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Inspirational Ideas
« on: January 03, 2011, 03:17:20 PM »
This thread is dedicated to sharing your ideas for taking pictures.

Sometimes we want to take pictures but for assorted reasons can't get out and about like we would like to. Work, family and weather often hold us back. Yet, we'd like to take photographs and we can usually do that in our backyards or inside. Or maybe we've just run out of ideas and inspiration. It happens. 

Here is an example of an unusual idea that Numpty first tried a few  months ago. He cored an apple and placed a small torch-flashlight inside.  sparkie1263 and wildieswife have posted "joiner" photos. Here and here.

wildieswife and her S/O constructed a large "hide" (blind) in their backyard so they can take close-up bird pictures without traveling.

So, if you have tried something new (or old) that is perhaps a bit unusual, please tell us about it. Perhaps post samples and if there are special techniques, tell us about them.

Thanks to Numpty for the idea for this thread.

Post away! New subjects, new techniques, indoors, outdoors.

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Clive
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These are the apple photos I took last year using Numpty's idea.


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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 05:02:28 PM »
Great to see an idea realised.
For those of you with young children im sure you have a bottle of bubbles hanging around and they love nothing more than popping them here are a couple of shots I took recently it helps to have a helper blowing the bubbles.
I roughly focused on my daughters finger/hands and waited for the bubble to float down to her level before quickly focusing on the bubble.
Now there isnt that much detail in the bubbles I think a better coloured background or doing it outside may help with that.
I was trying to catch the bubbles mid pop but the first shot is a smidge early and the second a little late I hope to improve these soon.
Also going to give it a go with the ringflash and see if that helps
I used a Sony flash mounted on camera and tried to get as fast a shutterspeed as I could manage.




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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 05:05:40 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 07:53:32 PM »
Not very exciting but it can lead to some very cool effects, the shots:
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probably one of the easiest to set up:
Piece of white paper - I used a sheet of wrapping paper turned over,
Tripod
Torch
CD or DVD turned over
Straw / biro - something to hold a drip of water
Glass of water with a tiny bit of oil in it

Just laid out the paper and put the DVD upside down on the paper, 'dripped' three drops of liquid onto the disc, set the tripod up to just higher than the table and rested the torch on it, then I moved the disc around until I got the colours / lines that I liked - Oh and turn the main room lights off.

I shot these handheld (which is why they aren't pin sharp) as I only had the one tripod, when I do it again I will use one.

This is the rough layout:
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The different set-ups etc are endless so give it a go and see what you come up with.

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(hope this is the kind of thing you were thinking of?)
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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 09:29:55 PM »
Thats one for the to do list nice thanks thats exactly the sort of thing I was after.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 11:30:07 PM »
"STUDIO" CLOSE-UPS WITH NO SPECIAL LIGHTS

If you'd like photos of small items (trinkets, nick-knacks, perhaps items for sale...) here's a way to do it with a simple set up and one LED flashlight/torch, a small stand and a tripod...MUST have a tripod. This has to be done at night. Daylight WB works with LED lights..you can try other WB settings.

See first photo for general set-up. Set your item on a small make-shift black stand. Compose the picture with the room lights on. The object must be a few meters away from background objects so the background does not show up in the picture...should be dark. You can clone out faint hot spots later.

Set the camera in M mode and select an appropriate aperture (such as 5.6 or 7.1 ... depending on the depth of the object). Set a slow speed, such as 1 second. You will have to take a few test shots to get the aperture and speed "right" to yield a suitable exposure. You can select a small aperture (such as f16) but you will have to use a slower speed...

Shut the lights off. Click the shutter and quickly paint the object with light...jiggle the light fast over the object. Check a couple of test photos and make adjustments to the exposure. Play with settings.

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Sample...hand-made pepper pot


Sample...glass birds

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 11:34:27 PM »
Good stuff gang.

