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"The fact, though, is that every digital photographer enhances their pictures."
Ever since man made muddy palm prints on cave walls, he has argued and discussed the way ART is seen and interpreted........there is NO right or wrong way........do what you do.......some will SEE and others WONT.........or just refuse to.

Just enjoy life.....life is too short.

Hobbo

109 26/05/2015 - 6:16 PM
By SlowSong
"The fact, though, is that every digital photographer enhances their pictures."
The above comment about Picasso made me smile broadly......Why!

Because it reminded me of Eric Morecambe of Morecombe and Wise talking to a famous conductor about his piano playing.......he said.

" I play all the right notes......but not necessarily in the right order"

Photo processing? Do whatever pleases you, to get the result YOU want......there should be no limits.

That reminds me......look at the early works of Picasso and you will see that he was a well trained traditional Artist.......his later works were abstractions and experiments in SEEEING and INTERPRETATION.

Hobbo

In General Photography discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
109 26/05/2015 - 6:16 PM
By SlowSong
Buying on ebay
During the past few years, I have purchased two manufacturer refurbished cameras from catalogue companies via eBay, with no problems whatsoever.

Just ensure that you read descriptions and specs very carefully, check seller feedback......many refurbished tech are returns sent back to catalogue companies, because of miss delivery or something very minor.
Usually tech comes with some kind of guarantee .....

PayPal has its own money back guarantees.

Hobbo

Hobbo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
10 26/05/2015 - 12:43 PM
By thewilliam
I learned something today - photo transfer
I don't have a Mac......just a Windows XP pro desktop......

The laptop I was transferring from yesterday was running Windows 7.....I was transferring photo files from that using PICASA to an Android tablet.

I can email whole files of pics between my XP PC and my iPad via Picasa and Google.

Hobbo

9 07/05/2015 - 9:49 PM
By hobbo
I learned something today - photo transfer
What about to an iPad?

Hobbo

9 07/05/2015 - 9:49 PM
By hobbo
I learned something today - photo transfer
In helping a mate, who requested help in transferring photo folders from PC to Tablet we both learned something today.....it may be old hat to some, but will be extremely useful to others wanting to do the same?
At first I suggested emailing pics a few at a time to himself.....yes! ..it works, but is cumbersome and slow.
Then I remembered that I had downloaded the Free Photo managing software ...PICASA...onto his laptop.
If you already have it, you will know that it makes a fantastic job of sorting every photo folder on you PC AUTOMATICALLY in date order, with slideshow, editing and much more.
We were both amazed to discover that I could click the SHARE button after highlighting chosen pics, or a whole folder, then choose EMAIL........SEVENTY TWO photographs were transferred via email from there seamlessly and quickly...

BRILLIANT!
Just what he wanted.

Hobbo

9 07/05/2015 - 9:49 PM
By hobbo
going mirrorless
I had a Mirrorless VW Beetle once Wink

Seriously though, I am guessing that the M 4/3 vs Pro DSLR comparisons of today, mirrors that of when.............Large format plate and film cameras, were compared with the innovative, comparatively tiny 35 mm Rangefinder film cameras.

Both performed faultlessly .....in their particular fields of use........there would be certain pros who would swap their, plate cameras, tripod and black cloth for anything......as others realised the sheer wonder of very convenient 35 mm?

Hobbo

19 02/05/2015 - 8:33 AM
By hobbo
Which m4/3 is a good start for an arty chap with about 400
Start with PANASONIC GX7 with the LUMIX 14-45/42 kit lens.......

Then add

SIGMA 30-2.8 ART lens......it's bigger brother the 60-2.8.

Then, as funds allow.......LUMIX 200mm, and the beautiful little LUMIX 20-1.7.

Proof?

Look through my Portfolio on Ephotozine.

Hobbo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
17 01/05/2015 - 9:30 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 21 April 2015: 'Arty' Theme


Done using the......WATERLOGUE.......app on my iPad.

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
135 26/04/2015 - 3:35 PM
By altitude50
What is more important, the shot or the editing software afterwards?
The only type of photography that should have only essential sharpening applied is serious Macro work.......the specialist sites make that part of their Criteria........colours, textures and tones should look as natural as nature intended.

Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2 ...9, 10
56 14/04/2015 - 9:39 AM
By Evertonian
What is more important, the shot or the editing software afterwards?
Yes!.......that figures.

The human eye, can focus, adjust aperture and choose where to look for composition......but, it can't, Zoom, can't protect itself from Glare, and can't, itself create extra or directional light.....

By that reckoning, all but the most basic photography is artificial and concocted.....and not what we would naturally see.

So perhaps the purists should use the most basic of cameras??

Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
56 14/04/2015 - 9:39 AM
By Evertonian
What is more important, the shot or the editing software afterwards?
It has just struck me, that.......Taking a good photograph then processing it to suit your creative ideas....is....

Very much like a composer ( as things develop) scribbles, then types out his tune or melody......in effect, his......RAW ....version.

Only when he/ she is happy with the work does he send it to a publisher....even then, after time, notes and passages may be altered by the composer, a conductor, or arranger.

Personaly in photography......I play all the right notes.........but not necessarily in the right order Wink
In the same way, most Artists develop ideas as sketches (Raws) from which to develop the final work/s

Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
56 14/04/2015 - 9:39 AM
By Evertonian
What is more important, the shot or the editing software afterwards?
Should you shoot totally in RAW, then post processing is essential for tonal adjustments and final sharpening, it just means that, instead of slavishly relying on the In-Camera automatic processing, you choose to do your own, using whatever software you prefer.

This debate will run and run, but I do know which I like doing better........

1: Doing my best to get it right in camera initially.

2: Using CS6 and TOPAZ filters to tease out the very best from what I've created.

3: Not just Taking a Photograph.....but.....Making a Photograph.

Ansel Adams and all of the other greats did it, in the Dark Room, during the developing and printing process.
Just do, what works best for you.

Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
56 14/04/2015 - 9:39 AM
By Evertonian
Day 12 April 2015: Portraits


My....Karsh-like treatment of a past portrait.

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
98 13/04/2015 - 7:49 PM
By jadus
Day 2 April 2015: Rainbows



CAUGHT ONE! Wink

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
47 05/04/2015 - 8:07 PM
By petebfrance
Battery and Card Wont Work
Another innovative addition would be an automatic......View Finder.......this won't be as difficult as you think.

Dated Satnavs are two a penny now, so finding a cheapy to attach to your camera won't be difficult.
When firmly twinned with your camera, you simply type in the postcode of a place known to have a photographically spectacular view......within seconds, it should come up with the shortest route......an efficient ViewFiner indeed.

Your difficulties in attaching a variety of lenses could be overcome with a few simple modifications.
First off, make a visit to your local B&Q ( before it closes for good) to obtain a gross of those little brass....Side Hooks ......as used on the lids of small wooden boxes.

Then simply drill small pilot holes each side if the lens mount for just one pair of the small brass eyelets. Then ( after carefully orienting the lenes to be the right way up) use the small brass screws supplied to attach a pair of hooks.

From this point, lens changes will be efficient and speedy, it is amazing that other camera manufactures haven't thought of this foolproof method before now.

I would ( in all honesty) forget the Seawater idea, and stick with the Car Battery and wire with crocodile clips.

Warning! Do NOT use a Collander as a lens.........if you do, you will almost certainly strain your eyes.

Hobbo











In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
30 01/04/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lawbert
Battery and Card Wont Work
A good Boot Fair may give you the opportunity to get you're self really up to date with current trends.

Just acquire an old BT phone handset.......then use Araldite Epoxy Resin Adhesive to permanently fix your rapidly developing camera to it.

This will be truly innovative.....not only will you be able to make calls, you will be able to take photographs as you do so and vice-versa.
The purchase of a neat leather hold-all, will offer immediate portability and convenience......once again, your allready acquired crocodile clips will enable you to make and receive calls wherever there are telephone wires......such a convenience?

