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    For anything technical having to do with photography, video and lighting. It happens here. I think we have enough self-proclaimed pros here. Ask away.
    Loki, What do you use stacking for, saturation, focus or what?

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    I did 2 semi-pro shoots last week at the New York Auto Show, I have questions based on the results. I'll post some pics and then ask the related questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FightGame View Post
    For anything technical having to do with photography, video and lighting. It happens here. I think we have enough self-proclaimed pros here. Ask away.
    Loki, What do you use stacking for, saturation, focus or what?
    i use photoshop for stacking (or taking the statistical mean of several exposures) - but only when there is too much contrast to capture the image in a single exposure (like an abandoned church where all the windows are smashed out and the contrast is too great to be captured in a single exposure). color saturation/focus is 95% done in camera (ocasional .raw touch ups (specifically for color abboration), but that's it).

    i try to use photoshop as little as possible. since i do a lot of landscape (non moving subjects) i have the advantage of taking my time. so to get one specific photo, i may take 20 different exposures at different settings.

    basically, my rule of thumb is if i go to a specific site and get one good photo, i consider it a successful shoot. i know that is the exact opposite is true in portraits. my cousin is a portrait photographer in sanfran who makes serious bank (she charges 20k to walk in the door for weddings) and has a resume a mile long, so i am going to try to improve that area of skill working with her, but unfortunately the urbex scene in northern cali is pretty lame.

    i would like to incorporate models in some of the decay sites i go to but so far, it has been tough to find the right chicks. not to be an *******, but most of the women who have offered to go i wouldn't exactly want to 'hang a picture of in my living room'.
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    I have a problem figuring out my white balance at times. What's a good rule of thumb to follow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxxVALETUDOxxx View Post
    I have a problem figuring out my white balance at times. What's a good rule of thumb to follow?
    The basic rule of thumb is 3200 for tungsten an 5500k for daylight. The WB slider in lightroom and PS works like a champ. I often forget to set the camera but It's easily fixed in post. Lighting is critical however. 4500-4700k is good for overcast exteriors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FightGame View Post
    The basic rule of thumb is 3200 for tungsten an 5500k for daylight. The WB slider in lightroom and PS works like a champ. I often forget to set the camera but It's easily fixed in post. Lighting is critical however. 4500-4700k is good for overcast exteriors.
    good call with the wb slider for raw...somoetimes when i'm out shooting, after 12 hours i forget to change the wb. 5am to 630pm is a long day of shooting, especially when you climb around like a monkey to get into these different places.
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    Hey Loki, just so i understand this correctly, Stacking is getting the same photo with different exposures and using them as various layers for 1 photo? Kinda blending them together so they work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8loco1 View Post
    Hey Loki, just so i understand this correctly, Stacking is getting the same photo with different exposures and using them as various layers for 1 photo? Kinda blending them together so they work?
    Pretty much.
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    I'm gonna have to try that. I keep seeing photos and think, how'd they get so much into one pic? I guess that's one trick to doing it. That whole urbex scene looks pretty cool. There isn't much of that down here in florida. Mostly swamp where i'm at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxxVALETUDOxxx View Post
    I have a problem figuring out my white balance at times. What's a good rule of thumb to follow?
    Its expensive but the Expodisc works amazingly for setting custom white balance.

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