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  1. Oh, colour paper. That's a good idea. This is the light box I was using. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01GIL6EU4/ For next month I'll try setting up a brighter spot, with a combination of sunlight and some LED. I'm disappointed the light box wasn't bright enough, but this exercise expanded my understanding of light. I'm going to upload the baby chick photo alone to see if it makes it through QC. I hope I don't loose a star.
  2. Here's my attempt at editing the last one I'm not great at layers yet, so the bottom looks weird. Also, I don't like how the background turned out. But not bad considering I've only been editing since the end of Jan. And here's the big file to play with
  3. Thanks again for all the advise. This is a huge help. Looking at them again the next day, I don't think I got one that will make it past quality control. Fair enough, I am new to shooting moving targets. But I did get three or four that will do well for my personal website. The next batch of eggs are in the incubator and I have a better idea of my timeline for photography (aka, how long until they refuse to stand still) with the next batch. I think I want to get an ap for my tablet to show me the strength of the light.
  4. Well, they are too excited and investigative now so I can't get them to stay still. But I got a few more shots with my longer lens and it's showing improvement. 100mm 1/1000 f8 ISO3200 still need more practice before I can get good enough. But I think I have two or three shots in focus (a disappointing ratio considering how many I took) Thanks guys. I'll put more eggs in the incubator and try more of your tips in about 22 days.
  5. I'm a bit confused and am digging out my camera manual - even in "m", if I raise the flash (that lives inside the camera, I don't have a speedlight yet), it limits the shutter speed to 1/200. I suspect this is something to do with sinking (sp?) which is a word I heard on youtube and from photographers but filed away under "learn later". I think I'm heading in the right direction. 45mm 1/400 f8 ISO800 (forgive the poop - trying to get them to pre-poop is an issue) I used an LED to get some catchlight which makes them look much more alive. Going to try pushing the shutter speed and ISO much stronger to see where the happy place is for baby chickens, then experiment with manual focus to see if I can get fast enough.
  6. Thanks. I'm using a Canaon M5 but I can borrow a T7i (not sure the lens he has) from my housemate. For the M5 I have the 22mm F2, the kit lens (15-45mm), and a 55-200mm f4.5. (crop factor 1.6 on this body). I also have a 35mm f1.7 fully manual prime, but I don't focus well. I tried the first two lenses I'm using the light box (white background) I usually use for product photography, but with a bit of printer paper to catch the poop 45mm 1/125 f6.3 ISO400 Right now I'm very frustrated at myself for not getting this right and especially for not seeing what I'm doing wrong. but it is also the whole point of this exercise, to learn a new skill. I'll try upping the ISO some more to get the shutterspeed faster. My manual says I want to have at least 1/300 for live animals. The flash is a good idea too. Thank you very much!
  7. I'm having trouble with my baby chick photos and wondering if you can offer some suggestions. I don't know if it's a problem focusing or a problem with the shutter speed, or some other problem. The camera on the beanbag with the button on a cord so the camera stays still. I set it on manual with the graph thingy (can you tell, I'm still learning?) mostly off to the white side because on auto/p/Av/Tv it makes the white look grey. I had to set the ISO at 200 to get the shutter speed up to 1/60 and the lowest aperture on this lens at this focal length is f8. Here's an unedited (except to turn it into jpeg) 45mm 1/60 f8 200ISO I'm not happy with the 'white' of the background but I hope I can fix that in post somehow. The focus is on the face of the left one which isn't in focus. Most of them are out of focus or too soft. I tried the 22mm lens (crop factor 1.6) at f4 and these were worse but this lens is slower to focus. I tried the face tracker focus (apparently chickens don't have faces) and the touch the screen where I want it to focus (spot). I'm half pressing the shutter, then taking the shot when it says it's focused. I don't know what to try next. I'm getting really frustrated as I only have about 12 more hours before the chicks refuse to stay still. (also, I want to find out how to make catch light in their eyes, but first the focus issues)
  8. I ended up going with Capture One with the perpetual licence. The trial was a big help as I can see how the controls work and if I can get along well with the software, although, I suspect part of my choice was being lazy and this is good enough for my needs. The spending money part of the process was easy and I got an email with an licence key. However, the instructions for activating that key are difficult to find and didn't work. I had to deactivate then reactivate and I got there, but it was a very different process than the tutorials suggested. During my frustration, I got some help from capture one via email and they were very polite. I sent my query in before I went to bed, and the reply was there before I got up the next day. Bonus points for quick response time. I like that the licence key can be used on three computers at one time. I could see this being useful if I have need of it at work. Noise: I'm doing better with this. I'm still convinced it's user error as DPP was doing something automatically and trained me not to think about it. I wish I knew what that was. A big part of the noise problem - I usually darken the shadows for my art photography and some of my stock https://www.alamy.com/an-example-of-hemstitching-on-handwoven-cloth-in-white-cotton-yarn-on-the-loom-unwoven-warp-showing-strong-sunlight-and-shadow-as-example-of-need-image331024905.html But for the series of shots I was doing at that time, I needed to lighten them a bit to brighten the entire scene (I need to sit down and have a talk with my camera about what settings will give me this so I don't have to do it in post - but that's something for another day. Now I'm going back to my regular style, it's not so bad. seeing the noise - still working on this one. glasses are helping. Need more training. I have been playing with my new 22mm f2 lens a lot, and the out of focus area seems to be more noisy than the same with my kit lens. But I haven't done some controlled experiments to see if this is true yet. There are a lot of buttons and sliders I have yet to learn on capture one. I can do something called a mask and apply the extra noise reduction layer to the shadow parts. This is neat. I haven't figured out how to do this well, but I've been playing with it for my personal/art photography. When I get better at it, I'll try it for stock. (yes, I'm an absolute beginning at this editing thing) I'm still using DPP for sorting and culling images and for quick processing, but I love having a more powerful editor for my fun stuff and for removing spots or more targeted exposure, highlight, shadow, and colour. I also really like that I can batch add keywords. I've been doing 30-40 keywords that belong to the batch, then doing the last few word that are individual to the image. It's going to take me a bit of practice to get this method more efferent. Thank you everyone for your help and this thread. There's so much great stuff here, I'm enjoying going back and rereading all the advise.