Hobbo

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
30 01/04/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lawbert
Battery and Card Wont Work
Things could move on rapidly, if you should decide to combine a Green Approach with a Healthy one.........You could take your new camera Bicycling, then your wires could be attached to the robust .....Rear Wheel Dynamo, a simple stand that would lift the wheel off the ground as you pedal at speed should provide sufficient power for at least three frames, unless, of course, you use the Flash ......no doubt you would soon learn the best pedalling speed/Shutter Ratio.

How wonderful, to think that you will have Photgraphy as your Hobby, Your Bicycle for Fitness whilst being safe in the knowledge that you are also Saving the Planet.

You could also practice, a series of High Speed shots, particularly on good downhill section of highway.

Mind how you go!

Hobbo

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
30 01/04/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lawbert
Battery and Card Wont Work
You may find that battery life in your camera may be of very short duration therefore could I suggest you purchase a back pack to take a 12 v Vehicle Battery, this is easily connected as required via wires and convenient Crocodile Clips obtainable from most Electrical Stores, this would mean that you would also have instant access to a very powerful Flash as required.

You might need to carry, a spare bottle of Distilled Water and a Specific Gravity Tester, but this far outweighs the previous short battery life

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
30 01/04/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lawbert
Is this book good?
Forget the book.......Use FREE YouTube tutorials and presentations instead........most are good.....others are awful, but there is usually something of great use......with the bonus of being able to rewind to watch over and over, or to go back and forth until a point is understood.

Hobbo

19 02/04/2015 - 1:59 PM
By IshanPathak
Battery and Card Wont Work
The card issue is very simple to solve........many Craft Stores sell an incredible range of BLANK Cards, together with foil, ribbon, sequins, self adhesive bits and bobs.

Use one of these to design your own card after cutting it down to fit the slot in your camera......make sure that you, write on it, the required capacity, speed and type.

On reflection, the mirror problem could be overcome by searching for a couple of postie discarded elastic bands, they are strong and in plentiful supply.

An alternative to doing any of this would be to carefully remove all moving parts, from the camera, then stick a circle of black card over the round hole.......a pin hole will ensure that light can enter, you should be able to see your planned shot on the LCD screen.
Your card slot should be used as an insertion point for carefully cut unexposed roll film.

Please post pics from your camer a soon.

Hobbo

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2
30 01/04/2015 - 7:19 PM
By lawbert
Old vs new
As the original poster.........I'm amazed at how my query about a vintage lens, has drastically changed into a discussion about Armoured vehicles ............... Wink

Hobbo

In Lenses | Page: 1, 2, 3
29 20/03/2015 - 7:23 PM
By StrayCat
The Falcons are back.
I've been popping in to the Live Video link every so often through the winter, with an occasional glimps of one bird.

I noticed the single egg last week, and can only assume that Falcon eggs can be left for long periods without being sat on.....or......are not sat on until there are two or three?

From now on I will be viewing Periodically on a daily basis.

Seeing a kill, live on the ledge is a bit off putting at breakfast time, but the site does carry a warning.

FUJI

19 20/05/2015 - 5:23 PM
By gaelldew
Old vs new

Quote: What body fitting is the Carl Zeiss Jena lens?

It used to fit a COSINA Film camera.

Cheers!

Hobbo

In Lenses | Page: 1, 2
29 20/03/2015 - 7:23 PM
By StrayCat
Old vs new
very often in reviews of lenses, the observation that a lens may be constructed of plastic can give an impression of cheap manufacture.

But, on being given a vintage? Carl Zeiss Jena 2.8-200 MC Macro all metal lens, I can't believe the sheer weight.......I certainly wouldn't like to carry it far, or with others of the same...Tank- Like construction.

I say, thank goodness for modern plastics.....they must make the life of a pro photographer much happier for being much lighter?

Your thoughts on the above, and on the lens I have been gifted please.

Cheers!

Hobbo

In Lenses | Page: 1, 2
29 20/03/2015 - 7:23 PM
By StrayCat
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......
Crikey!

Couldnt that old boy get a ...COTSWOLD STONE....model??? Grin Wink

Hobbo

18 01/02/2015 - 11:52 AM
By nickthompson
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......
I know that fow of cottages extremely well......I used to run a craft stall,at the Watermill in Biburury.......after a void night's sleep in my old VW camper, I would take early morning and evening walks around that very beautiful village.

