A few years ago I wrote a little about my new toy - manual lens Jupiter-9. Here I have the new one Helios 40-2. I use it with Nikon but it can fit to other systems too. So I'd like to share my new experience with it.
Helios 40-2 is mostly known for it's unique bokeh. The price for this lens has grown quite high as for manual lens in the past few years. For some it's a kind of trendy lens to have. Though I decided to discover it's capability with my full frame camera.
Firstly about the manual working. I found it really exciting and catching up to put more efforts while focusing. Well it's quite complicated for moving objects but there are many shoots I do for mostly stable situations: backgrounds, portrais, landscapes. I usually work with open aperture as it's F1.5...
The cameras and lenses Russians have a unique charm, I really like the Fed, Zorki and I am a happy owner of a Pentacon Six with a Zeiss aus Jena! The objectives are really excellent value for money product, congratulations for the images and their delicate bokeh!
Well this article is for a newbies. If you have some information to fill up, I would be thankful.
So what you need to interior photography? First of all your camera :) Then it is helpful to have lens at about 10-20mm angle diapason. If the room or hall is quite big, then it could be enough to have at about 30mm angle lens. But if you want to make photos of ordinary home interior, 10-20mm angle diapason is really helpful.
I don't used any flash or other light apart from light that comes through the window and the bulbs light, that is a part of interior.
I used aperture from 11 to 16 so in some cases the time of taking photo were 10 or more seconds, that is why you must to have a tripod. If you want a tack sharp picture - use mirror lock up function of your camera. And obviously you must use...
Some pictures are great, but you should use flash sometimes (last picture for example). And you can try to correct perspective in your pictures. In photoshop 1. open picture 2. ctrl+a 3.ctrl+t 4. press ctrl and use points in corners for corrections 5. enter
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Mine had 23 sales, though most of them were subscriptions, so had not got plenty of gold :) This month was lucky for uploading more to me, because of a few photo sessions with models. And the acceptance ratio has grown a bit. Well waiting for the spring to come in Europe, Lithuania. Today is the last March day, but we have snow here :) so I'll go to forest to look around for shoots.
I feel quite new to stock photography, and the whole photography as well. Last year I've got the camera and started to look around more deeply and passionately. The art of view or the view of art is not completely new to me, though photography has it's own rules of creation. I've got to understand that it's not enough to look around deeply and passionately soon. It's not even art of view but also the technique..
So it's my start and I'm happy about that, and sharing it with you my colleagues..
Taking pictures in RAW file format has huge benefits. First of all you can better correct the exposure parameter. This is important because
a) if you shoot a picture and went home with the exposure not as you was expected (too light or too dark), you can easily correct 2-3 steps.
b) if you want to shoot a picture with low ISO and there is not enough light, the shutter would work to slow to get focused view, for your chosen aperture - try to shoot it -1 or -1,5 steps (manual correction) - you can always correct it at home, because it's RAW file format.
c) white balance is very important issue in photography. If you shoot in RAW file format you can more easily correct it. You can cold or warm the color, add tint - it's hundred of times easier than to correct it in JPG.
Well, I am kind of giving up RAW, since I was shooting RAW full quality and the result was that one. With JPEG I have what I want. It's really strange, it shouldn't happen like that... anyway, in my personal gallery (in another site) I posted the same question, and some people told me that they also gave up RAW and so do many professional photographers, due to the massive extra work, time and in the end, the final costumer doesn't feel any difference... This recent experiment made me realize that RAW isn't maybe that important... Hope I'm not saying something stupid....
Once again, thanks for the answer!
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Sometimes I wonder, that it's great to live in a place where can see and enjoy every four seasons. The autumn is great time for photography. The colors! So many landscapes that have special view in this season. The shadows and the sun position! At the time the day started to be shorter the sun path even the day time started to be not so high by the zenith, but down, closer to the horizon and that is where the shadows come - almost every time in a day, that is great isn't it?
Though I'm not completely satisfied with my passed autumn works. I want more :) My day time job takes most of my time. I had few photo sessions, here are the pics:
It's great to walk first steps on DT land and it's wonderful to learn to go.. I'm grateful to this organisation for being my teacher and to all you people for the help in forum and generally for being the members of the same group.
If you would be next to me, I would definitely share with you all the sweet food I like :)
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