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What settings do you use????

Started this discussion. Last reply by Guy Manning Oct 25, 2011. 7 Replies

99% of my images are landscape, with a maximum depth of field (3 feet to infinity) shot in RAW with a Nikon D500, which are then cropped to either 5x7 or 8x10, with a resolution 400 or more ppi. I…Continue

Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6

Started this discussion. Last reply by paul holmes Mar 1, 2011. 1 Reply

Has anyone any experience using this lens? I am giving it consideration for doing hyperfocal landscape photography. I like the fact that it has a distance scale for set up and at 15 mm, good image…Continue

To stack or not

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike W. Dec 7, 2010. 4 Replies

I primarily do landscape photography with a tripod mounted D5000 and a Nikkor 18-105 mm lens. I am looking at several ways ways to obtain the sharpest depth of field from a couple of feet back. The…Continue

Tags: stacking, field, of, depth

Helicon focus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Maklae Nov 4, 2010. 5 Replies

Up to now, in order to get the maximum depth of field in landscape photography, I've have been using the hyperfocal method, shooting at 18 mm and f/22. While this produces reasonable results, f/22 is…Continue

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Greg Maklae replied to Christopher DiNapoli's discussion 'Corel Paint Shop X6'
"WRONG, every raw file needs some work, even if it properly exposed. This includes white balance, contrast, clarity, saturation, white point, black point and sharpness.  What comes out of the camera in jpeg is already processed by predetermined…"
Mar 18
Greg Maklae replied to Christopher DiNapoli's discussion 'Corel Paint Shop X6'
"Why would you want to convert an image from raw before processing? You are throwing away most of the data contained within the file by going from either 12 or 14 bit raw file down to 8 bit jpeg or tiff. Most all processors will open up the…"
Mar 17
Greg Maklae replied to Christopher DiNapoli's discussion 'Corel Paint Shop X6'
"You cannot go wrong with Lightroom. At about $150, it has more power than you ever will use. There are numerous presets, a decent b&w conversion, and it is nondestructive. I feel the print function creates a superior image, in terms of…"
Mar 13
Greg Maklae replied to Beverly Whitaker's discussion 'which is best for a DSLR Camera?'
"That's like asking apples or oranges. I prefer Nikon, and the D5200 is a great camera at any price. I feel the image quality is better than that of the D7100, which costs several hundred dollars more."
Nov 25, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Robert Chisnall's discussion 'beginners'
"You said a lot here, but let me comment on only a couple of points. First the weather conditions. Most people mistakenly believe you want a bright sunny day. In fact, for most landscapes, sun is your enemy. It creates strong shadows, glare and…"
Nov 18, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Joseph Matarazzo's discussion 'Upcoming Wedding..'
"See post on pixels. Printing key, use a good quality source, ie not walmart. No matter how good the jpeg, printing it on poor quality paper, with poor ink will ruin it."
Oct 10, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Johnathan Le Coleman's discussion 'Best Photo Editing Software's'
"No one piece does everything, so there is no one best. For most processing, I use LightRoom. It has a multitude of control options, as well as producing a very good quality black and white. For stitching panoramas, I use Elements. I do very little…"
Oct 8, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Richard Rives's discussion 'Megapixels and cameras'
"Unless you do severe cropping, which shows poor planning when composing the shot, anything above 6 MP is buying into advertising. Maybe differing resolutions can be measured on bench tests, but the eye has a limit of what it can resolve. Also,…"
Oct 6, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Amy's discussion 'Selling photos'
"I do about 5 art shows during the summer, and sell about 40 photographs during this period. What I like about this is I get paid immediately, and get a better idea of what the public wants. I also have business cards available with my web site and…"
Aug 12, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Hilda Juanis's discussion 'compact camera'
"Truer words were never spoken. Far too many think its all about the camera, when 90% of a shot is about the person holding it. The only way money will buy a better image, is if it is spent on lessons."
Jul 28, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Christopher DiNapoli's discussion 'Photo Printer'
"I prefer Canon over Epson, print quality and colors seem somewhat better. More important than the printer, is the paper. Walmart stuff will not cut it. I order my paper from Red River, paper of choice Artic Polar Gloss. Print quality is much…"
Jul 5, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Lenny Wong's discussion 'HDR'
"Results so artificial. Use GND filters and shoot in raw."
Jul 1, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Lenny Wong's discussion 'HDR'
"I rarely now use any HDR software. Shoot in RAW to have 12 or 14 bit data as opposed to 8 bit, meter on the lightest area, and use a graduated neutral density filter. I then use Lightroom to pull detail out of any remaining shadows. Image is…"
May 30, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Balasundaram's discussion 'HOW TO GET SHARP PICTURE WITH SIGMA 70-300MM LENS'
"Two thoughts, as I have the same lens. What f/stop are you using. The lens is sharpest at f/8 and f/11. Also, a tripod is a must. At 300 mm the lens has an effective focal length of 450 mm. Thus, to hand hold, a shutter speed of 1/500 second is the…"
May 30, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Mary Asher's discussion 'Distance from Subject'
"I would say your blurred images are a result of long length of exposure, not distance."
May 19, 2013
Greg Maklae replied to Mary Asher's discussion 'Distance from Subject'
"Its called hyperfocal distance. Based on the focal length of the lens, the f/stop, and the sensor size of the camera, it will calculate the distance to focus at. Based of this number, 1/2 this distance, to infinity will be acceptably sharp. For…"
May 18, 2013

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About Me:
Do landscape photography, mainly in the southern and central regions of the Adirondacks, where I combine hiking, snow shoeing and photography. Favorite subjects and waterfalls, reflections and fall foliage.
My Equipment
Nikon D5000
Nikon D40
18-55 mm, 18-105 mm, 50-200 mm and 70-300 mm marco lenses
SLIK tripod
Process using Elements 8 (shot only RAW images)

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At 3:52am on October 3, 2010, Kathleen Fleming said…
Welcome to MSS Greg.

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