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8-23-2009 @ 11:03AM
@Blacknimbus, Stomy, Lux:Hi, the camera used was a Nikon D40, which is a fairly decent entry level DSLR using 18-55mm stock lens with 3x zoom. Photographers were only allowed a certain distance from the stage, even with a press pass, so that's about as close as I could get the pictures. I was also using the P or Program Auto Exposure Mode with the ISO setting on 800 with the flash disabled on VI or Vivid preset to bring out the color. ISO 400 would yield blurrier pics, and 1600 would yield grainier ones. The contestants also tended to move very fast and did not pause for photographers, resulting in a lot of motion blur. In hindsight, more grain might've been preferable but I normally shun from it. It was like shooting sports photography, so I opted to set things at P rather than play catch-up on A, S, or God forbid, M.Did we have a budget for a professional photographer? No, all the pictures were taken by the bloggers using their own equipment. Or in this case, I borrowed Joystiq's Kevin Kelly's D40. I personally have a D80 which has nine focus zones as opposed to the D40's three, but I didn't have it with me at the time. The photographs aren't the best, I know, but we had to make do with what we had at the time. In fact, Kevin apparently uploaded almost all the photos, none of them color corrected or adjusted. As Stomy probably knows, Professional photographers ditch A LOT of shots to find ONE good one. Also, I'm not sure what Stomy is knocking Macs for when most pro photogs I know use Macs, particularly for Elements, Aperture, or CS4. Thanks for the feedback, though. We'll try to do better next year.
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