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Discussion in 'LORD' started by Lord Tim, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    For anyone living in Melbourne or visiting Melbourne this weekend. You should definitely check out The Digital Show at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

    It runs from Friday through to Sunday. Entry is free if you register online before entering. Entry without registering is $20.

    Well worth the price though. Its Australia's biggest camera and photo expo, so there will be cameras of all makes and models on display, lenses and photographic general peripherals. The expo also includes heaps of guest speakers.

    Doesn't matter what skill level you are, I'm sure you'll find something new and interesting at the expo. I can't wait.

    http://www.thedigitalshow.com.au/
     
  2. OzMetal

    OzMetal New Metal Member

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    Some great pics here and an awesome thread! My wife's currently studying photography at the Photography Institute (an online course). I bought her a Nikon D3100 twin lens kit just over a year back. Not a bad camera, but she's looking for a new camera body to have as a backup.
    She bought a Nikor 50mm f1.4 prime lens a while back as well which is a great addition to the camera. I've addd a couple of pics she took at Goulburn Cemetary here. I've done a bit of Photoshop work on them though but the unedited pics are fantastic (I just fiddle in Photoshop too much sometimes lol).
    I'll upload some more pics soon, I don't have her hard drive hooked up to my machine at the moment to add more.
    Some great pics up here Anwar, I've seen a lot of photo's you've taken! I'm not a huge fan of the wide angle lenses as they tend to distort things a little, but that's a personal preference on my behalf. They're still amazing shots.
    I didn't know about the Digital Show until today. If I had have read this thread earlier in the week I'd have made arrangements to have the weekend free for it.
     

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    Nice work mate. Welcome to the lord forum :)
     
  4. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    All good mate. Not everyone likes wide angle or fisheye lenses. It gives a great perspective, but there are some minor cosmetic drawbacks to using either lens. On the plus side, both are spherical in shape which allows more light to travel into the lens. Giving you the opportunity to have clean and crisp images without compensating aperture.

    As an example, you can take an image with an aperture of 3.5 - 4.5 and get the same amount of light into the lens as you would if you set it to 2.8.

    The Digital Show in Melbourne was pretty good. They had the new Nikon D4 and D800 on display to test, but the lines were massive. A similar scene gathered over at the Canon display with the Canon 5D mk III and various telephoto lenses. Great advice from professional photographers and photo journalists on the day.

    I am starting to do band promotion shots. If you're in a local Melbourne band just staring or have a strong follow and want images to capture your band in the best light. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation.
    info@anwarrizk.com
     
  5. OzMetal

    OzMetal New Metal Member

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    That's some handy advice with the fisheye and wide angle lenses. I didn't realise they can add so many stops of light to the sensor. The wide angle and fish eye lenses do have their uses.

    We'll definitely look out for the next Digital Show's, it sounds like a great place to see what's happening with photography and we're currently looking for another Nikon body as a backup/upgrade on the D3100.

    My wife has just finished a shoot for Peter Hobbs recently, once I get the go ahead from Peter I'll try and post up some pics here for you to check out. Very macabre and gory images, but was a heap of fun.

    I tried up upload a few more pics but for some reason the forums won't add them. I'll keep trying though.
     
  6. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    I'm not to familiar with Nikon as I'm a Canon man, myself. If you want sound advice on Nikon's range. Check out Jared Polin and his Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/JaredPolin

    You can also check out DigitalRev for all camera and lens reviews.

    I'm currently working on some photos I took last night. I'm eager to get my hands on the new 24-70 f/2.8 IS II. One more month to go.

    LT, what is a good and free video editing program with decent options to editing RAW video footage?
     
