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I've been a beginner for 20 years. I'm getting better though.

All comments welcome, and I'm happy to help if I can.
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  • Steered away from the Nikon & Canon option, managed to get the price down on the refurbished Fuji and it's on it's way. Thanks to those who helped.
  • Ooooooooooooh, that's even cheaper than the refurbed one from Fuji.
  • Thanks, knew it wouldn't be an easy decision - I've been going round in circles for a while.

    Would be happy with second hand or refurbished - just seen a Fuji X-A1 within my budget, liked it when I played with one in the shop.

    I've not really been looking at camera developments since I closed the studio in 2010 so have missed a massive chunk of reviews....
  • It's been a while since I was last here, but need some advice and thought this was the best place to come.
    I have a Nikon D300 gathering dust and want to replace it with a compact camera system. Only got a budget of 350 and was looking for recommendations. There's some good deals on Nikon 1 and EOS-M at the moment - or is there something out there better for the money?
  • I went back to college to do an HND. It gave me access to lots of kit that I wouldn't have got to play with had I not gone. It allowed me to concentrate purely on photography for two years and develop skills and a style that would have taken a lot longer to do had I not been at college. If you have the opportunity and the funds then I can highly reccommend time out to dedicate to your photography whether or not you're looking for a career in the subject.
  • Muppets Christmas Carol. Still makes me laugh.
  • Depends on the style of portrait you want to take. A lot of mine were head and shoulder or half length. Used a Sigma 50-150 and a Sigma 105 for most of my studio shots.
  • I use A6 card blanks which I print contact details on and then mount a photo on the front - these retail at 1.75. There's some DL size cards as well which retail at 2.50.

  • They've got the older versions of the pentax at the moment, so it might be a good idea to stick with the model.
  • I've recently started working at an outdoor education centre and they are looking to replace some cameras. These are taken out on sessions like canoeing, caving, gorge walking. The photos are used in some marketing and CDs are offered to the groups.

    Does anyone have any reccomendations for tough, weather compacts that will hopefully last for 18months/two years with a budget of 200 or less.


  • How about some of Stephen Poliakoff's - Shooting The Past, Perfect Strangers, Friends & Crocodiles. Excellent viewing.

    BBC3 does some good dramas - Blackpool, Being Human. Any one else see Synchronicity?
  • BIPP also have discounted rates. I had no set up fees, reasonable rates, and no charges when I cancelled my contract last month. You have to factor in membership fees of course....
  • Several short heavy snow showers in Lowestoft today - nothing to show for it on the ground though.

  • Quote:Exactly, you cannot change a transparency (slide) !

    That's what bracketing and clip tests are for. Wink
  • Those who shun digital manipulation obviously haven't spent days (and lots of money) in a dark room trying to get the perfect print out of a neg. Digital is just a different means to a similar end, just cheaper, quicker, less smelly and open to everyone.

    I prefer to get as much right in camera as possible, but purely because I'd rather be out with a camera than stuck in front of a screen.
  • Not starting up again - returning to a previous incarnation! There's a thread about it here so we don't hijack Peters thread.
  • No-ones taking over Graham, unfortunately there wasn't time to find someone over the festive period. Selling up completely - details in the classifieds.
  • Hi Peter

    I live in Carlton Colville and have a studio in Henstead - however I'm selling up moving to Herefordshire in a couple of weeks!

    Welcome to the forums.

  • My Aldi A4 graphics tab - when combined with an OHP pen it made a great jotter!
  • Contuing to expand my footpath series - looking at their relationships with the countryside they pass through.

    Mixing digital with traditional processes and actually getting round to doing more cyanotypes, gum arabics, and pinhole stuff.

    Closing the doors to my studio and gallery at the end of the month so returning to enjoying my photography rather than having to make a living out of it. Smile
  • I lived in Ross On Wye for a few years, so thats one of the reasons we've been looking to move back to the area. My wife is from Bristol originally so we'll be closer to her family.

    When your hobbies are hill walking, canoeing and mountain biking Suffolk can be a bit limiting so looking forward to the outdoor life again, and getting my weekends back.
  • Just got a bit jaded and stuck in a rut having to turn out images to pay bills rather than taking them for fun. I worked in outdoor education before I started up my business, so just returning to my other passion.

    I'll still carry on with the landscape and fine art stuff - just no more portraits.........for now.
  • I might miss the sea, but I have hills and mountains to replace it.
  • You've just broke my calculator! Wink
  • I'm reclaiming photography as my hobby, relocating to the other side of the country, and starting a new job in a completely different field next month.

    It's rather alot to take in as I'm moving from Suffolk to Herefordshire in a couple of weeks, with the rest of the family coming to join me in a few months. I'm closing down my studio and gallery which I've been running for 3 years and selling off most of the kit. Starting my new job with an outdoor education centre, helping develop new programmes and doing the sales and marketing.

    I still don't know whether to be excited or terrified!
  • We used to use retort stands and clamps at college - see if you can befriend a school technician and see if they're throwing any out.
  • No, but I'm local and prefer to visit the showroom.
  • Great images, well displayed.

    I did find one small glich - if you use the keyboards cursor keys to scroll through the images in a simpleviewer gallery it skips an image and moves along two at a time.

    Other than that - thanks for letting us have a peek!

  • I used Photoguards online quote which came out quite well until I phoned and needed to add other things which pushed the price up and beyond that of Aaduki. It was things like IT, portfolio, display materials etc.

    I settled for Aaduki. (touch wood never made a claim.)

  • There are several ways - Infra red trigger, radio trigger, or a flash gun on reduced power pointed at the ceiling.

    You don't say about the set up, but for a shadow free backdrop you need several feet of separation between your subject and the backdrop; for a white background you will ideally be lighting it separately from the subject.

    A bit more info about your set-up and maybe an example would help us to help you more.