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NYT: Less Cursing, Better Pictures: 10 Suggestions
New York Times ^ | June 8, 2005 | DAVID POGUE

Posted on 06/10/2005 6:27:22 AM PDT by OESY

1. End shutter lag.

2. Don't believe the megapixel myth.

3. Ignore digital zoom.

4. Ditch the starter card.

5. Beware the format factor.

6. Do your research.

7. Know your class.

8. Turn off the flash.

9. Turn on the flash.

10. Turn off the screen.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cameras; hobby; india; interests; photography


Freedom - Digital photography has freed me from worrying about finding the correct exposure while photographing something as intense as a New York sunset. NICOLE BENGIVENO



Instant - I took this picture at the Landmark Tavern in Manhattan, intentionally creating a ghostlike effect to hark back to the tale of a Confederate soldier who was supposedly shot and killed at the very spot. Had I shot this with film, it would have been mostly guesswork. LIBRADO ROMERO



Gratifying - I used a digital camera to take this photo of Pearl Iona Boyce of Orlando, Fla. I have loved digital from the beginning because of the instant gratification. Still, when I have time I use film. MICHELLE V. AGINS



Choices - I took this picture of Hunter Island in the Bronx both ways, ending with the digital version. Today's photographer stands with one foot in the 1800's and the other in the future, straddling a history of great equipment to choose from. SUZANNE DeCHILLO



Less Hassle - Shooting landscapes, like a wooded region of eastern North Carolina, has long been a passion of mine. High-end digital cameras are capable of producing results that rival film. JIM WILSON
1 posted on 06/10/2005 6:27:23 AM PDT by OESY
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To: OESY

Rule #1 of taking good pictures: have a camera

Seeing a perfect shot does you no good if you don't have the camera with you.

Rule #2: take a lot of pictures, and throw away all but the best.

An amateur will shoot a dozen frames and show all of them to everyone. A pro will shoot a hundred frames, and show only a few.


2 posted on 06/10/2005 6:30:04 AM PDT by jdege
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To: OESY
Digital also means that the staff at the photo development place can't snoop on your pictures.

-Eric

3 posted on 06/10/2005 6:30:33 AM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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To: jdege
Rule #3: ALWAYS check your background.

The thing that most often separates good pictures from amateur snapshots is not the subject or the pose, but instead the car, messy table, garbage can, or whatnot, in the background.

4 posted on 06/10/2005 6:35:06 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: OESY

I love my digital camera. My wife gave it to me for my 40th birthday, and I've taken more pictures in the past year than in the first 40 combined.


5 posted on 06/10/2005 6:43:00 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades
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To: OESY
How's this for a beginner? I'm using a borrowed Sony F717 5MP camera.

This picture may not stay here for too long. I have no idea how long or how many times uploaded photos can be accessed on uploadyourimages.com

6 posted on 06/10/2005 6:43:42 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: E Rocc
"Digital also means that the staff at the photo development place can't snoop on your pictures."

Yeah, if that sicko grandfather that took the porn pictures of his own 2 year old granddaughter had used a digital camera, he would still be a free man.

7 posted on 06/10/2005 6:43:47 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: CarrotAndStick
Beautiful!
8 posted on 06/10/2005 6:47:27 AM PDT by OESY
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To: CarrotAndStick

Beautiful Picture! I just bought a Nikon Coolpix 4600 last month, to take pics of my son's prom. It's great, but I'd love to take pictures like that! Maybe in my spare time I'll practice.


9 posted on 06/10/2005 6:48:20 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland ("Consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies")
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To: alice_in_bubbaland; OESY

Thanks! That's really encouraging!

Maybe I'll start saving to get one of my own. I've heard good reviews on Sony's F828. The Carl-Zeiss lenses they use are simply unbeatable, even by other cameras with higher megapixels.


