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Thursday, September 7th, 2006
1:24 pm
what do i need to know when shopping for a monopod? i'd rather not spend a ton. also, do you have any websites to suggest?

Thursday, August 24th, 2006
11:57 am
i'm looking at purchasing a 50mm lens. basically what i'm after is a low f/.

what is the difference between:

Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens


Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens

What does USM mean?
There is a huge price difference.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
1:11 pm
Hello there. I just just joined and am into seeking camera help. I'm looking to buy a new digital camera, seeing as my current one fits next to none of my needs. Here's my list.
+ Good quality zoom/Long distance zoom
+ Video recording with sound
+ Interchangeable lenses
+ Anti blur
+ A price range that a high school student could achieve on their own
Along with all the other give ins. ;]

Thank you so much in advance.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
11:34 am
ligeress and I, as well as a couple other people, are wanting to take a Photography class. we dont really care to learn about developing, as we're using digital cameras. but it looks like most of the digital class i've looked into, are more based on the camera. for instance, we really dont need to know how the memory card works.

we'd like to learn more of the theory and technique. we also need something we can take after work. neither of us learn very well by simply reading books, or online, we want to take an actual class.

anyone have any idea? or directions to point me in? i've checked most of the local community schools, but maybe i'm missing one?

by the way, we live in the eastbay area near san francisco.

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
11:10 am
how would you compare mac's "aperture" software with "photoshop"?

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
7:22 pm
Hi guys, I've had an advent mp8 camera for about 6 months now and up until last month it was brilliant. Then it suddenly started freezing on me and losing all my pictures, it got to the point where it wouldn't turn off or take any pictures. I took it back to the shop and got an exchange and now the same thing is happening again, and now the few pictures I have been able to take I can;t transfer to my pc coz that won't work either. Thing is is I remove my memory card it works fine. This is the same memory card I had with the last camera. Is it possible that this is causing my camera to play up? Have any of you got the same camera at all? its driving me insane, I was my camera back!
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
3:35 pm
i have been taking pictures w/ cheapo cameras as long as i can remember. but i'm fairly new to being more serious about it.

in diving alittle deeper into the hobby, i recently purchased my first slr, a XT, then bought a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5 Di II lens. Now i'm looking for a flash. price is deffinitely an issue, as you'll see, i'm not buying the best of stuff, but i'm looking for something that i wont wont want to replace the moment i gain alittle experience either. so far, i LOVE my camera and lens set up.

so what do i look for in a flash? how can i tell one is better than another? where would you go to buy one online? are there any flash accessories i should be interested in?

i seriously need to start taking classes or something, i feel like a kid that was just handed the keys to the corvette, but is still learning to drive.

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
11:46 pm
Question about megapixels...
I have a Kodak Z740, and I use it for the simple things in life, like pictures of family and friends, my cats, various objects around the house. I don't get technical or "artsy" with it. But, it is a 5.0 megapixel, and it has the option of taking pictures in smaller pixel sizes. I can take the pics in 5.0 megapixel, 4.4 MP, 4.0 MP, 3.1 MP and 1.8 MP.

My question is this. The majority of pictures that I take I either crop in photoshop to send via email, or just crop them to a smaller size so I can print them out as 4x6 pics on the Kodak photo center machine at my nearest CVS or Walgreens.

So, if I use a smaller MegaPixel setting when I take pictures, like a 1.8 or 3.1 MP, am I ruining the quality of the picture by using less MP's??? I guess another good question, (since I don't know...what exactly do megapixels do for a camera/pictures?

Any info/advice would be very much appreciated. Gracias.

Current Mood: confused
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
5:55 pm
and I'm movin' out

