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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 08-01-2010 06:49 PM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

August 1, 2010

It is in the nature of we humans to be curious, and I flatter myself by including myself in the group.
So, I’m wondering about we LumberJocks, as to the number of us who consider themselves serious photographers and how many would like to become serious.

The question is a good one because we show one another what we do and how we do it with photographs. If we have good photographic skills and a smattering of ability in editing and at least a basic knowledge of how the pictures are shared on the Internet the sharing becomes a nice experience.

Of course that leads me to wonder other things.

What kind of equipment do we use to take the pictures?
Digital cameras, of course are the way to go, but are some of us using cell phones? How about basic, shirt pocket sized aim and shoot cameras? Perhaps some of us use some advanced technology. What size digital files do our cameras produce? 8 megs? 10? 12? Bigger?

And then I wonder about what some pros call “post production” manipulation. That means the programs that we use to crop, size and adjust in various ways our digital images.
Microsoft Paint? Paintshop Pro? Photoshop? Gimp?

Wondering can sometimes get me in trouble, starting quarrels over the details, and I sure hope this wondering doesn’t do that, but the subject is important. The quality of our photographs can be of help in selling our woodworking.
You wouldn’t mind selling some of your work, would you?

What this is all about is this. I’m trying to start a dialog in which we can help each other become better photographers.

So, how do you do it?
Take pictures, I mean.

Let’s talk and grow.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 07:30 PM

Wishing I did have photographic talents- which I believe are closely associated to artistic ability- my pathetic photos are made with a little Sony pocket Cybershot 7.2 Megapixels; use Photoshop to crop the pictures and a little free program called PixResizer for reducing the “memory footprint” to improve upload speed.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 08:20 PM

I´m in the oldschool with Maymia RB 67 with several different size backcassets incl 6×9 cm
all of them to be used with real rolefilm and have several systemcamera
and one of the real oldies where you can (if you want)use glassplates
and seveal from the 1920 -1960 ungefair use regular and using a real darkroom
with cemical bath and everything,
whats digital …......LOL
well I most admit we do have one small pocketdigital (but I can´t use it)
so everybody have to bare over with me the day I start posting…....LOL
mostly I have taken pictures with the light from the sun becource everytime I use flash
they just don´t come out the way I want them (close but not right)


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#3 posted 08-01-2010 10:31 PM

I use a Canon Powershot A460, 5 Megapixel. Available light or lit using whatever lamps are handy. The camera has a pretty good auto white balance. Rarely use the onboard flash.
Use Pix resizer for blog photos (600 pixels wide). Full size for project posts.
Image processing software is ACDSee Pro 2.5. Although I used freebies like Gimp and NetPaint with great success.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 12:17 AM

Using an aging Konica-Minolta A200 8 megapixel. One of those mid size cameras with a decent size zoom lens, but no interchangeable lenses. Works good, fairly portable. I quit taking a large camera array with me 20 years ago when I discovered that I wasn’t enjoying the trips, just taking pictures.

I was serious enough to have a dark room, enlarger, etc at one time, so I guess you could say I have put a little work into it.

I use CorelDraw graphics suite, in particular Photopaint, just to resize, change brightness and color balance, etc. Occasionally I get pretty creative, but most of the time I just crank out the shop pics.

So, I don’t have the greatest camera, and I don’t take the time for great photos, but I do have the knowledge and programs to process the raw shots.


PS Still busy setting up my computer, etc (read, playing the latest games, etc)

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 12:36 AM

Mine’s a Pentax K200 plus a few extra lenses. I do mostly nature photography – flowers, bugs etc. I use Elements and Paint Shop Pro for editing.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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