Hands down my favorite thread on LGK... weird huh?
Okay... if not my favorite thread, then the thread I check everyday for sure.
I'd thought about trying my hand at concert photography as well, but I think it's going to have to wait until I get the new camera body and a faster wide-angle lens. I'd like to be able to do that without having to stun the performers with flash.
So on that note, how would you all augment your current portfolios? What kind of stuff would you like to try shooting that you haven't tried yet?
For me, I'd like to fill the portfolio out with some more sports (field or court-level stuff) like basketball and volleyball. I'd like to get an opportunity to shoot aircraft air-to-air. I'd like to do some macro and super-macro work. I'd also like to work on my portrait skills a well.
- he needs top equipment, nothing else is good enough
- the difference between top equipment and just very good equipment is not about the "more perfect" photo quality, it might be the difference between getting and not getting that photo you wanted to take. It's not just about very bad conditions, where that helps. Sometimes you have only a moment to take a photograph you've been waiting to take for more than 6 months. With top equipment, your chances to actually get a photo are higher.
That was the best photo educational stuff I've participated in so far. The guy was so friendly, he told us everything we wanted to know, including how much money different magazines are paying and even how photo stock industry is working (damn, that's tough and mean). The stories of his experiences are just priceless. :) When you see a top photographer (=world class) is having anything similar near you, grab the chance, it's invaluable. When you hear how a certain photograph has been taken and that preparations for that particular photograph might have taken as long as 7 months (!) and bribing a police officer to let you when other photographers can't go, you see that damn photo from completely different perspective, I assure you that. :)
RR in the trenches. These two came through the railing. So much for protection.
(I didn't take this one, that is me about to get kicked in the face)
I'm SO making that my new avatar!
BTW, looking at your pics from Chix-Pack, I wondered what ISO you were shooting. Looks like if you'd jacked the ISO up a little bit to get some faster shutter speeds, you'd get much less motion blur (from both subject movement and camera movement) in images like those.
I forget if you've mentioned it, but do you shoot jpeg or RAW? Just curious. Either way, if you process in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you can check out an add-on called Noise Ninja to help out with the noise from higher ISOs.
Set up my POS tripod underneath our hummingbird feeder this morning. Put the camera on top with the 50mm and the IR shutter release on it and took an 8gb card full of captures. I got five mediocre ones out of the lot, and all of those were of the least-colorful hummingbird that showed up. That's my luck as a nature photographer.
Here's one. Rest are here.
I set the camera up in manual focus and focused on my hand that was placed where I thought the birds would be. It worked okay, but still the bird was kind of soft-focused. The background is crap, too (the undeside of the eaves on the back of my house).
Walking around the neighborhood drunk with a camera and a dog