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Lighting / Macro lighting
« on: March 15, 2011, 11:20 »

I have this quick question: some people use light boxes (fluorescent light below translucent, mostly acrylic, surface) for macro/product photography to isolate the background.
Where can I find those? Can I use one of those slide viewing systems?


Lighting / Lightbox question
« on: March 08, 2011, 19:54 »

what lighting do you use for a 28x28x28in. light box?
I have fluorescent daylight bulbs, but they aren't strong enough. How are you doing this?


PicNiche Toolbar / Firefox 4 + picNiche
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:55 »
Has anyone tested FF4 and picNiche?
It installs fine, but I can't find the options anymore, hence cannot add my accounts.


Off Topic / passe partout presentation folders
« on: February 20, 2011, 17:53 »

I don't know where to post this...

I am looking for presentation folders for prints pro photographers use when they sell prints to clients, just like a passe-partout kind of folder with maybe pocket space for 2-4 prints or so. I used to get these when photographers did photos for me.

Where can I buy such folders? I can't find them anywhere, but I am not anglophone, and so I don't know the exact term.


Computer Hardware / printer calibration
« on: November 06, 2010, 11:04 »

I got myself a cheap photo printer (just for samples, proofs, etc, the rest I print in a lab). Nevertheless I'd like it looks somewhat color corrected, now the contrast is pretty bad, the blacks are quite gray.
So I am wondering....do you know one of these services in Canada that you can send a printed test page too and they send you back a profile? How much does that cost approximately? It has a scanner too, maybe there is a combo ;-).


Lighting / urgent: outdoor large group portrait
« on: October 09, 2010, 09:31 »

sorry, this is not a microstock topic...but...

I am in an urgent situation. At a conference I am supposed to shoot a portrait of around 100 people. It was supposed to happen indoors but now they insist on having it outdoors, and in a way it is unfortunately somehow against the sun. It is cloudy and probably gonna stay cloudy, so...ok.

I would like to know how to fill in the shadows.

I have three portable flashes (2 nikon SB-900, one SB-800) with three 60in umbrellas. I hope the wind won't kill them, i wasn't planning for outdoors.

What settings do I use? camera and flashes?

I am posing the people in 4 rows and shooting from slightly above.


General Photography Discussion / pro photo forums
« on: September 28, 2010, 11:11 »
Hey guys,

on which other forums are you concerning pro photography?
I mean where professional things are discussed, like here, but not only for stock?
(sorry...this is of course the best forum :D but i'd like to know more about the general photography forum sites).
I'd like to chose one good one instead of following up on 20. And in a way I'd like it to be professional, not too many amateur questions.


General Stock Discussion / Lonely Planet Images
« on: September 14, 2010, 08:21 »

is anyone submitting to Lonely Planet Images? Ok I know it's not microstock...
Is it worth, hard to get accepted?


Cameras / Lenses / Strange camera deal?
« on: September 07, 2010, 11:31 »

my brother found this camera deal. It seems totally cheap, what do you guys think of it?
Anyone knows this company?
I guess the 28-300 are the 18-200 adjusted to full-frame.
If cameras are really that cheap in the US, I leave Canada :D. (joking ---- NEVER :P)



Lighting / Backdrop support
« on: August 24, 2010, 12:27 »

I need to buy a backdrop support. I am on a budget, but still I am drawn to something that can be extended in a way. I've seen these Manfrotto systems that you can configure the way you want. Is it worth the price?

Is this one one that you can extend?

There is also

But it seems Manfrotto is easier to find if you want to extend it.
I'd like two or three bars for different backgrounds. I don't need to buy them all now but I want it is possible in the future at least.

Being on a budget, how can I get cheap backgrounds? I am always reading about these white roles from Home Deopt, what is it exactly?
And for a formal portrait background, something dark......can't I just use some fabric?? Just to start off - later I can buy something serious? Why are these things so expensive?!


Lighting / cake photography
« on: August 10, 2010, 23:25 »

I have to do a cake photography job. Thing is I gotta do it tomorrow night (Wednesday), so I am looking for a simple lighting solution.

What about using a light tent/box?

- SB-900 flash
- 46" umbrella (reflector or shot-through)
- gold/white reflector
- light tent/box
- two light floods (something like this: http://www.opusprophoto.com/products/lighting_kits/hot_light_kits.html)
- cardboard various colours for backdrop

I can rent another flash and a softbox if needed.

The cakes are not high as far as I know. I guess I'd make a seamless backdrop on a table and against the wall. Color to decide. I would shoot from a relatively low viewpoint with a DOF so that it is nice and blurry but still visible what the cake looks like. What do you think? If the customer wants that I could also cut out a piece and bring it into the composition but I guess all the cutting would create ugly things.

I am just not sure about the lighting. Please help. :-)


General Photography Discussion / pricing question
« on: August 10, 2010, 07:00 »
I was asked to photograph metal furniture for a company. I'll meet them later this week to see how much that is.

My question is, how do you photographers price such jobs? By the hour? Maybe it wouldn't be fair because I'd need a little more time, I have never been lighting reflective surfaces like this. What is it that I can ask for, and in which way do you usually charge?

