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Re: photography!

Post by northernlight » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:21 pm

let it ride wrote:
Although now, I'm lugging around the EOS 450D everywhere. It takes really lovely pictures, even when you're a klutz like me. Once I sit down to actually read the handbook, I'm sure they'll be even better, haha!
Glad to hear it! I'm thinking of replacing my EOS30 with the EOS450 because it seems to be a good deal lighter, for starters (and smaller), and seems to be just as good as the EOS30..

Great photos btw..

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Re: photography!

Post by brian » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:18 pm

humblebee wrote:Situation: I'm after buying a camera in the sales.

Problem: I know chuff all about cameras.

Solution: The nice people on Anorak recommend one for me, please?

Budget: Dunno really - 100, 125 quid maybe?

Gratitude: Ta!

I just bought a Canon ixus 100 IS yesterday, it was originally priced at 199.99 but I managed to haggle it down to 169.99 with a free memory card, like you pete, I know nothing of cameras, this is my first camera ever but it seems relatively idiot proof and also comes with a battery and charger... this is my first ever photo :) woke up stuck some tindersticks on and had a little wintery moment to myself, this was the view out my back window.

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Re: photography!

Post by brian » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:25 pm

brian wrote:
humblebee wrote:Situation: I'm after buying a camera in the sales.

Problem: I know chuff all about cameras.

Solution: The nice people on Anorak recommend one for me, please?

Budget: Dunno really - 100, 125 quid maybe?

Gratitude: Ta!

I just bought a Canon ixus 100 IS yesterday, it was originally priced at 199.99 but I managed to haggle it down to 169.99 with a free memory card, like you pete, I know nothing of cameras, this is my first camera ever but it seems relatively idiot proof and also comes with a battery and charger... this is my first ever photo :) woke up stuck some tindersticks on and had a little wintery moment to myself, this was the view out my back window.
erm.... the camera is idiot proof, I however, cannot work out how to upload my photo to the forum as the file is apparently too big? doh!

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Re: photography!

Post by Michaël Korchia » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:55 pm

You first have to reduce the image size in photoshop, gimp, picasa or any other photo editor.
http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/digita ... cesize.htm

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Re: photography!

Post by brian » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:58 pm

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thanks Michael. worked it out :)

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Re: photography!

Post by Michaël Korchia » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:04 pm

:)

next time, open the window, even if it's freezing outside :)

ps: In 90% cases, if your picture is not larger (or longer) than 700 pixels, 125 Ko should be fine. This will save bandwith!

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Re: photography!

Post by My Melody » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:48 pm

So what's the best place (and cheapest) to have photos developed? I usually go to Boots but I am wondering if there are any cheaper places. Or any better places? Plus I don't like Boots.
I just ordered myself a Mini Diana (yeah!!) so will have lots of rolls of film to devleop soon, I hope! Where do you guys normally go?

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Re: photography!

Post by Michaël Korchia » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:47 pm

I know a guy who develops film very well, in Bordeaux.

It might be a bit far for you, though...

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Re: photography!

Post by MaryJane » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:20 pm

My Melody wrote:So what's the best place (and cheapest) to have photos developed? I usually go to Boots but I am wondering if there are any cheaper places. Or any better places? Plus I don't like Boots.
I just ordered myself a Mini Diana (yeah!!) so will have lots of rolls of film to devleop soon, I hope! Where do you guys normally go?

I go to West End Cameras (Tottenham Court Road) because it’s quite near home. I made a bit of research before going, looking for the best and cheapest places in my area, and this was the cheapest. It seems that they are specialised in lomography, plus, there is a 10% discount for students. You can have a look at prices:
http://www.westendcameras.co.uk/

For equipment and film, some friends recommended me Calumet: http://www.calumetphoto.com/

Mini Diana excitement! What films are you planning to use?

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Re: photography!

Post by MaryJane » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:40 pm

So, after eternity… (sorry), my pictures:
Kip and Peggy from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart when they played ICA on November. These were taken with my Holga CFN 120 using Kodak Ektar 100. Processed and scanned from negative at West End Cameras (when I realised that the Uni library scanner will NEVER do it right)

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And these are Fujifilm Reala 100, processed in València and (unfortunately) scanned with the Uni library scanner

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Re: photography!

Post by My Melody » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:24 pm

Ohhh.. very nice photos! Especially impressed with the gig lomo photos.

