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Offline Tom van Brits

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« Reply #1860 on: June 08, 2018, 03:40:00 pm »
My new camera was finally delivered to my daughter at work yesterday. It was on pre-order but I was in no rush since I can only start using it once back in SA in a couple of months time. Paid R11K and I see they are back on R14.5K. A rather good saving of R3.5K! Now I hope to use the camera once back to generate some income as well. Will keep my eyes open now for a good deal on a F2.8 70X200mm - then I am ready to do sport photography.
 
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« Reply #1861 on: June 08, 2018, 03:46:20 pm »
 :) :laughing4:
 

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Re: Learning photography
« Reply #1862 on: June 11, 2018, 04:01:31 pm »
... Will keep my eyes open now for a good deal on a F2.8 70X200mm - then I am ready to do sport photography.
What qualifies as a good deal? They retail for over R38k, but FotoDiscountWorld has them for R36k and I see there is a second hand one on outdoorphoto community for R19k (probably an older model...)

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« Reply #1863 on: June 11, 2018, 04:38:31 pm »
My new camera was finally delivered to my daughter at work yesterday. It was on pre-order but I was in no rush since I can only start using it once back in SA in a couple of months time. Paid R11K and I see they are back on R14.5K. A rather good saving of R3.5K! Now I hope to use the camera once back to generate some income as well. Will keep my eyes open now for a good deal on a F2.8 70X200mm - then I am ready to do sport photography.

As far as I've seen, latest Tamron is the name of the game for 70-200 2.8. About half the price of Nikon, and - if the reviews I have seen are to be believed, better.

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Re: Learning photography
« Reply #1864 on: June 11, 2018, 05:29:57 pm »

Tamron MAY be slightly better out of the box, I question long term reliability

Iíve read about dust penetration affecting some Tamron lenses.
 

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« Reply #1865 on: June 11, 2018, 09:02:00 pm »
To start of with freelance work I don't think I can go wrong with the highly rated Tamron F2.8 G2 70-200mm

It is selling at R19K opposed to the Nikor at mentioned R36K Which I cannot afford in any way. i will definitely look at secondhand offerings but only once I am back home.

Big oil I did read about the dust problems but only appear on the 'non weather sealed' lenses. I also know that ORMS has got a dedicated craftsmen that service and repair lenses should I ever (hope not) need the service but always better to avoid issues or lenses/equipment with issues. What I gather is that this specific lens is overall good.
 

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« Reply #1866 on: June 20, 2018, 02:12:24 pm »
For the Canon shooters....look at this bargain (if only the lens!)
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=225728.0
 

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« Reply #1867 on: June 20, 2018, 02:19:59 pm »
I love Lightroom and can't do without. Will ever be thankful to Expat for it. He also gave me a paid version of Photoshop elements 15 and I could not get it to work - register (It times out due to bad internet) By luck I once got to install and register Ligtroom 6 and then the laptop broke. Bought a Mackbook and Ri helped to download Lightroom CC and instolled by using my key - register and ship to Gough.
So now would be real nice to get Photoshop working because there is nothing going on during the cold winter months down here. Today is my mission to get this program registered and I will keep trying ...need a bit of luck  ;D
So much that one can do in Photoshop, like removing unwanted things from an image, enhancing through layers and so on. Did a lot of reading on the subject and can't wat to begin.
 

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« Reply #1868 on: June 21, 2018, 07:42:56 am »
I love Lightroom and can't do without. Will ever be thankful to Expat for it. He also gave me a paid version of Photoshop elements 15 and I could not get it to work - register (It times out due to bad internet) By luck I once got to install and register Ligtroom 6 and then the laptop broke. Bought a Mackbook and Ri helped to download Lightroom CC and instolled by using my key - register and ship to Gough.
So now would be real nice to get Photoshop working because there is nothing going on during the cold winter months down here. Today is my mission to get this program registered and I will keep trying ...need a bit of luck  ;D
So much that one can do in Photoshop, like removing unwanted things from an image, enhancing through layers and so on. Did a lot of reading on the subject and can't wat to begin.

Jip. Photoshop is amazing. I'm a scared to try it, because there is once again a lot to learn.

For now I'm only on Lightroom, and to remove objects you need to clone other patches of the image. My cousin showed me the "content aware fill" function, where Photoshop literally creates new content from the surrounding edges to fill in over unwanted objects.  :o

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Re: Learning photography
« Reply #1869 on: June 21, 2018, 11:47:29 am »
I love Lightroom and can't do without. Will ever be thankful to Expat for it. He also gave me a paid version of Photoshop elements 15 and I could not get it to work - register (It times out due to bad internet) By luck I once got to install and register Ligtroom 6 and then the laptop broke. Bought a Mackbook and Ri helped to download Lightroom CC and instolled by using my key - register and ship to Gough.
So now would be real nice to get Photoshop working because there is nothing going on during the cold winter months down here. Today is my mission to get this program registered and I will keep trying ...need a bit of luck  ;D
So much that one can do in Photoshop, like removing unwanted things from an image, enhancing through layers and so on. Did a lot of reading on the subject and can't wat to begin.

