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BrianSkibinski Jan 7, 2006 1:15 AM

I was bored during break one night so I decided to try my hand at some studio-type photography (I say studio -type because my equipment includes NO studio material, these were done with Sigma DG Super, some ambient light, and 6 8.5x11" sheets of white paper for background). I wasn't too worried about dirt on her toe at first since I was just screwing around, but now I wish I would have. Let me know what you think.

http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery.../normal_16.jpg

http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery.../normal_19.jpg

http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery.../normal_17.jpg

Aumma45 Jan 7, 2006 1:30 AM

Brian, this is great stuff. Can you retake these shots with DOF that puts the entire lizard into focus. I am sure they will be even better.
Kind regards.

DomCotton Jan 7, 2006 1:17 PM

I actually quite like the selective focus on these ones. But would guess that Jaki's suggestions would also make excellent shots.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"What was your EXIF on these?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thanks,

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Dom

thatsanicepicture2 Jan 7, 2006 1:45 PM

The first one is over exposed. The others are border line.

But in those you cut off his tail ! ! ! OUCH ! ! !

Maybe a notch back on the DG Super would have helped.

But they're good shots. DOF could go either way.

dale


PS: I just got a DG Super for Christmas. So far so good.
I was a little surprised how many adjustments can be made. (Should be made ?)
I'm still working on learn'n all of it... It may take awhile...

DomCotton Jan 7, 2006 1:46 PM

thatsanicepicture2 wrote:
Quote:

PS: I just got a DG Super for Christmas. So far so good.
I was a little surprised how many adjustments can be made. (Should be made ?)
I'm still working on learn'n all of it... It may take awhile...
OK so for the dummies here... a DG super is...?



thatsanicepicture2 Jan 7, 2006 2:04 PM

DomCotton wrote:
Quote:

thatsanicepicture2 wrote:
Quote:

PS: I just got a DG Super for Christmas. So far so good.
I was a little surprised how many adjustments can be made. (Should be made ?)
I'm still working on learn'n all of it... It may take awhile...
OK so for the dummies here... a DG super is...?


Dom, Dom, Dom,

Must I teach you everything...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home;jsessionid=DThLvG2Q9C!-718408502?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&s ku=352101&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/BrandLogos/sigma.gif


Sigma EF-500 DG Super E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 165/50 m at 105mm) for Canon EOS with E-TTL II
dale

DomCotton Jan 7, 2006 2:06 PM

thatsanicepicture2 wrote:
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Dom, Dom, Dom,

Must I teach you everything...


Where do babies come from? :blah:

Looks cool would you recommend it? I am thinking about getting an external flash...

BrianSkibinski Jan 7, 2006 2:11 PM

EXIF can be found on the full size images:
http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery...s/10001/16.jpg
http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery...s/10001/19.jpg
and http://milwaukeereptiles.com/gallery...s/10001/17.jpg

Since most of them came out kind of gray, I boosted exposure in post-processing to try to make the background completely white. I suppose an exposure compensation on the camera would have helped, but hey it was my first try. I have a really time time figuring out what is just really white and what is overexposed... I mean I want the background to be gone completely, so where is the comprimise?

Yeah I did cut off the tail and I'm kicking myself for it. Another dumb mistake where I know I should have payed attention to it.

Any tips of making this easier in the future?

thatsanicepicture2 Jan 7, 2006 3:58 PM

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BrianSkibinski wrote:
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Any tips of making this easier in the future?
Well... In this situation... Geeze... you have control of everything. I've never had a
gecko model for me and I can imagine they are some what temperamental. Since
you had a white BG you could get away with white side to keep him in place. Just
watch what you're focusing on. However.... If your BG was any ( pure / even )color
other then what the gecko has, you can just delete it in PS or any other photo editor.
Check the thread by ISoS of his dog Deton. There they talked about BG removal.
If you're using PS it just a click of the "Wand" masking tool and cut or delete. Or you can inverse it and copy the gecko and paste as a layer. Then make the BG anything you want... As you see in the "Denton" thread even... Dare I say it... Bananas!.


dale



Hards80 Jan 7, 2006 5:20 PM

i like the selective focus.. and the poses are great... but they are overexposed.. just a bit..

-dustin


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