Jun 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm #1317486
I just picked up a Sony NEX 6! traded in the NEX 5. Really like the upgrade. BUT
I'm looking of a UV filter for protection of my lens and of course.. a UV filter.
I'm not looking for the cheapest alternative, just a solid. GOOD/GREAT UV filter.
Thanks! i'll add more questions as I explore the camera features and experiment more!
I am looking at this oneJun 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm #2108222
If you really want a GREAT UV/clear filter, consider one of these instead:
The Hoya's are generally considered good ones; but the B+W XS-Pro's are considered to have a better coating (less lens flare, more hydrophobic) and a more solid brass body.
With most sensors, you don't really need UV protection any more; so I'd lean to the 007 version. Get the 010 version is you really need UV protection though.
This is the filter (in 62mm) that I trust to my Olympus 12-40mm Pro lens.Jun 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm #2108237
For a normal lens, you can probably get by with a filter with a normal ring on it. However, if you are trying to go very wide angle, you might decide to get a filter with a thin ring so that you can avoid vignetting.
–B.G.–Jun 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm #2108239
dave and Bob, just what I was looking for. awesome, thank you!
I am also looking for a lens hood for this 16-50mm power zoom lens. anyone have experience with that?
What kind of cleaning supplies should I get, microfiber cloth? solutions? Real newb here.
also, backpacking i'm going to be using this for a variety of shots but a lot of it is going to be landscape. I've read here and on other forums where the sky can get washed out or the land can be under developed.
I was looking at this.
would this solve my problems?Jun 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm #2108496
Lens Hood: Sorry, can't help much there as I'm a micro 4/3's user.
Cleaning supplies: I carry a cut up piece of microfiber stored in a VERY small ziplock plus one of these:
It's essentially a very compact version of the venerable LensPen and does a great job of cleaning lenses and filters.
Skylight Filter: Don't bother with this filter. It was designed for film cameras and has little, if any, impact on modern digital sensors. After you get more experience, you might want to get a graduated neutral density filter to address your concern. But they are a bit cumbersome to use. I'd suggest waiting until you have more experience before investing in one. To use them properly, they have to be held by hand in front of the lens — they can't be screwed on like most other filters.
One filter you might consider is a good polarizing filter. In the right conditions they can increase contrast in forest conditions, drastically reduce glare in in water, and significantly darken the blue in the sky. I always carry one with me and I've found the B+W and Marumi brands to be especially good. A polarizer is the only filter I regularly carry with me.Jun 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm #2108498
I agree. A Skylight filter was good back about twenty or thirty years ago, but they are unnessary now. A circular polarizing filter can be very useful, but you have to fool with it a bit before you develop the knack of knowing when and how to use one. "How" is tricky. Sometimes if you crank the polarizer to the max, it will make things look a bit too artificial, so using it halfway can often get more realistic results. When you get to very high elevation, there is no haze in the sky. So, if you shoot anything with a major portion of sky at the right angle to the sun, it will make the sky look almost black. Yes, a polarizer is the only filter that I carry these days. A bit of microfiber cloth is about all you need for cleaning the front of the lens. Even then, you have to learn to do it right. You don't want to polish the glass, because that is likely to grind dirt bits into the glass. Instead, you just barely flick any dirt off or poke at a fingerprint.
–B.G.–Jun 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm #2108510
Washed out skies / dark foregrounds can usually be addressed thus:
– Shoot RAW so you capture all the information your sensor is capable of (Sony sensors have great dynamic range, but if you shoot jpeg most of that is thrown away)
– Use your histogram. It will tell you if you captured the entire range of light. If necessary, use exposure bracketing and blend images back home.
– Learn to post process, then work on getting better.
I agree with the comments above about filters: The only filter worth carrying is a polarizer, and it has to be used carefully. Graduated neutral density filters have their place, but usually you can accomplish the same thing with less fuss by exposure stacking – and it's in keeping with the UL philosophy of using skills instead of more gear.Jun 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm #2108603
Yes when i first got the camera the first thing i did was switch it to raw+jpeg, thinking now of just shooting in RAW, Although i do not own any post process software, have something to suggest?
I've already notice a difference between the two pictures. The RAW seems to have deeper colors than the jpeg files. i can't upload them but you all know what i mean.
