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Top Photography Tips!

RoyBoy 13 287 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2008 2:32PM
Carry small piece of black mount board (circa 150mm x 120mm or 120mm x 100mm) and cut rectangle in it of 35mm film proportions. Offer up towards eye to aid composition before deciding exact place for siting tripod/taking picture. If don't have black-side mount use ordinary thick card or mountboard and apply black felt-tip marker.


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scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
22 Dec 2008 12:18AM
Looking for something to protect your expensive lenses or kit while in your bag or case ? - try microfibre cloths.

Tesco sell them in the car section dirt cheap (as in 1/4 of Jessops price) but the best buy is Costco - a bag of 20 for 10.

sergedlm 9 9 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2008 3:58PM

Quote:Excellent tips. I remember from TV's Trade Secrets (before I had a camera) about diffusing the onboard flash with a cigarette paper. Wish they'd show the whole series again.

you can also use the handle of a milk carton has a diffuser,
cut the handle off measure it against camera flash then cut to size make a cut at the back and slide over flash you can use this also for other flashes

also check this web site out to Http://www.diyphotography.net/
Milvus 11 168 2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2008 10:25PM
Have an after shoot routine that you always stick too no matter how tired or busy you are. Some sound obvious but you learn from your mistakes:
For example:
Put battery on charge immediately.
Download photos from card straight away ideally writing to two different locations.
Reset camera settings. i.e if you have been shooting at high ISO reset back to ISO 200, WB back to auto etc.
Put cards back in camera bag after downloading.
Make sure fully recharged battery goes back into camera and any spares are recharged.
Lofty100 11 70 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 9:06PM
Include an image on your camera / memory card / flash drive etc, showing your name, mobile (cell) phone number and e-mail address. Do not put your land-line or physical address (you do not want uninvited guests, do you?

That way if anyone honest finds your lost property they can contact you to let you know.
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
23 Dec 2008 9:47PM

Quote:Include an image on your camera / memory card / flash drive etc, showing your name, mobile (cell) phone number and e-mail address. Do not put your land-line or physical address (you do not want uninvited guests, do you?

That way if anyone honest finds your lost property they can contact you to let you know.

Wow that's one of the best ideas I've ever seen.
Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
23 Dec 2008 10:35PM
with the software that came with my Canon, i can add my name to the camera, every shot I take with it, has my name, may be wirth seeing how much space is there for an e-mail and number etc.

Keep a note of all camera serial numbers too. I also have shot some raw images, with my driving licence in the frame, to prove the equipment has been inmy possession.

scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
23 Dec 2008 10:49PM
Here's another one for beginners....

Every month of the year, print out your best image and frame it. Replace it with the next one and move the first one behind the fits one. At the end of the year you have 12 prints and you can see how you're photography is developing (even better, write the technical details on the back of each print).

You could also add an image to your epz portfolio...
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
23 Dec 2008 11:14PM
I like your tips, Andy.
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
23 Dec 2008 11:31PM
I was out taking photos a few years ago of fungi in a park I laid down and rolled around for a few minutes to get the best shots, when I got up I found I was covered in dog poo!! UGH and I had to drive all the way home smelling awful,my mate was'nt chuffed about it either. So now I always carry a plastic sheet to lie on and I don't get dog pooed.
Hugo 13 649 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2008 2:28AM
I did that - You can do it in Photoshop too -simple text on white/black background - the Canon camera utility program allows you send files back to the camera. Or maybe just copy and paste it to the card??
Set that file as "delete proof" on the camera.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2008 8:21AM
i always carry a little box of poundstretcher lens wipes (meant for spectacles) they are good for cleaning filters and wiping dust of the outside of the camera body and lens and much better than using your teeshirt.

when you carry the camera slung over your shoulder, turn the lens inwards and not pointing outwards, it rolls on your hip better and stops you banging the business end. took me 30 yrs to realise this one.

look for unusual viewpoints, laydown, stand on a wall, look down from a tree anything to avoid a 5ft 3" eye height view. laid down usually works well.

dont put your bag down on Higger tor and wander off changing view and angle because those rocks all look alike and it can take some finding again, (i do it everytime) Wink

dont putthe bag down at the side of the car when you take off your boots, somepeople "and they know who they are" drive off leaving it behind.

last one, make sure you have a label with contact details on as much gear as possible, those keyring things are good, just in case you drive off and leave your bag.

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
22 Jul 2009 4:23PM
A 512Mb card would take 4 TIFFs from my 5D II. Wink
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
22 Jul 2009 5:19PM
I don't shoot TIFFs either but I'm blowed if I'm just saving the RAWs after I worked on them and saved as TIFFs.
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
16 Feb 2011 7:03PM
Lol....Steady on gorgeous....Im not trying to step on your toes here...Please ask for my one to be deleted or renamedSmile

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