When adding a new idea can you please give your subject a title in the text box and in the "subject box." Makes for easier searching later on.

Thanks.

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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 03:20:55 PM »
To get out of my rut and force me to come up with new ideas I booked the town library art display wall for December. There was no escape and I had to produce about 25 framed pictures which was enough of a kick up the backside to get me going.
It worked and I actually did produce the pictures - and I sold 10.
So find a venue and commit to an exhibition of your own work.
I have also booked a place for an LRPS appraisal at the RPS later this month. This has made me make some pictures with varied approaches, but because all the advice seems to be to play it safe ( and slightly boring ) it has only made me refine some of the ideas I already had. This has, so far, not been nearly so big an incentive to do something new as the exhibition.
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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 03:33:27 PM »
Good one Jeff. I've done three shows at our library's gallery. The last one was last February/March...the date was selected two years before so it was always in my mind.

Jeff ... do you have shots of you show ...

Here is my show.

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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 06:59:04 PM »
Good one Jeff. I've done three shows at our library's gallery. The last one was last February/March...the date was selected two years before so it was always in my mind.

Jeff ... do you have shots of you show ...

Here is my show.

Unfortunately my prints are done using a non internet connected pc in a cubbyhole at the back of my garage. And the PC will not load my PSE6 disc (I reformatted the hard disc and it loads other programmes such as LR2.3 but not PSE6  -- grrr)so I can't save for web. I guess I could load printed images onto a usb stick and save for web on my laptop......
And I forgot to take a picture of the prints on the library wall.
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Donate your photgraphs
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 07:18:19 PM »
Thanks Jeff.

This is not an actual photo concept...

Here is something to keep in mind ... donate prints to raise money. The "library" comments reminded me...

Around here several charitable orgs have fundraising dinners and auctions every year. These include the Alzheimer's society, schizophrenia society, "children's wish" foundation, the library and museum and local environmental groups. These groups solicit items from businesses and individuals.

Here's how it works. I donate framed prints and ask for a tax receipt for 3 to 4 times my cash costs for the print and frame. That way I more or less break even. The orgs make between about $75 and $300 per print depending on the prints and mood of the bidders. ;)     

Framed and unframed prints were donated to the library in conjunction with last winter's show. We raised $1,800 of which $1,400 stayed with the library and $400 went to Haiti.

So if you are looking for a way to have fun and help a local agency, consider doing this. Obviously tax laws will vary with country.

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Refridgerator magnets
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 04:53:10 AM »
What started this was the top goofy picture of our granddaughter. Our son (her dad) said, "I want a fridge magnet of that." Easy peasy. I just take some files to the lab and they will make 'em. After all they make coffee mugs, 3-D laser glass blocks, placemats. You name it, they make it. Not fridge magnets. I am sure someone does, but never being one to ignore a challenge...

Wal-Mart sells 8½ by 11-inch sheets of magnetize plastic sheets..two sheets for $5. The sheets have a powerful adhesive on the back, protected by a plastic paper which is peeled off to attached photos. So I made some 4 by 6-inch prints with borders, cut the smaller photos out, pasted them to the sheeting and cut the sheets with a cutter.

Next time, I'll just put a bunch of small photos on an 11 by 14-inch print and cut them. This time I could have put two photos per 4 by 6 print. Oh well...live and learn. 

This is what started it all.


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Stuck to the magnetized sheeting and being cut with the paper cutter...I trimmed the corners later.


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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 07:34:42 PM »
Nice idea clive however we have it easier in the UK as Tesco's sell magnetic A4 sheets of printer freindly photographic paper.
So you just wack it through your printer as if printing a normal photo.
My auntie has a large collection of fridge magnets and I did he wedding pic's and gave her a set in magnets also.
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Re: Inspirational Ideas
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 10:01:33 PM »
Some of the online 'gift' printing companies in the UK will also print them - try googling 'magnetic business card' or similar (I've no idea how good they are).
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