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Old 01-04-2017, 02:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I would be in line to get a copy of your proposed manual. I would particularly benefit from a "Quick Setup Guide" section which could get me in the ball park initially, and then I could work through the expansion and refinement of photo skills from there, as time permits. I think it is a great and useful project. My area of interest would be narrowly focused on pen photography. The Photoshop "Elements" might be the software that most casual level pen photographers would be willing to buy. I have Elements 11.


I like the idea of a quick setup guide as well. I'll add that. The format for that will be kind of like a cheat sheet that could be printed out and kept in a camera bag (or elsewhere if people are using cell phones for their equipment.


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I'd love to learn more, my pictures are not very good.
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I've been a commercial photographer for about 20 years. There is a lot of material already written on many of the subjects you mentioned in your first post. However in my opinion I think there would be great interest on how to build a simple light tent and how to use it to best photograph pens. I've seen many posts about this subject over the years and some have attempted to explain how they do it. Everyone here is interested in pen making so keeping the subject closely related to displaying them would be key.
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I have been migrating to the free photo editors, i.e. Gimp and IRFanview. If you could teach me how to better use those...

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I would love to know more about photography. I use coreldraw X6 which is more for a vector art. But I have corel paint also.....
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This is something that still vexes me. Everytime I think I've got it, I realize I don't.

I would also definitely like a copy of this manual. Your efforts would be greatly appreciated.
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I would like it also. I started with Photoshop with 2.5.1 in 1994, I think. (I got it with a 1200DPI epson scanner). I was overseas in a totally different language, so I had to learn PS through my own experience and from use of other graphics applications. I upgraded about every other upgrade.

There are still things I do not understand or know but I do know that I enjoy PS with photos. White balance, what it does and why it is important still doesn't gel in my mind. I use it until I get something close to what I want, but I don't understand the concept - if that makes sense. There are other aspects that I could certainly learn.
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This will be awesome, Jason. Thanks for stepping up to this project - I know it will be well received & appreciated.

I use Photoshop, but my skills are very rudimentary. I will definitely appreciate more info on using photo editors.

In the Camera Equipment section, I hope you will include suggestions on how to get the best results from smartphone photography. I have a DSLR and a couple of small digital cameras, but sometimes a smartphone is just a lot more convenient. I really like the camera on my new iPhone7+ and I'd like to be able to take full advantage of its capabilities.

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In response to many of the replies on this thread...

For post production (photo editing/retouching) I will cover the principles of editing and not actually specific tutorials because I understand that we use different programs and versions. For instance though when it comes to color balance. If you understand the color wheel and white balance, then you can make color adjusts to correct white balance. This can be done with changes in hue, saturation, levels, curves and other filters. Most photo editing programs have these tools. So I will explain color and white balance. Then show how it can be adjusted with available common editing tools.

For exposure, I will explain exposure and reading histograms. Then show how to adjust exposure using different methods (curves, levels, and other tools). While I'll be using photoshop, the tools I'll be using are available it most of the programs, so it can easily be applied across the board.

For equipment it will have three different sections for cameras, lenses and lighting. In the camera section I'll cover cell phones, consumer point and shoots, prosumer cameras such as mirrorless cameras, and dslrs. I won't cover large format and field cameras because that's probably too advanced and anyone who uses that equipment will already be passed this book anyways. For lighting, I'll cover available natural lighting, constant studio lights, speed lights/strobes. For this section, I'll show examples of different setups with the details on how to achieve the look.

For lenses I'll cover primes, macros, kit/consumer, and professional lenses. I'll also cover filters, to include white balance, macro, neutral density and polarizers. Again, for the filters, there will be examples.

For the studio set up, I plan on covering outdoor, indoor with no special equipment, and the backdrop that I use. It was asked to do something on a light box and how to make one. I actually don't like light boxes for pens because it severely limits the kind of setup one can do. I'll explain the pros/cons of useing a light box but that's about it. I will show how I made my set using 8020 aluminum extrusion.

This book will only focus on pen photography as well, as people requested.

Again if there are more requests for information, please keep asking. Realistic timeframe for me to complete it will be about a month as I'm waiting on some equipment from Amazon. I'm ordering so new stuff to make tutorials for using less expensive equipment.


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I think that would be awesome!!
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