hello. I'm new here. my name is Sam.
I'm a photojournalist for local music zines and papers here. I'm in three different photo classes. I take over 100 pictures a day, each day. the camera I have right now is Nikon coolpix 5600. it's 5.1 mp, 3x zoom, and Red-Eye fix. however, this isn't my camera, it is my mother's, and she isn't one for photography. I am looking to buy an SLR/Proffessional camera. I would like at least 7 mp. I want to be able to get a memory card for the camera, to where I don't have to change cards, or empty cards every few hours or something, you know? I travel a lot, and don't have that option a lot of the time, which stinks; because I only have to memory cards for my mother's camera, and that often isn't enough for what I do. in addition to traveling [which is all over the world], my photo classes [all three, soon to be six, of them], and my photojournalist-ing [I go to TONS of concerts/shows, and much of the pictures I take at these get published in music journals/papers/zines here]; I spend a lot of time with people, and I like to document my days with pictures, I keep journals/scrapbooks with all the pictures I take. I have been looking at cameras for a few weeks now, asking people for advice and such. so far; on ebay at least; there are three cameras I am looking at. ONE, TWO, and THREE.
I was wondering if maybe I could get more advice, evaluations of those cameras, and maybe tips and such; I'm in need of a camera to not only be able to call my own, but to be able to do what I want/need it to; and I would like it by the end of July, as I'll be adding three more [advanced]photo classes to my routine, then.

please help me. let me know anything. criticism, advice, evaluations, questions, tips, hints, links; anything.
and thankyou.

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
4:37 pm
I need some advice!
I have always been a Kodak fan. I know, I know, there are tons of cameras better than Kodak's, but the ol' trusty Kodak cameras just seem to fit me and my style so well. You see, I'm just a casual "recreational" picture-taker, an amateur who takes pictures mostly of stuff around the house, family members, my cats, and outside stuff like baseball games and stuff like that. Nothing fancy, nothing too professional. I'm very practical.

Anyway, I think I've had my Kodak DC3400 long enough, and I want to upgrade. If anyone knows of a good solid Kodak digital camera that has received good professional reviews for its' price range, please let me know. Oh, I'm looking for the $175-$225 price range.

Any and all help/opinions/advice would be very much appreciated by me. I would be very grateful in any help in making the right decision.

Here are the Kodak digital cameras in my price range that I'm looking into. If anyone has any input or opinions, or have heard anything on these, please let me know. Thanks!

Kodak Z740
Kodak C533
Kodak C643

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 29th, 2006
3:30 am
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
1:49 pm

a little tease from last nights shoot....

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
12:40 am
I created a new community for film noir and old style hollywood glamour pictures.
discussion of technique and sharing of work.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
3:39 pm
A study in Black and White...
Sandra Betty came over yesterday and we did a shoot.
Nice girl, met her on myspace and talked to her adn had her come over and we talked for a while and then started the shoot. Mostly B/W, a little color, and justa couple semi-nudes.
The Lighting for the B/W and Color were old Studio Fresnel Lights, 2 500watt'ers, and one that didn't work , as a prop.
The Nude was done wiht available light as the sun was setting....

Semi Nudes Behind Cut...Collapse )
Friday, December 30th, 2005
2:46 pm
opinions, please

should i get this digital camera:

which is $200 including a two year warranty from circuit city.

or this nicer camera:

for $205 (including dock!) but it's discontinued (Why? i don't understand) with a one year warranty from walmart. i don't trust walmart.

the first one is cuter but not as good of a camera. but then i dont trust stuff from walmart.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
11:44 pm
Monday, December 12th, 2005
9:51 pm
Camedia Master
Hey, does anyone have the install for Camedia Master that they can send me??
I lost the install disk that came with my camera... :(

I would love you forever. :D
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
12:27 am
Hey there, I'm newish.

I was wondering if anyone could help me in my search for a digital camera with the following features:

- Black and white setting.
- Timer setting.
- Overall good quality.

And if you could maybe provide me with a picture that has been taken by the camera, that would be awesome.
Thank you in advance (!!!)
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
9:27 pm
Canon A95 or Canon A520?
Hello. I'm looking for a non-professional camera for indoor and outdoor use. What I need from the camera is good picture quality in auto mode and ease of use. I am choosing between Canon A95 and Canon A520. I heard that A95 provides a better picture but somewhat bulky. Is that true? Could you help me to make the choice? Thank you
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
4:00 pm
A good digital camera??
Clear quality pictures, large zoom (optical + digital), macro feature is a plus

Ideally I'd like to spend in the ball park of $200.

I have my eyes set on an HP M417....
5 megapixels, 3 x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom

around $180-200

if I could afford it ($320-400) a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 seems good too...
7.2 megapixels and a macro feature

I currently have a Sony Cybershot 3.2 Megapixels and 3 x digital zoom upon which I absolutely HATE and have always hated. My dad bought me it and I had no say in it.

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