06-16-2012, 09:15 AM
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Gentlemen, I have been very impressed with the high quality of the images posted in the SOTD thread. For myself, I just use a little Canon A530 and point and click, mostly using natural light, and I don't claim any artistic ability. I would be very interested in hearing how some of you who do such great work compose your images, what your inspirations are, what program you use to edit, and the technical details of focus, lighting, special effects, etc. Thanks.

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 06-16-2012, 09:24 AM
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I look forward to hearing some replies here as well. My modest SOTD pics are courtesy of my iPhone and my non-creative eye. All I try to do is get the stuff centered and not move the phone when I click the button.

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 06-16-2012, 09:58 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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My non-quality pictures are taken with an old Samsung cellphone. There is no focus and you cannot take close-ups with it. I would buy a camera but I'd rather spend my money on shaving goodies. If you happen to see one of the high quality pictures I post from time to time, it was taken for me by one of our wonderful members.

I will say one other things about posting photos. This is just my personal opinion, but pictures should be no larger than 800X600 pixels.

If you post a picture and it has the yellow bar at top saying it has ben resized, or if you have to move the post left to right in order to see the picture, it's to large. Again, just my opinion.

I have been known to resize photos on here.Biggrin

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 06-16-2012, 10:20 AM
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(06-16-2012, 09:58 AM)Johnny Wrote: This is just my personal opinion, but pictures should be no larger than 800X600 pixels.

Just as an aside, I agree. Little picture quality is lost by reducing to 800Xwhatever.

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 06-16-2012, 10:41 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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My little cellphone takes pictures at 640X480 pixels and I downsize them to 540X405 pixels. Examples below. (Pictures taken for me by Emanuel)

540X405 pixels

   

640X480 pixels

   

And, here is an example of a 800X600 pixel

   

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 06-16-2012, 10:53 AM
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Most of my pictures are posted through photobucket. I have my upload settings set to resize all uploaded pictures to 800x600. Makes it very easy, at least as long as photobucket works properly.

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 06-16-2012, 11:52 AM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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I use a Canon SX 10 for my pictures. I use mostly Piscia to edit my pictures. I do use some trick editing free software such as PicMonkey, BeFunky. I usually crop my photos, do some exposure adjustment. I either shot my pictures on the shelf above the sink or drape a towel over the sink. I use the telephoto zoom that is on te camera.

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 06-16-2012, 01:08 PM
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  • Tonality
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I've been using my Droid 3 to take the occasional pictures. I upload them to imgur.com which can automatically convert them between original size, large thumbnail, and small thumbnail. The large thumbnail option is usually a little under the 800x600 mark.

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 06-16-2012, 01:29 PM
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John, i am no photographer. i use an old Sony DSC-H1 Cyber-shot that i picked up for $100 or $200 on Craigslist ten years ago. i set up my arsenal with whatever natural light is available (i live in a temperate rainforest so we have many clouded-over days, as you know) and what looks like a good positioning for the items and i take multiple shots from different angles and upload to my computer and choose which one i prefer the best and then post the picture on the SOTD. i wish i knew how to edit and use some of those programs you guys use. Very simple process and i think the pictures i take are very simple and a bit plain.
Now, looking at Bruce's (stroker), Jamie Mahoney's, and others pics; those are fantastic!

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 06-16-2012, 07:43 PM
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  • PAW
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  • Illinois
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Canon S95 and paint shop Pro that came with the camera.
Very easy to use.

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 06-16-2012, 08:45 PM
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  • gijames
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  • TN, USA
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I use my Palm Pre (no zoom),

and use an app for the phone called Image Worker to crop and resize my photos.

When I want better overal resolution.. I email from my phone to me... then I use Paint.Net (free source app with a gazillion plug-in options!) to crop and resize.

Generally, I crop first, then set my image size to 640x whatever, or until the image size is *small* enough to be anywhere from 300-500kb

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 06-16-2012, 09:02 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I use a Canon digital SLR. The resolution is high and as a result I reduce the file size prior to posting. I'd like to invest in a light box, but like Johnny I don't want to buy extra lighting, because I'd rather spend the money on shaving gear. So, I just make do with available light and/or direct flash. I enjoy taking photos but rarely have time and when it comes to editing, well apart from cropping, it's pretty much what you see is what you get...

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 06-17-2012, 01:24 AM
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I use a 7-year old Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 bridge camera.
Then, I do some light touch-up and resize (800x600) on the photos using a free software called "Photoscape". It works well, and above all, it's free! Biggrin

I don't use any light box, neither flash, and I always use natural light.

Then, I upload the photos to my photobucket account and they're done.

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 07-01-2012, 01:32 PM
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  • biggiej42
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  • Stony Point, NY
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Most often, I use my Iphone4 for convenience, but when I want to take a nice shot of something, I pull out my Canon 40D and use either my 24-70 2.8L or my 70-200 2.8L IS. I don't do much editing, but I like using Lightroom when I have to make a few tweaks.

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 07-02-2012, 08:47 AM
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The little photography I do post is taken with my old Sony DSC F828, sometimes natural light, sometimes flash. It all depends what works. I don't bother touching the pics up in Photoshop, but I have the capability. I do upload to Photobucket, and I frequently crop the image there. I'm pretty sure PB also resizes it.

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 07-14-2012, 03:15 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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I'd like to be able to upload photos to TSN using my iPhone. Anyone have a good app that facilitates this? I assume photos have to go to a server first, then they can be posted to the Nook. It'd be cool to do a little editing with something like Instagram before posting.

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 07-14-2012, 04:32 PM
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While my photographs are pretty bad, I use a Samsung Galaxy S phone to take and post them.

I've found that I'm more likely to take the pics with that phone, as uploading them is so easy. Whereas, if I use my digital SLR, it's more involved to get the pics ready for upload.

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 07-14-2012, 04:53 PM
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  • Dave
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(07-14-2012, 03:15 PM)Andrew Wrote: I'd like to be able to upload photos to TSN using my iPhone. Anyone have a good app that facilitates this? I assume photos have to go to a server first, then they can be posted to the Nook. It'd be cool to do a little editing with something like Instagram before posting.

I use Flickr. Anything I take with my iPad or iPod Touch goes directly into my photstream but I have to manually upload from iPhoto to Flickr.

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 07-14-2012, 07:34 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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Thanks for the advice Dave. I'm on Flickr now. Easy, since I already had a yahoo account. Now I'll just play with some photo editing apps. Already added a SOTD photo successfully!

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 07-15-2012, 09:02 AM
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Photography is more light dependent than camera dependent. With the right lighting, you can use today's cell phones to achieve excellent results. The resolution won't be as good as a more expensive camera, but for SOTD pics, it's more than good enough.

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