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Old 11-02-2012, 11:32 AM   #11
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Great tips! Thanks! I didn't play much yet with white balance but I will.

I am using Photoshop CS 5 and camera raw for processing.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:12 PM   #12
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No problem...

Greatest things about digital photography..... not wasting $$ on film/processing, and you can make a copy & play to your hearts content. If you screw something up, you still have the original to go back to.

Photoshop is pretty much the industry standard, but I just have to be different..... I use PaintShop Pro.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:30 PM   #13
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I actually much prefer PSP for image modification and graphic design. It is far easier to use than Photoshop.
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My only two suggestions would be to make sure the flow is off (which it appears it isn't in some), and to use mirror lockup. FWIW, all my pics I took were at ISO 100 on either aperture priority or manual. I'd shoot f/9 or so on most, but all the way up to f/22 for acans and other corals with more depth to them.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:27 PM   #15
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Yes I will try some pics this afternoon with no flow. I didn't think of that. The lower ISO setting will hopefully clear some noise as well.
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Uhhh Holy Crap did the iso setting, WB, and turning off pumps make a HUGE difference. These were shot with ISO 100 using a custom white balance, f# between 2.0-13, and various shutter speeds based on f#. I examined the histogram carefully for each shot and determined that previously I was underexposing most of my photos as well, so the shutter speed was decreased accordingly as I found the depth of field I was looking for.

This lens is way better than I first thought. I was doing it wrong











And 1 more of the clown harassing my frogspawn. Needed a much higher iso for this shot.
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Holy crap 0.0
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I'm very jealous. Any recommendations for a starter camera setup?
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Good work, Justin. Better than any I ever took

Jeremy, purely from a Canon biased opinion, I'd suggest something like a T3 or T3i. The T3i would be a step up from the T3, and priced pretty good now that the T4i is out. Mix that with a good macro lens, a tripod, photoshop, and a bit of time and you can take some great pics.
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