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mp4 to DVD
I've recently produced an mp4 slideshow in Lightroom 4 which I want to put on to a DVD-R disc so it can be played on DVD/TV instead of just the PC. Can anyone tell me how to go about it and which software I need ? I have Windows 7

Thanks

Jane

3 12/06/2014 - 1:13 PM
By smacau1
Charging for use of your photographs
I've been asked recently by an artist if I would allow her to paint some of my photographs for her to then sell. Has anyone else had the same thing happen to them and if so how much is a reasonable price to ask ?

Thanks

Jane

4 09/06/2014 - 11:08 PM
By brian1208
Photographing the Northern Lights

Quote: What is the best month for having the best shot or capturing the northern lights?

Hi TyChee,

Apparently there's supposed to be increased activity this year up until March/April 2014 but as they're very unpredictable I'm hoping I'm going to get lucky Wink

Jane

4 14/11/2013 - 11:16 AM
By Rick51
Photographing the Northern Lights
With a possible trip to Iceland in the offing next March I need advice on which gear to take. I've got a Canon 7D and a selection of decent lenses. Do I take a prime 20mm or my Sigma 10-20mm or indeed my 18-135mm IS ? Also I'm thinking of investing in a travel tripod and I've heard the Manfrotto BeFree is a good one. Do I need to buy a head for it ?

Can anyone give me any tips as to settings for the perfect Aurora shot too ??

Thanks Smile

4 14/11/2013 - 11:16 AM
By Rick51
Selling your photos as laptop/pc wallpapers
For quite some time I've been toying with the idea of selling some of my images as laptop/pc wallpapers. The only trouble is I'm not sure how you go about it and which is the best way to do it. I have my own website so presumably I could sell them via this route. If anyone out there has any ideas or in fact does this themselves and can give me all the necessary info and guidance as to sizes and resolution etc I would be extremely grateful.

Many thanks guys.

Jane

2 04/12/2012 - 6:50 PM
By User_Removed
Perfect portrait settings on Canon7D
Whilst most people say that Nikon cameras are the best for portraits I happen to favour landscape photography so I went for Canon however I'm now getting some requests from friends to do some portraits. Can anyone suggest how I should set up my 7D in the customised zones to get somewhere near the gorgeous skin tones that Nikon does so well?

Thanks guys

Jane

9 06/10/2012 - 1:46 PM
By arhb
Commercial use of digital images - A Fair Price To Ask ?
Having been successful for the first time in selling one of my images to a company which provides wall art to several big high street chains - (see image here ) I'm interested to hear what you guys consider is a fair price to ask/accept for my work.
This image has been sold on a 5 year licence (where they have sole rights to the copyright for this length of time) for 150. Now I know that this is my first sale (and I certainly don't want to outprice myself or appear greedy) and as yet I am fairly unproven in the world of commercial sales but do you think it's a fair price to accept ? They only need to sell this image ten times at 15 a throw and they've covered their outlay !! Having thought about this I wonder if the sale price should reflect the length of licence - after all I cannot sell this image to anyone else for 5 years and if I'd sold this as prints from my website it's fair to say I would've made 150 in 2 or 3 single sales. Would a fairer price for a licence of this length been more like 300 - 500 ? My head is spinning with uncertainty that I've made the right decision. What do I do if they come back for more of my stuff ? Do I ask a higher price or accept the lower offer and stick with what might turn out to be quite a regular earning opportunity ?

Please guys help me out here...........

Desperate but not that greedy........Jane

3 09/01/2012 - 9:57 AM
By keithh
how do you turn pro/semi pro?
thinking of going semi/pro how do i go about it selling/getting commissions for my landscape photos ?

12 21/10/2011 - 3:02 PM
By JackAllTog
Locations please
Im off to Snowdonia staying in Betwys y Coed Aug bank holiday. Can anyone suggest any easy to get to great landscape/seascape locations? Thanks. Jane

4 01/08/2011 - 9:18 AM
By mad-dogs
Studio type portraits...........Help !!

Quote: You mention that you have some L lenses, which ones do you have as they may be the answer to your problems and save you buying lighting?

