We can better help you if we have an idea of what kind of camera you’re looking for. 🙂 Do you need a DSLR, or are you wanting to start out with a compact point-n-shoot? (A DSLR with a good lens will be a little hard to find for less than $200)
@loganlamar, what software are you using to view the RAW files? Do they look that way in your RAW editor?
And I have one more question. I am planning to use my camera with stabilizers for videography, so I am just curious if there are some different lenses I should get that are made for videography to use on my camera? That’s probably a no-brainer question one way or the other, but I’m still really new to videography.
Since Nikon cameras don’t hav…[Read more]
No problem, @hannahm! I was just wondering the other day if you had made any progress on that. 😐
I will be happy to take a look at it if you’d like. I’ll be in contact via email with more details…
Amen to all of the points above, especially #2 and #4.
I have read about, (and done some experiments on my own with) raising the exposure in LR versus raising the ISO in-camera, and in my experience there’s not even a detectable difference! (I didn’t want to believe it at first, but after seeing the results with my own eyes, I decided that I…[Read more]
First, what specific lens do YOU have? (i.e. I think it’s a Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM).
I think it’s a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6. Not sure which model though… 🙂
So, third, what mode were you shooting in (Av, Tv, M, P, etc.)
I think it was Manual mode. 🙂
What metering mode were you using?
I’m going to say it was “pattern / m…[Read more]
Hmmm…. That is quite a difference, but I think it’s not too hard to figure out what the problem is.
First, we are comparing a $1,600 lens to a $200 lens. I would hope that the expensive one does a little better! 🙂
But you have to realize that your exposure settings are quite different as well. Your camera is underexposed by more than a…[Read more]
The lenses are for a 35mm camera if I put them on a crop sensor camera what, if any, will the crop factor be? Would it be the same as with a full-frame to a crop sensor?
It should be the same crop factor as if you were using an FX lens on your DX camera body. So the 58mm will be ~87mm, and the 55mm will be ~82.5mm
@hannahm, if that suggestion does work, then I would suggest that you rescue all the photos and make sure they’re not corrupted, then format the SD card in your camera.
Here’s a tip for the future to prevent this from…[Read more]
Ouch!! I know the feeling very well. 🙁
Thankfully, if your camera can still read the files, all is not lost. If I had access to the disc, I’m reasonably sure I could recover your files within an hour (or two). However… since I don’t have access to the disk, it might be a little tricky to do that.
Is anyone in your immediate vicinity a…[Read more]
It’s a pleasure! 🙂
Well I have to confess, I have a general understanding of histograms but I don’t know a whole lot about them. 🙁 I think it’s about time I actually take the time to look into them and get a better understanding of them!
Sounds like a good idea! For what I’m talking about though, you don’t need to know much about his…[Read more]
Here are the settings I used for your file, @bennett-family. Note that these are a little drastic compared to my “normal” settings, because this photo needed some extra help.
Wow, thank you so much, buddingphotographer!
Last time we had a photo shoot, I had a ton of blown out highlights, so I think that’s part of why I ended up going to the other end of the spectrum this time around. 🙁 Maybe next time I’ll hit the perfect balance! 🙂
It’s a pleasure!!
This is why I advocate shooting RAW and enabling the histogram dur…[Read more]
Here’s a comparison with the file you posted earlier…
I’m not sure what your editing software was doing, but it was definitely blurring your photo more than it should have been. 🙁
Here’s a dropbox folder with the full-res and a few smaller resized versions for web and printing if you’d like to use my edit.…[Read more]
As I recall, there was a LOT more sunshine at first, so I think that’s why it ended up being ridiculously underexposed when the shadows came in at this point.
That’ll do it… 🙁
I received your original files on Dropbox, and popped them into Lightroom for a little rinse-n-shine! 🙂 First of all, this is why I shoot RAW, instead of J…[Read more]
-You crop a lot. I’m always afraid to crop to much because it cuts the image resolution. I try to zoom in-camera. But sometimes I reach the limit of my zoom. Is image resolution not something I need to be as concerned about?
Since this is my area of interest I’d like to add a few things to what @jamesstaddon said. 🙂
First, while it is true t…[Read more]
Thanks, @bennett-family. The forum must be resizing them, because they’re still limited to 2000px… You can upload the originals to this link if you’d like: https://www.dropbox.com/request/JrTFjj1ljDvS9qL54WnX I’ll delete them after analyzing them. 🙂
I popped one of these into RawTherapee to see what the exposure situation was. Here’s what the…[Read more]
Did I mention that if you were shooting RAW, you would have been able to expose for the highlights better, and not even have to “push” the photos as much in post-processing in the first place?! 🙂 ISO 200 should not be exhibiting that much noise unless you had to push it a couple of stops….
Any chance we can see an original, non-resized photo? The compression and resizing has really taken a toll on the ones here on the forums… 🙁 (Maybe a dropbox link that you can remove later if you don’t want your full-res photos floating around on cyberspace…)
Heavy JPG compression tends to “smear” the photo enough that it’s hard to tell what…[Read more]
You said you wanted 500GBs to 1TB… I’d recommend going with a 2TB drive, as it doubles your space for only an extra $10-20. Entirely your choice.
I agree. You’re much better off with a little extra space, than with a little lack of space. 🙂 And I definitely second the motion for more than one drive, with one cloning the other for redundancy.
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