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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Normski4ash in Macrophotos are blurry: How to fix?   
    Are you shooting AV or TV ? I always shoot manual but it shouldn't really matter. Set ISO to 100, shutter to 1/100th & aperture to suit these two. Try working on say a flower in a vase on the table, something easy whilst you experiment & perfect the technique before moving on to more challenging tasks.
    I use the cheap Ext tubes from wherever, & they work fine, the pringles tube idea is for people to play with if they have no extension tubes, see if they like the concept of macro before buying ext tubes. The trick is getting the exposure correct, if you are using tripod and either wired or IR trigger there will be no shake from the camera, plus if it is a static subject the shutter speed doesn't matter either. I use Canon 7D with Sigma 150mm macro lens. Neewer ext tubes and a yongnuo YN14EX TTL macro ring light. Slhutter is 1/160th aperture is set to F5.6 as a minimum but F8 or even F11 trying to get better depth of field & let the flashes ttl capabilities give me the light. I now shoot with Sony A7 series cameras for everything else, but still use the canon for my macro as I have all the gear for it.
    https://insectmacro.wixsite.com/macro  
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to eyeseeyou2 in A7Rii pro work?   
    If you accepts one penny, you are a pro.
    Nevertheless, those two are fine.
    Are you making under $5,000.00, you are an amateur.
    If you can get $500.00 for an 8 X10 print, then try to sell it for $2,000.00.
    It is more important to know your clients and know your equipment fully.
    The art is really not being a photographer.
    But being a good seller is an art that they will NEVER teach you in school.
     
     
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to bwana in Sony A7R IV launched   
    I'm still drooling over the A7R III and A7 III.  Now this!!  So little time, so much new tech!
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Chrissie in Macrophotos are blurry: How to fix?   
    If you want to overcome the limits of depth of view, you'll have to employ a technique called focus stacking. Basically taking a series of images from the same fixed position, with slight variations in the plane of best focus in between them. Then you will have to do some image processing, combining the areas of sharpness from each of the images, using specialized (and often proprietary) software.
    You may want to read this for more info.
     
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Hummingbird in Macrophotos are blurry: How to fix?   
    I am hoping to try extension tubes next! At the moment, I can’t spend money. I was hoping to make one with a pringles can.. if i’m craftsy enough. ha 
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to LiveShots in Macrophotos are blurry: How to fix?   
    Did you turn on the shutter delay to stop the camera moving when you pressed the button?
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    Thad E Ginathom got a reaction from Hummingbird in Macrophotos are blurry: How to fix?   
    Isn't a limitation of depth of field?
    Not that I'm experienced: I've done occasional experiments with the a6000, kit lens, and extension tubes, snapping flowers, and things out of the desk drawer like bolts. If you focus on a bolt there won't be many threads that are sharp, but among those that are, you can find tiny hairs and dust specs.
    Macro is one of those things I've always meant to do more of and is in the big getting-around-to-it queue, which can remain stationary for years sometimes --- but a set of extension tubes, even with e-mount contacts, so you don't loose camera control and function, is a nice intro point that doesn't cost much and is not hard to use.
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Chrissie in Loving the 24-105   
    On a ten-day hike through the Swiss Jura I also only took the 24-105. Although at times I would have liked more "width" or more reach, I'm perfectly happy with the results. Below is basically the same target, shot at both ends of the zoom range:

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    It's also pretty good at "macro" applications:

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. From my album "Jurassic Hike"
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to scrane in Loving the 24-105   
    Sharp and versatile. On my last trip overseas I only brought the 24-105 without regrets.

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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Iansky in The Flying Scotsman   
    Thank you all for the kind words, it was a very special day as my father-in-law (90yrs old) had never seen the train in real life so he was very happy and I have had a large print made for his birthday.......just hope he likes it.
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    Thad E Ginathom got a reaction from Iansky in The Flying Scotsman   
    Such a lovely, nostalgia-inducing pic!
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Brookz in RAW photos named .jpg?   
    Wow i didn't realize that it was the RAW photos i was missing, thanks 😄
    Jokes aside, i just tried something. Up until now i've used the Imagine Edge Mobile app (formerly Sony Memories) to transfer onto my phone and from there into google drive. It seems like using that app it reformats the RAW files to JPEG for some reason.
    i just tested by shooting one RAW, one JPEG and one RAW+JPEG and transfering with a card reader straight to my laptop and there i have two RAW (or AWR) and two JPEG. So it seems you just can't transfer RAW with the mobile app.
    Would make sense, since you probably can't view RAW files on a phone.
     
