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  1. ionian

    Micro 4/3 Should I upgrade?

    The EM1 is a fantastic camera that is a joy to use, and it's functions are night and day from the 12mpx rangefinders. But what is it specifically that is underwhelming you with the ep-3? Yes the EM1 has a 16mpx sensor but it is noisy in long exposure and when recovering shadows - more so than...
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    Any graphic designers out there? :D Recommend a color for links on a grey background...

    Adobe Color CC Just in case you (or anyone else reading) isn't aware of it, the Adobe Kuler tool is great for picking complimentary colour schemes. It's pretty self explanatory but importantly you can change the colour spacings to give you different sets.of complimentary colour schemes. Its...
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    12th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: Your favourite "Snapshot" of 2018

    Too shallow, and it would have no meaning to anyone else - but this is a shot of my daughter on her birthday with her best friend dressed up as princesses. Even aged four, you can sense how important their friendship is to each other, and this picture captures that togetherness.
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    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    Back in the studio!
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    WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 11th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: Negative Space

    Thanks so much to everyone that showed a photo, I think everyone who entered nailed the brief so my winners are based on my reaction to the photos personally. 3rd place: Well done @Piano - for me the loneliness and ruggedness of this image was pitched just right. 2nd place: Beautiful and...
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    WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 11th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: Negative Space

    Last chance to enter - I'll close the competition in around 12 hours!
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    WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 11th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: Negative Space

    Thanks very much to those who have entered so far. There's still two weeks left for this challenge, plenty of time to pick up the camera and find some space...
  8. ionian

    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    Maleficent Styled shoot with the awesome Sister of Sinister. Model: Ecce
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    Going Old School - Purposefully Working In Manual Focus Lenses (Image Heavy)

    They are great pictures no matter what lens used. Many of them have a very old school processing style that suits them, a look I really love. I too enjoy the feel of manual focus lenses - my favourite on micro four thirds was a minolta 58mm f1.4 with a speedbooster, giving a roughly 82mm f1.0...
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    WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 11th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: Negative Space

    I try to think of composition like ancient Greek sculpture. In sculpture you start with a great big rock and chip away at it, removing everything unnecessary until you are left only with the part of the rock that displays your subject. In photography we do the same, taking a whole scene and...
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    10th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: The Backstory

    Thanks - it is a special photo to me, I'm glad I was able to convey a sense of that to others. I've really appreciated being able to read through all of the other stories, and I think it was a great challenge. I'll have a think and put up a challenge later today.
  12. ionian

    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    I had an amazing shoot today with Ecce (model) and Sister of Sinister (MUA + headwear). These are just the first off the editing line, the best outfits are yet to come...
  13. ionian

    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    Another shoot with my new A7iii - this time a high key warm and snuggly jumper type thing with Lollie.
  14. ionian

    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    More of a Halloween / cosplay / beauty shoot than a true portrait, but it was fun. No, they are not all this shallow DOF.
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    I've ordered the pre-build - I spoke to them at the end of the day and talked it through. Thanks for all the help, sorry to wimp out on a home build ;)
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    Thanks you guys. Food for thought but I think @davidzvi has hit the nail on the head with the build, it would probably be fine but it does make me nervous and if something goes wrong I will have no clue. Yes, the 16gb option seems to be better on the above link, and the pre-installed OS would...
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    Ok I've been having a good look at this. I've found this ready-made build but it doesn't have dedicated graphics: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079VXC4Y3/?coliid=I2PJH5KG35WVPA&colid=2VEGQRK5ZWRPA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Advantages include pre-build, operating system and warranty. I could...
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    That's awesome - thanks @amin. Is there a way to switch it to UK prices? And, as I've been exploring Reddit, I k ow that case isn't available in the UK at the mo. Is there an alternative that is recommended?
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    I'm shooting the A7iii so 24mpx. The case and psu is from an old gaming rig that died a death - i used to play a bit but no more. I replaced it with the laptop in around 2012 I think. From my reading a fast processor, 16gb of ram, SSD drive for software is the way forwards. I'm not sure what...
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    Build / find me new budget editing PC

    Whilst I'm not completely clueless, assume I know nothing so please over explain everything. I need a new editing PC. I use Lightroom and Photoshop. I want a desktop. I have a budget of £500 (yes I know that's low, I'm not expecting miracles). I do not have an operating system. The last time I...
  21. ionian

    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    Oh man, you're gonna get me in trouble... :D
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    Portraits, any camera, any color, any subject

    Thanks, it's a lovely lens, and one that I will try to shoot with as much as possible! I still have the mark 1 A7 for now (and my original em5) but I'm not sure what to do with it. It's a fine and useful backup but I doubt it will be needed very often and it wont be picked up in preference to...
  23. ionian

    Hi from a long time mu-43 member

    I'm another traveller originally from mu-43 - I was also a member of the film forum which got merged into Cameraderie some time ago, but I didn't post much. I'm mainly a portrait photographer and im currently shooting with Sony. Just thought I'd say hi here as I started posting without a proper...
  24. ionian

    The shape of things to come...?

    Really interesting article - written intelligently, thanks for sharing. What I really noted was the inextricable link between the photo and the method used to share it, almost as though the latter was now more important than the former. Of course in our post-postmodern age we take for granted...
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    10th Cameraderie Photo Challenge: The Backstory

    2017 was a pretty crappy year for my young family. I had what can only be described as a mental breakdown at the end of 2016, my wife had been diagnosed with cancer and finances were precarious. The future was uncertain to say the best. Trying to protect (or at least minimise the impact on) our...
  26. ionian

    Film It's all so quiet...

    ...but we'll soon change that! I'm primarily a micro four-thirds shooter, I recognise plenty of names from mu-43, but I've been dabbling with film over the past couple of weeks. I enjoy photographing everything, but portraiture is my passion. I'm not processing my own film, but I have a local...
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