P.S. The tripod holes are half a meter deep all around the said cottages....a photographic cliche surely?

If you go there, try the trout from the Fish Farm.

Hobbo

18 01/02/2015 - 11:52 AM
By nickthompson
Back to Normal
THANK YOU ALL!

A sterling effort.

Hobbo

10 26/01/2015 - 10:34 PM
By ddolfelin
Lack of performance?
The Gallery is very slow on my iPad this morning....

Hobbo

12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
I just love this guy.........Please watch, listen and learn....
( I hope that posting this link is allowed?)

Here is one of my favourite B&H lecturers, at his very best, his delivery is perfect, passing on photographic knowledge from years of experience interspersed with humour and wit.

I have learned so much of my photography via YouTube presentations.......B&H in New York produce the best......well worth regular watching.

Here is the link..








Hobbo

7 15/01/2015 - 6:50 PM
By redsnappa
First shoot with Lumix GX7
I took delivery of a SIGMA 30-2.8 ART Lens today.......if you have a GX7 or similar it is a beautiful lens for the price.....Proof!

Look at the reviews on YouTube and elsewhere .

Well worth the money

HOBBO

15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7
Sorreeeeee,

LUMIX 14-45

Hobbo

In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7
Hi, Aviaandy,

You asked about which lenses I use on my GX7.....

My workhorse everyday lens is the LUMIX 45-45 kit lens that came with my second hand GF1. A great all rounder and a good portrait lens, most of my recent portfolio features this lens.

The LUMIX 45-200 gives me extra reach when required, and can be a decent portrait lens when out and about.

Next, came the LUMIX 1.7-20 ideal for Street Photography and landscapes, plus the odd portrait.

My only odd M/4/3rds lens is the clunky but amazingly sharp SIGMA 2.8-60 ART Lens, fantastic for portraits......clunky, because the elements go into free fall when not connected to a live camera.

As a very real bonus to the enthusiast.....I can use my growing collection of old M42 thread film lenses by using an EBay adaptor.....all manual then of course, but wonderful results.

Another bonus, are my fully automatic focus, extension rings by MEIKE a great eBay buy, they work faultlessly.

Other accessories include, a MEIKE flash unit, a POLAROID 16 LED Ringlight, a dedicated waterproof cover, and a couple of very powerful LED Torches for light painting.
I rarely use a tripod, but I have two plus a monopod.

Probably the best thing about the GX7 is the tiltable VIEWFINDER.

I Might consider getting a 300 mm lens eventually.

Hobbo

In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7
Hi, I've been using my GX7 for around a year now......take a look at my portfolio for results.......to say that I am more than delighted is an understatement.

Hobbo


In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
Day 10 January 2015: Faces

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
147 27/01/2015 - 4:58 PM
By sosunny
now i wonder if anybody on here likes betty boop
Love the old Betty Boop cartoons onYouTube......very surreal some of them.

Hobbo

In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2 ...9, 10
2 05/01/2015 - 7:44 PM
By hobbo
Day 02 January 2015: Outdoors Photography


Winter Trees close to my home, in mono.

HOBBO

114 12/01/2015 - 1:33 PM
By smacau1
Can you recommend a good printer?
I gave up on Epson Printers recently, after twenty years....print quality went down as ink prices increased and I got fed up with clogged heads and constant demands for ink consuming cleaning.

After some research and forum exchanges, I went for a CANON PIXMA MG5550 all in one machine....Love it!

Hobbo

In Computers | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
12 30/03/2015 - 7:44 AM
By john3322
Day 31 December 2014: Your Best Photo From 2014


Pound Shop Portrait

Hobbo

125 04/01/2015 - 5:54 PM
By St1nkyPete
Spraying Camera Bag For Insects
Before you freeze, mothball or chuck out the offending bag........Get yer Macro gear out and photograph the little blighters....Wink


Hobbo

In Accessories | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
18 03/03/2015 - 12:13 PM
By Poolegan
FACEBOOK .........for discussion
I post this as a discussion item, for debate and clarification to those more savvy than me regarding what international companies can and can't do...

