobby for me. I'm eagerly awaiting a D40 right now, simply because my old camera broke. I thought about the D60, but 10.2 mp seemed a little unneeded. I have yet to find a reason why anything more than 8mp is even helpful.


There are 2 reasons why I'd pick the D60 over the D40, besides the megapixel count. The first is the fact that it has a dust-air reduction system by incorporating a self-cleaning sensor and an airduct system. For photographers, like me, this means a lot in reducing the number of times I have to clean the sensor after changing lenses. It might not be a big deal, but any little thing helps.

The second is the D-lighting feature that is included in the D60 that helps compensate for overblown highlights. This is an excellent in-camera correctional feature that gives you HDR like-quality images without the hassle of having to take multiple exposures, or having to post-process them in a photo editing software.

Plus, the price of the D60 is similar to that of the D40X, to boot, so you're buying more than just megapixels, when you look at it that way.

(plus, megapixels don't mean much... I'd go for the above reasons.)


I just looked up some of the details, and I see what you mean. The D60 is pretty good all around. It's also fairly convenient in size. Is the price difference really that small though? I'm trying to find a good place to order it, but I'm not finding a good price.
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Posted 2/25/08
you guys are lucky. All I have is a nikon coolpix
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Posted 2/25/08

edsamac wrote:




I'm a photographer, part-time. Oh, just in case, it's also called spot metering, depending on the camera.



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hey edsel, is it good to be a part-time photographer??, i will be one in one year i guess, my mum says that i will earn a lot of money at least to pay my university, is that true???=S, can u take photos of models =P?

Posted 2/25/08

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you guys are lucky. All I have is a nikon coolpix


Don`t worry . I don`t even have a ' proper ' camera .
I use a simple digital camera .
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my parents refuse to get me a 'good' camera.
i'm stuck with the flimsy digital.
but i still love it (:
my casio exilim z70<3
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Posted 2/25/08

snow-chibi wrote:


artgeek707 wrote:

you guys are lucky. All I have is a nikon coolpix


Don`t worry . I don`t even have a ' proper ' camera .
I use a simple digital camera .


That's what coolpix is
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liwancito wrote:

hey edsel, is it good to be a part-time photographer??, i will be one in one year i guess, my mum says that i will earn a lot of money at least to pay my university, is that true???=S, can u take photos of models =P?



It depends on what field of photography you'd like to get into, and your talent as a photographer. Being a photographer isn't simply about taking pictures and selling them off as your work. You have to be creative, inventive, innovative, and always delivering to the client.

You can't sell your work if you don't show them that you have what it takes. In many instances, you have to deliver what the client wants, even if it may not necessarily be what you want, as far as your personal tastes are concerned. So being a photographer also means being flexible, and willing to yield, even if it means performing a little less than what you know you're capable of.

But in the end, photography isn't about getting money. For the most of it, you'll be spending much of what you earned in maintaining and upgrading your equipment. It can help, but it won't get you through college, I can guarantee you that ~ unless you go full-blown professional. Some professionals I know make well over 100,000 Php a month for their services ~ but these are the exceptional ones.

Be content with something as meager as 2,000 Php for your first job. You have to work from the grass roots, up.



winsomemastix wrote:

I just looked up some of the details, and I see what you mean. The D60 is pretty good all around. It's also fairly convenient in size. Is the price difference really that small though? I'm trying to find a good place to order it, but I'm not finding a good price.


The D40X goes for around $500, while the D60 is around $700. Besides the extra "plus" features, the kit lens of the D60 is far superior than the kit lens of the D40X (i.e. includes VR), but for beginners, this might be a negligible thing.

