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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
  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 especial
  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 (
  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 go
  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 softw
  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 lik
  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 chick
  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
  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
  16. I've been playing with the free trial of Capture One for a week now. I love it... mostly. The keyhole correction is my new best friend. I've been playing with some of the fancy tools for my creative work, like heal and layers. I think this program would keep me happy for years. But, I have having a few issues (which are probably user-caused). 1. when I submit my photos to the other site, I'm suddenly getting noise rejections on ISO 100. I don't generally have this issue until over ISO 400. About two thirds of the photos I processed with capture one
  17. We may be too late, but I don't see that as a reason to give up. Looking at history and cultures that have faced natural climate change (mini ice age) and smaller examples of human-caused localized climate change, we can see that most societies died out with much suffering. But there are examples of societies that made it. Not only did they find ways to survive the ecological change long after 'too late' had come, some historic examples managed to reverse the damage (of the small, localized climate change) through drastic changes in social attitudes. The book Just Enough talks a
  18. The book, The Carbon Farming Solution has some good numbers about the source of materials. One thing I thought was scary, is that agriculture is one of if not the biggest (depending on how the numbers are crunched - the book goes into this) sources of CO in the atmosphere - and over half of that is for textile production. This doesn't include transportation (the raw materials can go to 5 or more countries before reaching the consumer), dyes, labour issues, and synthetics (a much larger percentage of textiles than natural ones). As for actual numbers on the actual fashion indust
  19. I come from an eco-background. One of the things that impressed me about photography is just how eco the people are here. Looking at the technology, it has enough ecological impact to earn the wrath of eco-activists (which I don't consider myself part of for the record). But looking at the photographers, you can see in any "what equipment should I buy" thread, that people are encouraged to think long term about their investment. This isn't a smart phone - buy and replace in 2 years, or the new technology trend of buy and brick when it's time to upgrade. Professional photographe
  20. I can see how a photoshoot like this one could be considered bad for the environment. nearly 100 experts flown in from around the world (plus the people making the video), trampling all over the forest, equipment, electricity generators, batteries... all take it's toll. https://fstoppers.com/bts/behind-scenes-photo-shoot-benedict-cumberbatch-vanity-fair-58919 (pretty pictures though). If photography is done respectfully, then it can benefit the environment by helping people be aware of it's fragile beauty. The key word there is "respectfully". ... Story t
  21. https://www.alamy.com/indigo-dyed-blue-linen-yarn-woad-ball-and-woad-plant-image332528093.html It's part of me filling the empty niche combined with the story telling you guys mentioned. I noticed in the Alamy measures that people seemed to be interested in my indigo dyed yarn, I wondered if there was interest in woad - since I have some woad balls I made earlier, I took them outside with the yarn to take photos next to the woad plant. There's a a few big empty niches like this I've found and plan to work on filling this summer. It looks like I have another pending
  22. It's a wonderful community here. I've decided on a path for me to try for 2020: Upload my best photos here but exclusive, then upload my second best to microstock. I'm going to try to have less crossover between the two and try to get to one thousand images on both. That should give me enough of a feel for both sites to see if I fit better with one or t'other. But I suspect I'll like Alamy more. Not just because you guys are super, but because I want to improve my quality and focus on better images. Reading the doom and gloom of the stock industry makes me think a
  23. It looks like I sold my very first image on Alamy! It's a quick photo shoot I did after reading the advise on this thread. I tried to tell a story by showing the different supplies needed to make the supplies, needed to make the supplies... all in one photo. Alamy measures also helped to decided what story to tell and it lead me to some empty niches with less than a dozen photos. I think I can fill some of those gaps when the weather improves. Am I right in thinking the number on the dashboard is what the person paid for the picture? I get a percentage of that b
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