A&P lensbabies ... am i missing the point with these things?

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    :dunno:

    i know a lot of the "high dollar" west coast wedding photographers have them in their bags to screw around with (basically a toy, i guess?), but i just don't get it.

    couldn't you get the same effect by focusing on something (with the center AF point, for instance), holding the shutter halfway, then moving the camera to frame your shot?

    or, simply use PS to blur the rest of the photo?

    i'm lost. someone help me.

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  2. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    kristin my dog > *

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    Never heard of them... But it looks pointless :rofl:
     
  4. clarus

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    I used one of them for a few shots.
    It was sort of fun but yeah, I dont see the point to them.
     
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    they are fun, that is all. its like a lomo thing :dunno:
     
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    they are a local company, and yeah, I would never use one
     
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    its like a tilt shift lens...can't get the same effect with a regular lens cause you are changing the orientation of the focus plane
     
  10. mojito

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    really have to try one or a large format to appreciate it, but it takes too long for my style of shooting to use.
     
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    It's a dirt cheap tilt shift lens, and that's about it. Can produce effects that are very hard to replicate with photoshop...

    I'd rather have a real tilt-shift though.
     
  12. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    yeah, you really have to use one to get the appreciation for one. My cousin has one and uses it pretty effectively. I'll have to see if his shots are up on line still.
     
  13. Cobber

    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    Well ... it's a lot easier to use than a real tilt shift lens ... a LOT easier ... all you have to do is move the ring with your fingers ... don't like the shot when you chimp then you can change it wickid fast
     
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    same here :o

    I wish TS lenses weren't $1000 :sad2:
     
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    the glass if it is even glass I thought the original was plastic, is obviously not the same quality as a T/S, and no AF.

    I had a prof at Brooks that loved it, shed use a post it with a small hole from a pencil to vignette with it
     
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    How much did Brooks Institute cost you? Was it worth it?
     
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    probably about 80k when you factor in tuition, rent and supplies, but I also added quite a bit of equipment at that time too. But that was for a little less than 2 years, the full program is 3 years and most leave ~125k in the whole. One friend is 150k down.

    its hard to measure what you get out of it, though they certainly try and attach a corresponding price to it. There really isn't anywhere else to go to get the extensive technical background they provide. All the profs are working pros, not retired old foggies, so you get real relevant info. The academic classes are a joke. The degree itself is meaningless, and the sourse of most of Brooks' recent bad media. They promise that you'll walk away with a 100k a year job just from graduating, but anyone with half a brain knows they still have to compete for jobs and wont likely walk into being LaChapelles 1st assistant as their first job.

    Most do what I did and leave early after the main technical side is covered.
     
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    ballin out of control, son
     
  19. IntheWorks

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    found one of them....

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  20. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    That looks pretty cool :cool:
     
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    What about the Art Institute of Seattle where Dean Zulich went?
     
  22. mojito

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    its like a community college vs Harvard. You can still get some good info, but in reality its not even close to the same. RIT is next on the list.

    But given the price and time commitments etc, its defiantly not for everyone, so if the only choice is a AI, then its probably better than nothing, assuming that gets you to where you want to be
     
  23. Bowzyr

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    There are tons of kids that go to the Brooks Institute here in SB. I have looked at a lot of their work and am friends with some that have gone all the way through and graduated.. To be totally honest, most of their work totally sucks or is completely generic..

    Like someone mentioned, it's work learning the technical stuff i suppose, maybe doing a few assignments, figuring stuff out.. But I can't imagine it being worth going all the way through.. Afterall, photography is still very much an art.. Once you have all the tools you need, there are certain things you just can't teach.
     
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    Photoshop > lensbabies
     
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    negative ghostrider

    altering dof in PS ftl
     

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