    Well problem solved i guess :-)
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Pieter in what is on my sensor ?!   
    Hurray for warranty!
    Your sensor is especially at risk with manual lenses as those are often left at working aperture. Electronically coupled lenses close down the aperture when the camera is turned off to protect the sensor. When not in 'live view' the aperture is also closed after about 20 second. These 20 seconds are a risky period: while reviewing images shot in strong backlight the aperture may be wide open with the camera pointed at the sun and no lens cap on. You might not even know you're exposing your sensor to direct sunlight.
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to lukx in what is on my sensor ?!   
    Here's update of my case. I sent cam to authorized service (I have 3 years warranty).
    After 2 days It's been sent back. Service document says they replaced "Mecha Device". I called them and it's been physical damage to sensor caused by very stron light source. Guy said that it might have been laser or sun. The first replacement is free of charge if it happens again I will have to pay (around 1500$). He said that with mirrorless we got ot be really careful because even hanging camera on your neck in sunny day, can cause damage. The sun rays can enter lens and game over. He said always hang cam with lens down or use lens cap. It's a bit annoying as we have to be ultra careful about such things nowadays.
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Hummingbird in Trying to achieve low-key photography with sony a6000 + kit lens   
    Hi, this is my first attempt at low-key photography with sonyA6000 + kit lens. 
    I found a very dark corner in my house where there was a black wall. The lights were off, so I used flash to illuminate the object. 
    The wall was glossy, so I photoshopped the bouncing light out of the image and tweaked the exposure so that the backdrop was completely black. 
    The leaves were also naturally green but I changed them to red just for fun. Please tell me your thoughts    
    Also, has anyone achieved low-key photography with A6000 + kit lens without flash? 

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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Hummingbird in Trying to achieve low-key photography with sony a6000 + kit lens   
    My second attempt... 😫
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    Thad E Ginathom got a reaction from Chrissie in Rubber grip coming off   
    As you haven't got an answer yet, I'll pitch in with my first thought when I saw your post yesterday...
    You have two choices: warranty or glue.
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Iansky in The Flying Scotsman   
    We had the refurbished "Flying Scotsman" steam train through our county today and I took my Father-in-law who is 89yrs old to see it, he has only ever seen it in a museum not live on the railway.
    We were lucky as it remained dry even if a little dull after days of continuous rain.
    A fantastic sight and a real please to be able to grab some photos of it under steam!
     

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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Chrissie in Possible to see focus point -> in playback mode??   
    Les,
    I beg to differ:
    The notion of "playing back" should, IMHO, be reserved to any kind of video being "played back". For a still, I would prefer the notion of "viewing" it, just to avoid any confusion.
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to dclark2171 in Is it me or is Fstoppers really gone downhill?   
    I know its all about clicks and the publishers are pushing the writers for more content. However, I would say 75% of what goes up is just useless. FStoppers use to have much higher quality articles (or maybe just fewer)...but now it seems they allow anyone who can type post content. "Why I love Sony", Why I love Canon".....really? The web feels like those "Val-Pak" coupons you get in the mail. You know the ones with the "free furnace Tune-Up" coupons. Mostly garbage. 
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Pieter in Beginner -Help with Sony A6000 Raw files   
    How do you define a 'large image', and in what sense are your images lacking?
    Do you want a higher megapixel count? Buy an A7Rx-camera instead or learn how to shoot multiple images and merge them into one.
    Do you want a larger file size? I don't see why anyone would want this save for the neccesary size to ensure high picture quality, but make sure your image quality in camera is set to 'jpeg fine' or 'raw+jpeg'. If you want still larger file sizes, open the jpeg in Photoshop and save it in the highest quality possible. This gains you nothing except a larger file size though.
    Do you want a larger area covered in your photos? Increase the distance to your subject when taking the photo, buy a wide angle lens or again learn to shoot and merge multiple images.
    Are the images not large enough when viewing them on your Mac? Enlarge the viewing window or buy a bigger monitor.
    I'm sure there are still other reasons for one to find his images not large enough...
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to mack100 in Great Tit (Parus Major)   
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. A7Riii 100-400GM@400mm F5.6 1/500th ISO1600
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Iansky in One Camera/One Lens Challenge   
    I also need to add an endorsement for the 24-105mm, it is a superb lens and delivers great image quality.
    The lens also focusses very close for what it is and delivers great images, here is a recent one with the lens.

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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Pat Morrow in One Camera/One Lens Challenge   
    When planning a photographic expedition to a mountainous country like Ethiopia, the biggest challenge is to keep your camera kit at a minimum.   Artfully, the A7RIII, in combination with the tack sharp Sony 24-105 lens, fits the bill.   More photos shot with the one camera/one lens combo @ http://patmorrow.com/diary/ethiopians/
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    Thad E Ginathom reacted to Pieter in New a6000 Owner Deeply Puzzled re: Performance   
    You're welcome. Should more questions arise I'd be happy to help.
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