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    P7100202asm

    Yeah, I use indirect light from opening the garage door to light my stuff, so I typically have to shoot high ISO. Plus, I shoot a lot of lifestyle blog material and shallow DOF and grain work well for that. I'll have to rethink the setup a bit to shoot stock at the same time.
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    P7100246asm

    I have a professional tripod. This set up is on the floor of my garage so I have to get on the ground for the pictures. I have that way to do flat lays. I have a heavy duty arm on my Bogen to do those. I don't have a table to get it up off the ground. I laid the tiles on the concrete and use natural light when the garage door is open to light the scene. I guess a mini like a gorilla pod would work with this itty bitty Micro 4/3s camera. I probably need that anyway to shoot some video I have planned. Thanks!
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    P7100202asm

    Is it the focus, Darla? That's at f2.8. The ISO is at 200. Do you think the noise issue they site is better at this ISO? Thanks!
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    P7100213asm

    OK!! I see that! The 4/3s doesn't handle contrast as well as the Nikon. Thanks for the feedback!
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    P7100126asm

    Histogram data reads perfect and no blown highlights or lost shadow detail. I'm looking at the dng file meta data. It's another at 500 iso, so maybe that's the real issue. I've got perfect detail in the chips and can still read the etching on the milk bottle, so I am going to disagree with you in terms of under exposure on this one.
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    P7100246asm

    Yeah I don't see noise in that image, but I also don't like perfectly smooth noiseless images. I just checked and its ISO 500 and f 2.8. Next time I do food shots, I'll try a different setup for here. I have an old plug in that reduces noise I haven't used in years, so maybe I should try running it. I shot these on my micro 4/3s because the dslr was killing my back and neck for these small setups. It's all for my blog and insta, so I felt like the nikon was over kill. I'm not going to wear myself out over 25 cent downloads, but I thought it might be worth it to see about bulking up my account.
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    P7100257asm

    Thanks for taking a look at these. I appreciate the feedback. If I can make a couple simple tweaks to what I'm already doing, then I can do that.
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    Back after 10 years

    Hello all!! Ok, so I haven't been on the site in pretty close to 10 years, and decided today to submit a few things for the heck of it. I got a couple of things accepted. I am surprised they didn't like my food shots. Reasons for rejection are noise and artifacts. I wonder if this is what they select if DOF is too shallow. I shoot this work for my blog and Instagram, so it works for me. Going forward, if I shoot extra exposures for Shutterstock should I just stop down more? I don't really care for the sharp images, but I'm looking to post stuff over here and flesh out m
  9. Pattymac100

    P7100213asm

    From the album: Back after 10 years

    Noise and artifacts

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    P7100202asm

    From the album: Back after 10 years

    DOF is quite shallow. I shoot all this material for my blog and instagram. I have oodles of unused shots on my hard drives so I thought I'd try posting them here.

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    P7100126asm

    From the album: Back after 10 years

    Noise and artifacts?

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  12. Pattymac100

    P7100246asm

    From the album: Back after 10 years

    I don't see noise or artifacts in this. Am I missing it?

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    P7100257asm

    From the album: Back after 10 years

    Butterscotch in a vintage jar.

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  14. I received approval this morning for 7 of 17 pictures submitted. I attribute this to the help and info in these forums on exposure and the nature of noise etc. I'm still finding my way with the technology but feel so much better to have had the images accepted. I feel I'm at least on the right track and shooting more intellegently now. I had some in this batch rejected for overuse on noiseware so I'm going to start from scratch on those and resubmit them. Thank you again! I have a batch of black isolations and dog pictures to send in today. Another week on the black isolations and then I'm go
  15. Incredibly helpful! Thank you so much! I was taught to use spot meter readings...Zone exposure with tone printing. I've had some difficulty making the transition from film to digital, but I keep working on it. The shear volume of options just overwhelm me. I have learned so much from your posts. The 3 shoots I did this week all produced results with little to no noise straight out of camera. All due to the information I've picked up here. I used to be fairly decent with film exposures, so I'm determined to get it right in digital. I'll have to try the teddy bear experiment this week.
  16. Thanks for the tip and the info on the other thread. I'll check through there now. I have seen some images with the reflective ground and others without. I wasn't sure which was the best way to go. I have seen the white isolations without any ground. I haven't experimented with high key and objects yet, only the low key. Thanks for the photoshop tip. =) I have learned so much on this site! I see a huge improvement in the last bacht of photos as far as noise goesand am waiting for word on acceptances. I shot a bunch of small objects on black with plexi yesterday and want to get those together
  17. I'm working with black isolations and love the look. My question is whether the reflections are appropriate or not. I generally shoot on plexi to achieve a glass look reflection (portrait photog). I like it because it gives the object a "ground", but because I'm very new to stock I am unsure if this is appropriate here. Your comments or suggestions are greatly apprecated. I have a new batch to send in and if I need to remove the reflection I'd like to do it before submission. Thank you! I can submit an example here if that makes any difference to you. BTW, I'm loving that shell photograph that
  18. Thanks for the helpful advice on stock submissions. I've been shooting off and on for several years, though very new to digital. Your explanation on EV's and how that relates to Zone exposure was VERY helpful and the first I've seen like it. I was trained with spot meter reading and setting exposure on the Zone VI dial. I've had some real difficulty understanding and applying those film principals to digital exactly. I knew the EV system was working for me, though not why until reading your article. I'm going print it and save it! I had some inital success with my stock submissions though the
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