10 posted on 06/10/2005 7:02:27 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: OESY
Where

A cool moment

Where

On the marsh in a kayak

Where

Fall Aspen
11 posted on 06/10/2005 7:04:49 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum; OESY

I bet this will be one of those posts that are worth saving. So many good photographs here!

OESY, your pictures are stunning!


12 posted on 06/10/2005 7:06:37 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: jdege
One of my personal favorites: Image hosted by TinyPic.com My son graduating at Parris Island, with Grandma, big sister looking on and little sister in the arm of her hero.
13 posted on 06/10/2005 7:13:51 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: OESY

OK. Ok. After years of using my trusty Nikon FA and my Tamron wide angle, it's time to invest in digital. Any recommendations?


14 posted on 06/10/2005 7:16:13 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: OESY
3. Ignore digital zoom.

Better yet, DISABLE digital zoom, so it can't be used even accidentally.

15 posted on 06/10/2005 7:17:33 AM PDT by Petronski (Veni Vidi Venti: I came, I saw, I drank a lottta coffee.)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

That's a great pic.


16 posted on 06/10/2005 7:19:24 AM PDT by Petronski (Veni Vidi Venti: I came, I saw, I drank a lottta coffee.)
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To: OESY
My wife with my new Digital Rebel in Burlington VT

17 posted on 06/10/2005 7:21:53 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: OESY

The headline made me think this was a critique on Hollywood.


18 posted on 06/10/2005 7:23:27 AM PDT by xp38
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To: OESY
Thanks!
Here's a pic of my cat.

I got his camera at walmart for $5.

19 posted on 06/10/2005 7:28:34 AM PDT by evets (God bless President Bush and VP Cheney)
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To: GVgirl

Yes, I would get the New Digital Rebel one of tamrons lenses for it and Canons 580 flash. Second choice would be the Nikon D70. The new Rebel XT is more camera for less money though. I sold My Nikon 6006 and I am never looking back.


20 posted on 06/10/2005 7:29:54 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: OESY
Since we are having fun with our favorite images, here's one from Costa Rica earlier this year:

This was shot with a Kodak 6.1MP camera that I bought for the trip. I waited about 20 minutes for this shot - I'm not completely happy with it, but it'll have to do.

21 posted on 06/10/2005 7:37:38 AM PDT by billdcon
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To: Mr. Jazzy

Awesome pic...BTW that Grandma looks like my third grade teacher.


22 posted on 06/10/2005 7:38:14 AM PDT by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: CarrotAndStick
How's this for a beginner?

Totally, totally, totally awesome.

23 posted on 06/10/2005 7:40:05 AM PDT by billdcon
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To: OESY
Evidently, I like to take pics in winter! Where Where
24 posted on 06/10/2005 7:43:21 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: krb

Thanks for the comment about the picture. One of my other daughters (I have four!), Megan, took the photo with my Kodak DX6490 while I was working the video camera and wiping tears from MY eyes!

Sorry, but my mother was a seamstress, not a teacher, except that she taught me that the those around you owe YOU nothing, YOU owe those around you your all.


25 posted on 06/10/2005 7:46:35 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: E Rocc
Digital also means that the staff at the photo development place can't snoop on your pictures.

That's true. I develop pics at a drugstore until something better comes along and believe me, I've seen a lot. We have standards of what we can and cannot develop and of course if children are involved in any kiddie porn, we can call the authorities.
26 posted on 06/10/2005 7:56:01 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Lutheran, Conservative, Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, Michael Savage in '08! - DeCAFTA-nate CAFTA!)
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To: OESY
Odesy, your pics are great. Here is another one from the Rebel. This is the road going to my house right after the snow melted.

27 posted on 06/10/2005 7:56:54 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: r9etb
The thing that most often separates good pictures from amateur snapshots is not the subject or the pose, but instead the car, messy table, garbage can, or whatnot, in the background.

