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rahullele

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    Lightroom with Photoshop
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    Spyder
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    D750 with Nikon 50mm 1.4G, Tamron SP 24-70 MM, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, Spyder5Pro

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  1. Thank you as always Brian !! I Costco has only 144Hz version. Even the dell has 144Hz only. Amazon got 240Hz version but return policy is bad. If apple doesn't release something compact affordable on 22nd June (which would easily fit it bag.) , i'll buy this on 23rd.
  2. waves of AMD powered laptop coming. https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cty/pdp/spd/g-series-15-5505-laptop/gn5505dymms#features_section Costco launched another one https://www.costco.com/asus-rog-zephyrus-g15-laptop---amd-ryzen-7---geforce-gtx-1660-ti---144hz-1080p.product.100655382.html https://www.costco.com/asus-tuf-gaming-a15-laptop---amd-ryzen-7---geforce-gtx-1660-ti---144hz-1080p.product.100579408.html Again no idea if display type is IPS or if it can be color calibrated.
  3. Brian, I'm big fan of, spend once and spend right thinking however current desperate time are forcing me to look at desperate measures. My current MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013) is not holding up to photoshop anymore. To add to that, we are most certainly looking to move out of country within 1 year. That is limiting my budget and making "easy to move" point higher up on priority. I was planning to go for iMac this year. (Hoping it'd release.) with good budget of $3000 but given above points, I'm looking for stop gap arrangement for 2 years. Also, confinement due to current COVID situation is forcing me towards gaming. I did check recommendation is windows laptop section but recent release of AMD 4th gen processor is very lucrative. Can you please provide input on this laptop. https://www.costco.com/asus-rog-zephyrus-g15-laptop---amd-ryzen-7---geforce-gtx-1660-ti---144hz-1080p.product.100655382.html Costco got really good return policy and that's the only reason i'm entertaining this thought. I'm not able to figure out if the display is IPS or not multiple sites are reporting different display type. B&H says IPS and CNEt Says LED. Can this be color calibrated ? https://www.cnet.com/products/asus-rog-zephyrus-g15-ga502iu-es76-15-6-ryzen-7-4800hs-16-gb-ram-1-tb-ssd/ https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1558019-REG/asus_ga502iu_es76_rog_zephyrus_gaming_laptop.html/specs Also the display specification says 45% NTSC color gamut, 62.5% sRGB color gamut, i do not know how that compares with my existing system or acceptable for photography work. If it is not useful for photography then i don't want to buy it. Sorry for inconvenience and appreciate your input as always. Thanks, Rahul
  4. Hey Brian, I'm currently on MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013). Bought in 2013. 2.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. I'd say it is holding up and i can do photoshop work on it but i never had success with refined edge section of brush.Nothing happens for long long time. I'm not able to proceed on advanced level class because my masks are never that refined and accurate and i end up getting pretty frustrated and giving up things all together. Weekly basis i get 3-4 hours for photography and i'm not able to provide edited pictures quickly and indecision is costing me a lot. Inspired by @Damien Symonds article (https://www.damiensymonds.net/2015/07/buying-mac-or-pc.html) , i'm ready to ditch Mac system to save for mirrorless upgrade/lens i desire. I'd say i can buy system right now with some $2000 budget. I'm saving for $3500 but it'd take a while and that is not helping my photography. I've now photos from around 2 years ago, which i want to edit and there is no progress. My windows selection came up something as: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/desktops-all-in-one-pcs/xps-tower-special-edition/spd/xps-8930-se-desktop/cto8930w10pcfl3h?configurationid=8d334bb1-6906-41e2-a95f-49de4e37969f#features_section But then i found refurbished section in iMac: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/GNVT9LL/A/Refurbished-27-inch-iMac-37GHz-6-core-Intel-Core-i5-with-Retina-5K-display?fnode=77cff3a1181998692f5c1f0fa1c1fb67a72ee6019761b7bac416f3eceec4f1a5ead5e1d1f1b53262795654a670fae1a1cc9484af7657a919efd9eaa94a5e28f31769499654953ab895052b5e36b036c7 If i add good display to windows machine then they'd end up on same price bracket. Appreciate if you can suggest, how i can balance, cost of indecision, current budget and keeping options open in future.