I was thinking mainly of my 24-70mm I do have a 70-200mm which is not the obvious choice for portraits I know. I also have an EF-S 18-135mm IS and a 50mm prime which is the one I used for the portraits linked in my query.

8 07/07/2011 - 8:43 AM
By Sooty_1
Studio type portraits...........Help !!
Hi guys,

I'm hoping somebody out there can help me with this one. As anybody knows who's looked through my p.f I'm mainly a landscape girl ( with the odd floral thrown in for good measure Wink ) but I've been approached recently by friends to do some portrait work - mostly family shots, new baby pics with the parents and a christening in the offing. Now, without wanting to sound like a skinflint ( I don't really want to spend a fortune ) and an idiot to boot I feel a tad out of my depth. I have a cracking Canon 7D and some great "L" lenses,a 430 EX II flash gun with a Sto-fen diffuser and a couple of large pieces of bed sheeting that I often use as backdrops for my floral stuff and that,my friends,constitutes my "studio" gear. I have in the past done some fairly good portrait shots of a friend, mainly outside but you can see one here and here that I took using a torch and a reflector !! and I've also been a "guest photographer" at my daughters friends wedding last year producing some "excellent professional" shots ( brides mums' quote not mine Smile ) My dilemma is .........do I stump up for some lighting kit ? If so , what kind and more importantly - how the hell do you use it ? Grin

I would appreciate any advice but please remember I'm not made of money and (as I don't consider portraits my main passion) I'm looking to do this with as little outlay as possible.

Many thanks,
Jane

8 07/07/2011 - 8:43 AM
By Sooty_1
Ten Stopper Fodder
Having purchased a Lee 10 stopper a few weeks ago I'm itching to get out with it . Anybody know of any decent waterfalls around Burnley ? I've done the Healey Dell,Goit Stock & Scaleber thing & I could do with somewhere I can get to within 30 minutes or so !!!!

Jane

2 07/03/2011 - 12:29 AM
By User_Removed
Replacement battery for the 7D
Have a look at Premier Ink website. I got one from there when I got my 7D,it works perfectly well,not damaged the charger and the levels show up in camera. I think it was around 26.

Jane

20 01/02/2011 - 11:17 AM
By cheddar-caveman
Bird Photography
Any body out there who can give me some tips on bird photography ? I'm fortunate enough to have a bird feeding station next to my living room window which is visited regularly by a wide selection of bird life,I can set my camera up on the windowsill and use the curtains as a makeshift hide,trouble is they don't seem to perch for long before heading for the feeders and as I'd like to capture them with as natural a background as possible it's getting rather frustrating. Yesterday I impaled some peanuts on the rose thorns thinking that would do the trick but the clever ( and quick ) little blighters had the peanuts away before I managed to get even one shot !!! So....I'm calling on you birders out there to help......please !!!

Many thanks,
Jane

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6 06/02/2011 - 12:44 PM
By User_Removed
Canon 15-85mm that comes with the 7D. Worth the money?
I got my Canon 18-135mm IS from Warehouse Express for 384 ish - worth every penny Grin

12 12/11/2010 - 12:39 AM
By mikedeakin
Canon 15-85mm that comes with the 7D. Worth the money?
Hi Pete
I have the Canon 18-135mm IS lens and I have to say it's one of my favourites. It's got good range and sharpness is excellent throughout the focal range,the IS is great. I used this lens 90% of the time with my Canon 400D recently on a trip to Croatia and also at a friends wedding ( you can see these pics if you Google Jane Ball Photography, find me on Facebook,or take a look at my P.F on here ) and I've no complaints whatsoever. I can't speak for the 15-85mm lens as I've never used one but in my humble opinion the 18-135mm IS is hard to beat for value and performance. I suppose it all depends on your budget and what kind of photography you enjoy - I'm only an enthusiast with dreams of becoming professional (like most togsWink ) but I do like my pics to look good no matter what the subject is. Incidentally I'm upgrading to the 7D soon myself - can't wait Grin

Hope this has helped
Regards
Jane

12 12/11/2010 - 12:39 AM
By mikedeakin
Canon 17-40mm is it worth the expense

Quote: would it not be better to go 5D MKII rather than 7D?

