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    Jun 23, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    What are your favorite subjects?

    What are some of your favorite tricks to use when shooting?

    Post processing or no? If so Photoshop or Lightroom (curveball!)
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    Jun 23, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    I am more or less a dilettante. Not a professional.

    I love sunsets and light effects in natural settings.
    I love architecture and try to find un-noticed perspectives, mixed with light effects.
    Most of my pix are free of people to make the viewer have an immediate interaction with my image, whether it's of a sunset/rise, stormy sky, city vista, etc.
    Color is a huge thing for me. My Florida sky images are all about the intense contrasts and combinations that nature makes on it's own, but seemingly go un-noticed.

    Right now, I don't have money for photoshop. I use aperture and iPhoto to make adjustments. I also use filterstorm on my iPad, and have been surprised by its abilities.
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    Jun 23, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    I like scenery. Not a fan of people, unless they compliment the scenery or the image as a whole in some way.

    Ideally I try not to edit anything at all. If I do, I always make a copy of the original.

    Cropping is allowed, so is adjusting the exposure, but even that is already a little cheating I think. But I never ever use all those other "fixing" effects.

    Which is probably why my shots aren't all that great.
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    Jun 23, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    I forgot to answer my own questions icon_redface.gif

    I like clean sleek shots, so things like buildings and cars and such. I want to get into more experimental stuff like light writing and HDR ( I like the touch of fantasy it adds to scenic shots)

    I don't do a whole lot of post processing, just levels, cropping, exposure, color manipulations.

    I use Lightroom as I shoot .RAW ::rimshot::
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    Jun 23, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I prefer to shoot landscapes, nature, and architecture. I do some portraiture (family shots mostly), and prefer natural light over reflectors, flashes, and studio setups.

    Lightroom is awesome. I was a Photoshop snob for years, and now I use it once in a while for fine-tuning a picture. If you have or will take more than a thousand photos, Lightroom is the only way to go. Aperture, iPhoto, and Picasa don't hold a candle to it, IMHO. Shoot RAW every time; you'll always get some information tossed out when you shoot JPG.

    One of my favorite subjects is fireworks - it requires both skill and luck. You must use a tripod, set for "bulb" exposure, use a trigger for the shutter, and just guess how long to keep the image exposed. You learn after checking the image after few shells if you've got the timing right. You take about 100 shots, maybe 20 will come out right. Best of all, you can cover the lens with your hand, keep the shutter open, and then have multiple fireworks appear on one exposure, effectively "painting" the image of fireworks that were 30 seconds apart.

    A favorite:
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Mainly landscape & street photography

    I shoot in RAW and prefer photoshop

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    iTopSpin saidMainly landscape & street photography

    I shoot in RAW and prefer photoshop

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    Whoa is this Rittenhouse Park? I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful photo of it before.
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    Jun 23, 2011 6:06 AM GMT
    I do very little post processing. I use Lightroom to adjust contrast/brightness/crop. And that's about it. Once in a while, I'll try some creative effects like faux Lomo or some interesting preset I found on the net.

    Also, I have to say that HDR must die. It's been overused and misused so much over the last couple of years. I've seen some potentially decent pics ruined by poor HDR post processing. icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 23, 2011 8:11 AM GMT
    I like nature/landscape or architecture
    I am gettin more into portraits and art photography as well
    Been doing a lot of photojournalism recently though

    I use Photoshop a lot icon_biggrin.gif

    Trick when taking pics? LOL I just make sure I don't shake or get the subj out of focus
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    Mostly landscapes and architecture. I tend to use Photoshop, but not too heavily, I hope.

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    Jun 24, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    I guess I'll post one of mine up.

    Philadelphia's 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
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    The top of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps (where Rocky ran)


    A shot I did for my internship (real estate photography)
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    Jun 24, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    Mil8 saidMostly landscapes and architecture. I tend to use Photoshop, but not too heavily, I hope.

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    This is so insanely awesome. It' reminds me of the the Deathly Hollows Pt.1
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    Jun 24, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    thrive saidI prefer to shoot landscapes, nature, and architecture. I do some portraiture (family shots mostly), and prefer natural light over reflectors, flashes, and studio setups.

    Lightroom is awesome. I was a Photoshop snob for years, and now I use it once in a while for fine-tuning a picture. If you have or will take more than a thousand photos, Lightroom is the only way to go. Aperture, iPhoto, and Picasa don't hold a candle to it, IMHO. Shoot RAW every time; you'll always get some information tossed out when you shoot JPG.

    One of my favorite subjects is fireworks - it requires both skill and luck. You must use a tripod, set for "bulb" exposure, use a trigger for the shutter, and just guess how long to keep the image exposed. You learn after checking the image after few shells if you've got the timing right. You take about 100 shots, maybe 20 will come out right. Best of all, you can cover the lens with your hand, keep the shutter open, and then have multiple fireworks appear on one exposure, effectively "painting" the image of fireworks that were 30 seconds apart.

    A favorite:
    3697305756_79c2e26277_o.jpg


    Everything you described needed for that shot is everything I lack lol. All I have is my dinky A100 with a Sigma 18-250 lens.
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    Jun 24, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Just recently bought my first dslr (nikon 3100) and love it. I have traveled/backpacked to some pretty cool places so my pics are always scenery and very few people pics. I dont know shit about photoshop or editing so i just hope for the best when I take it. Before that I had a Canon D10, their underwater camera and actually got some great shots from it considering its a point and shoot:

    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498125647/" title="Waves and Sunset by megarr04, on Flickr">Waves and Sunset">

    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498723324/" title="Camel Sunset by megarr04, on Flickr">Camel Sunset">


    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498127373/" title="Fish and Coral by megarr04, on Flickr">Fish and Coral">




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    Jun 24, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Favorite Subjects: Actually just about anything, but I think aerial photography is my fav.

    When shooting commercially I shoot in RAW+Jpeg, and almost always post process. Most editing programs will do what I need with aerial shots. Right now I'm using Gimp, but have CS4 at home.

    When shooting for fun, jpg only.

    Edit: Oh yeah, as for my favorite tricks, well, if I tell ya then I'll have to charge ya. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    collegeguy47 saidJust recently bought my first dslr (nikon 3100) and love it. I have traveled/backpacked to some pretty cool places so my pics are always scenery and very few people pics. I dont know shit about photoshop or editing so i just hope for the best when I take it. Before that I had a Canon D10, their underwater camera and actually got some great shots from it considering its a point and shoot:

    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498125647/" title="Waves and Sunset by megarr04, on Flickr">Waves and Sunset">

    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498723324/" title="Camel Sunset by megarr04, on Flickr">Camel Sunset">


    <a href=/www.flickr.com/photos/matt_garrison/5498127373/" title="Fish and Coral by megarr04, on Flickr">Fish and Coral">






    Stunning shots!
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    Jun 26, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    Amazing pics!

    I love nature and wildlife when I can find it.

    For post-processing, if you don't mind the steep learning curve, I find the Gimp (free, open source) to be good for those more complicated adjustments.