Not only that, but I've seen my share of people who take pictures of someone in the foreground where the background is a lighted window and you cannot see the facial features or anything at all, in short, they looks like a "shadow person."
28 posted on 06/10/2005 7:58:45 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Lutheran, Conservative, Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, Michael Savage in '08! - DeCAFTA-nate CAFTA!)
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To: billdcon
Here's one more...

It's a piece of glass that I melted with a blowtorch.

29 posted on 06/10/2005 8:01:29 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: TommyDale
Yeah, if that sicko grandfather that took the porn pictures of his own 2 year old granddaughter had used a digital camera, he would still be a free man.

Good points. I'm afraid that is one of the darker sides of digital photography, it is much easier to use it for illicit purposes. B-( Unless by pure luck or if someone speaks up, no one will know about it. Still like anything else, it can be used for good, ill or in between.
30 posted on 06/10/2005 8:02:01 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Lutheran, Conservative, Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, Michael Savage in '08! - DeCAFTA-nate CAFTA!)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

That's really a great picture. Lots of background stuff going on; the guy hugging his mom to the left with his civilian buddies looking on, the couple behind your family looking out of frame for their hero, the parents behind them congratulating their son. Good stuff!


31 posted on 06/10/2005 8:07:23 AM PDT by Textide
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To: jeffsg4mac

Thanks. I'll check it out!


32 posted on 06/10/2005 8:08:46 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: Mr. Jazzy

Wow. Literally brought a tear to my eye. God bless him!


33 posted on 06/10/2005 8:12:28 AM PDT by rampage8
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To: evets
Here's a few from me:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Muffin: 1987 - 2004

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Pansy: 1987 -

Taken with an Olympus D-520 digital camera
34 posted on 06/10/2005 8:15:47 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Lutheran, Conservative, Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, Michael Savage in '08! - DeCAFTA-nate CAFTA!)
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To: CarrotAndStick

What a great picture! I love it!


35 posted on 06/10/2005 8:15:57 AM PDT by Hildy ( The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue)
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To: OESY
What I love about digital is how easy it can be to get a great exsposure. This had a little fill flash and it came out perfect.

36 posted on 06/10/2005 8:19:42 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: OESY
Rule #1: f-stop 7

Rule #2: Kodachrome

Rule #3: be there
(quote from National Geographic photographer on getting great pictures)

37 posted on 06/10/2005 8:20:59 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Textide

My daughter has a real eye for photography. I've told her many times how jealous I am of her ability to just snatch a moment in time and frame it so well. She just says its from being on her high school year book staff! I say it's a gift she gives to our family.


38 posted on 06/10/2005 8:25:03 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: laotzu

I agree with 1 and, 3 but not 2. Film is dead. Digital has surpassed film at this point.


39 posted on 06/10/2005 8:25:44 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: jeffsg4mac

And (hearkening back to my previous post) an example of an interesting and appealing background. Very nice shot.


40 posted on 06/10/2005 8:37:17 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Mr. Jazzy

Wow. That's a Life Magazine-quality shot. Incredible.


41 posted on 06/10/2005 8:39:07 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Thanks, I just got this thing and still learning what digital can do.


42 posted on 06/10/2005 8:40:42 AM PDT by jeffsg4mac
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To: OESY

Very nice.


43 posted on 06/10/2005 8:41:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (Deep Throat(s) -- top level FBI officials playing cub reporters for fools.)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

Oh great, now you have me crying too. Very moving pic.


44 posted on 06/10/2005 8:46:34 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Mr. Jazzy

Good photo.


45 posted on 06/10/2005 9:34:02 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: montag813; 68skylark
Thanks. Because it was a digital camera, we ended up with a ton of photos. When I was going through them all, that one shot just grabbed me by the throat and the tears started all over again. Like I said, I am downright jealous of Megan and her ability to take photos that are really interesting and moving.

My son is now at School Of Infantry-East, at Camp Gieger, next to Camp Lejeune, NC. He is graduating there on the 24th. He loves the challenge and is proud to serve.

I am proud of my son, the Marine.
46 posted on 06/10/2005 12:13:57 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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