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Post by ronr » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:36 am

I'm sure it must have been posted before, but could you instruct a newbie on tips for adding photos to posts. I don't mean how to insert an image, but taking decent pictures of flies and making them presentable for the forum...thanks...
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Post by tie2fish » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:31 pm

You're right, ronr -- this topic has gotten a lot of face time here over the last 10 years. There are several very accomplished picture takers on this forum, including at least one professional. Hopefully they will chime in here to provide accurate information on some of the finer details.

Basically, you need a camera that has macro capabilities that will allow you to capture a magnified image of your fly. You also will need a really good light source that is adjustable by one means or another and by its nature does not distort color.

Because macro photography is so dependent on focus you should have a stable means of holding your camera still while the photo is taken. An inexpensive tripod will do this. The one I use came from Target for less than $20.00.

Editing your photos and prepping them for posting requires basic cropping and re-sizing capabilities, which are already in every PC running on Windows platforms sold since 2010 and before.

Hopefully this info will give you a rough idea of what is required at a minimum.
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Post by letumgo » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:18 pm

Ron,

Here are two excellent tutorials that William and Karsten pulled together.

William’s tutorial: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6321
Karsten’s tutorial: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2529
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Post by WiFlyfisher » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:45 am

One thing I will add as a true novice but I have worked with companies who had some real serious photo geeks. :-)

The images will vary from monitor to monitor. So you know, there is color calibration hardware and software which is meant to help you match the colors of your monitor to a real object. You can spend several thousand dollars to own the best monitor for photo editing ([urlh]ttp://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/search ... CCODE=3WCJ[/url]), and also buy a color calibrator that dangles over your display screen and has software to help do color correction of your display.

I use a three display setup at times for my computer work. If I look at a photo image on all three displays simultaneously the image will look slightly different on all three screens. Now think of all the people here with different monitors and graphic cards admiring your image of a beautiful fly you tied.

My $0.02 is: you don't have to go nuts and spend lots of monies to shoot and show off your flies you tie in low-res dpi to your buddies on the flymph forums. Many of the fly shots I post are with my new iPhone Xs and edited the jpg image with Adobe Photoshop. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with taking your macro photography to the next level, each to their own. I should mention I do have good lighting which I find is key to taking decent photos.

Besides, when I shoot great macro shots of my flies (my eyes are going with age) I than notice my many tying flaws that I can't see when holding the fly in hand. Thank you Photoshop for helping hide my many flaws. :D

Of course, the real judges are not your Flymph forum buddies, just the trout and I find they don't care if my flies are not perfect.
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Re: photos

Post by ronr » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:22 am

thanks to you all.. this is what I'm looking for. I'm a little shy at this point to subject my flaws to such an esteemed audience, but my less skilled buddies may not notice my uh-ohs....
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Post by letumgo » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:45 am

Ron,

I encourage you (and others) to post your flies, and share with us. We all benefit from the process and participation. We have all gone thru the same learning curve. In my own experience, the sharing has encouraged me to improve my tying skills. Soft hackle flies are deceptively simple. You can learn a TON, by focusing on these little flies. There are few materials in the patterns, so it is hard to hide any issues. That is one of the reasons I've found them so compelling, for so long. It is important to remember, that these are mostly fishing flies. They don't need to be "perfect" to catch fish. (thank goodness for me!)

Posting photos is only part of the interaction. Many times, posts take an unexpected turn, resulting in some nugget of information/knowledge being shared with the membership. In my view, the photos and flies do not need to be "perfect" or of some "quality".

Don't be shy...
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Re: photos

Post by tie2fish » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:42 am

I strongly second what Ray has said.
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