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digital photography photowalk

Lessons learned with my first manual lens on DSLR

I recently bought a manual lens on ebay. I saw some pictures taken with a manual lens on flickr and got curious. Some minutes and EUR 88,- later (USD 125,-) I was the owner of a Revuenon 55mm f1.4, an adapter for the M42 screw mount to EF and a lens hood.

The first impression was heavy. This glass is built like a tank. Metal everywhere. Great! And the aperture is 1.4 so it is fast. The DOF is shallow. So the first tests were on how the glass reacts to bad lighting and how to operate the little gem.

DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4   Test 1 M42  Test 2 M42

So the first thing I learned: Take your time.

In some light conditions it is fairly easy to focus with the view finder, but especially if you are close to the object it is better to us the liveview. The DOF is so shallow that it can be the trickiest part of the whole procedure to focus.

Once I knew the signature of my glass I took it for a walk. And I had fun!

Feet of steel will show you, that the DOF is shallow! Recognize the small strip of sharpness on the ground. Small details like this can be useful when focusing by hand.

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Lifehack photography

Lessons learned from Timelapsing with the CHDK

I wrote earlier on about my contact with CHDK and how I tried to do some time lapses. I was fascinated how easy this technique is and how powerful the visualizations are. I had my first failures and I did some of them again. I will return to this point at the end.

This blossom my friend is blowing in the wind...

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Macro photography

Low budget macro photography: First lessons learned

There is always a lesson to be learned. The more you know, the more you can learn.

Of course, this is not whatI learned this evening. I learned some things which were obvious and some thatwere even more obvious but it should be mentioned that things which are written down tend not to get lost that easy.

  1. The tripod is your friend. Compared to my first attempts the shots from today are pearls.Desinfecting needles with UV?

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photography

To see as a photographer

When I started using a camera on a regular basis I started to see things differently. The things did not change at all. It is more a question of perception.

Tunnelvision

You probably know the effect: Learning. By using your senses in a different way you adapt and you start to learn.