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I've added a bunch of photos to my flickr, but to be honnest I'm not all that proud of them they dont feel like real photography to me just fun shots I think I need to start using another service to put my non portfolio work up.
Very excited to have found this group as I love photography. So are there any stipulations for uploading picture in the group images or can I upload a picture right away?
You can upload pictures right away. The way to do it is to create an album in your own account, upload images there, and then share those images with this group. You can share a picture by going to each picture individually and selecting which group(s) to put it in, or the faster way is to go to the album (view all pictures as thumbnails) and at the bottom there should be a link about sharing pictures with groups. You can check off multiple pictures there and then choose the group(s) to send them to.
GuidoHunter_Toki's information has been added to the member directory, welcome to the group!
I know what you mean - in general I just upload what I think is good, both here and to Flickr. Every time I go out and get a new batch of pictures they seem to be even better than everything I've previously taken, though.
I have a habit of uploading crap even when I know its crap because I cant be bothered to log into photobucket.
I'm thinking of starting a new account that only has my best photos, but the problem is if I did I'd loose all the views and comments plus all my contacts so it doesnt seem worth it.
Anyway I'm looking forward to getting back to canada because all my photos are gonna be alot more interesting.
I can understand the contact issue and what I would do even though it may be time consuming is delete all your unwanted photos and keep the good ones on that account. As for me I have about 3 places I post photos of mine. My good ones I have on my deviantart, the crappier ones on my myspace and photobucket.
I've been thinking about a group event idea and here's what I came up with.
Digital Photographers United - Streets of the World Project
The idea is to organize an event where participants would capture a similar moment in time by taking a street photograph at same date and same time (taking the timezones into account). I was thinking of making it a public event by creating a thread in Fan Creations in hopes to promote the group and perhaps lure a few more members into it.
However I think it'd be better if we could determine the details within the group and then introduce it publicly as a ready made concept.
Anyone interested in participating? Ideas for the date and time? Ideas for improvement?
Maybe a monthly event which would bring the changing of the seasons into the mix?
I'd be up for taking part, I can do anything within the next two weeks but after that its going to be diffcult, on the 18th I fly out to canada and then I dont know if I can take part, getting into the city can be difficult (bad bus service) I wouldnt be able to to do it every month but I'm sure I could pursade my friends to drive into the city ocassionally.
I'm defenitely up for it. I like the idea of the changing seasons.
I think it would be good to compile a list of anime which deal with photography in a significant way. Two that spring to mind are Windy Tales and Sola, in both of which the main character obsessively photographs the sky, and photography is depicted in a plausible way (especially in Windy Tales I thought, where I noticed Nao seemed to be using a Canon Ixus, usually with -2/3 exposure compensation which is not a bad idea with a digital compact—I have -1/3 stop permanently dialled in on my default settings anyhow, and often have to go much lower)
Its an interesting idea, never seen those animes though which might make it a bit more complex.
To be honnest I think someone just needs to take charge and tell us what were doing then we can go do it.
Sola was actually the only one that came to mind when I started to think about it. Haven't seen Windy Tales.
So stubby42 and GuidoHunter_Toki would participate in the streets of the world project. Is that it? Sorry to say this but with just three pictures it's not exactly going to be a spectacle.
So maybe we'll put it back a bit. Maybe start in January as a year long project and now just try to come up with something a bit less ambitious.
Alright I've been having quite a bit of trouble with picture quality. Everytime I upload a picture on to animesuki the quality is knocked down and I know it can't be the size because I fit the size specifications with all my pictures. I wish you could upload pictures onto the site through other urls besides from your album because the quality of my pictures just suck there. I don't know why. Any ideas of what I can do to fix this?
Sounds odd, I haven't had similar problems. All I can say is, re-check the filesizes. The maximum is 100000 bytes and make sure that neither the height or the width exceeds 600px. If the image is over any of these the forums software scales it down and repacks it. (and doesn't do very good job at it)
Yep its the bytes. The picture I was trying to upload was over 200,000 bytes. Are you aware of some ways of changing the amount of bytes without significantly shrinking the size of the picture or dumbing down the quality of the image?
Using a lossless optimiser (shift-J in Irfanview) to strip EXIF data etc can save a few KB (or a lot of KB, if the jpeg was made using Photoshop!). You can also make an image more compressible by blurring unimportant parts of it, and by ensuring any noise has been fully eliminated. Finally if you're have to hit a target file size, consider that a slightly blurred image will look better than one with obvious jpeg artefacts, so you might try an overall 1/2 pixel radius blur to improve the compressibility of the image so you don't have to drop the quality level as far.
Alright thanks for the help, I'll try some of those out and see how it goes. The big reason I'm having a problem with the picture I'm trying to upload is due to it being such a busy image.
I recently bought a second-hand lens, the Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f2.8-4.0. I got lucky with the purchase - aside from paying less (and not having to pay sales tax), the lens is literally in like-new condition, and the previous owner even repackaged it so that it looked brand new in the box.
12-60 is a somewhat strange zoom range, but it works nicely and replaces my kit lens, a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6. The longer reach will be nice, but the extra viewing angle gained from the wide end is quite impressive. I'm itching to buy an ultra-wide angle lens (ideally the pricey Zuiko Digital 7-14mm, which has a viewing angle of 114˚ and an aperture of f4.0 throughout the entire range, but I may settle instead for the newer ZD 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, which has a viewing angle of 100˚), so hopefully the added range of view I gain with this lens at 12mm will hold me over until then.
Another benefit of this lens is that it uses Olympus' newer autofocus motors, the Supersonic Wave Drive. They're quicker and quieter than the previous motor type. The manual focus has also been redone. Instead of being electronic (turning the ring just gave the camera feedback, and the camera controlled the autofocus motors in response) the focus is now mechanical. The lens can be focused even when the camera is off. The only feature loss from this is that you can no longer determine your own focusing orientations from within the camera - something I never cared to adjust.
I haven't had the chance to do much photography now that my graduate studies have started up, but I hope to give this lens a workout in the near future. I'll be moving into NYC pretty soon if all goes well. I'll be losing many of my chances for taking nature and wildlife photography, but I'll be gaining the ability to do people, architectural, and urban photography - the latter two benefit from wider angle abilities. I'm looking forward to trying out skylines.
Second-hand lenses are addictive: after having excellent luck with the 12-60mm, I've now purchased a second-hand 8mm fisheye lens for half of what it would have cost new. The fisheye effect is nice when used properly, but my big plan is to do heavy post-processing on images taken with this lens. I've been looking to get an ultra-wide angle lens, but they're out of my price range: the fisheye, with its 180˚ angle of view (some of which would be lost in post-processing) can't be beaten. (Here's a brief tutorial on how to de-fisheye pictures using only Photoshop and no plug-ins; it seems to work well enough for some pictures:
But rather than crowing about yet another new lens, I'm here to check on opinions. This brings my lens count up to five (four active lenses). Similar to the older Final Fantasy games, I can only have three lenses in my party with my current camera bag. In the past, it seems that most people chose which lenses to pack based on focal ranges. Specifically, they wanted to have as wide of a focal range covered as possible. But if you have specialty lenses, such as primes with wide apertures or fisheyes, where do those factor in?
My greatest failing is that I don't yet have a photography niche - I'm still trying out the various photography "genres" and thus the lens selection can be difficult, especially if the photo opportunities that will present themselves are not apparent when you're planning an outing.
So, to those who can and can't fit all their gear into their bag: how do you choose what comes along?
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