March Subject

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:56
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The March subject is Bokeh.  Use a shallow depth-of-field to draw attention to your subject, while leaving the other elements of the image out-of-focus.

For cameras that allow you to set an aperture, go as wide open as you can (smallest f-stop number);  f/2.8 or smaller will yield very dramatic results.  There are plenty of example on the web and how-to instructions.  Here's one handy guide.

For automatic, or point-and-shoot cameras, it's still possible to get a shallow depth of field.  There are plenty of sites that have guidance on how to do this.  Here's one that seemed to have some decent instructions.  And another.  I tried the latter and got some promising results.  If that doesn't work, don't give up.  As I said, there were other sites that had other instructions as well.  Google bokeh point and shoot and you'll find them.

A handy tool for determining depth-of-field is here.  It allows you to pick your camera model, aperture, and focal length.  It then gives the distances that are in focus and not.

Have fun.  :)

January 2011 Results

Submitted by bsvee on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:08
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January results delayed by a day

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 22:43
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The tools that I use to query the database for contest results are unavailable. I have submitted a ticket to my ISP and they are working on the issue. I will post the results on Wednesday evening (U.S.)

Voting

Submitted by JacquelineMillar on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 18:55
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I don't know about anyone else, but I found voting this month hard.   I wanted to vote for at least ten.  How beautifully diverse water is.

Amazon Discounts on Nikon Lenses

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:58
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Canon users, please avert your eyes.  Nikon users keep reading...  :)

Amazon's got a promotion going on for Nikon lenses.  Purchase a new qualifying Nikon body, and also purchase a Nikon lens, and you can use a coupon-code at check-out for $100 to $400 off.

Here's the link to the info.

Voting is now open in both January albums

Submitted by bsvee on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:40
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Voting is now open for the January contest albums through February 7. Remember to judge each photo full-size and not by its thumbnail alone. You should cast exactly three votes in each category. Please review the Voting Guidelines if you have not done so already OR if you have not done so for some time.

February subject

Submitted by bbristow on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 17:08
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The category subject for February is, "STREET CANDIDS".

Metering Mode Poll

Submitted by Braith7 on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 17:00

Hi All, As a relative newcomer it might be a bit presumptive of me to put a poll up, but I saw the feature and couldnt resist :)

Im interested to know more about how people are using their cameras to get the best shots they can. I enjoy the photos but I really like hearing about how they were shot, etc...

I find Metering mode to be the black sheep of taking full manual photos...  Shutter Speed - Check. Aperture - Check. ISO - Check. White Balance - Check. Metering Mode - ?

I know a bit about what each mode gives me but I wanted to know if it really is something that people take into account while they are walking around shooting 

In addition to answering the poll please do elaborate here if you have anything to saw on the subject. Thanks.

 

Ian.

How much do you mess with the metering mode on you camera?

Submitted by Braith7 on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 16:48
Metering Mode? whats that?
10%
Its still on the mode it came out of the box with
0%
I changed it once and its been there ever since
0%
I play with it every now and then, but not much
30%
I change it for different shoots as the situation warrants
50%
Im constantly changing between modes during shoots
10%
Total votes: 10

Copy/Paste Issues

Submitted by bsvee on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 09:42
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Microsoft is notorious for implementing open standards in its own non-standard way and one of them has caused problems for this web site on more than one occasion. This problem is not obvious to anyone.

If you copy text out of Word or Outlook and paste it into any HTML-based text field in your web browser using Internet Explorer then it embeds Microsoft-specific tags into the pasted HTML. Oddly enough, Firefox and other non-Microsoft browsers do not have issues with the embedded tags but some Internet Explorer browsers do and the people who use them may be unable to log onto ISOBAP or may see the page layout all messed up.

If you use Word or Outlook to correct your spelling then paste the text first into a plain-text editor, such as Notepad, and then copy again from the text editor into ISOBAP's editor. This step will strip away the Microsoft HTML formatting.

To see the issue for yourself you can either comment to a post or create a new blog entry and discard it without saving. After pasting the text into ISOBAP, press the "HTML" button on the right side of the editor's toolbar and you will see Microsoft-specific code above the text.

 

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