Photography & Editing

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    Oct 23, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    I am having a slight problem with taking pictures of myself. So far I've been using my cell phone, and they haven't turned out too well. I am also not very photogenic, so its harder for me to take good pictures. icon_lol.gif

    Anyone cares to share their photo-taking techniques?
    Anyone knows of any photo editing programs that good and free?

    I plan on using a digital camera, once I find it.

    Edit: I have a digital camera, just don't know where it is atm.
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    Oct 23, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    So no one has advice to give?
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    Oct 23, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with using a cameraphone. The pics in your profile are ok. You're utilizing a mirror to get the big picture, which is good. Lighting is alright. I just think the composition is kinda meh. Maybe smile a little more. Try different lighting. Try outdoors. Something spontaneous. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 23, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Cell phones don't have high enough ISO to use low light.

    Cell phones don't have hot shoes to connect to external lights/flashes.

    Cell phones don't have tripod mounts to make self-pics easy.

    No matter how much you Photoshop a shitty image, it will still be shitty when you're finished.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 23, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    try some of the different camera applications for your cellphone try some of the different special effects some of the have to offer ... take about 100 different pics and then pick out the best one ... if there isn't one ... just keep taking more and deleting them till you get one with the angle framing and color that you like
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 23, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    btw .. I like your photos ... they show an honest sweet side in you ... I like the one with the gray hoodie .... also a pic will come out better if you are among people because your face will become more natural looking because you will draw energy off of them
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    Oct 23, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidt... just keep taking more and deleting them till you get one with the angle framing and color that you like
    There's a term for that. It's called "spray and pray." icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 23, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidbtw .. I like your photos ... they show an honest sweet side in you ... I like the one with the gray hoodie .... also a pic will come out better if you are among people because your face will become more natural looking because you will draw energy off of them


    That is very kind of you, thank you! icon_smile.gif

    I like those pictures in white hoodie as well, but I must say the self-pics I took were a fail. My arm always seemed to be in the way, I couldn't find a good angle/position/pose.

    I'll have to "play" around with the digital camera tomorrow and see what I can come up with. icon_lol.gif

    Also, I still need a good photo-editing app for simple modifications, like reducing photo size, color, or simply to blur a face to protect friends privacy. Any good suggestions on that?
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    Oct 23, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    On photo editing, Picasa has basic and simple editing features.
    Here is a list of free Photoshop-esque programs.
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    Tripod, self timer, controlled light sources, auto focus, 50-100 frames, practice, practice, practice, deft yet restrained use of Photoshop, bibbidy bobbidy boo.
  • Ben203

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    Oct 23, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Usually a photo-edit software would be included in the package when you get a new digital camera.

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    Oct 23, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    Hi, don't center your face in the picture like your main photo, leaving all that empty space up top. Take pictures of people so the top of their heads are almost the top of the frame.
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    Oct 23, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    musicbox89 saidI am having a slight problem with taking pictures of myself. So far I've been using my cell phone, and they haven't turned out too well. I am also not very photogenic, so its harder for me to take good pictures. icon_lol.gif

    Anyone cares to share their photo-taking techniques?
    Anyone knows of any photo editing programs that good and free?

    I plan on using a digital camera, once I find it.


    i was hideously unphotogenic you could ask any of my mates, it was a reaccuring joke on nights out, but i just got practice posing i guess lol sounds lame but yeah, like taking pic of yourself you'll learn,

    depends on the phone and quality but picasa is good i think, if u wanted to edit but thats your choice icon_smile.gif i don't think you'd need to icon_smile.gif
    photoscape too can be ok
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 23, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    My suggestion is that you have someone else take pics of you, someone who has a good camera, can give you some good input on what would make a good pic (OF YOU). Pics vary and what may be awesome for one will not not another. You need to experiment.. come up with some cool locations, ideas and do it. You need to be comfortable and that takes some practice.

    When we do a "series", Mark (RJ member, ks_dusty) who is my photographer and I each have separate ideas. I actually record mine in a list and we review them. Let me say, it can take persistency and effort...
    sometimes together we come up with something on the spot.. and they have been good..... so get someone to help you, they needn't be a professional photographer, but someone who is comfortable taking pictures of you and
    let me again say... who has a professional attitude...., who doesn't salivate when you strip your jeans....lol
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    Oct 23, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    Well no matter what camera on earth, as long you have the eye! you are a Photographer!

    and eat Smarties! icon_wink.gifsmarties_detail.jpg

    When I first became a so called "enthusiast" photographer it was all about my cellphone camera! and it was a 3.2 Megapixels ill show you examples of it.

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    Well I got to note Camera phones has its capacity/limits just as what Paulflexes says ISO and blaa blabla blah! and so as in every photography exposure is I M P O R T A N T ! . Got to tell you I'm not a good portrait oriented photographer, where I'm not so good at and still experimenting learning about it.

    Talking about lighting you might want to have lights that are coming from both directions...left and right! Like many of todays Interior Designers they embed lights both side of mirror so you will get a well glare on the face so as the eye sees, where a lens is just like it!. (thats why Im a Pro-CMOS then a CCD which Sony love using it! where they lost my love for them) icon_rolleyes.gif

    Okay back, with a balance lighting and settings you would always get a good shot! let it be photogenic or not! Talking about those lighting example as below..you want to get that ambient light or shall i say indirect light so it distribute evenly,Not direct hard light like the Sun! it burns! unlike the Moon on full moon day icon_wink.gif simply makes my wonderful night.