Which program would you suggest?
I have a pretty good computer that can handle anything of the sort
Late 2013 Macbook pro 2ghz processor, 8gb ram.
should handle it!Jun 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm #2108606
Post Processing is almost deserving of its own thread. Right now I don't have anything on my Mac that can process or download RAW files so will need to figure this out soon.
I really don't like Adobe's new business model of renting software. I think I'm going to buy Photoshop CSC and skip the cloud either way but I'm torn as a Mac user if I should buy Aperture for half the cost and more efficient on my Mac or shelve my inner Apple fanboy and buy Lightroom outright.
Too many dang rumors right now but it seems that Aperture 3.5.1 is lagging slightly behind Lightroom. My luck, if I were to buy Lightroom, Apple would release Aperture 4 the following day.Jun 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm #2108607
i just looked into it, yea 30 dollars a month… i hate that I had to do that with microsoft office too….
I've only ever heard of Lightroom, and nothing of aperture, and have only considered it as of a few hours ago. lol
I guess i found a new hobby!!Jun 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm #2108609
So far Gimp has been fine for me so there's really no good reason that Aperture won't knock my socks off. From watching a few demos on YouTube, it checks all of the boxes for me. Quite honestly, I'm not sure that I'll ever need Photoshop but I do like to tinker with stuff so who knows.Jun 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm #2108615
"I really don't like Adobe's new business model of renting software. I think I'm going to buy Photoshop CSC and skip the cloud either way but I'm torn as a Mac user if I should buy Aperture for half the cost and more efficient on my Mac or shelve my inner Apple fanboy and buy Lightroom outright. "
Neither. Buy Pixelmator from the App Store. $29.99. Will probably do everything you need it to do, and a whole lot more. You just don't need the so-called big boy software.
Edited to add: or buy Acorn for $49.99. Again, will do anything you need it to do.Jun 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm #2108618
For almost every new camera that I have purchased in the last 12 years, it came with utilities that will do RAW conversion and the most basic tasks. For my most recent new camera, it will save RAW+JPEG, so I started using it that way. Then after a week or two, I realized that RAW alone is sufficient, and I don't need to save the JPEG on the memory card. Later, when those files reach the computer, I will save as TIF and/or JPEG.
–B.G.–Jun 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm #2108627
Thanks Bob. Sony does indeed have a converter available for download.
Checking out a tutorial on Pixelmator right now. Looks like a step up from Gimp and, as you said, is more than enough for me.
Looks like Aperture isn't supporting the A6000 as of right now but Lightroom does.Jun 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm #2108631
"Sony does indeed have a converter available for download."
I've never used Sony, but I would wager that it does a respectable job of converting the Sony RAW format. Go for it.
–B.G.–Jun 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm #2108636
Will do Bob.
I just sent Apple an email asking them when the A6000 will be supported by Aperture.
The NEX 6 is definitely on the list so you should be good to go if you decide to go that route.Jun 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm #2108638
Ian, thanks for the info on that, it does however support the NEX 6. WHEW!!!!
any program will be more than enough for me right now. I'll check them all out tomorrow
Thanks for all this information. I truly found a new hobby.Jun 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm #2108646
By the way, learning how to use a high-end image editor like Photoshop can be a daunting task. However, once you learn it, it can really pay off. I had used a different image editor program for years, and then I got some deal to switch over to Adobe Photoshop. The price was right, so I did. The trick is, of course, that when the price of a high-end product like that suddenly gets discounted, it is typically a sign that there is a newer version coming out soon, and they are just trying to get you to buy in early, and then upgrade versions almost immediately. [sigh]
I switched to Photoshop, and sure enough the new version came out just a month or two later. It had enough neat features that I was after it. But, I sure did not want to pay the full Adobe price or the full Adobe upgrade price. I was shopping around online, and I found a retailer who was offering the new version for cheap (I don't remember, maybe $150 or something). Without checking up on the retailer, I ordered it and paid by Paypal. Then I didn't hear anything from the retailer. I sent emails to the retailer asking for a ship date, and I got the weirdest replies. It turned out that the retailer was in China, and they had no clue what Adobe Photoshop version XYZ was. They didn't stock such a product, yet they advertised it on the web. In fact, their plan was to wait until they had eight or ten paying customers lined up, and then they would send somebody out on the street to purchase one legal or illegal copy. They would clone that (somehow, they didn't know) and ship eight or ten bootleg copies to the customers. Once I figured out what they were up to, I had the transaction canceled and Paypal informed. Even then, the stupid retailer was trying to ship _something_ to me to prove something, but that didn't work.
