Stevil

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Joined on Nov 7, 2003

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  • It might be useful to talk about how to determine what gels to use. Here's how I approach it: For big, commercial venues or gyms, I bring a variety of (mostly green) gels. For home interiors, ...
  • This is good methodology. If you start by getting a good exposure with ambient light by cranking up the ISO, you can sometimes even dispense with a big reflector/diffuser since the flash isn't ...
  • Sure, that's why I happen to have a magenta filter laying around. I only put it over the LCD as a quick experiment, but if it had been effective I wouldn't have put it over the lens anyway, ...
  • Maybe I should have said "content," rather than composition, but I'd argue that details are or can be important in composition, too. I get your point, though. If you have no difficulty composing ...
  • UniWB affects my ability to compose because it's difficult to discern details in the green UniWB images- I don't know why. That applies both to Live View shooting and reviewing my shots. I find it ...
  • I agree that using UniWB makes it difficult to evaluate composition and focus on the LCD screen. I've even tried putting a magenta filter over the LCD, but that didn't help as much as I expected- ...
  • I'd go with a) shooting at the highest ISO you're comfortable with to take advantage of available light, and b) use bounce flash to fill. Since the ceilings and walls will often be too far away, ...
  • The thing about the Lightsphere is that it wastes a lot of light by scattering it everywhere, even where you don't need it, so the situations in which it is really effective are limited. It's ...
  • If you're looking for a single flash to use on camera, keep in mind that full-sized flashes don't balance particularly well on the 6D (without the battery grip.) The 430EX III is a better fit, but ...
  • The consensus seems to be that a lighter tone is better if you are exposing the WB reference the same as the scene, so I did a little experiment: (1) To simulate WB references of various tones, I took ...
  • Replied in Grey vs White
    Again, I don't think you and I disagree- you're actually making my point for me. It's the exposure that matters, not so much the tone of the WB reference (as our eyes perceive it.)
  • Replied in Grey vs White
    Isn't it cheating to cite sources where you are the author or cited authority? :-) I don't think you and I disagree, but I'm going to be pedantic and say that the tone of the WB reference doesn't ...
  • Replied in Grey vs White
    Just curious- can you elaborate on why you are so adamant about declaring the color checker patches to be white, instead of grey? In my simplistic view, black is just very dark grey, and white is ...
  • Styrofoam can be hit or miss (assuming that you are referring generically to expanded polystyrene, not specifically Styrofoam brand.) I have tested pretty much every bit of cheap foam I can find, ...
  • Technically, the tone of the white balance reference doesn't matter as long as you're not clipping the exposure. I tend to be a little pedantic about white balance, so I've tested deep black, ...
  • Without more details on the types of problems you are having, and without some example shots, it's hard to help. One issue may be that you have the lights too far away- you might be surprised at ...
  • Leveling your camera by adjusting your tripod legs and/or leveling during post processing isn't a great way to spend your time, unless you enjoy the deliberative process of setting equipment up ...
  • I get what you are saying, but it's too general of a guideline to be useful. The tonality of the card doesn't matter much for either exposure or white balance. Traditional grey cards are pretty ...
  • Was Skalsa1 referring to composition and timing, or to the character that a lens can lend to a photo? I'm pretty sure that you could take the exact same picture with the two lenses skalsa1 talked ...
  • I own the Canon 40mm lens, and used to own the Voightlander. I'd say that the Canon is sharper, but the Voightlander has more "character." Not like old-Soviet-lens character, just...creamier. ...
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