Thanks Piet, yes I have finally managed to install and run Photoshop. There was another cd included for Macbook which I only now discovered  :peepwall:
However, at this stage it is Greek to me - absolutely different to Lightroom and much more complex. Lightroom is very easy to get started on and figure it out on the go, learn through mistakes and the longer you use it the more you get from it. I hope to say the same in a couple of weeks about photoshop but I got to bed late and frustrated with myself. I need to google a bit and see what I can learn....maybe need a dictionary as well because some of the terminology is beyond my vocabulary.
Jip. Photoshop is amazing. I'm a scared to try it, because there is once again a lot to learn.

For now I'm only on Lightroom, and to remove objects you need to clone other patches of the image. My cousin showed me the "content aware fill" function, where Photoshop literally creates new content from the surrounding edges to fill in over unwanted objects.  :o
 

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Re: Learning photography
« Reply #1870 on: June 21, 2018, 11:51:35 am »
I've learnt most of Lightroom from Youtube. I'm sure that the photoshop tutorials on Youtube will get you going in no time!

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Re: Learning photography
« Reply #1871 on: September 12, 2018, 08:11:52 am »
So I have finally upgraded to a FF camera... a D750.

So, having crop-frame lenses, it leaves me with just the nifty 50 and the 150-600 Tammy lens for the camera. 
I'll have to start investing in lenses now.  Really like the 70-200 Tammy, which will be the next lens and then a "20 something - 70 plus" after that.

The camera has taken a little time to get used to, it's a brilliant low-light camera, but settings differ from the head-program.
A pic with the 50, I love the detail even after a fair crop...
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« Reply #1872 on: September 12, 2018, 10:49:08 am »
So I have finally upgraded to a FF camera... a D750.

So, having crop-frame lenses, it leaves me with just the nifty 50 and the 150-600 Tammy lens for the camera. 
I'll have to start investing in lenses now.  Really like the 70-200 Tammy, which will be the next lens and then a "20 something - 70 plus" after that.

The camera has taken a little time to get used to, it's a brilliant low-light camera, but settings differ from the head-program.
A pic with the 50, I love the detail even after a fair crop...
I also got the D750 when they were on special. That Tamron 70-210 F4 is a lekker lens at a good price. Second hand it would be even better - the Tamrons don't retain their value so well.

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« Reply #1873 on: September 12, 2018, 10:56:06 am »
Love that Bokeh effect
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« Reply #1874 on: September 12, 2018, 01:30:25 pm »
I am also thinking of the D750 which are now often on sale. Saw the other day it was R19K at ORMS and the mighty D810 was R30K that day!
Yes it is a lot of money, and currently I can't justify the money for a ff camera and I do have a brand new D7200 which I got on the Black friday special for R11,3K.
I also love my Tamron 70/50mm a lot and get some real nice results like these:

Nikon D7100 with Tamron 17/50 f2.8
 

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« Reply #1875 on: September 12, 2018, 02:10:08 pm »
Amazing photography
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« Reply #1876 on: September 12, 2018, 04:16:09 pm »
Stunning!  :)
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« Reply #1877 on: September 13, 2018, 07:26:30 am »
So much that one can do in Photoshop, like removing unwanted things from an image, enhancing through layers and so on. Did a lot of reading on the subject and can't wat to begin.

Don't know if you ever managed to get Photoshop working but you might find Luminar 2018 an acceptable alternative.  The nice thing about Luminar is that it is very easy to learn the program.  You can download it and try it for free for 30 days.

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« Reply #1878 on: September 13, 2018, 08:54:34 am »
I am also thinking of the D750 which are now often on sale. Saw the other day it was R19K at ORMS and the mighty D810 was R30K that day!
Yes it is a lot of money, and currently I can't justify the money for a ff camera and I do have a brand new D7200 which I got on the Black friday special for R11,3K.
I also love my Tamron 70/50mm a lot and get some real nice results like these:

Nikon D7100 with Tamron 17/50 f2.8
I love that first pic; perfect focus! I assume it was taken at 17mm? You must have been right in its face!

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« Reply #1879 on: September 13, 2018, 10:39:03 am »
So much that one can do in Photoshop, like removing unwanted things from an image, enhancing through layers and so on. Did a lot of reading on the subject and can't wat to begin.

Don't know if you ever managed to get Photoshop working but you might find Luminar 2018 an acceptable alternative.  The nice thing about Luminar is that it is very easy to learn the program.  You can download it and try it for free for 30 days.

https://skylum.com/l/luminar-2018-bundle-trial-expiration-bonuses?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Luminar_Brand_World&utm_term=broad&gclid=CjwKCAjw8uLcBRACEiwAaL6MSeq4qApUoKA8ifaqvYOnp25bOyjEgRxWF2I3bZDJq8MHZa7ic49BthoCWd8QAvD_BwE
Thanks budd, I got photoshop installed and working but thats about it. Lightroom was very easy to learn but I did not make progress in photoshop and decided to wait till I am back and learn on you tube channel maybe. I figured some tools and function but could not get to understand layers which seem to be very important in photoshop.

Hi Piet, I was lying next to the nest (it is early breeding season and no egg yet) so yes I could get close and the Albatross probably saw her own reflection in the lens and decided to have a closer look.

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