  9. I need to do some more experimenting, but is it possible that the jpeg size from capture one is larger than the jpeg size from DPP? And if so, would it show up noise more?
  10. Reading glasses and a clean computer screen is helping! Thank you for the tip! Still not getting as much noise reduction in Capture One as I do in DPP. In Capture One, even with the slider pushed all the way, it's still noisier than the same image in DPP with minimal slider push - BUT, the Capture one slider doesn't blur the crispness of the focal area as much as DPP noise reduction. I need to do more learning about Capture One. But halfway through the free trial, and I think this will work. Maybe I can find an affordable (or better yet, free) noise reduction software later on.
  11. For every 400 photos of a bird, I throw 399 away. But every now and then, I get one fun or unique enough to upload here. I want to get that number down to 1 keeper per 200 photos, then 1 keeper per 100 photos. I need a lot more practice. When I can get chickens down to 1:100, then I want to start on some of the wild birds. Funny story: when I was first learning about stock (especially microstock) I read about the "ducks on a pond" and I thought this meant that duck photos sold the most since this is the kind of photo I'm selling the most of (at that time). But like I said, I have a lot to learn and I do appreciate the suggestions. I read and absorb the advise... but I also am going to make mistakes. A friend of mine says, "try 200 things and maybe 4 will succeed." I'm going to try a little bit of a lot of things until I find my groove. I just wish I could get my eyes trained better for noise and artifacts. This seems to be where I'm failing the most this week.
  12. I agree. I have a lot to learn. So much to learn that I find it easier to break it down into sections and focus on one or two at a time. Right now it's in-camera skill and post processing skill. As photography becomes less effort, then I'm focusing on the story telling aspect. As for the lichen, it's good advise. I've already sent that photo to the naturalist for an identification of that lichen. When I hear back, I'll be adding the technical details of the lichen (botanical name, common names, stage of growth, etc) to the keywords. Ducks, geese, and chickens are my joy to photograph. They seem to sell well on microstock (especially ducks) and one of my first photos to sell on alamy was a chicken (on a generic bench). I'm very happy to waste my time on these as it's my time to waste.
  13. Thanks for the critique. I agree, definitely not a good photo and most definitely not good enough to upload here but I think it made a good example of the difference between the two programs and how they automatically process noise. As you noticed, the highlights are a problem with both, but I think Capture one has the ability to fix this better than DPP. The Capture one I can see the noise but the DPP one, I have a bit of trouble seeing it as I see the texture of the paint in that shadow. When I bring the noise slider up on DPP, I loose the crispness of the focal area. I suspect with capture one, I can apply a mask and apply a noise filter to just the areas with shadow - but even sending the slider all the way to one side, I can still see noise. So I think there must be a better way to fix this problem in Capture one.
  14. Happy news - the set I processed for Alamy just made it through quality control! So I'm not too far off the mark! But I still want to do better.
  15. They don't specify the noise type. But I haven't had this error with such low ISO before. I'm pretty sure it's user error that's causing the problem. I need to learn something new. I'm guessing that DDP was doing something automatically to make the noise/artifacts less and maybe I need to do something manually in Capture 1. Here's a photo I've been having trouble with (I know it's not a good photo, but it tells a story and might be useful for someones blog or paint product talking about how not to have this happen) Both done with fairly light touch on the sliders. I can see noise in the second one when I zoom to 200%. But I'm also having trouble training my eyes for noise. Digital Photo Professional 4 Capture One I'm pretty sure this is user error in the processing. I can tell I also need to train myself more to see what's going wrong as they don't look hugely different at 100%. On the whole, I like the effect that Capture One is giving me, especially with the way it can tone down the whites while keeping the midtones. 22mm 1/60 second a 2.8 ISO 250
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