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Offline kingkerouac

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10700 on: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 01:53:33 PM »
What are you using to create these - they're excellent by the way - Photoshop? Illustrator?

Cheers! I use Photoshop and InDesign. Mainly Photoshop to handle each individual element and work with texture, cutting and opacity and then I sometimes compose them with InDesign if they require it as it's a much more precise program - used primarily for editorial design.

For example, a few pieces I've been working on today and a few days back...

In this one, the two lads were cut and colour corrected with levels, curves and blending on Photoshop. I then cut each of the shapes and textured them in Photoshop, followed by pulling each individual element into InDesign to compose them (you could do that last part on Photoshop too but it's sometimes a little harder to be super accurate).



Then these two images are from an album cover I'm still working on, the image itself is being built in Photoshop, and then I take it into InDesign to add typography, any shape elements & colours. The benefit to this is that when printing, elements created in software like Illustrator and InDesign are vectorised and maintain perfect sharpness whereas Photoshop is primarily pixel based.

Photoshop:



InDesign:



Again, you could do the InDesign part in Photoshop too, but might as well use the purpose built software when it comes to typography & composition.
I use Indesign everyday and PS, Illustrator less so.
I find that since the Creative Suite launched, anything I want or need to do, I can pretty much achieve in PS and ID.
I started on Freehand and Pagemaker...so Creative Suite is so much better.
Great work though.

Offline Infinitely Content

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10701 on: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 01:56:55 PM »
I use Indesign everyday and PS, Illustrator less so.
I find that since the Creative Suite launched, anything I want or need to do, I can pretty much achieve in PS and ID.
I started on Freehand and Pagemaker...so Creative Suite is so much better.
Great work though.

Ah, my apologies, my previous message seems a bit patronising now after learning this  :lol:

What stuff do you do?

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10702 on: Thursday 4 April 2019, 07:24:16 PM »
The Panasonic continues to be pretty f***ing versatile, from the streets on Newcastle to the top of Scafell Pike
















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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10703 on: Saturday 6 April 2019, 05:28:32 PM »
Got a preowned original Canon 5D coming Monday.  Full frame at last :megusta:  Finally get to see what the nifty fifty is capable of on a full frame body, even a thirteen year old full frame body.  If it works out for me, would probably look to add the 100mm f/2.8 macro and either the 20mm f/2.8 or the 17-40 f/4L and probably just make do with those three (and probably upgrade the 50 to the 1.4 at some point). Seen some absolutely outstanding stuff on explorecams.com (which, if anyone hasn't seen it, is a very useful site that allows you to match a camera to a lens and pulls example pictures off 500px and flickr).  To think that you can get a full frame body and a 1.8 50mm for less than £300 these days, madness :lol:  Obviously you have to know what you're doing, like; the old EOS bodies didn't hold your hand one bit.

Not my picture (and oversharpened/JPG artefacted to the point of graininess), but this sort of thing is exactly why I've always been intrigued by full frame; that control of depth of field over such a wide area is something I've never been able to get with any other gear.

https://500px.com/photo/163736159/marietta-by-tam%C3%A1s-ugr%C3%B3

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10704 on: Monday 8 April 2019, 06:19:57 PM »
:megusta: haven't used a proper 50mm since film days.  That's my focal length, like. I like 28mm and 35mm but I always cropped them; reckon I could do 95% of my photography on a 50mm.



More in the pet thread, since I wasn't anywhere interesting to try it out properly.  First impressions are very good indeed, camera is in spectacular condition for its age.. and the noise the mirror makes :smitten:
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10705 on: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 07:17:48 PM »
Jesus ???  Nothing fancy here, just putting it over the jumps a bit.















100% crop




The longer you spend being a photographer, the less you should theoretically need the bells and whistles which are made available.  I realised a long time ago that because I knew what I was doing with exposure and I didn't need all the things that they were bolting onto cameras now, I would always do better with an older model that used to be state of the art than a brand new camera that was never anywhere near.  I'm not sure why I never applied this reasoning to full-frame; Canon 5Ds were good enough for professionals for a few years from 2005 (those that couldn't afford the 1 series, anyway) and the pictures they took obviously still stand up today.  I was thinking about going back to 5D mk II which are still around the £450 mark but at some point I just got thinking about the original 5D and it became irresistible over the past few weeks.

