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Old 04-30-2013, 02:05 AM   #3576
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Rig shots look great guys. That's something I definitely want to attempt in the future. It seems that a good rig set up is pretty pricey. I need to spend the money on better gear right now.
I hear ya. Glass > rig.. personally. Thats why i just now invested in a rig after many years shooting. Wanted to try something knew. And u def dont wanna cheap out when it comes to a rig. Next thing u know aluminum poles smashing cars... Cant be good. Lol. Not a risk im willing to take at least
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:32 AM   #3577
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Awesome to see someone else doing rig shots here.

Here's a couple from the other day.




Definitely an expensive set up. Actually just sold my aluminum boom in hope of getting a CF boom with ferrules made. As good as the aluminum boom was, it a bit heavy for my taste. Hopefully I can get my CF boom soon.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:43 AM   #3578
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Any tips for a noob? I don't know how to keep my pics from getting so grainy looking in the dark areas. Maybe I'm overdoing it with lightroom?

camera: rebel t3
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Use a lower aperture f8-16. Other than that I don't see the grain you're talking about, thought I'm looking at it from my phone.

Grain is something you don't have to worry about too much unless its ridiculous or very undesirable.

However, over post-editing can mess up your pictures. If its too dark, spot lighten. If its too bright spot darken.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:45 AM   #3579
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There's no reason any camera can't take beautiful photos . . . when used properly.
^^^this..... ALWAYS this....
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:05 AM   #3580
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Always sharpen as a last step before saving.
You have been very helpful and thanks for sharing. Your workflow is very similar to mine except I always forget sharpen the image before saving. May I ask what sharpening tools do you use?
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:36 AM   #3581
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What is your iso setting? Some cameras struggle at higher ISO.
Usually pretty high, everytime I try really low iso settings, the picture turns out to be a blur of lights, to the point where the object I shot can not even be made out, so I tend to mess around in the higher settings. Im assuming low iso's require a tripod? rather than a walk around shooter?

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There's no reason a 60D can't take beautiful pictures.
I 100% agree, I just don't know what Im really doing. Theres so many settings I often find myself using the auto modes. Im almost always using auto focus because I just cant seem to manually focus very well, I often find myself maxing out the manual focus dial every time I try it.
I'll shoot the same scene or object under different settings, but when I load them on the computer, I forget which picture has what settings. So basically Im not letting myself learn anything. So once I get out there, I feel like Im at square one each time not knowing what to configure for certain conditions. Sad part is I'm asian, with an expensive camera, and all my friends expect me to be some picture guru..and its just like, nah man.......naaah
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #3582
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Any tips for a noob? I don't know how to keep my pics from getting so grainy looking in the dark areas. Maybe I'm overdoing it with lightroom?

camera: rebel t3
F-stop: 4.5
exposure: 1/640sec
iso: 100
focal length: 35mm
Used a tripod and a maxed out tiffen circular polarizer
Grainy picture is result of high ISO setting. Try to take the picture at the lowest ISO you could without everything go completely dark. So play around with the aperture and shutter speed to get your ISO as low as possible. Usually using a better lens (like 1.2-1.4 apeture) will give you better result in low light condition. Or get some lighting like external flash and LED lights.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #3583
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You have been very helpful and thanks for sharing. Your workflow is very similar to mine except I always forget sharpen the image before saving. May I ask what sharpening tools do you use?
Usually just unsharp mask. I selectively sharpen a majority of the time.. Apply to subject only
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #3584
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Really guys.... damp_monkey shoots at iso100 and everyone is telling him to shoot at a lower iso even with a crop sensor u can have fairly clear images at iso 400. Even higher if u expose ur image properly.

Study his image before u go suggesting lower iso than 100. Assuming thats native for canon, my nikons native iso is 200 and have zero issues with grain. The problem is u are shooting mid day with horrible contrast lighting and you are over doing it with processing trying to recover detail in the shadow. Take ANY dark image and lighten it... Grain will be there.