Thanks Strawman - with originally having the 400D all my present Canon lenses are EF-S fit and as far I've gathered these will not be compatable with a full fame camera such as the 50D Sad

Jane

12 09/08/2010 - 4:26 PM
By ripleysalien
Canon 17-40mm is it worth the expense
I'm thinking of upgrading to the canon 7D from the 400D and am considering buying the 17-40mm L (I already have the sigma 10-20mm ( which I really like). I'm also considering the canon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM and I would appreciate any advice. My main photography is landscapes but I've recently been asked to do some wedding photography ( I intend to eventually go into freelance work ). Also would it be worth investing in some hard grads,I've got the usual cokin ND4 & ND8 - is it worth the cost for some Lee filters ?

12 09/08/2010 - 4:26 PM
By ripleysalien
Charging for portraits
Hi guys,

I've been asked to do some portraits for a relative of a friend of mine and they're willing to pay for my time & efforts !! I'm wondering if any of you good people out there can advise me as to what is a reasonable fee to ask. I'm assuming that this person is wanting me to provide prints of the shots I take - do I charge an "all inclusive" fee or a charge for time and an add on for the final product,bearing in mind my printer will only print up to A4 size. Here's hoping someone out there in Epz land can help me on this.

Jane Smile

15 09/04/2010 - 11:59 AM
By ade_mcfade
Which lens for portraits ?
I have a canon 400D - which lens would be the ideal for portrait work ?
Jane

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4 06/11/2009 - 4:12 PM
By WildLight
Filters for Wide Angle 10-20mm lens
I've just bought a Sigma circular polariser for my 18-55mm canon and am REALLY pleased with the results. I'm not sure if Sigma do polarisers for the 10-20mm - check out Warehouse Express - that's where I got mine from.
Jane

18 06/11/2009 - 3:14 AM
By WOWHOT
Infra red filters
Can anyone tell me whether infrared lens filters can be used on DSLRs or are they just for traditional cameras using IR film ?
Jane

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4 02/10/2009 - 6:24 PM
By thewilliam
Has any one bought a lens from Amazon ?
I've bought a sigma 10-20 from them - excellent service and quite a bit cheaper than some other retailers too !!
Jane

23 15/10/2009 - 7:24 PM
By jondf
Help with B&W 10 stop filter
Perhaps I should've mentioned that I'm after that "milky" effect with waterfalls,seascapes etc. Does the above advice still apply ? Tech stuff does tend to throw me as I am BLONDE !!!
Jane

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9 04/09/2009 - 12:32 PM
By psiman
Help with B&W 10 stop filter
I've just aquired a ten stop filter and I'm dying to try it out but I've heard they take a bit of getting used to. Can anyone give any tips/advice on how to get the best out of them without too much hassle ?

Thanks.
Jane

9 04/09/2009 - 12:32 PM
By psiman
Tripod Dilemma
Hey guys,
I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. Being an enthusiastic land/seascape photographer I obviously need a stable set of legs ( 3 as opposed to 2 !! ). I have a canon 400D and amongst my lens collection is a sigma 10-20mm and a canon 90-300mm both fairly weighty lenses. My current set of legs is a Hamer Star 75 ( rather lightweight) and an old Miranda video tripod that my husband kindly donated. The former is a bit unsteady in a stiff breeze and the latter doesn't hold my camera very securely SO do I try to find a head to fit the Miranda, wedge the Hamer firmly in the ground OR take the plunge and treat myself to a new one? I've been looking at the Manfrotto 190XPROB ( it has had some great reviews ) and is within my budget of under 150-200 although I'm unsure about which head to get to go on it (I believe landscapers prefer ball heads). I would appreciate any advice you can give.
Thanks in advance.
Jane

5 03/09/2009 - 10:45 PM
By G_Hughes
Do I REALLY need a prime lens ?

Quote: I'd kill for a Ladscape lens. Does it render said Lads in perfect focus, with strong forearms? If not, I'm not buying it.