This isn't a suitable route for everyone; the equipment is getting on now and there will be a lot of shitty examples which have been mercilessly abused and are nearing the end of their lives; maximum burst rate of 3FPS is far from nippy and will miss me a few critical shots on the street (or of my dogs running toward me); the ISO tops out at 1600 (expandable to 3200) which some will object to (not me; personally speaking I like night time and darkness to look like night time and darkness so I never pushed my cameras further anyway unless they were on auto ISO); speaking of auto ISO, I do miss that - but it's not so very difficult to just adjust ISO on the fly as you move around, particularly when the response is as good as this. 

All these things taken into account, though, you can pick up a 5D body for around £250 and the lens I used here for about £50, and although it's "only" 12.8MP (around four and a half thousand by two and a bit thousand pixels image size) I have never seen cleaner images.  Absolutely phenomenal.  The images and the metering are so good I'm barely having to do anything with these further than my usual colour adjustments - the light and shadows are just right, right out of camera.  Full frame and genuine 50mm 1.8 for around £300, man.  Incredible.

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10706 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 08:59:44 PM »

Yeah, works in Newcastle too.  All 50mm






















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« Reply #10707 on: Tuesday 16 April 2019, 08:25:24 PM »







(Jill was around the corner next to Fenwicks but was deep in conversation so I didn't want to disturb her)






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« Reply #10708 on: Monday 22 April 2019, 08:35:54 PM »
Still 5D, still 50mm.  Two Glencoe, one Cheviots, two Newcastle. Need to get a 35mm for the hills, 50 is a bit tight in Scotland.










Offline Infinitely Content

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10709 on: Sunday 5 May 2019, 10:21:41 PM »

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« Reply #10710 on: Monday 6 May 2019, 10:23:04 PM »
Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe this morning.  RX100 III


Offline Varadi

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10711 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 06:07:45 AM »
:thup: That's a great shot - always love a good reflection on calm water.

You back on the RX100? The wife is loving hers so far, really seems to be getting into working out the different features - I'm no expert but can definitely see the improvement the more time she puts into it.

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« Reply #10712 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 06:12:32 AM »
Yeah, picked another one up based largely on what your wife is doing with hers on her Instagram, in fact, so a nice case of passed forward inspiration. I'd forgotten how versatile they are, they're the absolute greatest thing for travelling light.

Offline Varadi

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« Reply #10713 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 06:17:03 AM »
:lol: Nice one - she'll love that!

She's currently watching loads of tutorials on night photography so think there's a fair few evenings of wandering round after dark in my near future.

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« Reply #10714 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 06:20:59 AM »
A cheap tripod is a good investment (or a beanbag to lie it on, that works too, if there are things to put it on). You can get away with cheap ones when the camera is as light as these, although wind can be a problem. Or if you mean more usual photography but in the dark, then aperture priority with EV set to -2 or thereabouts :thup:

If she's doing long exposure, remember to use the self timer on a two second delay so there's no camera shake when the shutter is pressed.

Offline Varadi

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« Reply #10715 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 06:28:39 AM »
Funny you should say that. we're just off this morning to pick up a new tripod she ordered - got one of these, looks good and lightweight for travelling and the reviews were canny:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GUND8XM?

Offline O'Neill

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« Reply #10716 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 07:51:15 AM »
I use the EVO-2 version of that tripod for my remote camera behind the goal at the match. Solid enough to carry a Canon 1D with a 16-35mm lens on it.

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« Reply #10717 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 07:24:31 PM »
:lol: Nice one - she'll love that!

She's currently watching loads of tutorials on night photography so think there's a fair few evenings of wandering round after dark in my near future.

