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#20609 - 02/24/09 02:56 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Pooh-Bah

Registered: 11/09/08
Loc: Kansas
That is a lovely stuffed Persian in #3 by the way.

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#20610 - 02/24/09 03:06 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Registered: 06/08/05
Loc: TN
The blonde is Elaine Hendrix http://www.elainehendrix.com She has starred in a bunch of movies, one being the parent trap.

The shelter has found that having the people actually helps the adoption rates. In a shelter situation it really is not feasible to do cats by themselves. Too dangerous for them.

They really seek out celebrities to come have photos made with the animals. Psychologically, that makes sense as if a celebrity you see on TV likes the animal, it must be worth liking.

Its becoming a very chic thing to come have your photo made at the shelter.
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#20611 - 02/24/09 03:28 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Registered: 02/21/09
Loc: NY
Quote:


You not getting enough light yet for a good shutter speed, #2 is f3.2 at 1/40 and #3 is f3.2 at 1/25.




Okay, you went way over my head.

I started with the lights very close and now have been moving them back and honestly the only difference I am noticing is that there is not enough light.

I can't do David's assignment as I don't have the tools (a meter and my umbrellas are shot).

Here is why I had to use the stuffed Persian:



Okay let me go try again. I switched the ISO to 100 now.

Barbra

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#20612 - 02/24/09 03:33 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: Julie]
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Pooh-Bah

Registered: 11/09/08
Loc: Kansas
Wow...Ms Lischak on Joan of Arcadia! One of my favorite unjustly cancelled shows. (I think she was mean to Romy and Michelle though...uh, I had to watch that movie because my wife rented it). Julie, what else is going on down there in Tennesse? Next thing you know you'll be telling me that some famous singer is building a Disneyland down there.

You are amazing that you can help get this kind of interest generated around adoptions. Nice work.

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#20613 - 02/24/09 03:45 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Tracker

Registered: 02/21/09
Loc: NY
While I am sure this is going to be obvious to you the more animals in the photo the closer the light (guessing 1, 2 and 3 feet). The only one that seems correct to me is the one where the lights are right up close to the subject.







Barbra

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#20614 - 02/24/09 03:51 AM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Registered: 06/08/05
Loc: TN
I liked her in Romy and Michele! My daughter recognized her from the parent trap and I actually have watched Special Unit 2! ha! I didn't know who she was until I looked it up tonight. I just get called to come shoot people. I am supposed to shoot David Keith too, but, that may or may not happen. He adopted from the shelter recently.

I am shooting the mayor on Friday. He only does cats. I may actually make my lazy butt drag a softbox and reflector for that. I hated dragging a bunch of stuff, but, really that should be no big deal. We'll see.

This shelter really does a great job of maximizing resources and MARKETING!
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#20615 - 02/24/09 01:00 PM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: AdoptAPet]
Julie Offline
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Registered: 06/08/05
Loc: TN
Close light is actually softer light. IF I want really soft light, I put a softbox REALLY close to the person.

This last setup is your best one yet
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#20616 - 02/24/09 04:19 PM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: AdoptAPet]
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Pooh-Bah

Registered: 11/09/08
Loc: Kansas


OK. I hope you can see what David was teaching you. Crops from the first row show what happened to your shadows as you moved the fill light in. The second row shows a crop from the upper left corner of the background. The camera chose an f-stop of 4.0 for you, that's OK. However, as you moved the fill light in the camera went for a quicker shutter speed 1/80 of a second vs 1/30 in the first two. So it got the white bear right and started dimming the background. Faster shutter speed = less light captured. So after looking through your camera manual, there is no way I see to lock f-stop and shutter speed - no truly manual mode. I think this does indicate that for this purpose you do need to consider a different camera. (I would recommend an entry level dSLR, or a good used older model dSLR). That is assuming that budget is a consideration.

If you are able to document a non-profit tax status and provide a few references of your rescue work, I may have a tip on keeping your shelter's cost down. Or if this is also for personal use I have my opinion on models just like many others here on the board.

These photos do look much better. But you will only be able to go so far with this camera. My opinion, others are welcome to chime in.

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#20617 - 02/24/09 05:08 PM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: psmith]
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Tracker

Registered: 02/21/09
Loc: NY
Hi Preston,

I am not sure how you figured that out (and am probably better off not knowing - just yet). I know I need to take this one step at a time in order to progress and achieve my goal. I am staying focused.

That being said let's move on to cameras! The two that have been recommended are the Canon Rebel XT and then Canon EOS 20D (Helmi?s).

Your thoughts?

Thanks,
Barbra

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#20618 - 02/24/09 05:22 PM Re: SAVE A LIFE! ? Need to know basics [Re: AdoptAPet]
psmith Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 11/09/08
Loc: Kansas
The exposure values are in the EXIF (info) section of the JPGs that you posted. More on cameras later, but it would help if we knew

1. your budget?
2. what else you plan to do if anything besides studio adoption shots?
3. is getting new memory cards a problem budgetwise?
4. if you do want to print, how large?
5. are you buying used or new?

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