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    Nikon D3100, Lumix LX5, Nikon D7000, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon Coolpix B700 4K, Lumix FZ 80 4K.
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    Retired Unix sys admin and dba. Amateur musician, photographer, videographer, audio and video editor. http://www.youtube.com/user/bobspez/videos

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  1. Thanks for posting this response to my question Tyler. I can see similarities to my own start as a computer hobbyist, self taught, doing computerized accounting and database installations for small businesses as a sideline for about 10 years while working as an audit manager to pay the bills, and getting that big lucky break when a person hired from IBM to head up a computerized drafting project quit and I was offered the shot, which led to a very satisfying 20 year career as a sys admin and dba until I retired. I think your story and Phil Connolly's is quite instructive in the amount of time and work and flexibility it takes to become established in a chosen field. It's probably not something that is taught in school, but really should be. Getting to make a living in a field we love takes a lot of hustle, desire, talent, learning, experience, patience, resilience, and luck. Luck may open the door, but you must be willing to jump in and work hard to make that luck pay off.
  2. Tyler, it would be instructive to know how soon after graduation you got your first job in your field and what was it, and how did you get it. Ditto for your second job in your field. How long before you actually could make a living in your field? It seems everyone's biggest obstacle after graduation in many fields, starting off with no money or connections, is getting their foot in the door. You need experience to get hired, you need to get hired to get experience. In my own field of computer specialist it took me 20 years to get where I wanted to be, well paid, appreciated, with enough expertise to be left alone to do the work as I thought best.
  3. Perhaps the problem with higher education is that they ought to be more like trade schools. If you go to welding school, you come out a welder and start as an apprentice. If you graduate from dental school you go to work and start filling cavities. If you go to film school, it seems you generally don't come out a cinematographer or get hired as an apprentice cameraman. So the question would be why not.
  4. Mamiya 645 Secor C lenses are a little soft. It's a unique look you may or may not like. Buy an adapter and try it. Fotodiox lets you return adapters within 30 days if it doesn't work out.
  5. I'm guessing something similar could be done in digital with a very slow shutter speed, changing the exposure and contrast and adding colored ambient light and blur in post.
  6. Excellent photography. I actually did screenshots on YT at 2K and 4K and there was barely a noticeable difference. Much less than I would have expected. I also did some experiments on my own shooting the same scene with the same settings in 2K and 4K and comparing screen shots. It's making me reconsider my views on 4K vs 2K. I wonder if studio lighting or bright sunlight is needed to see a noticeable difference.
  7. Work is a place where they pay you what you are worth, you are selling your skills. School is a place where you pay them to teach you, where you learn how to learn, but probably don't learn the skills you will need on the job. The diploma may get you an interview, but how you do on the job is mostly a function of how well you can manage the relationships with your bosses and co-workers, how eager and capable you are to learn and get up to speed quickly, and your overall attitude and enthusiasm. You can't count on getting many lucky breaks in life, but when they come, take full advantage of them and do whatever is required to make them work. If you can't get an MFA now, concentrate on getting that first job, on getting your foot in the door. You can always find out what is being studied in the MFA program, and study on your own. Doing that while you work will be more meaningful than doing it in a classroom.
  8. Thanks for the info Frank. Most of my tapes are music tapes and have been replaced with CDs. I will dump them in the garbage one of these days, but if I see one I want to save, I'll try the baking method before recording it digitally.
  9. If the stage lighting changes then your iso or shutter speed or aperture has to change as well. Auto iso can be tricky because it may adjust to illuminate the darkest part of the frame, which can blow out other parts. While dark frames can be lightened in post, blown out areas can't be recovered. And if the area being recovered is too dark, it may not look that good either. With two cameras you could set one for the dimmest lighting and the other for the brightest. I don't know how else you could handle it.
  10. I'm guessing it's just color grading, lightening the image to make the subject's dark skin show up lighter. In Premiere Pro it's just a slider for brightness/contrast.
  11. I copied a random model portrait from google (top image) and spent about 15 minutes in photo shop to produce the bottom image.
  12. Gaussian blur is one of the digital filters in Photoshop. I use the Adobe CS6 suite that has Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition for audio editing, and After Effects. In Elements you may be able to get a smoothing effect by setting sharpness to a negative number like -100. In the days of film there were fairly expensive portrait lenses that gave a slightly blurred image but still in focus. I imagine those were in deference to the subject's vanity. Today there are digital filters on smartphones that smooth out the subjects complexion to eliminate blemishes and wrinkles.
  13. I just save the changes each time to a different project name, like project-v1, project v2, etc. so if I don't like the way things are coming out I can go back to a previous version, and I can compare still frames of different versions exported with different names. For pics I shoot raw, but save as 16 bit jpg, so the raw files are never changed. For video I work in premiere pro and export as h.264 mp4 at the highest quality available, and use 20mbps 2pass vbr for HD and 40mbps 2 pass vbr for 4K. Ultimately my stuff will go on a website for stills or youtube or vimeo for video so it gets viewed on someone's smart phone or laptop or desktop. I try for the best quality but am not fanatic about it because it's not being played in a theater or displayed in a gallery blown up to a large print where the quality would show. I remember the excitement of first hearing the Beatles and the Stones on AM through a transistor radio, so the magic is in the content. Years later I heard the Yellow Submarine album on CD on a good system in 5.1 surround and I could pick out every individual instrument. It was amazing but didn't change the way the song affected me. These days I listen to music on youtube on $30 plastic computer speakers or $20 headphones or on the oldies cable TV station with 3" speakers on the side of my TV set. So I think most of the enjoyment is in the listener's brain rather than the medium.
  14. I believe that effect can be applied digitally in stills or video with Gaussian blur. It smooths out noise, grain and details.
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