General Discussion: everyone's a fucking photographer


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Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

7 Jul 2007 17:48
His fancy piece
maximilian
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571 posts since 3/3/06

7 Jul 2007 19:12
Havnt posted in a while. I just got back from being in cuba for 3 months where i learnt spanish at the uni in havana. Had a great time and can only recommend the place but be warned its not for the light hearted. any questions feel free to ask.














Just a few pics, got tons more but havnt gone through them all yet.
slothman
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24 posts since 19/6/07

7 Jul 2007 19:43
basically the difference between a compact camera and an SLR is the lens

actually, its the sensor, which is 9 times the size

compacts are typically marketed at the amateur and often dont have good lenses, but they definately can, and many do.
generic_guy
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9978 posts since 16/9/02

7 Jul 2007 19:52
Er no, it really is the lens that makes the difference.
Sensor is often bigger in DSLRs (although some compacts use DLSR size sensors) but that isn't the most important thing. Even the very best compact won't have a lens capable of matching a DSLR. Not 100% true but a reasonable guide for lenses is the bigger the better.
antigroban
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524 posts since 10/3/05

7 Jul 2007 19:56
andymakesglasses wrote:

Where in the world is this?
antigroban
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524 posts since 10/3/05

7 Jul 2007 20:03
Nice photos maximilian.

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slothman
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24 posts since 19/6/07

7 Jul 2007 20:19
i understand that bigger should be better, but that assumes that everything else is equal. when u start using zoom lenses, and have different numbers of elements, and lens designs, things get complicated, and i dont truly understand it, but i just dont think bigger is better, necessarily works out in practice, certainly not for film cameras.

for example, (amongst many others) contax g1 rangefinders + contax t3 compacts

Given this, if compact digitals are necessarily worse than digi SLRS, the limiting factor is likely to be the sensor size, type and quality.

but basically, i dont really like slrs.
seenmy
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6656 posts since 17/6/06

7 Jul 2007 21:12
max theres a few beautiful shots there love the guy sitting at his desk and the guys playing dominos
Kingmob07
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9151 posts since 11/5/07

7 Jul 2007 22:37
Cuba looks like a photogs wet dream. Expressive people and expressive architecture. Really got to push yourself to be inspired in a ticky tacky chav town.
andymakesglasses
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20594 posts since 26/1/06

8 Jul 2007 11:33
antigroban wrote:
andymakesglasses wrote:

Where in the world is this?

it's Callanish on the Isle of Lewis (ie in Scotland)

more photos here

http://www.stravaiging.com/history/ancient/site.php?id=173

and here

http://www.stravaiging.com/blog/?p=53
Mate
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3685 posts since 15/4/07

8 Jul 2007 13:21
Max did you go out there just to learn Spanish??
maximilian
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571 posts since 3/3/06

8 Jul 2007 16:00
Thanks for the nice comments. Yeah it really is a photographers wet dream, the people there are all just stunning and very colourful and the architecture and nature is just as beautiful. Its a shame i only took my little point and shoot instead of dslr although atleast 6-7 out of 10 of my friends were robbed there, so probably for the best. It isnt true when people say its entirely safe there with police at every corner. You only get like one or two years more in prison if you shoot a tourist than if you rob them. A lot opt for the former. However, compared to other carribean islands or latin american countries its very safe. Oh, and NEVER kill a cow in cuba, youll get 50years. :p

Im taking a gap year at the moment and didnt want to just travell but also get something more out of it so decided to learn a 4th language whilst im there. So no, learning spanish came second to getting to know the people, politics and history of cuba.
AAA
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10012 posts since 15/12/02

8 Jul 2007 16:06
Can someone show me a few slr's for a first time buy ?
andymakesglasses
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20594 posts since 26/1/06

8 Jul 2007 22:19
digital Matt?
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

8 Jul 2007 22:20
bloody hell. Jawdropping!
if they are really your fotos max, you are a fucking dab hand at that game i tell ya.
AAA
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10012 posts since 15/12/02

8 Jul 2007 22:23
andymakesglasses wrote: digital Matt?

I dont know what the difference is really? DSLR are much more expensive I think? and the picture quality is better, but not amazingly better?

educate me
Jack
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7300 posts since 12/9/06

8 Jul 2007 22:32
Properly made me laugh today, lady on Camden Lock Market, got her jumper stuck on her head and couldn't escape from it, took her ages to get free. Laughing out loud

Mate
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3685 posts since 15/4/07

8 Jul 2007 23:03
maximilian wrote: Thanks for the nice comments. Yeah it really is a photographers wet dream, the people there are all just stunning and very colourful and the architecture and nature is just as beautiful. Its a shame i only took my little point and shoot instead of dslr although atleast 6-7 out of 10 of my friends were robbed there, so probably for the best. It isnt true when people say its entirely safe there with police at every corner. You only get like one or two years more in prison if you shoot a tourist than if you rob them. A lot opt for the former. However, compared to other carribean islands or latin american countries its very safe. Oh, and NEVER kill a cow in cuba, youll get 50years. :p

Im taking a gap year at the moment and didnt want to just travell but also get something more out of it so decided to learn a 4th language whilst im there. So no, learning spanish came second to getting to know the people, politics and history of cuba.

Cool What others do you speak? Are you fluent now?
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

8 Jul 2007 23:13
Here's my snaps of the recent Biggin Hill Air Show:


They are much easier on the ground:


90% were like the top two. Sad
andymakesglasses
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20594 posts since 26/1/06

9 Jul 2007 00:01
Matt wrote:
andymakesglasses wrote: digital Matt?

I dont know what the difference is really? DSLR are much more expensive I think? and the picture quality is better, but not amazingly better?

educate me

just had a big shock looking on eBay - do a search for Canon 500n, that's the film SLR I had before I went digital. still got it actually. there are some going for under a tenner with 14 hours to go Jawdropping!

that camera is a very good introduction to the world of SLRs, I found it very easy to use and learn with (it was my first SLR). although abviously you have to be prepared to pay for films / developing where the photos might be a bit shit thanks to your experimenting / learning. this is where digital comes into it's own because you can take 100 pics to learn how to use a particular setting and it doesn't matter if they're all shite

maybe a better thing to do (depending on your budget) is to buy an earlier digital SLR. I'm not too clued up on model numbers prior to this generation but I'm sure generic_guy could point you in the right direction

that said I wouldn't rule out going down the film route to learn the basics. if you can pic up a camera for next to nothing, and get a photography book or look at tutorials online you can give yourself a good grounding quickly and not have to worry about wasting film