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Windycon Pics

I had a great time hanging out and catching up with people at Windycon this weekend!

I’ve posted 40some pics on Facebook and Flickr. I was trying to push myself beyond using the automated settings. Most of these were taking with me manually playing with the shutter speed. Lessons learned…

  • White balance is my nemesis. I tried to adjust it, but only made things worse, so most of these were on the auto white balance setting, with color correction in Photoshop.
  • What looked about right on the LCD on the camera ended up being a wee bit overexposed when I pulled the pics up on the computer.
  • Almost all of these were taken with the flash off. Partly because the flash can be annoying, and partly because those pics tend to look washed out, and lose a lot of shadows.
  • Stage lighting is my other nemesis.

To those of you at Windycon, I hope I wasn’t making a pest of myself. I’m having a lot of fun hauling the camera around, and I’m trying to be considerate and polite with folks, but if I ever get annoying or obnoxious about it, I hope you’ll let me know.

And now, a few of my favorite pics from the weekend…

My son battles author Scott Lynch.

Steven and Elaine Silver. They just look so cute and happy together!

Author GoH Lou Anders posing with his audience after a reading.

Attila the Bun! (With hat.)

 

 

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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billroper
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Dealing with stage lighting is a bear.

I saw you at the ISFiC Press release party Friday night. I'm glad you made it up there, although we didn't have a chance to talk. (It was happily busy!)
jimhines
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
You looked like you had your hands full.

Sorry we didn't have more time to chat. But I hope you had a great weekend! (When you weren't busy fixing pianos, I mean ;-)
qnofhrt
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Attila the Bun! (With hat.)

That was the biggest rabbit I've ever seen! I missed seeing the hat - doesn't look amused at all.
jimhines
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
The hat didn't last very long.
aulus_poliutos
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
A giant plotbunny named Attila? Nooo! *runs and hides* I don't need _another_ Roman/Dark Age/Mediaeval bunny with battles; I got a dozen already (5 of which I'm working on, which is too many, I know).
joycemocha
Nov. 17th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I see Attila has the patented Bunny Disapproval look down solid.
swan_tower
Nov. 17th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I swear to god, turning off the flash is the #1 thing people can do to improve their pictures. It makes your pictures more likely to be in focus (because of the faster shutter speed), but that's pretty much the only thing you can say for it.

Interesting that you chose to control shutter speed. I usually have my camera on aperture control, because I know what depth of field I want to achieve, but shutter speed (to me) is basically just "whatever's necessary to make this picture come out properly exposed." It makes a lot of sense to control the shutter, though, if you're aiming for moving targets -- like, say, a young and energetic son. :-)

White balance, I've only just started messing with myself. In fact, I'm waiting for Adobe to update Lightroom so it can read the RAW files off my just-released camera; only then will I know what result the WB experiments had . . . .

Anyway, these turned out really well! I'm looking forward to any future photographic experiments of yours.
jimhines
Nov. 17th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I've got a lot to learn yet, and after a conversation at ICON, I knew I wanted to figure out the shutter speed and aperture settings better. Since I have a better intuitive understanding to start with for shutter speed, that seemed like an easier place to begin. But ... yeah, I didn't get too much out of it, except to start getting used to making more quick adjustments before snapping a pic.

Will probably work on aperture mode next time and see what happens. Possibly at ConFusion. I think that's the next convention I'm doing.

If you find any good white balance tips, I'd love to know! :-)
swan_tower
Nov. 17th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
For me aperture was more intuitive, because once somebody explained the numbers to me, I knew what the result would look like: "oh, okay, so if I want the thing close to me in focus and the stuff behind it to be blurry, I need to reduce the f-stop." I'm still working on internalizing the way that affects shutter speed, though -- lower f-stop means faster shutter because the aperture is bigger and lets more light through. I figured that one out by empirical testing, when I realized that I got quicker and more focused pictures in dim light if I put the f-stop as low as it would go, but my brain hasn't quite wrapped around the reasoning behind it yet.

White balance: let me see how my experiments turned out, and then I'll get back to you. <g>
georgmi
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Flash is hard.
It takes lots of practice under controlled conditions to build the intuition of how the flash is going to affect the scene. Cons are emphatically not "controlled conditions". :)

I second swan_tower's recommendation of aperture-priority mode over shutter-priority. AP mode lets you choose how the image is going to look, and has the camera tell you how long it's going to take to accomplish that. With SP mode, you choose how long, and the camera (in effect) decides what parts of the image are going to be sharp and what parts aren't--without letting you see beforehand.

The best tip I have for white balance is to let the camera do what it thinks is best, and just plan to adjust in post-processing. Also, be aware that fluorescent lights are problematic no matter what you do.

Jim, you've got a great eye for composition--I particularly dig the WindyCon city panorama from your flickr set.

(I spent a couple of years last decade trying to make a go of a fine-art photography business; turns out it doesn't matter how good you are at the photography part if you're terrible at the business part. However, I've written several long-winded but hopefully informative LJ articles on the topics that gave me particular trouble as I was starting out, and I'd be immensely happy if anybody found them at all useful. http://georgmi.livejournal.com/tag/photography )
jimhines
Nov. 20th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Flash is hard.
Thank you! Reading some of those articles this morning, and bookmarking them for later when I have time to play around and try things.
deborahblakehps
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Just FYI, the World Fantasy Convention is in Saratoga next year. That's about 2 hours from me, so I'm planning to go. This could be your big chance to FINALLY meet me in person. Just saying.
jimhines
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
I will keep that in mind :-)
sunlit_music
Dec. 1st, 2014 09:37 am (UTC)
Note: I edited this comment to remove spelling mistakes.

Your son looks adorable fighting Scott Lynch. :) Scott's Help, I'm Being Disembowelled Look/ Face of Pain looks priceless.

Steven and Elaine look real sweet and so happy together. :)

Attila the Bun is Boss. XD Damn, I want a bunny with a hat now. Thanks very much for sharing these great photos, Jim!

Edited at 2014-12-01 09:42 am (UTC)
jimhines
Dec. 1st, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Attila wasn't very impressed with the hat. As I understand it, it only lasted a few minutes before being yanked off.
sunlit_music
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:19 am (UTC)
That's a pity. Still, I can see why Attila didn't want the hat..
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