I suggest shooting in a better lighting situation and expose correctly. U will see noticebly less grain. More so, if ur shooting high iso, force it to slightly overexpose, trust me you will notice less. Its all dependant on the light present, but mid day contrasty lighting isnt helping you.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #3585
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Sad part is I'm asian, with an expensive camera, and all my friends expect me to be some picture guru..and its just like, nah man.......naaah
Oh man, that made my LOL! As far as the settings on the camera (assuming you're talking about portrait mode, landscape mode, etc....) They really don't make a huge difference. You're best bet is to get some post processing software. I highly suggest Lightroom, especially if you are a beginner. Not only will you have control over your pictures but you can look at your EXIF info and your histogram to see how your settings effect things.

Don't be afraid to use your auto settings but when you do, pay attention to what the camera chooses for you to give you an idea of what settings work in certain light and situations. I only use three settings on my camera, M, AV and TV. I use AV for portrait stuff, TV for motor sport stuff and M for when I use my mounted flash. I'm sure everyone has a different way and opinion but that's what I do as of now. (I'm a newb too)
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #3586
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Any tips for a noob? I don't know how to keep my pics from getting so grainy looking in the dark areas. Maybe I'm overdoing it with lightroom?

camera: rebel t3
F-stop: 4.5
exposure: 1/640sec
iso: 100
focal length: 35mm
Used a tripod and a maxed out tiffen circular polarizer

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Grainy picture is result of high ISO setting.
Wut.
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Usually pretty high, everytime I try really low iso settings, the picture turns out to be a blur of lights, to the point where the object I shot can not even be made out, so I tend to mess around in the higher settings. Im assuming low iso's require a tripod? rather than a walk around shooter?

Exposure triangle, learn it.

Modern crop sensors are good for ISO1600, even higher if you know what youre doing.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #3587
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Wut.



Exposure triangle, learn it.

Modern crop sensors are good for ISO1600, even higher if you know what youre doing.
:thumbs up: , even with his cursive watermark, he still knows what he is talking about.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:58 AM   #3588
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Lets start a Cursive Watermark Mafia
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:00 AM   #3589
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case in point:

cropped sensor, nikon d300s, ISO3200...overexposed by one stop. looks grainy huh?


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Old 04-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #3590
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went to a runway event w some new friends...the day was quite the success! all pan shots were 1/60-1/100





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Old 04-30-2013, 01:03 PM   #3591
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Usually pretty high, everytime I try really low iso settings, the picture turns out to be a blur of lights, to the point where the object I shot can not even be made out, so I tend to mess around in the higher settings. Im assuming low iso's require a tripod? rather than a walk around shooter?
Tripod is your friend. It is a MUST for ALL photographers. First I bought my camera, then I bought my tripod. Best investment I have ever made (in terms of photography).
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #3592
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Any tips for a noob? I don't know how to keep my pics from getting so grainy looking in the dark areas. Maybe I'm overdoing it with lightroom?

camera: rebel t3
F-stop: 4.5
exposure: 1/640sec
iso: 100
focal length: 35mm
Used a tripod and a maxed out tiffen circular polarizer

Tips.
Personally, ya i see some grain on the dark areas, but it isn't that bad. I wouldn't bring up your black too much. Overall exposure is good. What I would work on is composition. The car is sitting at the center of the frame = boring composition. Your cropping is a bit tight on the sides. Also, beware of the background. In this photo its a bit busy.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #3593
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Awesome to see someone else doing rig shots here.

Here's a couple from the other day.




Definitely an expensive set up. Actually just sold my aluminum boom in hope of getting a CF boom with ferrules made. As good as the aluminum boom was, it a bit heavy for my taste. Hopefully I can get my CF boom soon.
Nice, where you get the CF boom from?
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #3594
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Nice rigs man may i ask what shutter speeds were you using?
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #3595
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #3596
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Tripod is your friend. It is a MUST for ALL photographers. First I bought my camera, then I bought my tripod. Best investment I have ever made (in terms of photography).
Eh. I cant remember the last time I used my tripods.

When starting out most people want to get a budget tripod. Thats worst than not having a tripod at all.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:55 PM   #3597
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I got a middle of the road Manfrotto tripod and ball head. I think I spent around $260. Thing is solid as hell though, nice quality.
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5D MkIII Firmware 1.2.1 is out..
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:37 PM   #3599
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5D MkIII Firmware 1.2.1 is out..
buy a Nikon and problem solved.
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Here's one I took while I was at tx2k13

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