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Thought I would start this thread so peoples questions about photography could be asked and fingers crossed answered without hi-jacking other threads.. :oh:

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Hey David,

Cool idea.
I'm a photog too, and will be happy to help if need be.

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Dave, Dave, Dave!!!!

I feel I take ok shots - I just use a wee 6mp Pentax optio for Id break or drown anything bigger, but how do you prevent the trout turning out as a bright, shining non descript silver thing??!!

The colours on the angler, background etc are often great, but I lose a lot of the colour of the fish themselves when taking pics. Maybe the fish is reflecting too much light?Will post such a pic in the next day or so

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A bit about color temprature.

Color temp. is how 'warm' or cool the light is.
A shot first thing in the morning would be cool and by late afternoon when the light is golden it's warm.
Sometimes auto white balance doesn't get it right.

Here's an example of Manual color temprature settings on a shot of Morsie.

This first one is set at 5500 K  ( that's the color of mid day sunlight )
Because he's in the shade and his face is furthe shaded by the hat this setting get a picture that's to cold and his skin comes up purple ish.



The next is set at 6000 K
This warms things up a bit but still not enough IMO.



This is at 7000 K
This is what I set the camera to when it was shot and is slightly warm but has a good feel for the shot.



Like all Aussies Morsies skin is a little red after a few days on our trip, but that's easy to fix from a raw by changing the while balance from magenta to green a bit or in photoshop by changing the hue of the red tones to about +5.

On my cameras and most Canon DSLR's the color temp setting is fast and easy to change, on a cloudy or heavy overcast day I might set it to 7000 - 8000 K

And my normal setting for sunlight on a flat when  I'm using fill flash would be 5900 K.

Every camera is different so try a few shots on yours and make changes where needed.


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Good stuff Dave.

I don't know how to use the white balance setting properly so just use the wee house, cloud and sun icons on the camera (EOS20D) rather than Auto.
Does that set the WB at the setting I put it at on the menu (5900k)?


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Hey David,

Cool idea.
I'm a photog too, and will be happy to help if need be.

Marc

Cool Marc, I think there's a few of us here...

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(Chris Dore @ Jul. 03 2007,10:53)
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Dave, Dave, Dave!!!!

I feel I take ok shots - I just use a wee 6mp Pentax optio for Id break or drown anything bigger, but how do you prevent the trout turning out as a bright, shining non descript silver thing??!!

The colours on the angler, background etc are often great, but I lose a lot of the colour of the fish themselves when taking pics. Maybe the fish is reflecting too much light?Will post such a pic in the next day or so

chris

Post a pic for us to have a look at..

Most of the time if the sunlight is strong I use a flash and that evens thing out.
If you're still getting hot spots on the fish you might need to use exposure compensation, even the little cameras have it.
Check the manual. ( or get a chick to do it then show you :;): )

You should do a few test shots at -1 normal and +1 to get a feel for what's happening.

Another trick is to have the light on the anglers back and the flash always on.

Just get your victem to turn until they have full shadow on them then pop a shot off..
You should have a setting for flash on all the time on your camera.


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OOooops I did not see this thread.
I have the same questions asked in the saltwater corner.
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Howdy all,
sorry for continuing the camera junkies thread...
David, Morsie and Jan, again thanks for your insights.
I work w/ auto balance all time. So far I found it to work o.k.
So how do you (David) set for proper white balance?
I was thinking to get me an "expo disc", it sounds convenient and reliable to me.
Please let me know how to set it right easily.

If the white balance did not look right, I worked on it in my RAW-converters. Is there a disadvantage in doing so?

Cheers,
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Good stuff Dave.

I don't know how to use the white balance setting properly so just use the wee house, cloud and sun icons on the camera (EOS20D) rather than Auto.
Does that set the WB at the setting I put it at on the menu (5900k)?

No Bob,
The Canon should have a setting for 'K' or manual for white balance in the menue or on top or on a dial.( sorry - haven't had much to do with the 20D ), then if you set it to manual it uses the number you've set in the menu.

The sun setting would be around 5500 and the cloudy would at a guess be at 7500 maybe ?

If you want to do it in manual try:

5900 most light.
6500 light overcast.
7000 strong shadows or cloudy.
8000+ really shithous day.

and maybe 4500 if you want to make anormal landscape shot look like a cold morning..


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OOooops I did not see this thread.
I have the same questions asked in the saltwater corner.
copy and pasted to here:

Howdy all,
sorry for continuing the camera junkies thread...
David, Morsie and Jan, again thanks for your insights.
I work w/ auto balance all time. So far I found it to work o.k.
So how do you (David) set for proper white balance?
I was thinking to get me an "expo disc", it sounds convenient and reliable to me.
Please let me know how to set it right easily.

If the white balance did not look right, I worked on it in my RAW-converters. Is there a disadvantage in doing so?

Cheers,
Daniel

Daniel  - what camera do you have ?

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