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Post by masterchief on Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:18 pm

whats yours? :p

Mine is airsoft and photograpy. Also gamedesign but you've seen that already :p


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Post by Wonko the Sane on Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:09 pm

Sweet photo Thumbs Up (both, actually.) I used to enjoy target practice with a bb gun or a bow. Somewhere around here I have a CO2 powered bb pistol I haven't shot in ages. Also have a long bow and a compound bow packaged up somewhere, haven't used those in ages either. I don't really make time for my old hobbies anymore it seems. I run a couple times a week but that's hardly a hobby, it's more just to stay in shape.

It's funny you created this thread 'cause recently I've actually been pondering what kind of new hobby I want to make time for. I'd like to get back into photography for fun some day, but right now it's always work related when I grab my camera so it kinda sucks the fun right out of it, you know? I used to do a lot of night photography, like long multiple exposures on film at carnivals and such, or several minute long exposures in the middle of the night. You get some pretty awesome results. And developing your own film was always really fun. Most of that stuff is boxed up somewhere in print from before I went digital.

What I really want to do is set my SLR to black and white mode and commit the ultimate photography faux pas by setting it to jpeg mode instead of raw. Just cut out all the post processing that normally accompanies digital photography and get back to the roots of it all, simply capturing light.

In a way, the digital aspect of it all makes it less fun because of that post processing. You know that you potentially have hours of work ahead of you afterwards sitting at your computer editing photos. Blech.

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Post by masterchief on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:10 am

Wonko the San wrote:and commit the ultimate photography faux pas by setting it to jpeg mode instead of raw.  Just cut out all the post processing
Hah I do the same. I truly hate the long hours processing. I just try to get it right on the first go.
This has made me a better photographer. Mutch like how it was in analog. You had to get it right. Think before you shoot.

I've never really done night photography. Maybe i should get that remote for my dslr. I hate holding bulb >.<
I do have a tripod though.


here are some more of my photos =D
Don' look at the compression. Facebook -_-





Some hdri. I tried to keep the vomit of collors to a minimum. People overuse this allot!



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Post by Wonko the Sane on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:17 pm

HDR takes a bit of tweaking to make it look realistic. You did a pretty good job I think. When it comes to Raw, any real photographer will tell you it's the only option. Whenever I shoot anything for work, it has to be in raw simply because of the amount of control it gives you after the fact. So much more information is recorded which lets you adjust the image to reflect what you're trying to present. This is absolutely essential for product photography, for example, or business portraits, both of which we do quite a bit of.

But I find all that post processing afterwards when I'm supposed to be having fun just makes it seem more like work instead of fun. I always enjoyed the shooting aspect... finding a spot, seeking out interesting lighting, figuring out how to expose it to get a neat image, then seeing what kind of awesomeness spits out the other end. That was always the fun part, not manipulating the photo afterwards into something awesome.

You really should get a remote though. Night photography is so much fun because you never know what you're going to end up with. The sky always does unexpected things on you and gives you neat colors that you can't see with your eye. It's great when there's fog or mist over a backlit field of some sort. And then long exposures of car headlights and streetlights and other interesting light sources are also really fun to capture. Definitely recommend exploring that kind of photography.

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Post by masterchief on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:38 pm

Wonko the Sane wrote: Whenever I shoot anything for work, it has to be in raw simply because of the amount of control it gives you after the fact.  So much  more information is recorded which lets you adjust the image to reflect what you're trying to present.  This is absolutely essential for product photography, for example, or business portraits, both of which we do quite a bit of.
I'm learning my girlfriend photography with my dslr bit by bit. I have yet to reveal this to her. Wondering what her reaction will be.
She already think you have to do way to mutch just to take a picture haha.
I'm actually happy i learned this in school.

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