Thanks for the advice on West End Cameras. I work on Tottenham Court Rd so that's quite handy. I got my tiny little Diana today (so cute). For now I just have some cheap film I bought ages ago in Germany ISO 400. This might be a totally stupid question: but does the film make such big a difference?

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Re: photography!

Post by MaryJane » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:24 pm

My Melody wrote:This might be a totally stupid question: but does the film make such big a difference?
Well, I don’t really know, I’m an amateur. I think you get the most different results through process manipulation, but first, it may be interesting to see how your camera works with different ISOs and in different lightning conditions (taking into account that Dianas or Holgas are more toys than cameras). If your film has expired, you may get surprising shots :)

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Re: photography!

Post by plath » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:24 pm

I also got a Diana mini. I'm about to finish the first roll and I'm so excited about what might come out of that, though I'll probably be disappointed. I thought I'd find lots of cool lomo websites but I don't find that many. I mean, there are sites, maybe not what I'm looking for (and most of the stuff is flickr pages anyway). My Melody, how are you finding it?
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Re: photography!

Post by sunshine/pirate » Tue May 04, 2010 7:09 pm

I have finally bought myself a Holga 120N. It's still in the post, making a long winding journey from Japan. I've never taken real photos before (at least not sinse the days of point and click kodak things) and I'm really really excited.
I spent a silly amount of money on a digital SLR a few years ago which i've never had much fun with. I could never get it to take particularly special photos, and felt like a bit of an impostor every time i got it out in public. I always felt like if i took a photo and it didn't look like it came from a glossy magazine then it was something of a creative failure. So it's nice to have that expectation lifted.
Perhaps all my photos will still be terrible. Either way, I look forward to sharing them with you =D

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Re: photography!

Post by northernlight » Tue May 04, 2010 11:15 pm

The photography school near me has a Summer School where it has a week-long course in Lomography for the first time - will be attending that. Should be fun! I think that we get to mess around with Diana, Holga, Coloursplash cameras, then get to develop the films ourselves.

I usually develop my camera films at Peak Imaging (via post - how old-fashioned!) - but they are expensive. They do seem to be very highly rated, and are well worth using if you have something where you need a really good job to be done with negatives, film or whatever.

I have also spent a lot of money on a digital camera, and do enjoy using it. However, I do still like slides, black and white film, colour film too. I'm sure that I would like Polaroids too, if I ever had a Polaroid camera..

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Re: photography!

Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:52 am

I just wanted to show you this.

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I'm dead pleased with it.

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Re: photography!

Post by linus » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:57 am

that's a splendid picture, pete, artful compostion, you can make lots of triangular sections out of that picture- my vague memory of art college tells me this is good thing and that's what makes for a good picture, type stuff

it also makes me feel thirsty

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Re: photography!

Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:12 am

Cor, ta!

I did have to crop it a bit, like. It's not all natural genius.

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Re: photography!

Post by linus » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:27 am

who are you kidding? it's inate that, proper inate

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Re: photography!

Post by northernlight » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:29 am

northernlight wrote:The photography school near me has a Summer School where it has a week-long course in Lomography for the first time - will be attending that. Should be fun! I think that we get to mess around with Diana, Holga, Coloursplash cameras, then get to develop the films ourselves.
Just finished this class, and really enjoyed it!

Spent a good bit of time using the following cameras: Diana, Holga, Fisheye - also a little bit with one of those Action Cameras.

I took photographs in both 35m and medium format, and in both black and white and colour.

I pretty much fell in love with medium format! It is such a wonderful shape of photo (it is square, rather than 6 by 4, etc).

I did get the impression that good light is pretty important when taking lomo photos, esp in colour - I didn't find the flash to be so great.

I would really recommend a fisheye camera - am certainly planning on buying one. The results that we got with the action camera were great fun too.

I enjoyed using the Holga - but sometimes I forgot to wind the film on, so had a few unplanned double exposures - which sometimes worked, sometimes didn't. I found the focus a bit iffy for my black and white photos, but great for my colour ones. Can't quite fathom that!

Will be out and about photographing with a mini-Diana that I have borrowed over the weekend - am looking forward to it! I have found that I do have to get closer to subjects than anticipated, which takes a little getting used to - but is still great fun nonetheless..

I noticed that a few people have posted that they have Dianas. I am wondering how they have got on with theirs, and whether they have any tips for using this?

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