<![CDATA[Travel Photography and Blog - Photography information and products]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:39:51 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[pHOTOGRAPHY EDITING, SITES AND MORE]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:38:47 GMThttp://daveleephotography.com/photography-information-and-products/photography-editing-sites-and-more
Image edited in light room - using dehaze tool, and split toning for color adjustment. - Fraser river on a foggy day.
Photography - links and info - keep on learning

This article provides links and information on photography that have helped me become a better photographer.

I am  a semiretired  financial planner and tax preparer, and I have  6 months of the year to work at my new passion of photography.  I am approaching 70 years old and wish I had started this much earlier in life. Three years ago,  I started  with a bridge camera,(see  review  below)  and then bought a Nikon D 5300  DSLR and photography took over my life.

When I am not busy with something interesting, I get bored. Photography always provides new things to learn and new challenges.  My interest in nature, exploring, and travel, along with photography is great combination. I saw some people walking with a set of binoculars and looking for birds, and I could not figure how why they wouldn’t have a camera to record their day' and the birds they saw. With digital photography, once you have the photo gear, and a computer you can shoot a lot of photos for very little cost.

A site which I find very useful for all sorts of free  information on beginning photography, editing and  photography gear is.   https://www.photographytalk.com/profile   They allow you to set up a free site and participate in the contests they host.

Two other sites which you can check out for contests and free photo galleries are https://gurushots.com/       and   http://www.viewbug.com/photo-contests

One more site is Wix. The photos come out very nice on this site - big full screen shots that look amazing.

Editing your photos is  a necessary part of photography. What your eye sees is not usually what the camera sees, some adjustment of color, contrast, and exposure is often needed just to make the photo look like what you saw.
 I started editing using  lightroom,  and have done some editing on Photoshop, but the learning curve for photoshop is steep. Lightroom will do most of what you require. The subscription to Lightroom and photoshop combined on a monthly basis runs about $14.00cdn and it is well worth the cost. It is priced in US$ which means it will most likely increase with the way our dollar is going!
Check it out on the adobe site.

A great resource for editing, training, and other general photography information is the book  “ Lightroom 5 - training for photographers” by Tony Northrup. If you buy the book or better yet put it on your Birthday list, you also get access to his video training on youtube and updates to the book online. The Book was $24.99 when someone bought it for me. I have relied on this and his utube channel for most of what I have learned about editing. http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00Q7O0K3A/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb


Your own website
Creating your website using   www.weebley.com  - a drag and drop website builder is not overly difficult if you have the time to spend on it. I find it easy to modify and change and it was a good learning experience.
 Flickr is a good site to see your photos in high resolution, and get feedback from your fellow photographers and the public by the comments and likes. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dflee/

 I hope some of this information is helpful and, above all get out and shoot lots of photos. The more you shoot the better you get.

<![CDATA[Review fUJI sL1000 Bridge Camera 50x superzoom]]>Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:09:03 GMThttp://daveleephotography.com/photography-information-and-products/review-fuji-sl1000-bridge-camera-50x-superzoomPicture
Fuji SL 1000 with 50x zoom fully extended

 I have purchased two different Fuji bridge superzoom camera's the first was the SL300 30x zoom. I found that this was an excellent camera. It was light and perfect for an everyday camera, but 30x zoom was not quite sufficient for closeups of birds and other animals. I upgraded to the 50x zoom SL1000.

I purchased this camera about a month ago and with the 50x zoom is perfect for those shots where you need a longer lens. I love this camera and it has even been suggested a good backup camera if you are packing a heavy DSLR and want something a little lighter, and less obtrusive for shooting on the street.

The SL1000 features a 16.2 megapixel 1/2.3" Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i video at 60fps with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800. The built-in 50x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 24-1200mm to suit working in a wide variety of shooting situations and lens-shift type image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in dimly-lit conditions or with greater zoom magnifications. A tilting 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor enables image composition and review from high and low angles and a 920k-dot electronic viewfinder provides a means for eye-level viewing and for greater shooting stability. SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition) modes are also available for automatically determining optimum exposure settings and six different Advanced Filters can be applied to your imagery for enhancing their creative appeal. In addition, it has Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual and Custom modes so can customize the settings very much like your DSLR.  It will get  zoom and wide angle shots and can compose HDR shots in camera. The only drawback with the lens as you could not attach filters.I found  a special after market filter ring that attaches to the lens by 3m adhesive, and converts the 52 mm lens to 58 mm for attaching screw in filters from various manufacturer's.  

Some sample images taken with this camera appear below in the slide show.

Amazon has the filter attachment in camera accessories and also has great prices on Fuji camera's. The sidebar link will take you to the correct pages on Amazon.