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SCL Photo Podcast 78 - January Is Manual Month!

SCL PodcastForget 18% grey... forget the histogram... go MANUAL!

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A quick intro to Manual Mode.

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (6)

Hi Rob,
Great cast , kind of spurs me on as my 50mm is manual only anyway .... Although my piggy bank is three quarters of the way to a new lens , i find myself torn .....Do i go for the 35mm f1.8 af-s lens , or give the Lensbaby a go ............Cant wait to see some more images from your xmas presents !

Regards and a happy new year ,

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Clark

Happy New Year to you and your family Matthew!

Hmmm. Interesting conundrum. You may be interested to know that Lensbaby have just released a fish-eye optic for the Composer.

Cheers, Rob.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Hiya Rob,

Great to hear you throwing "18% grey", histograms and the like out of the window. Seeing those photography 'rules' being blasted one by one ;-) I remember our conversation about the 'black cat' and exposures some time ago now and really good to hear you chatting about exposures in such a kowledgable way.

Oh, BTW. Have you to blame for your 'LensBaby' compositions and exploring focus effects and me exploring the same ideas now. (In a nice way of course). Didn't shell out for the real deal but started experimenting with an old film 28mm lens I had kicking around. Really goes against the grain to focus the lens on a different focal plane than Scheimpflug principles dicate. But then that shows you I still have 'rules' rattling around my head even now!
Always makes for a refreshing change to learn and appreciate something new as well as 'un-learning' things.

Great stuff as always Rob. All the best,


P.S. Still having 'codec' errors trying to play back your low-bandwidth downloads but the high bandwidth versions are working fine. Just thought I'd mention.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Hi Victor!

One thing that got me thinking about his was photo magazines. I hadn't bought one in a while, but when I did (forgetting why I'd stopped), I got hacked off with the formulaic photos you always seem to see. Beach. Wet rocks. Misty water. Streaming clouds.

I've also got another thing I want to try, totally opposite, which is to forget about everything and just shoot on full Auto, concentrating on the scene.

Maybe that'll be next months challenge!

Saw your lensbaby shot - looked great, can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Cheers, Rob.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Oh, and I'll have another look at those files. I don't think I've changed anything in the way I compress the podcasts, what I'll do for the next one is try 24kps instead of 16 to see if that makes a difference.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Ha! :-)
Hearing you saying about the magazine pictures was a similar thing for me. Remember me saying about the tic-tac-toe of rules of the third, pictures at photo club salons and professionals images looking technically perfect yet totally sterile and devoid of any life? It becomes refreshing to see someone shooting for the sake of shooting, for the image, for the look, for the feel, just for the pure pleasure of it. Amateurs are usually lucky at this because of the lack of knowledge of 'rules' but then not always. I'm still a firm believer that 'passion' for anything we do will always be a winning recipe. Good to see you with that passion for it all Rob, and has always been a pleasure to see.

Great idea for the full auto route, can often be a refreshing change and sometimes even a challenge concentrating on the image and composition only. Look forward to it!

Thanks to you, (LensBaby indeed - I really didn't get it all to start with?!?), it's been a refreshing change for me to throw thing like focus control right out of the window and see an image for what it can be. Might even have to do an article myself on that!

All the best to you Rob, and thanks again for the great site and podcasts. Thoroughly enjoyable.


January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

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