  7. OzMetal

    OzMetal New Metal Member

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    Yeah I've seen a lot of Jared's tutorials, he's got a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Nikon range of things, his site FroKnowsPhoto is great. It does seem like Nikon and Canon have their own fanbase which can tend to become very protective of the brands. The D3100 I bought my wife is more the entry level DSLR but rates pretty highly considering it's on the lower end of the scale for Nikon.
    We're looking into new lenses soon, but my wife is more wanting to do portrait photography more than anything, so far the 50mm Nikor Prime lens has been a great asset to the collection. It is a f1.8 (think I said f1.4 above but it's the next stop up). The tamron 90mm is a consideration for the next lens although Tamron are meant to be poorly made apparently their 90mm has a killer bokeh due to the amound of blades on the apeture (not too knowledgeable on that though), but would still love to test one before buying.
    Looking forward to seeing the pics you took last night.
    The forums finally let me upload a few pics so I attached a few from Heartbreak Blvd and Heaven The Axe taken at the Central Club. These were some of the first live pics I took with the 50mm Prime which took a bit of getting used to as it doesn't manual focus on the Nikon D3100 as it's not an AF-S lens.
     

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  8. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    At the end of the day they both take great photos. Its just how the photographer utilizes the camera to create something interest and unique which sets it apart from all else. I personally like both Canon and Nikon's range of cameras. They offer great variety and depth for individuals, yet aren't overly complicated to master.

    The D3100 is a great camera to start with. I remember having the Canon 1000D when I first started. It was a great little camera. It allowed me to get use to all the features and functions of the camera. It was a little hit and miss at times, due to its somewhat slow processor, but it did the job in well lit environments. I remember purchasing my first prime. I believe it was the Canon f/1.8. It seemed very clunky to use, but I use it best I could in low light environments.

    Personally, I've never used Tamron. I've heard some of their lenses are quite good (the more expensive ones), but have never touched them in my life. I personally go for Sigma if I'm dealing with third party. Using third party isn't a bad thing, most professional photographers take advantage of numerous third party lenses, because a lot of them offer better versatility than most first party brands like (Canon, Nikon, Ziess), yet due to lower costs aren't produced with the same quality and build.

    I'm starting to get into more studio environments now. I want to get away from live stuff for awhile and concentrate on outside or studio lighting and try to use it to my advantage. I'm actually picking myself up a Canon 580 EXII this week. For some strange reason the Canon 430 EX II doesn't have a quick refresh rate and can only flash at 250/1. This is a pain in the ass if you want to use an ND filter to black out the background and only show the subject in the foreground. Similar to this.
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    This is a great feature to have if you're doing portrait photography.

    Here are some photos from last night. It was a fantastic gig to shoot. I wish metal bands in general would take advantage of lighting and not play with shitty green and red lights which drown the stage in visual diarrhea. End Rant.

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    Video footage will be up tomorrow morning at some point.
     
  9. Lord Tim

    Lord Tim That guy from LORD

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    I personally don't think you can find a good and free program to edit footage. There's specialised editors out there that ARE free but they're clumsy for more than their given task.

    That said, Windows Movie Maker can do the job in a pinch, as can iMovie. Not professional by a long shot but most definitely usable.


    Also, unrelated to this, just a heads-up to all: If we can limit our posts to either attached thumbnails (like OzMetal has been doing) or have maybe 2 pics at most and no bigger than 800px wide in each post, that'd be great. I was in the car thread a while back and that was so image heavy it nearly took my browser down. This is not too far behind it, so let's be mindful of people with slower machines or mobile connections. :)
     
  10. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    No worries, LT. In future I'll just post an external link to the gallery on my website or Flickr profile.

    I did come across one editing program which is free, which seems to do the job. I may have to purchase a professional editing program once I master my videography skills.
     
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    filmed with D5100

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  12. black_tooth_grin

    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    Nice work on the time lapse, Mick.
     
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    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    black_tooth_grin www.anwarrizk.com

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    Some photos of Ladyhawke I took last night at Billboard The Venue.

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    Have you guys seen / heard about the Lytro cameras that are supposedly being released tomorrow? I can't even begin to describe how it works, but the pictures it takes are very impressive. It can basically focus on any point in the photo, after the fact of taking the picture.

    For example, try click on the Eiffel tower in this photo.
    http://www.lytro.com/living-pictures/49072
     

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