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Old 30th May 2011, 08:31   #7666
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Fret not it'll still shoot as well ! Also, the D7000 price dropped by 10k on Nikon India site. It was 74450 earlier, now it's 64450. If your budget can accommodate the D7000 after the price revision , .
its still 79950 with Kit lens and 64450 for just body on Nikon India Site
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its still 79950 with Kit lens and 64450 for just body on Nikon India Site
Earlier it was 89950 with kit lens.
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Just as Amit explained, in DigiKam if you opt for Tools-> Batch Queue Manager, it opens up a queue manager window.
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If you are on Linux, I suggest you try RAW Therapee. Truly amazing tool for batch workflow. You can download the 3.1 branch latest stable nightly builds. I am using those on windows, and they work great!
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Old 30th May 2011, 12:47   #7669
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Anyone is using Topaz labs Denoise 5 ? I found it really good for occasional high noise night shots, but 30 days demo period is finished and looking for an alternative. Any suggestions ?
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Guys, I would to see 2 effects in my pics (I have 110D with 18-55 IS kit lens):

1. Less haze on a bright sunny day - Is there any affordable ND filter which can reduce the haze but maintain the sharpness of the image?

2. Better rendering of clouds - I have seen pics with a dramatic cloud effect. I have seen pics where they dont appear flat. Any suggestion on this front ?
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Why don't experts start another thread regarding Post Processing and Softwares discussion? It is diluting DSLR discussion over here. I am just silent reader of this thread, now I am learning different softwares here.
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Old 30th May 2011, 16:53   #7672
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Guys, I would to see 2 effects in my pics (I have 110D with 18-55 IS kit lens):

2. Better rendering of clouds - I have seen pics with a dramatic cloud effect. I have seen pics where they dont appear flat. Any suggestion on this front ?
Search the net for HDR. It might be what you are looking for.
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Old 30th May 2011, 17:45   #7673
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1. Less haze on a bright sunny day
2. Better rendering of clouds
Get a CPL filter, will serve all your needs. ND is not for cutting haze but for long exposures and thereby requires a tripod in most cases. Remember CPL and ND reduces the light entering into the camera, so aperture number is directly influenced by that.

Here is a shot I took yesterday putting the CPL and ND together
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Found a nice article in terms of selecting Lenses for a holiday.

Selecting Lenses for a Holiday : Martin Pot - Photography Blog

Key Notes:

1. A good summary of what one wants to take
2. An even better summary of what one did (Post-Facto)
3. Mention about a useful software that analyses EXIF and provides charts, about which all lenses were used and for how many times?
4. Last but not least basic tips. (The most important I felt was about insuring camera and lens while on overseas travel). Looks like some folks do insure camera as a part of home insurance (But it seems that is not valid for overseas travel)


PS; I have only one basic kit lens with me and hence post facto analysis wont help me much. But at least it lets me know, what lens person tends to use more on a certain type of a holiday. That helps choose what I lens I want to buy next.
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Here is a shot I took yesterday putting the CPL and ND together
This is a beautiful picture Shaju. A real treat for the eyes.

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Get a CPL filter, will serve all your needs. ND is not for cutting haze but for long exposures and thereby requires a tripod in most cases. Remember CPL and ND reduces the light entering into the camera, so aperture number is directly influenced by that.

Here is a shot I took yesterday putting the CPL and ND together
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Great Photo!

Can you please share more info. on the location, time, sun position, your preparation etc.
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Old 31st May 2011, 00:49   #7677
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Hi All,

Finally i ordered Canon 550d with kit lens at flipkart and i am getting Canon 50mm/f 1.8 lens free for rs.38795. I order this because i was anyway going to buy this 50mm/f 1.8 lense, so felt reasonable and went ahead.

And please can you suggest another zoom lens which can be bought for around 10-15k which will make a good beginner's kit.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
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This is a beautiful picture Shaju....
You are the first one to give a positive feedback although I posted it in few places, thanks for that. In fact its a test shot (so it was posted here), my first attempt on filter vs long exposure. Learning is anyway fun

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.....more info. on the location, time, sun position, your preparation etc.
Its sankey tank, Bangalore around 7pm (you can see the park lights are all ON), taken with a 20mm lens at f/16, ISO-100, 20 seconds. ND16 and CPL used. I assume it would have given 30 secs at f/22. Preparation part is nothing as I am still on the stage of 'shoot whatever comes' on the way Somehow I felt this particular spot was the best for this test. Things for a long exposure:
1) Fully charged battery (it drains out faster)
2) Rock steady tripod (I hung my camera bag on its hook)
3) Preferably faster memory card
4) View finder closing piece (D700 has a built-in metal curtain)
5) Self timer shutter release to avoid shakes.

Similar water effect also can be attained without filters, that needs a darker surrounding or moon lit sky. But the usual blue hour shots are easy to handle with filters. I want to try longer exposures above 30 secs, but not possible without a cable release as one has to keep pressing the button on bulb mode with a timer in hand.
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Similar water effect also can be attained without filters, that needs a darker surrounding or moon lit sky. But the usual blue hour shots are easy to handle with filters. I want to try longer exposures above 30 secs, but not possible without a cable release as one has to keep pressing the button on bulb mode with a timer in hand.
There used to be a mechanical timer device which could be screwed into the cable release and used for long shots, with hands off. I cannot find it, but this is what I could find on the net

Specifications - Wireless Shutter Release and Timer, Camera and Flash Trigger, Flash Slave Unit

Amazon.com: Pixel Timer Remote Control Shutter for Nikon cameras compatible with Nikon MC-DC2 for D90/D3000/D5000/D7000: Camera & Photo

Cowboystudio Timer Remote Control Shutter for Canon EOS-1V/1VHS, EOS-3, EOS-D2000, D30, D60, 1D, 1Ds, EOS-1D Mark II,III, EOS-1Ds Mark II,III, EOS-10D, 20D, 30D...

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Old 31st May 2011, 11:23   #7680
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If you are on Canon 500D , 550D , 60D ,7D or 5D MK2 you can install magic lantern on SD card , ML provides the functionality of longer timers and also interval photography.
Else remote shutter release with timers are available on e-bay for about 30$.
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