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SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« on: January 20, 2008, 09:56:41 PM »
So I figured that since I bought this new camera and everything, I might as well make a thread for pix.

I also figured that if I'm going to have to wait for my work computer to upload crap, I might as well do something with my time.  Since I figured that taking a picture of a half-decent camera with a crappy cell phone camera was blasphemous, I might as well take a picture of the aforementioned cell phone with the aforementioned half-decent camera.  This is the result:



Eeeee, I love this thing! :D

I took this picture with everything set to manual.  I'm starting to get an idea of what ISO and exposure settings to use in indoor, artificially lit environments.  As you can all clearly see by the blurriness toward the back of the phone, I still need to learn a bit more about properly setting the aperture...heh.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008, 11:07:36 PM »
Ahhhhh, great purchase, and nice pic! D40 is very good camera (both image quality and for learning).

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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008, 11:46:14 PM »
Thanks. :)

It was sort of a toss-up between the D40 and the Canon Rebel XL for me.  They were the same price and the Rebel was 8 megapixel vs. 6.1, but I really loved how the D40 felt and it seemed to be easier to use, overall.  It also helps that I have more SD cards (3) than CF cards (0).

I've only had the thing for eight hours so far and I already love digital SLR.  I've been snapping shots around the hotel room simply because I couldn't wait to use it. :P  Speaking of which...





Also, high exposure is fun:

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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008, 03:54:50 AM »
Fuck, I want a D40.... Nikons are great cameras and the D40, as mentioned is a great way to get started.

I think if/when I get money from whatever I job I get if/when I get it, one of the first big purchases I'll make will be a D40 myself, lol.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 02:13:51 PM »
lol treez:



Kind of a hasty shot (I literally stepped on the patio or whatever you call it, snapped it, and went back inside); I just wanted to get at least one outdoor picture before work. ;P
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 01:33:51 AM »
If anyone's curious as to how the D40 handles higher ISO settings, here you go.

It's not exactly a good, balanced test, only one light level and all, but it does a good job of showing what the shadows and mid-tones look like at the various settings, and why you should NEVER set a D40 to Hi1 (which they say is roughly equivalent to ISO 3200).  Pumping up the brightness on a lower-exposure ISO 1600 shot actually yields better results.

GOD I can't wait to get home and actually get to use this thing. ;_;
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 01:45:56 AM »
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813 area code huh...someone's in the tampa bay area.

I deal with alot of florida people in my job, and I'm always dialing the 813 area code :)

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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008, 02:44:56 AM »
813 area code huh...someone's in the tampa bay area.

I deal with alot of florida people in my job, and I'm always dialing the 813 area code :)

Haha, yeah, I've been in Tampa for over a month now...yay, job training.

I'm going to be going back to snow on the 29th.  I hope it isn't too cold. :)
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 03:16:38 AM »
Wow, that clipping of ISO200 looks great.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 03:27:10 AM »
Yes indeedy!  400 is pretty good, too.  800 and 1600 look okay, but they definitely aren't something I'd use for high contrast, shadowy scenes.  They're a little noisy for my liking (that said, you only really notice the noise with them if you zoom in, so if I bump the resolution down they still look pretty sharp).

I think we can all agree that Hi1 is borderline useless, though, haha.

Oh, I replicated that shot with my cell phone camera just for fun (I took this one from a higher angle...oops).  The only thing I did with the attached JPEG was rotate it (my phone takes pictures with a vertical orientation).  I had to use a -1 exposure compensation on the camera side to prevent the shot from being overexposed.

Not bad for what it is, I suppose.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 03:33:26 AM »
Not bad at all. What do you call that bit of red around the edges of the phone (predominantly on the bottom edge)? I've noticed stuff like that in a lot of cell phone and webcam pictures. There are certain edges that tend to sorta have a color bleed out of them, and stuff like that.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2008, 11:19:44 AM »
I'm guessing it's just due to the lower quality and smaller size of the lens and CCD.  The lens on the camera, and the plastic piece covering it, is also completely uncoated.

I don't recall the red band issue occurring in all of the pictures I've taken with my phone.  In that particular case the plastic cover would have been perpendicular to the light source, which could have helped caused that to happen.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 06:15:59 PM »
Well, stuff like that seems to be pretty common on cheap camera things, like cell phones and webcams. So it're pretty likely that it's either from a crappy lens, or cheap CCDs.
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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2008, 09:49:12 PM »
gg applying the rule of thirds

ps take pictures of your dick


and where do you live? Kansas just got snow so if you happen to get any snow when you're nearing march, go get some pix.

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Re: SpecPix - My Photogramatic Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 10:07:06 PM »
Still livin' in Ohio, though I'll be moving back to Maryland soon.  I doubt there's any shortage of snow up there right now, haha.
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