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So Mar. 25th, 2009 @ 08:27 am
I don't know if anyone is still reading this community (it's been a long time since I've seen a post from it), but I thought I'd give it a try and see who was out there:

In digital photography, what is the best way to modify results on the camera shoot to avoid an excess of 5 o'clock shadow? I don't want all the italian guys I shoot (like me) to look like scruffy mobsters when I take shots.

I need to do this without photoshop - I want ways to deal with the lighting and backgrounds etc to reduce the effect. Anyone?
Current Location: Cambridge MA
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Newbie with Questions Mar. 7th, 2009 @ 08:41 pm
Hi, all. My name is Zanne and I'm a long-time dabbler in photography, but I'm just now starting to get serious about it.  I'm really interested in doing this as a serious hobby and maybe side business if I'm lucky. I'm currently taking a B&W film class at my college, and absolutely love it, but I definitely prefer digital. I'm currently shooting with a Kodak EasyShare Z710 that I've had for a few years, and I'm wanting to expand and get a SLR to use. Which cameras would you recommend for a beginner, who wants to learn and get better, something I can grow with?

Also what kind of things should I get for a basic photo kit? I've got a tripod already thanks to my uncle, who's a serious photographer, but what else? I've heard all this talk about different lenses, and mounted flash, and diffusers, and all sorts of stuff, and it all goes over my head. I want to be able to shoot inside and outside, portraits, nature, and just everyday things too. I also don't have much room either (lovely dorm life) so anything that breaks down, or folds up is a plus as well.

Photography is something of a new/rediscovered passion for me as of now, so any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated as I turn, or attempt to turn, into a serious photographer.

Thanks in advance,

newbie...and a question!!! Aug. 4th, 2008 @ 01:36 pm
Hi there everyone! My name is Desiree, and I have always loved photography but only in the past year have I gotten serious about it...I have a Canon Rebel Xt (350D) and a Canon Rebel T2 for my film photography. I have a 50mm 1/4 lens and a 70-300mm lens that I use with both the cameras in addition to the stock lenses they came with...I have recently started toying with lomography cameras as well, the fisheye being my favorite...

so here goes my question...a friend of mine who is a wedding planner just asked me to jump on board with her and start shooting weddings...I've done a baby shower before, but other than that I usually do outdoor shoots for my model friend's portfolios (i have a lot of model friends lol) and I've only recently started toying around with my very cheap light set up for indoor photography (thank you, ebay!)...basically I wonder if anyone here has done weddings, and if you can give me advice as far as equipment you'd reccomend...though ANY advice on the subject would be great!

thanks so much!!!

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Selling? Jan. 23rd, 2008 @ 08:53 pm
Does anyone sell their prints?  How much?

I had a man inquiring about one of my very old portraits - something I took in a 101 class.  I agreed to sell him a print - but I have no idea how much I should charge.

I will be working on the photograph for a new print, so there will be a bit of labor for it.  It will be printed digitally (from a negative), and will be larger than 8x10 (size hasn't been determined yet).  It is black and white.

I have worked in studios before, where a 5x7 print would sell for up to $150, but I don't feel comfortable charging that much for this (I think the photograph is contrived and ill-composed, taken over 5 years ago).   It will be my first personal print (as a piece of art) that I'll sell.

One other time I had a person wanting a print - and I quoted $500 for it (in hopes to scare them away because the negative was disgusting).  They still wanted it.  Pricing really throws me off!!

Advise - D60vsD80 Jun. 11th, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
Ok, so I'm about to buy a camera and really need advise choosing between the Nikon D60 vs D80. The main difference from what I can tell is the AF points. The D60 only has 3 vs the D80 having 11. To me, the difference seems huge, but I'm a novice photographer and I can get a really good deal on the D60 with a better lense. Can someone please confirm the AF points being as big a difference as I think it is?

Thank you...you rock!
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I generally just use the auto setting. However, I am interested in exploring the other features of the camera...I'm just not sure how!

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Hello, everyone! It seems that it's been a while since someone last posted, so, I'll break the silence. Photography is a main hobby of mine; I come to you all totally confused, frustrated, and desperately seeking input.

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So, I've been doing personal photography and web photography for my own needs for a number of years. I don't use photoshop, as I rarely touch up photos, but I do have JASC Paintshop Pro 8.

How does one add a watermark to copyright protect one's work without degrading the quality of the work for display? If I want to make sure that a photo of mine doesn't get 'lifted' by others and my credit for such stolen how do I go about such?

I do not have money to invest in any additional software. I am running on Windows XP on a cranky Inspiron 9100 laptop with only 512m of ram. I have access to my digital camera and a scanner for such things, but no special tools.

Enlighten me, please.

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