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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64541 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 3:05 PM

I don't know how you all take photographs, but I find that I can't shake off some old habits learned years and years ago when using film. A couple of things I do that I know I do but can't seem to stop doing are cropping too close when actually taking the picture, and only snapping one or two versions of the same scene. I can't think of the number of times I've got home and wished I'd taken versions from different angles and using different settings, and/or zoomed out that little bit more to allow for cropping and composition etc.

Obviously film, developing and printing was very expensive and we always strove to get the shot correct first or second time. I know it's still good to get in close, but leaving a little bit of leeway is always adviseable too. I think I need a good talking to.

Anyone else have trouble shaking off old methods of working?

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mikehit
mikehit  56692 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 3:11 PM

I have that habit, as well and I gyuess for the same reason.
I also tend to go for slight underexposure to improve saturation.

User_Removed
1 Jun 2011 - 4:14 PM

Keeping a UV filter over my lenses "for protection".

UV has no beneficial optical effect on digital, any filter over the lens degrades image quality to some (hopefully small, most of the time) extent, unless I am using a slot-in filter holder, I always have a lens hood fitted and, most of all, in over half a century of photography, I have never suffered from a scratched filter. Yet I still keep one on.

franken
franken e2 Member 123177 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 4:23 PM

When I first started using digital I can remember turning my back to the sun when I changed the memory card! Grin


Ken

Last Modified By franken at 1 Jun 2011 - 4:23 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315628 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 4:24 PM


Quote: Old Habits Anyone

Fire and forget, I never review the image I`ve just taken, guess its a throw back from the film days when you had no way of checking what you had just taken.

Also shooting through cling film or tights for effect, these days its probably simpler in Photoshop but I draw the line at vaseline, always hated trying to clean this off filters once I had finished Smile

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64541 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 4:31 PM

Lots of old memories flooding back here. I think we've probably done, or still do, all of the above at some time or another.
The prize so far goes to Ken though. What a Plod! Grin

Last Modified By SlowSong at 1 Jun 2011 - 4:32 PM
HouseMartin
1 Jun 2011 - 5:41 PM

Yep memories indeed. I think I am guilty of all of the above (except Ken's Smile). What I did do on most of the stuff I shot with my first dslr was have the iso set at 125 cos it reminded me of FP4, and I knew the settings that went with it. I think it was also cos it didn't even cross my mind to change ISO 'mid roll' so as to speak!

Paul

66tricky
66tricky  7742 forum posts Scotland
1 Jun 2011 - 5:47 PM


Quote:
Also shooting through cling film or tights for effect, these days its probably simpler in Photoshop but I draw the line at vaseline, always hated trying to clean this off filters once I had finished Smile

Must be a squeeze getting the camera into the tights mind and you surely get funny looks being trouserless with a camera down them.

User_Removed
1 Jun 2011 - 8:21 PM


Quote: and you surely get funny looks being trouserless with a camera down them.

Not such funny looks as you would have got posing your model and then taking out a tub of Vaseline!

At least Paul applied it to a filter and not directly on to the lens as the old pros used to do.


Wink

Last Modified By User_Removed at 1 Jun 2011 - 8:21 PM
User_Removed
1 Jun 2011 - 9:08 PM


Quote: When I first started using digital I can remember turning my back to the sun when I changed the memory card!

Bang on - and...

Having got into digital (and after many years of both mediums) - and getting the film body out and taken that first frame... STILL catching yourself in the initial physical movement to 'Chimp'!!

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95934 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 9:18 PM


Quote: Old Habits Anyone?

Our local nunnery is closing downGrinWink

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64541 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2011 - 9:34 PM


Quote: STILL catching yourself in the initial physical movement to 'Chimp'!!

I still miss that lever. So satisfying.
Smile

thewilliam
4 Jun 2011 - 11:18 PM

I still turn my back to the sun when changing CF cards. We don't want to risk fogging them, do we?

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 12:28 AM

I still think I have a roll of 36 in my camera and shoot accordingly............. no 'machine-gunning' for me! Wink

Just Jas
Just Jas  1225752 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 9:53 AM

Every time I open a box of inkjet photo paper in the daylight a sudden chill of alarm goes through my body. Even after all this time! Sad

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