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Photogeeking May. 6th, 2003 12:25 pm
A few queries, as I've been getting rather more into photography since I bought the new camera (Nikon Coolpix 5000), and reading around it a lot:

Which of you are also into photography? For how long?
What kit do you use?
What books/magazines/web resources/lj communities/digital print services do you recomend?

I'll be sticking some of my favourites from this camera on ICD Photos (which I'm testing for printing - most of what's there is the old camera)

More later maybe... SHF again at work.

Oh, and probably dumb question: What *is* the relationship between Stops and EV ?

From: venta
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 06:40 am (Link)
.Which of you are also into photography? For how long?
What kit do you use?


Me, since I was quite small. I use a very elderly Praktika SLR, which I believe my Dad bought second hand in the 70s... Sadly it doesn't have an integral light meter, and I've bust my second light meter in a year. Just before I go on a 'learn to take pictures of cities' course in London on Sunday :(

I've opften considered upgrading my camera, but I'm all scaredy; I'm familiar with the one I've got, if it's not great at least I know its foibles. And having learnt to use it, one which does my thinking for me seems like cheating :) I've also now learnt not to put it in hand-luggage, it upsets the hell out of airport X-ray machines, by showing up as a mysterious opaque blob.

Digital printing services? What are these things of which you speak :)

Photogeekery (but to request this time)

From: davefish
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 10:07 am (Link)
I have been for about 3 or 4 years I guess.

I use a couple of Minolta manual backs (An X-300 and an X-500, two backs make film choice easier.), a handful of lenses (I've got 6, but there is one I never use) and a teleconverter. Oh, and a flashgun and a couple of small slaves.

This will likely change some time in the near future, when I get some Canon EOS kit, but that'll have to wait until I can afford it. New toys are just too expensive.

The only photo magazine I read is Practical photography, which is, in my opinion, a decent read.

EV is another way of reading the exposure. It goes linearally with the number of stops, but also takes into account the type of film that you are using and also the shutter speed.

EV 0 is a 1 second exposure at f#1 onto ISO 100 film.

Changing to 1/2s. its EV 1
Changing to 1/1000s. its EV 10
At f#5.6 for 1/1000s. its EV 15

If you want a formula;
EV = log2(aperture^2 x (1/shutter speed) x (ISO sensitivity/100))

Re: Photogeekery (but to request this time)

From: venta
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 10:35 am (Link)
a couple of small slaves

I knew I was missing out using antique equipment, but really...

Not fair.

Re: Photogeekery (but to request this time)

From: wechsler
Date: May 6th, 2003 - 12:50 pm (Link)
Ok... so the wibble about exposure adjustments/bracketing of 0.3EV just means 0.3 of a stop... so why don't they say that?

Re: Photogeekery (but to request this time)

From: davefish
Date: May 7th, 2003 - 08:15 am (Link)
That would be too simple :)

I think that one of the advantages of the digital format is the ability to autobracket shots as much as you want, and not have the huge film/developing costs.

photography stuffage

From: (Anonymous)
Date: May 19th, 2003 - 06:04 pm (Link)
Hi,

I use a Canon EOS D60, though I haven't really had the opportunity in the last few weeks to actually take many pictures of anything.

I use:-
a 17-35mm shiney-nice Sigma wide angle zoom
28-135mm not-s-shiney Sigma zoom, the second of which I have had has just broken :(
80-210mm cheap and nasty Canon zoom.
Canon EX550 Energy Weapon^W^WSpeedlight

I've also got a decent tripod, a remote control, and wouldn't like to do without the battery grip, which makes it a lot easier to hold, and instantly doubles the available battery life without the requirement of carrying a car battery in a rucksack :)

It's shiney :)

Maria