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{Photography.11.1}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 17 Jul 2003 13:53:02 CDT (9 lines)

This is the place to ask any and all photography-related questions!

Does a specific technical problem have you stumped?

Do you need help with an idea?

Looking for a recommendation?

Whatever...just ask.


{Photography.11.2}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 16:12:46 CDT (5 lines)

Kai - this isn't really a photography related question, more a forum
related question but I couldn't figure out where else to ask it.  We
have topics for cityscpaes, natural landscapes and poeple pictures.
I was wondering whether we could have 2 more topics - one for pets
and another for wildlife (including birds, of course) shots?


{Photography.11.3}: Judy Johnson {judy} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 16:54:10 CDT (1 line)

I second Diane's request :)


{Photography.11.4}: Judy Johnson {judy} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 17:03:16 CDT (2 lines)

Somewhere in the past week or so, I think someone mentioned a free
photo editing program. Are there any good ones out there?


{Photography.11.5}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:15:41 CDT (HTML)

Judy: Do you have a Mac?


I was wondering about a separate wildlife topic, Diane. Thanks for making it easy:

Wildlife Photography

and, at your request:



{Photography.11.6}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:26:37 CDT (1 line)

Kai, would you rather we didn't start our own topics here?


{Photography.11.7}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:31:16 CDT (HTML)

Not at all. It's fine.

But, since they hadn't been, I just went ahead and did it.


{Photography.11.8}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:04:15 CDT (3 lines)

Hazel - I knew Kai had put some thought into this forum so I thought
it best to ask before starting them.  I always like it when topics
seem to grow out of some kind of consensus.


{Photography.11.9}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:23:29 CDT (8 lines)

I'd like to see a Q and A topic, like a laboratory, or something
like that, where people could post a photo that has something wrong
with it, and people could help them fix it (or use the correct
light/settings next time).

I'm just not sure what to call it.

And maybe a topic called In the Garden, Field, and Woods for plants.


{Photography.11.10}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:51:01 CDT (1 line)

I like the one for plants, Suzanne.


{Photography.11.11}: Miranda {mran} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 22:22:42 CDT (3 lines)

I love the photo lab idea!  One of the things I was hoping for in
fotolog was that kind of feedback, the opportunity to receive that
level of critique and advice.


{Photography.11.12}: E Lakin {elakin} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 22:57:23 CDT (8 lines)

<I think someone mentioned a free photo editing program.>

hi judy.  that was me.  the program's called irfanview.

it's been a few years since i've used it...probably a new version by
now.  but i enjoyed it for a while and it's still free.


{Photography.11.13}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 01:17:54 CDT (5 lines)

I'd like a macro photography topic - maybe it could be called "Up
Close and Personal" (tongue not totally in cheek ;-)

I like the fix-it topic idea too, as well as the one for all things


{Photography.11.14}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 01:28:35 CDT (HTML)

Hows about you guys go ahead and start those?!


{Photography.11.15}: Miranda {mran} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 11:27:10 CDT (15 lines)

I have other image editing software, but the thing I really love about
Irfanview is its way of letting you flip through a folder (or a memory
card!) as if through an album.

This feature makes it wonderfully handy for looking through the images
you've just taken, that are still on the flash card, deciding which
ones to save.  The keyboard shortcuts are so easy to use.  You can
just open the F drive, select the first file, and push the arrow keys.

If you like something, you just type an "s" and if you hate it, type
the "del" button.  So easy.

With the little thumbnails offered by my Nikon software, it's a little
hard to be sure whether the picture is worth saving.  I like getting
the big image.


{Photography.11.16}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 13:19:26 CDT (2 lines)

Apparently not compatable with Mac, by the way. Sounds like a neat
little program, though.


{Photography.11.17}: Judy Johnson {judy} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 15:07:39 CDT (6 lines)

Thanks, Erik! I have a PC.
I don't have a digital camera, but get my pictures on CD when the
film is developed.

BTW, I love the idea of both a "fix-it" topic and a macro topic. I do
lots of macros in my garden.


{Photography.11.18}: Mapei {mapei} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 09:31:15 CDT (17 lines)

This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but . . .

I'm looking for a good online source for simple but elegant
contemporary frames for hanging photos.  A few (not many) years ago,
I got catalogs from a company whose name I cannot remember no matter
how hard I try but that was very good:  a sort of Levenger, but for
photography rather than reading/books.  They had nice, simple,
natural-wood frames, including some with oversize matting and matting
for grouping related photos in elegant and striking ways.  They must
be out of business since I don't seem to get the catalogs anymore,
even though I bought a few things from them.

I've wasted several hours on google searches of various combinations
and keep coming up with things that don't come close to what I'm
looking for.

Any ideas or favorite sources?


{Photography.11.19}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 10:51:30 CDT (18 lines)

I don't know about the mats, Frank, but you might try Daniel Smith.
(It's an artist;s supply place.) They offer lots of frames. Most are a
do-it-yourself assembly that any child could put together, and they
have many styles, including contemporary wood in different styles and
colors (including unfinished maple). Good quality. They're very
reasonably priced and you order them by the exact dimensions you want.

I think they do offer mats too, but if not, any framing shop will cut
a custom mat for you for not a whole lot of $$.

Daniel Smith is at 1-800-426-6740. They're in Seattle. Free

You also might try Light Impressions. They're a company that
specializes in archival photo presentation and storage. (Don't have
their number handy - you can probably find them online.) They're kind
of pricey, though the quality is high. They also have a free


{Photography.11.20}: Mapei {mapei} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 11:18:34 CDT (18 lines)

Thanks.  I looked at both those sites and both do seem to offer high-
quality framing.

What this phantom catalog from the late 90s offered that I haven't
found anywhere else was really striking frame/mat combinations.  That
would relieve me of some of the design thinking, since I could just
browse and select something from what was a very attractive menu.  I
know I can achieve some good looks by custom-spec'g the end products,
but this place had better ideas than I tend to come up with on my
own, and they were mass-produced so the cost was affordable.

Heh.  No wonder they went out of business.

We're re-doing the interior of our house, including the art
hangings.  I'm thinking of putting a few (5-10) of our better photos
up in prime spots, sometimes in groups.  I know the standard ways of
doing that, and that may be what I end up with - but I'd consider
something bolder/more interesting if it were easy.


{Photography.11.21}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 21:14:25 CDT (10 lines)

I can't remember the  name of one company like that--a bit of
furniture, lots of print-and-negative boxes, scrapbooks, frames.  I'm
not sure if they are still doing much in the way of frame things now,

I've even ordered from them.



{Photography.11.22}: Mapei {mapei} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 21:50:51 CDT (3 lines)

You know, that may have been the one I was thinking of.  If so,
they've altered their line a bit, but the name and some of the
products are very familiar.  Thanks.


{Photography.11.23}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 10:52:39 CDT (5 lines)

I've been having trouble during the last month with my digital
camera. I'm getting out-of-focus shots because I can't see the
preview screen in the bright sun.

Is there any fix for this?


{Photography.11.24}: William Maloney {qajaq} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 11:55:10 CDT (HTML)

Can you use the viewfinder window to aim the camera at the object you want to have in focus, press the shutter release half-way to hold that focus-distance, then compose the image as you want it?


{Photography.11.25}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 12:08:28 CDT (1 line)

No, because I can't see the window.


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