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Hehehe ^^ some of those are quite good.
Some great examples on how to come up with either very interesting or very funny pictures when you do everything but go by the book.
On a side note. Can anyone tell which lottery machine camera manufacturers use when they come up with battery life specs. My EOS 450 with battery grip is specified for 1200 pictures. I haven't recharged the batteries once since I've got it and have taken about 3000 pictures and the indicator still shows full battery. I'm even using third party batteries in it that have a lower capacity than original ones. Not that I'm complaining.
I thought I'd recompose the member index as a thread here. If you want your galleries linked or just tell what equipment you're using, please post in this thread or send me a profile message or private message.
Ok... Hello everybody!
I'm an amateur photography so don't be too hard on the comments.
I use a Sony DSC-H50. A really good camera.
I hope you guys like them.
Welcome to the group.
Just checked out your Flickr. Nice picture of the Cristo Redentor.
Welcome to the group DidCart.
I like your street photos.
I added you to the member index.
Member index updated. Added all the gallery links and equipment information I could find in the group threads and images.
Please check you info, since some of it is about an year old.
Thank you guys for the compliments!
I hope you enjoy my future updates!
I though I'd inform you guys of a small change in the group. Since Ledgem is busy with real life stuff, he asked me to take over maintaining the group. In practice we'll go on business as usual.
Maybe I'll use my new found powers to introduce another in group event besides the currently running Broken CameraPhone. Speaking of which the next spot is open. Do sign up people.
More events would be great. I should have my broken cameraphone photo submitted within the next few days.
I'll try to come up with something. I was thinking of a small competition. More as the idea matures.
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We really need to pump some life into this group. It seems as if half the group doesn't show up anymore.
True, does anyone have any ideas. In group events seem to have a bit of a hard time due to the very fact that there's very little activity.
One idea I've been thinking of is a post processing workshop. Each participant would work on the same RAW-image. Afterwards we could share ideas and thoughts on each other's results.
Sounds like a very interesting concept actually and I think it'd be fun to try.
As for group activity, maybe some advertising would help with getting more (new) members and increase the chance of some regular visitors to the group.
From what I experienced in my group, a monthly thread or so on the activity seems to be one of the only way. Such like as mine, the artist monthly contest.
It's sorta hard to find really interesting activities >.<
Well I think a lot of the activities that have been presented so far have been pretty interesting. However I can see how a monthly contest would probably be more convenient for many.
Contest is a very good promotion tool especially if there's a public vote for the winner. Has done wonders for Artists group. The problem here is that, if we use the artists group as a benchmark you could quite easily draw a conclusion that a bit more than 10% of the members actually participate in events or group activities altogether. Now we have 23 members so it comes down to 2-3 active members on that grounds. Not very far from the truth actually looking at the group activity at the moment.
Here's where it gets tricky. To get activity we would need more members and to get more members we would need more activity.
To kick the competition off I'd say we'd need at least 3-5 entries. Otherwise it'd just be which of these two you prefer... And that's quite lame.
Other thing as I mentioned in the competition threads already. I don't think that monthly contest would work. At least at the moment. Since it seems the best we can hope at the moment is about 4-5 participants. 2 weeks to prepare an entry after the theme is announced is very very little. I personally doubt I'll be able to pull it off. So I'd make it bi-monthly. 6 weeks (and since 2 months are inevitably longer than 8 weeks every now and then 7 weeks) would in my opinion work much better. Less visibility to the group though but hopefully quality makes up for the quantity.
To sum up. It's definitely worth a try. So as an official announcement the first
Digital Photographers United - Picture It
competition will be held July 6th to August 30th. Entry period being July 6th to August 16th, first voting phase August 17th to August 23rd and the final public vote August 24th to August 30th.
That gives us 3 weeks to come up with a theme for the first competition. If we can come up with one sooner, well... that's just more time to prepare an entry.
To start ironing out the theme, which would you prefer first. A technical theme or a subject theme?
Edit: Got a neat idea for a workshop. I'll keep it a secret for a while. I'll announce it in the first public voting thread. I'm hoping that we could use it as a theme for the second event as well.
Hmm... probably one good way of creating interest in the group would be to have people interested in the pictures. That way, while plenty of non-photographers will take a peek, people who may consider themselves to be photographers would take notice and join as well.
How do you get people interested? One way is to have exceptionally amazing pictures, such that no matter what the subject matter is, people want to examine it in greater detail (this is hard to pull off). The other way is easier: sex appeal. Portraiture photographers who work with attractive models always seem to build up a following. It's arguably not the photographer, but the model, who the people are following - and they're just following her (or possibly him) through the photographer. Either way, it works.
So you may want to consider that as a theme. Animesuki has enough girls that male models are quite feasible, and for most of us here it'd probably be easier to work with a model of the same gender first (such as by doing both the modeling and photography yourself, or by asking a friend). But even a bunch of hot girls and guys alone won't do it - awareness would have to be raised, too. And it'll all have to be balanced such that the group doesn't become a "hot or not" group, but remains faithful to photography
Midnight ramblings from me.
Good points all around. Though something has to be done to raise the awareness about the group altogether. Seems that there's at least some interest in the in group competition and the public vote part of it will hopefully do just that. Here's one hoping for many quality entries.
Portrait photo is an interesting theme for a contest but starting with that would be a bit... evil to be honest. I think it's at the top end of a very steep learning curve. To some future competition it would be really good choice for a theme. In fact a portrait would fit the current theme really well. Interesting to see how many (if any) are submitted.
I bought a few months ago a Dörr 500mm F/8 reflex lens. Tested it a few times fairly briefly and came to a conclusion that it's best used as a paperweight... Anyway, out of some strike of temporary insanity gave it a new go a few days ago and I have to admit I'm changing my opinion about it. A few observations: Insanely low contrast overall and highlight edge contrast is even lower. Focusing is super sensitive. It doesn't have a focusing ring, instead the outer part of the lens is mounted on threads. Paper thin depth of field and vague and sensitive focusing isn't really the most comfortable set of features, coupled with Canon's quite poor 10x magnification in LiveView, low contrast of the lens and optical viewfinder being completely useless with this lens. Anyway by some miracle managed to get one test shot with focus bang on and it wasn't in fact all bad. Gave it another go today. Just fairly basic test shots taken within radius of a quarter mile of my front door.
Results are in fact fairly decent considering that including delivery it was less than $150.
A lot of post processing needed though. In Lightroom you can pretty safely max out the contrast and sharpening but with that there's actually even some detail to be found in the pictures.
And then getting a bit arty for a change.
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