She's left that until the wrong time of year, mind :lol:

Couple more from the RX100, just getting reacquainted with it.  It has a tendency to overexpose a bit, and the files take a bit more post work than files from cameras with bigger sensors (not in terms of image quality, more in terms of having to balance the dynamic range), but it literally goes in your pocket ffs :lol: To be honest, both those quirks might be my fault since I switched off the dynamic range optimiser.  Might switch it back on and see what difference it makes; I had visions of it being all HDR grimness, but maybe it isn't.



















Not as quick to use as the Ricoh; not as striking an image quality as the Fuji (or particularly the 5D); not as versatile as the Panasonic.  I still love them, though.  Absolutely genius little things :)

Offline Infinitely Content

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« Reply #10718 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 07:36:06 PM »
OC, have you ever had the chance to have a go with a Sony NEX6 during your equipment experimentation journey? Not even sure why I'm even looking at it  :lol: Just seen one nice photo made using one and got the new camera tingle  :lol:

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« Reply #10719 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 07:53:41 PM »
No, the only mirrorless ILCs I ever used were Olympus.  Liked them a lot but I realised pretty quickly that in reality a bag of cameras and glass is a bag of cameras and glass and although mirrorless is smaller, it's not really that much smaller than carrying SLRs.

The NEXs were well regarded but I never liked the styling of them so I stuck with Olympus. I think they're now rebranded as A6 and A7s, although I may have made that up.  I think a couple of people on here used them when they were NEXs, though; can't remember who. 

Offline Infinitely Content

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« Reply #10720 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 07:59:12 PM »
No, the only mirrorless ILCs I ever used were Olympus.  Liked them a lot but I realised pretty quickly that in reality a bag of cameras and glass is a bag of cameras and glass and although mirrorless is smaller, it's not really that much smaller than carrying SLRs.

The NEXs were well regarded but I never liked the styling of them so I stuck with Olympus. I think they're now rebranded as A6 and A7s, although I may have made that up.  I think a couple of people on here used them when they were NEXs, though; can't remember who.

They are aye, highly popular with filmmaker types. No worries, you know that feeling though, when you see a great photo with "Taken on: 'such and such'" underneath. You rush to research the camera. In reality, it was nothing I couldn't produce with current gear + lightroom, besides I'd probably end up using a similar or identical focal length to my current cameras (both 35mm) so it would be a largely pointless purchase  :)

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« Reply #10721 on: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 08:04:46 PM »
Aye; I take the exact same pictures irrespective of which camera I use (give or take image quality and depth of field) and I know precisely what you mean, of course :)

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« Reply #10722 on: Saturday 11 May 2019, 02:21:11 PM »
A few from an ascent of Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe which unfortunately deteriorated into rain and snow just as the rock scenery was getting interesting.  Everything here is RX100 III

Bidean nam Bian's 'three sisters' from Glencoe carpark.  Summit of Bidean nam Bian not visible from here.


My ascent route (or most of it; that isn't the summit either).  Random woman for foreground


Clouds starting to lift off Aonach Eagach on the other side of Glencoe.  It's not as high as my mountain so I didn't get my hopes up (for the best)


Rock and Waterfall, two versions




Away from the A82 and into the high corrie above the waterfall from the ascent route picture.  It was still ominously quiet but I could sense snow in the air.




Approaching corrie headwall; clouds beginning to lower and the first flakes started to fall.  Camera away at this point and as quick a dash for the summit as I could manage.


A beast on my sunglasses after the snow stopped


And a few from the drive back along the A82 this morning

Fog


Fog lifting, Laggan


Blackmount


The Rannoch Rowan


Cleared forest and Ben Lawers


The garage at Lochearnhead


I love the combination of sunlight on bright flowers and menacing low skies you get at this time of year


Oh, and of course

Offline Infinitely Content

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #10723 on: Saturday 11 May 2019, 02:31:01 PM »

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« Reply #10724 on: Saturday 11 May 2019, 02:58:18 PM »
Thanks man :) knew I had to take it and thankfully the road was quiet. Feels like an 18th century oil painting to me and as such probably needs a closeup majestic stag/Jacobite soldier on the left to balance the composition, but I like it anyway