PMSL !!! Wink

21 27/08/2009 - 2:16 PM
By fauxtography
Do I REALLY need a prime lens ?
I have a canon 400D & like to photograph a variety of subjects,mainly landscapes,but sometimes I venture into portraits and wildlife ! I have a small collection of lenses, namely a 90-300mm,18-55mm and a sigma 10-20mm. Being a bit naive about lenses I'm wondering if it's worth getting a prime, if so, what size would be best ( nothing too extortionate price wise - probably less than 400 - I'm not exactly in the big money ).ALSO I've been drawn to the canon 28-135mm IS ( as I read somewhere that they are good for landscapes ). I would appreciate some advice here please guys - nothing too technical though as I AM BLONDE !!!! & obviously NOT over endowed with the old grey matter LOL !!!!

Jane

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21 27/08/2009 - 2:16 PM
By fauxtography
Any substitute for 10 stop filters ?
Forgot to mention - my camera's a canon 400D !!!!

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34 30/09/2009 - 8:22 PM
By Martin54
Any substitute for 10 stop filters ?

Quote: Thick tights should do the trick

Hmmmmmmm ...........Anyone know what number Nora Batty lives at ? Wink

Seriously though - thanks for the tip.
Jane

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34 30/09/2009 - 8:22 PM
By Martin54
Any substitute for 10 stop filters ?
Hey Guys,
Having seen Robbos' upload of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast (mono "Time and Motion") in which he used a B+W 10 stop filter I'm wondering (as they're quite pricey) if there's an alternative/cheaper method of achieving the same effect. Does it work if you use an 8 & a 4 stop grad together ?

Yours (the skinflint Wink)
Jane

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34 30/09/2009 - 8:22 PM
By Martin54
Where to go for good seascapes
Hi guys,
Can anyone suggest a good venue for seascape photography please,preferably within 2-3 hours drive of Manchester/East Lancashire area.I'm hopefully getting away for 2 or 3 days and would like to utilise my time away for some good shots while we've still got some fairly decent weather (!) left Wink
Cheers.......Jane

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4 10/08/2009 - 7:56 PM
By dragarth
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
Thanks guys there's lots of suggestions here - I really appreciate your time and replies. I will certainly take it all on board and hopefully things will improve ! That's what I like about this site - EVERYONE is REALLY helpful.
Regards
Jane

P.S. I have no trouble with close up shots as you can probably tell from my PF Wink

28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!

Quote: Look here for a handy tool which might help you.

Martyn

That's really handy - thanks Martyn Smile

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!

Quote: Quote:You've got a crop sensor.Which means, unless you're using a wide angle lens, like a 20mm - 25mm or so, this focussing a third of the way into the scene thing isn't going to work very well in most cases, because you just won't have enough depth of field to make everything sharp.

Thanks Krakman ............I think I understand it now !! I DO use a Sigma 10-20mm for the majority of my landscapes so I should continue to focus a 3rd the way in - am I right ? Wink

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!

Quote: See the Glossary, Janie.

Have read it - I must be having a "blonde" day Wink - I'm sorry but this tech stuff is WAY over my head

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
Ummm......... you've lost me now - I don't understand this "crop sensor" /"full frame sensor" stuff - I have no idea what it means Sad

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
Would having an IS lens make much difference ?

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
I always sharpen AFTER resizing as I read this was the way to do it.
My tripod is not the sturdiest I suppose ( it was a christmas gift from my son so beggars can't be choosers !! ) - Hama Star 75. I generally use f20 ( light permitting ) and ISO is almost always set at 100, occasionally 200.
When using manual focus I generally look through the viewfinder and try to focus about a 3rd the way in but when I press the DOF preview button there's almost always bits that I can tell are going to be out of focus & by this time after trying everything else I can think of I'm so fed up with myself AND my camera I just think " sod it " & press and hope for the best !!!

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!

Quote: Have you set the viewfinder to suit your eye sight?
Check your manual for instructions, just a thought...

Never thought of that - I do need to wear reading glasses so this could be the problem I guess !!

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
I usually use the unsharp mask or enhance sharpening options in Elements

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
Hi Lobsterboy
Not sure what you mean "viewing the images in ".
My camera settings are set to fairly sharp and I usually touch up the sharpening in the shot a bit after the initial processing ( I use Adobe Camera RAW in Elements 7 or my Canon software that came with my kit ).