  5. I love low key lighting. Rembrant short or whatever others call it. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/736127501573728644/ In fact, one picture that pushed me for signing up classes with you was that kind of picture, https://www.damiensymonds.net/trainingrawgallery.html (17/22 Lorena Jean photography) I'm completely on board (no shade of doubt) that we need to have clean edited photograph first before going artistic but given nature of low key .. given that most of the frame has no business but give up to dark black in final composition, is there any point going to recover hairs in the background ? (referring to Attempt at Short Light -1) i often take camera in hand by intention to shoot this low key.. for cases like these, i'm pretty sure and clear and certain that i've no interest in hairs or separation of those hairs from the background.. For cases like those, i can make editing much efficient by losing them in raw editing in first place which i believe would go against established workflow from flow chart, or not worrying and debating about separation of hairs from the background. Your input matter to me and i've learned a TON !! We can name this as RRE for Rahul's Rubbish Editing but can you please provide me input for taking pictures on that direction as such. I'm thinking about preparing portfolio and making a section of low key portraits in it. But don't want to proceed on that direction if you advice against it. would you continue providing inputs on these RRE pictures ?
  6. Sure thing. and i should have done this research before the shoot (Late wisdom .. how brilliant of me..) but i was jumped on .. and had to start shoot in like few hours notice. But in general .. i never feel my pictures are polished enough .. or finished enough .. may be that is just perception but .. i'd like to shoot anything like below. These are individual ones. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlryPbqgeTf/ (Really liked this one. ) https://www.missielafrenzphotography.com/newborngallery https://www.pinterest.com/pin/254101603957323899/ (Completely PS i think but i guess one can sell this for money.) http://www.lennonphotographyonline.com/maternity/5ldfs6vcr4n812h1drhrv70a8mz567 (This one has weird added grain .. which i'll never do but colors are cool) https://www.sarahormiston.com/maternity (Any of of these).
  7. I'm going through my pictures and trying to figure out .. why i'm missing the wow factor .. I've long way to go in posing .. also i'm hesitant to add drama in editing .. apart from obvious, i was trying to find .. if there is anything i'm doing wrong while taking pictures. While looking at pictures below.. i think aperture i chose was not right. I went f/6.3. that resulted in background not being enough blurred (or lets say bokeh) Shah maternity shoot 1 shah maternity shoot - 2 shah maternity shoot - 3 For a while (when i was in auto mode) i was missing focus. Probably there i made choice to go f/6.3 or more to safer side .. i think that is one of reason pictures have more background and no bokeh. Could use input on this one .. Don't know if i should improve I'm camera stuff as well .. or just missing additional post processing steps to add wow factor to pictures. could use inputs to take next step. Thanks in advance.
  8. Thank you Very Much @Falon and Thanks as always @Damien Symonds !!
  9. Hey Damien, Big fan of composites for making those images larger than life. I see one fellow member falon doing this kind of work a lot (Latest example being Ava Unicorn) . I want to do that kind of stuff for my little one. Something like .. where to get those cool backdrops or images for the composite .. If there are any tutorials to follow or the classes i can do to get me started with it? You have some tutorials or input you can provide me ? Is there any way i can contact that member ? or if at all its ok to contact member ? appreciate if you can get me into this dreamy world of composites.
  10. AWESOME !!!!!!!!! Let me try .. don't know if i can pull this thing off like you did.
  11. yup. in the fog. Is there any way to make fog thicker ? I doubt i would get thicker fog than that in chicago till next year.
  12. There are certain obvious editing flaws in this picture. But still, i want to achieve this look. https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/sailboats-sit-calmly-on-misty-lake-433419640 I've picture not exactly like this but i've few different angles and orientations + i can crop.
  13. Hi Damien, I Could use some pointers. I used save for web action for which i had separate set configured for Instagram which would limit size to 1024x 1024 at max. That action used to work fine for more than year. I guess recent upgrade resulted in some changes? I tried to troubleshoot and found that canvas size step is where things going wrong. Somehow my watermark is coming up by size 1215x271 and somehow that worked fine for earlier images. (which makes no sense as for Instagram i'm defining max size in 1024 px. and watermark size is coming as 1215 px. ) Now at that step, photoshop is "increasing horizontal size of vertical picture by adding blank space". I revisited steps and saw .. in example, your watermark length is coming around 200px .. what am i missing here? how come my watermark (which is nothing but "@Rahul Lele" is resulting in 1215x271 ? Appreciate your input here. attaching example of "increasing horizontal size of vertical picture by adding blank space"
  14. Thank you as always Brian !! I did not sign up for it. I'll dedicate that time to practice and keep money in saving.
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