Still, if we're talking about investments, the D60 is the best way to go. But if you're going for economy and efficiency, the D40X is still a decent buy.
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That helps. I think I'll go for the D60. The bonus of having a better kit lens actually justifies it for me. My last camera SLR was film based, and it had a pretty wide customization. I'm going to miss those for a while, but I think the D60 should more than compensates with it's basic features. Thanks for the help deciding.
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Posted 2/27/08

winsomemastix wrote:

That helps. I think I'll go for the D60. The bonus of having a better kit lens actually justifies it for me. My last camera SLR was film based, and it had a pretty wide customization. I'm going to miss those for a while, but I think the D60 should more than compensates with it's basic features. Thanks for the help deciding.


I think you'll be pleased with the D60. I have high hopes for it. If it helps, the kit lens of the D60 is the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. The only real difference between this kit lens and the kit lens of the D40 is the VR (vibration reduction) feature of the lens, and other minor differences (i.e. lens construction).

Personally, I'd go all for the VR. It compensates for the variable f-stop of the lens, and can effectively make your wide end a more or less f/2.8 in low light. Very useful, indeed.
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Posted 2/27/08

edsamac wrote:

I think you'll be pleased with the D60. I have high hopes for it. If it helps, the kit lens of the D60 is the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. The only real difference between this kit lens and the kit lens of the D40 is the VR (vibration reduction) feature of the lens, and other minor differences (i.e. lens construction).

Personally, I'd go all for the VR. It compensates for the variable f-stop of the lens, and can effectively make your wide end a more or less f/2.8 in low light. Very useful, indeed.


Yeah. I missed that the first time I checked it out. The VR feature is extremely useful for my most common purposes. Everything else I might need I would have to buy separately anyway.
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Posted 2/27/08

winsomemastix wrote:

Yeah. I missed that the first time I checked it out. The VR feature is extremely useful for my most common purposes. Everything else I might need I would have to buy separately anyway.


As much as I'd love a lens with VR, the ones that I want are just devilishly expensive.

Plus, VR can't compensate for subject motion, so a fast lens would still be preferred... if not both fast and with VR.

I'm currently investing in a D300. I've seen the new ISO engine that these breed of cameras can muster, and I must say ~ shooting at 3200 ISO with boost to 6400 has never looked this pretty... It makes me feel secure in the fact that I have no VR capable lenses.


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I really enjoy my 40d, I wish I had a telephoto to snap some pics of the Lunar Eclipse last night. Canon recently announced the new 12MP Rebel Xsi 450d. I think the entry level market has just been one-upped :P. You can check out a extensive write-up here: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012403canoneos450d.asp


Wow, I only noticed this now... Thanks!

The introduction of the 450D really was a big step-up for Canon, but when you look at the differences between that and the former 400D, you raise an eyebrow, thinking "do you think Canon users are that stupid?" Because honestly, I'd still find security in the 400D, given the added features in the 450D. If you were the ambitious one, you'd opt for an upgrade to the 40D, instead of the 450D.

Apparently, both Nikon and Canon are opting for VR/IS versions of their favorite 18-55 kit lens variants. I'll have to see for myself if Canon can deliver an at least decent kit lens, this time. For the last two generations of the Digital Rebel, Canon hasn't failed to cheap-change users with their horrible excuse for a kit lens. The original 18-55 was a crummy piece of trash, compared to it's Nikon counterpart.

I honestly don't know who will win this round, but yet again, Canon presents a more competitive product at a cheaper price. Nikon is always the more expensive alternative, but would I pick the 450D over the D60?

Most certainly not.
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i usually use my camera phone...but i wanna buy this camera...which name i cant remember...but its a Cannon im pretty sure...lol..damn i wish i had like $800 lyin around heehehehe...if only
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well, I sort of don't really know what my camera's lenses, etc.. is.. hehe But the brand is Exilim.. is that enought? jeje
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langkeekong wrote:

well, I sort of don't really know what my camera's lenses, etc.. is.. hehe But the brand is Exilim.. is that enought? jeje


The Exlim is a digital point-and-shoot by Casio, which has a built-in lens. You can look at the kind of lens by looking at the rim on the front element. It'll have lots of gibberish, like numbers and letters, which actually indicate the kind of lens it's using.
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