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    OR this but i hate round just don't like the view scope im getting and its not masculine *like one of our RJ here who likes Men masculine camera lolz!
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    and S C R E W Photoshop! that software is like Britney Spears!

    Anyone knows of any photo editing programs that good and free?

    My dear we live in a P2P world, and the word free has many meanings to it.Feel free to P.M me if you really want to know but then again all software editing aren't that simple as how editing goes.

    I plan on using a digital camera, once I find it.

    I would reckon a samsung self-portrait camera! to cut short everything!

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    Im not a Samsung bias fan but they are bloody innovative! well my advice on your first digital camera if you are more incline towards-self portraits or shall I say "together Cam_whoring" that you prioritize most. Trust me your friends especially girl-friends will love you more!icon_razz.gif.

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    If you want to be a super classy, dont wanna mess with, or your a "Kiasu" type where showing the world you are well-endowed with a camera ..get a Canon! S110 or S95 (still my favorite! overall in design and spec.) well Im not "Kiasu". but I'm overwritten by the word "Kancheong" being on such land to be quite honest.

    Sadly real photographers are not Cam-whores like "Whores" or "Hoes" I dont know, so they never built a self portrait screen for us in front as Samsung did!, to be a little "professional" they made a flip panel like the G12 or the now Gx1 which is just overpriced when you can get a DSLR for it.(Yes all this above within the league of Digital Camera category, Not the big guys DSLR)

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  • winwin

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    Oct 23, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    I'm not really photogenic either but take a look at my profile pic. I took that pic with my camera phone and a friend made a drawing of it. So, it doesn't have to be a high end dSLR camera to take good photos, one just has to be creative. By the way, I also own a dSLR camera which takes fantastic photos which I absolutely love!

    One advice is take as many pics as you can, one of them will turn out to be the gem, just keep clicking away.
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    After some practice you can get to the point of getting some really good pictures...and if you don't, come see me and I will photograph you. Here's my amateur portfolio of some of my models. They're not self portraits, but you can see the effect:

    www.modelmayhem.com/RRMale

    Check it out - its not a starter set-up, but its by no means professional equipment either. It does take practice tho. If you know what you're looking at, you can get away with most basic photo editors that come with your PC/Mac.
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    har19 saidg12_586x186.gif
    ^^^ Best point-n-shoot ever invented. It's perfect for the pro who needs a smaller but powerful camera. If it had interchangeable lenses, it would be perfect.
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    Oct 23, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    Hey all, once again, thank you for sharing your experience and providing advice!

    AriodanteTripod, self timer, controlled light sources, auto focus, 50-100 frames, practice, practice, practice, deft yet restrained use of Photoshop, bibbidy bobbidy boo.


    Great advice, thank you. As far as photoshop goes, I always feel ashamed of drastically altering an image. Comes off as too unnatural.

    NeightOn photo editing, Picasa has basic and simple editing features.
    Here is a list of free Photoshop-esque programs.


    Thank you for providing those links, I'll look into it and test out those programs and see which one works best for me! I've had Picasa, its great, but a bit too basic.

    WorthTheEfforti was hideously unphotogenic you could ask any of my mates, it was a reaccuring joke on nights out, but i just got practice posing i guess lol sounds lame but yeah, like taking pic of yourself you'll learn,


    Lol, thats funny because when I look at facebook, my photos 90% of the time are hideous, and on a rare occasion I can score a good one. Maybe you're right, I should practice posing, but god I hate being a POSER in public! icon_lol.gif

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    Oct 23, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    @ HndsmKansan
    Thanks for advice, you show quite dedication to photography. If I remember right, you were the one who posted those freaky pictures of spiders. I hate those little bastards.

    @ har19

    Wow, those are some great photos, can't believe some of them were taken with a cellphone. Clearly you have a good eye! icon_razz.gif

    I am not planning on buying a new camera, I already have one hidden somewhere in the house! Just need to find it. I'm glad I don't need to purchase one, because if I did, I would probably buy DSLR camera and they are damn expensive!

    FratlvrAfter some practice you can get to the point of getting some really good pictures...and if you don't, come see me and I will photograph you. Here's my amateur portfolio of some of my models. They're not self portraits, but you can see the effect:

    www.modelmayhem.com/RRMale

    Check it out - its not a starter set-up, but its by no means professional equipment either. It does take practice tho. If you know what you're looking at, you can get away with most basic photo editors that come with your PC/Mac.


    Great suggestion, great website, great pictures of very hot men (and women)icon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 23, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    One thing works: Practice, Practice, Practice... and in time, "Perfect Practice Will Make Perfect", as my band teacher had posted over the chalkboard in the music room.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 23, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    If stars can wear make-up and be photoshopped to perfection, I have no issues using photoshop to touch up my own pictures to look better.
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    Oct 23, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    Timbales saidIf stars can wear make-up and be photoshopped to perfection, I have no issues using photoshop to touch up my own pictures to look better.
    ...or using Photoshop to make them look worse. icon_lol.gif

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    Oct 24, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Timbales saidIf stars can wear make-up and be photoshopped to perfection, I have no issues using photoshop to touch up my own pictures to look better.
    ...or using Photoshop to make them look worse. icon_lol.gif

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    Oct 24, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    There are a couple of self-shot pics where you relaxed a little and smiled. However, the pics that appear taken by other people show you far more relaxed and natural. You may want to just ask some of those people to take some pics of you until you get that digital camera, depending on your budget. They aren't as costly as they used to be and are much better.

    Does you cell phone have a self-timer where you get in a comfortable spot, not face right in the camera, and not in the mirror? If a cell, maybe not.

    Good luck, and you are photogenic and sweet.