My point is, if you are laying down some honest cash to get a high-end product, do some homework and find out who you are dealing with.
–B.G.–Jun 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm #2108679
Adobe Lightroom handles 90% of my post-processing needs. For the other 10% I start in Lightroom and then do the rest in either Photoshop or one of the many fine Lightroom add-ons. The nice thing is that you can launch all of these from within Lightroom so you still retain the great cataloging and organizing capabilities of Lightroom.
You can buy the programs outright, or you can get a monthly subscription that includes both Lightroom and Photoshop CC for $9.99/month. The link to that program is here:
I own a sign company so we deal with these graphic programs every day. While I philosophically do have a problem with the subscription model, it's really hard to argue with the financials. $9.99 per month is a whole lot cheaper in the long run if you update versions (or even if you skip every other update to save money).Jun 4, 2014 at 4:57 am #2108691
Is post processing absolutely necessary at this point in the game for me?Jun 4, 2014 at 5:39 am #2108698
Really; no it isn't necessary. It's more important to learn to use your camera and to learn the techniques of good composition first. Learning post-processing concurrently with those first two items may become overwhelming.
BUT……if you're going to shot RAW, then you pretty much have to post process to get a good quality photo. RAW photos have a lot more data and therefore more potential to be made into great photos than JPEG, but they have absolutely no processing by the camera.
JPEG photos are actually pretty heavily processed by a computer in your camera. Things like white balance, dynamic range adjustments, lens aberration corrections, color correction are all applied by the JPEG engine in your camera.
You can always add post processing to your photo arsenal at a later date, but for now I'd recommend sticking with JPEG and learning the basics.Jun 4, 2014 at 6:25 am #2108702
I have the option to go RAW+JPEG. So i can save all the raw files for later when I get to know my camera and techniques more often.
Thank you David, Ian, Will, and Bob for answering all my beginning photography questions!
~NathanJun 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm #2109475
I've got another question.
How do i set up my camera to take a picture like thisJun 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm #2109481
Ahh, you are trying to get the "silky waterfall effect."
In general, you need to get the shutter speed slowed down to something in the range of a large fraction of one second, like 1/8 or 1/4 or 1/2. It may be even more or less, and it depends on the water height and distance. Now, if you shoot that handheld, it is likely to be a mess because of user jiggle. If you use a tripod or something else to stabilize the camera, that is almost a necessity. With some cameras, you still can't get there from here. With some cameras, it is difficult to shoot at 1/4 because there is too much light. In other words, it can't get the aperture to stop down far enough. So, you need to help it. Step 1 is to manually set the ISO for the lowest number possible, something like 50 or 100. Step 2 is to manually set the 1/4 shutter, and you use T mode for exposure. If those work and you can shoot it, then fine. If the camera won't let you do that, then you need one more step, and that means adding a neutral density (gray) filter on the front of the lens. This ND filter will knock out one or two or four stops of light, so that makes the earlier steps easier. I'm guessing that you do not have any ND filter.
–B.G.–Jun 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm #2109483
Jason ElsworthBPL Member
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
The current 10 bucks a month deal for Photoshop and lightroom seems like an excellent deal to me. I have been using Photoshop for about 12 years now and the learning curve is steep. I am just about to add Lightroom to the mix and this is the way I would recommend most people to go if you want to get involved in post processing. Photoshop has always been expensive, but I have always stuck with it. There are other products, but it is the Adobe products that have a huge amount of learning and additional software resources behind them. As has already been said, most of the camera brands offer a Raw converter, so you can experiment with that. Also most cameras are capable of producing excellent jpegs out if camera.
Finally, I would recommend developing a robust system for managing and backing up your files. Before you know it you will have 1000s of files and keeping track of everything can become a royal PITA if you don't have a good system.
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