stevesayskanpai

stevesayskanpai

Joined on Oct 15, 2011

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  • Here is an example of the dust problem (with curve applied in Lightroom):
  • I have never cleaned the sensor of my D5100 (I rarely change the on-camera lens), but I recently noticed that my last batch of photos - from India - contained quite a few dust spots. What method of ...
  • Funny you should mention Hoya, as soon as I posted the OP I looked around some more and kind of settled on one. They're very good value. I was thinking an ND8 would be a good first filter to buy? h ...
  • Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Iceland for the first time later this year, and want to buy an ND filter and a tripod to take with me to try some new techniques while there. I want to buy the best ...
  • Created discussions A year of travel in review
    Thanks to everyone who has answered my questions about travel and photography over the last year. I put together a gallery of my favourite images from 2014, and wanted to share it here. Happy ...
  • Thanks for your reply! These are a couple of great suggestions - I've just tried them out, and I particularly like 'Dark Contrasts' which is a filter which I'd never previously used. I think this ...
  • Created discussions Portraits in Color Efex Pro 4
    Hi all, What are your favourite settings for developing portraits in Color Efex Pro 4? I like to use the following filters:Pro Contrast, Darken/Lighten Center and a small amount of both Detail ...
  • Replied in Thank you (nt)
    Hi all, Thought I'd reply and let you know I had a great trip. My photographic efforts can be seen here: www.stevenjamesmartin.com/india I'm not entirely pleased with them, although there are some ...
  • Yes, great idea on the stitching and great images!
  • Thanks Michael, I'll try to watch that film this weekend. We're leaving in two weeks - can't wait! But it does mean I need to decide about that wide angle lens ...
  • Great tips all, thanks. And Mike, your post was particularly helpful - I think you make a really good point about not just the % of shots taken with each lens but also taking into account the % of ...
  • I'm spending two weeks in Rajasthan, Agra and Varanasi. I'm considering taking two of the following lenses for the trip: Tokina 11-16 Nikkor 18-55 Nikkor 55-200 Nikkor 50 1.8 Does anyone who has ...
  • Sounds good. Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm thinking of going for the Tokina 11-16, it seems to get slightly better reviews overall, has the extra f stops and seems like it would complement ...
  • I'm thinking of getting a wide angle lens for my D5100. At the moment the lenses I'm considering are: Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Tokina 12-24 f4 Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 Are there any other lenses you would ...
  • Created discussions Re-editing photos
    I have just bought a new MacBook Pro, and combined with the Nik software suite (particularly Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2) and the ability to actually edit photos extremely ...
  • Created discussions Nik software guides
    I'm really getting into the Nik software plugins, and am looking for the best guides as to how to use them for portrait and landscape shots. Rather than actual guidelines on how to use the ...
  • Now I finally own a fast computer (!) I've dived into Nik's editing software - and this is my first result. http://stevenjamesmartin.com/nikcolorefex Any thoughts appreciated! I'm concerned I might ...
  • Created discussions Accurate colours ...
    Hi all, After much deliberation I finally bought a MacBook Pro last weekend, and couldn't be happier. The colours and Retina screen are stunning, and instantly make my photography look 25% better! ...
  • I still don't see this as a massive disadvantage. If you want to vary the exposure you can always manually change the shutter speed or aperture in M mode. I either shoot in A mode with AUTO ISO or ...
  • Which is better practice, getting the 'correct' exposure right in camera, even if it means using a high iso, or getting a darker exposure and then increasing exposure afterwards in Lightroom?
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