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
STILL can't get the "focus thing" right !!!!!
Just been to the Lake District and was hoping to get some really good landscape/waterscape shots. Having read other EPZers tips on getting "pin-sharp" focus throughout my images I tried.........REALLY I DID !! but they're still pretty poor. ( see recent uploads ) I tried manual focus, ADep setting ( on canon 400D ) & previewing DOF,auto focus etc etc. I think I must be pretty dim here as I've had my canon for 12 months now and landscapes are my fave subject but that "stunning" phototgraph is still escaping me...........

Extremely frustrated and unhappy snapper Sad

PLEASE,PLEASE HELP BEFORE I WHIZZ MY CANON THROUGH THE WINDOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jane

P.S. Is it wirth me splashing out on another lens ? ( I have a canon 18-55mm & sigma 10-20mm ). I read somewhere that a 70-200mm is used widely in landscape photography.

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28 20/07/2009 - 6:37 PM
By paulcr
Velvia Vision - problem in loading it in Elemnents 7

Quote: Is Velvia Vision compatible with Elements?

It says so on the website !!

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5 18/07/2009 - 6:39 PM
By cameracat
Velvia Vision - problem in loading it in Elemnents 7
I've just downloaded Velvia Vision at a cost of 15 ish - not a fortune I'll grant you but I can't use it as it won't load into the Plug-Ins folder in Photoshop Elements 7. I've made a back up copy on disc as suggested by the supplier and tried to open the files from this (as you only get 4 attempts at downloading) but I just keep getting a message that the file is broken or corrupt !!!! Has anyone else had this problem and what can I do to sort it ?
Cheers guys
Jane

5 18/07/2009 - 6:39 PM
By cameracat
Going to the Lakes next week - need ideas for THE best landscape/waterscape locations
I'm off to Ambleside next week for a couple of days,can anybody out there recommend where's best to shoot the best landscapes/waterscapes ? I'm after improving my PF with some good sunsets etc. Could do with some tips on getting the best exposures too. I've heard and read a lot about "hyperfocal distance" but not sure how you go about focussing then recomposing the shot. I've got a canon 400D, tripod,sigma 10-20mm and a canon 18-55mm,NGrads,ND4,ND8 and three types of warm filters available - which do I use and when ?
PLease help !!!! Smile
Jane

3 20/07/2009 - 1:07 PM
By NEWMANP
Canon 400D error 99
I had this happen to me a while back and it turned out to be a faulty connection with the lens - my fault entirely as I'd changed lenses in a hurry and obviously not got the new one aligned properly. Fortunately no damage was done but it's made me more aware now of getting the "spots" lined up properly Wink Smile

Jane

10 10/07/2009 - 10:02 PM
By STEVELIN
Best filters for landscapes
I have the cokin P series and have a 4 and 8 ND filter, a NGrad, together with a polarizing filter. I love landscape/seascape photography and after seeing the standard of such photographs on this site I would really like to improve my shots. Can anyone advise me as to which other coloured/graduated filters are a good investment. I know you can add filter effects with photoshop but I don't think you can beat the "real thing".
Thanks
Jane

6 26/05/2009 - 11:56 AM
By NEWMANP
Elements 7 v CS2/3 ?
Thanks Strawman,I'll have a look at what I've already got and certainly have another forage through my canon software - might save me a lot of dosh !!!!
Jane

6 19/05/2009 - 8:35 PM
By mrcal
Elements 7 v CS2/3 ?
I have Elements 4.0 and have had some decent pics edited with this software but I'm hankering after something a bit more "professional", I like the options to add filter effects and enhancing the vibrancy of colours/tones in digital editing and Elements 4.0 is pretty naff where this is concerned (unless I'm missing something). CS4 is out of the question because it's too pricey and probably a little over my head anyway ( having said that I'm downloading the trial version of CS4 as we speak ).
Can anyone out there tell me what the pros n cons are for Elements 7 against the more "up market" CS2/3 ?
Thanks guys in advance.
Jane

6 19/05/2009 - 8:35 PM
By mrcal