Concerning the lighting I thought of isolating those metal furniture pieces (it's for a catalogue) with white backdrop blown out. The reflection may be handled with large softbox and white cardboard left and right to get some white into the metal maybe. What do you think?


Photo Critique / iStock application
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:26 »
Hey guys!

I am back after a break for finishing my PhD.....

so guess what I applied for iStock.
guess what, i got rejected!  ;D (who'd have ever thought that.....)
i can try again in a few days.

so I just wanted to ask what you think about the subject matters I sent.
i include my flickr links here (of course i submitted without the black frames and the watermark). i am more interested in the subject matter than the technical regards.




General Stock Discussion / Business name
« on: August 03, 2010, 23:38 »
In the case you have a separate photography business - do you use its name in your stock profile or do you use your name?

I am wondering what is best...


Dreamstime.com / can't log on to dreamstime
« on: May 02, 2010, 07:45 »

anyone else can't log on to dreamstime? I let them send my password and it's correct...doesn't work...  ???


General Photography Discussion / good photo gallery to sell?
« on: April 06, 2010, 19:25 »

I'd like to ask your opinion about photo galleries to use on your web pages....
I want to sell my photography on my webpage and I'm trying to find something meaningful.
I am currently trying FotoPlayer (http://www.fotoplayer.com/), it seems to be good, you can add a shopping cart... but somehow it is not too professional.
What do you use?
I know of services like photoshelter, but I have my own webhosting...i don't really need to pay for a service like that i guess.


General Photography Discussion / Giving away photos for free?
« on: February 03, 2010, 19:02 »

I've got a question to all you really professional photographers. Sometimes I get asked by people on Flickr if they may use my photos in some place. Until recently I was just nice and gave it to them. But... should I ask for money?
I got this flickr message that they want to use my picture in a book about a German psychotherapist...it's a (nice) picture of Chinese Rice fields...only thing is I tooik it with my P&S, so it is not THE type of quality.
What would you do? Not sure they'd pay? Maybe they'd just use another photo, and in some way I'd be however proud to have my mediocre picture in a book, as I am not really professional?


Computer Hardware / HDMI/DVI/VGA, Samsung 245T
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:28 »
Hello hello,

so I got my Samsung 245T  ;D ;D ;D.
I am using it with my laptop (HP8510p), which has a VGA and an HDMI port, but unfortunately no DVI port.
I tried to connect it first with VGA, and it looks fine but not extremely sharp, which I attributed to the analog connection, cable, etc. So I used an HDMI cable as I do not have a DVI port. But that looks disgusting! Screen resolution changes to 1920x1080, and the image is wider than the screen on the broadside, and narrower than the screen in height, and the image looks terrible, somewhat like a TV in closeup - imagine a heavily artifacted JPG with all oversharpened edges and stuff.
so....what would you do? is a HDMI-to-DVI adaptor a solution? or how can i improve the HDMI picture? i mean it is supposed to work ;-)

btw i have tested it both on linux and windows.


PicNiche Toolbar / picNiche problems
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:41 »

are you guys using picNiche? I really love it, but I always have troubles... it has never accepted my 123RF password, and now after a firefox update the same thing is happening with DT.  :'(
I read in the update log that the 123RF logon problem is solved, and still I can't log on. I have the newest version now.

Thanks for any comments!

 ::) I am not sure if I am allowed to post in this area... should only company owners post here to advertise? sorry for the inconvenience, if it is wrong, please just delete my post. :)

Alamy.com / Alamy currencies
« on: January 05, 2010, 08:23 »
I just checked on some of my RF pictures on Alamy and got confused: For example maximum size costs 360 Euros, 365 USD, and 255 pounds. Where I have to remark that Euros and USD are absolutely not corresponding to the same amount of money! So how is it paid - should I switch my account to Euros to get more money?  ???

Computer Hardware / printing
« on: December 29, 2009, 18:54 »

I am wondering if you guys do printing at home or you send/bring your stuff to a printing store.
How much is the price nowadays for a quality printer? Does it make sense?


Site Related / No e-mail notifications....?
« on: December 19, 2009, 11:28 »

I don't know why - I don't receive any e-mail notifications anymore - is that normal?
I have already examined my spam folder and all, just to be sure. Someone else having this problem?


Software - General / Linux and Microstock
« on: December 18, 2009, 21:57 »

is anyone of you guys working on Linux? I switched back a few weeks ago, and I'd like to know what software is good.
I currently run Windows for photo purposes or run it in an emulator, but the emulation is not sooo cool, especially for large bundles of pictures.

Simone  8)

Site Related / Mobile version of the site?
« on: December 06, 2009, 09:26 »

I just wanted to suggest, maybe it would be great to have a mobile version of the forum site so that users can read it on PDAs, iPhones and the like. What do you think? (OK i don't want to make you work, it's just an idea).


Adobe Stock / Question about country in pictures
« on: December 06, 2009, 09:22 »
I have a (rather stupid) question about the country you state in your FT pictures... I thought up to now it is the country where I live, so I always put Canada... but does it maybe stand for the country where the picture has been taken?

Thanks and sorry for my newbie question..  ::)


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