I hear on BBC Radio News this morning that Facebook is altering its membership rules, deep within the small print ( that most never read) is the fact that Facebook can have access to and potentially use the photographs and videos of members, for its own use......you sign away your absolute right to what you post there.
A tech savvy lawyer wasn't happy about this, but couldn't see a way round it......if you sign up to Facebook you are giving them permission to access your posts.

This means then, that Facebook can use photographs or videos of you granny, or your kid's party fir whatever they want, even to gain income from advertisers etc?

I am a more than keen practitioner of Street Photography, out and about in public places, shooting happenings obviously involving people, not friend or family, but members of the public doing what people do whether amusing, amazing or just plain daft......the very heart if Genre since photography began.
I get really frustrated when wanting to display some of my best examples of Street photography by requests for model releases for everyone recognisable in shot.......we all know that this is almost impossible, or would kill the spontinaety of the moment.
Examples of mine include a row of ten tourists each lifting an ice cream cone at exactly the same moment, a fantastic serendipity moment in time......another, is of youths jumping skateboards over a stretch of water, great action shots.

Then I raise the question of TV news companies, and feature makers, they feature Joe Public on a daily basis, I never see anyone and everyone in shot being asked to sign model release forms, yet commercial TV gains income from advertisers in between news items featuring recognisable people.
Yes! I am aware of current laws, but still challenge the requesting of model release forms from any one and everyone featuring in my un rehearsed, candid .....in public places......Street Photography.
One rule for Facebook and another for Street Photographers?

Up for discussion, debate and clarification.

Hobbo

16 15/12/2014 - 11:50 PM
By Gerhardt
WARNING
Keep an eye out for bogus emails purporting to come from the international parcels company TNT..........They babble on about a package for you, with a security number, and that security charges have been paid, then they request your full details....

At this, time if year when you might be expecting genuine packages from TNT, DHL or any other company it would be so easy to fall into the trap.

Bin these emails immediately then warn all your friends.

Hobbo

In Group Chat | Page: 1, 2
14 26/11/2014 - 5:10 PM
By thewilliam
Paintshop Pro X7
I have used the COREL suite since Corel 4 at the very beginning, I still used COREL Draw and COREL Paintshop Pro, for much of my Graphics work.

I usually save my processed pics, then import them into Corel Draw to place and print them on to my selected paper.

Corel Paintshop Pro is excellent photo software.

Hobbo

5 26/11/2014 - 3:35 PM
By ckristoff
EIZO 'One Lesson' Book Competition Winners
So did mine, a great book with lots if interesting chapters.

Many thanks!

Hobbo

7 21/11/2014 - 8:12 PM
By SlowSong
Locations to photograph at in the Stafford/Lichfield.cannock area ?
Shugborough Hall, Shugborough village and the nearby canal, especially at this time if year in early morning and evening sunshine.

Hobbo

4 20/11/2014 - 8:45 AM
By hobbo
EIZO 'One Lesson' Book Competition Winners
Thank you!

What wonderful Monday news.

All the tips given are very relevant, a great idea would be to print them on to a small card for reference?

Hobbo

7 21/11/2014 - 8:12 PM
By SlowSong
Processing Panasonic Lumix in Adobe Photoshop
If you continue to have bother....do what I was forced to when I had similar problems a couple of years ago.

Download the free......FASTONE.....software, it seems to be able to convert any photo file.....it is very efficient too.

HOBBO

6 17/11/2014 - 4:32 PM
By salena1950
No it is not


Our.......BIG OLLIE.......wants to know what all the fuss is about.....

......Hes'e just an ex feral farm moggie.

Hobbo

14 17/11/2014 - 6:22 PM
By themak
Smart sharpen in CC
Since I learned how to, selectively sharpen using just the......High Pass Filter....I don't use sharpen any more.

High Pass may seem a bit cack handed at first, but you soon learn to tame it....use it, by brushing the sharpening exactly how and where you would like it, by using soft brushes on layers.

Hobbo

5 15/11/2014 - 1:45 PM
By Ross_D
Quiet of Late
SHHHHHHH!

18 07/11/2014 - 9:47 PM
By SlowSong